winner of A Talent for Trouble
winner of the Gratitude Giveaway
Make sure you return on December 21st for the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway. I have another surprise box of books to give away!
Make sure you return on December 21st for the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway. I have another surprise box of books to give away!
Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.
But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour – a single father with strange culinary habits – seems determined to win Liesl’s affection.
When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.
Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year Watch Over Me. When she’s not writing, she’s a homeschool mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church’s youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.
Stones for Bread is the second book I have read by Christa Parrish, but will definitely not be the last! She is an author to put on your must read list, and her latest novel is proof of her big talent.
Liesl is a baker of bread; a keeper of bread. Bread making is more than a way to make a living for her. It is a way to connect with her past and her passion. It also is a good way to work herself so much she has little time for relationships. Although she has been safe in her kitchen, Liesl is forced to make connections — to her staff, a friendly delivery man and his daughter and to her past. It is her past that has kept her insulated and it is her past she must confront.
I loved the way Parrish tells Liesl’s story. She begins her chapters with glimpses of Liesl’s childhood and then interspersed is a mystical tale of bread containing facts, superstitions and spiritual truths. And for those who are more adventurous and patient than myself, there are recipes for sourdough starter and breads. But it is the characters that really make the story for me — Xavier a retired baker and his grandson Jude, Tee the cantankerous Ukranian cook, the prodding kitchen helper/waitress Gretchen, and the larger-than-life Seamus and his daughter Cecelia, the little girl abandoned by her mother who makes the biggest connection with Liesl.
So if you want a very satisfying read with a complex storyline and well-fleshed-out characters, pick up a copy of Stones for Bread. And you may want a little snack near by; this book really whet my appetite!
Great For Book Clubs.
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(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
We’re thrilled to be touring Christa Parrish‘s fourth novel, Stones for Bread. Filled with both spiritual and literal nourishment, Stones for Bread provides a feast for the senses from award-winning author Christa Parrish.
Christa is celebrating the release of Stones for Bread with a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.
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For years, Miss Felicia Murdock’s every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister’s wife. When the minister she’d set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change–and soon–before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she’s not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who’s to say nay?
Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
Just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia’s life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.
A Talent for Trouble can be described as a screwball comedy. Main character Felicia Murdock definitely has a talent for finding trouble, from the parlors and ballrooms of Fifth Avenue to the pubs and opium dens of New York’s slums. She attracts notice where ever she goes, and Grayson Sumner is her chief admirer. Through a number of misunderstandings, interesting situations and even dangerous events the two fight attraction until it is too late for both of them.
An historical, romantic comedy, A Talent for Trouble will appeal to those who like witty dialogue and ridiculously funny antics. A light and quick read, it also examines the spiritual themes of accepting forgiveness and finding value in who God created you to be. And if you have read Turano’s previous books, you will be happy to find the return of many of your favorite characters. But if this is your first taste of Turano, don’t worry; A Talent for Trouble is easily read as a standalone.
(Thanks to TLC Book Tours for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
The publisher is giving one of my readers a copy of A Talent for Trouble! To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment. The giveaway runs through November 28. (US addresses only) Good Luck!
Monday, October 21st: The Overweight Bookshelf
Wednesday, October 30th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, October 30th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, November 4th: Dear Brighton
Tuesday, November 5th: Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Wednesday, November 6th: Deb’s Book Bag
Tuesday, November 12th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, November 13th: Reviews from the Heart
Thursday, November 14th: My Bookshelf
Monday, November 18th: Joyfully Retired
Tuesday, November 19th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, November 21st: Peeking Between the Pages
TBD: Hardcover Feedback
November is a time to remember just what we are thankful for. Well, I am thankful for all of my readers! So I am participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. From now through November 30th, bloggers are giving away books and bookish stuff. To find out more, click HERE.
To show my gratitude, I am giving away a Surprise Box of Books including fiction and non-fiction! To whet your interest I will let you in on one of the surprises in store – Tricia Goyer’s Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rose. So leave me a comment. And a big Thank You to everyone!
Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?
