Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reader's Choice - Amish Fiction

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of the year reading by recommending new releases with publication dates in September, October, November or December 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S AMISH 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 Amish Fiction genre you'd like to win.
 
AMISH FICTION : A story where the hero or heroine (or both) are Amish OR the story has significant Amish involvement with secondary characters and Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and can include a suspense or mystery element.

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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reader's Choice - Romantic Suspense

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases published in September, October, November or December 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/MYSTERY
GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Romantic Suspense/Mystery genre you'd like to win.
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE OR MYSTERY: A mystery is an important part of the plot. The heroine or hero (or both) are often in peril (more so in a suspense.) Can be set in a contemporary or historical setting.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader's Choice - Contemporary Romance

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Help replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan for my end of the year reading by recommending new releases coming out in September, October, November or December 2017. For full details continue reading:

IT'S CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Contemporary Romance genre you'd like to win.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE : A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in the 1980s to current 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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reader's Choice -- Historical Fiction

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Help me replenish by dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases (publication date, September, October, November or December 2017) and you have a chance to win one of the books you recommend.
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 of the book(s) in the Historical Romance genre you'd like to win.
 
HISTORICAL ROMANCE: A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in any time period before the end of 1970s

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Giveaway - Week Two



WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD

WON BY MARYANN SKARITA


WON BY WENDY NEWCOMB

WON BY JACKIE SMITH AND AMADA CHAVEZ

WON BY JASMINE A.

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

Looking ahead to next week:

Disaster has struck -- I have three books on my TBR pile (gasp!) and only a handful of Autumn titles on my wishlist. 0 for September, 2 for October, 2 for November and 1 for December.  What's a Reader/Blogger to do? Call in reinforcements, that's what! So it is time to host another READER'S CHOICE GIVEAWAY WEEK 
-- this time concentrating on novels from the Christian Fiction market being released in 
SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER 2017

As usual with these giveaways, make sure to read the rules which will be posted each day. The gist of it all is -- you suggest a title and if your name is drawn, you win that title.  (and you can suggest up to three titles per genre) So, obviously, there'll be a bit of a wait for your win to reach you. (But my track record is good about getting the books to the winners -- and if I slip up a gentle nudge from a winner is guaranteed to get me back on track! Here's the week's schedule:

Monday - Historical Romance
A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in any time period before the late 1970s


Tuesday - Contemporary Romance
A story where the romance plays a major role and is set from the 1980s to present day


Wednesday - Romantic Suspense or Mystery
A mystery is an important part of the plot. The heroine or hero (or both) are often in peril (more osin suspense.) Can be set in any historical or contemporary setting.


Thursday - Amish Fiction
A story where the hero or heroine (or both) are Amish OR the story has a significant Amish involvement through Amish secondary characters and/or Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and can contain a suspense or mystery element.


Friday - Christian Fiction
Any genre including those previously mentioned as well as fantasy, Young Adult, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction, Novellas etc.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter

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BLACKWELL, LAWANA
THE COURTSHIP OF THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER

Love has found it's way to Gresham!

As the wedding of Julia Hollis and Vicar Andrew Phelps approaches, the quaint English village of Gresham buzzes with thoughts and feelings of love. And it seems no one is immune. From Squire Bartley to kindhearted Mercy Sanders, the townsfolk of Gresham are feeling the effects of Cupid's arrow.

Affected most distinctly is Elizabeth Phelps. With her father about to remarry, Elizabeth discovers she's captured the attention of a dashing young curate determined to win her hand. But before she can determine if she truly returns his admiration, the man who once broke her heart returns, seeking to prove he's changed and he's now worthy of her affection. Who will win the hand of the vicar's daughter?

My Review:

Published in 1998

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter reads like a classic BBC series. Think Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford. Blackwell shares the idiosyncrasies of village life in Victorian England with such vivid descriptions that I was hard pressed to put this book down. A captivating mix of laughter and drama and no shortage of quirky. Told from multiple points of view, I was soon engrossed in all the struggles and strife of some engaging characters. In fact, the whole village is a character unto itself. Love stories both tender and funny...even a little bit tragic...add to the regular village shenanigans.

