Thursday, July 30, 2015

Liberty

About the book: Chicago is burning, a rebellion rises, but that’s the least of Carrie’s concerns. Patrolman Simmons is assigned new partners who threaten the security and secrecy of Carrie’s clan. Tensions are high, lines are drawn, and Carrie feels a wedge growing between her and Greg.

Haunted by past mistakes and impending tragedies, Greg knows he should distance himself from Carrie. He knows he should let her love the patrolman who can save her and her siblings, especially with money and resources dwindling. But knowing and doing are different matters. He’s busy hatching a plan to salvage things when his citizenship backfires, and he’s asked to do the unthinkable.

In this stunning follow-up to Life, loved ones are lost, allegiances are tested, and old enemies plot revenge. At every turn, the citizens of Logan Pond must ask:

What price would you pay for the liberty of those you love?

My review: I enjoyed reading the first book in this trilogy, Life, so I was way excited when this book was released a few weeks ago to be able to find out what happened to Greg, Carrie and their families. This book scared me just a little bit, the way that the government is after those who they don't consider legal is really scary. It seemed as though it was something that could really happen somewhere though, I'd have to say that Rebecca Belliston did an amazing job of writing about the government. 

I really like the characters of Greg, and Carrie. They love each other, but neither really wants the other one to know for various reasons. I really like the way that their family is written, there are people that are friends with Greg or Carrie, but there are also people that don't like them for some reason, or annoy them, just like in real life. There were several parts in this book that made me sad, so many senseless things happen when the government takes control the way it did in this book. 

I have to say, the ending was a super crazy cliffhanger! Can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens!

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Tour - Timeless Romance Anthology Annette Lyon Collection

About the book: The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well as five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas. 

In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares.

In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.

FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test.

The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person.

In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

My review: I love these anthologies! I picked this one up knowing that I'd already read all of the stories except for the first one, my plan was to only read it, but I got sucked into the stories and I didn't want to put it down. I love it when I get to re-read great books! I love these Timeless Romance Anthologies, because each of the stories are short and easy to read. I think it's so fun that they are having anthologies by just one author now!

I love the way that Annette Lyon writes romances. Her characters are great, her plots are fun and different and she is one of the best at writing clean romances. There is not one novella among these that I didn't enjoy. Make sure you grab your copy of this great anthology, you won't want to miss it!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour - Love on a Whim Review and Giveaway


About the book: Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing. But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities.
As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love.

My review: First off, don't you just love the cover of this new book by Aubrey Mace??? I think it's just AMAZING! 

I love it when I'm able to read books about characters that I've already fallen in love with! This book is about the same characters in Aubrey Mace's Before the Clock Strikes 30 and it made me want to go back and re-read that book. Aubrey Mace is really talented at writing 3-dimensional characters that you fall in love with and then you really, really want them to get their happily ever after ending. I loved Rachel and the way that she ends up having to swallow her pride and instead of becoming a lawyer like she wants to, become a personal assistant to Henry. But what a great job, she gets to drive his fancy car around and get himself (and her too) amazing cookies at Ruby Snap. And she gets paid for it too! 

I liked Henry too, I love the way he offers Rachel a job, multiple times, and you find out more about the great things he did for her in the end, but he is a true gentleman. The cast of background characters is great too, from Rachel's cat that she shares a hate-hate relationship with to the odd job man that Henry keeps around to take care of things he doesn't have time to take care of.

The plot was cute, it's a romantic, quick, easy to read book that I didn't want to put down. Go check out this great book!

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July 27th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://www.bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://iamareader.com/

July 28th: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com/

July 29th: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

July 30th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://littlelightdesigncollective.com/


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Girl in Seat 24B

About the book: One red eye flight and ten years of marriage later, Carly Bishop had what she considered a practically perfect life. Her journalist husband and her two adorable children were everything to her. But soon she would find out that her dream life didn't fall in line with her husband's expectations. 

Left alone to sort out the pieces of her crumbling life, Carly finds strength in her children and her growing relationship with her in-laws. Most importantly, she finds her greatest strength as she builds a friendship with herself. 

This is a beautiful story of one woman's strength and determination as she finds the will to move forward and be happy while the life she had grown to love crumbles around her. It is a story of a man who has lost his way and may lose it all if he can't find his way back. The Girl in Seat 24B is a story of love and forgiveness.

