Murder at the Flamingo

Murder at the Flamingo is Rachel McMillan’s debut novel, so congratulations to her! The Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild sent me this title recently and the cover immediately caught my eye.  It’s cute and quirky this cover is while still portraying that it’s a murder mystery set during the 1930s! It’s one that definitely piques your interest and makes you want to learn more about it.

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Cole and Sav

Cole & Sav: Our Surprising Love Story 

There’s not many YouTubers that I consistently follow due to time management, but this sweet couple is one of them! They put out family-oriented videos a couple of times a week, and in this book, they give more details about how the met and their stories.

I first heard of Cole LaBrant when watching he and his mom on The Amazing Race a couple of years ago when they had a season of just YouTuber and social media influencers racing.  I didn’t look him up or follow him after that, just occasionally coming across a video of his.  I hadn’t heard of Savannah or her daughter at all.  Then, my favorite YouTubers, Jess and Gabriel Conte, mentioned how excited they were for Cole and Savannah, who had just announced that they were pregnant.  I immediately clicked over to watch their announcement video and cried at how sweet it was.  I was hooked after that! When they mentioned earlier this year in one of their videos that they were coming out with a book, I looked it up to see if I could get an advance copy.

I read it almost in one sitting! Cole and Sav’s way of storytelling made it seem as if they were just chatting with you over coffee about how they met.  It was an easy read, but a cute and inspiring one.  They really talked about how important their faith in God was to them, which I appreciated, and I thought the details of how they met were just miraculous! You can see God’s hand all over their story.  My only complaint would be that Cole would write about something, and then it would switch to Savannah’s perspective and basically repeat the same story, and vice versa throughout the book, which made it seem like it could have been half as long.  On the other hand, I also enjoyed seeing both of their perspectives and what they thought of each other, so I didn’t mind the repeat so much–it obviously didn’t deter me from reading it, and I didn’t find myself skipping through parts of the book either.

Anyway, I thought this was a really precious and inspiring story about God bringing two people together and redeeming their pasts and finding love.  I would definitely recommend it for anyone that wants to know more of the behind-the-scenes about this sweet couple!

I also just want to say congratulations to Cole and Savannah for writing a book together in the midst of doing YouTube and creating a family! I know they must have a lot on their plates, but I’m thankful that they shared their testimonies with us, because they truly are encouraging.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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xo,

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Shelter of the Most High

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is the second book in the “Cities of Refuge” series.  I haven’t always been a fan of biblical fiction, but this series and the author’s previous series have been absolutely incredible.  (Each book can work as a stand-alone but the characters do carry over.)

Sofea and Prezi were just having a relaxing day at the beach when their lives are turned upside down.  Their families are murdered and the girls are captured.  After making a risky escape, the girls find their way into Hebrew territory, where the language is as unfamiliar as the culture.

Eitan, adopted son of Moriyah and Darek from book one of this series, is enthralled with the new girls in town.  There is obviously a language barrier, as well as an unfamiliar God and culture for them, but he is determined to make them feel at home.

I really enjoyed this book; it kept me captivated over the two days that it took me to read it.  The characters gripped me, the setting of the ancient world was fascinating, and the plot was exciting.  I loved everything about it and will continue to recommend this series!

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.  The links in this post are affiliate links to Amazon, which means I’ll get a small commission if you purchase the book through them, but your price does not increase any.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

xo,

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is the latest book I’ve received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild.  They have been sending me several books recently, so the next couple of Wednesdays will be highlighting Fiction Guild releases.

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A Worthy Rebel

A Worthy Rebel is the fifth installment in Jody Hedlund’s young adult medieval romance series (whew!).  A Worthy Rebel centers on the story of Olivia’s younger sister, Lady Isabelle, who is being forced into an arranged marriage to save the people of her village.  When she realizes what a cruel man she is being forced to marry is, she runs away.  A young peasant rescues her, and she thinks she has escaped successfully, but she doesn’t realize is the danger she has put herself and everyone around her in. Continue reading “A Worthy Rebel”

Guest Post: MaryLu Tyndall

Today on the blog, I am so excited to be hosting one of my favorite authors! I fell in love with MaryLu Tyndall’s writings around 6 years ago when I found her pirate series.  She writes wonderful historical romances that have strong inspirational themes of faith.  If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love her books! Today, she is talking about how her faith influences her creativity.

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What Blooms from Dust

What Blooms from Dust, the latest release by James Market through Thomas Nelson, is a fictional historical mystery set during the Dust Bowl.

The description from Amazon reads:

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The Love Letter

The Love Letter is the latest release by Rachel Hauck, published by Harper Collins.

The description of the book reads as follows:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations. Continue reading “The Love Letter”

A ‘Lit’ Update (yes, I cringed at myself)

I try to post book-related things on Wednesdays, and I haven’t finished a book this week, so I don’t have one to post about specifically, but I decided to write a post about what I’m currently reading and what I’m looking forward to reading next.  I usually do this just at the end/beginning of a year, but since summer’s a great time for reading, it’s always useful to know some good books to pick up.

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