Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Review: The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano is a beautiful story in the Saturday Supper Club series. I thought the first two books in the series were my favorites before reading this book. I actually didn’t like the main character of this book that much from the first two books. But this book is my favorite of the series hands down. Not only did I love the character, I found that I related so much to her and found her full of depth and real life problems. This novel deals with some deep issues and it has a richly developed plot throughout. I adored this book and highly recommend it without reservations. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Review: The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

About the Book

Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

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My Thoughts

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck brings people from different walks of life together but they have no idea who brought them together or why. But they decide to continue meeting to figure out the mystery. In a society that is so busy and so ephemeral with online existences, this novel points out the power of human connection as an agent for change and it’s use by our Creator for heavenly purposes. Heartbreak and loss, separation and betrayal, acclaim and integrity— this novel deals with so many topics and emotions. It is a brilliantly executed piece of fiction, weaving together the stories of seemingly unrelated people as only Ms Hauck can. I highly recommend this novel. I was already a fan of this author but I have to admit this is her most ambitious and most successful novel yet. Loved it from the very first page! I received a digital copy of this novel from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Book Review: If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh

If For Any Reason by. Courtney Walsh is a beautifully written tale of a woman living her mother’s dreams and following her words left behind. I absolutely loved the depth of emotion in this novel and the letter/diary form that her mother’s words came in. This novel is put together in such a way that you won’t be able to stop reading— it’s a seamless, beautiful work form start to finish. With sweet romance and second chances, this book is for anyone who loves women’s fiction and books about family relationships. I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Book Review: The Last Shot by Amy Matayo

The Last Shot by Amy Matayo is the third book in the Love in Chaos series. I’ve loved every book in this series and was looking forward to reading this latest installment. Wow! I don’t know how she did it but Teddy’s story was the best yet. Teddy and his unexpected bodyguard Jane— this match has everything a couple could ask for— any more! The relationship that develops is so organic and natural yet unexpected and quirky — I just can’t recommend this books enough. I think readers of romantic fiction will adore this book as much as I did. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Book Review: The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is the start of another amazing series, the Global Search and Rescue series. I have long been a fan of Susan May Warren's books. I was sad to see her last fabulous series end, but this series has completely wiped that series out of my mind. Here, a group of injured vets have become heroic mountain rescuers. Well it might sound too ideal, Ms Warren treats the subject matter with great integrity. The effects of war are depicted with great depth of pain. Yet, there is great hope in this book, hope rooted solely in who God is. I adored this book. I found it absolutely packed with action and suspense. It was also fascinating due to the information about climbing peaks in Alaska. This book was well-researched and includes many climbing techniques throughout. I think readers of romantic suspense will love this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Book Review: Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason is a remarkable start to the Danger Never Sleeps series. I have long been a fan of this author as I find she consistently writes excellent fiction with high levels of suspense and just enough romance to keep it interesting. This novel starts in a military situation, and honestly this concerned me because it is not my favorite genre. However, this is primarily not a military novel, and the plot kept me riveted from page one. I loved the two main characters Brooke and Asher. I found their common history and their current situation fascinating. I also loved all the supporting characters in this book and I look forward to reading their stories in future books. There is so much to explore in this series and I just can't wait for the next one! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Book Review: The Wedding Dress Christmas by Rachel Hauck

About the Book

Book:  The Wedding Dress Christmas

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Romance, Christmas

Release Date: October 22, 2019

December covers quaint Heart’s Bend, Tennessee with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.

For JoJo Castle there’s no place like home. It’s her safe place. Her one-time love of adventure ended when life in the big city shattered her hopes and dreams. Now that she’s returned to Hearts Bend, she never wants to leave again.

Buck Mathews, the biggest country singing sensation in decades, has the world on a string – his guitar strings, to be exact. However, when news of his mother’s illness sends him back to Hearts Bend for the holiday season, he remembers how good it can be to live among family and friends.

Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. Leaving home, surrendering her heart again, is just too risky.

When she runs into her friend and high school crush Buck Mathews, she discovers Love might have other plans for her[BV1] .

Buck’s career is on the verge of an momentous leap. But seeing JoJo awakens feelings he’d buried long ago. Falling in love is easy, but winning her heart will take more than one of his melodic tunes and clever lyrics.

JoJo and Buck want opposite things for their lives, leaving no room for compromise. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmastime, overcome her fears andhis quest for greatness?

When a very special gown – the wedding dress – begins to make its presence known, JoJo and Buck’s hearts bend in a way neither ever thought possible.

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My Thoughts

The Wedding Dress Christmas by Rachel Hauck is part of a larger series of books about an unusual wedding dress. I adored the other books in the series and expected to love this one as well. This book actually exceeded my expectations. I love the way the author uses this unique concept of the unusual, almost magical wedding dress to convey such hope and meaning. This novel makes clear that God is a God who sees us and the depth of our pain, who never leaves us even when we think He has, and wants to redeem the broken parts of us. Yes, it is a sweet romance and a beautifully told story. But it’s message about God’s character is my favorite part of this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More From Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!
I’m thrilled to share The Wedding Dress Christmas with you. I’ve heard from so many how much The Wedding Dress has touched them, and as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward the wedding dress and Christmas. What’s more romantic than a Christmas wedding?
This novella is set in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, the fictional town ofThe Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop. Even if you’ve never read one of books inThe Wedding Collection, you’ll enjoy this story, the mystery of the dress, and the women whose lives it changed.
I love weddings. They remind us of the purity and the hope of love, the power of commitment. Something powerful is released when two people pledge to spend their lives together, loving and serving one another in both good and bad times. Every wedding I attend reminds me of the vows I made to my husband and I sign up all over again.
Stories are a powerful reflection of life. Yes, fictional stories are often told with wild hyperbole, but that’s what makes them fun to read.
I also love wedding stories because they remind us of God’s love for us, and that one day there will be the grandest wedding of them all. Isn’t it wonderful that God planned a wedding before He created the earth?
In The Wedding Dress Christmas, JoJo and Buck have their issues, but love proves strong enough to conquer them all.
Thanks for going on this little tour with me and The Wedding Dress Christmas.

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

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