Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Called to be Amish


MILLER, MARLENE C.
CALLED TO BE AMISH
 
Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old-Order Amish---and stayed---since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God's love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.

Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman.
 
My Review:
 
An interesting glimpse into the life of an Amish convert. Miller's conversational tone made me feel like I was sitting right there listening as she reminisced about her life. She is frank about everything from her troubled childhood to the many ups and downs of living Amish for decades. Just reading the harrowing tales about the mischief (and danger!) her children got into on the farm about gave me heart palpitations. The author is certainly made of sterner stuff than I am, that's for sure. And that's what really shone through for me -- Miller's pioneer spirit. That along with her zest for life and love for the Savior. 
 
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Herald Press for a review copy of this book.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May Giveaway - Week Three






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:

Sorry -- no giveaways next week. I'll just be posting two scheduled non-fiction reviews. Well, there's supposed to be a fiction one but the book hasn't arrived yet. Anyhow, I've been doing some pretty intensive physiotherapy that has just wiped me and I've been unable to do anything -- even read!!!! Thankfully, I have a week off from physio and I plan to relax and read the days away. So...in TWO WEEKS TIME (MAY 25 - 30) these books will be available for giveaways:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

With This Kiss Contemporary Collection : Five Inspirational Stories of Faith, Hope and Love

GIVEAWAY

CONNEALY, MARY
HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
LEESMITH, SANDRA
RADCLIFFE, TINA
TIPPENS, MISSY
WITH THIS KISS CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION : FIVE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE

Five heart-stirring Christian romances of faith, hope and love! This new collection by five of the “Seekers” (the multi-published authors from www.seekerville.blogspot.com) will make you smile, sigh and remind you why we love happily ever afters! What happens when a fun mix of best-selling, multi-published, award-winning authors decide they have time on their hands? They write sweet novellas for their beloved readers! Jump into this delightful group of second-chance stories, tales of new beginnings, new starts and second chances for one incredibly low price! Because doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?

Safe Shelter by Mary Connealy: Janna is a frightened woman hiding from a stalker. She finds a job using a disguise and a new name. Scott, her boss, has burned too many times by lying women. Feelings grow between them until the truth comes out in an explosion of violence that endangers their lives and risks their fragile, new love.

Drama and comedy collide in this captivating story. Connealy's contemporary heroine has all the grit and determination of her historical ones. Loved getting inside Janna's head, discovering the complex layers that make her so intriguing to Scott. The best kind of romance -- where a HEA seems doomed from the start and therefore so much more satisfying by the time you reach the end.

Second Chance Sheriff by Ruth Logan Herne introduces another Karralis cousin. We met Rafe in the Hope for the Holidays collection, now we meet Deputy Dimtrios (Jim) Karralis as he rescues Salena Ramos and her newborn nephew from the jaws of human traffickers who killed her sister and stole the baby. But when danger looms from inside the sheriff’s department, will Dimi and Lena get the second chance they both deserve?

Romantic suspense from Ruth Logan Herne?! What an awesome surprise. The opening scene is an attention-grabber. After that I was tripping over words in my haste to find out what was going to happen next. Herne packs a lot of action, suspense and sweet romance in this novella!

Where the Eagle Flies by Sandra Leesmith: Sid Bradshaw has loved Melissa Anderson since they were children. He stepped back for years while Melissa followed her dreams to travel. He is hoping that he will have a second chance to win her love while on an outing with their families. A summer monsoon leaves the pair stranded in an isolated cove. Will this harsh land where the eagle flies show Melissa she has loved Sid all along?

A riveting survival story. Leesmith has the uncanny ability to take a setting and turn it into a secondary character. I love the way she transports me to different places and makes me feel like I've actually visited them. In this story, Lake Powell, Arizona is the 'secondary character' acting as the catalyst that plunges Sid and Melissa into a journey of self-discovery and a second chance at love.

No Time for Love by Tina Radcliffe: Nicki Baldwin's on the career fast track, until things come to a screeching halt courtesy of the mystery man who bought the property she has slated for a coffee shop out from under her. Steven Smith has met his former lifestyle in Nicki. Can he convince the beautiful hard hat to slow down and taste the pasta?

