Yesterday’s Christmas (A Season Passed Book 2) by A. M. Heath

Book Description:

During a snowstorm, Betty Tanner finds herself stuck with her estranged husband. Spending Christmas with Glenn wasn’t what she had in mind, and her mind reluctantly travels back three decades to their first Christmas together, when another snowstorm caused her to wreck her car outside the Tanner home …

1954: Stranded with the Tanners over Christmas, Betty is forced into the company of Glenn, who had spurned her for years. But as the snow falls outside, the walls between Betty and Glenn begin to crumble, revealing a side of him she never knew existed. A side she longs to know better.

Pride and bitterness can make a beast out of anyone. And the hardships they face in their relationship are of their own making. But can following Christ’s ways lead Betty and Glenn to the reconciliation they long for?

A.M. Heath invites you to spend Christmas with the Tanners in a dual-timeline novel loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast. You’re sure to fall in love again and again.

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My Review

Have you ever read a book and felt like you just stepped right into the story and became a part of it, either as a fly on the wall or as one of the characters? That is how I felt when reading A. M. Heath’s Yesterday’s Christmas.

Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, Yesterday’s Christmas is written with a dual timeline between 1954 and 1985.

Life in 1954 wasn’t without its hardships, but young love conquered all. I laughed so hard when Betty Marshall was stranded at Glenn Tanner’s house and was forced to make breakfast for him and his grandfather. I saw my Mom and Dad, newly married in 1953, when my Mom couldn’t even boil water without burning it (though for very different reasons than Betty). I cried when Betty and Glenn were in 1985. I thought of my parents again, still married, but facing a lot of problems.

Heath has packed a lot of story and Biblical wisdom in her newest book. How many times as a wife did you feel your husband neglected you for work, or sports or any of a myriad of other reasons; and how many times as a husband did you feel your wife didn’t appreciate or understand why you worked so hard or needed to decompress with TV, or sports or whatever.

Betty had slowly but surely let anger and bitterness take over her life. However, God had a wake-up call for her; she just needed to listen and remember…” The secret to happy marriage is this: It’s never the wrong time to dance with your beautiful bride.”

Yesterday’s Christmas is book two in A Season Passed Series, but it works very well as a standalone.

I received a copy of this book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Author Bio:

Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

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You’re Beautiful (Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Book 1) by Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini

My Review

Hannah Arduini and her mother, Julie Arduini, created and co-authored a beautiful story that will resonate with a female of any age.

The story focuses on Hayley Atkinson and Sabrina Wayson. Hayley is in middle school struggling with fitting in and hurtful lies, while Sabrina, a college graduate, is trying to figure out where her life is going and resolve feelings of unworthiness. Both of them suffer from low self-esteem, brought on by similar, but very different reasons. They join Linked, a mentoring program started by Sabrina’s parents, Sabrina as a mentor and Hayley as a mentee. However, they feel like frauds who can not really contribute to the group.

The book has many teachable moments for adults and young adults. One example from the mentoring group, Linked, is especially powerful. As you read, it is easy to relate, absorb and readjust some of your own stinkin’ thinkin’. Of course, real change and adjustment come from sincere desire, repentance and prayer- which is perfectly illustrated in the narrative.

A positive, thought-provoking tale designed to encourage readers to re-think their thoughts and emotions, You’re Beautiful reminds all of us we are daughters of God, His princesses, a truth regardless of what anyone, including ourselves, tells us.

I can’t wait for the other books in the series to come out. I want to read them, too!

I received the book from the authors. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

Wildfire (Peril in the Park Book 3) by Gayla K Hiss

My Review

Gayla Hiss’s newest novel in the Peril in the Park Series, Wildfire, is a breath-taking story. I encountered this timely, riveting read as the decimating western fires dominate the news.

Rachael Woodston is a college professor and a wildfire researcher. She has developed a program to help predict the many variables, such as wind and speed, that can affect the fire’s course.

Dylan Veracruz is the leader of a firefighting crew. The last thing he or his team need is a seemingly hotshot college teacher getting in their way while they try to fight forest fires, and he definitely doesn’t need her trying to tell him how to do his job. He knows how fires work; he’s on the line working against them whenever and wherever they pop up within his region.

