Monday, April 29, 2019

Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations

Author: V. Joy Palmer

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Release Date: February 14, 2019

Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she’ll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what’s left of their family’s legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon shes forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother’s renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

Chance knows a few dozen things about family loyalty, which is why he begrudgingly agrees to Apryl’s insane plan. While Apryl claims they’re archenemies, the girl Chance only glimpsed in their teens starts to emerge, stealing what remains of his heart.

But expectations are a powerful thing. Amidst the glamorous weddings and swaying willows, can those old expectations be revised into something new?

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About the Author

Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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I’ll confess something to you guys.

For about a year, I hated these characters. Like I vehemently hated them. For their refusal to bow to my will, I counted the ways I could take revenge against them for my own sadistic pleasure, and I seriously considered printing the manuscript just so I could burn it in an oil drum while I laughed like a Disney villain. I’m told my “Ursula laugh” is uncanny.

Some of you may be laughing. Some of you may be rolling your eyes. Some of you may be gasping in horror at the thought of an author killing her beloved characters. Or some of you may smirk and say, “I’ve been there, only I did kill my characters.”

I dove into the story with a wide-eyed innocence that came from thinking I was in charge of the story. My characters slapped that doe-eyed look off my face, letting me know I had no idea what I was doing. Sure, I knew the basics… They start off arguing, then fall in love… I had a couple great kiss scenes planned… Worth in God would be explored… Jokes would be made… But I could not get these stubborn characters to cooperate, and I was pulling my hair out by the roots trying to force them to get on board with my excellent program! I didn’t understand them, and their actions didn’t make any sense. Then my computer crashed…and died…taking over twelve thousand words with it. (A part of me thinks Apryl was behind it.) Suddenly, I was at square one, but I was actually a little relieved. Now I could start over.

Cue muffled sobs here.

After the untimely demise of my computer, I went to the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. At that conference, Ted Dekker said something in one of his keynote sessions that changed everything for me.

“Write to discover yourself.”

I still get chills when I think about this, and it has nothing to do with the below zero temperatures in my neck of the woods.

My writing changed after that. I made myself vulnerable, pouring my heart into Apryl and Chance’s journey like it was my personal journey. And as my literary world started to blossom, my literal world felt like it was being scorched by an exploding sun of heartache. And when that nasally (or does it only sound that way in my head?) voice whispered that I was worthless, God’s declaration of love was a big, bold font across the pages.

Through Apryl and Chance, I rediscovered my own worth to my Father.

And I hope you can, too.

I hope you laugh (the seagull scene is a favorite of mine). I hope you swoon (Apryl and Chance Forever!!). I would be especially pleased if you had to look up one or two pop culture references because I’ll just feel cool. But more than anything I hope you can rediscover your worth in our Father’s eyes, whether it’s for the first time or the seven hundred and eleventh time.

Our worth isn’t defined by our jobs, our mistakes, our families, or the plans we have. Our worth is in a loving God who calls each of His children by name. Our worth is in our Father.

Set to the tune of a romantic comedy, there are a lot of little truths sprinkled throughout Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, but our worth in God is the glue that holds it all together – at least for me! This was the truth I wanted to convey in Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations all along. But until I started to understand this (I definitely haven’t mastered it!) in my own heart, how could I write about it?

I hope you guys enjoy Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations. I hope this truth touches your heart in some way.

And I hope you laugh. A lot.


Joy Palmer

Blog Stops

Simple Harvest Reads, April 27 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 27
The Becca Files, April 28
Moments, April 28
Creating Romance, April 30
Emily Yager, May 3


To celebrate her tour, Joy is giving away a grand prize package that includes a signed copy of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations,
a signed copy of Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, a Hand-Carved Reading Willow Tree Figurine, a Character-Inspired Locket,
a Custom Roaring Twenties Book Sleeve from The Cozy Life Etsy Shop, an Anne of Green Gables Mug Rug from Bookish Star Designs Etsy Shop, and a Chai Latte Soy Candle in a Vintage Mug from Joplin House Cafe!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this lovely Christian romcom by a new-to-me-author! I seriously cannot even begin to count the number of times that this book had me smiling and literally laughing out loud! 

I loved that this story was set in New Hampshire (a state which borders my own home state of Vermont!) 

Overall, this is a very good romcom that I'm glad I read, and I highly recommend it, especially to fans of Bethany Turner, Melissa Tagg, and Sarah Monzon! I look forward to reading more of Ms. Palmer's work in the future! 
(4 Stars!)

I received an ebook 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.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: A Love Letter Life by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

5 Stars!
As a long time fan of Little People, Big World, I was very excited when I heard that Jeremy and Audrey had written a book, so needless to say when I was given the opportunity to request this book to review I jumped at the chance. And I am SO glad I did, this book is fantastic! I really liked that it is a memoir, I'm not a big non-fiction reader but memoirs seem to always resonate the best with me, and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book! It was so cool to read Jer and Auj's love story, they are such an inspiration to me and their heart for Christ shines through in every word they write. As a single twenty something who made a commitment as a teenager to wait for the man God has for me this book was such an encouragement and inspiration to me, there were tons of great nuggets of wisdom in this book that I plan to put to use in my future relationship! I don't know how they did it, but Jeremy and Audrey somehow managed to craft a book that applies to all, no matter your current relationship status! I seriously loved this book, it's going on my keeper shelf and I definitely anticipate rereading it many times in the future! Highly recommended! 

A big thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this wonderful book! Which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

5 Stars!
Squeee! THIS BOOK IS SUPER AWESOME! I despised having to set it down, found myself reading it at every opportunity, and as soon as I finished I was instantly craving a reread! I'm serious, TSLOSH is happiness in book form! I swooned, laughed until my face hurt, and turned the final page with a contented sigh and a heart that was renewed, uplifted, and inspired!
This is a MUST READ for all Christian rom-com fans! 😍😍😍😍😍

I read this book for pure pleasure. No review required.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli

5 Stars!
Wow! I'm speechless, in the best way. Having read (and loved!) all of this author's previous books I automatically signed up to review this one without even knowing what it was about! Based solely on the fact that it's a Heidi Chiavaroli novel I knew that I would be swept away and would hate to put the book down, both of which happened almost instantly. I was completely engaged in the story and was rooting for the characters from the start! The Edge of Mercy is an emotionally rich, soul-stirring read, it grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn't let go! I feel that God has used this book to change my heart and encourage my faith, and if you read it I have no doubt that He will speak to your heart through it as well! 
This isn't an easy, lighthearted read, but if you are looking for a book that will grab your heart and take you on a journey that will impact your life for the better then The Edge of Mercy is the perfect choice! 
I loved this book and am so happy to have read it! I highly recommend The Edge of Mercy and cannot wait for Heidi Chiavaroli's next book! 

I received an ebook 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.