REVIEW:HEART LAND BY KIMBERLY STUART

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Grace Klaren has finally made her dream of living in the Big Apple and working in the fashion industry a reality. But when she’s unexpectedly fired and can’t afford the next month’s rent, Grace does something she never thought she’d do: she moves back home.

Back in Silver Creek, Iowa, Grace is determined to hate it. She rails against the quiet of her small town, where everything closes early, where there’s no nightlife, where everyone knows each other. She’s saving her pennies and plotting her return to New York when she almost runs over a man who’s not paying attention at a crosswalk. It turns out to be Tucker, her high school sweetheart whose heart she broke when she left ten years ago. They reconnect, and Grace remembers why she fell for him in the first place.

And her career begins to turn around when she finds a gorgeous but tattered vintage dress at a flea market. She buys it, rips it apart seam by seam, and re-creates it with new fabric, updating the look with some of her own design ideas. She snaps a picture and lists the dress online, and within a day, it sells for nearly $200. Suddenly, Grace has her ticket out of here.

But Grace can’t fight her growing feelings for Tucker. Sometimes when they’re together, Tucker paints a picture of what their future could be like, and it feels so real. And when she finally gains the funding to move her new business back to New York, Grace must decide where home really is—will she chase her long-held New York dream, or find a new dream here in the heartland?

MY REVIEW

Grace Klaren can’t believe she is back in Iowa! She worked so hard in the fashion world and made her way to a new life in New York City and now it’s all gone. She started at the bottom of the fashion ladder and worked her way up with years of hard work. Does she get rewarded for that? Nope, she finds herself unemployed with the bills that are piling up and she can’t pay them! She figures she just needs to regroup and returns back home to Iowa to her grandmother who raised her. I really like Grace as she is strong and brave and doesn’t let anything hold her back. She’s a fighter and keeps on keeping on no matter how hard life may seem at that moment. HEART LAND is a wonderful story of second chances in love and in careers.

 

When Grace gets home, she is embarrassed and ashamed of how her life has ended up. She quickly runs in to Tucker, her high school boyfriend, thanks to her grandmother Gigi. While helping Gigi at a local flea market, selling dresses that Gigi made, they come up with a great plan. With the help of the the ladies in town, they develop a new fashion line that becomes an overnight sensation. HEART LAND is filled with life lessons as well as how a town gets behind one of its own and does anything to help. Kimberly Stuart really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I have never read anything by her before but now I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that makes me so happy.

 

HEART LAND finds Grace trying to decide if she wants to stay in Silver Creek, Iowa or find a way to get back to New York City. She is torn and struggling, not just with this decision but also about her past and letting go of it. All of Kimberly’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. Once I started reading HEART LAND, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Grace and where she was going to end up.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Atria Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kimberly Stuart has always treasured a good story and a good laugh. When she’s not engrossed in the charming chaos of motherhood, Stuart writes stories that are intended to make readers laugh often and cry once—maybe twice. Kimberly resides in Des Moines, Iowa, with her fantastic husband and their three wily children.

HEART LAND by Kimberly Stuart

Howard/Atria Books | On Sale: July 17, 2018 | ISBN: 9781501180569 | 320 pages | $15.99

FIND KIMBERLY ONLINE:

Website: https://kimberlystuart.com/

Twitter: @KimberlyAStuart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.stuart.10

Instagram: @kimberly.stuart.writes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/480018.Kimberly_Stuart

 

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REVIEW:LOVING GRACE WITH A GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Loving Grace by April Smith blog & review tour plus giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: April Smith

 

Publisher: Ambassador International

 

Release Date: March 20, 2018

 

Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance

Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.

As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.

 

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MY REVIEW:

Wow, all I can say is, this story gave me the feels all over! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVING GRACE by April Smith. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Grace after so much family heartache! What an awesome story. All of April’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter.

LOVING GRACE is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me wanting to eat watermelon with each and every page. Grace is the newly crowned Watermelon Queen and it was fun getting a behind the scenes introduction into the world of watermelons and pageantry. I had to know what was going to happen to Grace and Beau and all the secondary characters. Grace is shattered after a family tragedy that leaves her feeling so alone in the world. LOVING GRACE is a sweet young adult contemporary story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down!

LOVING GRACE is without a doubt one of the better YA books I’ve read in 2018 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. April Smith really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. It was interesting to see Grace torn between two guys, one who she knew since she was younger and the other, a new guy in her life. Which one would she choose? I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.

 

CONNECT WITH APRIL: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Ambassador International is giving away:

(1) JustRead Summer Fun Book Box, which features Loving Grace as well as at least 4 quality items which complement the story. Find out more here.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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REVIEW:SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY BY ROXANNE SNOPEK

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I have read a few other books by Roxanne Snopek before but after reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I will read every book she has written. I instantly felt like I was on the beach in Oregon dodging seagulls and feeling the sand between my toes. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the first book in the Sunset Bay series. It’s all about family and even though you might not share DNA with these family members, you are still family no matter what. Haylee has had a painful past and works on her aunt’s ranch taking care of the animals and the troubled youths who come to the ranch for a second chance. It’s almost like a halfway house. Hold on people, it’s going to be a crazy ride!

SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is filled with family and second chances and once you start reading, it is impossible to put down. Keep the tissues close by because this will be one heck of an emotional journey. When Haylee meets the new doctor in town, Aiden McCall who is looking for a peaceful and anxiety free life, neither of their lives will ever be the same. Will Haylee be able to help Aiden heal from his past? Once I started reading SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY I found myself cheering for all of these people and praying they could find their happily ever after. Sometimes, it just doesn’t happen but I still had hope the whole time.

