A Matter of Trust Review

 

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A Matter of Trust impressed me. Seriously. I had it in my mind that I was only going to read this story for the secondary characters—meaning Sierra and Ian, Jess and Pete—but as I began turning the pages, I was blown away by how quickly Gage and Ella captured my interest.

Here’s the blurb:

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

My Thoughts

Chemistry! Chemistry! Chemistry! I can’t say it enough! Obviously, right? I was floored by the sparks between Gage and Ella. Plus, I’m a sucker for second chance love stories, and this was no exception. But, add in a suspense-laden setting and a grace-driven theme, and I’m abandoning myself to fangirl status.

Ella has secrets and Gage has regrets. Both are wounded by the past, but crave healing and a fresh start. What also enraptured my imagination was Ms. Warren’s vivid descriptions! I could almost hear the wind howling on the mountain and feel the biting air lashing me with snow. It was brilliantly done.

And what is a Susan May Warren novel without a strong spiritual element woven in like comfortable blanket, wrapping around your heart with warmth and life. Again I was spiritually uplifted by the irrepressible truth about God’s amazing grace. This story captured the flawed side of humanity and revealed the perfect side of a merciful Savior.

My favorite quote:

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And that, friends, is what makes a five-star read— a romance enveloped in grace.

About the author: Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

To purchase your very own copy click here.

***I received A Matter of Trust from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Author Interview with Sara Jane Jacobs & Giveaway!

 

Guess what guys! Today we have something different but oh-so-cool here on the blog. An  author interview! I want to introduce you to Sara Jane Jacobs and her debut book Season of Hope. 🙂

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR:



I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted
off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My
first story, Season of Hope, was inspired
by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina,
to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I’m not writing, I
enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves
being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions
to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of
Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack
and Tuesday.

AUTHOR
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
 

 

 

When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn’t upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda’s not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next few years.

As high school graduation nears, Tyler is
shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he
would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first
time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all
wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future.
He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while
Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then
return home to the community college.

When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a
modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s
impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that
she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship
with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.

Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is
thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece.
Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is
just what she’s been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler
becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status,
tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed
ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of
turbulence across their futures.

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Question time!
  1. When did you start writing? I
    started writing a few years after I graduated from high school (many,
    many years ago!) but I didn’t really start treating it as more than just a
    hobby until 20015. 
  2. What gave you the idea for your
    story?

    The second book in the series (which is scheduled for release on July
    25th) was the original story and came from an idea I had for a short story
    contest. One scene, which happens near the end of book two, grew into
    around 94,000 words. After an editor suggested I write some
    additional scenes about Tyler and Amanda’s childhood, book one was
    born.  
  3. What would you like the readers to
    take away from your story?
    Is there a certain theme? The coming
    together of these two families certainly has an impact on Tyler and his
    mother. The story covers more than ten years, and there is a very clear
    moment to me when Jessica Armstrong feels there is hope for
    her and her son. Our relationships are so important. It’s so great to
    have people in our lives who love us, believe in us and bring
    out the best in us!  
  4. What are you currently working on?
    What’s next? 
    I’m getting ready for the launch of
    book two in the series, which will bring some closure for everyone who is
    waiting to see how things turn out between Tyler and Amanda. I’m also
    working on book three, which tells the story of a couple of characters
    from book two.  
  5. What’s a fun fact about you? My daughter named
    two of my cats after cheese. She likes cheese (doesn’t everyone?) So, my
    two orange tabbys are Colby and Jack. And they were born on a
    Sunday and two days later their little sister decided to enter the world.
    My daughter named her Tuesday.  Sorry. That was more than one
    fact.

