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Firefly Island

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~*~ by Lisa Wingate Inspirational Contemporary Romance Sometimes love takes you on an adventure completely off the map Mallory Hale, a Capitol Hill professional, abandons her career, marries a single dad—handsome, environmental researcher, Daniel Everson, and moves to the middle of nowhere. Moses Lake, Texas is a rural setting filled with diverse people, a myriad of critters and varmits, and more mystery than she can shake a stick at! The rumors of murder and mystery of Firefly Island has everybody whispering. I enjoyed Firefly Island . Though the mystery is captivating, the wonderful relationships Mallory makes with the unconventional people of Moses Lake are what kept me turning the pages—touching, funny, and memorable moments that will stay with me for some time. Cover: Love it Title: Love it Publisher: Bethany House Pages: 384 Pace: Steady First Line(s): There are times when life is a cursor on a blank page, blinking in a rhythm

Ransomed Dreams

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~*~ by Sally John Christian Fiction For every marriage that takes an unexpected turn... When a dream life turns horribly tragic, Sheridan and Eliot Montgomery whisk themselves off to a remote place in Mexico to escape further danger. A year and a half later, someone Sheridan thought she’d never see again, finds her and detours her quiet life into a whirlwind of the past—filled with deception, betrayal, and heartbreak. I couldn’t put this book down. Ransomed Dreams pulls the reader through intrigue, misfortune, doubt, attraction, loneliness, revelation…and the list goes on! The main characters are flawed, relatable, and layered. The scenes are vivid, almost tangible. And the story filled me with a myriad of emotions, sometimes conflicting. Sally John has a wonderful gift of tugging at readers’ heartstrings, jerking the rug from beneath them, and giving them a soft place to land. I L-O-V-E-D this book. Cover: Like it Title: Love it Publ

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet

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~*~ by Sophie Hunter Christian Memoir Southern stories of faith, family, and fifteen pounds of bacon Tyndale Media Description: There’s nothing quite like family—for good or bad. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people—and their stories—for granted. Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most. Written in the same witty style as Sophie’s BooMama blog,  A Little

Barefoot Summer

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~*~ by Denise Hunter Christian Non-Fiction Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything. Goodreads Description: Madison’s heart closed the day her twin brother died. Since losing her twin, Michael, in a drowning incident, Madison has rejected the faith he lived by. Instead, she’s devoted her life to fulfilling Michael’s dream—winning the River Sail Regatta in their small Indiana town, Chapel Springs. As she trains for the regatta, Beckett O’Reilly is teaching Madison to swim. But he’s keeping a painful secret from her—and as they grow closer, that secret threatens to upend their lives . . . and the lives of both their families. I’ve read Smitten and SecretlySmitten , which Denise Hunter co-wrote, so I was already a Hunter-fan before I received Barefoot Summer from the BookSneeze blogger program. (And an author quote from Lisa Wingate on the cover was a lure!) I couldn’t wait to read anothe

Chivalry

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~*~ by Zach Hunter Christian Non-Fiction Chivalry is alive and well--it's just not what you expected Zach Hunter reveals what it means to be a man and woman of honor. What an impact this could make on the younger generation! Chivalry reveals ten principles that guided the knights of yore, which are synonymous with Biblical teachings. I strongly feel that if we drink in this philosophy and let it become part of our being, we really can change our world—and if not the entire world—then at least our family, our church, ourselves. Some of the principles displayed in this book: I will respect life and freedom I will fight only for the sake of those who are unable to defend themselves, or in the defense of justice I will never abandon my quest Chivalry is a great addition to any youth group library. Highly recommended. Impactful, practicle, and Biblical. What more could you want?     Cover: Like it Title: Like it Pub

Courageous Grace

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~*~ by Gayle Haggard Christian Non-Fiction Following the way of Christ Courageous Grace is a very inspiring book. I like how it begins with Gayle Haggard’s epiphany— Grace isn’t easy. It’s tough! And it requires courage. Each chapter is clear and concise. Not a lot of babble to fill up pages. (The reason I say this is because some books I’ve read on Grace could be told in half the amount of pages—if the ‘fluff’ was cut out.) There are wonderful quotes and scripture verses throughout that make an impact, and the discussion questions at the end cause the reader to take a deeper, more personal look at situations in their own life that require sacrifice and grace. A lovely, motivating book! Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Pages: 224 Pace: Steady. First Line: One of the greatest tests of our characters is how we respond when someone else errs. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Advance

Why We Write

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~*~ by Meredith Maran Non-Fiction 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do I enjoyed the valuable insights that 20 contemporary writers shared in this book. From inspiration and motivation, to why they love this craft. This will nudge even the beginning writer to put their butt in a chair and write. The various stories encapsulated in this little book encouraged me. It’s a relief to know that “I’m not the only one” to feel that way…get stuck…run into this roadblock…etc. Not only a fun read, but informational and stimulating too. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Plume Pages: 250 Pace: steady First Line (Introduction): Why do writers write? Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, P