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Monday, October 23, 2017

Influencer Review- All This Time by Melissa Tagg

Hey world! I am back! Life has been insanely busy, now that I am a college freshie, but I have so missed you guys! Anddd, I brought my favorite Iowa girl along with me!

That's right...

Melissa Tagg!



*Summary*

Bear McKinley's past refuses to let go...


Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything--his freedom and his reputation--for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother's children, convinced he's out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he's been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother's activities--and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it's clear he can't run away this time.

Fear holds Raegan's future captive...

Raegan Walker is fine. She's happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that's what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can't help wondering what might've happened if she hadn't abandoned her art so many years ago--and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she's commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it's time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she's kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending?
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                         *My Thoughts*
If any writer, any book, could carry me out of my days as a stressed out, tired college student into a place so different and yet so very similar to my own life, I have no doubt that they would join Melissa at the top of my favorites list.

Reagan and I have nothing and everything in common all at once. Colored hair? Not so much. Self-doubt? Love of family? Feeling like the odd one out? I think everyone loves a hero or heroine they can relate with. Someone they can cry with when it hurts, and rejoice with when life goes right. Melissa's characters do that for me. 

Bear? He is flat out adorable. Big and gruff and sarcastic and...oh I just love him! But underneath all of that is a secret even I couldn't guess at. His past, his hurt, just made me want to wrap him up in a hug.

Also, I know Maple Valley is a made up place, but that actually makes me sad, because I want to live there. So reminding me of my own small town, it's charm, friendliness, and smalltown quirkiness never fails to make me smile. It feels like home, and I'm so glad there is still more to come for Maple Valley! (Christmas novella, anyone?!)

My favorite thing? The reality. The hurt, the confusion, sure. But more than that, the healing. The love and redemption found in Melissa's stories are as heartfelt and real as you and me. If you're wanting to skip the fluff and move right on to heartfealt, romantic, comedic, beautiful stories, look Melissa up. You won't be disappointed. 
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    *My Rating*

  I give All This Time by Melissa Tagg...


                                       




                             5 stars! 

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 *Favorite Quotes*




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I received this book free of charge from the author.


Happy Reading,

Nicki

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Influencer Review- A Love so True by Melissa Jagears

Good Morning everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day! My day was going great until I turned the last page of today's book. Now I'm suffering Post book depression. Ugh. Guess I'll just have to start again! 



                   A Love So True
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                 *About the Book*

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.
David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.
They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?
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                 *My Thoughts*

Teaville- My current book home of choice!I love this special town. Starting out the series with a bang- aka A Heart Most Certain, I was absolutely delighted to find that I loved A Love So True even more!

This book is the most well done work of fiction I've read in a while. Seriously. 

The female protagonist in this story-Evelyn-is completely unusual compared to a lot of books, which just serves to make her more intriguing. A lot of books feature "adorable", tiny little women that fit perfectly under the guy's chin. (I mock, but I won't lie, I still swoon in those stories too!)Not only is Evelyn tall, possibly even taller than our hero, she has one other unusual thing going for her.

She doesn't have any desire to get married. Now, this has a surprising twist so I'm leaving the details of that little tidbit of spoilery (I just made a new word) out of my review. You need to be in suspense, right? 

David, our hero, is the most adorable hero I've read about in a long time. He does so many cute things including, but not limited to, cooking and drawing pictures of our aforementioned heroine. 

Let's not pretend though, that it's all about the fluff. You don't just want the heart palpitations and adoring looks, guys. You also want the depth, don't you? This book gives you just that. Delving into a part of society that most people don't like to think about. Melissa does a truly wonderful job of making sure that we don't forget that there are people less fortunate than us, and that the amazing God we serve desires for us to look out for those people. Such a wonderful story of faith!

SUPER cute guys. Seriously, super cute. Go read it. And then read every other book Melissa has ever written. You won't be sorry. 

Lovers of Jen Turano, Julie Lessman, Judith Miller, and Jody Hedlund will adore this book, and the author that penned it! 

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                *My Rating*

I give A Love So True by Melissa Jagears... 

5 stars!


Happy Reading!

