Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Seasonal TBR Challenge: Fall Edition and Summer Update!

I'm very excited to be participating in the Fall edition of the Seasonal TBR Challenge hosted by Melanie @Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Please copy and paste this link to the sign up post into your browser, sorry but I'm on my phone and am not able to post a clickable link!

I'm challenging myself to read these 5 books from my TBR this fall.

1. Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

2. Sanctuary Lost by Lisa Phillips

3. Christmas Ranch Rescue by Lynette Eason

4. Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz

5. Illusion by Frank Peretti

Summer TBR Update: I challenged myself to read 11 TBR books this summer, unfortunately I only managed to get to 8 of them, but that's 70% and I read some great books that I loved so I'm super happy with my final result even though I didn't reach my goal! 

Summer TBR

1. Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson-READ 

2. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson-READ

3. Storm Front by Susan May Warren-READ

4. Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz

5. The Carpenter's Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald-READ

6. The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White-READ

7. Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

8. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

9. The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie-READ

10. You Can't Hurry Love by Beth K. Vogt-READ

11. A Marriage for the Marine by Liz Isaacson-READ

Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: This is the Day by Tim Tebow

5 Stars!
I'm not really into sports, but I have known who Tim Tebow is for several years now, and have always been very impressed by his humility and genuine heart for God. I don't often read non-fiction and had never read anything by this author, but when I was given the opportunity to join the launch team for this book I felt a nudge from God to sign up! Needless to say, I listened to that nudge and I'm so glad I did because this book was EXACTLY what I needed to read at this point in my life! Speaking as someone who has of late felt "stuck" in life and wondering just what next step God wants me to take in His plan for my life, God used this book to inspire and energize me to reach out right where I am and share His love with people! Tim's words were a fantastic reminder that even when it might not feel like it I am loved by God, I matter, the things I say and do matter, God has a purpose and a plan for my life, and that He will work through me to impact the lives of the people around me if I will only be open to it! Tim writes in such a conversational way that reading this book felt like chatting with a friend, he did a great job of using stories from his own life to get his point across and inspire without ever becoming preachy. I especially loved all the suggestions for applying the message in each chapter to your life and the examples of ways to live out your purpose in real world, everyday life moments. This is one book that I know I will be rereading many times in the future, it impacted me in a tremendously powerful way, left me feeling excited for whatever God has in store for me, and filled me with a determination and reawakened desire to tell people just how much God loves them! Overall, I absolutely loved every moment of this book, I would share a favorite quote but there are simply too many for me to choose, nary a page passed without at least one quote that I wanted to highlight, and I'm already itching to reread it so I can savor all the fabulous quoteable reminders! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone and am very much looking forward to reading more of Tim Tebow's books in the future! Seriously, this book is SO GOOD! I dare you to read This is the Day and tell me it didn't change you! 

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review: The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Betrayed-Dee Henderson

I first met Paul and Ann in Unspoken and it was neat to see them again. 
I absolutely loved the hero, Greg! The island and all the activities it offered were super interesting to read about, and I loved Greg's dog, Marco! Also, all the different foods that Janelle cooked sounded delicious. The mystery in this story was very good!
Overall, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't my favorite of the collection.

Deadly Isle-Dani Pettrey

I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the cover is all that's necessary to make me automatically want to read anything she writes! I've been eagerly awaiting this novella since I first heard this collection was happening, and oh wow! It exceeded every single one of my sky high expectations! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! The whole story was incredible and I absolutely devoured every single moment! I adore reunion romances and this one was perfection, as was all the incredible suspense. I love to see diverse characters, and it is so fabulous that the hero in this story had Native American heritage, I loved that! I can't wait to reread this story! Overall, Deadly Isle was everything (and more!) that I dreamed it would be, mere words simply cannot fully convey how much I adored every single second! In case all the gushing above isn't enough of a clue, yes, I HIGHLY recommend this novella, and am waiting with bated breath for Dani's next book! I know I say this a lot, but it's so true, Dani's books are total awesomeness, if you haven't read her books yet, what are waiting for? You NEED Dani's books in your life! 

Code of Ethics-Lynette Eason

I've read almost all of Lynette's books and I have to say that the Blue Justice series just may be my favorite series of hers! I absolutely adore the entire St. John family, the siblings banter is hilarious and so very real! I was so excited to read Ruthie's story and I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT! I loved how strong and smart Ruthie was, and how even though she was a doctor she thought like a cop! Isaac was such a fabulous hero, and he and Ruthie were absolutely perfect for each other. This story was just so good, I already can't wait to reread it! Seriously, it was nothing but total awesomeness from beginning to end!  A phenomenal must read that you won't want to miss! 

Overall, this is a fantastic novella collection that will absolutely enthrall fans of romantic suspense! (4.5 Stars!)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Dani Pettrey, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.