Tuesday, September 17, 2019






Book Review: Tasting Grace by Melissa d'Arabian


Tasting Grace by Melissa d'Arabian is a special book. I started reading an early review copy of this book in early June and immediately knew it was something special. I've been waiting for the chance to share it, since I realized that June was a bit early! This is a book with concepts about food that the world has lost, concepts the world desperately needs. Food is not the enemy. Food is meant to be shared and savored. There is so much here in this book. It is full of pearls of wisdom to ponder again and again. Pick up this book and savor it. You won't be disappointed! I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Friday, September 13, 2019


Book Review: Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble

About the Book



Book: Strands of Truth

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: September 10, 2019



Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.



So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?



Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.



Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.



Click here to get your copy.



My Thoughts

Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble is the latest book by a talented mystery writer. I have been a fan of Colleen Coble's writing for quite a while. Her books are consistently well-written and have suspense at every turn. Once you start reading, you will not be able to put this one down! I love how Ms Coble makes each book unique. With so much progress in DNA these days, this novel makes perfect sense in today's world. What if you found your relatives but they wanted to kill you? Set in Florida, this novel has interesting information about sea life and how it is used in research and in art. The characters have deep longings for love and family and these themes will resonate with all readers. Readers of romantic suspense will adore this book, but I would recommend it widely to readers of many genres. Ms Coble's ability to spin a fantastic story would appeal to all readers. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



About the Author



Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.




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Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under? 

Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

“Free-dive into a romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and craving for more.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling author

“As always, Colleen Coble never disappoints. Strands of Truth is no exception. I was hooked from the first page. Trying to read this story slowly is impossible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself flipping the pages in a hurry to find out what happens next! This one is for your keeper shelf.” –Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice Series

“Colleen Coble’s latest book, Strands of Truth, grips you on page one with a heart-pounding opening and doesn’t let go until the last satisfying word. I love her skill in pulling the reader in with believable, likable characters, interesting locations, and a mystery just waiting to be untangled. Highly recommended.” –Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling author of Formula of Deception

“Once again, Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing, suspenseful tale in Strands of Truth. The mystery and tension mount toward an explosive and satisfying finish. Well done.” –Creston Mapes, bestselling author

“Just when I think Colleen Coble’s stories can’t get any better, she proves me wrong. In Strands of Truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The characterization of Ridge and Harper and their relationship pulled me immediately into the story. Fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns, I read this book in one sitting. Coble has pushed the bar higher than I’d imagined. This book is one not to be missed.” –Robin Caroll, best-selling author of the Darkwater Inn series

“It’s in her blood! Colleen Coble once again shows her suspense prowess with a thriller as intricate and beautiful as a strand of DNA. Strands of Truth dives into an unusual profession involving mollusks and shell beds that weaves a unique, silky thread throughout the story. So fascinating I couldn’t stop reading!” –Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files


Blog Stops

Inspired by fiction, September 3
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Susan Cornwell, September 5
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Godly Book Reviews, September 5
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Andrea Christenson, September 6
Avid Reader Nurse, September 7
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 7
The Becca Files, September 8
Mary Hake, September 8
Spoken from the Heart, September 9
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Moments, September 10
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Retrospective Spines, September 11
Daysong Reflections, September 11
SusanLovesBooks, September 11
Remembrancy, September 12
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Just the Write Escape, September 12
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Livin’ Lit, September 13
To Everything A Season, September 13
Simple Harvest Reads, September 14
Pause for Tales, September 14
A Reader’s Brain, September 15
Quiet Quilter , September 15
Hallie Reads, September 15
Inklings and notions , September 16
By The Book, September 16
Real World Bible Study, September 16
Patiently Waiting, September 16

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Book Review: As the Light Fades by Catherine West


As the Light Fades by Catherine West is a story about broken people who are looking for ways of becoming whole again. I love Catherine West’s books because she is not afraid of taking on the most difficult topics and she really explores the emotional complexity of these situations. In this book, she includes topics like Alzheimer’s, self-cutting, and domestic abuse. I thought the book was well- written with fantastic characters. But I expected a little more at the end. I think the story wrapped up a bit too quickly and easily compared to the situations at hand. Still, this is an amazing book and I recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own. 

Book Review: The Aftermath by Amy Matayo 


The Aftermath by Amy Matayo is book 2 in the Love in Chaos series. I absolutely adored book 1 in this series, The Waves. I had great anticipation for this book and was not disappointed! I love that this book picks up the characters from the last book, but it can still be read as a standalone novel. This book could not be more different from the first book in the series in its setting and circumstances. However, it is absolute chaos that throws lives into upheaval and that is exactly the same as the first book. I love the characters in this book, I love the community that is found in the midst of disaster. I think no on writes a love story quite like Ms Matayo. She writes great romance. Overall, I was absolutely amazed by this book and I highly recommend it. I eagerly anticipate 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. I also purchased a copy.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019



Book Review: Termination Dust by Alana Terry


About the Book



Book: Termination Dust

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Contemporary Christian Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: March 15, 2019


An abusive father. A devoted sister. When danger strikes, she’ll walk through fire to protect her family. 



