Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Glory Road

This story brought me back to my southern home, complete with a porch swing and sweet tea. I loved the feeling this book evoked.

Laura Denton has a way of making the reader actually feel the comfort of Glory Road, the dirt road leading back home for Jessie after a troubled life. She finds refuge with her young daughter in her childhood home on Glory Road. 

The family members, told beautifully in three POVs, is seamless. Each chapter has a heading with a name, but I didn’t need it, because each character’s “voice” rang clear. I was never lost in the story.

Jessie, a proud owner of a plant shop with the clever name of Twig, savors the hard work, and routine after a rocky marriage, and divorce.. She is raising her daughter, Evan, and their relationship is a beautiful thing to behold. (I fell in love with this sweet girl.) 

Evan is at the brink of starting high school, and feelings for a guy down  the red dirt road adds a new aspect to her life, along with a bit of lovesickness and friendship all rolled into a confusing ball. This young teen is close to her mother and grandmother, and I love the open communication they share.

Gus, a funny name that fits this spit-fire grandmother of Evan and Momma of Jessie, could easily steal the show in any scenario. I laughed out loud several times at some of her antics and sharp tongue. Gus trys to hide an issue that frightens her, but when it becomes a blaring problem, she must finally accept help, which is a hard thing for such and independent woman. 

Without giving away too much of the story, let’s just say  all three of these family members are facing challenges over the summer. Through it all, they have each other, as well as the new people who they allow into their lives.

The secondary characters are well developed and challenges each of the characters to break out of their comfort zones and blossom. You will savor this story, with its southern charm.  I didn’t want this story to end. This book is one of the very few that I will read again and again to relive the feeling of home, trust, and family. Dont miss out on this wonderful read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Maybe It's You

This inspirational romance appropriately depicted the edgy and sometimes uncomfortable subjects of 20 something college-aged young adults. The main character, Reagan, has only one experience with church, and it’s not pleasant. No wonder she stresses out when she’s tricked into going to church. (You’ll love this part of the book.) 

Regan is more comfortable with a planned, know-what-comes-next kind of life because her childhood was anything but. Edgy Regan is a spitfire. Her, snarky attitude, blunt to the point conversations, and dedication to friendship is a lovely mix. But, she is not always in control. Her, Dash-rendered-stupid moments made me laugh out loud several times.

Dash is on a road to redemption so to speak, and has decided to get his life in order without distractions, and decided to take a yearlong break from dating. Regan was in his sights long before he turns his life around, and he wants to share friendship and faith with her. He’s kidding himself on both points. Their relationship is filled with confusion, laughter, growth, and frustration.

This inspirational romance deals with the struggles of newfound faith and how to instill it in every aspect of life, be it dating, work, friends or your own inner thoughts. I enjoyed this book very much because it did not skirt around real life issues, however at times it became too preachy. That being said, I still recommend this read. 

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ellie Claire 365-Devotional Journals

Each of these journals are exquisite. All are of the highest quality, and would make a beautiful gift for  family, friend or yourself. I love the daily habit of writing my thoughts, and the daily devotion in these pages are a lovely addition. All three include an elastic closure band.

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This journal has a lovely watercolor look to its fold flat cover with foil gold lettering. The non-bleed paper inside is highlighted with colorful designs, and has a daily devotional to reflect upon. Not only can you enter your own thoughts onto the lined pages,  there is enough space for responses to the devotion of the  day.

The title alone is inspirational, but each page within begins with a song or hymn. In addition, there are short stories, a bit of scripture, and a verse suggestion from the Bible. The interior non-bleed pages matches the flowered cover. 

I adore, absolutely adore, the cover on this high quality, artistic, and inspiring journal. Can you tell it's my favorite of the three in this series? Ellie Claire most certainly outdid herself with this one. The inside its filled with lined pages, each headed with a devotional story that touches upon the gifts of nature that God blessed us and the earth with. Throughout these stories are Bible verses to look up if you so choose.  There's plenty of room to pen thoughts, or reflect upon the daily devotion.

I received review copies of these journals from Ellie Claire Gifts.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Lost Girls of Paris

The Lost Girls of Paris is a fictional story about strong women, filled with conflict, yet tied together with a cause so important, they overcome many obstacles. This well-researched historical novel is set in a dual timeline fashion. 

It begins in 1946, with Grace, a woman working with European refugees, and trying to deal with the grief of losing her husband to the war. While going through an abandoned suitcase, her curiosity draws her, and me as a reader, into wanting to figure out what the strange contents mean and who is the mysterious owner of the luggage. 

The contents inside is full of mysterious photographs, a pair of baby shoes, and other seemingly unrelated things. Grace digs deeper, and learns about the life of a female secret agent and how she headed a group of women like herself in clandestine operations during WWII. Though it’s a fictional story, these types of brave female agents existed, though sadly, were left out of most history books.

 The story constantly drew me in, with no lags in the storyline. Both timelines are stitched together seamlessly.  I admire the strength and bravery of all the women, including Grace and Trig, my two favorites.  For any fan of historical fiction, this is a must read! 

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

The Christmas Company

I love everything about the holiday season, and Christmas stories that warm my heart are near the top of the list.

The Christmas Company is such a story. Just like the Hallmark holiday movies, this stirring story gave me all kinds of winter chills. I'm so glad to be introduced to Alys Murray's writing. I enjoy her writer's voice and the delightful characters she's created for Miller’s Point, Texas.

Kate and Clark are not a likely pair, which makes their journey all the more enjoyable. And the Christmassy Texas town is an integral part of their relationship as their chemistry is. If you enjoy the classic Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, you’ll love this one too! 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets

This story is filled with angst, love, trauma, and newly found secrets. Ultimately, redeemed love, and redemption of a broken family is the main focus.It’s told through the views of Meredith, the mother, and three sisters, two grown with lives of their own, and one a teenager.

The sisters are estranged at the beginning, and harbor a lot of hurt and anger. The family resentment is palpable when they are all brought together due to the need to care of their ill mother. Though this family is imperfect, as most families are, the effort of forgiveness and eventual open communication, brings hope for this broken family. This book is not an easy read at times, however, there are some sweet and light moments. But, there’s also some very disturbing parts of this story that may be a trigger for some readers, such as rape, and dementia issues. 

All in all, The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is a well written, and fulfilling read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.