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Shelter of the Most High - Cities of Refuge Book 2 - Connilyn Cossette

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love? (Bethany House)

My Thoughts

Connilyn Cossette continues to bring a refreshing voice to Biblical Fiction. Expanding the horizons and bringing us thrilling and captivating stories to satisfy this nerd girl's heart.

I absolutely love discovering what life was like in ancient times. Cossette brings the lives of these people and their cultures to life in ways that will astound you. Sofea grew up in an isolated culture. Throughout this story, she is on a journey to learn who this God of the Hebrews is. His gentleness, His kindness, His love for His children. Eitan is a swoony hero in all his long-haired, bearded manliness...A protector and a fighter. Don't you dare come between him and those he loves...You will regret it. I loved watching their romance unfold. With two cultures clashing, you can imagine that it wasn't all smooth. But the results were definitely worth it.

I highly recommend Connilynn's stories (yes, all of them). She opens the history books for us in a way that is unique and compelling. I can not get enough of her stories, and neither will you! 

I received a complimentary copy of Shelter of the Most High from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.




About the Author
Connilyn CossetteWhen she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee in at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas.  





Coming Soon!
July 2019


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The Love Letter - Rachel Hauck

Saturday, November 10, 2018



My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)
About the Book

Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.

Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, 
The Love Letter
 is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine. (Author Website)
My Thoughts
Why oh why have I not gotten my hands on one of Rachel Hauck's books before? I am so glad I chose The Love Letter as my first one.

Woven with words that intoxicate the soul, Hauck brings us a story of pure beauty. Heartache and passion drive Chloe. She longs to change the way that people see her. But it may be a harder task than she first imagined. The connections through history were so cleverly created. Time-slip novels have become my favorite. With each page you are longing to discover the connection between the two timelines. And when the realization finally hits, it's a glorious moment to behold. Jesse is such a wonderful hero. Handsome, flawed, talented, and bit of a history nut. Traveling back to the American Revolutionary War, we meet Hamilton and Esther. Oh my goodness. Their story is one you really must discover for yourself.

With the heart of the story coming back to Christ and Love, readers will fall in love with the settings (in both eras), the characters, and the passion. The depth and characterization found on the pages of this book will move you and speak to the heart. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Love Letter from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at a local gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Urban Meyer.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.







An Hour Unspent & Giveaway - Shadows Over England Book 3 - Roseanna M. White

Friday, November 2, 2018

About the Book

Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancĂ© to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

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My Rating

 - "Fiction is truth...in a pretty wrapping." (More Info)

My Thoughts

Every book in this series has completely blown me away. And through it all, I have been LONGING for more about Barclay. I was so ecstatic when I found out Roseanna White would be featuring him in the final book of the series. Now, don't get me wrong, Evelina is the perfect match for him, and I enjoyed her story too...But BARCLAY...SWOON...

He truly deserves the title of "Swoon Worthy". From the care for his family to his undercover work, to learning about his childhood...Your heart will ache, cheer, and be encouraged. The author has created a whole world of people that carve out their own place in your heart. There is no going back once you dive into this realm.

True to her style, Roseanna seamlessly weaves faith, love, and bit of mystery into this story. Set in the midst of The Great War, this is the perfect story for anyone who loves Downton Abbey or WWI history. Or maybe, you are looking for something new-to-you. You won't go wrong with this series. Start with A Name Unknown and fall in love with Rosie and Peter first!

I received a complimentary copy of An Hour Unspent. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Shadows Over England on Bookworm Mama


The Adventure Continues in the Codebreakers Series

Coming June 2019

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.



Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is. That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine. The founder. The caregiver. The leader. I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice. It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials. There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those. It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. 


Thursday, November 1, 2018


FREE Mrs. Meyer's Holiday Set from Grove Collaborative
It's that time of year again. Our house is buzzing with activity, from hosting out-of-town guests, to throwing holiday parties, to wrapping gifts and decorating the mantel.
Not surprisingly, my desire to have a clean, welcoming home intensifies tenfold in November.
Fortunately, it's also the time of year when Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents return. Not only do they look and smell festive, they also make the task of cleaning and doing dishes a lot more enjoyable! 
This year, Mrs. Meyer's is bringing back three crowd favorites: Iowa Pine, Peppermint, and Orange Clove. I've been waiting all year for Iowa Pine to return, because the crisp and spicy scent fills the entire house with wonderful smells of Christmas trees.   
Right now, you can get a free Mrs. Meyer's trio in your choice of scents, plus a free set of Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges — all packed up in a limited edition red cleaning caddy for gifting (or keeping!). 
  • Free Mrs. Meyer's holiday hand soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer's holiday dish soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer's holiday multi-surface spray
  • Grove Collaborative red caddy
  • Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges

Plus, if you spend $39, you’ll also receive a free Grove stoneware tray to beautifully display your new holiday soaps.
If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll get a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers  — perfect for cleaning up after baking cookies or pumpkin pie.
This beautiful red caddy is everything you need to organize your home for the holidays! While you could go the traditional route and use it to store your cleaning supplies, it would also make a great gift wrapping station stocked with tape, ribbons, markers, and tags. Or, wrap your silverware in napkins, secure with a napkin ring, and place them in the caddy for your holiday buffet. 
Speaking of holiday buffets, there's no shortage of dirty dishes this time of year. Fortunately, Mrs. Meyer's dish soap is perfect for tackling tough messes. Put a drop in your roasting pan or crockpot and watch grease disappear! 
Of course, no kitchen or bathroom is complete without Mrs. Meyer's hand soap. I get tons of compliments on these scents, and the cheerful bottles are an easy way to spruce up your sink-side display.
Another holiday hosting must-have is Mrs. Meyer's multi-surface cleaner. It's ideal for those last-minute cleanups before guests arrive. You only need one product for countertops, walls, bathroom fixtures, and wood or tile floors. Plus, it leaves your entire home smelling like the holidays.
Since the holiday season is also flu season, I always keep the multi-surface spray on hand for wiping down faucets, doorknobs, and other surfaces that get touched all the time. 
Grove Collaborative is also an essential for me during the busy holiday season! Grove hand-selects the best natural products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. They've got you covered for all your cleaning and organization needs as you head into the holiday season. Don't forget to stock up on hand soap, toilet paper, and paper towels before your guests arrive!
When you submit your first order, you'll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you'll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and customer service. That means more money left over to spend on gifts for your family (or a little treat for yourself!). 
These holiday sets fly off the shelves faster than toys on Black Friday, so don't wait! Here's how to grab your free set:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here http://influencer-tracking.grove.co/SF3C9.* You will receive the New Customer Offer for FREE:
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    • Mrs. Meyer's Holiday dish soap
    • Mrs. Meyer's Holiday multi-surface spray
    • Grove Collaborative red caddy
    • Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges
    • AND...If new customers spend $39, you will receive all of the above AND a Grove Stoneware Tray (how neat!)
    Existing Customer Offer:
    • Grove walnut scrubber sponges
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
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*This post was sponsored by Grove Co.. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


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