Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Memory of You

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WEST, CATHERINE
THE MEMORY OF YOU

When Natalie Mitchell learns her grandfather has had a heart attack, she returns to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She's avoided her grandparent's sprawling home and all it's memories since the summer her sister died -- the awful summer Natalie's nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie's father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family's winery back in business. When Natalie shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he's determined to convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he's not sure he likes the woman she's become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it. For both of them.

My Review:

The kind of story that begs to be read aloud because it is so beautifully written. Exquisite both in prose and depth.

West explores the realistic lives of characters caught up in the midst of dysfunctional families. And yet it isn't hopeless. It's angst-riddled and heart-wrenching in places for sure, but there's a strength and power in Natalie and Tanner's ability to overcome. Their struggles mirror our own. They discover truths that we must all come to understand -- like life is messy and that's okay. God isn't waiting for us to be perfect before we come to him. That secrets hold power only if we let them. And facing the past is hard but trying to ignore it is harder still.

Natalie and Tanner are both dealing with some difficult issues and the last thing they need is romantic feelings to stir things up even more. Tanner in particular is pretty dead set against having anything to do with Natalie. But despite the constant surliness and his penchant to sulk, there is something very appealing about this self-made man who honors his family by trying to take on all their burdens. He's quick to make assumptions where Natalie is concerned and she's not shy about lashing back. Their scenes are charged with undercurrents of passion that stirs them into reacting in unexpected ways. A real roller-coaster of a romance, but realistically so. And with a sweet ache of tenderness that turned me to mush.

Richly layered secondary stories make this a feast of a read. Decadent and delicious and impossible to resist. The Memory of You is the kind of novel that lives in your heart long after you've finished the last page. A celebration of life and love and finding yourself through the mercy of God's everlasting grace.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Memory of You, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Betrayed Birthright

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SHOAF, LIZ
BETRAYED BIRTHRIGHT

Secret heritage

Abigail Mayfield hopes her stalker won't follow her to Texas -- until someone breaks into her new home, leaving behind a photo of her late parents with a mysterious child. This time, with her guard dog at her side, the widowed music teacher refuses to hide. She can't uncover why someone is after her by herself, though, not when the threat escalates from break-ins to attempts on her life. After saving her from a sniper's bullet, FBI agent turned small-town sheriff Noah Galloway makes Abigail's safety his personal mission. With the investigation taking them cross-country on the trail of her long-dead parents, the widowed single father can't risk leaving his son an orphan. But Abigail needs him...because somewhere, buried deep in her past, lies a secret worth killing for.

My Review:

Goodness, but the mysteries have mysteries in this multi-layered romantic suspense. Hard to believe that this is Liz Shoaf''s debut with Love Inspired! And not only that but she trains dogs so, of course, we have a canine hero in this story. (And we all know how enamored I am over dogs!) So meet Bates, Belgian Malinois extraordinaire. Protection is his specialty but furry hugs and warm, wet kisses run a close second.

And yes, even though I was fangirling all over that noble furry beast, I did happen to notice a certain tenacious ex-FBI/current sheriff with a protective streak of his own. Dedicated and passionate about his work, he is not about to let anything happen to his 'steel magnolia'. Be still my heart -- a man who likes a woman with a feisty streak. Fireworks mingle with gunshots as sparks fly off the pages in this riveting suspense.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Betrayed Birthright, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Beauty Refined

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PETERSON, TRACIE
A BEAUTY REFINED

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time wile her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions -- both for her and the gemstones -- are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie -- a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

My Review:

Another classic historical romance from Tracie Peterson. And God bless this author for the way she brings faith to life in her novels. It is so intricately woven into the plot that the entire story would collapse if it was left out. And the attention to detail! From the title to the sapphire mining and refining -- such scope for parallels in our Christian walk of faith. Uplifting and hopeful.

Phoebe is in for a real awakening when she arrives in Montana. Nothing is as it seems -- not in her past or her present. She is left reeling, searching for answers to questions she never knew she had. Ian becomes a friend she can count on and he isn't shy about sharing his faith, inviting her to consider enticing possibilities that would infuriate her father.

A villain consumed by greed threatens Phoebe and all she holds dear and the plot takes a sinister turn. Danger and evil versus light and life and all is nearly lost before a hope and a future can be secured. Definite reader satisfaction!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Beauty Refined, leave a comment below ore email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add 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 August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fault Lines

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LOCKE, THOMAS
FAULT LINES

What if reality is only the edge of possibility?

