Searching for Home by Jill Weatherholt on Tour with Celebrate Lit

Searching for Home

About the Book

Book: Searching for Home

Author: Jill Weatherholt

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Release date: December 28, 2021

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Can three little matchmakers lasso a cowboy father?
When injured professional bull rider Luke Beckett returns to his hometown to recover, he doesn’t expect his B and B host and physical therapist to be his first and only love, Meg Brennan. He’s also unprepared for Meg’s adorable triplets to steal his heart. Luke’s past has him doubting he’s good enough for Meg and the children, but they might be just what the doctor ordered to help him heal…

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Jill Weatherholt’s book Searching for Home will tug at your heartstrings while also reinforcing your faith in second chances.

Gina Petrino, Meg Brennan’s sister, turns over custody to Meg after her husband abandons her and their triplets, Tucker, Tia, and Tilly. Then she, too, abandons them, leaving Meg to look after the triplets and her run-down B&B. In order to care for the kids, Meg has to leave her physical therapy career to relocate. To make matters even worse, Luke Bennett, Meg’s ex-boyfriend and professional bull rider, arrives at the B&B while Meg is trying to renovate.

The triplets almost steal the stage with their adorable antics and sweet ways. They dub Luke “Cowboy Luke,” which is an apt moniker for him.

Jill Weatherholt’s works, including Searching for Home, are among my all-time favorites. A recurring story feature concerning a letter appears to slow things down and adds to the tension between the two major characters.

The mischievous planning of the triplets, the friendliness of the community, and the happily ever after will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished reading the book, not to mention wising to reside in this great town!

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

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By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired.

Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia.

She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.

She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard.

Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control.

More from Jill

It happened in slow motion.

I was traveling on the interstate at 65 mph, in the far-left lane. The traffic was heavy but moving.

Then the unthinkable happened. A wheelbarrow fell off the back of a pickup truck in front of my car.

Swerving to my right lane wasn’t an option, it was full of cars. The left shoulder was narrow and led to a steep drop off.

I gripped the wheel and had a split second to weigh my options. If I maintained my course, the wheelbarrow would burst through my windshield. If I went to the right, I could cause a multi-car pileup. There was a tractor trailer close behind me, so I couldn’t hit my brakes.

I prepared myself for the worst. Then I prayed to God to help me.

Moments later, when I was safely off the interstate, I burst into tears. I was still alive. No one was injured. But how? I couldn’t recall how I got to the exit ramp. How was I able to guide my car around the wheelbarrow?

Later, I realized that God was truly in control of my life. Growing up in the church and listening to my grandmother, I had always known God loved me. But that day, I felt His love more than I ever had my life. He wanted me to live. But why?

I’d like to think that He wasn’t quite finished with me. That maybe He had better things in store for me. Perhaps He blessed me with a gift to weave together a story that can give a person hope. A story that can bring a little light into what is sometimes a dark and scary world. After all, I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. Like that day on the interstate, it’s all God’s goodness.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jill is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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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Make a Wish for an Elephant by Apple Sophia Lim, Illustrated by Moch. Fajar Shobaru

About Book

The enraged elephant is charging at you! Quick! To stop the elephant, use the remote control.

This interactive book will let your child develop a keen interest in reading. If you’re looking for a good bedtime story, a story to keep them entertained on the road, or simply an opportunity to bond with your child, look no further than this book.

Elephants are among the most intelligent animals on the planet. This one, on the other hand, is angry. Unlike the rest of its kind, this elephant will go to any length to be left alone. Join the adventure to figure out why the elephant is upset and how to calm it down. But it won’t be easy! Our elephant is not easily satisfied. ‘Make a Wish for an Elephant’ is a book about listening, suitable for children aged 3 to 7. The more we listen to one another, the more we will understand one another. Every parent and child must read Make a Wish for an Elephant’

Here’s what you’ll find in this book:

  • Fascinating and flat-out fun interactive pages that your kids are guaranteed to enjoy
  • Encourages imagination, curiosity and sparks new interests
  • Jam-packed with eye-catching illustrations for unlimited fun
  • Teach your child to follow instructions without getting annoyed
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Apple Sophia Lim’s book Make a Wish for an Elephant explores the sequence of events that can happen when you don’t get exactly what you wish for. You can ask for an elephant to play with, expecting a friendly one, but instead get an angry, charging elephant!

The storyline is interactive, with cute little recommendations for children to follow, while also teaching kids how to listen to others. Furthermore, the children’s imagination is triggered, which fosters their ingenuity, inquisitiveness, and activity.

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Make a Wish for an Elephant is a treat to read for adults and children alike. Moch. Fajar Shobaru’s illustrations are charmingly attractive and beautiful. The elephant appears to be benign and adorable, but watch out: he has a temper! With their vivid hues, the appealing images are attention-grabbing and striking, and will enchant young children.

The book is the third in the Make a Wish for a series, which is aimed at children aged three to seven years old. However, I feel that younger little ones would appreciate it as well. It is also possible to read the tale as a standalone.

I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Holiday Hopes (Starlight Inn Series) by Jessica Anne Renwick

ABOUT the BOOK

She’s tethered to her past until he rescues the horse of her dreams . . .

Kelsey Simone can’t wait to have a tradition-filled family Christmas. When the vet school dropout’s sister invites her and their mom to stay at the idyllic Starlight Inn, Kelsey plans a holiday just like Grandma used to create in hopes of bringing their family together again. But she didn’t have a handsome stable manager with a Grinchy attitude on her Christmas list—nor the sick mare who reminds her of a past she’d rather forget.