Roxanne Snopek really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that makes me so happy. SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is all about letting go of the past and learning how to move on. It is filled with likable and relatable characters that will find their way into the readers heart. If you are looking for a book about a less than perfect family, SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY is the story for you. Spend the afternoon on your beach chair or on your couch devouring this beautiful story. You will love every minute of it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by.😊💖

 

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MY NETGALLEY HAUL THIS WEEK

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Good morning! Here are my approvals from Netgalley for this week.  Nothing from Edelweiss but I didn’t go and look there so that’s my fault.  I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t find any Christmas books, but there is still time!😊 Anyway, here you go………..

 

Tonight we are going to the Fireman’s Carnival here in Webster! It’s huge and only a few blocks from home.  We will eat dinner there as we all love fair food!😊 Fireworks go off at midnight but I don’t know if we will watch them there or in our driveway!

 

Have an awesome day, a safe weekend, and happy reading!😊💖📚

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Learn Fun Facts’ Blog Party: Share Your Blog Here (July 2018)

Come and join Edmark’s blog party! Learn some fun facts and make some new blogging friends!😊

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This is another edition of fLearnFun Facts’Blog Party. If you want to promote your blog or post, this is a great place to do so. The blogging community here is friendly and supportive so don’t be shy to join in.

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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 will be reading soon.

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As soon as my Fitbit vibrates, letting me know that Tom Flaherty is calling, I mentally kick myself for forgetting to disengage that feature when I turned off my ringer. Ever since the last Bucklin family get-together, he’s called me every single day, bugging me to go out with him again.

 

 

FROM GOODREADS:

The Bucklin family loves each other too much to stay away. . . but not enough to behave.  

Being rich is fine, but when wealth comes from striking oil, it can make a slippery mess for a family who doesn’t know what to do with it. The Bucklin cousins are all together again, and this family reunion is shaping up to be another hot mess.

Coralee falls for the police officer who pulls her over. Sally has finally found a guy, but now she’s not sure a relationship is even worth the bother. No matter how hard Brett tries to avoid trouble, he somehow stumbles right back into the thick of it. And Marybeth and Bucky continue to fumble and bumble as they learn just how to handle being rich.

The Bucklin family is known for drama—and family drama knows no bounds

 

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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COWBOY BODYGUARD WITH A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Title: Cowboy Bodyguard

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Western, Mystery

Release Date: July 3, 2018

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

I’ve spent a bit of time in emergency rooms lately. Not to complain, mind you. The asthma related treatments worked like a charm and we were blessed by good care, so I am not grateful. There’s a bonus, too. The emergency room is a great place for people watching! Hour upon hour I spent surveying patients, relatives, nurses and doctors. I came away pondering what it must be like to work in the strange bustle that is an emergency room. That’s where character Shannon Livingston was born.

 

The E.R doc and nurses must be brilliant problem solvers with nerves of steel because they never know what will roll through their doors. Since they are not responsible for follow up care, they have only a short term relationship with their patients. But what would happen, my fictional mind wanted to know, if one emergency room treatment ensnared Shannon in a “run for your life” scenario? And what if her incredible life saving skills weren’t nearly enough to save her own life, or the baby she’s suddenly become responsible for? Ah me! The perfect scenario for a suspense novel, no? I hope you enjoy Cowboy Bodyguard. I can promise it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

 

About the Author

Dana MentinkDana’s Bio: Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a Mentink Bundle that includes a horse tote book bag, a three book collection, and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ced1/cowboy-bodyguard-celebration-tour-giveaway

THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.   If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

This week I’m picking a book I read last year and loved!

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MY REVIEW:

Oh my gosh! THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is such a cute and heart warming coming of age story! This is only my second time reading Emma Mills, but she sure knows how to warm my heart! I was instantly hooked on all of the characters and emotionally invested on their lives and troubles. Sloane has just moved from New York to Florida and doesn’t have any friends…..yet! At a school party, she meets twins Gabe and Vera and her life is never going to be the same.

THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is a fast paced YA contemporary story with a lovable heroine and a great bunch of friends. When ever Sloane doesn’t know how to handle her emotions or a situation, she makes fun of it and let me tell you, this girl is seriously funny. She had me giggling and snorting through out this lovely book, sometimes to the point where I had tears in my eyes. Her friends are hilarious at times too and you will find yourself wishing for more interactions with the ever so colorful Frank Sanger, just like I was. Sloane believes the twins have everything they could possibly want in life until she actually gets to know them, but she grows to care about them and realizes they are the one adventure her life was missing.

When a painting that the twins mom had done before she passed away, turns up missing Sloane takes it upon herself to find the painting called The Dream. THIS ADVENTURE ENDS takes Sloane to a few different states tracking down this painting. Sloane really grows throughout her travels and she becomes a true best friend. She is sarcastic but in a good funny way and her friends come to love her as much as she comes to love them. Something that isn’t easy for Sloane.

I loved Emma Mills first book, First & Then, and THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is exactly why. YA contemporary is one of my most favorite genres and Emma does it so well. I find myself not being able to put her books down. She hooks me right from the very first page and never lets me go. I loved all the characters as well as the one liners and teasing they all took part in. All of Sloane’s friends are very relatable and are exactly the kind of friends I would have loved to have had back in high school.

FROM GOODREADS:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!😊💖