If you are a fan of Jan Karon or Julie Klassen's most recent Tales of Ivy Hill series you'll definitely want to read Blackwell's Gresham Chronicles. This is Book Two but I think it can be read fairly well as a standalone -- you just need to go with the flow in the first few chapters since there are a lot of characters (a village full!) to acquaint yourself with but it won't take long to sort them out.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway if or an ebook format only

If you would like a chance to win an ebook copy of The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, make sure 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 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Deadly Disclosure

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CARVER, MEGHAN
DEADLY DISCLOSURE

Fatal family secrets...

Getting shot at on her way to work is only the first shock law student Hannah McClarnon's day. The second is when FBI agent Derek Chambers -- her first love -- reveals the truth about Hannah's family. Though Hannah was raised by a wealthy Indianapolis couple. her birth father was with the Chicago mafia. And now, convinced she has information against them, they're hunting her down. Derek's first big assignment is to protect Hannah. and it's becoming more personal every minute. He's never revealed why he left long ago, and he still believes Hannah deserves someone better. But with the enemy in relentless pursuit, he'll risk his life to be the man she needs -- and loves -- again.

My Review:

Another taut romantic suspense from Meghan Carver. This is her second book with Love Inspired Suspense and she has the twisty turny plot heavy on sinister and liberally dosed with cat-and-mouse pursuits down pat. The edgy first scene sets the pace and I found myself nervously checking over my shoulder right along with Hannah for the duration. She has to handle a lot of surprises in short order -- not the least of which is the reappearance of her high school sweetheart. Shadows from her past threaten her future and Derek is determined he won't let her down this time. Delicious second chance romance paired with danger and mystery make Deadly Disclosure a real page-turner.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Deadly Disclosure, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email address 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's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All of You

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MONZON, SARAH
ALL OF YOU

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future

Maryland Present Day

Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything...except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she's worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his won inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she'd outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael "Finch" Carrington's dreams, as well as two limbs, he's left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend's baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England 1942

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father's traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man's world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

My Review:

Dual Timeline = Double swoon worthy heroes. Prepare to lose your heart in a big way between brooding present day hero Michael and flirtatious, seize-the-moment war hero Henry. My heart palpitations are having palpitations! And the great thing about the dual timeline is that it isn't clear from the onset how the two stories relate...at least it wasn't for me. So it was really fun putting the pieces together.

Present Day -- The Carrington family!!! I love the way they relate to one another. Smart-mouthed rough-and-tumble meshed with get-to-the-heart-of-the-matter discussions provides a whole lot of laughter along with a few tears. Love this larger than life family! And Michael does too -- even though they can get on his nerves especially as he recuperates from his accident.

This tough as nails Navy pilot is used to being in charge and then the accident happens. He struggles and not just physically -- but emotionally too. What I admire about him the most is that his faith in God doesn't waver. Oh, there's anger and frustration and questions galore but he never doubts God's existence. That doesn't mean he always seeks His guidance or listens if he does which makes him all the more relatable because I'm exactly the same way.

Jack (not Jacqueline) was raised in an all male household and thrives in her male-dominated profession. She can take care of herself, thank you very much so she is some miffed when her brother drags Michael into the biggest mess of her life. She doesn't need a bodyguard or a keeper -- especially the hunky hero type with the ability to completely distract her just by walking into a room.

Prepare for lots of sparks and sizzling fireworks. In fact break out your fans and crank down your air conditioning. Sticking your head in the freezer might become a necessity as these two would-be-lovers find their way to a happily ever after. Blissful sigh.

World War II timeline -- Two adventurous souls on a mission to make a difference. Tons of fascinating historical details -- like female pilots!!!! Alice is a force to be reckoned with. Whether she's dealing with male prejudice or dodging the amorous advances of a certain British bloke, she's unrelenting in her quest to serve and serve well. Even when Henry sweeps her off her feet (quite literally!) she stays true to her dedication. And the way the two stories are knit together is brilliant. Makes for a blockbuster ending. In fact, All of You is the kind of all-consuming story that would translate really well onto the silver screen. It's that vivid and intense and heart-stopping.

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

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This Giveaway is for an ebook format only

If you would like a chance to win an ebook copy of All of You, 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 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Inherited: Unexpected Family

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MEYER, GABRIELLE
INHERITED: UNEXPECTED FAMILY

An unexpected partnership

After arriving in Minnesota Territory with her sisters to claim their late father's hotel, Elizabeth Bell is shocked to learn her inheritance comes with a handsome co-owner. After too long working for a domineering boss, Elizabeth yearns to be in control -- of the hotel and her life. But Jude Allen won't sell his share, and Elizabeth refuses to leave.

Rescuing soiled doves and giving them hotel jobs is Jude's way of redeeming his past. He's counting on rough frontier life driving his new business partner away before she learns the scandalous and demands he stop his mission. But he may have underestimated Elizabeth...and the power of love to turn a complication into a bright new beginning.

Little Falls Legacy : Building a thriving community through love and faith

My Review:

I do so love a feisty heroine who is not afraid to make a stand. Love the way Elizabeth storms into Jude's life and turns it upside down. Sparks fly as these two sparring partners warily circle each other. With futures at stake neither are willing to give an inch...until they begin to work together and attraction spikes. Romance is out of the question (of course) but maybe a partnership isn't.

A bevy of captivating secondary characters make this read even more memorable. Pastor Ben is a favourite and I'm praying that Meyer has a special story in mind for him. Little Rose and fractious Grace provided plenty of angst and some sweetly tender moments as well. And hotel cook Martha, who mothers everyone and gently shares the gospel in both word and deed -- well everyone needs a Martha like that in their lives!

A multi-layered tale of faith and grace and happily ever afters.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Inherited: Unexpected Family, 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 13 2017. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Written in Love

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FULLER, KATHLEEN
WRITTEN IN LOVE

"Dear Mr. Chupp" - with those three words a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn't proud to claim. He's worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can't help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every one of Jalon's letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn't have much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics -- although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn't been enitrely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt's doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he'll forgive her for holding back the truth.

My Review:

I am quite captivated by novels that include letter writing so this series really appeals to me. Written in Love is the first book in An Amish Letters Novel series and I love the way the author has set the stage for future novels. (At least I hope I'm right in making that assumption.) Because this story is filled with engaging characters and now that I have a feel for this close knit Amish community I can't wait to learn more.

Jalon and Phoebe's love story is sandwiched between a series of fast and furious letter writing. Loved the way the letters morphed into something so much more and yet for all that is said, even more is left unsaid and that leads to no end of complications.

Fuller has crafted an emotional tale of  love and longing and the desperate need to be accepted. Both hero and heroine have made mistakes in their past that not only shadow their present but threaten to destroy their future. Finding their happily ever after involves digging deeper into their faith. Actually allowing the peace that comes from fully accepting God's mercy to work a change in their lives so that a relationship based on faith and love can flourish.

A compulsive kind of read that inspires and delights with promise of more to come in future novels.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Written in Love, 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 reader announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Good luck!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Lady in Disguise

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BYRD, SANDRA
A LADY IN DISGUISE

After her father's mysterious death, Miss Gillian Young takes a job as the new principal costume designer at the renowned Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Gillian remembers her father as well-respected officer of the Metropolitan Police, but she uncovers clues that suggest he led a double life.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Although the attraction between them is instant, a friend suggests that he was involved in her father's murder. Is Lockwood's interest in Gillian just a front for his pursuit of her newly inherited property?

Gillian is convinced her father has left behind evidence that will prove his innocence. But as her opposition becomes increasingly dangerous, it is obvious that someone wants to stop her from discovering it. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise in the role of a lifetime to reveal her father's true killer.

My Review:

Sqqqquuuueeeealllllll!!!!!!!

Just...

Sqqqquuuueallllll!!!!!!

I am still light-headed with residual Gothic Romance Glee. The first 'grown up' books that I read as a teen were classics in this genre -- Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney -- so I can't help but get a tad shy of giddy when I discover a new one and A Lady in Disguise is exquisitely perfect in absolutely every way.

Deliciously sinister evil threatens Gillian at every turn as she sifts through layers of intrigue. Danger draws ever closer as she persists in searching for the truth about her father's death. Thrilling plot twists and a host of interesting characters kept me glued to the page as I tried to discern friend from foe right along with this intrepid heroine.

