REVIEW:RETURNING HOME BY TONI SHILOH

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Returning Home

Toni Shiloh

Received from CelebrateLit for review

RETURNING HOME is the first book I’ve read by Toni Shiloh but it won’t be my last. It is the first book in the Freedom Lake series. Once I started reading, I was emotionally invested in all of the characters and what they were going through. They are all facing struggles, both past and present, and are all pretty stubborn. Jo Ellen can’t believe that the boy who teased her in high school is back in Freedom Lake. When his mother reaches out to Jo to help Evan with housing Jo finds herself struggling with her feelings for Evan and wonders how she got herself in this situation.

 

RETURNING HOME is filled with friendship, faith, forgiveness, family, humor, second chances, and romance. Many of the characters are struggling with their faith and one by one they learn to let go of the hurt from years ago. Evan is not only struggling with his faith but also the fact that he has lost his leg in a car accident that wasn’t his fault. He is trying to show Jo that he has changed and he isn’t the same cruel boy from high school, but she is afraid to forgive him. He broke her heart many years ago and she is afraid he will do it again. Can Jo forgive Evan and trust in God once again?

 

I enjoyed every minute I spent reading RETURNING HOME and am looking forward to spending more time in Freedom Lake. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with flawed characters who are relatable, RETURNING HOME is the book for you. Once I started reading I had a hard time putting this heart warming story down. The story of Jo and Evan and all of their struggles really touched my heart. I can’t wait to see what Toni Shiloh does with some of the secondary characters in this series.

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Author bio –

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

Returning Home Back cover Blurb –

Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

Buy links –

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hk5qoJ B&N: https://tinyurl.com/y9kwhhp7 Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ybrf3xrc iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y9hr6gvl Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/yb5bupgd

Social media links –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authortonishiloh Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tonishilohwrite Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tonishiloh Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tonishiloh Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/tonishiloh BookBub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/toni-shiloh Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cmNFKD

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IF HE ONLY KNEW PLUS A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Title: If He Only Knew

Author: Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: August 19, 2017

It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.

Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threaten to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works, and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!
Brandi Gabriel is co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour.

 

Guest Post from Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel

Take a step back in time…

If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Michelynn and Brandi are giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c601

WWW WEDNESDAY

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve been reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m finally getting into doing weekly memes now. I have always loved this amazing meme and decided to finally do it. Won’t you join me if you don’t do this one already?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

 

 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

 

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS DOWN BELOW.

 

KK~coffee ~_Susan

REVIEW:THE SMALLEST PART BY AMY HARMON

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The Smallest Part

Amy Harmon

Once again, Amy Harmon owes me a box of tissues! THE SMALLEST PART wrecked me and it took me two days to be able to finally sit down and write this review. Noah, Mercedes, and Cora were best friends growing up. At the beginning of each chapter, it starts when they are kids and then the rest of the chapter is when they are grown. Mercedes turns out to be the most loyalist of friends and there is nothing she won’t do to protect her friends. Mercedes always tells Cora that she loves Noah as a brother and that is the biggest lie she has ever told. Cora and Noah get married and have a daughter, Gia who will steal the readers heart like she did mine.

When tragedy occurs Mercedes does what needs to be done to help and protect her friends and god daughter. THE SMALLEST PART is filled with twists and turns and once I started reading, I had a very hard time putting this mind blowing story down. It is filled with friendship, family, faith, loss, loyalty, mental illness, PTSD, homelessness, suicide, and hope. Trust me, plan to spend the day reading and not doing anything else once you start Amy Harmon’s latest!! One minute my heart was breaking and the next, I felt that maybe there was hope! I love when an author can do that to me.

Amy Harmon is an auto buy author for me and THE SMALLEST PART is exactly why. Amy knows how to hook her readers from the very first page, squeeze their hearts, and never lets them go! Once I started reading, I knew right off the bat, this was going to be a very special story and was going to go on my Best of 2018 list! All of the characters are flawed but beautiful and will stay with the reader long after they finish this unforgettable story! Please be careful when reading reviews. Many people are giving away too much and I would hate for them to ruin the book for you. I wish I could leave ten stars on Goodreads for this heart breaking book that had me unable to sleep the first night after I finished.

