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Spotlight & Giveaway - Love on the Beach by Kerry Evelyn

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


I am super excited to host today's spotlight for Love on the Beach! I can't wait to read it!!! Make sure you enter the giveaway too! And Happy Reading! 💜

About the Book

After quitting her job at a high-profile magazine in Boston, idealistic journalist Shelby Porter retreats to her hometown of Crane’s Cove, Maine, to regroup and refocus. As the pastor’s daughter, she’s welcomed back with open arms and opportunities to serve. However, the solace and support from the townspeople isn’t enough to soften painful memories or bring her closer to her goals. Shelby’s plans run up against another obstacle when the new guy in town walks into her life. Despite their connection, she resolves to not let love get in the way of fulfilling her purpose.

Tragedy drives Detective Damon Saunders from his job in Atlanta to the tiny resort town. Wanting to escape the ugliness of the big city, he now patrols the peaceful streets of the seaside community. The hardest part of his new role is earning the trust of the locals—especially Shelby. He’s drawn to her quiet strength and desire to help people, but she has plans that’ll take her far away from the place where he’s trying to plant new roots. Maybe falling for her will complicate his life, but he's willing to take that chance.

Shelby denies her growing feelings for Damon, but when her four-year-old nephew is in danger, he’s the only one who can help. Can Damon overcome the shadows of his past to save a child and win her—and the town’s—heart? 


About the Author

Kerry Evelyn has always been fascinated by people and the backstories that drive them to do what they do. A native of the Massachusetts SouthCoast, she changed her latitude in 2002 and is now a crazy blessed wife and homeschooling mom in Orlando. She loves God, books of all kinds, traveling, taking selfies, sweet drinks, and escaping into her imagination, where every child is happy and healthy, every house has a library, and her hubby wears coattails and a top hat 24/7.


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Enter for a chance to win a Corinthians bangle bracelet (Love is Patient, Love is Kind) from Trades of Hope and a $20 Amazon Gift Card by signing up for Kerry’s newsletter! 




Top Ten Tuesday - Pride and Prejudice Variations

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


When I realised that That Artsy Reader Girl gave us a freebie this week...I almost cried...Ok not really. But there is something comforting about being guided in a direction for a blog post. And then...All of a sudden it dawned on me...PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!!!! I just launched a book club with one of my dear friends (who owns Oh! Loops and dyes yarn with incredible themed ideas) and we had a themed goodie "basket" to give away at out first group discussion...I am so jealous too. I wanted to keep it! Here is a photo:


Can you guess the theme? Yup...Pride and Prejudice...Which then inspired today's post. Some of my favorite variations of this classic story that just leaves a mark on your very soul...In no particular order...












What are your favorite CLASSICS variation?



Heart on the Line - Ladies of Harper's Station Book 2 - Karen Witemeyer

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires. (Author's Website)

My Thoughts
What a FUN and unique story! Set by the fast pace of intentional murder, you will fly through these pages until you reach the end!

Grace and Amos are unlike any heroes I have met before. I simply adore their relationship and the people who surround them and encourage them in life. The small town of Harper's Station is endearing and closely knit. The women who are there truly understand the meaning of community. I love Amos. His sweet, protective, and caring nature is the perfect match for Grace.

Join the adventure for yourself as Grace tries to uncover secrets from the past. Many twists and turns lay on the road she has taken. She must remember that it is God who protects her.

Sweet romance, deplorable bad guys, gun-slinging Aunties, and a town that will do anything to protect one of their own. I highly recommend Heart on the Line to all lovers of Historical Fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of Heart on the Line. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author


Christy Award finalist and winner of the ACFW Carol Award, National Reader's Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.


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Top Ten Tuesday - Settings I’d Like to See More Of

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, today's topic is settings! And I am so excited to chat about some of my favorite settings!

There are always settings that I think would be fun to explore through fiction...But I'm beginning to see a wider variety of settings in recent years...

I have long wanted to see more stories set in the Pacific Northwest and with Jody Hedlund's new series we get to do that! Tracie Peterson also has several stories set in the PNW and her upcoming series is in the Willamette Valley!!! I'm so excited!!!! Now...here are some other settings I'd like more of...

