Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Lumberjacks' Ball


GIVEAWAY


PAGELS, CARRIE FANCETT
THE LUMBERJACK'S BALL

A decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner's daughter seeks to begin her life anew in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave his lumberjack life and sees employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the new proprietress must learn to face her past. Can affection grow between the cabinetmaker and the proprietress of St. Ignace's newest business? And when danger threatens, will they survive to attend The Lumberjacks' Ball?

My Review:

Though this second book in The Christy Lumber Camp series reads well as a standalone, I felt more connected with all the characters having met them first in The Fruitcake Challenge, so I would recommend reading the books in order. Pagels combines romance and faith in a captivating tale set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. And bonus -- this time she takes us to Mackinac Island -- a place I'm utterly intrigued by.

Sweet romance is in store for Garrett and Rebecca -- as long as they are willing to let go of the past in order to embrace a new beginning. This is especially difficult for Rebecca and I loved watching her gradually lose her reserve under Garrett's tender wooing. There's a gentle faith message about following the promptings of the Spirit even when we don't understand why. Rebecca in particular learns to trust that still small voice in the midst of adversity and confusion. A heartwarming story brimming with hope.

My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Lumberjacks' Ball please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 17 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

19 comments:

  1. Mackinac Island is so beautiful and unique. I always love books that take us there. We so much enjoyed our vacation there a number of years ago.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Oooohhhhh....you've been? Sigh. It's a dream vacation for me. I love reading about it too. Good luck, rubynreba.

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    2. Guess what Ms. Clark? I have a contract with Barbour books for a novel set entirely on Mackinac Island! Kay, I pray you get to go there!!!

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  2. Didn't realize this was a sequel. Read the first awhile ago. Like the setting. Thanks for doing a giveaway. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck.

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    2. Hi Karen! When I wrote The Fruitcake Challenge, it was for The Christmas Traditions series. BUT I got inspired to write a couple more in this as The Christy Lumber Camp Series. I have at least two more I plan to do but I have contracts to fulfill before then. Lilacs for Juliana is already out. Blessings!

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    3. Thanks! Look forward to reading it. :)

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    4. Email: kareninkitsap(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I loved this wonderful story! Carrie is an amazing author!

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    1. Thanks so much, Caryl, you are a blessing to me!

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  4. So glad to see this review. I've actually had this book on my "list" for a while so thank you for the review. I didn't know it was a sequel so that's good to know. Thanks again. Always love your reviews.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Pam, I hope you will be blessed by this story. My faith infuses every book I write. I have RA and other autoimmune stuff and I couldn't write without the Holy Spirit enabling me to do so. This book and the other two in the series made it to the Family Fiction Book of the Year Finalists list!! PTL!!!

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  5. KAV, I was SO touched to see this post this morning!!! Thanks so much for reading my novel and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! You really "got" my story and I love that. Garrett is my fave hero so far. I really love him. He's so sweet, gentle, but big and burly and talented!!! Hugs!

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    1. The contrast between big and burly and so tenderhearted melts me every time. :-)

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  6. This sounds so good! I've never read the first book, but I'd love to read both!

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  7. Great review Kav, I always look forward to them :-) I have this one (all the series actually) but still unread. Maybe one day I can say I've read every book I have, haha!

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    1. Oh, perish the thought! A toppling TBR pile is my security blankie.

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  8. The cover looks reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables or A Girl of the Limberlost. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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