I related emotionally to all the firefighters and the wildfire researchers when repeated, intractable fires kept springing up in the beautiful Rocky Mountain area for no apparent reason.

I appreciated how the characters were at different stages in their Christian lives. Some of the characters, even having gone through some sad situations, are still close to God. Other characters, having gone through similar tragedies, struggle with their faith, feeling science provides more answers. As the plot moves along, so does their journey toward mature belief. The story isn’t preachy. Each person’s viewpoint seems a natural outgrowth of their circumstances and perceptions. I admired how they allowed their opinions to be challenged without rejecting faith outright.

Wildfires tension, twists and unique situations had me thoroughly engrossed, trying to guess the eventual outcome. A truly captivating story, delving deeply into the warrior mentality of the people whose calling is to place their own lives between ours and imminent fiery destruction.

I applaud the investigatory process, as it is very evident throughout the book. In addition, there are some fascinating facts and resources in the back of the book.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Will Rachael and Dylan escape the fire’s fury, or perish in the flames?

Sparks fly when wildfire researcher Rachael Woodston clashes with firefighter Dylan Veracruz in Rocky Mountain National Park. The June fire season has just begun, yet a long-standing drought has already turned the national park into a tinderbox. Rachael’s computer data indicates the fire Dylan’s crew is fighting is about to accelerate, but he doesn’t believe her—until the fire suddenly gets out of control and they have to evacuate.

Suspecting arson, Rachael and Dylan join forces in search of answers and soon discover that chasing fires isn’t all they have in common—they’re both survivors who’ve tragically lost loved ones. However, their difference of opinion about faith keeps them at arm’s length, despite a growing attraction. As the danger escalates, Rachael and Dylan soon find themselves in a firestorm they cannot escape. All seems lost until Rachael has a profound encounter that restores her faith and gives her hope. The close call also fuels her determination to stop the fiend behind the flames.

But can she and Dylan solve the mystery and extinguish their enemy before disaster strikes again?

Hank and Sarah- A Love Story by Juliette Duncan

My Review

Hank and Sarah-A Love Story, is about falling in love at first sight-literally.

Sarah Richards, a nurse, lost her husband nine years earlier, leaving her to raise their daughter, Maddy, by herself. She is not looking, nor is she interested in finding love again.

Hank Mitchell, a doctor who had been burned by love, was and wasn’t interested in falling in love again either.

The story, according to Juliette Duncan, is geared more to the YA (young adult, tweenager) group. Nonetheless, it can be enjoyed by almost any aged reader.

One thing I enjoyed, which was also problematic, is how much is packed into the short novella. The other thing is-they fall in love immediately. Now I realize stories must move quickly in a novella, so perhaps the latter could be overlooked.  However, even though this is a prequel to another book, I feel too many plot lines were introduced and not satisfactorily concluded.

I also enjoyed Juliette Duncan’s writing style and look forward to reading the sequel, Rebellion in Riversleigh.

If you are looking for a short, quick read about sweet, Christian love, then Hank and Sarah will fit the bill!

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Sarah is a single mother whose husband died nine years earlier. She is a nurse and is taking a training course. There she meets Dr. Hank Wilson.

Hank is a Doctor that is very close to his family.

Hank and Sarah seem to hit it off immediately. Can they find what they are looking for in each other?

Army of God by Dennis Bailey (Guest Review )

Written by Bill Pink

Army of God, by Dennis Bailey, is a tale of patient faith and palace intrigue.  It is a tale of romance and suspense.  It is supremely imaginative. It begins and ends with the judgement of God.  The story leaves us with hope…and warning.

The plot opens in an antediluvian world in which the Garden of Eden still exists, although well-guarded against trespass by a lethal angel of God.  Notwithstanding this visible proof of God’s existence and His creative work, men almost universally scoff at the notion of God and certainly at His authority.  Yet they yearn for the garden’s crown jewel – the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a fruit, they believe, that bestows eternal life.  Sinful men try to invade the garden and plunder its fruit but are effortlessly slaughtered by its angelic sentry.  Thus, primeval man had tangible evidence of God their Creator and had seen the power of His wrath wrought against sin and rebellion.  Yet sin flourished in the primordial world.