 






BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
June 26 – Truth
to Shine
June 27
ASC Book Reviews
June 28
Meagan Davenport
June 30
Barbara
Brutt
July 7
Bookworm
Mama
July 10
Tell the World
July 11
2014
and Beyond
July 12
Tammy
Karasek
July 13
Rebecca DeMarino
July 14 –  Julie Arduini
July 17
Laura
Bennet
July 18
All Betts Are Off
July 21
Leslie L. Mckee
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A Letter to My Daughter on Her Tenth Birthday

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Oh Meg, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been both dreading and anticipating this day for awhile. Dreading because you’ve reached double digits and it signifies you’re out of the “little” stage. You’re growing up. But that’s also what I’ve been eager for—to watch you bloom from little girl to young lady. It’s been a struggle with conflicting emotions, but as always joyful expectation won out. I’m excited to see what God has in store for you. We’ve witnessed His hand on you from day one, watched Him perform miracles in you and through you. Meg, you’ve touched so many hearts, with your resilience and perseverance. I’m so proud of you.

When thinking about what to write to you, the story behind your name kept surfacing in my thoughts. Yes, I’m the queen of nicknames, and you’re so forbearing with me as I would call you everything from your dubbed superhero name Megatron, to Meggy, Miracle Meg, Megaphone (for when you’re loud) to the Beany. But your name has significance and here’s the story behind it.

When your dad and I discovered we were having a girl, immediately I conjured up the names I always loved—Audrey (after Audrey Hepburn of course 😉 ) , Eliana, and McKenna. Even though those ones sounded pretty, it just didn’t fit the precious tiny face on the sonogram picture. In the end, we had narrowed the names to three—Kelsey, Gabrielle, and Maegan. Kelsey meant warrior and Gabrielle meant God is my strength, but I couldn’t get past the meaning of Maegan which is pearl. Pearl. I loved the meaning so much. Even dug into what a truly pearl is. For centuries pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, admirable and valuable. And sweetheart that’s you! Your personality, your genuine affection for those around you is so priceless, so beautiful. And I learned that the very best pearls, most exquisite, have a mirror-like luster. They reflect. And Meg you reflect your Creator. You’re a breathing testimony of His faithfulness, His love. Your heart for scripture and worship blesses me more than words can describe.

So on this special day, let me tell you how much you are loved, cherished. So shine on, my pearl. Reflect your Savior, my pearl. And never stop challenging the impossible.

 

 

Review of The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

 

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Anyone who knows me understands that I love both historical and contemporary romance stories, and guess what? The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck has both! Ms. Hauck is masterful at creating novels that combine both genres. Seriously, folks. It hurts my brain to think of all the plotting that she must’ve done to make this story flow-y and flawless. And who doesn’t love twice the romance a dual story has to offer?

Here’s the blurb about the book:

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

My take:

I honestly don’t know where to start about this story. First, let me say…I loved it! There were moments of laughter and sadness. It was a tale of dreams lost and gained.

Historical elements:

I love the Gilded Age. It’s a part of American history that’s unique from all other eras. The “class system” is still very much observed. Money. Prestige. And society placement. I experienced Birdie’s frustration with being manipulated by her mother and her struggle to find happiness in such a shallow environment. I rallied for her to follow her aspirations and not to close her heart to love. Not only was the historical scenes inspiring but also the blossoming romance shared between the characters was endearing to read.

Contemporary elements:

Tenley hooked me from the first few pages. She’s at the top of the literary world, so to speak, yet her heart’s empty. My own heart ached for her to get a glimpse of what her soul truly craved – redemption. And as a writer, I totally sympathized with Tenley’s writing block. Oh yes, sometimes the struggle is real. I was surprised by how much I loved Jonah’s character. He impressed me with his honorable and godly behavior. I could gush and gush about the vivid scenes with Tenley and Jonah, but I don’t want to give anything away 😉

The Writing Desk whispered to me through the pages of residual grace. Of His faithfulness to hold our hands as we reach for our dreams, but also of His steadfast presence when our desires slip through our fingers.

This truly is a must-read. The Writing Desk is set to release July 11th. Click here to get the special preorder price!

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Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck

*I was provided a copy through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Now you tell me – what’s on your reading list for the summer?

