Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Small Grain of Sand

Jennifer Mason is a preschool teacher living in New Zealand. She loves all of the children, but twins Simonne and Patrick Durand hold her heart in their small hands. Their single father has rarely picked them up or dropped them off, it's always been a nanny or a neighbor...until now. Now all of the female workers at the preschool have hearts all aflutter over the handsome single father, Phillippe. It's obvious that he's having some schedule problems and he asks that Jennifer be willing to keep the children at the school a bit later. Jennifer, a twin herself, asks that her sister help her after hours. This leads to an amazing situation for both of them, Phillippe needs to take the twins on a boat to Tahiti. He needs someone to care for them both en-route and on the island while he works to build a home for his grandmother. This amazing situation ends up being Jennifer's alone due to an accident that her twin suffers. But will Jennifer be able to keep her heart safe from the handsome Phillippe, or will the cute twins break down her barriers?

This was a cute story, I liked most of it. The characters are well-written. The love story is really great. It seemed like the conflict of the story in the beginning was great and I wondered what would happen, but when it finally happened it didn't feel as if the build up to it was even worth it. It just fell flat for me. I liked the feeling of the Tahitian island, and the characters that lived there. This is a cute story, I'm not disappointed that I took the time to read it.

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chasing June

June Laurie has been on the hit show Forensic Faculty and is comfortable in front of the camera, but now she's off for a new adventure, June is heading to BYU. It's not as though she's going on her own, her boyfriend and best friend, Joseph Cleveland, is going with her. But things get confusing for June really fast. Joseph is going to be going on a mission really soon and lets June know that he doesn't want to be her boyfriend any more so that he can prepare for his mission, but he doesn't appear to have a problem dating another girl. June feels so alone, and ends up relying on one of her good friends from her acting days, Ryan. She's not sure what her feelings are for Joseph, but her feelings for Ryan are heating up and fast. Will June be able to determine just what it is she wants, both from life and from love?

I really enjoyed this book. June is an amazing character. She's so well written that it feels as though she could be someone you know. I love how conflicted she is, that's exactly how you feel during those crazy dating days. Sometimes you know just what you want, only to have it be not what you need, or just plain not work out for some reason or another. I like that June is not afraid to be who she is, she's turning down acting jobs because they are out of line with her LDS religion, and she's not willing to let any of her boyfriends go any further than just a kiss. I can't wait to find out just what the end of June's story will be!

I was sent an e-copy of this book by the Whitney Academy for voting purposes.

Monday, April 21, 2014

When the Butterflies Came

From the outside Tara Doucet seems to have everything going for her, but no one sees the struggles that her family has. Her parents are divorced with her father not really wanting anything to do with her or her sister Riley. Her Mamma hasn't been the same since her dad left. Her sister Riley can be unkind and distant. The one constant that Tara can count on is her Grammy Claire, and even she has lived thousands of miles away on an island. Now things are worse, because as Grammy was coming to visit, she was in an accident and didn't survive. The funeral was the day before, and Tara is still inconsolably crying in her room. Then the first butterfly comes, it's beautiful deep purple and lemon yellow and it seems to bring a kind of music with it. Her Grammy had always loved butterflies, maybe this one is a gift from her. Things take a dramatic turn though, when Tara gets a letter from her Grammy telling her to go with her former butler, Reginald Godwin and telling her she has a mystery to solve. Tara is thrilled to have one last link to her Grammy, but confused as to what the letter refers to. It's up to Tara to eventually figure everything out, and hopefully unite her family in the process.

This was such a cute book! I really liked Tara, which is kind of funny, because in Kimberly Griffiths Little's other books, you see Tara in a different way and that way is not very flattering at all. Tara is a smart girl, she's able to figure out all of her Grammy's clues and keep herself alive. I liked the mystery that Grammy set up for her to find out, and the end, wow! It was full of adventure and kept me guessing right until the last page. I really loved that it is a middle grade book, but great fun for moms to read too!

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rump

When Rump was born, his mother whispered his full name into his ear, but was unable to tell anyone else his full name before she died, so his name became Rump. This is problematic, because everyone who lived on the mountain believed that your name determines your destiny, and poor Rump was destined to always be the butt of someone else's joke. Everyone in the mountain is tasked with finding gold and the amount of gold you find determines the amount of food the greedy miller will give you to eat. Rump has always been unlucky in finding gold, and that never changes, so he and his gran never have enough food. One evening when bringing wood in from the pile Rump discovers his mother's spinning wheel, Gran tries to dissuade him, but Rump insists that he wants it in his room as a part of his mother, and it isn't long before Rump determines that he can spin straw into gold. Rump is sure the greedy miller will give him more food for the gold, but his friend Red convinces him to hide the gold for now. When Gran becomes deathly ill, Rump knows he must have more food and trades the gold anyway, and this causes a chain of events that were destined to happen to Rump leading him from one danger to another, one place in the kingdom to another. But will Rump ever be free of his destiny? And will he ever learn his true name?

This is a cute story, I really enjoyed how there were several fairy tales woven into this one about Rump and how he finds himself and learns that your name is not really your destiny. There were some really fun characters in this book, including some trolls, Red and her grandmother, the miller and his daughter and the crazy gold hungry king. This is a fun middle grade read that you won't want to put down!

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


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Tour - The Fortune Cafe

Fortune Cafe Tour


 
The Fortune Café
a novel in three parts

Fortune CafeMIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.   

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky.. until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.   

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?


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My Review: This book is written by some of the best LDS romance authors and it's pretty amazing! I love how especially in Mis-Fortune the Fortune Cafe itself almost becomes a character, with all of it's fortunes coming true. Each of the characters are well-written and it made me want to see each of them fall in love and have a happy ending. I really liked how Emma had her story and then you see bits of her story from both Lucy's and Stella's perspectives too. I love the whole idea of the fortunes coming true and the magic behind it. I love that you never have to worry about what the books these authors write will contain, they are always clean and fun. I loved this book and I hope that there are more like it to come!


About the Authors 

JulieWJulie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.

 
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.
 





 
HeatherM Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Tour - The Sacament

About the book: It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us.

Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

My Review: This book came at a great time for our family. Our schedule has been a bit off and the result is that our kids Sacrament reverence has gone down hill. I was happy to have been able to pull out this beautiful book for our home evening lesson and read the poem, look at the great pictures and read the explanations about why we do what we do during this sacred time of the week. I really enjoyed the explanations, they explain things well enough for even young children to understand. I even learned from them. You don't want to miss this great book! 

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

About the Authors

John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.

Cover Reveal - Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things

I'm way excited to be able to be part of the cover reveal for Rachelle J Christensen's new book Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. Rachelle is one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to reading this new series. So without further ado, here is the beautiful cover for her new book! 




About DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS: Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Purchase Links:  Amazon  - Barnes &Noble

About Rachelle J. Christensen: Rachelle was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.  She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading., Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.

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