Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blog Tour - The Decision That Changed My Life


About the book: Whether making life-changing choices or considering seemingly small day-to-day decisions, to choose oftentimes means to take a step into the unknown.

In The Decision That Changed My Life, author Ganel-Lyn Condie explores some of the life-altering choices made by sixteen notable and everyday Latter-day Saints and the chain of events that followed those decisions that affected other people's lives. From the broad impact of Janice Kapp Perry's course-changing decision to pursue music to the significance of Chris Carter's converting to the gospel as a young boy, each story demonstrates the potential ripple effects of our decisions. While following the promptings of the Spirit without a full understanding of the outcome requires great faith, sometimes making that one decision has the power to change our lives—and the world.

My review: This book is so great! I loved the way that it is written. There is a chapter about a person and the thing that really changed the direction of their life. And then the next chapter is a ripple effect, someone who personally knows the first person talks about how the first person directly effected their life. I LOVED that! I think a lot of times we effect others lives and we never even know that we did, let alone how we did.

Some of the stories are about notable people, but some were about people that I have never heard of before and each of the stories touched my heart in some way or another. One of them that did was one of the survivors from the Cokeville bombing of 1985. Her story was amazing, and it brought me to tears. And I really loved reading about T.C. Christensen and his movies...and I really enjoyed reading about the author's life in this one too. So many great stories!

Make sure to grab your copy of this great book, you won't want to miss all of the great stories in it! 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book

About the author: Ganel-Lyn knows anything is possible with God. She never dreamed of writing when she graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in elementary education and psychology, yet she has become an award-winning journalist and was editor of Wasatch Woman magazine. She has interviewed well-known public figures, including Cokie Roberts and Richard Paul Evans, and has a talent for sharing other people’s stories. She loves being a wife and mother and will always be grateful for her family. They and her faith helped her heal from a chronic illness and years of chemotherapy treatments for a heart condition. They’ve truly been instruments in the Lord’s hands in many other ways. Because of her experiences, Ganel-Lyn has a passion for creating balance, organization, and spirituality in life and at home. She has discovered the joy of sharing experiences with others through her newspaper column, consulting, public speaking, and her website, www.ganellyn.com.

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Cover Reveal - My Dearest Love

Oh. My. Gosh! I'm so excited. Did you know that Sarah Eden has a new novella coming out set in the Hope Springs world???!!! I didn't know until today. This is one of my very favorite series and I get to help reveal the cover today. So exciting!

So without further ado....


So beautiful!

You can check it out on Goodreads

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Mistletoe Secret

About the book: Dear Universe,
Is anyone out there?

Thinking no one is reading, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. She goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while inside she longs to know how it would feel if one person cared about her.

Alex Bartlett cares. He’s reading her posts in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nursing his own broken heart and trust issues, he finds himself falling for this sensitive, vulnerable woman whose feelings mirror his own. Following a trail of clues LBH has inadvertently revealed, he discovers that she lives in the small town of Midway, Utah. He makes his way there just after Thanksgiving, determined to find LBH. Maybe she’s a Lisa, Lori, or a Luanne. Instead, he finds a woman named Aria, a waitress at the Mistletoe Diner, who encourages Alex in his search while serving his pie along with some much-needed sympathy and companionship.

Alex finally finds his LBH, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. How can he tell her that he knows her secret? What’s holding him back? Could it be his feelings for Aria? 

My review: This is a super cute book! I loved the plot, the setting, the Christmas feel, and the cute romance.

Alex was an interesting character to read about. He's been divorced for about a year and his friends decide that it's time for him to start dating, so they basically give him an intervention and tell him he has to start online dating. I thought it was pretty funny when he was filling out the online dating application. And the women the site matched him with were pretty hilarious. But as he's doing this he runs across a blog about loneliness written by a woman, LBH, and as he's reading it he falls in love with her. I loved the way he finds clues in everything she's written, leading him to her. He drops his whole life in Florida and heads to a super small town in Utah to find the woman he loves before it's too late.

I really loved the way that Evans describes Midway, it was so fun to read about a place I've spent some time, and I thought he did a great job with it. Especially The Blue Boar Inn, I've never been in there, but now I really want to!

I loved the way you know what Alex is thinking, but you don't have any idea what Aria is thinking, and like Alex, you have no idea just who LBH is. 

This is a great book, I loved everything about it! Can't wait for next year's Christmas book by this author!

I was able to borrow this book from my local library.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Condemn Me Not Meme #3

These fun memes are making me so excited to read this one! I can't wait! Pre-order here!



Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Tour - Aspen Everlasting




About the book: Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!

