Monday, April 24, 2017

The Newcomer

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FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS
THE NEWCOMER

A fresh start in the New World will test Anna's resolve...and her heart.

In 1737, Anna Konig staggers oof a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. It's a time of new beginnings, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasos the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World, his enthusiasm evaporates. When a ship captain offere him a first mate position, he grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?

As a newcomver joins the church, Anna is torn. This man is everything Bairn is not -- bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And he is here. Bairn is not.

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves the lives of Bairn, Anna and the newcomer together. When the secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

My Review:

While this is a sequel to Anna's Crossing, I think it could be read as a standalone, though you'll have a clearer understand of Anna and Bairn's relationship if you've read the first book. Still, the author does a great job of catching new readers up to speed.

I love the mix of Amish and Historical. Such a fascinating time in America's history. So many immigrants arriving with hopes and dreams for a better future for a variety of reasons. It was interesting to learn more about how the Amish settled into their new land. The author has done her research and based her story on facts though she does also take some literary license. Love the scenes with Benjamin Franklin! And the details on the Ephrata Cloister (which I have never heard of) was intriguing. So I learned a lot while being entertained. Love history lessons that come in a novel!

Told from multiple points of view, Fisher weaves a compelling tale of heartache and loss and tremendous courage. She creates such vivid characters that I'd be hard pressed to label any of them as secondary. Young Felix Bauer is one of my favourites. He's such an adventurous scamp, getting into one scrape after another and driving all the adults to distraction. He provides comic relief while highlighting aspects of the colonies we'd never get to see otherwise.

There's romance and danger and even a bit of intrigue as these Amish immigrants learn to place their trust wholeheartedly in the Lord and the enduring hope of a future in their very own chosen land.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Newcomer please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 30 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April Giveaway -- Week Four



WON BY RUBYNREBA

WON BY CONNIE TILLMAN

WON BY LINDA MOFFITT

WON BY PATTY

WON BY TRIXI

WON BY PAM WESTFALL

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 the 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, April 22, 2017

Distant Echoes


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COBLE, COLLEEN
DISTANT ECHOES

When a tragic even takes the lives of tourists, Hawaiian native and dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is one of the first in the water, risking her own life to try and save others. She's then enlisted to help the US Navy find out what really happened -- utilizing her specially trained dolphin to assist.

Kaia and Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews are brought together as partners on the investigation, but as they edge closer to the truth, their own lives are threatened. Will the aloha spirit of grace and forgiveness prevail -- or will it be overshadowed by the distant echoes of past pain and the imminent danger from a col-blooded killer?

Set on the breathtaking Hawaiian island of Kauai, this novel provides an intoxicating mix of romance and suspense with the soothing rhythms of island life.

My Review:

Published in 2005

Vintage Coble and I'm loving it. Suspense with so many possible suspects that I got dizzy trying to keep up! Lots of twists and turns and gasp-out-loud moments! This author knows how to keep a reader's attention right to the nail-biting end.

And I absolutely loved the island setting! Fascinating glimpses into Hawaiian culture thrilled me to my toes. Kaia and her brothers (eeep -- they each get their own story in this series) and their sage grandfather captured my heart  and I look forward to renewing our friendship when I read the rest of the books (which are now on hold at my library!)

I think Colleen Coble must be a kindred animal lover because her books often feature critters. I fell in love with Nani the dolphin. Playful and coy and oh so clever! And there`s even a Bree and Samson (of Rocky Harbor fame) cameo appearance. I squealed when Samson went into rescue mode!

Another stellar romantic suspense from this award-winning author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Distant Echoes please leave a comment or send me an email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 23. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Nanny Bargain

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KAYE, GLYNNA
THE NANNY BARGAIN

Falling for the Boss

Concerned for his orphaned twin brothers, outdoor-gear shop owner Sawyer Banks urges new employee Tori Jansen to apply for the nanny position their grandparents are advertising...and spy for him. With plans to start over in Hunter Ridge and dreams of reviving her quilting business, Tori takes the job -- but refuses to report to Sawyer unless the boys' welfare is in danger. But soon it's her own heart that's in jeopardy. Because after spending time with the committed bachelor, she starts to see the depth behind his easy charm -- and begins to imagine herself as his wife.

