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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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tyndale Review- Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert

Hey everyone!! I hope you're all having a fabulous March! I can't believe we're here already. A quarter of the year 2017 is over already! 




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               *About the Book*

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past--new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She's finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn't let people get too close. Like the hospital's too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one "lucky" employee's face on freeway billboards.Micah Prescott's goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane's past.Can hope spring from crisis?
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               *My Thoughts*

Candace Calvert's work is so different from any other contemporary fiction I've ever read. She has this amazing way of combining her life outside of her writing with this real, magical fiction world she created. The end result is medical fiction like you've never read before!

Maybe It's You is the third book in the Crisis Team series. Even though I highly recommend books one and two (they're awesome!), I think you could easily get away with this one as a stand alone. 

Candace created such a strong character in Sloane Ferrel. She had such a tough shell, but she also had a sweet, trusting side to her that made her so tangible to me. Her determination to overcome her shameful past made the book not just fluff, but a deep inspiring read. Micah Prescott the handsome pr director was butting heads with Sloane from the beginning. Her judgemental attitude towards him gave them a rocky start, but their relationship steadily grew throughout the book. With every turn of the page, I was holding my breath to see what would happen next. 

My conclusion? Candace has created yet another work of Medical drama art. From the strong characters to the riveting plot to the fascinating details, Maybe It's You truly is a winner.


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                *My Rating*

I give Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert... 

5 stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

Friday, March 3, 2017

Influencer Review- Love's Eternal Breath by Naomi Rawlings

Good March afternoon everyone! Today's book is actually a surprise to me...I'm on Naomi's influencer team, but I complete forgot that it was that time again! I was oh-so-happy when I opened my inbox to find this delightful ebook.            



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               *About the Book*

 The bestselling Eagle Harbor Series continues with Book 4, Love’s Eternal Breath. 

Lindy Marsden once dreamed of having a husband, a house, some children, and maybe even a sewing machine. But since she grew ill five years ago, those dreams have become too much to hope for. Now she just wants to provide for herself and help the abandoned children she found living in the woods until their father returns… and avoid doctors for the rest of her life. Their medicine never leads to any good, and she has the scars to prove it. 

Seth Harrington loves being a doctor, but treating patients in the small town of Eagle Harbor is nothing like working at a prestigious Boston hospital, especially with the other doctor in town trying to steal Seth's patients. When he's called to treat a reluctant woman, Seth finds Lindy Marsden's fiery dislike for him rather insulting. He has the ability to help her, but she wants nothing to do with him. Until she shows up on his doorstep one night... 

When the plight of a young abandoned boy brings Seth and Lindy irrevocably together, Seth finds himself in the most difficult situation of his career. His expertise can help him heal the sick, but will his love be enough to soothe Lindy's wounded soul? 

Come visit the rugged yet beautiful coast of Lake Superior and the remote historical town of Eagle Harbor that readers can’t get enough of. 
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               *My Thoughts*

Ever since I joined Naomi Rawling's influencer team, I've looked forward to a book I know I won't be able to put down. Her writing style and story telling abilities are so captivating, I often re-read the story the moment I finish it. 

A big part of her storytelling magic is her ability to create a relatable character. Lindy's fear of doctors is so palpable I found myself shaking right along with her as she tried to overcome her struggles. Naomi does a marvelous job of slowly unraveling the story to keep the reader engaged. I found myself feeling Seth's frustration and pumping my fist at each victory.

All in all, Love's Eternal Breath is without a doubt in this year's top ten and is most definitely one of the best marriage of convenience stories I have ever read. 

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                *My Rating*

I give Love's Eternal Breath... 

5 stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

Monday, February 6, 2017

Litfuse Review- The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Hey everyone! I can't even believe it's February already! Thankfully the winter hasn't been too bad here in Virginia, and I've gotten to read some seriously awesome books! This new one has completely captured my heart. Completely.



 


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               *About the Book*

 Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent 

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
 

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               *My Thoughts*

Jocelyn Green. That name invokes so much excitement whenever I see it in front of the words "releasing in..." She's that awesome guys. Her civil war series having been phenomenal and my favorite series from that era, I knew I'd love anything else she penned. I wasn't wrong.

The Mark of The King is no less than an awe-inspiring work of art. Filled with page after page of historical stories rarely spoken of, Jocelyn's writing style and attention to detail leaves nothing to be desired. When I picked this up, I knew little about this time period, about this place, and about the injustices done to the people that first settled there. Now I want to know what else I've missed!

Enriched with a romance as sweet and beautiful as the unfolding of a rose, I fell in love with Jocelyn has opened up my eyes to a world I had never before seen, with characters as vivid and real as my own family.

Consensus? The Mark of the King is Heart wrenchingly beautiful in every way, and I can't wait to read it again.

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                *My Rating*

I give The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green... 

5 stars!

Happy Reading!

Nicki

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