Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"A Gateway to Hope" byE. C. Jackson

Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful. When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind? James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It's rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother's smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, "Get married or lose your seat at the table." Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn't love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she's due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure? A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She's not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she's right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain. In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths. Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny's hand only lead to misery?
"A Gateway to Hope" by E. C. Jackson is a great book about what a friend will do for another friend. This is a clean love story with a twist. James must get marry to be part of his family business but his fiancee dumps his the night before he is supposed to introduce her to his family so a friend agrees to take her place.

I think I enjoyed this story mostly because it takes place in St.Louis, a city that I have been to many times and it mentions the St.Louis Ark, a landmark that I have seen and it mentions the St Louis Cardinals, I have been to a game that they played.  It is always fun to read about places and things that a reader knows as it makes the story more real to us.

Through Neka doesn't tell anyone of her plan to help James and leaves a note for her parents to find, she does remain true to her Christian belief and lifestyle.

I was given a complementary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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"Secrets & Wishes" by Kathleen Rouser

Stone Creek, Michigan, April, 1901 — Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. Both widowed, they’re each doing their best as single-parents. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God’s path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children, while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife. When Thomas becomes deathly ill, Maggie is recruited to nurse him back to health. Taking the children in hand, as well, is more than she bargained for, but she is drawn to help the grieving family. Both nurse and patient find themselves drawn to each other but promptly deny their feelings. A baking contest sponsored by the Silver Leaf Flour Company brings former beau, Giles Prescott, back into Maggie’s life. When Giles offers Maggie a position at their test kitchen in Chicago, he hints that, along with assuring her a good job, it will allow them to possibly rekindle their relationship. But then a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren’t so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives. Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without—the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man—Thomas or Giles—deserves to win her heart.


Kathleen Rouser is the multi-published author of the 2017 Bookvana Award winner, Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and its sequel, Secrets and Wishes. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. Kathleen has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She longs to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. A former homeschool instructor, mild-mannered dental assistant, and current Community Bible Study kids’ teacher, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of thirty-some years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at kathleenrouser.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathleenerouser/, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.

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"Secrets & Wishes" by Kathleen Rouser is a really wonderful story of a widow and a widower trying to survive and raise their children.  The sparks fly between the two because of differences of how to raise children and how to run a business.

"Secrets & Wishes" by Kathleen Rouser is a fun read.

I recommend"Secrets & Wishes" by Kathleen Rouser if you like clean love stories with a little bit of history mixed in.

How can Maggie found out what God's will is for her, should she nurse Thomas back to health and is her winning the baking contest, a second chance at love with an old beau?

Thomas struggles with how a supposedly loving God could take his wife and leave him with four children.

I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.


William Caverly can't seem to understand the unsettling feeling that has been nagging him for far too long. Memories of a baby sister are forever haunting his waking hours, and as he sleeps at night, he is repeatedly awakened by nightmares, confusing ones that he'd rather forget. His baby sister died. He saw her little body laid to rest beside their mother. But that doesn’t explain the dim remembrance he has of an event that happened not too long after that.

Charlotte Porter's days are full and busy as she diligently teaches her young art students at her mother's boarding school, and tries desperately to stay away from an annoying suitor. Painting has been her passion and dream ever since she could hold a brush, but lately she has begun to question her mission and calling in life. What is her real purpose? And why does she know so little about her father, who supposedly died before she was born?

William thinks he's discovered the hidden link that has kept him from his sister for over fifteen years. But then she's kid-napped, leaving William no choice except to find her and get her back. Once and for all.

ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God's love through the powerful art of storytelling.
Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.
When she's not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick "Marley" (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family's gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures. 
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Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

"A Dim Reflection" by ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL is the second book the "A Light for Christ" Collection and I recommend reading the books in order to get the full impact of these wonderful books.

These books are really one love story about Christ's love for us but in between the pages there is also a love story between man and women.

"A Dim Reflection" picks up  many years later from where "A Higher Ransom" ends and is a fast and exciting read.

These books have a full cast of characters that really readers either love or hate.

