Monday, December 18, 2017

Reader's Choice -- Historical Romance

GIVEAWAY


It's time to help me plan my New Year reading (and future giveaways) by recommending new releases (publication dates January, February or Mach 2018) and you have a chance to win one of the books you recommend! Remember to read all the details before entering!


IT'S HISTORICAL ROMANCE GIVEAWAY DAY

To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title(s) of the book(s) in the Historical Romance genre you would like to win.


Historical Romance

A full-length story where the romance plays a major role and is set in the time period before the late 1970s. May cross genres such as suspense, dual timelines, Amish, YA.


How does it work?

Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!

Publication dates must be 
January, February or March 2018
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer up to 3 suggestions a 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 
# of responses)
NEW - entrants must submit their own selections 
(not piggyback on someone else's logon) - NEW
Open to International Readers 
I'm all about spreading the good news about Christian Fiction 
all over the globe!!!!

It's helpful if you include your email (using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers) but you only need to add it to one of your comments (per day). If you choose not to include your email then it's up to you to contact me if you are a winner.


Draw will be held and winner announced on 
Saturday December 23 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

December Giveaway - Week Three


WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD

WON BY ANNE PAYNE

WON BY CINDY W.

WON BY LORAINE NUNLEY

WON BY SUSAN F.

WON BY CHERYL BARKER

As always, I'll contact the winners by email (if one has been provided otherwise it's up to you to contact me) but 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 your snail mail address to kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I can't seem to connect so you have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win is forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:

Christmas is coming fast and so is the New Year which we all know means the start of 2018 book releases. Squuueeeaaalll!!!! I'm a tad shy of giddy over some of the glimpses I've seen on GoodReads and I thought it would be fun to host the last Reader's Choice Giveaway Week of the year.

This time I'm picking your brains for Christian Fiction to be released in January, February or March 2018. As usual with these giveaways, please make sure to read the the rules which will be posted each day. Basically, the week is divided into genre days where y'all can offer up to three book selections per day. Name/book combos will be entered in a draw and if you win, it's an IOU for the book on release date.

Here's the week's schedule:

Monday December 18 - Historical Romance: a full-length story where the romance plays a major role and set in any time period before the 1970s. May cross genres such as suspense, dual timelines, Amish, YA.

Tuesday December 19 - Contemporary Romance: a full-length story where the romance plays a major role and is set in present day (1980s up). May cross genres such as dual timelines, Amish, YA but lets keep the suspense for romantic suspense day which is...

Wednesday December 20 - Romantic Suspense or Mystery: A full-length story where mystery is an important part of the plot. The hero or heroine (or both) are often in peril (more so in suspense). Can be set in any time period -- contemporary or historical. May cross genres such as Amish, historical, YA, dual timelines.

Thursday December 21 - Amish Fiction: a full-length story where the hero or heroine or both are Amish OR the story has significant Amish involvement with Amish secondary characters and an Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and can have a mystery or suspense element.

Friday December 22 - Christian Fiction - any genre, including previous selections you've made on other days and also for specific genres not covered yet like Women's Fiction, novellas, Speculative, Sci Fi etc.

Saturday December 23 -- Winners announced.

Blog closed Sunday December 24 and Monday December 25 and then back with business as usual on Tuesday December 26.


A Dangerous Legacy

GIVEAWAY
CAMDEN, ELIZABETH
A DANGEROUS LEGACY

Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming -- and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

My Review:

There is something so decadent about an edge-of-you-seat suspense paired with historical romance!  And this one is riveting. Deeply intricate story threads woven into a complex pattern of loss and greed and vengeance. A villian who has "...no soul and that let him fight with the single-minded zeal of a jackal."  (p 12) and a heroine determined to stand up for what is right and just though it alters the course of her life in devastating ways. A family legacy of sorts that has ensnared both Lucy and her brother. The layered depths in the suspense is exceptionally well done. Enthralling historical details -- telegraphy, Morse code, the early days of international news reporting and homing pigeons! Diverse and captivating and all of it plays an important role in this romantic suspense.

