The Orphan’s Wish

Today on the blog my sister is sharing about a new release that she read!  Continue reading “The Orphan’s Wish”

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Hurricane Season

You may have seen if you follow me on Instagram that I recently I received a couple of books from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild, so I wanted to tell you about one of them today (and the other next Wednesday!).  Continue reading “Hurricane Season”

The Lost Castle

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron was not what I had expected when I started it, but it was wonderful.  I had not looked into what the story was about, or even read the back of the cover, so I did not realize that it was a split-time story.  Now, if you’ve followed me for a little while you may know that I am NOT a fan of multiple time periods in one book.  I think they’re confusing and jump around too much, not giving you adequate time to get to know the characters in each time period.  So I groaned aloud when I caught on that this book didn’t just have two different time periods to keep up with, it had three.
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Live Fearless

Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson…where do I even start? This book swept me off my feet. I know it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, and this book was full of vulnerability from Sadie about times she was afraid and how she overcame fear.

I loved everything about this book! I was afraid it was going to be a nice concept without much practical application, but Sadie made it personal and relatable and it really hit close to home for me.  I really appreciated her personal testimonies and revelations of what God spoke to her.

Having followed Sadie for several years now, I did recognize many things in the book from previous messages she’s said, but it was good to read them again and see how it all connected for her personally.  Some of my favorite parts of the book included her messages about plankton, connect the dots, and the real verses true comparisons.  Sadie got SO REAL in this book and I know that it will be freeing for so many people!

At the end of each chapter, she had questions, challenges, Scriptures, prayers, and journalling opportunities to help make the concept presented in the chapters personalized and applicable to the reader.  I highly recommend this to people of pretty much any age.  I believe this book will really make an impact on those who are willing to answer some tough questions about themselves.

Thank to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic 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.*

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.

*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.*

The Wedding Dress

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The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck was released in 2012, so today’s post is kind of a throwback promotion.  This is the book the started it all; this best seller kick-started Rachel Hauck’s series of novels, all centering around weddings and women throughout the generations.

Each novel in this “Wedding Collection” series has a common item that plays a part in multiple women’s love stories through multiple generations.  In this book’s case, it’s a wedding dress shrouded in mystery.  Each book goes through the stories of the individual women, time-traveling back and forth in alternating chapters, to tell how one woman’s story and connection to the wedding related item connected to another woman’s story.  There are elements of romance, faith, mystery, and legacy in each book, all woven together by their common threads that bring the book together.

One thing I would say about this series? You have to pay attention.  The time-jumping is easy to get lost in, and the mystery element to the stories make it harder to get a grasp on what’s going on, so if you want to read these, read them in as close to one sitting as you can.  The little details add up quickly and tie the story together, but they are easy to miss and then you can be left wondering who is who and what time period the story is in.

Other than that, though, Rachel Hauck is onto something.  The timeless elements and beautiful ways that the three stories come together in and of themselves, but also as a series of wedding related items, is fairly magical.

Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with copies of all of the books in this series.  All opinions are my own.

*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.*

Thank You, Fiction Guild!

I have been a part of the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild since its birth two years ago, and my oh my how those years have flown by! I have absolutely loved getting books in the mail every month, but if that wasn’t enough, every year they send me a “Happy Anniversary of being with us” gift too! I wanted to post this to share my appreciation and thanks for the gift. (I received it last weekend but haven’t had a moment to slow down yet!)

So I came home to this nice package waiting on my doorstep:

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Included are five of the latest fiction releases from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishers, plus an exclusive tumbler!

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I think the mug is just so adorable and I love how it says “Ask me what I’m reading…” because goodness knows that’s just about all I know how to talk about! 🙂

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The first novel included is Katherine Reay’s The Austen Escape.  I’ve been wanting to read her books for a little while now but haven’t gotten around to it.  I love Jane Austen and as far as I know Reay does spin-offs of her works so it should be good!

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The next book in the box was Amy Clipston’s A Place at Our Table.  I haven’t read much Amish fiction, so maybe I’ll give this one a try over the winter.  Branch outside of the normal. 🙂

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The third book was Julie Cantrell’s Perennials.  I’ve never heard of this author or book, but the cover has a really unique feel to it–it’s not your average paperback feel–it’s almost like dried, pressed flowers feel, which is really cool considering the title and cover design.

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I was so excited to see Irma Joubert’s The Crooked Path in the box! I really enjoy her works; they have a simple feel like that of Little House or Little Women novels, but really unique settings, perspectives, and characters.  Her previous book, The Girl From the Train, is one of my all-time favorite books, if not top favorite, so I am excited to read this one.  It’s a fairly hefty paperback, coming in at 392 pages of story, so I’ll have to clear out my schedule.

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And finally, Denise Hunter’s Blue Ridge Sunrise was included! I’ve already read and reviewed this novel, and you can read my thoughts on it here.

 

THANK YOU FICTION GUILD!!