Despite years of trauma, Kimmie’s faith has never faltered. And after her mom’s unexpected death, Kimmie risks everything to save her autistic brother from a life of neglect and abuse.

Caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous dilemma, she dashes out with her brother into the bitter Alaskan night. With the devil in pursuit and the law on her stepdad’s side, Kimmie must brave the perils of the freezing wilderness in a desperate attempt to finally reach safety.

Can Kimmie survive the daring escape, or has she doomed both herself and her brother to a frozen grave?

Termination Dust is a standalone novel in the unforgettable Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense series. If you like determined characters, harsh landscapes, and faith under fire, then you’ll love Alana Terry’s riveting novel.

Buy Termination Dust to dive headfirst into a gripping adventure today!



Click here to grab your copy. 


My Thoughts

Termination Dust by Alana Terry is part of the Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense series. I read book one in this series and I was excited to pick up this one and read more. I really enjoy the way Alaska and its particular characteristics feature in this author's novels. And while I liked the first novel in this series, I loved this one so much more. This novel was full of suspense. The suspense kept coming and I had trouble putting this book down. The domestic violence in this novel was also very well described and hard to read at times. I think the author did a fantastic job at drawing in readers and not letting go. I look forward to more books in this series. I recommend this novel to readers that love suspense. I think it is a wonderful quick read that many would enjoy. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


About the Author



Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.




More from Alana

Something some of my fans may not know about me is while I grew up in the continental United States, I have made my home with my husband and children in Alaska for many years now. I have grown to love Alaska, which is probably why I was so excited to write this series about the Alaskan wilderness to share a bit of my favorite parts of Alaska with my readers.

In Alaska, we have a phrase that perfectly describes the fall season: Termination Dust.

That’s when the first snow falls on the mountains, signifying the end of summer. Fall in Alaska is beautiful. Orange on the tips of the trees lend a splash of color against the backdrop of unending green. For the first time since May, it gets dark enough to see the stars. If you brave the cold and happen to be awake at 1 am, you might even see some shooting stars.

I hope you enjoy reading about Kimmie and her autistic brother as much as I enjoyed writing their story. As with all my suspense novels, if you like determined characters, harsh landscapes, and faith under fire, get ready to dive headfirst into a gripping adventure today!


Blog Stops

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Monday, September 2, 2019



New Book Release: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris


Title: You Belong with Me

Author: Tari Faris

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: September 3, 2019






About the Book


Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn't one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully finally repay the financial debt Hannah's mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts--not even her best friend, Luke.

Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah's restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is--and who he was.


My Thoughts


You Belong with Me by Tari Faris is the author's amazing debut novel. This book has it all-- romance, past hurts, broken relationships, and a search for faith. Linking it all is an overarching sense of hope and the need for a place to belong.  The characters are interesting and have great depth.  My favorite character might just be a quirky hippopotamus statue named Otis that appears at the most opportune times! I can't say enough about this novel. It is a strong debut novel by a clearly talented author who expertly weaves together a plot that ties everything together beautifully. I can't wait for book 2 in this series because I have grown to care about these characters and can't wait to hear what happens next in their lives. I highly recommend this novel. You won't be able to put it down.  I received an advanced copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


About the Author


Tari Faris has been writing fiction for more than twelve years. In her free time, she loves coffee, camping with her husband and kids, and distracting herself from housework. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and on her website TariFaris.com

Sunday, August 25, 2019



Book Review: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris


Title: You Belong with Me

Author: Tari Faris

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: September 3, 2019







About the Book


Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn't one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully finally repay the financial debt Hannah's mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts--not even her best friend, Luke.

Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah's restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is--and who he was.


My Thoughts


You Belong with Me by Tari Faris is the author's amazing debut novel. This book has it all-- romance, past hurts, broken relationships, and a search for faith. Linking it all is an overarching sense of hope and the need for a place to belong.  The characters are interesting and have great depth.  My favorite character might just be a quirky hippopotamus statue named Otis that appears at the most opportune times! I can't say enough about this novel. It is a strong debut novel by a clearly talented author who expertly weaves together a plot that ties everything together beautifully. I can't wait for book 2 in this series because I have grown to care about these characters and can't wait to hear what happens next in their lives. I highly recommend this novel. You won't be able to put it down.  I received an advanced copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


About the Author



Tari Faris has been writing fiction for more than twelve years. In her free time, she loves coffee, camping with her husband and kids, and distracting herself from housework. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and on her website TariFaris.com

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