Lucy is a grounded working girl -- independent by necessity but also by choice. She loves her job as a telegrapher and is fiercely loyal to the Associated Press. Which makes for some spectacular fireworks when rival company Reuters imports British aristocracy to manage their New York office. Enter Sir Colin Beckwith and let the toe-curling begin. As well as the laughter thanks to the wicked banter this adversarial hero and heroine engage in on a daily basis.

If you look 'pager-turner'up in the dictionary you should find A Dangerous Legacy as the definition. I inhaled this book. Actually woke up at four in the morning and rejoiced because that meant I got to spend two blissful hours reading before I had to get ready for the day! Definitely one for the long-time keeper shelf!

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

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Dangerous Legacy, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Instant Family

GARTSHORE, DONNA
INSTANT FAMILY

The single mom next door

Summer at a picturesque Silver Lake resort marks a new beginning for Frankie Munro and her daughter. After a painful marriage, the single mom shies away from any personal connection -- thous she admires the tender care handsome neighbor Ben Cedar shows his dad. Ben wasn't there for his mother when it counted, so he's determined to help his father cope with Alzheimer's. Yet it's Frankie's shy ten-year-old daughter, Rae, who really gets through to his dad. As their relatives bond and flourish, so do Ben and Frankie's feeling for each other. Before the season ends, can they let go of their pasts and fight for a second chance...together?

My Review:

Another debut novel -- that's 3 this week! Exciting to discover new talent in the Christian publishing industry.

A touching, sweet and hopeful story that celebrates God meeting us in all the hard places in this life. It's much more than a love story -- in fact, I'd say the romance isn't as pronounced as you usually find in a Love Inspired novel. This is more about the hesitant journey towards an unexpected friendship that has the power to develop into something much deeper.

But the timing -- even if it's God's timing -- seems completely off to Frankie and Ben. She's wary because she's newly divorced and trying to bring some stability back into her daughter's life while figuring out what their future is going to look like. And Ben is overwhelmed with the 24/7 care of a father stricken by Alzheimer's. His hopes of recreating some happy summer memories with his dad take on many unexpected twists and turns as he grapples with the increasing severity of the disease.

Gartshore draws on her own experience coping with her father's struggle with Alzheimer's and she really conveys the frustration, heartache and even humour that comes from dealing with this condition. It was an eyeopening and emotional read for that reason. Definitely a difficult backdrop for a romance but then, love doesn't always come calling at the most convenient times, does it? Which is maybe the point -- that we need to grab hold of the good things in life while we can and trust in God with the rest.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Instant Family, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The House on Foster Hill

GIVEAWAY
WRIGHT, JAIME JO
THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL

Kaine Prescottis no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sigh unseen in her grandfather's  Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance. Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier; the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property. Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives -- including her own -- are lost?

My Review:

Mesmerizing. I'm just nigh on speechless at a how truly captivating this debut novel is. There is this powerful thread of hope that is intricately woven into the very fiber of both Kaine's and Ivy's stories that ministered to me in an incredible way. I am so grateful to the author for creating that kind of inspirational thread -- it transcends time and easily leaps from fiction to real life. Truly uplifting.

And now on to the whole Gothic vibe that thrilled me to my toes. Both in 1906 and 2017. I think this is the first time I've read a dual timeline Gothic romantic mystery. Spine-tingling good! This book is full of gems like this - Kaine's first glimpse of Foster Hill House: "Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill." (p 22) If that doesn't set the mood, I don't know what will. This house is steeped in mystery both past and present and Wright expertly weaves both stories to a crescendo of a climax. Simply stunning. And she ends every scene on a gasp-out-loud-you-can't-leave-it-there high.

The kind of novel that begs you to read faster and slower at the same time! Because you want to have all the answers right now but you also want to savor the exquisite journey along the way. Such a lovely reader conundrum!

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

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The House on Foster Hill, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Mother for His Family

GIVEAWAY
DIETZE, SUSANNE
A MOTHER FOR HIS FAMILY

A Convenient Arrangement

Lady Helena Stanhope's reputation is in tatters...and she's lost any hope for a "respectable" ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she's determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she's sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irrrresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together -- and his love -- are for always.