Hearts of Hunter Ridge: Finding true love in Arizona mountain country

My Review:

This is the fourth book in the Hearts of Hunter Ridge and I really enjoyed my visit back to Arizona mountain country. Each book in the series reads perfectly fine as a standalone so no worries about playing catch-up -- unless, of course, you like stellar contemporary romance, In which case you should definitely back-track and pick up the three previous books. :-)

What an interesting conundrum Sawyer puts Tori in. At first I was righteously indignant at his audacity but then I got to know him and realized his heart was in the right place. If only he could connect it with his brain and use words to sort things out! LOL But then he wouldn't need Tori and she wouldn't feel torn loyalties and the angst-factor wouldn't have been as edgy and...well...the story wouldn't have been as excellent! So, overall, I guess the author knew what she was doing. :-)

Sawyer's never been commitment material. Tori has ambitions that don't include romance. But when these two are thrown together in the company of adorable twin boys, well, magic happens. The Nanny Bargain has all the ingredients of a captivating read including a swoonworthy hero paired with an all too stubborn heroine. Then there are all the engaging secondary characters and the whole story is set against a background of community and faith. Awesomesauce in 217 pages!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Nanny Bargain please leave a comment below ore email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address please be sure to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announded on Sunday April 23 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Stolen Heart

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CABOT, AMANDA
A STOLEN HEART

The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits...

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners -- like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiance.

But when she discovers he has disappeared -- and that he left behind a pregnant wife -- Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you into Texas's storied past to experience adventure, mystery -- and love.

My Review:

Sweet romance with a kick of mystery in Texas Hill Country.

Lydia steps off the stagecoach in Cimarron Creek only to have all her hopes and dreams dashed in a matter of minutes. Never mind that the bearer of bad news is an altogether swoonworthy sheriff who tries to help her out of a bad situation.He's a tad gun-shy when it comes to ladies and she's sworn off men for good. It's a match made in heaven -- not!

I love the way this story unfolds. Lydia finds unexpected allies in a southern town that tries to hold her personally responsible for the outcome of a war that ended fifteen years earlier. And she finds a new purpose that helps her slowly win over the crusty citizens of this quaint Texas town...and gain the admiration of a certain sheriff.

The mystery angle was a huge surprise for me and I loved it! It grows more puzzling and then downright sinister as the story progresses. Danger and action; tender romance and the strength of community all contribute to sweet reader satisfaction. And, hooray, this is the first book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy so there's more fun to come.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Stolen Heart please leave a comment or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter via email please remember to include the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 23 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Amish Refuge

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GUISTI, DEBBY
AMISH REFUGE

Hidden in plain sight

Miriam Miller barely escapes the ruthless attacker that killed her mother and kidnapped her sister. Running deeper into the woods, she's running out of hope...until she falls into the arms of an unlikely bodyguard -- a peaceful Amish farmer. Something about Abram Zook inspires her trust, but even in bucolic Willkommen, Georgia, Miriam faces danger. Both from the men pursuing her and from her growing feelings for the caring -- though guarded -- widower who protects her. Because if she falls for Abram she'll have to embrace his Amish faith as her own -- or lose him. With each minute, her abductor creeps closer, pushing Miriam to an inevitable choice: stay and risk her heart...or leave and risk her life.

Amish Protectors: These heroes offer shelter from the storm

My Review:

This is one compulsive read! The gripping opening scene sets the tone for the entire story. Miriam is desperate. Hunted. Traumatized. My heart pounded just as hard as hers as she fled her menacing pursuer...and falls into the arms of a perplexed Amish farmer. The contrast between the peaceful Amish farm and the terror that lurks beyond its borders brings an edgy twist to the suspense. And so does the romance. And I'm super excited because this is the first in the Amish Protectors series and I have some suspicions about what's going to come next. Can't wait to see if I'm right.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Amish Refuge please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 23 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Sister's Prayer

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CLARK, MINDY STARNS
GOULD, LESLIE
My Sister's Prayer

Women of fearless devotion

Virginia, 1704

Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman -- until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister, Berta, has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World?

Virginia, present day

Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister, Nicole following a serious car accident. The Young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole -- and the shadowy figure watching them from afar.

From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, My Sister's Prayer tells the epic tale of two women compelled to protect their sisters, confront their fears and navigate the muddy waters of betrayal to find true love.

My Review:

The second book in The Cousins of the Dove series and I love the continuation of dueling timelines. The parallel sister stories make for a gripping read. Though they share some commonalities, they are are also unique so it's like getting two books in one. And yes, this novel can be read as a standalone. There is an ongoing mystery in the present day timeline that carries through each book but the authors do a great job of presenting necessary information from the first book so a new-to-the-series reader won't feel lost at all.

In 21st century Virginia sisters Maddee and Nicole deal with a traumatic incident from the past in very different ways. Maddee leads a contained, organized and structured life while Nicole follows the promptings of her free spirit with disastrous results. There's plenty of angst, unresolved issues and a domineering grandmother that I have a love/hate relationship with. Oh....and romance! Not to mention a decades old mystery that seems to be haunting them still.

