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Cover Reveal: The Blackout Book Club

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  C O V E R  L ♡ V E I  can't wait to read this one. It sounds so good! THE BLACKOUT BOOK CLUB An impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European Front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close the library, she invents a book club to keep its doors open. The women she convinces to attend the first meeting couldn't be more different--a wealthy spinster determined to aid the war effort, an exhausted mother looking for a fresh start, and a determined young war worker. At first, the struggles of the home front are all the club members have in common, but over time, the books they choose become more than an escape from the hardships of life and the fear of the U-boat battles that rage just past their shores. As the women face personal challenges and band together in the face of danger, they find they share more in common with each other than

Bookstagram GIVEAWAY: Beyond Her Calling

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  This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth . In Beyond Her Calling, mentally disabled young woman Ivy Knight takes an unexpected trip to Scotland. There she reunites with her childhood friend, Jordy McAllen, and helps him with his medical practice, despite her own self-doubts. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This bookstagram blitz runs from 21 till 27 February. See the tour schedule here . Check out the tour wide giveaway! One winner will win a paperback copy, swag and an Amazon gift card. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. Beyond Her Calling (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #4) By Kellyn Roth Genre: Historical Romance Age category: Adult Release Date: 22 January 2022 Blurb: Ivy Knight feels that her life may never start. Though her loving family assures her that her place in the world is close to home, she still feels a push to move out of her comfort zone. Hoping against hope

GIVEAWAY & Review: Super You!

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    First Line: As dawn draws back the dark of night, a hero rises too.   _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ   Super You  encourages and celebrates super kid heroes who are kind, loving, friendly, generous, adventurous, fun, and creative. It emphasizes things little ones do that make them heroes to their family and friends.   The illustrations in this board book are adorable. The characters are from diverse ethnicities and abilities, and share positive, life-building traits. The story is told in rhyme with great cadence. Some of the words might be difficult for young readers (such as  justice, mankind, nemesis, vanish,  and  schemes ) but other than that, the book is charming and fun to read.   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. #SuperYou #ChildrensBook #FirstWords #WorthyKids ☆☆☆☆ C ᴏᴠᴇʀ   L Ιͺᴋᴇ   _____  ❤ _____ G Ιͺᴠᴇᴀᴑᴀʏ   Enter for a chance to win a physical copy of  SUPER YOU .   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Hues of You (children)

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    First Line: Let’s focus on YOU and your very own hues. _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ   Hues of You  is an activity book that helps children discover and showcase their own special skin tone that makes them unique as an individual. The book targets elementary school aged children, which is when they are likely discovering everyone looks different but are all a hue (or shade) of brown.   The activities include tracing, drawing, coloring, and fill in the blank questions about themselves, friends, and family. It dabbles in ancestry (with map drawings and indigenous skin colors) and “Words to Know” such as Race, Racism, Colorism, Ethnicity, and Nationality.   This is a unique children’s book, celebrating our diversity and distinctiveness. The cover art is simple, yet potent, displaying the many shades of brown we are.   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. #ChildrensBook #HuesofYou #Waterbrook #Multnomah ☆☆☆☆ C ᴏᴠᴇʀ   L Ιͺᴋᴇ

Review: Almost Perfect

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    First Line: Being Late didn’t bother me anymore. _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ I love opposites attract stories. And Calla and Wyatt are certainly opposites. I’ve read only a few stories where the main character was a star (Calla is a pop star) so this angle made  Almost Perfect  complex and unique. Especially when she’s received bad press and rents a place from a handsome (and oh so sweet) cowboy.   Wyatt is a great character. Swoon. He knows who he is and what he wants. Calla doesn’t really fit into that, does she? But the attraction is hard to ignore.    Calla and Wyatt deal with a lot, and they tend to hold stuff inside (which can be a bit infuriating at times.) But their growth and their slow-burning relationship kept me turning pages. This is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more of her work. I love her writing style, and he incredible characters and setting.  Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. #ClaireCain #PrismBookTours #

Review: Fractured Faith (non-fiction)

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  First Line: I'm actually pretty funny in real life.   _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ   Fractured Faith: Finding Your Way Back to God in an Age of Deconstruction  I never dog-ear pages, make notes, or highlight passages in a book, no matter how inspiring or powerful the messages are. It just feels destructive. But that’s just me. BUT I was strongly tempted to highlight passages in  Fractured Faith . There’s so much good stuff in this book.   I haven’t experienced the same things the author has, but I understand and empathize with her. Many people, like her, have been hurt or angered by people in the church and have fractured or misplaced their faith because of it. People are flawed. God isn’t.   With a friendly tone, the author candidly reveals painful experiences, biblical truths, and how God is always there for her. Her approach is gentle and compassionate, yet she doesn’t gloss over anything.    A particular sentence from this book stands out to me. It’s so true.   "A Christianity

Review: Letting God Be Enough (non-fiction)

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  First Line: When I visit someone's home, I love to walk through family rooms and hallways and look at their pictures.   _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ   Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free  I suppose, like Moses in the Bible, we all struggle with self-doubt at times in our lives. Even though Moses knew God was in control and provides all we need, he still had so much self-doubt. I can relate.   This book shows by example that we need to depend on God for our strength, because He can change us, our circumstances, and perspective. When we find ourselves wondering if we are enough, we need to believe HE IS ENOUGH instead.   Letting God Be Enough  is freeing, and the Truths for the Journey, Processing the Journey, and Passionate Prayer sections at the end of each chapter are stimulating and inspiring.    And I want to mention the cover art. I rarely have #coverlove for a non-fiction book, but this one is stunning. What a pretty and gentle atmo

Review: In Search of a Prince

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    First Line: Ah, summertime in New York City. _____  ❤ _____ R ᴇᴠΙͺᴇᴑ My oh my! What an enchanting book. I was instantly drawn in by Bri and her story. It took zero effort to connect with her, which is important to me. I want to sink into the main character’s head, relate to her and what she’s going through. That was easy to do. Many of the secondary characters were relatable too.   I’ll admit, the first thing that influences me to read a book is its cover. Yes, I know that’s judgy. (Is that a word?) Apparently, I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I do—initially, anyway. Sorry, not sorry. Cover art is so important because it gives a glimpse into what the story is about. It evokes something from me—whether joy, sadness, intrigue, curiosity, nostalgia… And this cover is STUNNING and had me eager to find out this princess’s story.   Secondly, who writes a book is important to me. I read new-to-me authors all the time, but sometimes they become more than that. And author T

GIVEAWAY & Review: The Art of Traveling Strangers

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    First Lines: The odor--a peculiar blend of disinfectant,  ozone , and jet fuel--tainted the air but enticed me. I liked the scent of escape.  Join Us for this Tour from  February 15 to Mar 7, 2022 Book Details: Book Title :   The Art of Traveling Strangers by Zoe Disigny Category :  Adult Fiction 18+, 272 pages Genre :   Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction   Publisher :   Subplot Publishing   Release date:    February 2022 Content Rating :  PG13 + M  for cursing (from a side character), reference to adultery, and discussion of AIDS.    Book Description: It’s the 1980s, and art historian Claire Markham reels from a series of heartbreaking losses. Desperate to escape her shattered reality, she becomes an art guide in Europe for quirky stranger Viv Chancey and embarks on a life-changing journey through the art-filled cities of Milan, Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Siena, Rome, and Paris. Once abroad, Claire tries to hide her woes by focusing on Viv’s art education, but Viv—who is no

GIVEAWAY & Review: Lulu and the Missing Tooth Fairy

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    First Line: Lulu finally had a wiggly tooth. Join Us for This Tour:   February 15 to March 7, 2022   Book Details: Book Title :  Lulu and the Missing Tooth Fairy by S.E. Richey Category :  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 38 pages Genre :  Children's Picture Book Publisher :  Bright Meadow Press Release date:    Feb 28, 2022 Content Rating :  G -Suitable for everyone.   “A clever, humorous, and joyful tooth story” – Kirkus Review   Book Description: Lulu cannot wait for a visit from the Tooth Fairy and get a pony with her Tooth Fairy money. And Trixie cannot wait to finally become an official Tooth Fairy. Everything would be perfect, if only Trixie would show up! Will Lulu get her pony? Will Trixie ever become an official Tooth Fairy? Find out in this humorous yet heartwarming tale that encourages us to never stop believing and that everything is possible with a little will power. And learn a thing or two about tooth traditions and tooth collectors of the world!     Pre-Ord

GIVEAWAY & Spotlight: The Valentine Wager

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  On Tour with Prism Book Tours   Author Interview The setting for your Tule books is the small town of River’s Edge, Indiana, which is full of quirky and fun secondary characters. Did you grow up in a small town? I did not. I grew up in the suburbs of a big city, but ever since I read Anne of Green Gables, I’ve wanted to experience small town life. I get some of that at our lake cottage, which is in a small town, but mostly, I’m a city girl. That said, there are plenty of quirky characters in the city, too, so lots of inspiration. What is the most surprising thing you discovered about yourself while writing The Valentine Wager? Hmmm… I think it was that I can write faster than I believe I can. The stories are there and if I trust myself and relax, they’ll come out the end of my fingers. It’s kinda magical, don’t you think? Can you share with us something about The Valentine Wager that isn’t in the blurb? Sure. Kitt is a horsewoman and Ryker is afraid of horses, so ther