I'm smitten! Steven is the kind of hero it's easy to fall for. Audacious, introspective, easy-going, killer charm...and most appealing of all -- he's sure of himself. He's figured life out the hard way and he's in a good headspace. Enter Nicki who hasn't and isn't. Until Steven weaves his magic. Readers will be spellbound.

His Heart to Hold By Missy Tippens: Single dad Matt Bassani doesn’t need a watch dog during his daughter’s visit. But his ex-wife’s best friend, Taryn Minton, seems to thinks so. Will she be able to keep her promise to her best friend, or could the hunky dad win her over? 

Wow -- talk about emotional upheaval. I was righteously indignant for Matt a time or two...or three. And Taryn's torn loyalties had me alternately shouting at her and cheering her on. LOL. This is the kind of romance that keeps you on emotional tenterhooks until the very end.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:
AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FORMAT ONLY
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of With This Kiss : Contemporary Collection 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 May 17 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Love Like Ours

GIVEAWAY

WADE, BECKY
A LOVE LIKE OURS

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

My Review:

Seriously, gut-wrenchingly, 5-tissue-box-alert good. I love an emotional read and Wade always succeeds in delivering one. Plus she gets me thinking...and squirming...as I grow right along with her characters.

There's something so delicate about the fragile link Jake and Lyndie share from childhood. The thinnest of threads is all that is left when they reconnect as adults but it turns into a solid life line for Jake. But, oh my, it's a painful journey until he figures out how to hold on.

Exquisite storytelling delves deep into the tormented psyche of a man struggling with PTSD. I ached for Jake even as I fumed at him. And Wade does an incredible job of slowly edging him out of his self-imposed isolation. When we first meet him he's surviving more than living. And then Lyndie breezes in -- a whirlwind of tenacity and faith and unconditional love. She's like a breath of fresh air and Jake's defences don't stand a chance. Though he does make a valiant effort.

The beauty of their romance is that it isn't always pretty. And complications take on a whole new meaning after you've read their story. I was wrenched into the depths of despair and then buoyed up in a hope so bright it actually hurt.

My takeaway message from this read: God is good. You just need to let Him into your life to realize how good He really is.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House for supplying a review copy of this book.
 
 
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Love Like Ours 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 May 17 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!
 
To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!


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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug

  • Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Amish Promises

    GIVEAWAY

    GOULD, LESLIE
    AMISH PROMISES

    Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
    When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

    Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

    My Review:

    A rich read with so many luscious layers to delve into. Gould takes us into the lives of real people struggling to shield their families from loss and heartache. Only everyone is broken, experiences can scar and suddenly finding shelter at home isn't as easy as it sounds.

    There are so many wonderful characters to relate to -- I especially connected with Shani and Eve. Two women determined to do the best for their families despite some of the members within them. Loved watching the way their friendship spanned a cultural divide and strengthened in the midst of adversity.

    The twisty turny romance thread caused me to shed a tear or two. So complicated. So impossible. So perfect.

    An intense read with light spurts of comic relief. And impossible to put down.

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

    GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

    If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Amish Promises 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 May 17  2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    A Heart's Danger



    COBLE, COLLEEN
    A HEART'S DANGER

    On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

    Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.

    Rand’s new fiancĂ©e wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
    Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

    Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

    My Review:

    The third book in The Journey of the Heart series (a book-a-month released March - August.) It's an interesting marketing venture that I have mixed feelings about. I'd almost prefer it if the books were released closer together. They're short -- novella length -- and easily read in an hour so it's a long wait for the next installment which breaks up the story for me. The whole series is a re-issue of Colleen Coble's first two novels which have been out of print for a decade (though available in ebook format.)

    A Heart's Danger is filled with exactly that -- danger. Lots of it in various forms caused by a very diabolical villain. Fractions between Indian and Whites escalate and there's enough foreshadowing (or I'm reading between the lines) to leave me with an unsettled feeling of dread as I look ahead to reading the last three installments this summer.

    *Please note -- Because of the installment nature of this series I won't do a giveaway until the very last book is released -- in August -- when I'll do a giveaway of the 6 book set.

    My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson for supplying me with a review copy of this book.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    May Giveaway - Week Two








    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: