Lavender Tears & a Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Lavender Tears

Author: Sondra Cunningham

Release Date: March 12, 2021

Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women’s Fiction

The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.

Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany’s journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life’s unexpected tragedies.

When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary’s life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn’t see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father’s love and destined for a unique purpose.

Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother’s garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.

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MY THOUGHTS

Lavender Tears is the debut novel by Sondra Cunningham. It is Biblical fiction/women’s fiction that follows the life of Mary of Bethany before her historical encounters with Jesus recorded in the Gospels.

I haven’t read many Biblical fiction books, but after watching and enjoying a popular Christian show, I decided to give this book a try. It is more than a story about Mary and her life. It is about how her life was shaped by God from the very beginning to prepare her for her encounter with the Messiah we are familiar with from studying our Bible. I loved how we not only got to know Mary more intimately by learning her backstory by we also got to know Jesus better by seeing His impact in her life.

For me, this story took a few chapters to really grab me, but once Mary was given the alabaster jar from her grandmother, I had to know how Mary’s story led to that moment when she washed Jesus’ feet.

Mary goes through many trials, but I loved the themes of hope, especially in Jesus as the Messiah. This is a message for every generation, culture, and era. I also loved her quiet moments alone with God and the sunrise–a reminder that His mercy is new every morning. 

And the lavender. Its beauty and comforting smell were prominent in this story, and I loved how its importance was woven through each piece of the book.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting tale of Mary from Bethany. I’d truly never thought about her full story, and although this one is fraught with as many sorrows and happiness, it all pointed beautifully to Jesus. If you enjoy Biblical fiction, you will enjoy Lavender Tears.

I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sondra Cunningham

Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.

CONNECT WITH SONDRA: Website | Facebook | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!

Lavender Tears JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Make You Feel My Love and a Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Make You Feel My Love

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: July 13, 2021

Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance

One broken woman. One lost man. And the long-buried secrets tying them together.

After escaping an abusive relationship, Chelsea Spencer flees to Chickadee Creek—the town where her great aunt Rosemary owns a quaint little antique shop. There, Chelsea plans to help with the shop as her aunt heals from an accident—and perhaps find some healing of her own.

Liam Chandler was one film away from a leading role when his brother Jacob was stricken with cancer. After spending the last months of Jacob’s life with him in Boise, Liam heads to the vacation home he built outside of Chickadee Creek to get his life and his faith back on track.

While working to clean out a storage room in the antique shop, Chelsea finds an old violin. Aunt Rosemary says she may have the instrument, but they soon learn it is very valuable and once belonged to Cora Chandler, Liam’s great-great-grandmother.

Drawn together by the old violin and stories from the past, Chelsea and Liam begin to find answers for their present and the future God has in store for them.

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While working to clean out a storage room in the antique shop, Chelsea finds an old violin. Aunt Rosemary says she may have the instrument, but they soon learn it is very valuable and once belonged to Cora Chandler, Liam’s great-great-grandmother.

Drawn together by the old violin and stories from the past, Chelsea and Liam begin to find answers for their present and the future God has in store for them.

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MY THOUGHTS

Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher is an excellent time-slip novel that follows two women, over a hundred years apart, as they search for freedom, safety, confidence, and love in the rural town of Chickadee Creek.

I didn’t use to like dual-time stories. I always tended to favor the historical timelines and felt cheated out of a longer, richer story because the pages were split between two stories. But novels like Make You Feel My Love have made me fall in love with this genre! The two timelines in this book are beautifully woven together–both in the connection between Liam and in ancestors who had lived in the area for over 100 years and in the fearful flight of Cora and Chelsea.

You will not feel cheated by this story. Its themes run deep as the characters work through issues with grief, trust, fear, and faith. There were so many beautiful and genuine scenes of human emotion. I was caught up in the moment right along with the characters time and again.