And then there's Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Be. Still. My. Heart. My toes are still curled and my fainting couch has lost most of it's pouffe from all my swooning. Dashing hero with a commanding presence and an air of mystery. Need I say more? I could wax poetic all day. Especially over some of the exhilarating dialogue between Thomas and Gillian. The art of saying one thing while meaning something entirely different. The romantic tension between these two is palpable and mesmerizing to read.

But then the danger turns even more ominous as menacing evil preys upon Gillian and there comes a point when you won't be able to put this book down. In fact, A Lady in Disguise should really come with a warning:

Do not attempt to read this book on public transit. You will miss your bus and forget to get off  at the right stop which will cause you to arrive late for appointments (though you won't even care because it will give you more reading time.)

And woe be the reader who reaches a certain point in the story while riding on the bus. That happened to me so I speak with authority. My eyes welled up, I got a lump in my throat and I struggled for breath as outrage and despair consumed me.  I tried to explain away the red eyes and sniffles as allergies but my fellow passengers weren't fooled. :-)

This is the third book in the Daughters of Hampshire series. Each book reads as a standalone, so no worries if you haven't read Mist of Midnight and Bride of a Distant Isle -- but really, you want to read both of the books as well.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Lady in Disguise, 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 is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Giveaway - Week One


WON BY SAVINGS IN SECONDS (DIANNA)

WON BY AMANDA T

WON BY LORI

WON BY VANG

WON BY PAM WESTFALL

WON BY TRIXI
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. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

When the Snow Flies

GIVEAWAY
EAKES, LAURIE ALICE
WHEN THE SNOW FLIES

Audrey Sinclair Vanderleyden sets her heart on fulfilling a promise to her deceased husband to continue practicing medicine, despite opposition from their families. But the old physician from whom they bought a practice stands in her way and refuses to honor the contract. Audrey must either give up medicine and return to her family, or marry a near stranger. 

A gunshot wound robs Nathan Maxwell of the ability to practice medicine. He must find another purpose in his life. Marriage isn't an option; only a desperate woman would want a blind man for a husband. 

Audrey is desperate, but marriage to Nathan isn't the salvation of her medical career she thought it would be. For Nathan, the union challenges loyalties and exposes what he's lost.

My Review:

Published in 2010

This story infuriated me even as it captivated me. The archaic views on women doctors had me wanting to hurl the book across the room! (Of course, I didn't since it was a library book and I'm a good little librarian but I did imagine the satisfying thwack it would have made as it came in contact with the wall. Much like the thwack I'd like to give some stubbornly prejudice characters!) Even the women were opposed to Audrey's desire to practice medicine! Gah!

Plenty of conflict and the sweet stirrings of romance along with some unexpected twists and turns in the plot kept my eyes glued to the page. Finished in an afternoon in a stupor of blissful reader satisfaction!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

Please note this giveaway is in ebook format only.

If you would like a chance to win a ecopy of When the Snow Flies, 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 6 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Two of Us

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BYLIN, VICTORIA
THE TWO OF US

After two broken engagements, Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she's focusing on God and her goal to join an international and organization as a nurse practitioner. But when her 18 year-old-sister, Lucy, calls with an invitation to her Vegas wedding,  it throws a wrench into Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner has recovered from the injuries he sustained as a police officer -- on the outside. Inside, he's yet to heal from losing his partner in the tragedy, but finds some solace in keeping an eye on her young adult son, Sam, who's asked him to be best man at his wedding.

Mia expects a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake, who views the marriage a little differently. As Jake's and Mia's lives slowly become more intertwined, could his courage and her caring heart be enough to bring them a lifetime of healing?

My Review:

The kind of book your mourn the loss of when you finally reach the end. Because the characters seem so real and their problems are so relatable and you feel like you've stretched and grown right along with them. I even had my very own 'aha' moment in the middle of their story! So even though I'm still feeling emotionally pummeled and a little dazed after finishing The Two of Us, I'm consoling myself by savoring all the memorable bits. Which pretty much means every single word. Because Victoria Bylin knows how to wield her pen (er, keyboard) in order to create vivid descriptions.

