Catch a Falling Star

 

 

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Catch a Falling Star is written by Beth Vogt and published by Howard Books. Beth Vogt wrote one of my favorite books, “Wish You Were Here”, so I had high expectations for this book.

And boy oh boy, did it ever measure up! This is a sweet romance book that has some unexpected mystery in it. Dr. Kendall Haynes is family doctor in her thirties, unmarried, and still holding out for “Mr. Right”. She does not think that she will get married, judging by how all her fellow girlfriends are engaged or already married, as well as her own younger sister, who is engaged. However, Kendall keeps a smile on her face and devotes herself to helping kids with asthma and allergies.

Griffin Walker is an ex-pilot in the Air Force, due to a case of vertigo that he can’t rid himself of. When his parents die, they put him in charge of his adopted younger brother Ian, who is sixteen. Ian has severe allergies that Griffin does know about.

Heath Parker takes up an interest in Kendall, and is quite flattering to her. Kendall thinks she’s finally found the man of her dreams. But after her dates with him, her heart fills her head with thoughts of another. Add to that the pressure that Kendall’s sister is adding to her about wanting a family heirloom, and Kendall is a wreck. Who will her heart choose, and will it be God’s will for her life?

Thank you so much to Net Galley and Howard publishers for letting me read and review this book. I have really enjoyed this author’s works in the past, and this one was no different. I would totally recommend this!

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Forsaken Dreams

 

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“Forsaken Dreams” is the first book in a new series by Mary Lu Tyndall, “Escape to Paradise”. What a true title; these books will sweep you off your feet into a world of romance, God, spiritual warfare, and the high seas!

This story is set post-Civil War, when a widowed wife of a Yankee soldier, Eliza Crawford, boards a ship to Brazil, looking to leave her past and scorn from her southern peers behind. Colonel Grant Wallace also wants to leave his past behind. He barely manages to escape his past long enough to board his own ship, before it attempts to catch up with him.

Several people aboard this boat are looking to start a new life in Brazil, and also are the main characters in later books in this series. For now, though, we just have to focus on Widow Eliza Crawford and the Colonel/Captain of the ship, Grant Wallace.

Eliza Crawford married a Yankee against her family’s wishes, and paid a price when he died in the war, leaving her nothing but scorn from the people surrounding her. She boards this boat in hopes of a new life.

But adventure abounds, a new kind than that of previous Mary Lu Tyndall novels, at least to some extent: spiritual warfare is present, and very real. Of course, there is still the trademark sea battles, romance, and adventure expected of a Tyndall novel.

Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for letting me read and review this novel. I really liked the excitement and suspense.

A Word of Encouragement for all my fellow Princesses

“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.  The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.  Arise, come my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Song of Solomon 2:11-13)  God loves us so much.  Well, this is probably an understatement that you have heard a lot.  It’s true; however small or insignificant you may feel, God loves you and rejoices in you.  He is preparing you to become the bride of His one-and-only Son, Jesus.  God wants you to rejoice in Him, keeping your focus on Him instead of your troubles.  In Isaiah 41: 13, God says to you, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  Just imagine, the One who created the whole universe for His glory taking time out of His day to walk next to you and hold your hand.  God is so in love with us, and He wants our feelings to be mutual.  He wants us to put our whole being into loving and following Him, and not other things, because He is jealous for us.  Can you believe it? God, in charge of armies and armies of angels, wants us.  In Exodus 20:5b-6, God tells us, “for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand  generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”  Don’t you love it when, after a punishment, there is always a “but”? That’s when God is pretty much saying, “I know what’s best for you-Me.  I will punish you when you do wrong so that you can see that, but I will always love you and welcome you back to Me.” The Lord deserves our praise, and uses us to bring further glory to His Almighty Name! Jesus has redeemed us from our sins, and wants us to remain pure in Him.  He has forgiven your sins and is just waiting to bless you! In Zephaniah 3:14-15, 17, 20, God says, “’Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.  The Lord your God is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.  At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home.  I will give you honor and praise among all the people of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,’ says the Lord.”  At the end of verse 15, we see another name of the Lord, the King of Israel.  When you become a Christian, you become a child of God.  What is the daughter of a King called? A princess! So when you become a Christian, you also become a princess.  Not an earthly princess, with billions of dollars, but a princess in the palm of God.  Not only are you a daughter of the King of Kings, but you also are betrothed to His Son, the Prince of Peace.  Stop and consider that for a moment.  In verse 17, the Lord says that He is with you, and that He is mighty to save. “Mighty to save” means that He doesn’t just throw you a rope for you to climb out of your ditch.  It doesn’t just mean that he will give you a Hello-Kitty band-aid! It means that the Lord has lots of power, and when He saves you, you will be redeemed from your sins in His timing and He will hold you in His hand.  He says in Isaiah 49: 16, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”  God sees your troubles, your “walls”, and is holding you in His hand while you go through hard times and good times. Even when you may not be feeling up to it, God wants you to bring glory to His name.  He says in Isaiah 42:6-8, “I, the Lord, have called you into righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.  I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”  Again, the Lord is saying that He will take hold of your hand and lead you to show others that He has redeemed them, just like He did for you.  God wants all people to live for Him and rejoice in Him.  He wants us to stay in Him, in everything, and stay pure.  2 Corinthians 11:2 says, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.  I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.” In case you have not quite grasped the point, let me close with these two verses from Hosea 2:19-20.  They say, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.  I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”  The Lord will love you forever.  Think on that today, and share with others about how YOU are a princess of God, betrothed to your very own Prince of Peace, who has redeemed you and given you life! Go and bring glory to your King today!