 

Have a great day and thank you for reading!!

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REVIEW: A MOTHER’S LOVE BY CHARLOTTE HUBBARD

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A Mother’s Love

Charlotte Hubbard

Received from Netgalley

Rose Raber lost her father and husband in a barn fire less than a year ago. Now she is sitting at her mom’s bedside, as the cancer has returned due to the stress from the tragedy of losing her husband and son in law. A MOTHER’S LOVE now has her mom telling her the biggest secret of Rose’s life. Everything that she thought about her life has not been true. Hold on, because you won’t believe what happens next. A MOTHER’S LOVE isn’t your usual Amish story and is filled with twists and turns. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down.

Her mom tells Rose about a box that she needs to find that will explain everything. A MOTHER’S LOVE broke my heart for Rose and all she had to deal with. Thankfully her five year old daughter, Gracie, keeps her grounded and gives her the will to get up everyday. How much can a heart take before it breaks for good? Rose’s definitely takes hit after hit but still she manages to try and move ahead. She doesn’t want the church to take care of her so she gets a job as a cook at a senior center and this is where her life completely changes.

Matthias Wagler grabbed my heart from the very beginning. Rose tries to resist him but we all know how that goes. Gracie has Mathias wrapped around her finger almost instantly and he really tries to do all he can to help her and Rose. One night while telling Matthias what Rose has found out, Gracie over hears them and things turn very stressful. Rose tries to explain to Gracie that it is Rose’s story tell and she must not tell anyone yet, but come on, she’s five years old. Something is going to spill out of her adorable mouth! A MOTHER’S LOVE is filled with redemption, love, forgiveness, and second chances. There are no slow spots in this heart warming story and before I knew it, I had finished. Charlotte Hubbard pulls her readers right in, grabs their hearts and never lets them go! I can not wait to read more by Charlotte Hubbard. 

 

Susan

REVIEW:SISTER OF THE BRIDE BY SUSAN MALLERY

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Sister of the Bride

Susan Mallery

SISTER OF THE BRIDE is book 2.5 in the Fool’s Gold series. A quick novella, only 77 pages long but one that had me giggling out loud with almost every page. Katie needs a date for her sister’s wedding. Her sister, Courtney is marrying Katie’s ex fiancé, Alex and Katie knows this is going to be the longest four days of her life. Her mother won’t stop nagging her until Katie has a date for the wedding. Katie finally agrees to let her set her up with her moms best friends son, Howie. Ugghh, his name is Howie and all Katie can remember when she met him nice was that he was a nerd and mean to her.

Well, when Katie is finally reintroduced to Howie she learns he goes by his middle name, Jackson and he has really changed. His is a hot gorgeous guy now and Katie is instantly attracted to him. Sparks are going to fly if she can keep him away from her aunt who has a habit of going after unavailable men! SISTER OF THE BRIDE is a great addition to this funny series and I’m excited to continue with it. All of the characters are so funny, well except for Katie’s sister who was pretty much Bridezilla! Katie’s family is hysterical and I hope to read about them again in future books. Susan Mallery knows how to hook her readers from the very first page and never lets them go.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANKS FOR READING!

Susan

PHOEBE’S LIGHT WITH A KINDLE GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Title: Phoebe’s Light

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Marcy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

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About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s CrossingThe Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

 

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Stroll down Petticoat Row

Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19thcentury people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air.

Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women.

Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world.

First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it.

After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!

 

Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup raisins

2 cup grated carrots (4 large)

1 apple, shredded

8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup pecans or walnuts

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

 

Instructions:

Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill each cup to the brim. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor. They freeze extremely well.

 

Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e0

MY NETGALLEY HAUL THIS WEEK

So I took control (sort of) of my requesting and this week isn’t too bad!

Here is what I snagged from Netgalley this week:

 

 

I’m so excited to read them but especially Sold on a Monday!! Kristina McMorris is one of my very favorite authors and if you haven’t read her before, GO DO IT NOW!!😁

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND HAPPY READING!!

Winter Fun

 

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FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Today, my first line comes from a book I am reading next!

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Katie, honey, you need a date for your sister’s wedding.”

“I had a date, Mom. He’s marrying the bride.”

 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

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