30 March, 2017

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This is a sponsored post for LabelDaddy and U.S. Family guide. I am not paid for this post, but I did  receive a $30 code in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
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25 March, 2017

Why did their differences matter so much?

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he's stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters' efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.
All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother's white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn't repeat in polite-well, in any company. Her father's family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry's incarceration, life has left Shayla's father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn't people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?
Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl's aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee's On, the bakery in Langhorne. Can Shayla and Link overcome society's view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

*My Review*
"Home at Last" by Deborah Raney is the fifth book in the "A Chicory Inn" series. Raney has done it again with another great book. My life has been busy lately with homeschooling two of my three kids, house hunting, and packing...but in the midst of all the chaos that is my life I made time to read this book & I am glad I did. 

I didn’t want to put this book down from the very first page because it was THAT good. "Home at Last" is full of love, heartache, Faith, trust, and pain. 


Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deb's novels-for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita.
Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahraney.com.
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22 March, 2017

Deborah Raney's 'Home at Last' Facebook Party and Blog Tour



Conclude Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn novels with the final book, Home at Last, a story of acceptance, trying to overcome differences and love.

Everything changes for bachelor Link Whitman one icy morning when a child runs into the street and he nearly hits her with his pickup-and then the girl's aunt Shayla enters Link's life. Can Shayla and Link overcome society's view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

Join Deborah on Thursday, March 23, for a live author chat party in her Facebook group with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there-bring a friend or two who loves to read!

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.


*My Review*

Lately, I've found my not so interested in Historical romance books, & because of that, I was worried I wouldn't want to read this book, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book. 


"The Elusive Miss Ellison" written by Carolyn Miller is set in 19th Century England. I'll be honest, though the pace of the book was slow in some parts of the book, but I was able to push through them. 



I don't want to spoil the book for others so I won't go into details about what happens in the book, but I will tell you that there is a twist in this book that I wasn't prepared for. 



14 March, 2017

Do you wonder if you will ever find balance?

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Do you wonder if you will ever find balance?
Lisa Pennington knows how to get up after losing her balance, even with a full house, a not-so-full bank account, and never enough energy. In her latest book, she offers readers:

-Strategies for finding balance in marriage, motherhood, and bad moods
-Playful yet biblically based tips for turning hard days around
-Inspiration for shaping obstacles into opportunities
-Ways to respond to irritations with gratitude
-Enthusiastic encouragement for living out God's purpose.

For every woman who wonders if her satisfaction in life will ever match her dreams, Pennington has real-life answers full of hope and humor.







*My Review*
I really enjoyed "Tightbookropes & Teeter-Totters". The cover of the book is what drew me in, it is such a fun looking cover. It is a funny & down to earth book about motherhood & everything in between. Her advice is flawless This is a book I highly recommend that all women read. It is also a book that will stay on my end table in my bedroom so I can pick it up and read it over again. I loved the message of bringing balance to our lives in this insane world we live in.





*About the Book*

Lisa Pennington is a homeschooling mom of nine who shares her life-one laundry load at a time-on her blog, The Pennington Point. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and women's groups and is the author of "Mama Needs a Do-Over." Lisa and her family live near San Antonio.

Find out more about Lisa at thepenningtonpoint.com.


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13 March, 2017

It’s time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination—and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you’re exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you’ll learn about: 
·         Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
·         The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
·         Folding versus Rolling: What’s right for which items 
·         Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great 
·         The Packing Timeline: How to avoid “I’m forgetting something” syndrome
·         Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip


*My Review*
This book is AMAZING! We are planning a HUGE trip next year for our 10-year anniversary. It has everything you could ever need to know about how to perfectly pack for a trip, whether it is 2 days or 2 weeks. This book will be my best friend from now until next year, and for any other trips that we take in the future.

11 March, 2017

Who Will Win This Battle Of Wills? Will Love Prevail?

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.





Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He's enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn't interested in returning to the Amish community---especially to marry.


Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?











*My Review*
"Home to Paradise is the third book in the "Coming Home" series. I've read many Amish romance novels in the past and sadly this one just wasn't my favorite.

It has a short translations guide, recipes and gives us a peek into the life of the Amish. It's not a bad book for those who like reading these types of books, but sadly it just wasn't for me...but that doesn't mean my readers won't enjoy is.

06 March, 2017

Door to Freedom: A Contemporary Novel

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition.




In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, seeks to find the reason for her sister's sudden disappearance. Mia holds some of the answers, but both women quickly discover they must each walk through their own doors to freedom, the freedom that only comes when you trust God's sovereignty more than manmade security.

Part of New Hope Publishers' line of contemporary missional fiction, Door to Freedom, the sequel to Side by Side, opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Door to Freedom also reveals some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as for the salvation of the persecutors.




*My Review*
"Door to Freedom" is the second book in this two-part series by Jana Kelley. Although it's not required to read "Side by Side"(book one), it would be helpful to read it so that you can understand the second book.

These two books are based on true events. I never took the time to understand all of the horrible things that happen to those who give up the muslim faith to follow Jesus.

Kelley did an amazing job in describing Sudan and it's culture. "Side by Side" & "Door to Freedom" are eye-openers of what it's like for a Muslim female to become a Christian & how it could lead to death.

04 March, 2017

‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew That the world needed someone exactly like you!

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



YOU, you… God thinks about you.

God was thinking of you long before your debut.


From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 




*My Review*
"When God Made You" is such an amazing book for children to read. It has bright photos on every page. This book is like a song that is being sung of all the different ways that God makes us unique. This is the perfect book for the children in your life, it would also make a great book for a church library or Sunday school class

What Makes A Marriage Beautiful?

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy? All of these are important, but there's one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.

Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.

Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.







*My Review*
"Making Marriage Beautiful" is such a brutally honest and compelling book. This book goes straight for deep soul healing and unity in Christ within every part of our relationship as husband and wife.