Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Review: The Deadly Shallows by Dani Pettrey

 HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to The Deadly Shallows by Dani Pettrey! 

I adored this book! 

5 Stars!

Oh. My. Stars! What a phenomenal conclusion to this series! I have been a super-fan of Dani Pettrey’s books for 10 years now (wow, time sure flies when you’re having fun!) I will forever be a fan of her books, and—with the exception of her debut Submerged which had been out for a few months at the time I read it!—I’ve devoured each one as it released, and am always eagerly anticipating the next one from the moment I turn the final page! And The Deadly Shallows was no exception! This book is AH-MAZING, and it totally blew me away! 

Not gonna lie, I have been not-so-patiently waiting two years for this book, and it was 100% worth every second of the wait! I was immediately re-immersed into this story world and the lives of these characters who feel like dear friends to me! 

I think Noah and Brooke’s story was my favorite by the tiniest bit, but I loved Caleb and Austin’s story so very much as well! 

This may sound crazy considering it’s romantic suspense, but there is something about Dani’s books that makes them comfort reads for me, I can easily fall into them and get lost. Reading one of Dani Pettrey’s books is, for me, like relaxing into a comfy hammock on a beautiful summer day, and allowing myself to just be still and savor the ride! I know I’m in for a wonderful story that will thrill me with pulse pounding suspense, fully engage my brain in trying to solve the fantastically written mystery, melt my heart into a puddle with the swoon-worthy romance, and encourage and strengthen my walk with Jesus in a myriad of beautiful ways, and The Deadly Shallows completely delivers all of the above! 

There seriously aren’t words to adequately express just how much I loved everything about this book, and it is one of my favorite reads of 2022! This book is everything and more, if I could I’d give it 10 stars instead of just 5!

It was bittersweet to turn the final page and have to say farewell to our beloved Coastal Guardians, but I’m eagerly anticipating anything and everything that Dani Pettrey writes next! 

I most highly recommend The Deadly Shallows! If you haven’t read a Dani Pettrey book yet, well I honestly don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life, but you must rectify that ASAP! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Review: The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

I loved this book! 

My review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a beautiful, wonderful story! I adore Pepper Basham’s books and this one was no exception. I liked Cora instantly, she is an amazing and delightful heroine, and I loved her wit and grit! Jeb is just the sweetest hero, and from the first page to the last all the kind things he did made my heart melt into a swoony puddle! 

It was such a joy to return to Maple Springs, and get to spend time with old friends. 

The Heart of the Mountains is a powerful, gorgeously written story, and I loved every minute I spent reading it! 

I most highly recommend The Heart of the Mountains (as well as the previous novel, Laurel’s Dream!) and I cannot wait to read Pepper Basham’s next book! 

I received an ebook ARC copy of this book from the author. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Spotlight & Excerpt: Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch

Her Darkest Secret JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Her Darkest Secret

Title: Her Darkest Secret
Author: Jessica R. Patch
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired TRADE
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Genre: Christian, Psychological Thriller with a romance thread

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her. 

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona. Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

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“While darkness lurked in the halls of Gods house and hypocrisy abounded, light also shined in people who were trying to live their faith the best they could. The bad had put such a sour taste in Fionas mouth, but seeing people rally together and to love on her when they didnt even know her…that gave her hope. Because it turned out hope wasnt out of reach for those who had the courage to reach for it. It was an anchor for the soul.”



Jessica R. Patch 

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living through her Patch of Hope devotions in her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website: www.jessicarpatch.com. She resides in the Memphis area with her husband, two young adult children, and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent at Books & Such Literary Management. 

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(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of Her Darkest Secret, Brain Games WHODUNIT:  Solve Crime Scene Puzzles Book, & a Shine cross necklace!

Her Darkest Secret JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 28, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 5, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

The Last Gasp by Chautona Havig: Audiobook Review, and Giveaway!


About the Book


Book: The Last Gasp

Author: Chautona Havig

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale

Release date: December, 2021

At the pinnacle of his Hollywood career, Garrison Prince’s reign ends tonight.

As plain old Gary Prinz, he can pursue his Bible education, buy a bungalow in Pasadena, acquire a few chickens, and marry the girl of his dreams. He just never imagined trading the silver screen for a pulpit would wreak such havoc.

A cigarillo girl, Lucinda Ashton spends her days with her boyfriend, Gary, and her evenings selling candy and “gaspers” to the Hollywood elite at the Taj Mahal Theater.

However, when gunshots ring out just as intermission begins, Lucinda finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a brouhaha that leaves three dead, and no one has a clue why.

All the police know is that the evidence points to Lucinda as the killer and Gary as the intended target.