Like this first encounter between Mia and Jake: "Their gazes danced the way of curious strangers, a man and a woman who noticed each other and felt the mysterious searching of a human heart. Dishes clattered. A child laughed. Another one cried. Life exploded all around them..." (p 10) I love the sharp contrast between that significant moment and the ordinariness all around them. It promises a rich read and Bylin doesn't disappoint.

Jake is the stuff toe-curling heroes are made of and Mia is by no means immune. But she's conflicted. Mired in muddy mess of possibilities just when she thought she knew God's plan for her life. And she might be just a tad unbending. Rule regulating. Pragmatic. But she's compassionate too and fiercely protective of those she loves. She just needs to figure out how to include Jake in that category.

Jake has learned to accept -- even embrace -- the raw reality that life has dealt him. It's not that he isn't haunted by his past -- it's the drive behind his one all-consuming goal. In that he can be as inflexible as Mia. And here's the crux of the conflict -- both hero and heroine are working for good, being the hands and feet of Christ in their chosen vocations. They are doing the right thing...but what if it's not the right thing for them?

A supporting cast of true-to-life secondary characters with their own day to day struggles add even more depth to this already rich read. We even get a secondary love story with it's own unique challenges. And the dog lover in me would be remiss if I neglected to give Pirate -- service dog extraordinaire -- an honorable mention.

A story to love and cherish and revel in long after you've filed it away on your Keeper Shelf.

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 Two of Us, 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 Sunday August 5 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Frontier Want Ad Bride

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COTE, LYN
FRONTIER WANT AD BRIDE

Bride by Mail

Mail-order bride Judith Jones has barely arrived in Pepin, Wisconsin, before she's whisked away to prepare for her wedding to Asa Brant. Though something about Asa seems so familiar, how do two strangers become husband and wife? Especially when Judith senses Asa's hidden sorrow. His kindness in helping two young orphans could win her heart...if only he'd open up to her.

Determined to start over after four years of brutal war, Asa moved away and sent for a mail-order bride. He had no idea the woman answering his ad would be the sister of his former soldier in arms. The less he reveals, the fewer painful memories there are to confront. But Judith's compassion -- and two loving children -- might just show them the path to true happiness.

Wilderness Brides : Finding love -- and a fresh start -- on the frontier

My Review:

There's something so scrumptiously delicious about a mail-order bride story. As archaic as that sounds (and you can be sure I'd run screaming to the hills before allowing myself to get roped into such an arrangement) I sure do enjoy reading about it! Especially when the tale is as exquisitely told as this one.

Asa has this marriage gig all figured out. His wife will provide companionship -- someone to fill the silence with conversation thus providing a distraction from the memories of war that creep up on him unawares. What he hasn't taken into account is that it takes two to converse and a sociable lady like Judith would naturally have all kinds of questions about things he'd rather keep hidden.

Asa is endearingly gruff and bumbling and so tight-lipped that Judith struggles to figure him out. Not an easy task -- especially when his actions seem to contradict his aloof silence. He is so consciously tender in his dealings with Judith that I swooned a little bit more every chapter. Their romance is rife with trepidation and that sense of unease makes their happily ever after all the sweeter when it finally comes.

This is the fourth book in the Wilderness Brides series -- and shame on me, I've missed two of them! As in all Love Inspired series books, Frontier Want Ad Bride reads wonderfully well as a standalone, though there are crossover characters that fans of the series will be happy to catch up with. And next up we'll have Judith's twin sister, Emma's story.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Their Ranch Reunion

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OBENHAUS, MINDY
THEIR RANCH REUNION

The rancher next door

Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she'll have to share ownership of the home she's inherited with her first love -- and first heartbreak -- Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman. Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly's too stubborn to persuade -- and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move in to their shared property, Andrew's in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide leave and chase another deal...or stay and chase Carly's heart.

Rocky Mountain Heroes: Brothers raised by faith, ready for love

My Review:

The best thing about Andrew is that he has four unmarried brothers who all deserve a happily ever after of their own so this is the first book in a series -- sqqqquuueeeaaaallllll!!!!

A touching reunion story that explores the complications -- and joys -- that come with second chances. Reconnecting after years, Carly and Andrew still find themselves on opposite sides of nearly everything. Still, it isn't hard to fall back into love which only leaves the same conflicts to deal with. But this time round are they mature enough to see their way through to a happily ever after?