My Review:

Five star Regency-Swoon alert! This book is absolutely delectable if you are a Regency fan -- and even if you aren't! Can't really go wrong with a marriage of convenience involving 4 rambunctious children and...drum roll please (or maybe that should be a bagpipe trill)...a formidable Scottish hero! "He said down like doon and his yous were clipped and soft." (p 10).

That jackhammering beat you hear is my heart palpitations having heart palpitations! Cue the fainting couch swoon. Because John is everything you could want in a hero. He's kind. Deeply, honestly, sweetly kind. But it's tempered with a wee bit of broody which turns out to be a delightfully swoony mix. And he's broody because he's really gone off the rails when it comes to what he feels to be responsible commitment. Gah -- what can you do with a stubborn Scot? Hand him over to Lady Helena, that's what.

I was so distraught over Helena's circumstances that I'm sure there was steam coming out of my ears the whole duration of the read (which is a cost-effective way of humidifying your home during these dry winter months, by the way.) But, honestly, she has been so spiritually misguided that I just wanted to weep for her.There are some truly reprehensible scenes that put me in a spitting fury. Luckily John was close by, ready to soothe away my savage spite. That man could charm the loch ness monster out of the loch! So it's no surprise that Helena eventually succumbs. But there's danger and intrigue to sort out before an honest-to-goodness happily ever after can be achieved for all.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Mother for His Family, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blind Spot

GIVEAWAY
PETTREY, DANI
BLIND SPOT

The wrath is coming, but they don't know where -- or when.

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI Agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life -- but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw his joined the FBI as a crisis counselor...meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension betwen them also includes a spark she can't deny -- and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.

My Review:

Warning : reader whiplash is inevitable. Book future chiropractor appointments accordingly. Because this is the most amazing, twisty-turny, gasp-out-loud, swoon-on-the-run read. That whoosh you hear? That's me finally releasing my pent up breath now that I've reached the end. I'm feeling rather light-headed and discombobulated so this review might not make any sense but I'll do my best.

First off this is the third book in Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series and while you don't have to read the first two books I think you'll enjoy it more if you have. The author has been developing relationships and setting up a far-reaching suspense plot through these first three books. And, mercy, this is edge-of-your-seat stuff. I'm not sure if my heart can handle the fourth book. Of course I'll still read it. I just might need counseling afterwards.

One of the things I love the most about Blind Spot is that there's just as much romance as suspense. And it's there right from the very beginning. A desperate unrequited yearning that both Declan and Tanner try to keep at bay. They aren't very successful much to this reader's delight. And this has been developing over the course of the series so it's especially satisfying when this hero and heroine finally let their barriers down.

Tons of action, intriguing suspense (two different cases that involve heroes and heroines from previous books) and some gobsmackingly surprising revelations about Tanner Shaw will keep you feeling like you're riding a tilt-a-whirl right to the very last page....which is somewhat of a suspense cliffhanger. Anxiously waiting for Dead Drift which doesn't release until July 2018.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Blind Spot, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Freedom's Ring

GIVEAWAY
CHIAVAROLI, HEIDI
FREEDOM'S RING

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Boston 2015

Although two years have past since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong. She knows the truth she is far from strong. She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day -- guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero's face. But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she's finally able to discover her hero...and the story of the woman behind the ring.

Boston 1770

As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British officers' home. But upon her return she is attacked by a roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn't there to rescue her. In her fury she leaves the home with all of her possessions and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her attraction him is tarnished by the uniform he wears.

The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revelution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

My Review:

A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story! I get so tickled when I come across books in this genre. Maybe it's the closet genealogist inside me busting to get out but I adore putting all the connecting pieces together. It's almost as much fun as armchair sleuthing.

There are so many fascinating parallels with the two time periods in Freedom's Ring. Yes, the ring is an obvious tangible connection between past and present but there are other subtle nuances that mesh two distinct love stories together.

These heroines have faced peril and make decisions that have long lasting effects on those close to them. Annie and Liberty are as flawed as you or I and they don't always react in expected ways. Both are survivors and feel that burden deeply. There is an authenticity to these women and the way they deal with the aftermath of tragedy. It's not always pretty, but it's real and I could relate to that.