And unlike other time slip novels I’ve read, I didn’t favor one timeline over the other. They were both equally interesting, and I had to know how they ended as well as how they were connected.

One of my favorite parts of his book was Liam’s journal entries which were a journey through his grief over his brother’s passing and his faith in God. The truth Liam found on his own while choosing to face his brother’s death, his family’s dysfunction, and his desire to live according to God’s will spoke to me. They were often simple things, but sometimes it’s the simple truths that we aren’t willing to admit or live with.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and all its characters. If you are a fan of dual-time novels, you will like it, too! And if you haven’t tried many books from this genre, I encourage you to try this one!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(3) winners will receive a print copy of Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher!

Make You Feel My Love JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 13, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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A Lady in Attendance

Oh, I’ve been waiting to read this one for some time now. I loved Rachel’s release last year, A Life Once Dreamed, so when Revell had her newest book, A Lady in Attendance, as an option for their blogger program, I was so excited! Thank to Revell for my copy of this book!

If you enjoy history, sweet romance, and a bit of danger/adventure, then this story is for you! Keep reading to find my full review!

More About the Book:

Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel’s real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts’s lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.

As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can’t help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?

Rachel Fordham pens a tender tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose–to expunge the record of someone society deemed beyond saving–and perhaps find love along the way. 

Purchase your copy of the book here.

My Thoughts:

A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham was an incredibly sweet story of redemption. Hazel, a woman recently released from New York state reformatory, is looking for a second chance at life and finds a job as a small-town dentist’s lady of attendance. The friendship she forms with Dr. Gilbert Watts helps her to start a campaign to clear her name and allow her to return home. But the road to innocence is full of deception, corruption, and danger. Will Hazel ever find true freedom?

I loved the characters in this story. Hazel is vibrant, tender, and wise. I loved her big laugh and the way she cared for others. But what I loved most about her is how she was able to awaken the true Gilbert from his monotonous, quiet life. He is a bit of an unlikely hero, being quiet and humble. But as Hazel brings fresh life to his days, his tongue is loosened, and I thoroughly enjoyed all their witty banter. They made me laugh again and again.

I am a big fan of redemption stories, and Hazel’s was especially heart-wrenching as she struggled with proving her innocence while dealing with her guilt. And while her quest to find the truth led to a suspenseful, dangerous chase for justice, her spiritual journey included a painful look at her past mistakes. It was a joy to watch her trust God with both her earthly innocence and her spiritual freedom.   

The romance in this story is slow and sweet, but oh-so-satisfying. Hazel and Gilbert are perfectly matched in wit and compassion. I just loved them together.   

Fans of Christian historical fiction/romance will enjoy this story. I know I did!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoy A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham as much as I did! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Happy reading and God Bless!

–Kristina

Faith in the Mountain Valley and a Giveaway!

Today I’m featuring book number five in the Call of the Rockies series by Misty M. Beller. It is called Faith in the Mountain Valley and is the story of French! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying to figure out what makes this guy tick. This is a great story, so keep reading to find out more about the book, read my full review and enter the giveaway!

Thank-you to Celebrate Lit for having on this tour!

About the Book

Book:  Faith in the Mountain Valley

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 15, 2021

Faith in the Mtn Valley

This epic journey is the only way to leave her secrets behind.

After eleven years spent looking for the girl who stole his heart, Jean-Jacques Baptiste—better known as French to his friends—is tempted to give up. Until the day he spotted the flaxen-haired stranger traveling the wooded path with Blackfoot Indians. He never imagined he’d find his childhood friend masquerading as a man in this Rocky Mountain wilderness, hundreds of miles from the Canadian town where he last saw her. No matter her reasons, he can’t let her go this time.

Colette Mignon’s life has become a cacophony of lies, including the fact that her Blackfoot Indian companions believe she’s a man. She’s willing to live the taxing life of a trapper in these desolate mountains as long as it keeps her secrets hidden. When her childhood friend and first love discovers her, his determination to help might put everything at risk.

