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Book Review and Tour: A Memory Between Us

6 Oct

I am so excited to be a part of Sarah Sundin’s Book Tour for her new release, A Memory Between Us.  This is the second book of her Wings of Glory series, but it can easily be read by those who have never read the first book, A Distant Melody.

Major Jack Novak earns himself a bed in a military hospital after a plane crash.  When he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty, he decides that he must have her.  Ruth, however, is committed to her work, and sending nearly all of her money to her orphaned siblings back home.  She isn’t interested in love.

But things between Ruth and Jack quickly begin to change, as Jack recovers and he begins to show her just how special he thinks she is.  Ruth begins to open her heart, but a terrible secret from her past paralyzes her.  Will she have the strength to reveal her past to him?  And if she does, will he ever be able to accept her?

Sundin’s work proves to be an excellent examination into the power of forgiveness.  This novel also serves as a fantastic representation of the turmoil of World War II.  Jack and Ruth are continually placed in situations where they are torn apart by war, as Jack goes back into combat and Ruth becomes involved in a flight nurse program.  Will they come back together?  Or will tragedy tear them apart forever?

Sarah Sundin is hosting a great giveaway in conjunction with her new release.  Here are the details:

Sarah Sundin presents The Movies and Memories Giveaway in honor of
book 2 in the Wings of Glory series. A Memory Between Us is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold.

From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory
Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

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To celebrate Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Movie and Memory Prize
Package! One grand prize winner will receive:

* Make-your-own-photo book from Mypublisher.com (Capture your own
Memories)

* Netflix Subscription (New or Nostalgic Movies delivered right to your house)

* Starbucks gift card (To keep your engine revvin’)

*Gourmet chocolate (A favorite in the 1940’s and now)

* British specialty teas in carved wooden box (Timeless tradition)

* Miniature model of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber & C-47 cargo plane
(Everyone needs a few toy planes)

*Big Band music CD (Break out your dancing shoes)

* WWII authentic poster playing cards (Cards – a perfect game for two)

* Keep Calm and Carry On (Uplifting sayings WWII, a boost for troubled times)

To enter simple click on the icons below (contest runs 9/27 – 10/17!)


A copy of this book was sent to me by LitFuse Publicity Group. I received no monetary or other compensation in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Review: She Walks in Beauty

16 Sep

She Walks in Beauty

Siri Mitchell’s latest historical novel, She Walks in Beauty, is set in the Gilded Age of New York. Forced to make her debut in society a year earlier than expected, Clara is thrust into a world of corsets, debutante balls and rich men. But Clara’s father and aunt have set their sights on Franklin DeVries, the wealthiest young man in New York, without regard to Clara’s desire to attend Vassar, read poetry, and marry for love….

Check out the rest of this review over at Luxury Reading!

Book Review: The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

11 Sep

It’s really easy to forget how small we are.

Sometimes our problems, and the obstacles we face in this life, seem so big.

But there is a God who is bigger.  There is a God that is in control.

“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God.” – C.S. Lewis

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope

I had the recent pleasure of reading and viewing The Heavens Proclaim His Glory, an exciting compilation of photos taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and quotes derived from some of the world’s most noted leaders, authors and works.

I was captivated by this stunning book’s full-color images of galaxies far, far away.  Taken in by the beauty and color of distant stars.  When looking at this book, I was reminded of the awesome, powerful hand of God.

In addition to its full color images and powerful quotes, this book contains in-depth descriptions of the photographs, which prove wonderful for adults and children alike who have an interest in astronomy.

But more importantly, the beauty of these photographs speak to the beauty and complexity of the Maker of the Universe. 

“What melts our hearts is not just that there is beauty in the universe. What melts us is the knowledge that God designed all beauty to show us who He is, as a symbolic language of the soul. All nature is God wooing us to Himself.” – Stephen Mansfield

Let this book serve as a reminder that the Creator loves you.  That the God who created the beauty within these pages created you.  He has a plan for your life.  And He holds you, and the Heavens, in the palm of His hand.

