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The Christy Award 2021 Finalists on JustRead

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The Christy Award® 2021 Finalists


Just Like Home Some Bright Someday Stay with Me by Becky Wade

Just Like Home by Courtney Walsh (Sweethaven Press) 
Some Bright Someday by Melissa Tagg (Larkspur Press)
Stay with Me by Becky Wade (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


A Noble Callng The Edge of Belonging Rain Roots of Wood and Stone

A Noble Calling by Rhona Weaver (Two Oaks Press)
The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)
Rain by Dana McNeely (Mountain Brook Ink)
Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen (Kregel Publications)


Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes The Water Keeper The Way it Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Water Keeper by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)
The Way It Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)


Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette Under the Tulip Tree The White Rose Resists

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee (Tyndale House Publishers)
The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)


A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden When Twilight Breaks

A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)
When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)


Port Of Origin Relative Silence Unknown Threat

Port of Origin by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry (Harris-Gentry Suspense)
Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson)
Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)


A Match Made At Christmas Joy To The World Joy To The World

A Match Made at Christmas by Courtney Walsh (Sweethaven Press)
Joy to the World: Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt (Kregel Publications)
Joy to the World: Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch (Kregel Publications)


Extinction Island Forsaken Island The Story Hunter

Extinction Island by Janice Boekhoff (Lost Canyon Press)
Forsaken Island by Sharon Hinck (Enclave Publishing)
The Story Hunter by Lindsay A. Franklin (Enclave Publishing)


Dust Rebel Daughter Mortal Sight

Dust by Kara Swanson (Enclave Publishing)
Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads (Enclave Publishing)
Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)




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The Christy Award® program will celebrate the finalists and reveal the winners of the 2021 program at the Winners Webcast on October 28th at 11 am central time. The program will be hosted by emcee and Hall of Fame author, Chris Fabry and will feature the finalists and winners in nine categories.



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To Steal a Heart - Jen Turano

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


My Rating

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

About the Book
After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend--until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as his heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he'd be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step. (From the publisher)  

My Thoughts

Every time Jen Turano releases another book, I fall head over heels for it! To Steal a Heart was no exception. I always love the sweet romance, the hilarious antics, and the witty banter between the characters in a Turano book.

Gabe is a heroine like no other. From her skills as a thief to her loyalty to her friends, she is sure to become a dear friend. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventures and determination in life. When Nicholas joins her on the scene of an investigation, all the pain and trauma of being abandoned come flooding back. As time moves on, I was glad to find Nicholas and Gabe working through the past together and making their future what they wanted. 

Both Nicholas and Gabe are faced with tough decisions throughout this story. I appreciated the fact that they made the best decision for themselves. Listening to their heart and conscience in the end (as well as the gentle nudging of God). 

We are all faced with decisions every day. Some with long-term effects, some with short-term. If I learned nothing else this year, I have learned to carefully consider the benefits of each decision. Does this serve me? Will I grow from this? Will the sugar I eat now, make me feel miserable tonight? I encourage you to first, read this AMAZING go forward in life with purpose and intentionality each day. And be the best "YOU" you can be...TODAY. 

I received a complimentary copy of To Steal a Heart from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO.

Set the Stars Alight - Amanda Dykes

Saturday, September 5, 2020


My Rating

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

About the Book
Lucy Clairmont's family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it's Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she's discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers--and the healing--they so desperately seek. (from Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Join Dash and Lucy as they discover home. Amanda Dykes brings the wonder of the heavens and the mysteries of the sea alive within the pages of this book. Pouring heart and soul into the very depths of this story, the author conveys a message of hope, life, love, and the truth that..."Anything is Possible."

A split time novel that jumps between present day and into the midst of the Napoleonic war in the early 1800s. You'll soon find yourself trying to figure out the connection beteven the two time lines late into the night. And once it hits you... you will be blown away! I loved every page, every character...

this entire story was brought to life in my mind from Page 1. The characters felt REAL, the "villains" believable...and there was a hearty dose of compassion and empathy that accompanied those feelings for these people.
Light and Dark...Hope and Despair...Home.

This story is filled with beautiful descriptions and exciting adventures. A truly beautiful story.

I received a copy of this book as partner of JustRead Tours, LLC. Being a publicity company, JustRead Tours, LLC received money to promote this book. However, this did not influence my review. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She's a former English teacher and the author of Whose Waves These Are, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, as well as three novellas.

Dust - Heirs of Neverland - Kara Swanson

Saturday, May 23, 2020

My Rating

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

About the Book
The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself. (from the author's website)

My Thoughts

It's no secret that Peter Pan is my favorite fairytale. It holds such a special place in my heart. And when I saw this book was coming, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. 

Kara Swanson brings us a unique retelling of this beloved tale. Claire and Peter are brought together by forces bigger than anyone knows. Filled with suspense and fairy dust...Watching these two discover their true selves and true potential was truly magical. 

Captain Hook, Nibs, Tiger Lily, and more of your classic favorites can be found between the covers of this book. Forget everything you've known about these characters and dive into a new world.

I can't wait for book 2! We are definitely left with anticipation of what is to come next at the end of Dust. Get ready for an awfully big adventure.

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

About the Author

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. 

Swanson is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Pan retelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). She helps young writers explore their passions as a faculty member of the Young Writer’s Workshop and also offers her own author coaching services.

Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order.

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