Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Giveaway - Week One








As always, I will contact the winners by email however thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! :-) If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca From time to time winners and I don't seem to connect, so I have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Beauty of Grace : Stories of God's Love From Today's Most Popular Writers

CAMP, DAWN
THE BEAUTY OF GRACE : STORIES OF GOD'S LOVE FROM TODAY'S MOST POPULAR AUTHORS

In this hectic life, we all need a little peace, a little quiet, and a little beauty. Combining heartfelt stories from some of today’s foremost writers and bloggers with stunning photography of God’s incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos.

This uplifting collection includes moving stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, and more from popular writers such as Jessica Turner, Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Ann Voskamp, Bonnie Gray, Tsh Oxenreider, Leeana Tankersley, Emily Freeman, Margaret Feinberg, and many others. Each story is accompanied by an uplifting Scripture verse, and the book includes Dawn’s stunning photos. Foreword by Holley Gerth.

If you’re in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you’re invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.

My Review:

Stories to savour and a great accompaniment to daily devotionals. Though short, each personal story makes a powerful impact. Love the accompanying scripture or quote provided at the end of each one. Something to carry away with you as you go about your day. Conveniently grouped under themes like Surrender, Trust, Hope and Encouragement, this is the kind of book you don't necessarily read from beginning to end. It's fun to hop around in search of something that speaks to your here and now. And a great resource for Sunday School teachers or Home Church leaders. Definitely the kind of book you want to keep within easy reach since you'll want to refer to it again and again.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Would-Be Wilderness Wife

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SCOTT, REGINA
WOULD-BE WILDERNESS WIFE

The Kidnapped Bride Drew Wallin's youngest brother is determined to see him married - so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she's a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn't have time for distractions - he's too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he's drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own. Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew's matchmaking family, she'll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it's time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn't know she wanted! Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged - and bound to be grooms

My Review:

I'm loving this series! Would-Be Wilderness Bride is the second Frontier Bachelors story. Readers who have read The Bride Ship will be familiar with Catherine and a few of the secondary characters. No worries, though, this book reads perfectly well as a standalone but it does continue the story of the Mercer Brides in Seattle.

The shenanigans of Drew and his brothers put me in mind of that epic film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. There's humour aplenty as the conniving Wallin family decide they want Catherine as a daughter-in-law with Drew as the perspective groom. Both are resistant to the idea, but not to each other. Such a conundrum! A slightly sinister side plot balances the levity and provides a bit of intrigue. A powerful combination that kept me turning pages. Another winning read from this wonderful author and I am thrilled that Drew has so many brothers because that means there will be plenty more to come.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Would-Be Wilderness Wife please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 1 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beyond All Dreams

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CAMDEN, ELIZABETH
BEYOND ALL DREAMS

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

My Review:

I'm still in a tizzy of euphoria after reading Beyond All Dreams. To say I loved it would be a huge understatement. I adored it! Found it brilliantly funny and heart-stopping romantical. There's even a page-turning mystery to solve. Delicious from beginning to end.

First off, I went into a librarian's swoon over the setting -- the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress. Be still my heart! You might need to have studied library science in order to get the thrill of that but Camden captured my feelings perfectly when I got to see the library through Anna's devoted eyes. "Even after six years, there were times Anna loved to stand in the aisles, awed by the immensity of the books towering above her. It was magical and magnificent. Amazing and inspiring. (p.6) No need to explain why this librarian felt an immediate connection to this heroine. :-)

Anna might be a librarian and she might even think she is mild-mannered but there's something about Luke Callahan that sparks her temper. The dialogue between the two is hysterical. Luke is used to bending wills and getting his way but he hasn't run into anyone like Anna before. Prim. proper and exacting as she is, she won't give an inch when she feels passionately about something. It's like Luke is struck by a bolt of lightning when he first meets her and he never recovers (thankfully.) And oh, mercy, but is he a romantic! And he goes after Anna with as much bluster and tenacity as he does in politics.

And though there's plenty of humour in this engaging story, there's a sinister undercurrent that surrounds Anna's quest for historical truth. That made this a really compelling read for me. Add in a profound inspirational thread on forgiveness and this book ticks all the boxes. I can sum it up best by using Camden's own words (a little out of context.) Magical and magnificent.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Beyond All Dreams please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 1 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hidden Agenda

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BARRITT, CHRISTY
HIDDEN AGENDA

To Catch a Killer

Trusting the wrong person had gotten his father killed. CIA agent Ed Carter isn't about to repeat the mistake. Pulling a gun on nurse Bailey Williams may not have been the smartest idea, but the beautiful caretaker is Ed's only suspect in the murder. Problem is, her vulnerable brown eyes claim innocence and set off his protective instincts. The spark between them is undeniable, but Bailey could never trust her life—or her heart—to a man who thinks her guilty. But when the real killer returns and threatens not just her but her family, Bailey must place her faith in the only man who can keep them from being silenced forever…

My Review:

A spy thriller that left me gasping in delight. There's something so sinister about a good spy story, isn't there? Hair-raising scenes kept me on edge as the suspense grew tauter until I didn't know what to expect next. And Bailey and Ed? Great romantic tension. Both keeping secrets, both suspicious of the other but undeniably attracted too. Hidden Agenda is page-turning read you won't want to miss out on.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Hidden Agenda please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 1 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Twisted Innocence

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BLACKSTOCK, TERRI
TWISTED INNOCENCE

Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family---she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller-the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

My Review:

Stunning conclusion to a page-turning series. Blackstock's masterful touch is in every nuance of this story. From the gripping suspense to the gnarly lives of flawed people, she spins a riveting tale liberally laced with an impactful inspirational thread. Kudos to this author for sharing spiritual truths through her stories. This is only the second book I have read by Terri Blackstock, but both reads have touched me deeply -- both heart and soul. And the inspirational aspect of the story flows naturally, in no way preachy or stilted as can sometimes be the case. It just added a glorious new dimension to an already incredible read.

Twisted Innocence is the third book in the Moonlighter series but I think it would read well as a standalone. Mind you, the over-arcing suspense conclusion might be a bit of a spoiler if you plan to backtrack and read the first two.  Blackstock does a really good job of catching new readers up with overlapping storylines.

My thanks to Zondervan and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a review copy of this book.

 GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Twisted Innocence please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 1 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Sabatoged

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PETTREY, DANI
SABOTAGED

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

My Review:

Sob! The Alaskan Courage Series is over! I don't know how I'll cope without any McKenna escapades to look forward to! I wonder if the author cried as many buckets of tears as I did when she reached the conclusion of this epic series. Sniffle. I still feel slightly waterlogged. In fact, as eager as I was to devour this book in one sitting I made it last...and last...and last. Took my time savoring every scene, taking reflective pauses often, closing the book and leaving pages unread in a desperate bid to keep the McKennas in my life a little bit longer. Seriously, you know when an author has talent when you feel compelled to pray for her characters. LOL

And, honestly, Sabotaged is a wonderful grand finale. The suspense is solid, the burgeoning romance between Reef and Kirra absolutely delicious and Pettrey provides plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of favourite heroes and heroines from previous books. And, be still my heart, she provides an exquisite scene at the very end that is sure to bring emotional closure to fans of this series. I can't thank her enough for that.

No worries for the few souls out there who haven't read any other books in The Alaskan Courage Series -- Sabotaged reads really well as a standalone. Guaranteed though, that once you have read it you'll be determined to backtrack and catch up with the rest of the McKenna clan. I can't say much more except if you love romantic suspense all five books in this series belong on your keeper shelf.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Sabotaged please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 1 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!