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Happy Book Birthday! Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

14 Feb

51vjvxj2fyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech’s family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law’s homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.

 

716ygj6-rql-_ux250_-pngJill Eileen Smith is the author of Desert Princess (ebook short)  Loves of King Solomon series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, the upcoming Daughters of the Promised Land series, and the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found reading, biking, traveling, spending time with friends, or snugging her feline writing buddy Tiger. She especially enjoys spending time with her family.

To learn more about Jill or for more information about her books, visit her website at http://www.jilleileensmith.com. You can also contact Jill at jill@jilleileensmith.com. She loves hearing from her readers.

 

(I received a complimentary copy of this book.)

Clash of The Titles!

1 Dec

It’s the end of our CLASH year, and we’ve lined up some awesome holiday reading (and gift ideas!) for this month’s Clash of the Titles.
Vote for your Ideal curl up in front of a fire read!

 

 

Scroll through these releases and cast your vote for your perfect idea of a next read.

It’s a tough choice, but it’s up to you to determine our Clash Champion!

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Risking Love

Brenda S. Anderson

 

A play-it-safe bank employee falls for a down-on-his-luck, risk-taking widower.

Can she risk loving a man whose home she may have to take away?

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An Unexpected Role

Leslea Wahl

 

Josie’s island getaway becomes the summer of her dreams as friendships grow,

romance blossoms and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. But as

she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only

realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also

discovers her true self.

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Forest Child

Heather Day Gilbert

 

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable,

conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life and is Book Two in the

bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

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Can’t Help Falling

Kara Isaac

 

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a

mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and

picturesque Oxford, England.

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The Cautious Maiden

Dawn Crandall

 

In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with

a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. With danger stalking her and a new

fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust

and who to leave behind.

 

 

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The Thorn Healer

Pepper D. Basham

A wounded nurse battles resentment against a German prisoner as the two work together to save an Appalachian town from deception and disease in the wake of World War 1.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Gift Guide

29 Nov

What should you get a bookworm for Christmas? Books are the obvious answer, but sometimes that can be tricky. Your favorite novel might not be their cup of tea. My husband likes Louis L’Amour; me, not so much. I really don’t want him stuffing my stocking with westerns. But take heart, I have found some bookish gifts that have a wide appeal. I’ve included gifts to fit any budget. To find out what others are recommending for book lovers this year, click HERE.

 

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Top 9 Bookish Gift Ideas

 

ae966c58fa1a4d14a82a01bbe55eb61aThe Once Upon A Time Book Club — A unique reading experience! Each month you’ll receive a book (can be paperback or hardcover) to read, a 5″ x 7″ quote print, along with 2-4 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Each individually wrapped with a page number. Readers, open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page. The experience is unforgettable! It makes the reader feel as if the book is coming to life!

You’ll also find book club discussion questions in each monthly box. Each question will have a date next to it. Log onto our Instagram page on that date to discuss the book with other members of the Book Club community!

You can choose a month to month plan or a 3, 6, or 12 month plan. Price per month is less than $35!

 

pride_scarf_inf_serif_black_zoom_squareLitographs Scarves — For the fashion-forward bookworm on your list, these are scarves printed with the text of favorite books, or you can download your own text for personal customization. They come in a wide variety of colors too. ($39-$49)

 

 

 

 

41jvnjtatxl-_sx342_bo1204203200_The NKJV Reader’s Bible — The NKJV Reader’s Bible provides readers the perfect opportunity to read the text in its original, simplified form without the verses and chapters, allowing a fresh experience with the text.

  • Read the Bible as a story simplified, without verses and chapters to break up the text
  •  Uses bestselling KJV and NKJV translation
  •  Provides an opportunity to study the Bible in a unique way
  •  A fresh look giving readers the chance to enjoy God’s Word in a simplified format
  • ($31.41 on Amazon)

 

51siy3ujil-_sx339_bo1204203200_The Bard And The Bible Devotional —  The Bard And The Bible pairs 365 short passages from the King James Version of the Bible with lines from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon and the power of God’s Word will enrich the reader’s understanding and appreciation of both, and provide new ways to encounter and respond to God through His Word. A year of daily readings in both Shakespeare and the King James Version yields intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration for readers, enlarging their minds as it changes their lives. ($11.17 on Amazon)

 

51zpwvmxqkl-_sx356_bo1204203200_The Book Lover’s Devotional — There are many moments of truth to be found in literature, and The Book Lover’s Devotional draws upon five dozen notable stories from All Quiet on the Western Front to Little House on the Prairie, from In His Steps to Pride and Prejudice, and from Christy to The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde to make engaging, contemporary spiritual points. Covering books from the 1800s to the present day, The Book Lover’s Devotional includes bonus materials such as questions for further thought. It s an entertaining and edifying book that encourages critical thinking. ($7.99 on Kindle)