And I love the way the author draws these two unique stories together. At first there are short scenes from each time period and there's a feeling of distance between them. Almost like you are reading two entirely different books at the same time. But as Annie and her hero start researching the history of the ring past and present fuse together into a united force of incredible power. Because the symbolism behind this ring and the impact for good it has on both women is inspiring.

And the spiritual takeaway is profound yet simple..."God took the worst and healed me." (p 279)

A stunning debut novel. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Freedom's Ring leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY TAMMI (DANDT)

WON BY JACKIE SMITH

WON BY JAN HALL

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

WON BY CINDY W.


WON BY CARYL KANE

As always, I will notify the winners via email (if one is provided, otherwise it's up to you to contact me.) However, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might wind up in your spam folder -- so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening feel free to send your snail mail address to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

Just a note about delivery: I try to order the books within a week of receiving the winner's mailing address. Factoring in online order times and shipping times you should receive your book within a month of winning. However, since the Christmas season is upon us...gasp...when did that happen?!...all bets are off regarding delivery times. I've found in the past that books arrive super early or somewhat late from now through to Christmas. So please be patient....definitely give it a good month before querying me about a delivery.

And now....looking ahead to next week's giveaways as well as a sneak peek at the rest of December:



DUAL TIMELINE!!!!!!

GOBSMACKED!!!!!
REGENCY SWOON!!!!
DEBUT AUTHOR!
And the last two books are going to be a big SURPRISE (to you and me) since I'm expecting some book deliveries but they are waaaay late. So be prepared to be amazed at the end of the week.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 18 - 23 IS READER'S CHOICE WEEK 
WHERE YOU GET TO TELL ME THE BOOKS YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD
TO READING IN THE NEW YEAR -- JAN, FEB OR MARCH 2018!

CLOSED SUNDAY DECEMBER 24 AND MONDAY DECEMBER 25 

BACK TO 'NORMAL' ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 26.




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Then Came You

GIVEAWAY
WADE, BECKY
THEN CAME YOU

A leather-bound journal.
A single father.
A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes...

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

My Review:

A stunning novella that introduces Becky Wade's Bradford Sisters series. It's been offered free on Kindle off and on since it's release in March but if you are looking for a paperback copy to add to your keeper shelf along with the rest of the series (as the books release) read on!

I love the format of this story -- it's told through letters, phone messages, notes and journaling as well as some hysterically funny telephone conversations between Kathleen and her best friend, Rose. There's angst and drama along with splashes of humour as Garner and Kathleen navigate their complicated lives.

Garner, a survivor of tragedies and struggling single dad who has grown staid and serious before his time. And exuberant Kathleen, so busy searching for freedom she doesn't realize it's already within her grasp. And then there are gems of spiritual truth like this:

"God's grace is like a rushing river. It's far more powerful than I am. My sins don't stand a chance against it." (p. 138)

The perfect start to what is already proving to be an incredible series. (True to You, May 2017 and Falling for You, May 2018)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Then Came You, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Amish Christmas Abduction

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LYNN, DANA R.
AMISH CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION

Kidnapped in Amish Country

After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer -- the man who let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas: retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart -- and his secret -- but to save this child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take.

Amish Country Justice: Protected in Plain sight

My Review:

I could feel the hairs rise up on the back of my neck in the first chilling scene. Lynn knows how to write malice into her villains and this guy sure was creepy. All menacing glares and out of control anger. Phew! Tension and danger and mystery abound as Irene and Paul find themselves thrust into the crosshairs of a vicious gang of thugs. Their history makes things complicated. The high school sweethearts find themselves disconcertingly comfortable with each other in some ways. But years of separation and misunderstandings have put up walls that seem impossible to scale. Paul's beating himself up over past mistakes. Irene's concerned with protecting her two fatherless sons. Anything developing between them would be complicated with a capital C. Plus there's this relentless maniac with vengeance on his mind...