Centuries earlier the Talbot's ancestors face their own struggles in the New World. The historical details are riveting. From the voyage across the ocean -- shudder! -- to the duplicity of men dealing with the indentured servants, their story is rife with conflict and danger. These sisters have their own relationship issues to resolve before they can face a future as allies and friends. And, oh yeah, even more romance!

Absorbing right through to the very last page. I can't wait to read My Daughter's Legacy which releases in July of this year.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of My Sister's Prayer please leave a comment or send me an email 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 to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 23 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Woman's Study Bible (Review) + Biblical Fiction Giveaway

To celebrate the release of this new edition of The Woman's Study Bible I'm hosting a different kind of giveaway today. I'll be reviewing this study bible BUT I'll be doing a giveaway of any Biblical Fiction novel published through to April 2017.  Check out the details further down in this post -- look for the pink lettering!



The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope and transformation.

Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture=based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-colour redesign. The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Hanington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features include:

  • Beautiful full-colour design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-colour-in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance

My Review:

I love scripture but I am not a biblical scholar. When I read passages from the bible I don't always get everything I can from my study time. That's why I love it when my pastor brings new insight to the stories I've read so many times before. He's good at setting the scene and bringing to light the historical significance of verses. He links other scripture with the one we're studying and suddenly the bible comes alive in a new way.

And guess what? This beautiful study bible does exactly the same thing! It's like having your pastor on a 24/7 lifeline! That's because it's chock-full of extra study resources that bring new meaning to verses I've read countless of times before. For review purposes I chose to study the Psalms. I love the sheer beauty of emotion in this book. I've read it many times but after reading The Woman's Study Bible version I feel like I've lived my way through the Psalms! What a powerful difference!

To start with, there are two pages of set-up -- the history of the Psalms, who wrote them, background and themes. Even literary characteristics! And then, as I delved into my daily readings I was blown away by all the extra information this bible offers. There are sidebars that bridge the concept in a Psalm with New Testament scripture and special reflections for women. Cool coloured tables bring understanding at a glance on topics such as the types of Psalms, The Names of God, The Images of God in the Psalms and so much more.Pertinent quotes from notable women are woven throughout as well.

Honestly -- I have never enjoyed bible study more! No checking the clock or racing through to the end of a chapter. (Yes, I just admitted that publicly.) I just lost myself in the Word and came away with a greater understanding thanks to all the extras The Woman's Study Bible has to offer.

I haven't even touched on all the special features -- see the product description for that. And it's all wrapped up in an elegant package. A really stunning bible that will be cherished for a lifetime. The perfect gift -- for yourself or someone special in your life.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publications and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this bible. http://litfusegroup.com/author/tnelson

GIVEAWAY

The Giveaway Details:

Winner's Choice of any Biblical Fiction novel with a publication date up to April 2017. Here's how it works:
*State the title and author of the book you want to win in the comment section. Up to 3 different suggestions per person BUT each author/title must be in a separate comment. (makes it easier for me to tally.)
*Books must be categorized as both Biblical Fiction and Christian Fiction.
*Books must still be available (obviously) and published anytime up to April 2017
*Remember to include your email address in one of your comments using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers.
*Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 23 2017
*Offer open to international readers

The publisher is also holding a giveaway -- This one for The Woman's Study Bible. Details below:

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The NKJV Woman's Study Bible (winner's choice of design)

  • A decorative plaque

  • A rose gold Tree of Life necklace


  • Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    April Giveaway - Week Three


    WON BY DGUZ

    WON BY MARIA

    WON BY BETH ERIN

    WON BY ANDREA STEPHENS

    WON BY ANNE PAYNE

    WON BY MELANIE B.
    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 the 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, April 15, 2017

    Never Let You Go


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    HEALY, ERIN
    NEVER LET YOU GO

    Losing everything has Lexi clinging to her daughter. Hell is determined to loosen her grip.

    It's been seven years since disaster struck her family. Lexi Solomon has held it all together since then -- just barely.

    But now Lexi is losing it. The husband who deserted her is back in town, wanting to see their daughter Molly. Her sister's shameless murderer is up for parole. An unsavory old friend is demanding payment for debts that Lexi knows nothing about and can't begin to meet.

    And something else is going on -- something Lexi feels but can't explain. A dangerous shift is taking place between this reality and the next. Forces beyond her imagination are vying for control.