 

27112_1_360pxLiterary Candles from Uncommon Goods — Named for the locations in literary classics, these soy candles evoke the book’s most memorable moments. ($16)

Sherlock Homes/221B Baker Street: Black currant tea and leather books
Alice in Wonderland/A Mad Tea Party: Bergamot, lavender, mandarin, thyme, and ylang ylang, with a touch of jasmine
Jane Eyre/Thornfield Garden: Roses and rain water
Pride & Prejudice/Pemberley: Lily, lilac, rose, hyacinth, and ivy

 

 

BabyLit Books — for the younger set, consider board books that feature beloved classics. ($7-9 on Amazon)

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Audible Gifts — Did you know you can give an Audible membership or just gift one audiobook? Audible makes it easy to enjoy books while on the go. A 3 month membership is $45. Or you can use your credits to gift an individual book.

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Gift Cards — Any book lover will appreciate a gift card to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or CBD. Also consider supporting your local bookstore by buying a gift card from them. (Price: the sky’s the limit!)

Didn’t see anything on my list that appeals? Check out these bloggers who are suggesting bookish gifts.

 

 

Book Spotlight: Soul Anchors

15 Oct

My friend, Chrissie Tomlinson, has written a terrific book. Please check out Soul Anchors! Chrissie is a committed Christian woman who loves Jesus. I am excited for her as she travels on this journey with her book.

 

518xiqb-tyl-_sx355_bo1204203200_With in-depth instruction and personal application guides this Bible study will guide you through an examination of four soul anchors that we have through our relationship with Jesus Christ. These anchors — love, truth, peace, and freedom — are unchangeable despite the circumstances, despite our feelings, and in spite of all the obstacles that are thrown into our paths.

 

 

 

 

chrissie-tomlinson-edited-243x300-copyChrissie Tomlinson in her own words — My education includes degrees in Christian Education, Biblical Counseling, and Organizational Leadership. But most of my real schooling has come from being on the front lines of ministry. I have served in the ministry as Christian school educator, administrator, counselor, and most recently served as Director of Education and Preschool at a Southern Baptist church in Middle Georgia. Currently, I am employed by the USAF, and work as a contract specialist.

In my spare time, I am actively serving at my church, First Baptist Perry, Georgia, and stay busy with friends and family. I enjoy reading, knitting, and cooking, and, of course, writing.

Top 10 Tuesday — Book Recommendations

11 Oct

This week the Top 10 Tuesday theme is all about books we have read (and loved) because of a recommendation. I have a confession to make — I am so busy with review books that I have a TBR pile of recs teetering to the ceiling! These suggested books come from bloggers that I respect and that share my reading habits — Carol at The Power of Words, Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower, Iola at Iola’s Christian Reads, and Rel at Relz Reviewz. So here are the books they have raved about that I should be reading.

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Top 10 Recommended Books I Should Be Reading

 

41kbq54hikl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Always Watching by Lynette Eason

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

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An Aussie Summer Christmas Collection 

Melbourne Memories by USA Today bestselling author Marion Ueckermann

Escaping his dangerous past, former British rock star Justin “The Phoenix” Taylor flees to Australia. Intrigued by the bearded stranger visiting her coffee shop, Ella Anderson decides to discover his secrets. But when Justin’s past collides with their future, Ella must decide whether they have a future at all.

Next Door Santa by USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams

Will Harris is proud of his no-complications life. So why is he drawn to his upstairs neighbor, who seems obsessed with Christmas? Can Bridie soften Will-the-Scrooge’s heart in time for Christmas?

Seaside Christmas by Narelle Atkins

Political advisor and former bad boy Gus Donovan is intrigued by Chelsea Somers, the girl he didn’t call after their one and only date, six years ago. Chelsea is impressed by the new Gus, but can she trust him with her family secrets … and with her heart?

A Christmas Resolution by Rose Dee

Breeah has avoided returning to her Australian coastal hometown of Kiisay Point for ten years—avoided the mistake that changed her life, ruined her friendships, and soured her first love. She’s never returned to Resolution, the island where it all happened. But now she’s back, and having to face up to the childhood she loved, the man she can’t forget, and the future that won’t start until she lets it all go.

