1/29/15

A Brush with Love: A January Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 2) - Rachel Hauck

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.
Ginger Winters drapes her hair over her right shoulder and adjusts the scarf around her neck to cover her scarred, withered skin. She’s had the scars since she was twelve, but she’ll never get used to the ugliness.
The fire changed Ginger’s life, but out of the pain and humiliation of her own disfigurement, one quality unexpectedly emerged: a gift for bringing out the beauty in other women. In a twelve-year ascent from top salon jobs in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville, Ginger traveled the world as personal stylist to country music sensation Tracie Blue. The success was almost enough to make her forget her own appearance.
Almost. Now that she’s opened her own salon in Rosebud after a dozen years away, the truth is staring Ginger in the face again: she’s still that girl, ugly and scarred, forever on the outside looking in. And this weekend she’ll be looking in as “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts. Can this professional beauty-maker manage to recognize the beauty in herself, or are some scars too deep to powder over?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
RITA Finalist and Carol Award winner Rachel Hauck was recently chosen by Family Fiction readers as one of the top five romance authors in CBA. She has written more than fifteen novels, including the acclaimed Songbird novels with multi-platinum country singer Sara Evans. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband, and writes from her ivory tower (her office really is in a tower—and it’s painted ivory!).

MY THOUGHTS -
This was a cute story with a good story line - it just won't go down as my favorite.
There was good character development, I just didn't really like or connect with the them. I am also not into the whole "feel sorry for me" theme, and there was a lot of that. I like strong women in stories and she was not strong at all. I think it was suppose to get to your emotions but I just didn't feel it.
All that being said - I did still enjoy it! It is a worth while read. Especially if you like stories about people overcoming their fears and low self-esteem.

Rachel is a great author! I have enjoyed her books in the past as I am sure I will again!

Thank you "BookLook Bloggers" for sending me this book for my honest review.

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1/27/15

My Little Life of Jesus - Karen Williamson, Illustrator - Amanda Enright

5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus' life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR -
Karen Williamson worked as a London primary school teacher and publisher s editor before launching a successful career as a full-time writer. With three children of her own, she specializes in Bible stories for young readers.

Amanda Enright trained in London at Camberwell College of Art, the Royal College of Art, and St Martin s College of Art, winning a prize for drawing and a Special Student Award at the Annecy film festival. Amanda is inspired by Matisse and Picasso, and by beautiful old and new children s books, vintage fabrics, and toys. 

MY THOUGHTS -
I love this book!
There are gorgeous, bright colored pictures which are so important in children's books (and cookbooks LOL). The story is written simply so young minds will easily understand.
I love the padded hard cover front, I love the size -
But - what I loved most is that on each page after the written story is the corresponding bible reference! So you can look up the real verse in the Bible, show the child how to do it, and read the verse to them. They are never too young to start learning. This way they can see the story comes right from the Bible.


Thank you Kregel Publications for sending me this great book for my honest review - always can count on a great one from you guys!

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1/26/15

Zombie Elementary - Howard Whitehouse

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Larry Mullet is your typical fourth grader. He's not the biggest kid or the smartest kid or the best looking kid. He rides his bike, plays baseball, takes the school bus, avoids cafeteria food, and--oh yeah, he's a zombie hunting expert. Larry was just doing his usual thing when Alex Bates from Ms Hoag's class tried to eat him. Sadly, that was only the beginning. Something odd was going on at Brooks Elementary... and it was up to Larry and his friends to take charge (for some reason). Hilariously told interview-style as a record of the REAL story, and peppered with zombie tips and facts, zombie cheerleaders and plenty of gore, this book will be a surefire hit for anyone interested in a ghoulishly good life-or-death comedy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
When people ask what Howard does for a living, he says he's a writer and professional model-maker. His one-man company is called "Brushes with Danger." If pressed, he admits that he design games and is a partner in an outfit called 'Pulp Action Library.' Howard has written such middle grade classics as Bogbrush the Barbarian and the Mad Misadventures series. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, Lori, and some cats. He does all his own stunts. 