    A rare novel that will satisfy a wide range of readers, Never Let You Go explores the high-stakes decisions played out in the thin spaces between heaven and earth. As the enemy's grip tightens around Lexi, she will have to decide what's truly worth hold on to.

    My Review:

    Published in 2010 - Thomas Nelson

    Dark. Menacing. Mesmerizing. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Never Let You Go but Healy far exceeded my expectations! I was well and truly hooked and, though I had no intention of doing so, read this book in one sitting. It's that addictive.

    Raw and real and angst-riddled. Lexi hasn't had an easy life and it seems like no matter what she does circumstances just keep getting worse. She feels like she's losing control -- and for very good reason. There are forces afoot with evil intent and she's at the heart of the battle. And yet there's a light shining in the midst of all that darkness. Lexi just has to find the courage to head for it.

    A stunning suspenseful drama with an enthralling supernatural element.

    Giveaway Opportunity:
    If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Never Let You Go please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Buried Secrets

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    GOOD, RACHEL J.
    BURIED SECRETS

    Overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the future God has for you.

    Three years after the accident that almost claimed her life, Emma Esh has recovered physically but has no memory of the months before and after the accident. When she moves to a new community to help her sister Lydia and brother-in-law, Caleb, prepare for the birth of twins, she falls for their neighbour Samuel. But the twins' premature birth, a visit from the Englischer Emma once dated, and the sudden return of her memory threaten Emma's romance.

    When the secrets of Emma's past are revealed, will love be able to overcome all obstacles?

    My Review:

    Book Two in the Sisters and Friends series. It reads wonderfully well as a standalone though. And it's pretty unique because the story will have a different kind of impact depending on whether you have read the first book, Change of Heart. That's because Emma has no memory of the months before and immediately after the accident that nearly killed her. So, if you haven't read the first book, you're as clueless as Emma and get to uncover buried secrets right along with her. But, if you have read the first book, you know exactly what happened to Emma and that makes for a very interesting reading perspective since you know more about the main character than she does! Very cool.

    Emma is struggling to put her life back together but she's missing some key pieces. While she has the support of her family, she knows they are keeping secrets from her and they treat her as if she's sure to disappoint them. So it's a relief to move to a different community where no one knows her past -- just like her! Even though Lydia can be a bit of an overbearing older sister. (There were times I wanted to shake some sense into her, but I refrained because of her delicate condition.)

    Though next door neighbour Samuel intrigues Emma, he makes her nervous too. They have a great first meet scene involving a rambunctious Irish Setter that endeared me to Samuel immediately. :-) A complicated 'non-courtship' ensues as both hero and heroine grapple with letting go of the past in order to reach out towards a future together.

    There's plenty of drama -- breath-snatching scenes that left me gobsmacked -- tender ones that left me weak in the knees. And twisty plot turns that kept me reading long after lights out. An excellent addition to the Sisters and Friends series. I can't wait for Book Three's release!

    GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

     If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Buried Secrets please leave a comment or send me an email 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 to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    A Fragile Hope

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    RUCHTI, CYNTHIA
    A FRAGILE HOPE

    Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and he can't explain why?

    Josiah Chamberlain's life work revolves around repairing people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance -- and then threatened further she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog -- Josiah finds that his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

    Feeling betrayed, confused and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he re-examines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

    My Review:

    What a profoundly moving story! A Fragile Hope took me by surprise as it led me in a direction I wasn't expecting. Filled with raw emotions and the vulnerability of being human, Ruchti takes her characters (and readers) on an impactful journey of discovery. Forgiveness. Grace. Hope. The impact faith can have on every aspect of your life.

    Truthfully, I didn't like Josiah very much in the beginning. Self-absorbed, egotistical, he has unconsciously elevated himself above his wife and Karin naturally struggles with being taken for-granted. And then his world implodes and emotions are stripped bare. Josiah has to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew and in the process he grows into a deeper understanding of what love really is.

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

    http://litfusegroup.com/author/cruchti

    GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

     If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Fragile Hope please leave a comment or send me an email 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 to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    The author is also holding a giveaway -- see the details below:


    Celebrate the release of A Fragile Hope by entering to win Cynthia's Sign of Hope Giveaway!

     

    One grand prize winner will receive:

    Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 3. The winner will be announced May 4 on the Litfuse blog.



