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Dawn at Emberwilde

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Dawn at Emberwilde , is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series, by  Sarah E. Ladd,  but it serves as a stand-alone. I love it when I can peek into the middle of a series and not feel lost. Young  Isabel Creston  is a trustworthy, willful, and interesting character, and she took me on a journey to another place and time. She’s multi-layered and I cared about her and what she was going through. (I easily related to many facets of her.) I’m not a huge Regency reader, but I loved getting sucked into this one. This multidimensional story of romance and mystery keeps the pacing of this story going strong, though I wish the romance between Isabel and Collin went a little deeper and felt more authentic. It was enough to keep me reading, but I would’ve liked a little more  passion , rather than  attraction . Loaded with history and mystery, this light romance has me itching to read the other books in the series. Sarah Ladd is a unique and intriguing writer. I really

Someone Like You

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She gaped at him as he closed the space between them. The moment called for a handshake, but her body swayed toward his, as if her muscles remembered what her heart needed to forget. ~Chapter 1 Someone Like You , by Victoria Bylin, is a beautifully written second chance love story. (Swoon.) I poured myself into this story like melted butter—and what a treat. Working together for a common cause, Zeke and Julia find that feelings from the past are all but forgotten. Together they learn about regression, progress, faith, and forgiveness. A truly touching story, with a meaningful message, that dragged me through an assortment of emotions, yet left me satisfied. A surprisingly quick read. Ms. Bylin does a fabulous job of incorporating faith, without being preachy or over-the-top, and creates absorbing, credible, and unforgettable characters. Her writing style is engaging and smooth. Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Bethany House Pages: 353 Pace:

Evenings With Tozer

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“I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” ~Psalm16:7 Evenings With Tozer , by A. W. Tozer, contains 366 daily, simple, one-page devotions that are powerful and meaningful. What a lovely way to end each day—in devotional readings that guides us in our Christian life and ultimately brings us closer to God. Though the author died in the early sixties, his teachings are still timely and stir the reader’s heart. Each devotional reading is dated and contains a descriptive title, Scripture verse (KJV), and single-page devotion. The messages are heart stirring, conscience pricking, and soul edifying. A nightly reading from Tozer’s writings closes each day in reverence and communion with our Lord I really like the organization, the variation of messages, and the way each devotion is presented. The author uses smooth flowing, almost poetic language that I really enjoy. Below is an example from the June 20

Design Your Day

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“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~Yogi Berra Design Your Day , by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, is a simple approach to setting and attaining reasonable goals. A highly motivating book. First of all, I like the size of this book. It’s small and unassuming. No hours and hours of sifting through pages of a thick book, in search of the golden tidbits you’re looking for. The organization is spot on. The two-part booklet helps you set, strategize, and organize smart goals. It gets down to the brass tacks, so to speak. A quote in the conclusion section (page 125) really spoke to me: “Each of us has an inner compass telling us why we’re here and what we want out of this time on earth…” This quote is so true. The world is filled with people who have a variety of dreams, hopes, talents, gifts, and purposes. The first step in reaching our goals and purposes is to discover what they truly are. Next, we need to find the best ways for to attai

5 Most Terrible Books on the Best Sellers List

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[By guest contributor, Cassie] I’d like to thank Cover Lover Book Review for publishing this article. Their site offers unbiased and honest reviews of both the cover image, title and content of the book. If you’re looking for some good reads, check out the list of 5-star reviews . For every literary masterpiece, there are a dozen poorly written novels. These books tend to disappear into the bargain bin at major retail bookstores to be discarded or forgotten. Occasionally, some manage to make it to the mainstream public. Critics usually lambaste these books, but a few manage to gain worldwide recognition and sell millions of copies.  Below are the “top” worst books you can pick up today. Of course, what qualifies as the worst for some might not be for others, so it's up to you to decide whether to take the risk and read them or not. The Secret Rhonda Byrne An endorsement from Oprah catapulted this New Age self-help book into the spotligh