Can you give me a recommendation for a good Historical Fiction set in Australia??? I would love to see more stories set here. Especially Historical Fiction (Christian).

Here is another setting that I haven't seen much of. What are your thoughts?


Christian Fiction YA in Space - Ok, NOT Amish Vampires from Space (yes that's a real thing...you can find it here)...but I really would like to see more Sci-Fi in Christian YA books. The Lunar Chronicles and The 100 are a couple faves of mine. And while we seem to have a good base of Fantasy we need more sci-fi.

Between Two Shores was such a fabulous book!!! I am from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and love love love reading books with Native Americans.
I spent a year in South Africa and had a chance to meet so many incredible people and visit so many amazing places...I want more books set in South Africa! The Cottingley Secret had a character from South Africa, but wasn't quite the same thing lol.

There so many things I want to explore in present day and historical Central America!!! ALL THE THINGS!!!!

Spain...So much history...So much beauty...We need more books that explore this beautiful country! 



Harry Potter Universe...Ok, I know they have the Fantastic Beasts series and I love those...But what I wouldn't give for another book series...Like REAL book series set in the universe.



The Name of the Wind Universe....Because let's face it....BOOK THREE NEEDS TO BE RELEASED!!!!

Cameos in other series by the same author...Ok, I'm not sure this qualifies as a setting...But recently, Roseanna White has had some of her characters from her previous series play a role in another series. And I love seeing the little snippets of the characters. Because the one thing I dislike the most about finishing an amazing series is having to say goodbye to the friends I made. It is so much fun to have them show up unexpectedly in other books!

First Line Friday - Midnight on the River Grey

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy Friday!

I don't talk about the husband very often here, but he is pretty amazing! This weekend he took the boys out and let me have a relaxing day reading at home. And he came back with BOOKS! So I am sharing one of those with you for my first line today.

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Midnight on the River Grey
Abigail Wilson


1811
The Scottish Highlands
"Who's there?" My mother's haunted whisper drew me to her bedside.


Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

The Cottingley Secret - Hazel Gaynor

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


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

About the Book

I said my story had many beginnings, and the day the camera arrived was one of them. After all, without the camera, there wouldn’t have been any photographs. Without the camera, I wouldn’t have a story to tell…

1917…. In a world torn apart by war, Frances Griffiths arrives in Cottingley, England where her cousin, Elsie Wright, becomes her friend and playmate. But Frances soon discovers other, secret friends … When the cousins claim to have photographed real fairies at the bottom of the garden their parents are sceptical, but the photos come to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who declares them a marvel and entirely authentic. The ‘Cottingley Fairies’ – and the girls – become a national sensation. Afraid to tell the truth, Frances and Elsie will keep their secret for decades …

Present day . . . When Olivia Kavanagh inherits her grandfather’s bookshop in a small Irish harbor town, she discovers far more than dusty old books. An old manuscript tells an enchanting story of a nation gripped by fairy fever, and a hauntingly familiar photograph stirs painful memories of the past. Olivia begins to understand how Frances’s story intertwines with hers, connecting past to present . . . often blurring what is real, and what is imagined, along the way. While little girls might easily believe in fairies, can Olivia believe in herself?

Read the story behind The Cottingley Secret here.
(From the author's website)

My Thoughts

FAIRIES!!! Oh, this story was absolutely delightful. The mystery of the fairies and the charming romance simply swept me away.

A time-slip story set in Ireland and England. A family secret. A darling family and a woman who finally decides to make her own path...be her own mapmaker. Something Old Bookshop really makes me want to open my own bookshop now lol! I love the history, the stories, the magic that infuses the pages of this book.

I listened to this story and the narrators (like the rest of Hazel Gaynor's narrators) are simply incredible. They really bring the story to life and make it feel like I could turn around and see real-life fairies.

Gaynor's words and storytelling captivates and entrances to the point of obsession. So much so, that I have already pre-ordered her next release. I can't believe that I haven't read her books before...And thanks to my new book club, I now have a new favorite author. 

I listened to The Cottingley Secret through my local library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Photo by Deasy Photographic
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

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