    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Their Surprise Daddy

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    HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
    THEIR SURPRISE DADDY

    Instant Family

    Cruz Maldonado has vowed to provide for his beloved cousin's orphans. With his estranged mother's health failing, they might soon be Cruz's only family. But the kids' immigration status brings complications. Mostly, "Miss Rory" -- their idealistic young teacher -- and Cruz's court-appointed co-guardian. Cruz has the means to give the kids a good home, yet Rory Gallagher wonders whether he has the heart. That is, until she glimpses the sweet, small-town boy inside the polished, handsome Wall Street exterior. Soon they both begin to wonder if this temporary partnership could turn into more -- a chance to raise the children as husband and wife.

    Grace Haven: a town full of heart, happiness and home

    My Review:

    The third book in the Grace Haven series though it can be read as a standalone too. (But, seriously, you're going to love the Gallagher sisters so much you might as well give in to temptation and get An Unexpected Groom and Her Unexpected Family.) Love the way this author creates a small town vibe. Community and faith and everybody knowing your business about sums it up. :-)

    Under duress, a somewhat jaded Cruz returns to the town he grew up in. He's every inch the Manhattan business tycoon and I was prepared to hold him at arms length because he totally wasn't my type...for all of about 8 pages. And then my tummy started doing back-flips and my brain got all fuzzy and I might have started hyperventilating every time he showed up in a scene. So now I'm all about Team Cruz.

    And Rory is too, though she's trying not to because she's a hundred percent small-town girl and Cruz can barely wait to escape back to the city. Such a conundrum because these two connect in a toe-curling way. And they've come together for the benefit of two adorable children who deserve a secure future. But bitterness and sorrow must be overcome first before hearts can heal enough to welcome God's handiwork in their lives. And, oh my goodness, does He ever have amazing things in store!

    PS -- check out page 148 -- most sigh-worthy scene ever!

    Giveaway Opportunity:
    If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Their Surprise Daddy please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Keep Holding On

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    TAGG, MELISSA
    KEEP HOLDING ON

    Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

    Horticulturalist Kit Danby has spent too much missing home and her childhood best friend -- Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

    It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present...or risk losing everything.

    My Review:

    Five tissue box alert. I bawled my eyes out towards the end of this novel. In fact my poor book is quite water logged -- there are pages that look like I left it out in the rain. :-(  So, if you have any kind of heart at all, be prepared to sob your way to the end. And that's because Melissa Tagg makes you feel so much a part of the story that you can't help becoming emotionally invested.

    After reading three of the Walker Family novels I feel like an extended member of the clan and I can't understand why they won't listen to my counsel when they get themselves into complicated situations. :-)

    Take Beckett for example. He is one stubborn man. Complicated as all get out. Passionate and spontaneous -- some might even call him reckless. The exact opposite to Kit's more cautious nature. They made a great team growing up and the potential to restore that friendship...and more...is what drove me into a reading frenzy.  And talk about toe-curling! Oh my! There are some deliciously swoonworthy scenes to offset the stomach churning ones.

    Heart-wrenching angst laced with unwavering hope fueled by an inspiring faith thread make this a truly memorable read.

    GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

    If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Keep Holding On please leave a comment or send me an email 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 to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    The Lost Girl of Astor Street

    GIVEAWAY

    MORRILL, STEPHANIE
    THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

    Lydia has vanished...

    Lydia, who's never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who's been Pipers best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said goodbye.

    Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery Lydia's disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

    When Piper discovers those answers might from the corruption strangling the city -- and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighbourhood -- she must decide how deep she's willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she's willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

    From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920 Chicago, Stephanie Morrill's Jazz-Age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save a friend.

    My Review:

    Sqqquuueeaaallll!!!! New favourite author alert and I sure hope this is the first in a series! Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in this astounding Young Adult Mystery that can certainly be enjoyed by readers who have passed their teen years.

    Love the mix of historical (roaring twenties in Chicago) and mystery. And I'm actually surprising myself by saying I also loved the first person, present tense point of view which is usually my least favourite POV. But it works here, catapulting the reader into Piper's heart and mind as she navigates a complicated web of intrigue and secrets.

    I love her spunk! And her fierce loyalty and dogged determination. She just doesn't quit, much to the exasperation (and reluctant admiration) of a certain young police detective. But Piper's stubbornness leads to danger as she exposes secrets and follows clues that lead her into the seedy side of town. And if the heart-stopping suspense doesn't keep you frantically turning pages, the sweet romance certainly will. Praying this is the first of many cases for this new, intrepid female detective.

    Giveaway Opportunity:

     If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Lost Girl of Astor Street please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 16 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    April Giveaway -- Week Two


    WON BY CARYL KANE

    WON BY JUST COMMONLY

    WON BY WENDY NEWCOMB

    WON BY SUSANNE MINCER

    WON BY PAULA

    WON BY AMADA CHAVEZ
    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 the 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: