Thursday, January 17, 2019

The End Begins by Sara Davison review


The End Begins
Title:  The End Begins
Series: The Seven Trilogy
Author: Sara Davison
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 302 pages
Publication Date: August 2018 (first published September 1st 2015) 
Publisher: Ashberry Lane Publishing
Edition: I read a digital copy
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense, Christian
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance?

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit. She could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.


Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.



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Main Characters

  1. Meryn O'Reilly- bookstore owner
  2. Jesse Christensen- Army Captain
Dynamic: enemies to lovers

Plot

Set a couple decades in the future after several mosque bombings by a hate group claiming to be Christians. Canadian government was forced to act quickly to stop continued terrorist attacks so that meant restrictions and consequences for anyone claiming or known to be a Christian. The book starts in a church that was raided by the Army. Meryn and her friend with children went to hide and were discovered by Captain Christensen who let the scared group go.  Told from both Jesse and Meryn's point of views as they continue to run into each other in the small town, we get to see the tension building from the world events on both sides: believers/ persecutors. Jesse doesn't agree with the harshness of his job but still knows something has to happen. New legislation continue to pass throughout the story decreasing Christian rights (now labeled a hate group because they are anti-homosexuality) and increasing punishment for anyone found not following the new law.


Content Warning: does have implied and descriptive scenes of violence


Setting

Canada in 2053
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Theme

End Times/ Christianity persecution

What did I like about the book?

I've never read a book about Christian persecution. I know its a topic talked about at church but it feels so removed from my life and like a foreign or out of date idea living in America today where I've never experienced enmity for my beliefs. This story felt very realistic, just like Handmaid's Tale, like it really COULD happen.

There was a lot of action and easy to read. The events unfolded in such a way I could picture them happening, like it was a real story, completely believable. I know friends and family that respond in a similar manner as the characters do.

The ending was not wrapped up nicely and was a little spooky so I'm left wanting more.

What did I not like about the book?

I get this is a romantic suspense story, but the ending didn't seem believable. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but.... if I went through what Meryn went through... I'd have a different reaction (more like Anastasia from 50 Shades did)

Date Started/Finished : December 23rd- December 24th 2018


Recommend?

Would you encourage others to read this book? Why or why not?

Rating: 3/*****

based off Goodreads' ratings: 3 stars – liked it, average read

content rating system

PG =  some depictions of violence or brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking.






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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Handmade Hearts Blog Blitz & Giveaway


Handmade Hearts blog blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Handmade Hearts by June McCrary Jacobs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Handmade Hearts

Handmade Hearts Cover.jpgABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Handmade Hearts  
Author: June McCrary Jacobs  
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books  
Release Date: December 18, 2018  
Genre: Historical Romance 

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon 



Synopsis:


'Handmade Hearts' is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.

Toward the end of his life, the author asked her Uncle 'Allen' how he met his wife. He shared about how he met 'Irene' at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.

He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.

Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.

This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene's relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. 'Handmade Hearts' was created to honor this unique couple's love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.  


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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June McCrary Jacobs was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing's 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom'. 'Robin's Reward', her first full-length novel, was set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the 'Bonita Creek Trilogy'.

June's debut middle-grade novel, 'RES-Q Tyler Stop', an historical novel set in Sonoma County, California, in 1968, will be released in the spring of 2019. The second installment of the 'Bonita Creek Trilogy', 'Penny's Promise', will be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

June's original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade. When she's not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will win an ebook copy of Handmade Hearts + $15 Amazon Gift Code 
(2) additional winners will each receive an ebook copy of Handmade Hearts

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 15, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 22, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

With This Pledge Spotlight & Giveaway

With This Pledge spotlight with excerpt

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander, the first full novel of the Carnton series, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: With This Pledge
Series: Carnton, Book 1  
Author: Tamera Alexander  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 8, 2019  
Genre: Historical Romance  
Print Length: 448 pages

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.  

Synopsis


History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of USA TODAY bestselling Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.  

What can a woman—a mere governess—do against the scourge of slavery?

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause—but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancĂ© and lifelong friend.

As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.

Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right—no matter the cost.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

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EXCERPT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.  

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will win a release copy of With This Pledge + $10 Amazon Gift Card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 14, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 28, 2019. US only for a print copy of the book. International winners will receive an ebook. Gift card prize will be issued as an e-gift card. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer

The Confident Woman Devotional
Title:  The Confident Woman Devotional 
Author: Joyce Meyer
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 433 pages
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Faithwords
Edition: 365 Daily Inspirations : Revised and Expanded Edition
Genre: Women's Christian Living, Devotionals, Inspirational, Religion, Self-Help, Spirituality
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received a copy of this devotional from the publisher. All opinions are my own.  

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Synopsis:

God has created you to be confident, bold, and free-free to be yourself, free from the need to compare yourself to others, and free to step into His destiny for your life.

Based on her #1 New York Times bestseller The Confident Woman, Joyce Meyer taps into concerns and issues that many women commonly experience-lack of confidence, poor self-image, dysfunctional relationships-and provides encouragement and practical wisdom to help resolve problems in those areas of life. In today's busy, fast-paced world, it's easy to forget the need to slow down and live in the present, while holding on to personal "baggage" that's keeping you from being the woman God created you to be. But this powerful daily devotional, revised and expanded with new insights, inspirational quotes, and practical action items, will help you on your journey toward a confident life filled with love, laughter, and God's acceptance, one day at time.

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Theme

Growing in faith and confidence in God

What did I like about the book?

The book is thick but small so each daily devotional is a simple way to start the day and get into a positive mindset. The devotional has a weekly focus and prayer with each page a different day with a scripture quote, reflective paragraph, and 1-2 sentence prayer. I like to read the book at breakfast with my kids so we can take a quick moment to focus on God. We don't have a lot of time getting ready for the day and planning our agenda but growing in faith is important.


Joyce Meyer has been recommended multiple times over the years from different friends and family members. This is the first book I've actually read so far. She is known for really digging into the scripture and being challenging. The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer is easy to read and understand, perfect for any level of faith.

What did I not like about the book?

Some of the devotions are not very deep or imaginative. On a couple of occasions I've asked my daughter to think about the scripture and come up with something else (aside from the topic of the day) it is referring to that can help us today. That has created some great morning dialogue. 


Date Started/Finished : December 2018- currently reading


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Recommend? Yes

If you are starting out in devotions, don't have a lot of time, or sharing the gospel with young people- this is a great conversation starter.

Rating: 4/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable


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