Monday, December 9, 2019
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?
Click here to get your copy!
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 HannahFor 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.
Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 28
CarpeDiem, November 28
Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 28
Hallie Reads, November 28
Emily Yager, November 29
For the Love of Literature, November 29
Through the Fire Blogs, November 29
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 30
Back Porch Reads, November 30
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 30
To Everything There Is A Season, November 30
Books, Life, and Christ, December 1
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
A Baker’s Perspective, December 3
Livin’ Lit, December 3
Kat’s Corner Books, December 3
The Becca Files, December 4
Becka Jiménez , December 4
HookMeInABook, December 4
janicesbookreviews, December 4
Blossoms and Blessings, December 5
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, December 5
Just the Write Escape, December 5
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 5
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 6
Avid Reader Nurse, December 6
For Him and My Family, December 6
A Reader’s Brain, December 6
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, December 7
Moments, December 7
Simple Harvest Reads, December 7
Remembrancy, December 8
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 8
Pause for Tales , December 8
Inklings and notions, December 8
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 9
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 9
For The Love of Books, December 9
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 10
Just Your Average reviews, December 10
A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 10
Living Life Free in Christ, December 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 11
Batya’s Bits, December 11
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
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.
Click here to get your copy.
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.
Read a Premium ExcerptYou can read a premium excerpt of Denise’s Lake Season.
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 12
My Devotional Thoughts, November 12
The Power of Words, November 12
A Baker’s Perspective , November 12
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 13
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
Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 15
CarpeDiem, November 15
Older & Smarter?, November 16
Cultivating Us, November 16
Inside the Wong Mind, November 16
Blossoms and Blessings , November 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 17
Christian Chick's Thoughts, November 17
Avid Reader Nurse, November 17
Through the Fire Blogs, November 18
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)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 20
SusanLovesBooks, November 20
Lights in a Dark World, November 20
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 21
Vicky Sluiter, November 21
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21
Quiet Quilter, November 22
Andrea Christenson, November 22
Pause for Tales, November 22
Just Your Average Reviews, November 22
Hallie Reads, November 23
A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 23
To Everything There Is A Season, November 23
Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, 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
The Christian Fiction Girl, November 25
Remembrancy, November 25
Book Review: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep is a delightful colle...
Book Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright is the author's thir...
Book Review: Code of Valor by Lynette Eason Code of Valor by Lynette Eason is book 3 in the Blue Justice Series. Someone wants Emil...
Book Review: Almost Holy Mama by Courtney Ellis Almost Holy Mama by Courtney Ellis is an important book for moms of all ages. The au...