 

The Day She Said. . . I Do

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The serious threat of catching her hair ablaze caused Rachel’s heart to belly-flop into her stomach. The flames of four candelabras winked at her from both sides of the aisle, as if daring her to proceed. If it hadn’t been for the mid-June humidity declaring war on her loosened curls, she would have never agreed to douse her head with a bottle of Aussie hairspray making her a walking fire accelerant. And the realization that over a hundred pairs of eyes were pinned on her every move added to the struggle.

But proceed she must.

With her chin lifted, she straightened her shoulders without the slightest regard for her pounding pulse. After a couple of hitched breaths and strategically placed steps, she’d cleared the blazing boogers with ease. Not even a spark. Now to conquer the rest of the aisle.

Left foot. Right foot. Trying to keep in time with the Wedding March was a lot simpler yesterday in her flip-flops. Who on earth convinced her to wear four-inch heels? And why was the ivory runner so rumpled? Never mind. She could do this.

Her layered gown swooshed with each confident stride. A few sniffles and sighs floated by her ears. And she was pretty sure the repetitive honking sound was someone blowing their nose and not a goose trapped beneath a pew.

Though she had to confess, those minor distractions on her trek down the aisle were nothing compared to the mountainous troubles she’d faced on the actual journey which led her here. During various times, her adversaries may have thought they’d been discreet, but she’d heard the exaggerated whispers and caught the condescending glances.

She’s too young to marry.

She never had a real boyfriend before him. The sad girl doesn’t even know what love is.

That marriage won’t last.

It wasn’t that she had the vengeance to prove them wrong, but rather the desire to prove herself right. That despite her being nineteen, she could discern her own heart. Judge her own aspirations. They hadn’t known she’d guarded her heart, her purity, with a dedication only God could give. They also hadn’t known the man who was about to give her his name, one who’d champion her in any arena of life. The feathery touch of God’s presence coursed through her, reassuring. Like the many times over this past year. God was with her. He made her strong. And the church brimmed with more well-wishers than naysayers.

Hands holding white and pale pink roses dangled in the aisle. Hands that belonged to people who had made a mark on her heart. She continued down the path to her future, collecting the flowers from family and friends. It meant more to her than holding a stiff bridal bouquet, for she clutched memories.

Then…the world stopped. Well, not really. But to her, the moment he came in view, her surroundings faded. Now, it was the way it should be. Just him and her. Scott and Rachel.

Gracious, the way he filled that Italian suit sent shivers right past her “something blue” garter all the way to her pinched toes. His bronze-colored eyes held a watery sheen, his intense gaze pouring into her, quieting the anxious corners of her soul.

While the preacher procured the communion elements, Scott leaned toward her, his lips brushing her ear. “Rachy…you’re stunning.”

Why, oh why hadn’t she worn waterproof mascara? Her face would resemble a zebra soon. A good look for a children’s theme party, but not her wedding.

“No tears, Fuzzhead.” A delicious smile played on his lips. Fuzzhead, his nickname for her when she was fourteen. Goodness, had six years really passed? Six years of drawing hearts around his name. Six years of dreaming for this day to come. This day. She bit her lip, tasting the grit of her lipstick.

The preacher returned and handed them the bread and juice. Gazing at the divine remembrances in her palm, she comprehended what had eluded her for several years. Communion was deeper than a formality. Stronger than a churchy ritual. And right now, bigger than a poofy dress and fancy hair. It was about Him—Jesus. How He’d surrendered His life for the church. His bride. To cleanse her. To beautify her. To make her who she was destined to be by the forfeit of His life. That was love. Devotion. Sacrifice.

Lord, help me see. Let our marriage be worthy of Your shed blood. For You to be our focus.

In unison, they partook of the Lord’s Supper. Scott wove his fingers into hers, an intimate familiarity that would never grow old. The warmth of his grip melted her heart. She smiled at him— the first man to hold her hand, to tell her she was beautiful. The only man to say those coveted words—I love you.