A thrilling romantic suspense that will draw you in and keep you reading until both the romance and mystery are resolved.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Amish Christmas Abduction leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past

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WOODSMALL, CINDY
WOODSMALL, ERIN
THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS PAST

At twenty-seven, Hadley is still trying to get free of the weight she's carried all her life -- entering foster care at age give, getting arrested at seventeen for arson, and losing her boyfriend, Monroe, when she needed him most.

Monroe never wanted to walk out on Hadley. He'd understood her, from her desire to help children with speech issues to her intense temper. But when she was arrested, he became haunted by what he knew and convinced his only choice was to end their relationship.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again...thrown together to help a four-year-old girl who's been rendered mute after being rescue from an apartment fire.

Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized young girl and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

My Review:

"Health strengthened them. Hope sustained them. And God guided them." (p 91) I think I need to make this my mantra! It has definitely seen Hadley and her best friend, Elliott (a girl) through a decade of struggles. And what an emotional journey! Brilliantly delivered with compassion and grace.

Their story starts when they are teens sharing a room in a foster home. Volatile Hadley and rule keeper Elliott make an interesting team. And while this is largely Hadley and Monroe's story, we are treated with Elliott's point of view from time to time which also brings a secondary romance into the mix. A fascinating study in personalities and coping mechanisms as all three struggle to come to grips with a desperate situation that quickly gets out of control.

Fast forward ten years and life hasn't gotten any easier for these foster sisters. Oh, they've survived and thrived, supporting each other as they worked their way through school but life's logistics are still challenging. I loved the way they pull together. How they've invited strangers into their 'family'. Women of faith, shining Christ's light through their actions.

Then there's Monroe. It appears he has had everything handed to him by wealthy parents. But appearances can be deceiving and he's paid a huge emotional price for those 'rewards'. Both Monroe and Hadley have been scarred by their tumultuous past so when they unexpectedly end up on the same team in order to help a traumatized child...well fireworks would be putting it mildly. These two have issues that bring out the worst and the best in one another. Such a tangled web of deceit and sorrow and confusion to wade through! All while attempting to restore speech to a mute child.

My emotions were all over the place as I got deeper into the read. I could see both sides of Monroe and Hadley's struggle so I could totally feel the frustration and anger and longing. And Monroe's parents?! Argh! I think my blood pressure is still registering through the roof. 

An emotionally complex story that celebrates the joy that comes from truly living in community.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Gift of Christmas Past, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 9 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Claiming Her Cowboy

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RADCLIFFE, TINA
CLAIMING HER COWBOY

Her temporary cowboy

Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goes toe-to-toe with the world's toughest lawyers -- but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell. The feisty director of Oklahoma's Big Heart Ranch for orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused: he's only there to evaluate the ranch's funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question. Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch she's not about to give control to a city slicker -- even a devastatingly good-looking one. But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporary cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy's life?

Big Heart Ranch: where new beginnings are found

My Review:

First off. That cover!!!!! Kind of makes a fainting couch warning redundant since you're already in full swoon mode. And yes, Jack, that 'white collar rebel' (p 61) is just as alluring as that cover art promises.

The citified Oklahoma boy is getting back to his roots and it's a baptism by fire thanks to Lucy's wicked sense of justice (aka humour.) This is romantic comedy at it's finest. One scene in particular -- involving a certain cantankerous Mrs. Carmody filled me with giddy delight. In fact, I pretty much snort/hiccuped my way through the entire read because that's what happens when I laugh and cry at the same time and Radcliffe is really good at fusing humour with heart-wrenching tenderness. I was a sniveling mess by the end.

So we start out with fireworks right from the first meet. He's determined to protect his aunt's considerable income from 'shysters' like Lucy. She's fuming over his tightfisted reins on the large donation her family counts on to keep their ranch for orphans running.These two are a riot together -- the micro manager in her doesn't want to give an inch. She's all about control and he's all about wresting it from her. Sparks fly, tempers flare and it's time to cue the wickedly clever banter. And all that charged electricity serves to heighten the romance because "He'd rather argue with Lucy than spend time with anyone else." (p.118)

And while Miss Lucy was busy claiming her cowboy, I was losing my heart to the littlest cowboy on the ranch. Gape-toothed, tousled haired five-year-old Dub might just outshine Jack as hero of the day. The little guy has a Goliath size faith and he isn't afraid to show it.

Heartwarming, toe-curling and hilarious. What's not to love? And kudos to the author for using fiduciary in a sentence more than once. It really doesn't get better than this.

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

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Claiming Her Cowboy, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw vie email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held on Sunday December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Imperfect Justice

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PUTMAN, CARA
IMPERFECT JUSTICE

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client...can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way ouf of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's believe that she can make a difference for a women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister -- right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together n the race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emilie and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl -- and find a future for themselves in the process?

My Review:

Honestly, I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this Hidden Justice series by Cara Putman. I just read the first book a month ago and am definitely on the legal suspense bandwagon now. It's a totally different kind of mystery and investigation but just as riveting. And while I don't know a lot about the legal system, I feel like the author writes for readers like me. Which means the legal lingo and court scenes don't get so technical that she loses me. I might not completely understand everything, but I get enough for the story to make sense.

And then there's the romance. Emilie and Reid. Awesome dynamcis between these two. Edgy at first. A personal relationship is difficult to start in the midst of tragedy and they are both dealing with issues around Kaylene's death. Ironically, both are weighed down by guilt.  Emilie because she feels like she missed something as the woman's lawyer and Reid because he wasn't the kind of big brother his sister would confide in.

Then there's the complications of trying to solve a case the police don't think exists. There are so many layers to the suspense -- including a secondary one that kept me on the edge of my seat. Putman cleverly draws it all out with measured pacing. The kind of plot that grabs a hold of you right from the start and doesn't let you go...even after you reach the end. Now I am anxious for the next book in the series -- which I believe has been set up in this one. At least, I'm hoping it's Caroline's turn next.

Oh -- and I love the title tie-in by the way. Definitely sums up the plot of this thrilling suspense.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPRORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Imperfect Justice, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, remember to 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 December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Gift

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GRAY, SHELLEY SHEPARD
THE GIFT

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepherd Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her Amish of Hart County series.

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that cause her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into an icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants the family gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful...until he meets Susanna. She is kindhearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

While Neil believes the accidents are just chance, Susanna's father is convinced that the Vance family is responsible. yet Susanna can't imagine Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out in uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse.

My Review:

Reading a Shelley Shepard Gray book is like a glorious homecoming. There's comfort and familiarity paired with the unexpected of a new story. The thrill of discovery spikes my anticipation and once I start reading I can't stop until I reach the end. Which is exactly what happened with The Gift. Consumed in one sitting followed by the letdown of having finished far too soon.

The suspense is subtle -- a series of unexpected accidents that no one wants to take seriously except for Susanna and her sisters. And they are already adjusting to a difficult transition to their new home in Hart County. Unearthing the reason behind the surprising hostility the Amish community harbors against them is just the beginning of the mystery.

Neil and Susanna's friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's Neil who has to dig deep and reflect on the emotions that fuel his anger and ultimately his behavior. It's a powerful awakening that brings depth to the story. There's also a surprise (and very sweet) secondary romance  All woven into a suspenseful plot that kept me turning pages.

Amish + Suspense + Christmas = a dream of a read!

My thanks to Avon Inspired and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you wold like a chance to win a copy of The Gift, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email, 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 easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 10 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Giveaway - Week One



Sorry this is late posting. I ran out of time before church because I was reading bwahahahaha! Anyone surprised?

WON BY LORI

WON BY JANKA

WON BY SUSANNE MINCER

WON BY DANAGIRL

WON BY TRACEY H

WON BY TRIXI
As always, I will notify the winners via email (if one is provided, otherwise it's up to you to contact me.) However, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might wind up in your spam folder -- so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening feel free to send your snail mail address to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

Just a note about delivery: I try to order the books within a week of receiving the winner's mailing address. Factoring in online order times and shipping times you should receive your book within a month of winning. However, since the Christmas season is upon us...gasp...when did that happen?!...all bets are off regarding delivery times. I've found in the past that books arrive super early or somewhat late from now through to Christmas. So please be patient....definitely give it a good month before querying me about a delivery.

And now....looking ahead to next week's giveaways: