02 December 2016

Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald


About the Book
★★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story—a romance full of hope and second chances and love. 

Maybe…

A secret Santa gift left on Kale Brennan’s front porch opens up a fresh view of her ordinary life, and perhaps of God. Maybe she does matter. Maybe God sees her—as does a new-to-town music teacher who has her seven-year-old daughter gushing and her own knees buckling with his killer smile. But as Kale embraces new possibilities, a staple in her life—a man who is kind and steady, not to mention necessary for her injured daughter’s recovery—also snatches her attention in an unexpected way. Will the one pursuing her with his secret gift and kind gestures be the one her heart longs for in the end?

17 November 2016

Finding Margo by Jen Turano


About the Book
★★★★ 
Goodreads | Amazon
Off the charts and on the run. 

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It’s time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small Dutch town in Ohio? 

Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn’t who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions…the kind that make her a target for a killer. 

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. Is finding Margo the solution to Brock’s problems or just the beginning…?

16 November 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Moonbow Night & Purgatory Road

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

Happy Wednesday!

I'm finally breaking into 2017 releases this week—wow, I can't believe this crazy year is almost over...

15 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Plan to Watch Because of a Book

Hosted weekly by The Broke and the Bookish.

 I think most people (or readers, I suppose) would agree, usually, the book is better than the movie. But if I've read the book, I want to see the movie. Even if it'll probably be really bad or completely ridiculous. I can't help it. So, without further ado, here are a few based-on-a-book movies I still need to watch.
 

12 November 2016

Intermission by Serena Chase

★★★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something...more. 

And this kiss...

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say...and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams...because he shares them. 

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing...even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow...as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost. 

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.

10 November 2016

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post

Will an unplanned detour finally guide Grant home and find love with an honest, funny, and undeniably appealing reporter named Jami? Find out in a heartwarming romance by Carol J. Post, Trust My Heart. Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—but as the two draw closer as they share their dreams, misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust.

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About the Book
★★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.

The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignoremuch like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant's fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home...

With plenty of small-town charm, quirky secondary characters, and a heartfelt lesson in love, trust, and forgiveness, Carol J. Post’s novel Trust My Heart offers its readers a delightful and quick inspirational romance.

Main characters Grant McAllister and Jami Carlisle both have trouble trusting due to hardships in their pasts. As their paths cross around town (and the good-hearted but meddling matchmaker helps to make sure it happens), their sweetly forming relationship challenges them to confront these issues and move forward to pursue their dreams. Overall, I enjoyed their romantic storythough a few moments had me quite frustrated, since simple communication could have prevented much unnecessary drama…

Still, Trust My Heart is fun and cute with an uplifting message. Fans of contemporary romance looking for a sweet weekend read could really like it. I did, and now I really hope Jami’s two best friends get chances for matchmaking and romance and look forward to seeing if that happens.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Trust My Heart and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About the Author
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post's résumé reads as if she hasn't yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children's publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn't writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, campingalmost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.