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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rebecca Reviews ~ Keep Holding On (Walker Family #3) by Melissa Tagg

RELEASE DAY!!!

Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Larkspur Press

Swoon-worthy Romance. Small-town Charm. 
Best friends reunite in Tagg's latest novel of second chances and enduring love.  
Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.


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Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!! 

"Sometimes God whispers. Sometimes He shouts. He doesn't always communicate the same way twice, but . . . . . . . even when we are confused, God is faithful."

Kit Danby and Beckett Walker are confused; about life, about love, about the future, about their calling. Yet, they have both ended up back in their home town, working together on Kit's fledgling apple farm, in spite of the fact that Beckett maintains plans to leave Maple Valley again very soon.

Completing hundreds of community service hours, to erase a years-old local warrant, Beckett's dream job; becoming an JAG Corps Officer, is just within reach. Kit, on the other hand, is determined to remain local, working tirelessly to revitalize her grandparents' orchard property into an iconic Maple Valley tourism destination. Being around Beckett, after years of separation and unresolved memories, has been a blessing and a heartache, because those closest to Kit's heart have always left her behind.

Melissa Tagg has written a beautifully scripted story, rippling with tender romance and deep inspiration, reminding her readers of a mighty God, who is faithful to all His promises and extraordinarily reckless in His unwavering love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion.
 




Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".
 
~Happy Reading~
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rebecca Reviews ~ Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund

Happy Release Day!!! 

Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by WaterBrook

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found 

 
Now remembered as the author of the world s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father until the night he hears Polly Catlett s enchanting voice, caroling. He s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.
An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?
Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe."


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Rebecca's Review
5 STARS!!!

"He hated his father. He hated God. Most of all he hated himself."

How could the same man, once filled with so much hate, manage to pen the words to one of Christendom's most beloved hymns? . . . . .. . The answer is startlingly simple, amazing grace.

It was love at first sight for John Newton. Polly Catlett had the voice of an angel, coupled with a face and form that a man could not easily forget. Innocent, enchanting and deeply religious, Polly embodied everything that Newton was not, for although young and intelligent, John Newton was daring, reckless and habitually irresponsible.

Paying the price for his obstinate behavior, John finds himself impressed into the British navy, violently punished for insubordination and ripped from any hope of a future with the lovely Polly. Yet his steadfast devotion to her memory, along with God's powerful, providential and unconditional love, ultimately saves Newton's life; paving the way for one of history's most incredulous stories surrounding a prodigal, who finds his way home.

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see." Jody Hedlund has penned a masterpiece!

I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".
 
~Happy Reading~

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review ~ Almost Like Being in Love (Destination Wedding Series #2) by Beth K. Vogt

Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Howard Books (first published May 17th 2016)

5 STARS!!!

Vogt's skill with a pen is AH-MAZ-ING! Heart and soul, I was transported along on the journeys of Caron, Alex, and Kade. This isn't your average feel-good romance although it certainly contains romance. J The characters bear real life struggles and they're worked out on the page with refined delicacy. It's an emotional read encompassing disappointment, fear, joy, and love-- just to name a few. The settings leap off the page, they're so descriptive! And the secondary characters…let’s just say this supporting cast is perfect!


I highly recommend this book to fans of Contemporary/Christian/Inspirational fiction. 


I received a copy from the author and publisher in exchange for review purposes. No compensation has been received.


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About Beth


Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2015 RITA® finalist, and three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She continues her destination wedding series with You Can’t Hurry Love (May 2016) and Almost Like Being in Love (June 2016). Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.


~Happy Reading~