As the worst of her past threatens to catch up with her, the hope for Colette’s new life shatters. But no matter what, she must protect the one good thing that came from all her mistakes. Though French is determined to stay at her side, she can’t let him become entangled in the perilous consequences of her actions. If only it wasn’t so painful to push him away. The danger pressing in may leave her only one choice—leave everything behind…again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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My Thoughts

Faith in the Mountain Valley by Misty M. Beller is book five in the Call of the Rockies series. This novel follows French as he searches for his childhood friend and long-lost love, Colette. But Colette is doing her best not to be found by anyone, especially the men hunting her. 

The Call of the Rockies series has been one epic adventure after another. But with each new story, we get a deeper insight into one of the characters, and I was excited to finally get to know French beyond the tall tales he shared around the fire. 

French (Jean-Jacques) and Colette”s friendship/love started when they were children struggling to find peace and happiness outside of their turbulent homes. Their history together is sweet, yet carries its own pain and hardship. I loved how a teasing smile or simple gesture can bring back past moments together. It’s why I love second-chance romance. The characters automatically have a stronger connection from the start. And French’s determination to find Colette after many years of separation will pull your heartstrings. He was completely dedicated to her even after so many years. It was a lovely surprise to find such a tender-hearted man behind all those wild stories.

This story is a page-turner. Danger, secrets, high stakes, and the challenges of surviving in the wild make you keep reading one more chapter. I could not rest until I knew what became of French and Colette.

And even though most of the crew from the beginning of this book series didn’t make much of an appearance in French’s story, I loved it just the same. The Blackfoot men Colette was traveling with were honorable and interesting, and I really enjoyed learning about the simple tasks the trappers completed each day. 

Overall, I loved French and Colette’s story. Fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this story, especially those who love a good adventure out west.

I was given a copy of this book by Celebrate Lit with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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More from Misty

Ever Played Dress-up?

I’ll bet most of us played “Let’s Pretend” when we were kids. Maybe you dressed up as a princess, or a knight, or a soldier. When we were little, my grandmother had a secondhand wedding dress she let us play with. It had the long train and veil that dragged several feet behind a grown woman. We spent so many fun hours dressing up and pretending. And of course, there were all the times my older brother and I played cowboys as we rode our horses.

With so much experience playing dress-up and “let’s pretend,” I thoroughly enjoyed writing the story of a heroine who pretended to be a man! And not just a fellow around town. She joined up with a group of five Blackfoot braves and attempted to pass herself off as a man for weeks while she lived in their camp, trapping alongside them!

She had a good reason for attempting the ruse, and you can find out if she pulls it off in Faith in the Mountain Valley. This might be my favorite of all the books in the Call of the Rockies series. I pray you enjoy it too!

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, June 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 8

Texas Book-aholic, June 9

Blessed & Bookish, June 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 10

Inklings and notions, June 11

Betti Mace, June 12

For Him and My Family, June 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 13

Connie’s History Classroom, June 14

cats in the cradle blog, June 14

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 15

deb’s Book Review, June 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 16

Mary Hake, June 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 17

Reviewingbooksplusmore, June 17

For the Love of Literature, June 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 19

Blossoms and Blessings, June 19

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 20

Splashes of Joy, June 21

Jeanette’sThoughts, June 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10d0a/faith-in-the-mountain-valley-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck on the giveaway!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Finding His Family and Giveaway

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Finding His Family by Christina Miller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading to find out more about the book and the giveaway!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Finding His Family

Author: Christina Miller

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Can he be the man she needs him to be?

Now that he’s found them, he can’t let them go.