A cast of engaging secondary characters including Carly's adorable daughter, twin foals and a cantankerous old man ordered on bed rest along with those aforementioned brothers (!) make this a captivating inspirational romance.

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of Their Ranch Reunion, 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 5 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

With Love Wherever You Are

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MACKALL, DANDI DALEY

WITH LOVE WHEREVER YOUR ARE

Everyone knows that war romances never last...

Nurse Helen Eberhart approaches everything in life with pure determination. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Helen decides to enlist as an Army nurse. There, her grit is put to the test when she's assigned to care for the broken bodies of some of the most severely wounded soldiers, many no older than her own beloved brothers.

Frank Daley wasn't trying to be a hero. He'd only enlisted to finish medical school, confident that the war would be over before his deferment ran out. Instead Lt. Frank R. Daley, MD, is sent straight from his graduation to boot camp, the last stop before a battlefield hospital in Europe. And none of his training prepares him for the chance encounter with a spirited nurse who steals his heart.

After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen and Frank are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time. Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real -- and their marriage more and more like a distant dream.

My Review:

Imagine being entrusted with hundreds of your parents' love letters with the caveat that you can't read them until both mom and dad are gone. What a bittersweet moment that must have been when the author finally got to open that first letter. As she read of their wartime romance, creative juices started to flow and the result is the astounding fictional account of Frank and Helen love's story. And it is totally brilliant.

Be sure to read the author's note at the back of the book which includes the most spectacular pictures. There's one of Helen sitting on Frank's lap. She's smiling at the camera but he only has eyes for her. Besotted about sums him up -- in real life and the fictional one Mackall has created.

Just to be clear -- this isn't a biography -- from what I understand, the author used the letters and her parents' wartime service as inspiration. Only she knows fact from fiction but vivid first-hand details make this one outstanding novel. From the hospital scenes to the outrageous banter between nurse and patient to the infuriating actions of the army (I hope they've evolved since the 1940s!) an authentic period vibe rings true through the entire read.

I loved the format -- letters interspersed with actual scenes. Everything flowed together so well that I just couldn't put this book down. I wanted to savor every glorious moment of Frank and Helen's story. It was pretty much love at first sight for him. Not so much for her. Helen carries some wounds from childhood which makes her wary of love -- especially committing herself to marriage. But war sharpens emotions. There's conflict and tension, hope and despair, laughter and tears. In short -- the stuff real life is made of.

A magnificent, remarkable, glorious read!

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of With Love Wherever You Are, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTcom. If you add your email to your comment make sure 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 6 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Under a Summer Sky : a Savannah Romance

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CARLSON, MELODY
UNDER A SUMMER SKY : A SAVANNAH ROMANCE

She's anticipating a quiet summer surrounded by beauty. She never expected a fresh chance at love.

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of her childhood friends -- who happen to be brothers -- vying for her attention.

With the backdrop of a gorgeous historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance...anything can happen!

Best-selling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to spend the summer surrounded by splendor...and tantalizing possibilities.

My Review:

A breezy beach read that will put a smile on your face and a flutter in your heart. Carlson brings the ambiance of Savannah to life in this captivating summer romance. Decadent descriptions and intriguing facts made me feel like I'd actually traveled south and was experiencing this historical city first hand. I do so love a good armchair travel story!

Love the artistic backdrop too -- from the gallery to the architecture to the artist/art teacher heroine. I don't think there's enough of the Arts featured in Christian Fiction so this one fed my creative loving soul.

And while this might look like  one of those dreaded love triangle stories -- it isn't really. Well, there are two guys but it was pretty clear to me from the start who was going to come out the winner. So this wasn't an angst-riddled read -- at least not on that front. Loved the sibling dynamics and the friction that brought to the story but Nicole handled it with class.

A heartwarming inspirational love story that's perfect for your next summer escape read.

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

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If you would like a chance to win a copy of Under a Summer Sky, 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 that it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 6 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Giveaway - Week Five


WON BY LINDA MOFFITT

WON BY BECKY

WON BY KIM HANSEN


WON BY LUCY REYNOLDS

WON BY SAMANTHA

WON BY CONNIE LEE

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.