Four new friends, one young orphan, and a potluck of clues that don’t seem to fit anywhere leave the police baffled, Lucinda in fear for her freedom, and Gary ready to trade in his acting shoes for gumshoes if it’ll save his “Cinda.”

The first book in the Ever After Mysteries combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries, The Last Gasp. This Cinderella retelling blends a murder with enough crime and story clues to keep you on the edge of your seat.


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My Thoughts:

This was a great mystery novel that swept me away to 1920s Los Angeles! 

I’ve enjoyed the Cinderella retellings I’ve read in the past, but I never would have imagined such a thing as a Cinderella story murder mystery, so creative and brilliantly done! 

Lucinda and Gary were both fantastic characters, I really liked them both. And I loved that Gary was a famous actor who was choosing to leave show biz to become a pastor, that made for such a great story and I loved it! 

The mystery was attention grabbing, the suspenseful scenes were pulse-pounding, and the overall story was riveting and played out in my mind like an old black-and-white movie!

I really enjoyed The Last Gasp and highly recommend it! I also just want to say that I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fabulous job, I loved the way she brought the story to life, and the different voice she gave to each character was excellent and so well done! 

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

About the Author

Using story to connect readers with the Master Storyteller.

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours, and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.





About the Narrator

Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *


More from Christa

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 16

For Him and My Family, March 17

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, March 17

Inklings and notions, March 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 19

Texas Book-aholic, March 20

Connie’s History Classroom, March 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 24

Book Looks by Lisa, March 24

Just Your Average reviews, March 25

Sodbuster Living, March 26

Books I’ve Read, March 26

Vicarious Living, March 27

Rachael’s Inkwell, March 28

Vicky Sluiter, March 29


To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book in the winner’s preferred format!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Review: Driving Force by Kate Angelo


Wowza, this book has everything I want in a romantic suspense, and so much more! 

Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and I tend to be very picky when it comes to books in this genre, so trust me when I say that Driving Force is an amazing book, and it instantly became a favorite of mine! Lynette Eason is one of my favorite authors and so when I heard that her Elite Guardians series was getting a reboot I was beyond excited to read them. With Driving Force Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo have given us a masterpiece that will be an absolute treat for romantic suspense readers everywhere! 

Christina and Grey were fantastic characters, they are both awesome in their own right and they are even better together! I loved getting to know Christina better! And Grey is such an amazing (and hunky!) hero, he may be in a wheelchair but don’t let that fool you, the man is no shrinking violet, he’s every bit as tough and capable as Christina, I love how the author wrote his character and at the same time did a brilliant job of illustrating the challenges and frustrations that people with disabilities face every day, inspiring us all to be more compassionate and empathetic. And Grey’s Tesla, oh my word! Even if you’re not a car geek this one will definitely make your jaw drop and you just might find yourself drooling a little! 

And Boss, he’s such an amazing dog, and I just love him to pieces!

This book has the perfect balance of romance and suspense, and also an amazing faith story which was one of my favorite parts of the book!  

This author crafted a mystery that was absolutely fascinating (albeit a bit terrifying to think about) and I felt like I was learning new things while reading, which I always love.

Driving Force kept me on the edge of my seat from page one until the end. This first book in the Elite Guardians collection is not to be missed!

Kate Angelo is definitely an author to watch, and she totally has a forever fan in me! 

Driving Force is on my list of favorite reads of 2022! I most highly recommend it, and cannot wait to read the next book in the Elite Guardians collection! 

(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook ARC copy of this book from the publisher. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Review: The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel


Jennifer Deibel has once again crafted a lovely story that will sweep you away to 1920’s Ireland! I loved getting to armchair explore Galway, and I loved learning about the Claddagh ring, and I especially loved Annabeth’s necklace design. 

I most highly recommend The Lady of Galway Manor to fans of riveting historical fiction! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Review: Safe House Exposed by Darlene L. Turner


5 Stars!

Wowza! This book is phenomenal! I’ve been a huge fan of this author since the release of her debut novel, Border Breach, and Safe House Exposed might be my favorite of hers so far! 

Like I’ve come to expect from a Darlene L. Turner book the action and suspense started on page one and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout! Loved that!

Emma and Mason were fantastic main characters, I loved them both, and I especially loved Emma’s daughter, Sierra, she was just the sweetest thing! 

I always enjoy books that feature WITSEC in some way, but I’ve only ever read ones set in the US, so it was wonderful to not only get to armchair travel to Canada, but also learn a little about the Canadian Witness Protection Program, something I knew nothing about prior to reading this book! 

This book was simply amazing, and I loved absolutely everything about it! 

Safe House Exposed is Darlene L. Turner’s best book yet! And I most highly recommend it! Take my advice and grab yourself a copy ASAP! You do not wanna miss this amazing romantic suspense!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.