July 26, 2017

Book Review: Home on the Range


Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne is an inspirational contemporary romance focused on family dynamics and ranch life. 

Even when his brothers moved away, Nick Stafford continued to work on the family ranch, yet he lived in town with his wife and daughters. Now, he's a single father dealing with the lingering pain of his ex-wife cheating and running away from their family and his young daughters' struggles with their mother's abandonment, as well as issues with the ranch and strained relationship with his ill father. Nick is continually facing various problems and issues, yet the recommended therapist (for his daughters) is a bright light in his life.

Elsa Andreas is dealing with her own issues and after-effects of a past tragedy that led to her self-forced seclusion from her former life. Now, her first step back is helping Nick's two little girls, and each step leads Elsa back to her extended family, new friends and neighbors, church, job options, and especially him.

Both Nick and Elsa have deal with drama and tragedy in their lives, and their newly formed friendship is based on attraction and her involvement with helping his daughters. This well-written story and deep character development is a heartbreakingly beautiful story.
Since it's the second book in the Double S Ranch series, it's ideal to start with the first book, due to the overarching storyline and various secondary characters mentioned, yet it still reads as a standalone. And I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 

Home on the Range is highly recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary faith-based novels with a clean romantic storyline intermixed with family drama and ranch life.


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 24, 2017

Book Review: Wow

 
Wow: The Good News in Four Words is a hardcover picture book for children, which is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Annabel Tempest. 

According to the back cover: "The gospel is often called "the Good News," and that's because it's the best news ever! Wow! tells the Good News using four word: Wow! Uh-Oh. Yes! Ah. Bright, joyful illustrations and fun-to-read rhymes walk kids through God's whole story."  

In addition to the creative and whimsical illustrations and faith-based text, there are scripture references featured in the back of the book. According to the Note to Parents section: "This book conveys God's amazing grace and plan of salvation in simple terms children (and grown-ups) will understand and remember. As you read through each part of this story, encourage your child to shout out each focus word: Wow! Uh-oh. Yes! Ahh. Wow!"

In thirty pages, this easy-to-read picture book is geared toward ages four to eight.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 17, 2017

Book Review: Hope Restored


Hope Restored is another enjoyable book by Carrie Ann Ryan. This captivating contemporary romance is the third (and most likely final) book in the Gallagher Brothers series.

Among his siblings, Murphy Gallagher is the last remaining bachelor, and he intends on staying single. However, his world has drastically shifted due to cancer, and then Tessa Stone becomes an integral part of his life. In order to move forward with their newly-formed relationship, Tessa has to overcome serious issues in her past, while Murphy's former childhood cancer concerns have re-materialized in the present day.

Along with an emotional cancer storyline, there's a slight underlying mystery. Overall, it's a romantically sweet, yet passionate story with Murphy and Tessa's romantic relationship being very descriptive. The main characters are highly captivating, while the secondary characters add depth and additional humor to the story. 

Since it's the third book in Gallagher Brothers series, it's ideal to start with the first book,  even though Hope Restored can be read as a standalone. I recommend reading the connected Montgomery Ink series and the entire Gallagher Brothers series to fully meet the extensive list of Montgomery and Gallagher family members, as well as to fully comprehend the strength and love in the secondary characters' relationships and interactions.  

With Murphy as the last single Gallagher, I'm disappointed that this is probably the end of the Gallagher Brothers series, yet I'm looking forward to upcoming books in the Montgomery Ink series and additional spin-off series! :)

Hope Restored is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading passionate and descriptive contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided ARC copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for ebooks, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Say No to Joe


Say No to Joe?, by Lori Foster is a contemporary romance with some suspense and a slight mystery underlying the theme of family and love.

Despite the story starting with Joe Winston recovering from injuries occurring after a date, he proclaims that he's interested in Luna Clark and has been wanting to date her for months. His statements and dating actions don't quite match up, yet he doesn't date another woman after Luna shows up at his house requesting help.

As the new guardian of her late cousin's kids, Luna is moving to a small town to care for the kids she's never met. Since there are unknown individuals attempting to hurt her new family, Luna invites Joe along to help them. While Joe is definitely an alpha with protective hero tendencies, despite his bad-boy style and intense work history, he has also attracted danger that follows him to their new town.  

As the story continues, Joe and Luna attempt a relationship with a lot of drama and danger surrounding them and the kids, who are adorably entertaining in their interactions with Joe and Luna. This book is a reissue, which is quite evident with the mention of VCRs and movie rental shops. 