There isn't much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her -- now -- is about to shake his world. Knowing little more than her name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job. But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty -- if the two of them survive the test.

Reese Clawson relishes her work at the Combine and all the perks and power that come with it -- including the ability to manipulate perceptions. But the Combine never anticipated this mind-shifting technology. If Gabriella's experiments succeed, the Combine would be destroyed. And Reese will never allow that to happen.

MY REVIEW:

Charlie Hazard is Jason Bourne on steroids. A serious action hero right down to his awesomely appropriate name. Love his cryptic occupation too -- "risk containment." Multiply what that conjures up by 1000 and you pretty much have an idea of what Fault Lines reads like -- a complex plot with plenty of action including exquisitely choreographed fight scenes. But all that is peppered with surprising pockets of humour too, usually courtesy of Irma and Julio, Charlie's civilian recruits. In fact, there are a host of engaging secondary characters that contribute to the page-turnability of this enthralling read.

Labeled as a 'techno-thriller', be prepared for some detailed 'techno-babble' -- most of which went over my head. I'd recommend not fretting over trying to understand everything right from the start, rather embrace the essence of the story and things will become clearer as the tale progresses. Also Fault Lines is the prequel to previously published, Trial Run (2015) and Flash Point (2016) and I can't help but feel that readers familiar with those stories might get a better grasp of the 'sciency' stuff in this prequel.

The only thing I found lacking was the absence of an inspirational thread and there was such potential for one. It doesn't ruin the story, but I read Christian Fiction (the publisher is Revell) for a reason and I appreciate when a faith thread, no matter how light, is woven into a plot.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for a gently read copy of Fault Lines

If you would like a chance to win a gently read copy of Fault Lines leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August Giveaway - Week Three

READER'S CHOICE HISTORICAL FICTION WINNERS:

KATE
PATTY

READER'S CHOICE CONTEMPORARY WINNERS:


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WELCOME TO WISHING BRIDGE 
BY RUTH LOGAN HERNE

DIANA F.

AMADA CHAVEZ

READER'S CHOICE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE WINNERS:

MELISSA OLDAKER
LEA
READER'S CHOICE AMISH FICTION WINNERS:


HEIDI ROBBINS
CAROLE JARVIS

READER'S CHOICE CHRISTIAN FICTION WINNERS

SYLVIA
CHERYL BARKER
KAV'S SURPRISE GIVEAWAY WINNERS:

AGBOSS

TERRILL

RUBYNREBA

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 a winner 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:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SURPRISE! Kav's Choice Giveaway

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Since you guys have been such troopers doing all the legwork to help fill up my wishlist I thought I'd share a few (insert eye rolls here...couldn't stop at just a few) new releases I found that I'm pretty sure (not absolutely positive -- it was a whirlwind week after all) weren't mentioned on previous days. By the way -- I started with 5 titles on my wishlist and now I have 65 (and counting) great reads to look forward to!!! THANK YOU!!!!

The giveaway is easy -- take a gander at the books below (I included links so you can check out the book blurb if you want) and choose up to TWO of the titles mentioned in this blog post. Leave a comment naming the title and you have a chance at winning it. 
REALLY IMPORTANT: One title per comment please. So if you want to enter two of the books, you need to make two separate comments -- one for each book.

 Please note -- some will be ebook giveaways only. I've noted that underneath the image. 

Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 20 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

And here they are -- in no particular order!


Release Date: September 19 
Publisher: Self-pubbed 
ebook only


Release Date: October 17
Publisher: Gilead Publishing


Release Date: September 15
Publisher: Self-pubbed
ebook only



Release Date: November 1
Publisher: Barbour


Release Date: September 5
Publisher: self-pubbed
ebook only


Release Date: September 1
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press


Release Date: September 26
Publisher: Waterfall Press


Release Date: September 26
Publisher: Self-pubbed
ebook only


Release Date: November 7
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Amazon Link to Seeds of Hope


Release Date: October 30
Publisher: Self-Pubbed
ebook only
Amazon Link to A Bride for the Cowboy

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reader's Choice - Christian Fiction

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases scheduled for publication in September, October, November or December 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 September, October, November or December 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
September, October, November or December 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 August 20 2017.