Saturday, August 31, 2019

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

Paperback352 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building a successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Tasked with gaining access to the private Delacroix plant collection, Smithsonian botanist Annabelle Larkin unwittingly steps into a web of dangerous political intrigue and will be forced to choose between her heart and her loyalty to her country.

Rebecca’s Review
5 STARS!!!

"I hope to the bottom of my soul that I never have to see you again."

Scorching words. Unfortunately for Annabelle Larkin they were understandable, if not deserved, for she had just made an excruciating, possibly unforgivable choice. 

Hired as a temporary junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle and her sister arrive in Washington from Kansas with one mission in mind; to gain full-time employment that would pay Annabelle in valuable agricultural information, and enough monetary funds to save her family's farm. Her bright scientific mind and optimistic bravado did not go unnoticed, and she found herself trekking towards the home of a reclusive global spice king, Gray Delacroix, in search of an elusive orchid. 

Gray Delacroix considers himself immune to sunny dispositions, but the lovely botanist is difficult to ignore. Exhausted from his years of travel around the world to build his family's spice empire, Annabelle Larkin tempts Gray to consider settling down to enjoy the fruits of his labor. And then it happens; in the place of dreams, rage ensues. Gray doesn't care how patriotic Annabelle claims to be, she has torn an impenetrable rift down the middle of his heart. 

"Choose hope and forgiveness over anger." 

What a beautifully written story, paced with accuracy and intensity at all the right times and in all the right places. Not to mention, the incredibly interesting history surrounding the food industry. So, so much to love about this book, written by quite an accomplished writer. 

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

Senior Reviewer, Rebecca Maney

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 over 30 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".

Friday, August 30, 2019

E-book FREEBIES for the Holiday Weekend

Here's a few Christian Fiction FREEBIES for those who like to read on Kindle. Most of these are available as ebooks for free on other platforms too. You'll have to do the legwork though ;-)

I have not read all of these books so I cannot vouch for whether or not they are any good. 
If you don't like the book/s, don't kill the messenger! haha 

Click on the book image to go to Amazon.

Be sure and check the price before you hit BUY!!

Leaving Oxford (Southern Hearts Series Book 1) by [Ferguson, Janet W.]

Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella by [Wade, Becky]
I have read ^^^this one^^^ and loved it!
It's the prequel novella to A Bradford Sister's series,
which is one of my all-time favorites!!!

Book cover for A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
I've yet to be disappointed in an
Elizabeth Camden novel!!!

Book cover for No Way Up by Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy is one of my
favorite historical CF writers!!!

Book cover for From This Moment On by Debra Clopton

Book cover for Winter̢۪s Secret by Lyn Cote

Book cover for Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert
I really enjoyed this one!!!

I hope y'all have a good weekend and find time to enjoy one of these books!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Review ~ Great and Small Prayers for Babies by B&H KIDS, Pamela Kennedy

Thank You, God, for great and small animal friends! 

Join these adorable animal pairs in a board book that’s meant for little hands to hold and explore. Each spread features a large animal and his little friend, who is hiding under the flap. A short thank-You prayer on each spread models simple thankfulness, and the text includes animal sounds to make the reading even more fun.

Six pairs of great-and-small friends to meet, six chunky flaps to lift and discover, and six simple prayers to pray—all to delight little hands and hearts.

Purchase  -- B&H Publishing

My Review
5 STARS!!!

This little board book contains the sweetest illustrations, reminding me of vintage children’s books. The pages are durable and just the right thickness for little hands to turn the pages easily. Each right side has a thick fold down flap with a prayer on the front and the sound the animal makes once turned down. They’re so cute!!!

Prayers designed to engage a young child are simple and rhyming and easily memorized. Great & Small Prayers for Babies is bound to bring forth many squeals and giggles from your little one.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Review ~ Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2) by Carolyn Miller

Paperback352 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Kregel Publications
Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. 

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone. 

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge? 

My Review
4 STARS!!!

Underestimating Miss Cecilia is classic Regency with engaging characters, clever conversation, and sweet romance.
While Cecilia Hatherleigh may seem complicit to her family and peers, she is a young woman who feels deeply and passionately toward social issues of her time. She’s also fancied herself in love with her childhood friend, Edward, but he doesn’t seem to feel the same way. Cecilia writes passionately in her journal all that is in her heart and when she has an ah-ha moment of realizing she has put her love for Edward before her love for God, it touched me deeply. 
Edward is clueless about Cecilia’s feelings but of course, through various events and challenges, he comes to realize he loves Cecilia. At a pivotal and tension-filled moment in the story, his declaration is one of the most heartfelt and moving I’ve read in a long time. 
There is much more to this story but I was absorbed with the unrequited love and how that was going to play out. The character growth in both Edward and Cecilia was satisfying to me. I'm looking forward to the next novel highlighting Verity Hatherleigh. She is a pistol. 
Miller has proven she is a student of the Regency period and writes it well. Genuine expression graces the pages and effortlessly brings to life the language and attire of the day. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

If you've read any of Carolyn Miller's books, please share in the comments which one is your favorite. If not, recommend a book!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Review ~ The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians 1) by Dani Pettrey

Paperback352 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, CGIS special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous and volatile crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's adrift cutter, and the direction the clues point will test him and the guard to their limits.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of investigative reporter Harper Grace. An unrelenting journalist who was nearly killed as the result of her last expose, Harper has been sent to Wilmington on the hunch of her boss that the Coast Guard is stonewalling the truth about the officers. An interview with the dead victim's wife convinces her there's a story worth uncovering, even if it means risking her life again.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Harper can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them, but will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer before they become his next mark?

Purchase link:

Purchase links are for softcover but The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians 1) is also available in hard cover, e-book, and audio. I am in no way affiliated with any vendors. Links are provided as a courtesy only.

My Review
3.5 Stars

The Killing Tide has an amazing cover and it’s even better in print. I’m visual, so I base whether or not I want to read a book on the cover first and the blurb second. Both of these things made me anticipate the release of The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians 1). The mystery and suspense is good too. Anyone who has read a Pettrey book knows she is one of the “big fish in the sea” when it comes to writing compelling stories.

So this was how she was going to die…

Quite a first line, huh? Waves of intrigue crash onto the page right from the beginning. The plot is believable as far as the Coastal Guardians go with their extensive training and investigative techniques.

Gabby, the heroine, is an investigative reporter with a back story involving Finn, our hero. While Gabby is not afraid of danger, many of her attitudes and actions seemed irresponsible and bratty to me. She’s constantly going against wise counsel where her safety is concerned. I just couldn’t connect with her character. And I would have found her inclusion in every aspect of the CGIS case more plausible if she had been introduced as official support personnel.

Regardless of my disconnect with Gabby, I still liked the story and I learned a lot about the United States Coast Guard while reading The Killing Tide. I’m anticipating book two highlighting more of our brave Coastal Guardians.

I recommend this book to fans of contemporary romantic suspense interlaced with strong faith. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

If you've read any of Dani Pettrey's books, please share in the comments which one is your favorite. If not, recommend a book!