Top Five Books I am REALLY Looking Forward to in 2013

1.  Product Details“Into the Whirlwind” by Elizabeth Camden

 

 

2.Product Details“It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist

 

 

3. Product Details“Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade

 

4.“Love at Any Cost” by Julie Lessman

 

5. Product Details“Stealing the Preacher” by Karen Witemeyer

 

And that’s concludes the Top Five! What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2012

Wow, there have been so many great books that I read in 2012, but this has to be my top ten favorites!

 

1.Product Details “Against the Tide” by Elizabeth Camden

 

With a close second coming to:

 

2.Product Details   “My Stubborn Heart” by Becky Wade (these two might have tied!)

 

 

While those were the top two “first time reads”, the third book on this list I have read several times, yet it remains at the top of my list (same goes for seventh place 😉 )

 

3.  Product Details   “The Lady of Bolton Hill” by Elizabeth Camden (Note: this is a prequel to “Against the Tide”)

 

 

4.. Product Details “Swept Away” by Mary Connealy.

 

 

 

5.“Veil of Pearls” by Mary Lu Tyndall

 

 

6..Go to "A Light In the Window" page  “A Light in the Window” by Julie Lessman was also a wonderful read.

 

 

 

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“Maid to Match” by Deeanne Gist

 

 

 

8. Product Details  “Head in the Clouds” by Karen Witemeyer

 

 

9. “Wish you Were Here” by Beth K. Vogt

 

10.Product Details “The Accidental Bride” by Denise Hunter

 

 

While I have these books listed from first to tenth, honestly, after first and second place-which tie-all the others tie as well!! They were just THAT good!  Thank you, readers, for checking out my blog in 2012, and new readers, for joining me in 2013!

Happy New Year!

60-day Unglued Devotional

Just like the actual book, “Unglued”, this shortened, devotional form is EXCELLENT and very helpful. Lysa TerKeurst is a very honest and open writer; she will tell the reader of her experiences, thoughts, and reactions-which are not always pretty! She will help you take a look at your own life and understand yourself and your emotions better. Also, she explores why you feel what you feel when people say what they say, and how you can react better to mean comments. Lysa shows women that we do not have to be controlled by own emotions; that we can actually control them! What freedom this brings! What joy! Please, join me today on this path of redemption from your dictating emotions, even if you consider yourself “under control”. This short, 60-day devotional will not take too much time out of your day, yet will help you make drastic changes toward being a better you. So start this New Year off right. Be in control of your own emotions and live up to the woman God wants you to be!

Even better, read the original book, “Unglued”!

Thank you so much to Book Sneeze and Zondervan for letting me read and review this book!

Grace, Gold, and Glory

“Grace, Gold, and Glory” is an amazing autobiography by the gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas herself! If you watched the London 2012 Olympics, you saw Gabby leap, soar, and flip her way to helping the American team win the gold medal and our hearts as well. If you read the newspaper and magazine articles, you may have read some of Gabby’s journey to the Olympics. However, if you read her autobiography, you have her amazing story of talent, determination, hardship, and faith right in your hands. This book, at least the copy I received, was hardback and included a beautiful poster of Gabby herself on the flipside of the cover. The book also includes pictures of her childhood and competitions. If you enjoyed Shawn Johnson’s book, you will love this one as well; both gymnasts have stuck to their beliefs, and God has thoroughly blessed them and their hard work. This will make a wonderful and inspiring addition to any shelf! You will enjoy and be inspired, I hope, by this beautiful young women’s talent, and how through the hard times and highs in her life she brought glory to God.

Thank you so much to Zondervan for letting me read and review this book; what an incredible story!

Lily’s Plight

 

Lily’s Plight is the third book in the Harwood sisters trilogy. This is written by Dianna Crawford and Sally Laity, and is published by Barbour Publishing.

Here’s the jist of the storyline: Lily and her sisters came to America from England. (This is explained in book 1, Mariah’s Quest) Lily is a helper to a sweet family living pretty much just out in the country. Her mistress, Sarah, is very sick and Sarah’s husband John is off at war so Lily helps take care of the farm and kids. Lily has secretly been in love with John for a while, and when Sarah dies, Lily is uncertain how to express her feelings for John so soon after his wife’s passing.

Pros: There is more information on what became of the other sisters in the series.

As far as I could tell, it was historically accurate.

It was a sweet story.

Cons: Lily fell in love with a married man, which in my mind was a bit awkward.

John fell in love with Lily rather quickly after his wife’s death, yet it still was a very slow story.

Overall, this was a sweet read and decent addition to the series.

Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour Publishers for letting me read and review this book!

Camellia

Camellia is the second book in the “Song of the River” series by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver.  This series is published by Barbour Publishers.  The first book in the series is entitled, “Lily”, and I have also reviewed it on my blog.

 

Camellia is the sister to Lily, whom the previous book in the series is about.  The story starts off with Camellia wanting to go to finishing school, while Lily and Blake disagree because of the war going on.  They are worried that the War Between the States will reach New Orleans, and she will be in harm’s way.

 

Jonah Thorton’s family is being kept in the dark.  He is secretly fighting for the Union! Jonah’s beliefs cause him to betray his family and the women he grows to love.

 

Will Jonah’s secrets keep him from having a future with Camellia?

Thank you so much to Net Galley and Barbour publishing for letting me read and review this book.  It was excellent.