A peace settled in the depths of her being. It didn’t matter what difficulty they would face over the years to come. Fear had no hold on her. A lifetime of love and unspeakable joy stretched before her. She lifted her lashes, setting her sights on the wooden cross above the baptismal. Today she said I do, and it meant forever.

 

 

Roseanna White’s A Song Unheard Cover Reveal

So it’s a common thing around here to see book reviews for the latest releases in Christian fiction, but today we’re doing something new. A cover reveal! Author Roseanna White’s second book in the Shadow Over England series, A Song Unheard, is scheduled to release January 2, 2018. (That date seems soooo far away, but thankfully book one A Name Unknown releases in less than a month)

About A Song Unheard

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

 

My Thoughts

Being the music enthusiast that I am, I’m excited about this story! And let’s not forget the mystery sure to rouse our intrigue. Codes? How cool is that? There’s bound to be fun, danger, and my personal favorite ROMANCE parading about the pages. But what I love about Roseanna’s stories is the element of faith woven throughout that always leaves me spiritually refreshed.

Okay, hopefully your appetite is whet because without further ado. . .

 

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Isn’t Willa gorgeous? And that dress! So dear reader, if you’re sold that this story is definitely worth looking into, here’s the link for preorder.

https://www.amazon.com/Song-Unheard-Shadows-Over-England/dp/0764219278/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496689880&sr=8-1&keywords=a+song+unheard+roseanna+white

Or check it out on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35069089-a-song-unheard?ac=1&from_search=true

About the Author

RoseannaJuly2016.jpgRoseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring.
Being educated at St. John’s Collete (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and also small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict.

You can contact Roseanna on her website , Facebook, or Twitter

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts about this cover! Comment below about this story or what you consider is most important in a cover.

 

 

Becky Wade’s True To You review and $100 Giveaway

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About the book:

It’s the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
Learn more and purchase a copy.

My Review

Courtesy Disclaimer: You’re about to venture into the portion of this post consisting of excessive gushing and extreme fangirling. Consider yourself warned. 😉

Okay. Now that the caution is out of the way – here goes.

True to You is my favorite Becky Wade story to date! It is! And trust me, my declaration is not unfounded. There are several reasons that uphold my claim.

One- Nora!

Who doesn’t love a librarian as a heroine? But what seals my adoration is how relatable her character is. For me, if I can identify with a main character early on, then I’m excited for the reading journey ahead. Nora Bradford was one I could see me being friends with. She’s sweet-natured, caring, and—my personal favorite—obsessed with British television. We’d get along great! I love her awkwardness with the hero at early encounters and the transformation to ease and fun banter with the giant navy seal as the story progresses.

Two- John!

As if I wasn’t going to mention the Navy Seal! Here’s my favorite thing about John–HIS JOURNEY. (Yes all caps were necessary 😉 ) He embarks on the sensitive task of discovering his birth mother with Nora’s assistance, and along the way he uncovers truth about himself. It was intriguing and out of this revelation came the most important element of the story. (besides the romance)

The Spiritual Theme.

Becky weaves strong spiritual themes into all her novels, and this one is no exception. It is one that stuck with me. And that is—our identity is in Christ. It doesn’t matter what your background is or even who your natural parents are. If you’re a Christian, you’re a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new. This surety keeps us stable through rough circumstances. So glad Becky brought this truth out in her story. After reading this novel, I even saw the title in a whole new light. True to You. Yes, there’s that beautiful romancey tone about being true and loyal to the one your heart loves, but there is also another meaning. Being true to “you” – the individual. True to the person God created in His image, to recognize your true identity in Jesus.

And now, do you think I could finish this review without mentioning the romance? Umm, never. The tender relationship between Nora and John was heartfelt, beautiful, and, at moments, humorous. The chemistry between the two characters were tangible and fun to read. Becky has such talent in bringing a fresh love story that touches your heart and leaves you in anticipation for the next story.

*I was provided a copy from Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions are my own.

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Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Visit Becky at her Website, BeckyWade.com on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade’s new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of True to You
  • A $100 Visa cash card
  • A prize pack hand-picked by Becky

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.