Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne




Home on the Range picks up shortly after the events in Back in the Saddle book 1 of the Double S Ranch series. Colt has found his happiness, Sam is trying to make amends, the town is slowly but surely being put back together, and then we have Nick. If you read the first book you already know that Nick has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. But who could blame him? He never got over the hurt of his mother leaving him as a child and then his wife turned around and did the same exact thing to his two beautiful young girls. Home on the Range is his story and how meeting the lovely Elsa changes everything for him. It could stand on it's own if you have not read book 1, but it's wonderful as well so I for one am grateful I read it first. 

I loved being immersed in visuals of the ranch while reading Home on the Range. There's just something about a ranch setting that always heavily appeals to me. I think that helped offset some of the emotional aspects of the book and helped to keep things a little lighter. The family dynamics, romance, and emotional baggage made this one very beautiful and at times heartrending. The love, humor, and overall feel of family kept it from being depressing though, and I'm sure there were even more smiles than there were tears as I read this lovely story.  I highly recommend this story to romance lovers especially those who like a charming ranch setting and emotional stories. 

** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **

Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Cloth Over Board, Green, Red Letter Edition






Book Description 

The Thomas Nelson KJV Thinline Large Print Bible—featuring the timeless beauty of the trustworthy King James translation in a large, readable font size—strikes the perfect balance between portability and readability. Wherever you’re going, the KJV Thinline Large Print Bible is built to travel with you. This easy-to-carry Bible comes with features that will enhance your reading experience, including beautifully-designed covers, an all-new typesetting in the elegant and readable Thomas Nelson KJV font, double ribbon markers, and the words of Christ in red.
Features Include:
Thomas Nelson KJV font Words of Christ in red Full-color maps Double ribbon marker Easy-to-read, 10-point type
My Review: 
 The KJV, Thinline, Large Print, Cloth Over Board, Red Letter Edition Bible is absolutely gorgeous. I love the turquoise color and beautiful vines on both the front and back covers. The 10-point large print type is super easy to read and puts much less strain on my eyes. Upon opening the bible, the first page has a lovely verse about the word of God, and a place to fill in if you are presenting this bible to someone. One of my favorite features is definitely how it stays flat when opened for reading, regardless of  what page it is opened to. The double ribbon markers ( in turquoise ) are a very nice and convenient feature as well. All that along with it being KJV and having all the basics such as index, maps, one year reading plan, etc., could easily make this my favorite bible to own. I gave this copy to my daughter and am now thinking that I may have to purchase another copy for myself.  My only issue is that the particular copy that we received did have a couple of  places ( that I have noticed so far )  with a printing issue of missing ink ( example instead of seeing the word And it shows A with part of  the lower right side missing, no n, d. )  I sure hope there are no other places like this after further inspection. It's definitely not enough to make me dislike the product or discourage me from buying another copy though. It truly is a beautiful bible.  

** BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. **

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen






Book Description ( provided via booklook bloggers )  

Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows. And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.
When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.
Books published under the Blink imprint are intended for a general readership without being overtly Christian.

My Review:


Unfolding was very fascinating. Strange... but still very fascinating. It definitely kept me captivated and held my attention throughout the entire book. Although I did like the story, I feel like sometimes it was just a bit too out there and left too many things just flapping around in the wind without resolution or reason. With that said I did feel like this book had interesting characters that sometimes really carried the story when bits of plot where missing and the story may have otherwise fell flat. The fact that the main character had a physical disability was something different and unique that really set it apart from other fiction books that I have read. The descriptive writing was absolutely one of my favorite things about the story and at times was very poetic and moving. Overall it was a pretty decent read and should appeal to someone craving something different to read.

** BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. **

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Starlight Bridge: review, excerpt, giveaway, book tour





A second chance for romance...
STARLIGHT BRIDGE
Harmony Harbor #2
Debbie Mason
Releasing Feb 28, 2017
Forever






Blurb 


A second chance for romance...

