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Monday, December 9, 2019

 Book Review: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep


Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep is a delightful collection of Christmas stories. The first two stories were previously published separately but they go together beautifully with the third story since they are all set in the England of Dickens. Each novella is entertaining and really brings the time period alive. Readers of historical fiction would love this book. I have long been a fan of this author's writing and I was not surprised that this book was so well-written. When I received this book in the mail, I was impressed with how beautiful this book is even as a paperback. The cover is gorgeous and the pages are cut with rough edges that give such character. Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Book Review: Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie


About the Book



Book: Heart Of A Royal

Author: Hannah Currie

Genre:  Young Adult/Royalty



Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?






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My Thoughts

Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie is the perfect royal romantic story. While it is definitely young adult fiction, readers who love royal romance will not notice anything that will make you think it is for younger audiences. Ms Currie has created an entirely unique kingdom and it comes alive in this story. I stayed up way too late reading this book because I just could not stop reading. It was that good. I have read quite a few books in this genre and find them all fairly similar. I expected much of the same from this book but I was pleasantly surprised that Ms Currie wrote a novel that stands apart in its sweet yet well developed love story and a happily ever after to remember. I sincerely hope that more books are planned in this series. I know that I will be first in line to read them. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



About the Author



Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at www.hannahcurrie.com.



More from Hannah

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia.
I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!].
The glamor draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful.
But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title.
Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life.
Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there.
Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.



Blog Stops


CarpeDiem, November 28
Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 28
Hallie Reads, November 28
Emily Yager, November 29
Back Porch Reads, November 30
Mia Reads Blog, December 1
Bigreadersite , December 1
Kathleen Denly, December 2
Genesis 5020, December 2
She Lives To Read, December 2
Texas Book-aholic, December 2
Livin’ Lit, December 3
The Becca Files, December 4
Becka Jiménez , December 4
HookMeInABook, December 4
janicesbookreviews, December 4
Avid Reader Nurse, December 6
A Reader’s Brain, December 6
Moments, December 7
Remembrancy, December 8
Pause for Tales , December 8
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 10
Batya’s Bits, December 11



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour Hannah is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019



Book Review: Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

Releasing on December 3, 2019

Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright is a time slip novel with two connected stories, a present day story and one set decades earlier. Typically, this author writes of stories set so far apart in time that the characters are only indirectly linked. I really enjoyed how the characters in this novel have a more direct link because it made the story even more interesting. Ms Wright is brilliant at both characterization and vivid descriptions. For this reason, this book is a very quick read as it quickly absorbs you in the story and won’t let you go. Readers of suspense and historical novels will love this novel. I honestly think anyone who appreciates a well told story would love this book as well. I have been a fan of this novelist from her very first book and I can tell you her books just keep getting better. Even though all of her books have been time slip novels, they are all quite distinct. Pick up this book— you won’t be disappointed! I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, November 25, 2019


Book Review: Lake Season by Denise Hunter


About the Book



Book: Lake Season


Author: Denise Hunter


Genre:  Contemporary Romance


Release Date: November 12, 2019






A lost letter, a new love, and old secrets beckon this summer at the Bluebell Inn.

When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn. The situation would just be temporary—three years at the most—then they would sell the inn and Molly could get back to chasing her own dreams.

Adam Bradford (aka bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.

Molly and Adam strike up an instant friendship. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.



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My Thoughts

Lake Season by Denise Hunter  is a delightful read. It has everything— romance, mystery, a small town, and a small inn. It’s like a Hallmark movie but with a fabulous plot that will keep your attention from the very first page. This is the first book in a new series and I loved the balance between romance and mystery. My only complaint about this book is that I am impatient for the other books in the series to come out! The characters are written with such authenticity that you’ll feel like you know them and will want to see what happens next in their lives. This is a wonderful start to the series and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic suspense set in a small town. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



About the Author



Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.






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Blog Stops

The Power of Words, November 12
Mia Reads, November 13
Back Porch Reads, November 13
Carla Loves To Read, November 14
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 14
Among the Reads, November 14
Genesis 5020, November 14
Wishful Endings, November 15
CarpeDiem, November 15
Older & Smarter?, November 16
Cultivating Us, November 16
Inside the Wong Mind, November 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 17
Avid Reader Nurse, November 17
For Him and My Family, November 18
Jeanette's Thoughts, November 18
Splashes of Joy, November 18
Robin's Nest, November 19
Mary Hake, November 19
Baker Kella, November 19
Simple Harvest Reads, November 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
SusanLovesBooks, November 20
Vicky Sluiter, November 21
Quiet Quilter, November 22
Andrea Christenson, November 22
Pause for Tales, November 22
Hallie Reads, November 23
Texas Book-aholic, November 24
janicesbookreviews, November 24
A Reader's Brain, November 24
Inklings and notions, November 24
Batya's Bits, November 25
Livin’ Lit, November 25
Remembrancy, November 25

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