The last person Abe Armstrong thought would walk through the door of his gym is Rosemary Williams, the woman he secretly married as a teen. Even more surprising is the little girl at her side—his daughter. It’s been four years since Abe and Rosemary broke each other’s hearts…and he hopes this time will be different. But first Abe must prove he’s father and husband material.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Miller

Editor and author Christina Miller’s idea of a perfect day involves a white-sand beach, a stack of books, and a glass of sweet tea. Ten years ago, she decided to leave her job as an RN and become a writer and editor so she could read for a living—and sometimes even work on the beach.

Christina is a Bethany Global University graduate, pastor’s wife, worship leader, and author for Love Inspired, the Christian imprint of Harlequin. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her toes in the sand, you might catch her visiting an antebellum mansion, exploring a museum, or teaching at a women’s conference. Christina lives on her family farm with her husband of thirty years.

CONNECT WITH CHRISTINA: Facebook | Twitter


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Finding His Family and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Finding His Family JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 9, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 16, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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The Captain’s Quest and a Giveaway

For those of you who are dreaming about sinking your toes in some warm sand, I have a fantastic read for you! I was so excited to get on the Celebrate Lit tour for The Captain’s Quest by Lorri Dudley. This is book four in the Leeward Island series, and the tropical locations are amazing for any beach lover! (Plus, no sun burn for you!)

Keep reading to find out more about the book, read my full review, and find out more about the author!

And don’t forget to scroll ALL the way to the end for your chance to enter the giveaway.

About the Book

Book:  The Captain’s Quest

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 22, 2021

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Innocent mistakes can have dire consequences. 

Pricilla Middleton only attended the Lemoore house party to keep her friend out of trouble. Now, her only chance to keep from becoming a gossip column headline is to sneak aboard her brother’s ship and pretend she’d been visiting him instead of taking part in the debacle. Before she can speak to her brother, the ship sets sail, and the man in charge is not at all who she expects.

Captain Tobias Prescott, son of an infamous war hero, has been assigned on a critical mission to deploy warships in St. Kitts for battle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, his orders require him to assume command of a friend’s ship, and he must weigh anchor the instant the former captain is escorted down the gangplank. When they reach open waters, the last thing he expects is to find a woman hiding in the captain’s cabin, yet his mission is too urgent to return her to England.

The Middleton name has always brought Tobias trouble, and Pricilla is no exception. As the waters clear and the temperature warms, the danger escalates too. Yet Tobias discovers the intuitive and strong woman who struggles to hide her anxiety is nothing like her disloyal brother. He may lose the opportunity to help his country, but perhaps he can still save the woman who’s rescued his heart.

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My Thoughts

The Captain’s Quest by Lorri Dudley is the fourth novel in the Leeward Island series. I was delighted to get a chance to read this story as I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other books I’ve read in the series (The Sugar Baron’s Ring is waiting for me on my Kindle). The author is spectacular at painting a landscape, whether it be in England, in a broad Atlantic, or on a tropical isle. I was captivated by the surroundings of the characters (and as much in awe of island beauty as Priscilla). 

And like the other novels in the series, the characters are magnificent. Priscilla’s fear of being alone, while at first seems ridiculous, draw you into her character. And while at first, you may only see her faults, it amazes me as the story unfolds, how bright and kind she is despite her fears. I loved her spiritual journey as well, and I thought it a timely lesson about God being with us when we feel most alone.

Please, don’t ask me to pick a favorite hero of Dudley’s! They are just too…everything! Masculine, commanding, handsome, gentlemen. Captain Tobias Prescott is fantastic. A demanding presence with his crew, but with a gentle heart within. I fell in love with him over and over again in this story. Swoon!

Overall, I adored this book! Any fan of Regency romance will want to sail the seas with Priscilla and Captain Prescott.

I was given a copy of this book by Celebrate Lit with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

More from Lorri

Priscilla Middleton’s character begged for her story to be told. The Captain’s Quest is the fourth book in the Leeward Island series. While it can read as a stand-alone, the heroine, Priscilla, had a brief guest appearance at the beginning of book two, The Merchant’s Yield, as Lottie’s closest friend. With Lottie now living on the isle of St. Kitts, that left Priscilla to navigate the London season all on her own. I imagined what mischief a young woman would find whose parents allowed her too much freedom, especially with her friend, the voice of reason, across the Atlantic.

