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Grand Finale & Giveaway - The Certain Hope

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for The Certain Hope By E. C. Jackson We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch  -  Author Interview What is your motivation behind The Certain Hope ? Why did you want to write it? The Certain Hope is the third book in the standalone hope-themed series. Book three highlights thirty-something love, which can be as precarious as younger love. By that age, we’ve weathered numerous life storms. Living life can, and often does, alter our opinions, circumstances and outlook. Faithfully Bookish - Excerpt The doorbell chimed what she termed his signature ring: one long peal, followed by two shorter ones. Saying goodbye might ruin her. Hair patted into place, she opened the door with an unsteady hand. Andy leaned on the rail, watching the door fling open. The six men who worked with him stood at his side. Silence

Glory Road

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I’ve read a couple of books lately that center on home. I’m drawn to these kinds of stories and love the soft-place-to-fall feel that these stories evoke. After reading  The Hideaway  and  Hurricane Season , I expected to enjoy Lauren Denton’s newest book,  Glory Road  And I wasn't disappointed. I love the southern setting and the charming characters. Ms. Denton is a gifted writer and now one of my  must-read authors.  Glory Road  is told from 3 POVs and each gives a special and unique impression. I connected with all three main characters—Jessie, Gus, and Evan, and I sympathized with their struggles. I love the themes of family and home, and really didn’t want this story to end. Beautiful story, engaging characters, and a satisfying end.  #GloryRoad ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: Lauren K. Denton Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 368 First Line:  I’d been on the porch steps shelling purple hull peas for less than an hour and my thumb nails had already turned purple. Source

Midnight Lullabies

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Midnight Lullabies  is a wonderful resource for new mothers. It is straightforward and honest, sifting through the myriad of emotions, doubts, and fears that new mothers journey through. We hear so much about the joys of motherhood, and experience greater love than we ever dreamed possible, but we rarely filter through the unspoken difficulties and life changes. The fluctuation of emotions, the loneliness or depression that often walks alongside us during our baby bliss can become overwhelming. I enjoyed the early days of pregnancy and motherhood probably more than anyone I’ve ever known. And even then, I had hard days, nights of exhaustion, bouts of sadness with no apparent reason, and feelings of inadequacy and doubt. What a help this little book would’ve been during those times!  I especially enjoy the   Steps into Peace  sections and the daily closing prayers. This book of devotions provides validation and understanding. It lends a shoulder of comfort and a strong rea

The Memory House

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I was excited to receive Rachel Hauck’s newest book,  The Memory House ! I enjoy dual-time stories and I love this author’s writer voice. She pulls readers in quickly with interesting and unique storylines. With a great title, nice cover art, and captivating characters, I can’t think of a single con to this book. I don’t know why, but I’m always drawn to stories that center around a homeplace, whether it’s a house, inn, or land. I suppose it’s because it encompasses the feeling of a soft place to fall. It’s difficult for me to choose a favorite between the two storylines. Both couples (Beck and Bruno, and Everleigh and Don) hold a special place with stories (and backstories) that feel authentic. The stories lace together nicely.  One of my favorite aspects of fiction is when a story stays with you after you’ve closed the book. And when those memories impact you, changing your view of the world—no matter how small. This book does that. There are parts that confused me a bit,

Grand Finale & Giveaway - The Gate to Eden

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Audiobook Tour Grand Finale for The Gate to Eden By Cathy McDavid We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author ...I thought for this launch post I’d tell you about why THE GATE TO EDEN is such a favorite of mine. To start with, it’s a historical western, a genre I loved writing but, unfortunately, has a limited market. Come on now, aren’t cowboys one of the best romance book heroes? I agree, which is probably why I started preening contemporary westerns, a genre I also love πŸ™‚. THE GATE TO EDEN print book was also an Amazon top 100 bestseller with an average 4.3 star rating and has won several awards. Lastly, I wrote the book during a difficult time in my life, and it became a testament to my courage during adversity. I hope you’ll come along with me on this blog tour. I’ll be sharing not only excerpts from the boo

Grand Finale & Giveaway - Daughters of Northern Shores

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Daughters of Northern Shores By Joanne Bischof We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author ...As I reflect on the beautiful land of Appalachia, and these beloved characters that first met readers within Sons of Blackbird Mountain, it’s my honor once again to tell an all new tale from this region: a place that’s rich in history and full of heart. It’s my prayer that this next novel will hold the same! It’s also my prayer that it will be a blessing to all of those who open the pages, meet the Norgaard family once again, and walk the rugged and redemptive path alongside them. — Joanne Bringing Up Books - Review "Just know that this book is really good. . . . I may have cried a few times, but that’s a good sign that the author gets you emotionally invested in their story. Anxio

Grateful American

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I couldn’t even make it through the prologue of  Grateful American  without choking up. What a moving, memorable, and inspiring memoir! We all love Lieutenant Dan from the movie Forrest Gump, but so little is known about the actor behind him, Gary Sinise. Until now. His love for Veterans and our country has me fired up and makes me want to make a bigger difference. “I love my country, and I’m grateful to be an American. I know where my freedom comes from, and I do not take for granted the sacrifices of those who provide it.” A highly entertaining, inspiring, and empowering memoir that certainly leaves you changed.  #GratefulAmerican ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: Gary Sinese Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 272 First Line:  I am not completely prepared for what awaits me on the other side of the doors. I received an advanced copy of this book. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

Almost Home

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Almost Home  is a slower-paced book, allowing the reader to savor the scenes. I love southern fiction, and adding a bit of history makes it even better.  This character-driven story takes place in Alabama where a boom of hiring at the munitions plant brings a myriad of guests to Dolly’s boardinghouse. Dolly is a wonderful hostess, and I enjoyed being a  guest. I like the veteran-returning-home aspect of this story, adding so much depth. This story showcases love and loss, and although the times are tough, there’s a solid thread of hope and encouragement.  Almost Home  is a redemption group of stories entwined together by a past mystery. #PrettyCoverArt #Almost Home ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse Publisher: Revell Pages: 336 First Line (Chapter One):  Anna Williams leaned out the truck window and let the wind blow her damp auburn hair away from her face. I received an advance copy of this book. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

More Than Meets the Eye

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I grew up an Air Force brat, my husband is also an Air Force Veteran, and I’ve visited Elmendorf Air Force Base, so I felt a strong connection to this story from the start. And of course, nearly everyone connects to September 11, 2001. More Than Meets the Eye: United States Air Force (Home Front Heroines Book 1)  is a gripping story from the first page. I can place myself in the setting and the time period, as well as the emotions, uncertainties, and fears. Lori and Jonathan feel authentic, as do the struggles they have. Their story showcases many of the struggles military families go through, as well as those of parents and couples in general. Nothing felt contrived or “overdone” and the story flowed smoothly.  More Than Meets the Eye  is inspiring. The spiritual thread laced through the story gives it a cohesive power that leaves a lasting impression. I look forward to reading more in this series! #MoreThanMeetsTheEye ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Author: Carrie Daws Publisher

A Tender Hope

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I like reading a series from the beginning, but when that isn't the case, I love a series book that can be read as a standalone.  A Tender Hope  is the final book in the three-part  Cimarron Creek  series. I have not read the previous two books, and do not feel I am missing any important info. This western romance deals with three characters, Thea, Aimee, and Jackson, in search of life-changing answers. The story is loaded with mystery and romance. A great blend of emotion and adventure, this is a quick read that leaves you feeling sated.  #PrettyCoverArt #ATenderHope ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Author: Amanda Cabot Publisher:  Revell Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy Book 3 Pages: 352 First Line:  She was Free. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are completely my own.