All is Bright by Andrea Grigg

Amy’s always been a good Christian girl…except for being in love with her brother-in-law. Josh is looking for love again, surprised to find it with his late wife’s sister. But will a mountain of guilt and an unexpected letter stop them from making it to the altar?

Falling for Maddie Grace by Meredith Resce

Australia’s first professional female football umpire, Maddie Grace, gets knocked out in an on-field accident, crushed beneath the weight of an athletic sports star. What is it about the visual images that has the media making up stories of a secret love affair? Escaping the paparazzi is one thing, but escaping each other is quite another.

511opoppdcl-_sx322_bo1204203200_God Bless Us Everyone by Eva Marie Everson

Charlene Dixon—called Charlie by family and friends—is devastated at the recent loss of her job. For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an exclusive all-girls school. But when a misunderstanding with the headmistress leads to a pink slip right before the holidays, Charlie packs up her dreams and returns to her grandmother, Sis, who raised Charlie as her own in the mountains of North Carolina.

When Charlie arrives—broken and confused—Sis immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school’s Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Charlie doesn’t always like working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher, but Sis encourages her to take a deeper look at why the book by Charles Dickens had been written in the first place and what it could teach Charlie about the needs of people in their own community.

51r6iuu7uvl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Jaded by Varina Denman

As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man … and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart … and a thirst for hope.

51lptcuk4l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Kept by Sally Bradley

Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman. Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again. When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.

unknownThe Things We Knew by Catherine West

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

unknown-1Vain Empires by Brandilyn Collins

Six people arrive on a remote island — contestants in the “reality show of the century”, Dream Prize. The winner will be the person who learns the most facts about the others and gains the most viewer votes. Sounds simple. But the three men and three women soon discover nothing is as expected. They are alone on the island. Cameras surround them, filming twenty-four hours a day. And their challenge? Discover which of the Seven Deadly Sins each contestant, including themselves, represents.

Turns out each person has a damning secret — one that could ruin his or her life. Those secrets are about to be revealed on live television. And this is only the beginning of the twists in the game.

unknownWalking on Sea Glass by Julie Carobini

Suddenly single, Liddy Buckle flees the desert to work at an up-and-coming seaside resort with her best friend, Meg. The breezy backdrop of an inn by the sea offers Liddy the dream of starting fresh, but soon she is shocked to discover another setback brewing in her life. Despite the battle that lies ahead, she finds herself drawn to Beau Quinn, a captivating widower with a wounded heart of his own.

As Beau and Liddy’s burgeoning relationship attempts to survive, will Liddy have the courage to trust a man again–especially one as emotionally fragile as Beau? Can Beau commit to a woman facing a challenging recovery?

And what is going on behind the scenes at Sea Glass Inn, where late night deliveries and secret meetings are spoken about in whispers? Set in a fictional California seaside town, Walking on Sea Glass weaves a romantic story of courage, faith, and the power of true love.

51gfkzndbvl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.

Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

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The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

It’s the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet.

More than eighty years later, former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend after finishing her commitment to military service. After the devastating death of her best friend, Tammy, and discovering the truth about the man she loved, Haley is searching for her place in life.

When Haley decides to reopen the romantic but abandoned wedding shop where she and Tammy played and dreamed as children, she begins a journey of courage, mystery, and love.

As Cora’s and Haley’s stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love.

 

 

Which one should I read first?

Book Spotlight: The Thirteenth Chance

30 Sep

Do you love baseball? Well, elementary school teacher Olivia definitely did not! But a cocky pitcher with the Rangers is changing her mind. Check out the endearing rom-com, The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo.

unknownBaseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

amy-matayo-1Author Amy Matayo is an excellent speaker, mathematician, seamstress, chef…and liar. She’s decent at writing books but not much else. Then again, the book thing makes her marginally cool and a whole lot intimidating.

Not really. Not even her kids are afraid of her.

She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But she’s proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.

Visit her website at http://www.amymatayo.com

You can also find Amy on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/amymatayo

Twitter: @amymatayo

Instagram: amymatayo.author

Snapchat: amymatayowrites

 

(Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.)

Book Spotlight — A Lesson In Love And Murder

22 Sep

Jem and Merinda are back! After months and months of waiting, the second book in Rachel McMillan’s Herringford And Watts series, A Lesson in Love And Murder, is now available at all purveyors of  quality books! If you love sassy heroines, a puzzling mystery and history that comes alive, then you will want to get your hands on this book. Make sure to check out Rachel’s blog too.

5108yjurjsl-_sx326_bo1204203200_From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive . . . 

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem’s flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads — and hearts — with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm’s way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they’ve tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it’s too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

 

61nklodbtcl-_ux250_Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.