I am so excited to offer 3 copies of Liz Curtis Higgs’ newest book, The Women of Christmas. Liz’s online Bible study featuring this book begins November 14. So from now until then you have a chance to win your own copy. Just leave me a comment to enter the giveaway. Please note: US addresses only. (Thanks so much to the publisher for this great opportunity. I will post a review of The Women of Christmas in a few weeks.)
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.
Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! HarperCollins Christian Publishing best-selling authors Tricia Goyer, Beth Wiseman, and Colleen Coble have teamed up to give away their books and other Christmas-themed titles leading up to their Facebook chat on November 12 at 8:00 PM EST. During the hour-long event, the authors will be introducing readers to their new releases and holiday books, answering reader questions, and giving away prizes. (RSVP here!)
Each day leading up to the party, ten copies of a different book will be up for grabs. Stop by each day to see the new title, then enter to win! We’ll reveal the winners at the author chat party!
ENTER each day’s giveaway here.
RSVP for the party here!
Davis Bunn is giving away 3 books in his Marc Royce series. Visit his FB page every day this week for a new chance to enter. Good Luck!
America’s newest heiress must decide if her potential fortune is rationale enough to give up her freedom and all that God is leading her toward. And when her newly-discovered siblings are threatened with ruin, her quandary deepens. Then as Cora nears Rome, more journalists are tracking the news story of the decade—“Copper Cora,” the rags-to-riches girl—and want to know more about her family and the men vying for her attention. Meanwhile, a charming Italian countess decides that if Cora isn’t going to claim Will’s heart, she might just try…
Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.
Glittering Promises is the concluding novel in Lisa T. Bergren’s sweeping The Grand Tour series. Cora Diehl Kensington has certainly matured since she was introduced as a humble Montana farm girl. Throughout the series Cora has had to wrestle with her identity and place in the world. In this final book Cora steps confidently into her future — a great conclusion to this grand saga.
Much has occurred during the Grand Tour that the Morgan and Kensington children have embarked upon. Cora has had to come to terms with the knowledge of her real identity along with sudden wealth. Finding her way among her family, new social status and love interests while visiting the great landmarks of Europe has proven daunting. But Cora relies not only on her upbringing but her faith in God to see her through.
Lisa Bergren has created a series fraught with danger, deception, and illusions amidst the backdrop of Europe of the early 1900s. Times certainly have changed — women’s rights, collapse of social barriers — but the truths of who we are in the world and God remain the same. Cora discovers the power of love and forgiveness as she embarks on the life she is carving out for herself.
If you like epic sagas, rich historical details, and a story to touch your heart, then check out The Grand Tour series. Be sure to start with Glamorous Illusions, then turn to Grave Consequences. Then you will be ready to begin Glittering Promises.
For other reviews, click HERE.
(Thanks to David C Cook for a review copy. All opinions are mine alone.)
Lisa is celebrating the release of Glittering Promises by giving away a $200 Italian feast from Williams-Sonoma and hosting a fun Facebook party on October 29th.
One winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 29th. Winner will be announced at the “Glittering Promises” Facebook Author Chat Party on October 29th. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, European trivia, and prizes, and get an exclusive look Lisa’s next book.
So grab your copies of the Grand Tour series and join Lisa on the evening of October 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer is hosting the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Bloggers from all over are giving away spooky books and bookish stuff to their readers. The Hop runs through October 31st. To check out all the fabulous giveaways, click HERE.
I am giving away 2 spooky books from James L. Rubart. To enter, just leave me a comment. For an additional entry, like my FB page.
Soul’s Gate — Reece Roth once was able to step into the supernatural world and see things with stunning clarity. But that was decades ago—before the enemy destroyed his family. Now God has chosen four people to change the world and appointed Reece to train them. But will they be able to overcome the evil one’s relentless pursuit?
Memory’s Door –With a victory against the Evil One under their belts, the four of the Prophecy have managed to bring even greater adversity their way. Now the four must stand against the Enemy’s continued assaults-and try to determine how to prevail. These four have seen amazing things in the spiritual realm. But faith can become even more difficult when it’s influenced by sight.
I have a SIGNED copy of For Every Season, book 3 in the Amish Orchards and Vines series by Cindy Woodsmall, to give away! To enter just leave a comment. Earn a second chance when you like my FB page. Giveaway runs through October 20th.
Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?