Outlive Your Life: Review & Giveaway

10 Sep
I, like so many other Christians out there, have struggled with searching for God’s purpose for my life.  In a world of suffering and enormous obstacles, it is easy to feel that our lives, and our work here on earth, isn’t really making a difference in the lives of those who need the love of Jesus.
In his new book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, Max Lucado carries his readers through the book of Acts, examining the lives of the Jerusalem church.  Embedded into their stories are lessons that still reign true for the modern church.  In a world where instant communication across the world is possible, how can we maximize our impact?  How can we communicate the message of Christ with the dying and the lost?
From learning the importance of teamwork in ministry to seeing the needs of others, Lucado deals with tough subjects that have often threatened community within our churches and our ministries.  At the end of his work, he includes a Discussion and Action Guide, complete with in-depth discussion questions that would be ideal for conversation among a small group.  His Ideas for Action at the end of each Chapter discussion inspires readers to apply these ideas to their daily lives.
As Lucado writes, “We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time.  What if we did?  What if we rocked the world with hope?  Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life?  What if we followed the example of the Jerusalem church?
What if we did all of these things? 
“Here’s a salute to a long life: goodness that outlives the grave, love that outlasts the final breath.  May you live in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.” – Max Lucado, Outlive Your Life
I feel really strongly that this is a book that can really help Christians relate to others, and really make an impact for Christ.  That’s why I’m giving away the lovely hardcover copy that Thomas Nelson sent to me!
Here’s how to enter:

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This giveaway will end on Saturday, September 18th at 11:59 PM EST.  Open to U.S. residents only.

Want a preview of the book before you enter the giveaway?  Go to Max Lucado’s official website to download a free copy of the first chapter.

This book was provided to me courtesy of Thomas Nelson.  I received no monetary compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Review: Lumby on the Air

1 Sep

Lumby on the Air

Gail Fraser’s Lumby on the Air is the fifth installment of her series about the small, whimsical town of Lumby. However, this rich, amusing novel can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

Lumby on the Air opens in the quaint Montis Inn, where Pam and Mark Walker are preparing for the arrival of their respective families, who are coming into town for a family reunion, followed by a ceremony where Pam and Mark will renew their wedding vows. Pam is worried about closing the inn for the reunion, and on top of that, is wondering what sort of drama their families will drag into town with them.

So let’s break down the list of crazy family that rolls into town: Lynn, Mark’s estranged sister, and the most unexpected guest, arrives first. Her ex-husband embezzled money from good-hearted, laid-back Mark, causing a huge rift between her and the rest of the family. Mark’s other sister Nancy happens to be the wife of Carter, a famous radio DJ who decides to set up a broadcast studio in the Montis Inn living room. In addition to his brother-in-law’s insulting on-air remarks about small-town life, Pam and Mark have to deal with a blog created by their rebellious niece, Jessica.

The family drama only escalates when Lumby neighbor Mike McNear decides to sell his farm to a commercial real estate developer who could threaten Lumby’s small-town charm. When Mark’s family start to find themselves taking sides in regard to the issue, their long line of disagreements threaten to rip them all apart.

This novel was, in so many ways, a fun, refreshing read. Who can’t relate to the idea of having a crazy extended family? But, that said, sometimes the arguments became a bit tedious. And though this is characteristic behavior of many teenagers, I found Jessica’s particular breed of rebellion (and her parents’ often mixed reaction to it) completely ridiculous.

However, Fraser’s quirky little town, as well as the characters who add to its color, is immensely entertaining. Fraser adds hilarious snippets that read as articles and classifieds from the Lumby Lines, the local newspaper. I would certainly recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates small-town life and the humor that ensues when family gets together!

Book Review: The Classics

23 Aug

The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome

I recently reviewed The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus’s Throne to the Fall of Rome for Luxury Reading.  It was a pretty funny read!  Check it out over at Luxury Reading!

Book Review: What We Have

19 Aug
I recently had the pleasure of reading Amy Boesky’s What We Have for Luxury Reading, and I was very moved by this tale of love, family and loss. 
Check out my review over at Luxury Reading.
Disclaimer: This book does contain some moments of intense language and sensuality, so if you are sensitive to these things, I woudn’t advise reading this title.