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is freakin adorable... AHEM I mean - its super cool and grotesquely fun and just... freakin adorable! I know this book is meant for the middle school readers - and they will love it! But I loved it too.
This had me giggling out loud on more than a few occasions. The characters were great. There was no lack of action, but it was not so gross that it would scare young minds. I thought it would be perfect for a 5th or 6th grader.
I did think the ending got a little carried away and felt rushed but I think your average pre-teen wouldn't mind and may not even notice.

This book was great fun and I think kids will  love it!

Thanks Librarything Early reviewers for giving me this book for my honest review.

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1/23/15

Friday Top Five - contest



Check out the rules - HERE

Top 5 foods you hate!
1. Mushrooms
2. Meat
3. Artichokes
4. Black olives
5. Blue cheese

YUCK!
Give me your list!

1/22/15

Love Unexpected - Jody Hedlund

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
1859
Presque Isle, Michigan
What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received a bachelor's from Taylor University and a master's from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. 
She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com

MY THOUGHTS -
I only have one thought really - PERFECT! I loved this perfect historical romance. I loved that is was set in a lighthouse. I loved the characters! Loved Emma and absolutely adored Patrick and his spoiled obstinate little boy LOL. Boy I was rooting for this unlikely trio all the way.

This was a very sweet, clean, give you chills kind of romance! But don't think it is all mush and lovey stuff, there is a lot of action and mystery to this one too. That's what makes it so good.
I wouldn't exactly call this a "Christian Romance" it is a pretty clean romance, there is some kissing and thoughts of desire but they ARE married!

Thank you Bethany House Publishers for this e-book in exchange for my honest review!

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1/20/15

How Do You Know? (Seeking Happily Ever After Series Book 1) - Meredith Schorr

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn’t look, act, or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should. The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship. When a spontaneous request for a temporary “break” from her live-in boyfriend results in a “break-up,” Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4.0.
In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn’t always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women’s fiction, digs deep in her newest novel and raises the age old issue of the ‘proverbial clock’ that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. How Do You Know? is her fourth novel. To learn more, visit her at:

MY THOUGHTS -
I'm glad this book got really good reviews from Amazon!
Its books like these that make me remember why I love chick-lit. They're fun and quirky and they make it seem like its OK to be who you are - even if its almost 40 and still single and looking for love in all the wrong places.

This story did keep me guessing. Just as soon as I thought I knew how it was going to end, I was so sure I was wrong, then - oh maybe not!
I did think the main character, Maggie was a bit flighty and Doug (the ex) was a bit harsh, but that did make the story interesting and fun. I also thought despite all this they were totally relatable.
I think one of my favorite parts was the speed dating. I have never done this (I am happily married) but I do admit it sounds like a hoot.

This was my first book by Meredith Schorr, but I think I was at one time going to read and review "Blogger Girl", now I am very interested!

Thank you Booktrope Publishing for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

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1/19/15

Love At Mistletoe Inn - Cindy Kirk

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Hope Prentiss didn’t go to the Harmony High School senior prom. Instead, she and John Burke drove to Boise and got married. At eighteen. But when Hope panicked after saying “I do,” the mail-order preacher assured her he just wouldn’t send in the paperwork. No forms, no marriage, no problem. Right?

Well . . .
Now, ten years later, Hope discovers that her prom-night wedding counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. And he’s staying with her Aunt Verna at the inn where she and Hope host weddings. Though Hope thinks she wants an annulment, a little time with John makes her think twice . . . and emotions between the more-or-less Mr. and Mrs. Burke reach a boiling point a soon as they get a moment alone.

With annulment out the window, Hope finds herself staring in the face of a divorce. But after spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce … or a real wedding of her own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win which garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. She’s been writing—and selling—ever since. Cindy has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Publishers Weekly best seller. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2007. In November 2014, she began serving as President of the 10,000+ member organization. She’s a frequent speaker at not only the national RWA conferences, but large regional writing conferences. She has also presented at smaller retreats and conferences across the country.

MY THOUGHTS -
A new wedding series! Yay
This one was very sweet and VERY romantic. This one was definitely chillbump worthy.
I really like the way this one flowed. I loved the characters. It was all very well done :-)
And well this book did throw me for a loop a couple times, it definitely got a little steamy at times (but they were married). There were certainly a few surprised in there. Aunt Verna, she's a sneaky one! Great ending to a sweet story.

Thank you "Gook Look Bloggers" for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

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