Dane Clark has no time for seasonal frivolity. He has a stable to run, a lame horse to look after, and more than enough family drama to deal with. But the more the chatty guest with the pretty brown eyes and a way with horses gets under his skin, the harder it is to remember why he put himself out to pasture in the first place.

While helping the mare together, they start tearing down the fences of their pasts—until a storm hits and the Simone Family Christmas plans go awry. With the mare’s future in jeopardy, will Kelsey’s and Dane’s old wounds rear their heads, or can the warmth of Christmas melt their frosty hearts?

Holiday Hopes is the third title in the clean and wholesome Starlight Inn series. If you like flawed but hopeful heroes, charming small-town romance, Christmas cheer, and family ties that sometimes bind, this is the book for you.

With Holiday Hopes, the third book in the Starlight Inn series, Jessica Anne Renwick takes us back to Cedar Lake and Starlight Inn. I’ve read the second and third books in the series (review here), but I haven’t read the first. However, both sequels work well as standalones.

After losing her grandma and dropping out of veterinary school, Kelsey Simone feels bereft and inadequate this Christmas season. All she really wants is to recreate her grandmother’s peaceful and charming Christmas. Despite her best efforts, nothing seems to be working as it should.

The only redeeming grace for Kelsey is being able to help Dane Clark (the stable manager at Starlight Inn) with a gorgeous, abandoned and hurt Arabian mare that reminds her of her childhood horse.

Renwick does a fantastic job of immersing you in the story and making you feel like you’re a part of it. Her descriptions of Cedar Lake and the Starlight Inn make you wish you could live there. Furthermore, the compassion, caring and concern shown by the locals melts your heart, warms your soul and makes you wish for the same type of neighbor.

I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Friday Flashback: Charisse by Fay Lamb

My Review

I started reading Fay Lamb’s books in The Tie that Binds series, and was unable to put them down!! I read Charisse, and immediately went to Libby, then Hope.

Charisse is recently widowed and trying to stay above water not only for her sake but also for her young son, Vance, Jr. (V. J.) Her only hope is to go to work as the clerk for Judge Gideon Tabor, the man that releases the monster who killed her husband.

I ran the gamut of emotions reading Charisse’s story. I could understand her anger and feelings of wanting to avenge her husband’s death by remaining cold and distant toward Gideon, even though she had a crush on him in high school. I could also understand how his kindness could throw her off and make her vulnerable. I fell in love with her son, V. J., and wished I could take on his pain. I alternated between righteous indignation and cheering for Gideon. I also wanted to shake some sense into another judge, Delilah James, more than a few times!

Fay Lamb has a real, rare gift for placing you right smack in the middle of the action and making you feel as if you, too, are one of the key players.

Her portrayal of the Christian faith displayed by the characters in the book is authentic and uplifting. It is written in a natural, relatable way, woven expertly and seamlessly throughout, giving us a feeling of optimism and promise.

I honestly would love to have Charisse and V. J. as neighbors and friends. I’m also very excited that there are two more stories!! I am dreading the end of the series, as I love the characters.

Fay Lamb’s story Charisse is well-written, relatable and endearing.

I received Charisse from the author. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Publisher’s Review

******The author is donating 100% of her royalties from this book to hurricane relief through Samaritan’s Purse.********This author donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.********

Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school, but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection.

Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay.

(Previously published in 2017)

The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin

ABOUT the BOOK

Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.

Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson, the novella’s key characters, are single mothers of Bobby and Harry, both five years old. They are also immigrants in postwar America in 1951.

The narrative begins 20 days before Christmas, when the two boys come across a Christmas catalog that contains more gifts than they could possibly imagine. They can’t wait to get home from kindergarten each day, until right before Christmas, to go through the catalog choosing every present they could possibly want.

The mothers, in an effort to teach the young boys that there is more to Christmas than presents, set out to explain the true meaning of Christmas.

The story is charming and endearing. Along with rooting for the mothers, the reader can’t help but be swept up in the boy’s joy, excitement and wonder at the prospect of Christmas.

The Wish Book Christmas is a novella sequel to Lynn Austin’s novel If I Were You. Because I was unaware of this, I was occasionally perplexed when references to the preceding book were made. However, The Wish Book Christmas, with a few minor exceptions, may be read as a stand-alone story.

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

Announcing: Pure Flix and Anthem Lights

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A Show About Anthem Lights is a 20-episode animated series starring the members of the band Anthem Lights. This new comedy features the voices of the actual band members, which consist of Chad Graham (vocals), Spencer Kane (vocals), Joseph Stamper (piano) and Caleb Graham (keyboard instrument). Full of tongue-in-cheek humor, it depicts the everyday lives of being a Christian in a celebrity band. Each episode will make adults and children laugh throughout each segment.

A Show About Anthem Lights will premiere on Pure Flix on January 12, 2022. This will be Pure Flix’s first foray into producing original animated material for both children and adults! I’m looking forward to watching it with my family, which includes my young granddaughter!

“This show, in many ways, is a love letter to our fans and we think they are going to appreciate it as much as we appreciate them,” said band member Caleb Grimm. “We think it’s authentically funny and the music and stories will appeal to a wide range of people who may not be familiar with our music … yet.”

“If Only,” their most recent song, which was released in November of 2021, is one of my favorites. Some of their cover songs are also among my favorites. Their renditions of “In Christ Alone,” “Mary, Did You Know” and “You Say,” are wonderful.

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