On Magnolia Lane

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter is the third book in the Blue Ridge Romance series, published by Thomas Nelson.

This third installment in the series follows the story of Pastor Jack and Daisy Pendleton, owner of a local flower shop.  We’ve been introduced to both of them throughout the first two novels in this series, but if you haven’t read them, this still works as a stand alone.

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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: Rachel from Mission for Faith

Today on the blog I am beyond excited to have my best friend writing for you all! Check out her blog here; I’m sure you will love her too!  Continue reading “Guest Post: Rachel from Mission for Faith”

Guest Post: Bo Burnette

Today’s post is from another friend of mine! I’m kind of turning Thursdays into guest post days, if you haven’t noticed from the past couple of weeks! If you missed any, you can check out the previous guest posts here, here, and here. Continue reading “Guest Post: Bo Burnette”

Infected

As the flu season has ravaged its way across the United States, I’ve noticed a pattern.  People become “infected” with the flu, and it starts small–maybe a headache or sniffly nose.  Gradually it becomes worse, but they continue on with their normal routines until all at once, they are completely taken down by the flu and remain so for around two weeks.  Slowly they make their way back into society, but other people catch the germs from them and then the cycle starts all over again.

From this, I noticed a loose parallel to our spiritual lives (except of course it’s a positive thing and not negative like the flu).   Continue reading “Infected”

Thank You: A Letter to My Mentor

I learned so much from you in so little time, and I don’t know that you were even actively teaching.  You were living your faith and any teaching of it was a bonus.  I caught it instead of being taught it.  That’s the kind of life I aspire to live: one so full of faith it seeps out of my very pores and inspires those around me to do the scary things God calls us to.  To step out of comfort zones.  To walk in faith when it looks crazy, when it doesn’t make sense.  To let go of what people think and say about you and cling wholeheartedly to what God says about you.  To have a joy that surpasses all understanding and circumstances.  To have a peace that guides you.  To dream big dreams and follow the dreams God places in our hearts.  To trust that God will provide for what He calls us to do.

I have learned so much from you.  Your faith inspires me in mine.  Keep on shining, keep on following, keep on radiating.  I love you.

The Crooked Path

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert is the sequel to Child of the River, both of which are published by Thomas Nelson and set in South Africa during the mid-1900s.

This was such a beautiful book! Joubert takes us on a heartfelt, emotional journey through the lives of a group of friends growing up in South Africa during World War II, and the plot line coincides with that of Child of the River.  The characters grab onto your heartstrings and won’t let go! I finished this book in just a couple of days.  It felt like a short story but also a good, hearty one because there wasn’t a moment where the plot dragged or slowed.  I was constantly kept guessing as to what would happen next, which is somewhat unusual in books for me.  I was caught off guard several times by the plot twists, and had four or five burst-into-tears moments and one throw-the-book-across-the-room moment.  The South African setting lent a unique perspective to the second World War, and the message of the book about life being a crooked path yet one worth walking on was beautifully intertwined into the story.  This is a story I will want to read over and over, and tell all my friends and family about.  It is, quite frankly, phenomenal.

Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild 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.

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