I loved coming to intimately know characters all too briefly mentioned in Scripture.  Bailey introduces Noah, nicknamed Preacher, holding forth as an orator of God’s word.  Upright in a wicked world and faithful to the mission God has given him, Noah also wields a mean sword.  Enemies who threaten Noah’s family or the ark they are building are often as not hewn down by his sharp blade.  Over time, love blossoms between Noah’s son, Ham, and a servant girl twenty years his senior (who has saved the Noah family from destruction).  What’s a twenty-year age difference when you are spending two centuries on an ark-building project?  Patriarchs in Noah’s family tree, including his father, Lamech, and the venerable Methuselah hold back the forces of evil in their city in the waning years of their lives. While they buy precious time, Noah builds elsewhere.

Totally fictitious antagonist characters are bittersweet to know.  All unsaved people are not unmitigated, black-hearted villains.  For instance, Shechem, an enemy commander, had loved Noah’s daughter-in-law as an adolescent.  Even as he leads an army to destroy God’s ark, he rescues the daughter-in-law from a rapist and restores her to Noah and her family.  Only days later, he drowns in the deluge.  As we read, we acknowledge the justice of God, but we weep for many nonetheless.

The book’s title and cover illustration are the only spoilers I will allow to foreshadow the climactic battle to save the ark from human destruction.  Some readers may howl with laughter; others may not even be surprised by God’s use of any instrument He chooses to work His will.  The Army of God’s army of God is imaginative, but nothing supernatural should be difficult for Christians to believe possible.  Remember the armies of Egypt, Moses’ staff, and the Red Sea?

Dennis Bailey faced a difficult literary problem in crafting this novel.  He had to show modern readers a world totally bereft of its moral compass, a world that had lost its humanity, utterly.  Creating such a setting was necessary to show the justice of God in drowning every living creature in it, save the remnant with Noah.  Bailey shows us an ancient world in which families are broken by infidelity; a world in which venal rulers lie to and murder their own subjects; a world where whole national populations are slaughtered, raped and enslaved; a world of sexual debauchery and perversion; a world in which innocent babies are killed barbarically.  He accomplishes well his task of painting a picture of a civilization that simply cried out for its own destruction.  But he really needed to paint a worse picture on this canvass than the one in which we live our lives today.  Seemingly, the task was impossible. Perhaps the culture from which Noah was saved cannot be distinguished from 21st-century civilization which, in America alone, murders over one million babies every year.

Contemplating the similarity between Noah’s world and our own brings gratitude toward God for the rainbow’s promise that the flood waters will not return.  It brings thanksgiving for forgiveness through Jesus Christ for the sins in which we knowingly immerse ourselves.  It brings trembling for the next judgement, which is surely imminent. Yet, it brings hope as we repeat with the Apostle John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

Visit Dennis Bailey at /http://www.dennisbaileyauthor.com/

Spotlight on Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh and Giveaway-on tour with Celebrate Lit

Spotlight on Enduring Love

About the Book

Title: Enduring Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

Can love really conquer all or will Belle’s past be too much for Micah to handle?

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About the Author

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

Guest Post from Toni Shiloh

Hey there, Reader Friends!

I’m so excited for the kickoff of Enduring Love. This is book 3 in the Maple Run series and features the story of Belle Peterson and Micah Campbell. You may remember meeting Micah in book 2 of the series, he is Luke Robinson’s best friend. I tell you, this book has a special place in my heart, one that brought out all the emotions in me.

Belle Peterson is living a life filled with shame and regret. She knows mentally that she’s been forgiven, but can’t reconcile the fact to how a redeemed life should look. And when Micah Campbell walks in her life, she’s certain that she has to stay as far from him as possible to keep from backsliding.

Y’all know our wants rarely meet with reality. I had fun throwing Belle and Micah together in Maple Run. Sometimes to their chagrin but always to my pleasure. J Characters from Buying Love (book 1) and Finding Love (book 2) will make an appearance, rounding out the family that has been created in my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia.