Hidden in Greystone Manor is a book containing all the dark secrets of Harmony Harbor, and Ava DiRossi is determined to find it. No one-especially not her ex-husband, Griffin Gallagher-can ever discover what really tore her life apart all those years ago. With Griffin back in town, it's more important than ever that she find the book before someone else does. Because her ex is still angry with her for leaving him. And he still has no idea Ava never stopped loving him...

Ava is no longer the vibrant, happy woman Griffin had once loved and married, and he would do anything to bring back the sparkle to her brilliant green eyes. But what's never changed are the sexy sparks of attraction between Ava and Griffin, and he won't give her up again without a fight. He knows there's the real possibility of a future together... if the truth doesn't burn the bridge between them forever.


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30364173-starlight-bridge

Goodreads Series Link https://www.goodreads.com/series/188462-harmony-harbor


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Excerpt  

“Ava, let go of your foot. You’ll hurt your arm.”
She ignored him, swearing in Italian while still holding on to her foot with both hands.
He released an exasperated sigh. “Stubborn as ever,” he muttered as he walked toward her and scooped her into his arms. She might be as stubborn as she used to be, but she was at least thirty pounds lighter. When they were together, she’d been all soft, lush curves. She released a surprised gasp and her arms automatically went around his neck. Beneath the smell of damp wool, he caught a whiff of the same perfume she used to wear—Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It brought back memories of all the times he’d held her in his arms. Seven years of memories, most of them amazing.
He set her on the edge of the bed and cleared his throat. “Do you think your foot’s broken?”
She didn’t answer; she looked like she might be in shock. He crouched in front of her to remove her wet shoes. The old Ava wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing shoes like these. She loved heels, the higher the better. Sexy, strappy shoes that were colorful and blinged out. He never could figure out how she walked in them for hours on end without complaining. But damn, he’d loved watching her do it. He should probably be grateful her taste in footwear had changed too.
This pair though…“For Chrissakes, Ava, there’s a hole in the bottom of this shoe, and look at this.” He lifted the other shoe, flicking its flapping sole.
She made a small choking sound, her eyes huge in her flushed face.
He frowned. “What’s wrong with—”
“You…you’re naked.”
He scowled and rose to his feet. “It’s not like you haven’t seen it before,” he grumbled, stalking to the bathroom to retrieve a towel. She was gone by the time he came back.




 Such a lovely second chance romance. I have read a few books by Debbie Mason and in my experience they are always equal parts beautiful, fun, and emotional. Starlight Bridge is definitely all of those things and much more. It blends the perfect amount of romance, tension, heartbreak, rivalry, and humor. There's even a meddling ghost! This is definitely not just a fluffy romance. There is true depth and emotion in these pages and I for one just could not get enough!

 Ava and Griffin are both wonderful characters and you can't help but to become personally involved in their story, cheering for them to get back together and see through their past difficulties to see that they are meant to be. It just seems so perfect that Griffin helps Ava to overcome her current obstacles while they both work on trying to figure out how to overcome the obstacles from their past. It seems like poor Ava's life just took a dramatic downturn after the events that took place that caused her to ask Griffin for a divorce. So I was beyond thrilled to get to see her be happy again. The twist that is thrown in with Griffin's ex Lexi was a little nerve wracking at first because I thought it was going to keep them apart. But of course I don't want to give too much away. 

Overall this is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to all fans of romance with great humor and depth.



** Thank you Tasty Book Tours and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy for review. **


Author Info




Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: Gilt Hollow





My Review: 
This isn't my typical genre, but I am so glad that I decided to read Gilt Hollow. There's lots of mystery and suspense in this book, which was very interesting and kept me guessing, but there's also some romance for readers like me who think romance makes everything a little better 😉. The characters are very intriguing, even the bad ones. You can't help but to ping pong around in your mind who you think the true killer might be. Even some of the seemingly nicer characters come under suspect a few times and really make you think about people's ulterior motives. Ashton was a very captivating main character and really made me care about him and the fact that he was falsely convicted. His and Willow's friendship/romance was very starcrossed lovers meets childhood sweetheart and I absolutely ate it up. I read through this book fairly quick because I just could not get enough. I think you would enjoy this book just as much as I did if you are a fan of YA with friendship, mystery, suspense, and some romance. 

** I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. **