Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Sheik's Ruby

About the book: Shelby wants to break away from the mold of her small town and make a name for herself in the big-city journalism world. While skiing, she meets mysterious stranger Hakim who is actually the prince of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Khali-dar. 

When his enemies learn of Hakim’s connection to an American girl, they target Shelby. Fleeing to the safety of Khali-dar, Shelby falls deeper in love not only with the prince, but with his country. As she struggles to survive terrorist attacks, withstand the Sheik’s prejudice, and find her place in a world she doesn’t understand, she must choose which life she is willing to sacrifice—the comfortable one she has worked so hard to create, or the one with the man she loves.

My review: I'm always on the lookout for new books by my favorite authors and Jennifer Moore is really one of the best. I love her characters, she really has a way with making the characters step off the pages of her books and seem real. Shelby was such a great character, it was so fun to see things from her perspective. It was also really fun how Shelby didn't know that Hakim was a prince, but the reader does, that made the scene where he was helping her family on the farm doubly funny to me! Hakim is a great character too, I loved how he fell for Shelby, even though he knew that his father and really the whole kingdom of Khali-dar would not be pleased with his choice.

I loved the way that the kingdom of Khali-dar came alive for me as well, I almost felt as though I were the one tramping through the deserts on a horse. 

The love story in this book is top-notch! I love the way that Jennifer Moore writes. It's almost as if you can imagine that you are the one in this almost perfect love story. It can't be truly perfect, there has to be little bumps along the way! And the ending was amazing, I do have to admit that there were certain parts in this book that I was worried about Shelby, she goes through some really hard things, but she's able to stay strong and comes through them okay. 

Don't miss this great book by Jennifer Moore!

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

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Mighty Miracles

About the book: “We do have miracles today—beyond imagination . . . What kinds of miracles do we have? All kinds—revelations, visions, tongues, healings, special guidance and direction, evil spirits cast out. Where are they recorded? In the records of the Church, in journals, in news and magazine articles and in the minds and memories of many people.” —President Spencer W. Kimball

Elder Matthew Cowley witnessed and participated in countless miracles throughout his storied life. As an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from 1945 until his death in 1953, Matthew Cowley was among the most spiritually powerful and well-known of the Lord’s servants. In this compilation of vignettes, taken from personal journals and correspondence, as well as the treasured memories of those who knew him best, the details of many of his most miraculous experiences, including healing the blind and witnessing the raising of the dead, are painted in vivid detail. From his early missionary work with the Maori people of New Zealand to his widespread influence as an Apostle, Elder Cowley blessed the lives of Church members around the world with his gifts of faith and healing. Sure to edify and uplift, this biographical portrait of one of the Lord’s elect will inspire readers to recognize the mighty miracles in their own lives.

My review: I really enjoyed this book! The way it is written is really great, the chapters are all fairly short and even though it's non-fiction, the way it's written reads like a story. I loved the way that it showed Matthew Cowley as a real person, it really makes his larger than life persona seem...well, almost ordinary. Don't get me wrong, he was a person who allowed Heavenly Father to perform miracles using him, but he was just a man. I loved the way this books shows that there are miracles all around us all the time, we only need look to see them. I loved the way that Matthew Cowley was always looking for someone that he could bless in some way, I want to be a person more like that!

Friday, May 22, 2015

One Little Match

About the book: Thomas S. Monson loved spending summers at his family's cabin in Utah's Vivian Park. One summer day, he and his best friend, Danny, decided to clear a field so they could gather with their friends and have a campfire that night. The tall, stubborn weeds would not pull out easily. So Tommy had the idea to burn them up instead.
He knew he shouldn't use matches without permission from his parents. But he ignored the feeling that warned him of the danger and raided the matchbox in the cabin. Back in the field, he lit one little match and prepared to set the parched June grass ablaze...

Readers of all ages will resonate with this wonderful true story that demonstrates the blessings of obedience and "the dangers that can come from something as small as one little match."

My review: My local Deseret Book was handing this book out to the first however many customers on Ladies Night last month and I was way excited to get it! But...then I put it away and didn't think about it again until I needed a quick lesson for Family Home Evening this week. And then I was way glad to have it. 

I remember when President Monson told this story in his talk, I loved the way he added expression to it. I loved this talk again as our family discussed the pitfalls of disobedience during our lesson. I loved the way the book is put together, most pages have just a small paragraph or a few sentences with a great big, beautiful picture. The pictures in this one are really well done, I loved them all.

This is a perfect book to discuss obedience with your family, and what a beautiful way to do it!

