Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sandpiper Cove

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HANNON, IRENE
SANDPIPER COVE

Wishing for things that cannever be is foolish - or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities -- including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either -- but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different -- and better -- future planned for them than either could imagine? Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes you back to this charming Oregon seaside village.

Come home to Hope Harbor -- where hearts heal...and love blooms

My Review:

There is something exceptionally delightful about Irene Hannon's characters. There's so much depth and intrigue in each and every one whether they are the hero and heroine or any number of secondary characters -- including Clyde, the dog!

You can tell a lot about a hero by the way he treats a dog. And Clyde will tell you that Adam is a keeper. Some of my favourite scenes are between this life-battered pair. A man who has had a rough start in life and the abused dog he rescued. Both are wary of getting too close to people, finding comfort and safety in their solitude...until Lexie gets involved.

Love the unusual pairing -- an ex-con and a police chief. It's all kinds of complicated and they are their own worst enemies. Both are wounded by past tragedies and their love story doubles as a beautiful redemption story.

"You know...it's interesting how our paths often smooth out if we give God a chance to pave the way, isn't it?" (p 293)  One of things I love most about Sandpiper Cove is the way the author has seamlessly woven an inspirational thread into the plot. Faith shines through the lives of some pretty memorable characters. Uplifting but never forced, bringing the warmth of hope to the most difficult situations.

A complex romance that sizzles right to the very last page. Stupendous addition to the Hope Harbor series...and, woohoo...Irene Hannon promises there are more books to come.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Sandpiper Cove, leave a comment below ore email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email address in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to portect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please include the title in the subject line so that it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 28 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Their Pretend Amish Courtship

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DAVIDS, PATRICIA
THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP

Make-Believe Beau

Fannie Erb isn't looking for a husband -- especially if she has to leave her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents she's not hopeless when it comes to love. Family friend Noah Bowman might just be her solution. A fake relationship will free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans. how could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome, teasing boy next door would awaken genuine emotions? By summer's end they'll be free to part, but Fannie's growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever rein in her adventurous heart.

The Amish Bachelors: These men finally meet their matches

My Review:

Fun and playful -- I'm still grinning. Fannie and Noah have a knack for slinging barbs that's a delight to read. Their banter, that hails back to childhood, is delivered with cutting precision. It's like they never left the schoolroom which complicates a pretend courtship no end. Both driven by their personal goals, they nearly miss the plan God has laid out before them.

Noah has his eye on a professional baseball opportunity; Fanny has every intention of a career in horse training. Their deception is a means to an end but then they get the surprise of their lives. They actually like each other! A sweet romantic comedy with the cutest haflinger ponies you'll ever want to meet.  It doesn't get any better than this!



GIVEAWAWY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Their Pretend Amish Courtship leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email address to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 28 3017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Ebb Tide

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LEWIS, BEVERLY
THE EBB TIDE

Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good=bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as wellas leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home?

My Review:

Trademark Beverly Lewis. She has such a distinctive voice. Reading her novels is like listening to a traditional storyteller. It's easy to slip into the pages of one of her books and lose yourself in the story. And she always writes from such interesting perspectives. And her first lines are always killer hooks. Like this one:

"I was born with wanderlust in my heart."

Not the confession one would anticipate from a young Amish woman. It's that wanderlust that sets Sallie apart. Keeps her from taking baptism classes each summer, Has her working extra hours to save up some travel money. She wants one big adventure before she can settle back into life with the People.

A beautiful coming of age story.that celebrates the wisdom and peace of following God's leading on your life, despite how difficult the journey might be.

Book provided courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Ebb Tide, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email address in your comment, please use AT or DOT instead of @ or . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 28 2017. Offer open to International readers. Good luck!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride

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MILLER, JUDITH
THE CHAPEL CAR BRIDE

After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. while accommodation in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has his hard times and is suspicious of outsiders.

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him -- and by the lovely and kind Hope.

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager. Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger?

My Review:

I love discovering unknown-to-me bits of history in the pages of a novel. I mean, seriously, a chapel car ministry? How cool is that? Imagine a train car set up as a chapel with a small section at the back blocked off for living quarters. It's the original tiny house! And the chapel car can be disconnected and left behind to minister to the people in small communities along the railroad line. How did I not hear about this before? Such an awesome backdrop for a historical romance.

And then there's the discontent and wariness of close-knit coal mining towns in West Virginia. Poor wages, dangerous work, unfair treatment by mine managers. It all adds a sense of danger and even some intrigue to the plot.

Hope is eager to prove herself as she accompanies her father on his ministry tour for the first time. She"s not prepared for the abject poverty she encounters, the rough-and-tumble existence in the remote mining towns. But the girl has grit and determination and a love for the Lord that fuels her desire to serve through her music and children's ministry.

Luke is the family breadwinner, providing for his mother and siblings on his limited mining income. He"s as intrigued by the chapel car as I am. :-) A man of faith, it isn"t long before he becomes enmeshed in the Irvine's lives and ministry...with a certain fascination for the preacher's daughter.

A sweet inspirational romance rich in historical details and filled with captivating characters. A joy of a read.

Book provided courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Chapel Car Bride, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you put your email address in your comment please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email remember to put the title to the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May28 2017. Offer open to International readers. Good luck!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Giveaway - Week Three

Phew! What an incredible week! Thanks so much to everyone for your summer releases input. I had a paltry few titles on my TBR list on Monday but that has drastically changed -- to the point where I'm a tad anxious about keeping up with all the amazing books coming out! Summer Reading here I come!!! And no worries if you don't see your name among the winners this time round. Rest assured that most of these books will find their way onto this blog in the form of a review in the next few months so you'll get a second chance at 'em. Happy reading everybody! And Congratulations to the winners!
WON BY PATTY

WON BY JANKA

WON BY JACKIE SMITH

WON BY TRIXI

WON BY KRISTIN

WON BY CARYL KANE

WON BY AGBOSS

WON BY KATE

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

WON BY PAM K.

WON BY SYLVIA

WON BY HEIDI ROBBINS
As always I will contact the winners by email, however, thanks to the nefarious ways of the internet, my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! :-) If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening, please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time the winners and I don't seem to connect so I have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited.

 LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Reader's Choice - Retro Christian Fiction

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 It's Retro Saturday -- time to celebrate the books from previous years that got away!

IT'S RETRO CHRISTIAN FICTION GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Retro Christian Fiction genre you'd like to win.
 
What is Retro Fiction? -- Any Christian Fiction book published in 2016 or earlier. You can choose books from any genre. This is a chance to catch up on a great book you missed first time round.

How does it work?
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
Publication dates must be
2016 or earlier
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday May 21 2017.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reader'sFiction - Christian Fiction

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Help me plan my summer reading by recommending new releases scheduled for publication in June, July or August 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S CHRISTIAN FICTION GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Christian Fiction genre you'd like to win. Please note: This is an open giveaway -- any Christian Fiction book published in June, July or August 2017 is eligible. You can choose books you've already entered on other days or select completely different ones. This is also a chance for readers who enjoy Women's Fiction, YA, Sci/Fi, Fantasy, novellas etc to have their say since those categories didn't have their own giveaway day.

How does it work?
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
Publication dates must be
June, July or August 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday June  21 2017.