This book ends on a much happier note than the first book, but not all the characters end their life happy.

This book is about forgiveness and knowing what real love is!

This series really shows what real faith in Christ is like.

This series  ( at least the first two books, I haven't read the third one yet,) is one that I think all christians should read and hopefully know that faith in Christ really is the best way to live even when it appears otherwise.

I am anxiously wanting to read the third one and I will soon.

I receive a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

:Love’s Rescue" by Linda Shenton Matchett Boor tour and GiveAway

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Love's Rescue
Book: Love’s Rescue
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historic Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2019
A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?
Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

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Love’s Rescue" is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab.  It is a fast read and I throughly enjoyed reading it.   This story shows that sometimes what other sees and think is  true is really just a false picture of what is really happening.

I love how the author has taken two different eras, WW11 and Biblical,  of time and two different locations and woven therm together to bring this sweet and clean romance to us.

The thought that keeps running through my mind as I write this review is, I am glad Simon Harlow saw into the heart of Rolande Bisset and realized that she wasn't what everyone thought she was. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.
About the Author
Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

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Dear Reader:
Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.
Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:
1 whole white onion
1 large eggplant
1 large zucchini
1 bell pepper
2 medium tomatoes
2 large cloves garlic
2 sprigs thyme
2 T Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.

Bon Appétit!

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!
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"Uniquely Common" by Caryl McAdoo Book Tour and Give Away

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Book: Uniquely Common
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2019
Steel sharpens steel, but will its sparks ignite unfailing love?
Instead of living a pampered life on the civilized east coast with a new husband, rejection compels Christina Adams westward with her widowed brother and his two daughters. Harboring ulterior motives, Ethan Cord, the man her brother hires to accompany the family, is more a match for her, and he appears almost perfect, but how could she possibly trust her instincts about him when she’d been so wrong about her previous fiancĂ©? Will her past ruin her future?

"Uniquely Common" by Caryl McAdoo is a clean and sweet fun read. I love how the characters are "real people" with pasts that are not the best, but after coming to Jesus, their lives are changed.

" Uniquely Common" has a little bit of matchmaking that is quite obvious to the one being set up.

I have only read this one book in the "Lockets and Lace" series, but I believe there are 19 books and Want to read them all if I ever get my to be read list done!  Each book can be read as a stand alone title.  If the other books in the series leave you with a feeling that all is right with the world and a song in your heart like "Uniquely Common" by Caryl McAdoo does than I say this series is a hit.

The ending makes you want to get started reading the next book by Caryl McAdoo because it is a sweet cliffhanger for at least one of the characters. But, it is a sweet cliffhanger!

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
CarylMcAdooAward-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling novels—over forty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

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I’m so excited about this year’s Lockets and Lace story! I’ve fallen in love with its characters. Asher and his sister Christina, his girls Samantha and Patricia, and his friend, Ethan Cord is certainly a man’s man though he has a checkered past to overcome.
His wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with two little girls, then when his parents pass, too, what’s to tie Asher Adams to New York?
His younger sister Christina is about to be settled into her new life, married and well cared for, so there’s nothing holding the wine merchant back from his dreams of owning a vineyard in the Napa Valley. He decides a new life in the west is the best thing for him and his daughters.
Then at the last minute, the family is turned upside down when the rogue engaged to Christina dumps her and calls the wedding off. Asher’s already sold the brownstone. She suddenly has nowhere to go and no one to watch over her if he leaves.
She never wanted to, but he insists her only choice is to go with them, accompany him and her nieces and make her new life in California . . . and he knows the perfect man for her, too!
One thing I love about this book is that as it draws to its end in Saint Joseph, Missouri, a new young woman is introduced, Remi, and her book—my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story REMI—continues with the Adams family and segues into a new romance!
I hope readers will love that as well, praying my story gives God glory!

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
Grand Prize $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Place – Print copy of UNIQUELY COMMON
2nd place – eBook copy of UNIQUELY COMMON
3rd place – Choice eBook of Caryl’s FORTY+ titles!!

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/de84/uniquely-common-celebration-tour-giveaway