About the author: President Thomas S. Monson has served as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008. He was called as an Apostle in 1963 at the age of thirty-six. After serving as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and then President Howard W. Hunter, he served as first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1995 to 2008. Thomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He had a distinguished career in the publishing industry. He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle. He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

About the illustrator: Dan Burr, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children's books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Veils and Vengeance - Cover Reveal and Giveaway

I'm super excited to be able to share the cover of Rachelle J Christensen's newest book with you, as well as a giveaway. I loved the first book in this series, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things, and I'm way excited to read this one as well. 

So...without further ado, check out her beautiful cover!


Veils and Vengeance
Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.

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Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blog Tour - Death is Always a Resident



About the book: Jan Myers has dedicated her career to helping the elderly. But after one of the elderly residents under her care mysteriously dies, Jan’s career, her daughter, and everything she loves is suddenly in jeopardy.

It’s up to Jan to piece together the clues and find out what happened before it’s too late!

This cozy mystery is a perfectly thrilling read. With shocking twists and romantic hints, it’s sure to keep you guessing till the very end.

My review: This was a way fun book to read. I really enjoyed Jan's character in this book. Jan is a widow trying to do her best to care for herself and her teenage daughter, Heather. I thought that her life was pretty crazy, she's dealing with this huge thing at work and Heather is being really secretive at the same time. I thought that the author did a really great job of showing us what life would be like for a single, working mother. I thought that the other characters in the book were good as well, but Jan was the one that I identified with the most, because the whole book is in her perspective.

I thought that the plot was good in this book, but at times it seemed to move just a bit slowly for me. I did like that I had no idea how the murder had been committed until Jan discovers what happens at the very end. I liked how she was able to pull that off, but the end seemed really rushed to me, as though not everything was tied up. All in all, this is a good book that will keep you wanting to know what happened until the very end.

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

About the author: Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio, and Utah for over 20 years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over fifty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Sunstone, Ibbetson Street, and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, Elsewhere and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, The Ensign, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle

If you're like me, you're always looking for a great movie to see. But what gets kind of tricky is finding a movie that you can share with your family, that you don't have to worry about language or a message you don't really want your kids to see. On June 5th you have an opportunity to go see a really great movie that doesn't have any language in it and the message is amazing! That movie is The Cokeville Miracle.


About the movie: On May 9, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes ... what do you see?

My review: I was invited to attend a free screening of this movie a couple of weeks ago. I was way excited to go, because this movie is made by TC Christensen and his movies are always AMAZING! I have to say that I LOVED this one as well. I loved the way that the movie was done, the bad thing happened, but to me that didn't seem as though it was really the focus of the movie, unlike the made for TV special I remember watching about this bombing when I was a kid. The focus of the movie was really the miracles that occurred for those in the room, the community, and for the main character Ron Hartley. There is a scene in the movie very near the end where Ron Hartley's family is in Church and some children are singing A Child's Prayer by Janice Kapp Perry, and the whole thing brought me to tears. It was so beautiful! I loved the way that this movie showed that sometimes bad things happen, but there are always miracles and good things that come out of the bad.

One thing you might want to be careful of is that this movie is rated PG-13 and the reason is for the violence both during the actual event and at the beginning. For me, I felt that the beginning was very dark and while it was beautifully done, I am going to be mindful of the reasons for the rating and not let our impressionable 9 year-old see this one just yet.

I love that the hashtag for this movie is #seemiracles, reminding all of us that there are miracles that occur every day in our normal lives. They may not be miracles as big as the characters received in this movie, but they are there. I love that message and I will be looking to see the miracles in my own life more closely than I ever have. Make sure you go see this amazing new movie! And make sure that you take a supply of tissues, because you're going to need them!

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I attended a free screening of this movie, all opinions are my own and I received no other compensation for this review.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blog Tour - The Moses Chronicles: Bondage Review and Giveaway



About the book: Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that lead to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

My review: H B Moore is amazing at writing historical fiction! I LOVE the way she's able to make Bible characters seem 3 dimensional, they almost seem to jump off the pages of her books and walk through your home. This book was no exception to that. I loved that Moses and Miriam are kind of co-main characters, so you get to see what's happening through both of their eyes. Miriam was a great character! I know that this is a fictionalized account, but for me, she really turned into not just a character from the Bible, but a real person who had trials and triumphs. I loved the way that Miriam was watching over Moses, even though he was all grown, even though she knew that it could eventually get her into trouble.

I loved that I felt as though I was in the dry desert of Egypt, this book really transported me! The plot was great, fast paced and I didn't get bored with it at all. I loved that there was just a bit of romance in this book too. Now...when is volume 2 coming????

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

About the author: Heather B. Moore is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

Check out the rest of the blog tour:

May 18th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/ 
May 19th: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com, http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/, and http://fireandicereads.com/
May 20th: http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/, http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/,  http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/
May 21st: http://www.iamareader.com/ (Cheryl), http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://www.bonnieharris.blogspot.com/

May 22nd: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/ , http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/

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