When my close friend moved to Michigan, the loss of her physical presence left me feeling disoriented, lost, and out of place, even in familiar surroundings. There was loneliness, a desperate need to replace what was missing, and fears about being forgotten. In Lottie’s absence, Priscilla clings to an unhealthy friendship, landing herself in a precarious situation, with no other option but to hide aboard her brother’s ship to save her reputation and that of her family.

The biggest issue with running from problems is that we can’t run from ourselves. Priscilla avoids one catastrophe only to walk right into another as Captain Tobias Prescott takes command of the ship. She blames the brooding captain for her predicament only to realize she’s battling the wrong enemy. The more Priscilla tries to hide from the problems she must face within herself, the further she drifts from everyone she knows and the chance to be fully loved.

Although Priscilla’s story was drafted pre-pandemic, her struggles are similar to those that surfaced during the lockdowns. Anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, and feelings of being disregarded mounted as the pandemic spread. Vacations, Thanksgivings, and Christmases were canceled. Families couldn’t visit or see each other—the feeling of being forgotten sliced open raw wounds.

Cory Ashbury’s song Reckless Love was popular as I plotted The Captain’s Quest, and the lyrics from the book of Matthew of how God will leave the ninety-nine to chase after the one lost sheep developed Priscilla’s story. Through its comical mishaps, dramatic twists, and struggles to prevail, The Captain’s Quest is a reminder of the heights, depths, and lengths that our great God will go to show His passionate love for us.

To learn more, checkout my website at LorriDudley.com, or watch The Captain’s Quest book trailer by clicking here: The Captain’s Quest trailer.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

Blossoms and Blessings, June 1

Texas Book-aholic, June 2

Just Writing, June 2

For Him and My Family, June 3

Connect in Fiction, June 3

Inklings and notions, June 4

Life of Literature, June 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 5

Batya’s Bits, June 5

deb’s Book Review, June 6

Kayem Reads, June 6

She Lives To Read, June 7

Betti Mace, June 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 7

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 8

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, June 8

Rebecca Tews, June 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 9

Blessed & Bookish, June 9

Remembrancy, June 10

Genesis 5020, June 10

Connie’s History Classroom, June 11

KarenSueHadley, June 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 12

Daysong Reflections, June 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 13

Simple Harvest Reads, June 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 14

HookMeInABook, June 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10cce/the-captain-s-quest-celebration-tour-giveaway

Good luck with the giveaway!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

At Lighthouse Point

I have been following the Three Sisters Island series since On A Summer Tide released. I just love the Grayson family and how they came together to revive Camp Kicking Moose after the death of their mother. In this story, At Lighthouse Point, we gain a better understanding of the youngest Grayson daughter, Blaine.

I just love all the culinary references in Blaine story and how God raised her from her ashes of depression into a woman with purpose and God-sized dreams. I think this is my favorite book in the series, but it is hard to choose!

Keep reading to find out more about the book, a clickable purchase link, and my full review!

Thank you to Revell for my copy of the book!

More About the Book

Welcome to Three Sisters Island, where you can release what doesn’t matter–and embrace what does: faith, family, and friendship.

Blaine Grayson returns to Three Sisters Island with a grand plan–to take Camp Kicking Moose to the next level. Her dream starts to unravel when she discovers Moose Manor’s kitchen has been badly remodeled by her sister, Cam, who doesn’t know how to cook. Added to that blow is the cold shoulder given by her best friend, Artie Lotosky, now a doctor to the unbridged Maine islands.

As old wounds are opened, Blaine starts to wonder if she made a mistake by coming home. Little by little, she must let go of one dream to discover a new one, opening her heart to a purpose and a future she had never imagined.

Purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

At Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third book in the Three Sisters Island series. I have loved each of these books, but Blaine’s story is my favorite. I fell in love with her journey to Paris, how she found herself, her passion, and her faith.

And I loved Jean-Paul, her friend she brought home from Paris. He was a quiet comfort and always there when he was needed most. He had a way of both convicting and encouraging whoever was sitting beside him. He was one of my favorite parts of the story. 

But my absolute favorite was watching Blaine find her place on Three Sisters Island and dive headfirst into her dreams.

As always, the Grayson family is full of conflict, secrets, and surprises. They are far from perfect, but their desire to stay close even as they grow into lives of their own pulled my heart into the series. I’ve enjoyed getting to know them all with each book.

And I love the island! I wish I could visit and have tea (not coffee!) at Peg’s cafe. The locals always ad charm to these stories, and the scenery will take your breath away.

The only thing I wish differently was for the romance between Artie and Blaine to have had a more central role in the story. I waited so long to read their story, and I guess I just wanted to see more spark between them. But I still enjoyed their reunion.

Overall, this was a great series for me. They are perfect beach reads! Any fan of contemporary Christian fiction would enjoy these stories!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Find a beach, settle in the sand ,and drift to Three Sisters Island!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

Let It Be Me and a Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Let It Be Me by Becky Wade. This story is the second full-length novel in the Misty River romance series, and is a five-star read for me! I am a newer fan of Becky, but it literally only took one novella and one novel to make me fall in love with her books. I love how her characters are often flawed, unique, and oh, so memorable (I’m talking about you–Sebastian and Leah!)

If you love contemporary Christian romance, if you enjoy falling in love with characters and living along side them, or if you want to be touched by a story, then Becky’s books are for you! And so is this blog post! Keep scrolling to find out more about her newest release, Let It Be Me–including a Q&A session with Becky that gives some behind-the-scenes insights from the novel.

And don’t forget to stop by the giveaway on Becky’s website. I have the link at the bottom of the post. There are some amazing prizes to be had! Giveaway runs until May 25th. You can find more details and the entry form by clicking on the link provided.

Whew! Let’s get to talking about this book! I’ll be honest. I’ve already been gushing about it for weeks.

More About the Book:

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: May 4, 2021

ISBN: 978-0764235610

The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have.

Former foster kid Sebastian Grant has leveraged his intelligence and hard work to become a pediatric heart surgeon. But not even his career success can erase the void he’s tried so hard to fill. Then he meets high school teacher Leah Montgomery and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. He falls hard, only to make a devastating discovery–Leah is the woman his best friend set his heart on months before.

Leah’s a math prodigy who’s only ever had one big dream–to earn her PhD. Raising her little brother put that dream on hold. Now that her brother will soon be college bound, she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. Especially romance . . . which is far less dependable than algebra.

When Leah receives surprising results from the DNA test she submitted to a genealogy site, she solicits Sebastian’s help. Together, they comb through hospital records to uncover the secrets of her history. The more powerfully they’re drawn to each other, the more strongly Sebastian must resist, and the more Leah must admit that some things in life–like love–can’t be explained with numbers.

Purchase your copy today! You can go to Becky’s website: https://beckywade.com/home/let-it-be-me/

Or here’s the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0764235613

My Review

Let It Be Me was a fantastic story. The characters were exquisite–and not just the swoon-worthy hero–all of them. I was completely engaged in Leah’s search for the truth, in Sebastian’s struggle to mend his own heart, in Ben’s unconditional love, and even in Dylan’s teenagerly grunts. These characters and their witty, hilarious, and heartfelt interactions are priceless. They will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. 

Sebastian! What a hero. A pediatric cardiac surgery rockstar. He saves tiny people. He’s a bad boy. He has a big heart. He doesn’t let anyone see it. He is so complicated! And that’s why I loved him. I don’t know how many times he made me throw my head back and laugh, but was also capable of bringing tears to my eyes. As Leah said, he’s a bit of a scoundrel, but that is half of his appeal! 

I loved, loved, LOVED Leah. So smart. So loyal. So pragmatic and logical. I fell in love with all of her quirks and complete nerdiness. She is a true inspiration in how she sacrificed her own desires for others, how she treated others with love, and how she sought to have a closer relationship with God. Characters like Leah are why I read Christian fiction. Their lives make me think about my own!

And I CANNOT close this without saying how much I love Ben’s mother, Cece. I love her spunk and her sparkle, but my, oh, my, the woman lives for the Lord and loves like Him, too. I wish all foster children like Sebastian had someone like her in their lives.

Overall, Let It Be Me is a fantastic read and a great second novel in the series. It will be impossible to pick a favorite, I’m afraid! Any fan of contemporary Christian fiction, like Courtney Walsh, would enjoy this book!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Q&A with Becky Wade

What inspired the plot line of Let It Be Me?

A few years ago, I had my DNA tested at Ancestry.com.  At one point in the process, they gave me a warning along the lines of, “DNA test results can be confusing or upsetting.”  Basically, they made me aware that I might learn something shocking and they wanted to make sure I was ready for that possibility.  In my case, my results turned out exactly as I expected.  However, my imagination started percolating.  The two words that begin every story idea entered my head.  “What if?”  What if a woman sent in her DNA and learned that the parents who raised her were not her biological parents, as she’d always believed?

The hero, Sebastian, is a pediatric heart surgeon.  How did you prepare to write a character with that profession?

For research, I read a non-fiction book that detailed many months in the lives and careers of the people (doctors, nurses, patients, families) who populated The Cleveland Clinic — one of the foremost pediatric heart centers in the USA. I became so involved in these real-life people and the harrowing situations they faced, that I couldn’t put the book down.  I spent a weekend reading and highlighting passage after passage.  I referred back to that book dozens of times while rewriting.  It was a fantastic resource!

Your recent books weave together romance, faith, and mystery.  How did you come to that recipe?

Trial and error!  I’ve always considered myself to be a romance novelist because I delight in the emotional journey the two characters take as they fall in love.  After I had children, I felt led to write Christian romances that honored God.  The scenes when God displays His love are the scenes that make me cry!  Several books back, I began adding mysteries because concrete story goals (for example, What happened to the missing woman?) gave me a clearer path to follow when writing and also, hopefully, keep readers turning pages in order to uncover the secrets embedded in each book. 

What challenges did you face during the writing of this novel?

The pandemic!  I wrote most of Let It Be Me during the height of Covid.  For six weeks of my deadline, my husband and three kids were all home with me.  Many times, I tried to escape to the backyard with my laptop to find spaces of quiet in which to concentrate.  It never worked.  They always found me! 

What blessings did you discover during the writing process?

I think God knew that a difficult and headstrong novel paired with a pandemic was more than I could have managed.  Let It Be Me required a great deal of work, just like all my novels do.  But it was also a delight.  I had so much fun pairing a determined hero with a math genius heroine uninterested in romance.  Given that this novel came out of 2020, it will always remind me of God’s faithfulness and provision.  This book is a testament to the fact that God equips those He calls and provides joy in the work… regardless of the challenges.

More About the Author

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, power-walking her neighborhood, carting her kids around town, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

Connect with Becky!

Website: www.beckywade.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorbeckywade

Twitter: http://twitter.com/beckywadewriter

Instagram: http://instagram.com/beckywadewriter

Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to celebrate the Let It Be Me release! Check out the awesome prize pack put together by Becky and her publisher, Bethany House.

Follow the link below to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

https://beckywade.com/home/let-it-be-me-giveaway/

There’s even more fun to be had! Check out the schedule below to find out where the next stop is on the tour.