Say No to Joe? is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances with a little mystery intermixed in the story.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 15, 2017

Book Review: Her Cowboy's Promise


Her Cowboy's Promise, by Jennifer Hoopes is an emotional contemporary romance, and the first book in the Fly Creek series.

Three years ago, Emily White moved to the small town of Fly Creek, Wyoming, after the tragic death of her fiance. She steadily kept to herself, while focusing on her paintings and art gallery shop, until she meets Adam Conley.

Adam arrives in town and works as a hired ranch hand only to fulfill his promise to his cousin. However, Adam doesn't yet reveal the terms of the promise, nor immediately disclose the life-altering secrets that he's hiding. As the story unfolds, Emily and Adam's attraction and friendship continues to build, despite their past continuing to interfere with their future together. Both characters are extremely emotional and intensely dramatic.

Her Cowboy's Promise is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances, particularly stories involving emotional issues.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 14, 2017

Book Review: Never Kiss a Highlander


Never Kiss a Highlander, by Michele Sinclair is an intriguing historical highlander romance.

After twelve years, Hamish MacBrieve is temporarily leaving the McTiernay clan to return home to Foinaven Castle, where his brother is laird instead of him. While helping his brother strengthen the clan and provide protection from recent enemies, Hamish falls for Mairead MacMhathain, who was only ten years old when he last left home and the much younger sister of his former love. Despite plenty of drama and secrets, Mairead and Hamish form a friendship that leads to love. Both characters are determined and entertaining, which provides an captivating story.

Since it's the sixth book in The McTiernays series, it's ideal to start with the first book to meet all the secondary characters, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. 

Never Kiss a Highlander is rgeared towards those who enjoy reading historical romances, particularly stories involving highlanders.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Casual Affair


Casual Affair, by Melanie Munton is an interesting contemporary romance.

Zane Price is temporarily living in the United States, while working abroad from England. His employer's company is focused on opening a new store, and Bea Paxton's interior design business is hired to assist.

Zane and Bea's first introduction is through an entertaining paintball game, and they attempt to mute their instant attraction, due to to their business relationship. However, their romantic attraction continues and precedes other decisions, except their work-related concerns. Zane is a micro-manager and workaholic, while Bea insists on control at work, which provides them with plenty of opportunities to argue about work decisions and try to tame their on-going attraction.

Casual Affair is a lighthearted, yet intensely romantic story and geared towards those who prefer reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: One Week with the Marine


One Week with the Marine, by Allison Gatta is an interesting contemporary romance.

Holden Morris and Avery Forrester have been friends with benefits for many years, while she has worked as a travel photographer and he has served in the military. Recently, Holden has decided that he wanted Avery to commit to a relationship, since he wants to marry her and have children. However, Avery believes that commitment will ruin their friendship, despite only wanting one man.

As the story unfolds, Holden and Avery are insecure about their friendship and very lonely without each other. Both have plenty of family drama, especially dealing with Holden's parents making inappropriate comments. Avery's best friend is in a relationship crisis of her own, which seems like enough material for a future book.

One Week with the Marine is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 12, 2017

Book Review: The Importance of Being Scandalous


The Importance of Being Scandalous, by Kimberly Bell is an entertaining historical romance, and the first book in the Tale of Two Sisters series.

After two years, Nicholas Wakefield has returned home, and he is finally planning to romantically pursue Amelia Bishop - his best friend from childhood whom he has loved for years. However, she's already engaged!

Even though her parents encouraged her engagement, Amelia isn't ready to marry, and she'd rather spend time with Nicholas instead of her fiance. After finding out about her fiance's true unappealing nature, Amelia (along with her sister's assistance) unsuccessfully tries to end their engagement in various ostentatious ways. 

Due to the captivating characters, enjoyable conversations, and entertaining situations, I'm looking forward to eventually reading the next book, A Scandal by Any Other Name, in this series.

The Importance of Being Scandalous is recommended and geared towards those who prefer reading historical romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Bonding Games


Bonding Games, by Cathryn Fox is an interesting contemporary romance.

Holly Fairfax is determined to live independently and succeed in her job. During a work retreat, Holly is partnered with fellow employee, Josh Steele, who is actually working undercover for Holly's father. As a former Navy SEAL, Josh accepts this job believing that Holly's life might be in danger.

In addition to the possible danger, hidden secrets, and work bonding games, Holly and Josh start an intense romantic relationship.

Bonding Games is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Chance Seduction


Chance Seduction, by Jess Dee is a contemporary romance that focuses on an intense romantic relationship between the main characters with an underlying serious theme.