Nicki

Monday, May 1, 2017

Litfuse Review- The NKJV Women's Study Bible

Hey everyone! I don't know how it is where you are, but it is HOT here! Right around 90 degrees all weekend, and, our A/C is out. Yeah, that kind of a weekend. BUT, to turn it all around, I had the pleasure of studying a gorgeous new Bible this weekend! Meditating on God's word always lifts my spirits, and I was able to enjoy the weekend. 


          
                The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible


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              *About the Book*

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance
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                 *My Thoughts*
Of course, every Bible does, and should, have the same inspiring, loving words of our Lord within its pages. However, besides being such a special, important book, the study notes and large margins within the pages give you the perfect tools to grow in His word.

A stunning Bible, the light floral notes throughout give it a beautiful feminine touch. And, with three gorgeous covers to choose from; soft cover, hard cover, and leather, you can't go wrong! I have the two toned leather, and I know this Bible will be used for years to come!  
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                *My Rating*

I give The NKJV Women's Study Bible... 

5 stars!


Happy Reading!

Nicki

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Litfuse Review- Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow

This book is where my life is at right now. Seriously. So. Much. STRESS. Proceed to read.


Welcome to College



             


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            *About the Book*

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?”
In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
—How do you grow spiritually?
—How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
—Is all truth relative?
—Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
—As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.
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                 *My Thoughts*
Ohhh, did this book ever land in my mailbox at the most perfect time. I'm definitely one of those super high stress/plan everything ahead teens. When will my diploma get here, am I going to fail my last course, what about senior pictures...COLLEGE! 

With over 300 pages of material on standing up for your faith and various other topics affecting Christian college kids, every high schooler should read this book. In fact, I already put it in my youth group's library!
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                *My Rating*

I give Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow... 

5 stars!


Happy Reading!

Nicki

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Litfuse Review- Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray

Hey everyone! I hope you've had a wonderful spring so far! I absolutely am loving this 70+ degree weather here in Virginia. When you add in the lovely breeze...ahhhh perfect reading day!





             


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            *About the Book*

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker
After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.
For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.
Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
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                     *My Thoughts*
Shelley Shepard Gray is pretty much a one stop shop for the reader. Engaging no matter what the genre, you can always find a book you'll enjoy. 

Intrigued by the suspense/Amish combination, I decided to go for it. The story had my on the edge of my seat through every page! The characters and the changes that they went through were amazing and the plot was thrilling until the very end. This is a series I'll stick with!

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                *My Rating*

I give Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray... 

4 stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Litfuse Review- The Elisive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Hello my beautiful readers! I hope your day has been amazing and filled with reading pleasure. Mine definitely has! I just finished 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' for the second time and it was ah-mazing. Take a look!





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               *About the Book*

Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...


Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?
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              *My Thoughts*

Carolyn Miller.

Remember that name my reading friends. Why? Because, my dear miss Miller is going places.

Meet our next modern day Jane Austen. 

As a reviewer and a reader, debut novels are often hit or miss. You never know whether the author will have mastered the many aspects of good fiction. Things like character developement, settings, and dialogue are so important to a good story and Carolyn mastered every bit of it!

I loved the storyline between the main characters Lavinia and Nicholas. They were unique characters and the blend of wit and subjects of a more serious, sometimes spiritual, nature created an intriguing story not easily put down.

Overall, I found 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' to be a charming and intriguing story of grace, forgiveness, and light, and I can't wait for the rest of the series to unfold!

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                *My Rating*

I give The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller... 

5(00) stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

Monday, March 13, 2017

Litfuse Review- Home to Paradise by Barabara Cameron

People. It's ALMOST SPRING!

Sorry. That was a little over the top. But it's about 25 degrees here in "warm, sunny" Virginia and I am reminding myself sunshine and flowers and warmth is right around the corner to get me through it. Brr.


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                     *About the 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?
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                     *My Thoughts*

An easy, but riveting read Home to Paradise is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day.

From the very beginning of the story, I found myself half aggravated with/half in love with the characters. Like every inspirational romance reader, I wanted everything to work out. I wanted John and Rose Anna to have their "fairytale ending"...but I also wanted to strangle Rose Anna. Her manipulation frustrated me, but Barabara did a wonderful job in showing that people can change for the better.

I didn't read the first two books in this series, but I had an easy time with it as a stand alone. All in all, I enjoyed Home to Paradise, and can't wait to see what Barbara has coming next!


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                *My Rating*

I give Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron... 

4 stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

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