Thursday, July 18, 2019



Book Review: The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey


The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey is book 1 in the Coastal Guardians series. This series starts out with a ton of excitement and action. I loved all the information about the Coast Guard and the sweet history between Harper and the man she’s relying on to keep her alive. What makes this book stand out is the author’s skillful storytelling with suspense that never stops. If you love suspense— this is the book for you. I highly recommend it! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own. 

Book Review: Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh


Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh is the third book in a series but it can still be read as a standalone novel. This book has everything— long held secrets, mistakes, and a devastating medical diagnosis. Somehow, all of these things weave together beautifully in an emotionally deep story that will stay with you long after you are done reading. I highly recommend it! I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Book Review: Risky Return by Virginia Vaughn


If you are looking for a good read, look no further! Risky Return by Virginia Vaughn has it all. It is brimming with suspense and has real, developed characters that come to life. With important themes like human trafficking, it is a fabulous novel. The main characters have a complicated history and this only adds to the drama in the story. This is one of the best Love Inspired Suspense novels that I’ve read and I sincerely hope to see more in the series from this author. Ms Vaughn is a fabulous storyteller and it is remarkable what she was able to accomplish within a short novel. This is a fast, highly satisfying read and I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Thursday, June 20, 2019




Book Review: The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma


About the Book



Book: The Pink Bonnet

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical, Suspense

Release date: June, 2019



A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child


Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.

How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child?





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My Review

The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma is a remarkable book based on a horrific time in history when children were regularly stolen from parents who loved them.  While this is a work of fiction, it is part of a true crime series and based on the real person of Georgia Tann.  Ms. Tann was a criminal who routinely stole children even from the streets and made money off their adoptions.  This story tells of Cecile, a single mom working hard to provide for her young daughter. One day, a neighbor watches the daughter while she is at work and she returns from work to find her gone.  But this young mom will stop at nothing to track her down and get her back.  With danger and difficulty at every turn, this story is told in an engaging manner and will definitely keep your interest throughout. You will be rooting for Cecile throughout.  I highly recommend it!  I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author



Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.



More from Liz

A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child



True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series.

In book two, The Pink Bonnet, Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives.

How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child? Find out in The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma.

The True Crime Behind the Story

Georgia Tann was a woman who ran an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1924 until 1950. It is estimated that, in that time, she kidnapped over five thousand children and sold them to the highest bidder. She even advertised the children in the newspaper, especially around the holidays. Some of the nation’s biggest celebrities adopted through Miss Tann, including Joan Crawford, Dick Powell, and June Allyson. Learn more about Georgia Tann HERE and visit www.TrueColorsCrime.com for more exclusive content.


Blog Stops

The Becca Files, June 20
Livin’ Lit, June 20
Mary Hake, June 23
Moments, June 24
Remembrancy, June 26
Emily Yager, June 26
Genesis 5020, June 27
Changed by Him, June 28
Bigreadersite, June 28
Pause for Tales, June 29
Hallie Reads, June 30
By The Book, July 2
amandainpa, July 3

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Pink Bonnet!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e331/the-pink-bonnet-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, June 9, 2019



Book Review: The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart




About the Book



Book: The Pages of Her Life

Author: James L. Rubart

Genre: Christian fiction – suspense 

Release Date: May 21, 2019


Award-winning and bestselling author James L. Rubart explores the way our memories shape us . . . and how they affect our beliefs.

Allison Moore has no idea why she got out of her car on that rainy March afternoon and picked up the soaked journal laying on the side of the road. Brought it home. But she did. It was empty. Except for two lines scrawled in the front, too washed out to read. And a Jesus emblem inside the back cover. Something about the journal compels her to start writing in it, capturing thoughts about her newly acquired job that she thought would be heaven, but has turned into hell. Then one day, she finds words in the center of the journal. Words she didn’t write: Mene mene tekel upharsin. After her heart stops hammering, Allison Googles the phrase, and reads the story of Belshazzar’s Feast, where a hand from God writes on the wall, and the king is slain. Fear grips her, certain God is coming after her for what she did twelve years back. What she’s done wrong her whole life. She vows to make things right. Then she discovers more phrases appearing underneath each of her journal entries. Those phrases take her on an emotional roller coaster that forces her to look at everything she believes about her past in a new light, and opens her eyes to a supernatural realm of staggering consequence.









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My Review

Who are you really?  Are you living with authenticity to who God made you to be?  The Pages of Her Life by James L. Rubart explores these deep questions.  The mystery genre of this book is what interested me. I am an avid reader but I tend to choose realistic novels with no supernatural elements.  This book is such a unique novel.  Yes, it is a mystery, and yes, it has supernatural elements.  But I was blown away at how well the supernatural elements were incorporated into the story and felt realistic and powerful as a result.  Mr. Rubart is a phenomenal writer with deep story themes that will resonate with readers of many ages and backgrounds. I loved the way the story included characters from Mr. Rubart's other novel Rooms. It definitely made me interested in reading that novel as well.  This is the first novel I have read by this author but it will not be the last.  I highly recommend it! I received a digital copy of this novel from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



About the Author


James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: www.jameslrubart.com Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart






Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, May 23
Bigreadersite, May 24
amandainpa, May 27
Hallie Reads, May 28
Mary Hake, June 4
Remembrancy, June 8
Livin’ Lit, June 9


Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a finished copy of The Pages of Her Life!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f2/the-pages-of-her-life-celebration-tour-giveawayhttps://promosimple.com/ps/e4f2/the-pages-of-her-life-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, June 3, 2019


Book Review: Almost Holy Mama by Courtney Ellis


Almost Holy Mama by Courtney Ellis is an important book for moms of all ages. The author simply but beautifully describes her attempt to pursue the spiritual disciplines in the midst of a crazy mom life with little children. I absolutely loved the sincerity of the author and the way she made pursuing God seem easier and worthwhile. Tired mamas— you need this book! I highly recommend it to all. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own. Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Holy-Mama-Life-Giving-Spiritual/dp/1628627905/ref=sr_1_1?crid=655N6USI7V7C&keywords=almost+holy+mama&qid=1559575475&s=gateway&sprefix=Almost+holy%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-1


Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Book Review: Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg


Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg is a beautifully woven story of pain and loss.  I think woven perfectly describes how this author has put together such a lovely tale of grief and hope with such real, relatable characters.  It all comes together gradually and the pieces gently but surely come together.  The mystery that carries throughout the book adds so much to the story as well.  The characters grapple with their difficulties in real ways that never felt too easy or unrealistic.  Maple Valley is a place I want to return to soon!  I can't wait for the next book in this series.  I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Book Review: The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey is book 1 in the Coastal Guardians series. This s...