As you take the time to read Belle and Micah’s story, I pray you keep this verse in your mind. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 KJV

God does not want us to live a life of shame and guilt. Once we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us freely. Walk in an abundant life, my friends, and bless others with the grace you so freely received.

Blessings to you,

Toni

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Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh-Book Spotlight and Giveaway-Celebrate Lit Tour

About the Book

Title: Just Let Go

Author: Courtney Walsh

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.

Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

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About the Author

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at http://www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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Godly Book Reviews, July 9

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Return to Bella Terra (The Italian Chronicles Book 3) by MaryAnn Diorio

My Review

Return to Bella Terra opens in America, specifically Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1900s. MaryAnn Diorio depicts the plight of the Italian immigrants to the United States in vivid detail. My heart ached for the Tonetta family, indeed all the families struggling to eke out a living while facing extreme racism and poverty. Couple their dire straits with the harsh winter, and I was moved to tears.

Maria Tonetta returns to Sicily with her oldest child, Nico, after receiving a telegram letting her know her mother is in her final days on earth. Diorio painted such a contrast between the weather in New York and Maria’s home in Italy that you not only felt you were there in the lush fields and countryside, but you also wanted to be there. However, Sicily’s economic crisis, the reason the Tonetta’s left for America, was still evident.

I enjoyed being able to catch up with the people of The Italian Chronicles. I especially appreciated the perspicuous and plentiful references to the characters’ faith, forgiveness and redemption even amidst their failings and frailties. There were some aspects of the story where I felt one or two of the people were more judgmental than was necessary for the circumstances, but overall the narrative felt true to life and representative of human nature.

Return to Bella Terra is book three, and the last, of The Italian Chronicles series. Because the story is a continuation, it would be better to read all three in order.

I received this book from BookCrash. However, I was under no obligation to post a review, nor was a positive review required.

You may purchase this book on Amazon or from a local retailer. (Not an affiliate link.)

Publisher’s Summary

A mother, her son, and the man who threatens to come between them . . .

When Maria Landro Tonetta receives word that Mama is terminally ill, Maria travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm, now on the verge of bankruptcy.

Caught between two worlds, Maria dreams of moving back to Sicily with her husband and children to save the farm.
When, however, Nico’s biological father unexpectedly appears at Mama’s funeral, Maria faces a new enemy to her dream.

But is there an even greater enemy within her own soul?

Promises Renewed (The Potter’s House Books, Book 5) by Mary Manners

My Review

Mary Manners scores again with her latest book, featuring Brianna Caufield and Jackson Reed.

Brianna loved Jackson with all her heart when they were teenagers. However, life, circumstances and the enticement of a pro football career shatters her dreams of marriage and a family. She doesn’t let the loss keep her down. She finishes school and starts a youth center for the kids in her hometown.

Mary Manners has written a book with a lot of depth and meaning. She deals with young love, loss and healing. Through Brianna and Jackson’s lives, she shows how others are affected by decisions that were taken out of their hands, how faith is so necessary to life and how forgiveness is crucial to being able to move on and forward in life.

I enjoyed Promises Renewed  because, unlike novellas which only give a small snapshot of the characters, a novel tells the complete story. We’re able to understand decisions made, even if we don’t agree with them and we come to care genuinely for the individuals concerned.

Promises Renewed is book 5 of The Potter’s House Books. There are currently five of 21 available, this one being released on the 22nd of May; the others will be released through 2019. Each book is a standalone and is designed so they can be read in any order you wish.

I received this book from the author, Mary Manners. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

A heartbreaking secret stands between Brianna and Jackson, and she plans to keep it that way…

When Brianna Caufield hosts an online auction to raise money for her fledgling youth center, the last thing she expects is to be matched for a date with Jackson Reed. Lured by the fame of an NFL career, the hometown hero and all-star quarterback broke off their engagement without so much as a backward glance. Now, washed-up and wiser, Jack’s come home with renewed faith and a changed heart—and he wants Brianna back. No matter how much she still cares for Jackson,

Brianna knows the secret she harbors will destroy any chance of a future together. Can Jack find a way to coax the secret to the surface? And if he does, will forgiveness draw them closer together…or will their love be shattered?