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Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: From The Start by:Melissa Tagg

From the Start (Walker Family, #1)
About the Book:
Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?


About the Author:
Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last, is a former reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, she is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft-and-coaching community for writers.

My Review:
Kate Walker, a screenplay writer, longs for the day someone will love her and adore her. She feels she has come to the understanding that it may just never happen. It's time to just get on with life. When she receives a call, offering her a job in Africa writing, she believes she may just take it. It would get her away from lonely Chicago and out on an adventure. But her dreams are dimmed just a little, when her brother calls with some devastating news.

Colton Greene, a NFL quarterback, has always loved football. It was is whole life ever since he was a child. Now, after a bad injury, he is retired just like that. And during all the press conferences, he learns that the girl he wanted to propose to, got married, while he was hurt. Colton starts to turn to his old ways until his friend visits with the idea of him hiding out in Maple Valley. And of course, Colton's manager believes that would be a good idea to keep him out of the media for a bit.

Maple Valley, home sweet home. Kate drove hours to reach her childhood home. Exhausted from the trip, she crashes in her old bedroom. The minute she lays down she notices something isn't right, and that is when she meets Colton Greene. When she see's him for the first time, she notes he is quite handsome.

Colton needs a writer for his book and he believes he just it, well her. Her being quite a looker, doubled with her smarts, this book is sure to be a touch down. Now to get her to agree to it.

From The Start is an amazing book and the first book in Melissa Tagg's new series, The Walker Family series. This book is a page-turner for sure. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: The Wood's Edge by:Lori Benton

The Wood's Edge
About the Book:
At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?


About the Author:
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.
 
My Review:
The day Fort William Henry fell, Major Reginald Aubrey did the unthinkable. While his wife slept, after a long, hard labor, Reginald stole his dead son away. He finds another woman with twin sons, one white, one brown, and trades his dead child for her healthy white baby boy. He is certain his wife will notice but when she doesn't, Reginald is not sure if that is good thing or not.

As they hurry to Fort Edward, Reginald's small ban of soldiers’ wagon train is attack. As many die due to the attack, Reginald and his wife come across a baby girl, who’s parents have been killed. Taking Anna, the girl, a long with them in spite of his wife’s protest, they venture farther into the dense forest.

Years later, Reginald’s guilt is building. His wife more and more despises his love for the girl and wishes to rid them all of Anna’s presence.  Across the woods, in a birthing hut, the woman who’s child as stolen away, tries to bare another. Her new son dies, right after his first cry and she grieves greatly over the two sons she has lost. She begs her husband to find the man who stole her son, and bring home their son.

The Wood’s Edge is a wonderful novel about a mother’s love, a father’s guilt, and the love of siblings. The Author did an amazing job writing this novel. I’m hope there will be another in the future!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging For Books.

Review: When Sinners Say "I DO":Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage DVD Series by:Dave Harvey

When Sinners Say “I Do” Video Series
About the Product:
Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and a woman who are building a life together.
In this eight-session video series, Dave engages his audience with humor and honesty as he speaks about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God’s word and encourages his audience to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say “I do.”

About the Author:
Dave Harvey serves as the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, FL and is also the Founder of AmICalled.com. He serves as the Chairman of the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, as well as the Chairman of the Board of the Sojourn Network.
Dave has written a number of books, including Am I CalledRescuing Ambition, and When Sinners Say “I Do.” Dave lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Kimm. They have four grown children.

My Review:
 Marriage is a tough road and most of the time you don't get a beginners manual to help figure it all out. It takes tons of time and forgiveness and countless other things just to survive that first year. My husband and I married young and we were not following Christ as we should most of all me. I was a backslid Christian, he never being saved--so  we were sinners in every sense of the word. With that being said I believe the author is meaning saved or not by his title but leaning more towards the fact we are all sinners. Marriage is hard even in the best of circumstances, but couple it with daily pressures and situations and you got a disaster waiting to happen.

 The author has taken the guess work out of a marriage built by God and for His glory. He has done something that my husband and I believe that will be earth shattering and if it can help our marriage it can help anyone's. The author has 8 separate sessions for you and your spouse or it can also be used in a group setting. The sessions include Sin (Parts 1&2), Design, Contentment, Mercy (Parts 1&2), Sex and Stubborn Grace. Dave also explains issues in his own marriage and teaches you how to overcome them in your own. This study will be an eye opener whether your marriage is just beginning or it is well seasoned. If you would like to learn more, you can here.

**Disclosure** I received this product free of charge for my honest review from Cross Focused Reviews.

Review: Escape Through the Wilderness by:Gary Rodriguez

Escape Through the Wilderness
About the Book:
"What was that?" Savi whispered anxiously.
"It couldn't be Vexel, could it?"
Again, they heard more rustling in the woods, they knew it was getting closer.

Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics, accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn't stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury.

When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her.

A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river.

Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the "last chance" marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free.

When the four drag themselves out of the river, they're bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified.

Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel, who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip.


My Review:
 Four teenagers after a very life threatening scene have to learn how to depend on each other just to survive. As the group face their fears head on just to survive this harrowing experience they develop deep friendships that know NO bounds. It must be something to experience a near death experience and live to tell about it. The entire time they are haunted by the fact that Vexel will at any moment attack them.

 This group of teenagers learned real quick what it was going to take to survive and they had to learn all about it while being scared to death. This story reminds me so much of a suspense thriller type movie. It was a very fun and engaging read! It was engaging and will inspire you to reach outside of the box even if you are afraid.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: The Legacy by:Walsh/Smalley

The Legacy (The Restoration Series, #4)
About the Book:
Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents, along with Christina, a young woman taken into the family during a crisis pregnancy, have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up and give your life over to God. Christina's feelings for Doug have been growing, even though he writes her off as not worth his time. Will Doug's own crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?
Readers who have been on this emotional and romantic journey with the Anderson family will fall in love with this satisfying conclusion to the popular series.


About the Authors:
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance, The Promise, and The Desire with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.

My Review:
Doug Anderson's parents have noticed just how distant Doug has become with them. They for pray him daily, in hopes that he'll soon come to his senses. When Doug's best friend, Christina, tells them what she has seen on social media, they know he is falling quickly. Pictures of his friends drinking and doing things they shouldn't, worries them all greatly.

Doug and his friend, Jason, have been working on a graphic novel in-between the parties they are at constantly. Doug feels that he finally has everything figured out, and besides it's not like he's drinking when he's at those parties. He has a girlfriend who loves everything about him and he enjoys her company, despite her constant drinking. One afternoon, Doug and Jason drive down to Orlando, FL, for a comic convention. It all seems great until that night when on the way back to school, Jason is smoking something he shouldn't and a police officer pulls them over. Then it hit's Doug, it's time to grow up.

The Legacy is book 4 in The Restoration series. This book is another wonderful addition to the series. The authors did a wonderful job portraying the life of a troubled boy.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Litfuse Review: The Inn at Oceans Edge by:Colleen Coble

The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
About the Book:
A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.


My Review:
Claire Dellamare was four years old when she disappeared from her own birthday party, in 1989. She was returned a year later, to the hotel where her party was held, with nothing more than a note attached to her dress. Now, a grown woman, Claire arrives at the same hotel, Hotel Tourmaline, for a business meeting with her father. Upon arrival, she notices something eerily familiar about the hotel, but doesn't know what. While walking on the beach, after an unforeseen Panic Attack, she runs across a man and a woman, catching an Orca Whale . She confronts them both over the issue of the whale, but see learns something that she never knew.

Luke Rocco lost his mother the same year Claire Dellamare came up missing.  Luke does his best to keep food in his families mouth and when he sees someone or something in trouble he does his best to help. When Claire comes up to both Luke and his sister, he believes it is finally his chance to know what happened to his mother after all these years. But there is one problem, Claire never knew she had been missing for a year, much less who Luke's mother is.

Claire's parents aren't sure it's the best idea to speak of her disappearance. Claire is unsure why. And Luke just wants to know what happened to his mother that fateful year. Claire and Luke begin working together to uncover the biggest mystery of their lives. And with a murderer stalking around looking for a chance to harm her, Claire knows this must be a secret no one wants uncovered.

Colleen Coble is an amazing author. I've read many of her books, and this one to is another amazing read. I really enjoyed reading this book. I can't wait till the next book in the Sunset Cove series, Mermaid Moon, comes out in December.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

Review: Gift Bible for Kids (NIV) by:Zonderkidz

Gift Bible for Kids-NIV
About the Book:
The NIV Gift Bible for Kids is the perfect gift for graduations, confirmations, and other special achievements. The bonus content explores the teachings, ministry, miracles, and parables of Jesus, as well as life in New Testament times, enhancing and enriching the reading of Scripture.

Features include:

Words of Christ in red

Presentation page

Bible dictionary concordance

Book introductions

Presentation page for personalizing and gift giving"


My Review:
 I buy members of my family several Bibles over the course of their lives. I feel that is imperative that have at least one of each version. Main reason being because you don't know which one you will like the best, so it's much better to try each and pick one you really like that reads well for the individual. The Gift Bible for Kids is perfect for any gift, any time of the year or "just because". Specially designed for ages 8 and up with a very handsome leather look cover available in blue or pink.

 Each section of a chapter has special headings to indicate what is to come. Words of Christ are in red. Each book is accompanied by a short introduction also presented is a concordance to help in researching a particular topic or person. The font was somewhat small for my eyes but I'm sure is standard for a children's Bible.

 My favorite part of the Bible was the section in the back entitled Life in New Testament Times. I really enjoy reading this section and I'm glad it was included. This book has over 700 pages and retails for just below $13. Affordable and perfect for kids!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation on the Z Blog Squad.