Lexi Tanner is working on fundraising for a project to help families, especially young siblings, cope and be supported when a family member has cancer. Due to her sister having childhood cancer, this is a special project for Lexi, yet she needs large sums of monetary donations for the project to be completed. One primary company that she contacts is owned by AJ "Adam" Riley, who happens to be her recent one-night stand.

Until their business meeting, Lexi had no idea that her recent lover was the same man whom she's asking to support her project. Their overwhelmingly intense attraction combined with a tragedy in his past prevent Adam and Lexi from moving forward in a positive manner with business situation, as well as their romantic relationship. Most of the book is spent with the main characters either talking or thinking about their serious attraction to each other.

Chance Seduction is geared towards those who prefer contemporary romance books with a high focus on angst, drama, and attraction.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 10, 2017

Book Review: A Matter of Trust


A Matter of Trust, by Susan May Warren is an enjoyable and inspirational contemporary romance.

For the past three years, Gage Watson has been trying to rebuilt his life as a ski patrol in Montana. His former life as champion snowboarder ended, due to a serious tragedy that lead to him being sued and forced to abandon his snowboarder career. However, Gage still hasn't moved beyond the betrayal of the woman who assisted in his infamous courtroom case.

While searching for her younger brother in Montana, Ella Blair runs into Gage, once again. The last time that Ella and Gage saw each other was years ago on opposite sides of a courtroom, yet their attraction and once-blossoming love is still evident. Even though both Gage and Ella harbor resentment and anger towards each other, Gage agrees to help Ella's search for her missing brother on a dangerous mountain peak.

As the story continues, the secondary characters are a major part of the book with interlocking stories moving past Gage and Ella's story and throughout the series. Since A Matter of Trust is the third book in the Montana Rescue series, it's ideal to start with the first book, due to all the overlapping stories and various secondary characters mentioned. I'm looking forward to reading future books in the Montana Rescue series. 

A Matter of Trust is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary Christian novels with a clean romantic storyline intermixed with drama and underlying suspense.


Note: I received this book from Revell Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Wisdom of God


The Wisdom of God: Letting His Truth and Goodness Direct Your Steps, by A. W. Tozer is a inspirational book, which was complied and edited by James L. Snyder from the author's previous sermons on wisdom. 

According to the Introduction, "To know Christ is to know God's wisdom. The more we understand this, the more we will be able to see the hand of God in our life moving us in the direction He wants us to go. The amazing thing to me is that all the sermons that make up this book were preached in the early 1960s, but the message is relevant to Christianity today."

It's divided into twenty-three chapters, which are titled as The Hebrew Doctrine of Wisdom, Christ, the Wisdom of God, The Effect of Poured-Out Wisdom, Lessons from the Doctrine of Eternal Wisdom, Christianity Flows Out of God's Wisdom, The Root of Divine Wisdom, The True Essence of Divine Wisdom, How to Access the Wisdom of God, The Manifestation of God's Wisdom, God's Wisdom Is Poured Out on His Creation, The Benefits of Eternal Wisdom, Divine Wisdom Illuminates the Face of Christ, The Pursuit of Excellent Wisdom, The Focus of Excellent Wisdom, The Practicality of God's Wisdom, The Warning of Divine Wisdom, Moral Wisdom vs. Divine Wisdom, Turning from Moral Folly to Wisdom, The Voice of Wisdom Calling Us Back, The Voice of Wisdom Calls for a Choice, The Delivering Power of Divine Wisdom, God's Wisdom Is Justified in the Redeemed, and God's Wisdom Is Absolute and Unqualified (Not Limited). Plus, there's an Introduction and A Closing Prayer conclusion.

  
This book has never before been available in print, and it features various quotes and scripture verses, while focusing on Tozer's previous sermons on wisdom.

The Wisdom of God is a resource for individuals and groups interested in focusing on a scripture view regarding wisdom.


Note: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

July 9, 2017

Book Review: Mr. Owliver's Magic at the Museum


Mr. Owliver's Magic at the Museum is an absolutely delightful picture book, which is written and illustrated by Carolyn Bracken.

As an owl who stays up all night, Mr. Owliver works as the night watchman at the Animaltown Art Museum. He enjoys viewing the art, until one evening, Mr. Owliver discovers an unusual occurrence with the paintings.

Within forty  pages, this children's book spotlights classic works of art and the importance of friendship. Throughout the book, artistic masterpieces are revised to depict various animals, yet there's a section listing the original artists, their artwork, and additional details. Also, an Art History Timeline is included.

Mr. Owliver's Magic at the Museum is an enjoyable easy-to-read picture book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly preschoolers to second graders.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

Book Review: Welcome Home, Beaver

 
Welcome Home, Beaver is a charming children's book written and illustrated by Magnus Weightman.

Within thirty-two pages, this book focuses on Beaver traveling across the world in a hot air balloon, while searching to find his way back home. Along the way, he views various animals and their homes, and a map diagram of Beaver's travels is included.

Welcome Home, Beaver is a delightful easy-to-read picture book with elaborate, yet adorable, illustrations. It's geared toward young children, particularly ages four to nine.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers




Cinderella and the Furry Slippers is an adorable children's book written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre

Within thirty-two pages, this book features delightful illustrations depicting a modernized version of the the classic Cinderella fairy tale with a unique twist at the end.

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers is an easy-to-read picture book. It's geared towards children, particularly ages three to seven, yet enjoyable for all ages.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

Book Review: Baby Animals Playing


Baby Animals Playing, by Suzi Eszterhas is a delightful non-fiction children's book.

Within twenty-four pages, this non-fiction book features lovely full-color photographs and focuses on adorable baby animals, as they play to learn and practice vital skills. Also, it's the first book in a new series.

Baby Animals Playing is an easy-to-read book that's geared toward young children, particularly ages three to seven. 


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.   

July 8, 2017

Book Review: To Seduce a Lady's Heart


To Seduce a Lady's Heart, by Ingrid Hahn is a historical regency romance, and the third book in The Landon Sisters series.

Lord Jeremy Landon has spent years repaying his scandalous uncle's debts in order to rebuild his title as the Earl of Bennington. With one last debt to repay, Jeremy is denied and then manipulated into agreeing to marriage. However, his future bride is in love with someone else and her friend, Lady Elizabeth Rosamund Burke, decides to save her from a life of misery.

As a spinster with a previously broken engagement, Eliza believes that this forced marriage might be her only option to escape her tyrannical mother. Even though their marriage began with manipulation and a few lies, Jeremy and Eliza are attracted to each other. As the story continues, they have to deal with possible scandals, plenty of secrets, and a missing jewel.

To Seduce a Lady's Heart is geared towards those who prefer reading historical regency romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Millionaire's Temptation


The Millionaire's Temptation, by Sonya Weiss is a quick, yet interesting, contemporary romance.

Holly Campbell spent most of her childhood as a thief, while trying to protect her autistic brother. For the past several years, she's moved from city to city to avoid danger. However, she's forced to break into a millionaire's safe to return something her brother accidentally stole. Of course, the millionaire is also her recent one-night stand.

Jake Lawson never disclosed his identity to Holly, yet he was hoping their brief introduction might lead to a relationship. When he discovers her breaking into his safe, Jake believes that Holly can't be trusted, even though he's still interested in her. Both Jake and Holly had difficult childhoods and their pasts shape their current decisions and fears regarding romance.

The Millionaire's Temptation is geared towards those who enjoy reading dramatic contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: ABCs of Mathematics


ABCs of Mathematics, by Chris Ferrie provides an unique and entertaining way for children to learn about math in twenty-six pages.

Each letter of the alphabet focuses on a mathematics term, such as A is for Addition, B is for Base, C is for Chord, D is for Division, E is for Equation, etc. Along with an illustration, the mathematics term is defined and summarized. According to the back cover, "Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!"

ABCs of Mathematics is geared towards babies to third graders. Highly recommend adding this board book to your child's collection.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Wild Zoo Train



Wild Zoo Train is a fun children's book written by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and illustrated by Steve Gray.

According to book description: "A zoo train full of children takes a mysterious turn into the wilds. As each train trip becomes more and more wild, curious children observe the whimsical world around them!"

Within thirty-two pages, Wild Zoo Train is an easy-to-read book that features entertaining illustrations. It's geared toward young children, particularly ages three to seven.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

July 7, 2017

Book Review: Maybe This Summer


Maybe This Summer, by Jennifer Snow is an enjoyable contemporary romance novella.

As the Colorado Avalanche's team mascot, Owen McConnell isn't recognized outside his costume. However, as the hockey team's promotions manager, he meets Paige Adams, while she's raising funds for a hospital burn unit, which has personal ties to her life. Even though their first interaction is tame, Owen and Paige's attempt at a first date ends in disaster. 

This book is actually a novella between the second and third books in the Colorado Ice series. It's ideal to start with the first book, yet it's not necessary to read the series in order.

Maybe This Summer is a quick read and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.