My review: This is such a fun book! I was not prepared for the wild ride it would take me on from the very beginning.

I loved the way you first meet Aspen, she's a normal 16 year-old, she has a crush on the boy next door and she has some great girlfriends. The first scene where they're playing "Sardines" really grabbed my attention. Then, Aspen ends up having to leave and gets caught in a swollen river in her car with her sister Willow and some friends. That's when the craziness starts happening. Willow is able to break the window on the car with only her bare hands and no injuries. Then both she and Aspen are able to throw their two friends way farther then they ever would have imagined. And finally, Aspen's glass cuts heal while she and Willow are watching. Freaky! And that's when she learns that she and both of siblings are Evermortals. That's a huge secret that her parents have kept for a very long time and it's really only the tip of the iceberg of the secrets that they've kept.

I loved all of the action and adventure in this one. There is something new and exciting with every turn of the page. I loved that there's a touch of romance in this one too. And I really loved the kind of character that Aspen is, she's a really take charge girl and she gets herself into tricky situations, and most of the time she needs help to get back out of them.

The other characters in this book are great too! I loved that it was really hard to tell just who was with Aspen and her family and who was fighting against them. It made it hard to tell just who they could trust. 

This is a cute book that I had fun reading! Hoping this isn't the last of Aspen's adventures with her family!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Kathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. “Aspen Everlasting” is her first novel.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Blog Tour - Daughter of Ishmael



About the book: Hannah, faithful third daughter of Ishmael has been raised happily in the home of an honorable man. A woman wholly committed to her Saviour. A woman who understands Nephi’s love of the scriptures and commitment to the gospel and secretly longs for such a husband, but finds herself given in marriage to his older brother, Lemuel.

Through the women’s eyes, Daughter of Ishmael follows the family of Ishmael as they commit themselves to Lehi and find their faith tested in the wilderness. Recounts their struggles there with deaths, births and apostasy. Tells of their time in Bountiful and the building of a ship. And their suffering below decks on the Great Irriantum when Laman and Hannah’s husband, Lemuel battle the Lord Himself in their drive to defeat Nephi and take control of the family.

Even their arrival in the Promised Land isn’t without its challenges as they settle. Pride, envy and greed are planted along with the crops and Hannah finds herself more and more in the breach, wanting with all her heart to follow the righteous principles that are so much a part of her, but thwarted constantly by the actions of her husband and brother by marriage.

When the final split becomes necessary, Hannah is torn between the faithful branch of the family she yearns to follow and the husband and son she is wholly committed to.
Will she stay and endure the weight of a hundred, hundred generations of sin? Or do the unthinkable and leave her family to follow her prophet?

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book! It was kind of fun that as I was reading it, I was reading again the opening chapters of the Book of Mormon, so it really helped those to jump off of the pages for me this time.

I liked the way you see this story through Hannah's perspective and only Hannah's. The scriptures and this story from them is only told through the eyes of the men who participated in it. This story shows that not only would many women have been involved, but it shows the way they would have been treated and the things that they would have done at the time. Things that I've wondered about many times.

I loved that you see Hannah grow up in this book from a young girl, to a bride, to a mother in the Promised Land. I loved the way she was faithful and didn't complain, even when who she was to marry changed at the very last minute. It was obvious that she was disappointed but willing to do what was asked of her, no matter what. 

I loved that it was obvious that some of her sisters would be believers, but there were some of her sisters that were never going to believe, just like with Lehi's family. And the couples complimented each other, for the most part. 

I loved the ending, and how Hannah had to make a hard choice for herself and ultimately for her family.

I couldn't stop reading this one! I loved everything about it!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Trained in journalism and raised by a family of storytellers, Diane Stringam Tolley has spent her life writing. From her first published work, “The Scary House,” penned in Mrs. Hainsworth’s grade six class, to her tenth novel, “Daughter of Ishmael,” Tolley has dipped into every genre from sci-fi/fantasy to spiritual. Her Christmas book, “Carving Angels,” has been featured on the “best of” holiday lists for Edmonton Public Libraries since its first release in 2011. And her follow-up novel, “Kris Kringle’s Magic” (2012) is currently a standard for discussions on prejudice and bullying throughout the Black-Gold region. Drawing on her upbringing on one of the last of the great old ranches of Southern Alberta, Tolley’s stories are filled with unforgettable characters, warm, family connections, and the strength of faith and love.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Condemn Me Not Meme #2

Here's this week's Condemn Me Not meme, I'm loving the amazing pictures on these. I can't wait to read this one, I had ancestors that were accused and I think even the accusers. Pre-order here!