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

Let It Be Me Blog Tour Schedule

May 4th

Becky’s Bookshelves

May 5th

Kayem Reads

May 6th

Inkwell Inspirations

May 7th

Books and Everyday Life

May 8th

Melmo2610 A Bookish Blog

May 9th

Inside The Wong Mind

May 10th

Debb Hackett

May 11th

Kristi Woods

May 12th

All The Bookish Adventures

May 13th

Fueled By Faith And Caffeine

May 14th

Batya’s Bits

May 15th

Radiant Light

May 17th

Mrs. Deaton Reads

May 18th

Blessed & Bookish

May 20th

Remembrancy

May 22nd

Britt Reads Fiction

May 23rd

Books Life and Christ

May 24th

Woven By Words

Present Danger

The more romantic suspense I read, the more I love it! I’m enjoying finding new authors to explore, and I haven’t been disappointed. Elizabeth Goddard does an amazing job of keeping the pace up tempo, keep the truth just out of reach, and making you want more and more! I’m glad the next book in the series releases later this year!

Thank you to Revell for my copy of Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard. What a blast!

Keep reading to find my full review and purchase links.

More About the Book:

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Get your copy today here.

My Thoughts:

Present Danger is the first book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series by Elizabeth Goddard. This is my first book by this author, and I’ve enjoyed this story so much, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. The action was fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, and flows well with the story. I love complicated mysteries, and Present Danger definitely qualifies! There are so many layers to this suspense that the author keeps you guessing on the final solution until the end! 

I enjoyed Terra and Jack’s story, and one thing I liked about their interactions is that their rocky history together didn’t result in bitter or hateful behavior toward each other. Despite their past, they are willing to move forward and work together to solve this case. And they make a great team!

Overall, I was hooked on this book. I found myself glancing at the clock and promising myself one more chapter, only to keep reading and reading! You won’t be satisfied until you have followed Terra and Jack to the end of the story!

Fans of Christian romantic suspense will enjoy this story.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and if you need a book to keep you company, Present Danger will not disappoint. Just be prepared to NOT catch up on any sleep!

Happy reading and God bless,

Kristina

When Stars Rain Down

About the Book:

This summer has the potential to change everything.

The summer of 1936 in Parsons, Georgia, is unseasonably hot, and Opal Pruitt senses a nameless storm brewing. She hopes this foreboding feeling won’t overshadow her upcoming eighteenth birthday or the annual Founder’s Day celebration in just a few weeks. She and her Grandma Birdie work as housekeepers for the white widow Miss Peggy, and Opal desperately wants some time to be young and carefree with her cousins and friends.

But when the Ku Klux Klan descends on Opal’s neighborhood, the tight-knit community is shaken in every way possible. Parsons’s residents—both Black and white—are forced to acknowledge the unspoken codes of conduct in their post-Reconstruction era town. To complicate matters, Opal finds herself torn between two unexpected romantic interests—the son of her pastor, Cedric Perkins, and the grandson of the woman she works for, Jimmy Earl Ketchums. Both young men awaken emotions Opal has never felt before.

Get your copy here.

My Thoughts:

When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown is a Southern historical fiction set in the 1930s in small-town Georgia. The story follows Opal Pruitt as she comes of age–finding love, responsibility, and freedom as well as fear, hate, and pain. 

Opal’s story gripped me from the very beginning. It is incredibly raw and genuine, and I stayed up late on more than one occasion to keep reading. This story and its insights into the fear and destruction hate can cause are timely and welcome. The characters are vivid and memorable. The history, while sometimes dark, was blended into the story seamlessly. And even though some of the words used may be uncomfortable to read, they are true to the time and necessary to create the proper environment for the story. 

This is my first novel by Angela Jackson-Brown, and I hope I get to read her work again soon. She really brought the entire town of Parsons, Georgia to life for me. Any fan of historical fiction will enjoy this story.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

If you are a lover of historical fiction, I hope you get a chance to read this book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

God bless and happy reading!

–Kristina