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New Release: The Kitchen Mistress (+Giveaway!)

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NEW RELEASE.... For every woman who’s had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most… 1892—Des Moines Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it’s time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that’s stable and fulfilling. But when things don’t go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives. Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn’t realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine’s

30 Days to Peace

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I love journals, devotions, coloring books, and a variety of other creative activities—especially when they are spiritually driven. This book offers scripture verses, prompts, and more, to help you emphasize those innermost things that bring you true peace. 30 Days to Peace: A One-Month Creative Journal is inspiring, and stimulating. The applicable Bible verses, thought provoking questions, and ample free space to color, decorate, or journal your thoughts fill this attractive book. Spending a month of active, creative journaling, reflecting and meditating on spiritual things, is sure to center you in a more peaceful disposition and outlook. This is a great keeper, or makes a meaningful gift for a friend in need of harmony in today’s busy lifestyle. 4 Stars Cover : Love Title : Like Pages : 112 Publisher: Waterbrook I received a complimentary copy of this book from BloggingForBooks.

The Austen Escape

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This is the third book I’ve read by Katherine Reay. She is a gifted crafter. The references to Jane Austen and her writings throughout her story give her books a unique and interesting spin. The Austen Escape contains beautiful descriptions of England, making me feel as if I traveled there with Mary and Isbell on their holiday. I related well to most of the characters in this book, and enjoyed the weave of Austen-classic threads throughout. I love how the past weaves with the present, I enjoyed the dialogue, and related to most of the characters, but I wasn’t quickly drawn into this story. It took a bit to sink into the storyline. For me, the story really started in England.   This story has a satisfying end, but I have to say, I enjoyed Ms. Reay’s previous books more than this one. 4 Stars Cover : Like it Title : Love it Publisher : Thomas Nelson Pages : 320 First Lines : “How can I help?” The world stilled. It wasn’t the first time I wondered how one vo

The View From Rainshadow Bay

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I’ve read numerous books written by Colleen Coble. She has a gift for storytelling and a special knack for romantic suspense. She’s on my ‘favorites’ list, and I have 18 of her books. As you may know, I’m initially drawn to a book by its cover. This one, by far, has the most eye-catching cover art. The View from Rainshadow Bay is a suspenseful read with themes of forgiveness and desire to love again, and has just the right amount of romance. I was drawn into the characters and moved through the story with a few surprises. The scenic descriptions are vivid, but not overdone, and the mystery is plausible. I enjoy stories where the characters are overcoming a painful or traumatic past. Shauna and Zach have gone through a lot, and have many matters to sift through. I liked the buildup of their relationship, and the twists and turns they encountered. The pacing was good in some of the more suspenseful parts, but a little slow in others. Overall this story kept my interest.