My review: I really enjoyed this book. It's a love story, but it's a different kind from the ones that you are used to. I liked that! This book is about Carly and her husband, Michael. They've been married for ten years, but all of a sudden things between them have changed. Michael doesn't seem to want to be with Carly or their two children any more and despite her pleas for him to stay, he moves out, leaving Carly unsure if he would ever come back into their lives so they could be a whole family again.

The way Michael treated Carly made me sad, but I loved that she was able to find her inner strength and stop waiting for him to come back and simply move on for her and for her children. She was able to turn what was not a great relationship with her in-laws into one that she and her children could cherish for a lifetime. Carly really is an amazingly well-done character. I was able to put myself into her shoes so easily. 

This book is great, from start to finish. You won't want to put it down!

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blog Tour - What to Know Before You Go

About the bookAs a former mission president and missionary preparation instructor, author Don H. Staheli is familiar with the questions, concerns, and needs of new missionaries. He also knows that the most effective missionaries are those who have learned how to be a missionary, not just those who have learned how to do missionary work. “The most important elements of good missionary work are the heart and soul of the missionary,” he states. This book provides gospel insights, tips, and inspiration that will give new missionaries confidence in their callings and help them to overcome discouragement, recognize the voice of the Spirit, eliminate distractions, set realistic goals, get up in the morning (even when it’s cold and dark), find joy in the work, and prepare to bear a bold testimony of the restored gospel.

My review: This book is written with missionaries in mind, there are stories about missionaries and the book talks about what you would do as a missionary. But this book can really be for each and every one of us. I loved the way that the author wrote this book, it's written in almost a conversational style. I loved that each chapter ends with a story from real life missionaries about how they were able to apply the principle taught in the chapter on their mission. I loved that not only does Don H Staheli teach us how to teach others simply, he is able to do it himself in this book. This is a great resource for all of us to learn to be better missionaries in our every day lives.

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

About the author: Don H. Staheli holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degrees in international management and social work. He has assisted thousands of people in his work as a licensed psychotherapist and trainer and is currently a full-time
administrator. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including the best-selling children’s book The Story of the Walnut Tree. Don and his wife, Cyndy, have five children and six grandchildren and live in Bountiful, Utah.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Secret of the Key

About the book: Filled with magic, mystery, miniatures, and adventure, the Sixty-Eight Rooms is the perfect series for fans of Chasing Vermeer, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and The Dollpeople!

Chicago sixth graders Ruthie and Jack think they’ve learned everything about the magic of the Art Institute’s Thorne Rooms. But the magic starts to act strangely when Ruthie and Jack discover two rings that are out of place—and out of time—and a portal that shouldn’t be open but somehow is. Ruthie and Jack follow the clues to seventeenth-century England and the Brownlow house, where they meet the Brownlow’s governess, Rebecca. But Rebecca has a few secrets of her own—and she might even be in the wrong century! Can Ruthie and Jack discover the truth about Rebecca’s mysterious past, or will they end up stuck in the wrong century themselves? Their quest for answers takes them from 1930s New York City and San Francisco to turn-of-the-century China. The only one who can truly answer their questions may be the woman who started it all: the room’s creator, Narcissa Thorne. But to talk to Mrs. Thorne, they’ll have to go back in time and find her!

Unlock the magic . . . in the exciting conclusion to the Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures!

My review: I have loved reading this series. I've loved the way that Jack and Ruthie's time travels through the small Thorne rooms sparks mine and I'm sure countless middle grade readers imaginations. I've loved the characters of Jack and Ruthie and the way that they are always trying to make the rooms the way they should have been or correct wrongs for the people they've met through the rooms. I've loved the way that Jack and Ruthie have been able to solve puzzles that were too hard for the grown ups around them to solve. 

This book was a great book, a fitting end to this phenomenal middle grade series. I'm sad to see it end. If you are love to read middle grade fiction, or know someone who does make sure to read this great series! 

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blog Tour - Another Time for Love Review and Giveaway

About the bookSalt Lake County, Present Day
Sam Carroll is living life in the fast lane—sleek cars, nice clothes, and lovely ladies have replaced the gospel values he grew up with, and he's going nowhere fast. But when a serious car accident brings his fun to a screeching halt, Sam is left comatose, aware only of his older brother reading aloud from the hundred-year-old journal of an LDS bishop, Moroni Chadester. As Sam drifts in and out of consciousness, the words begin to take root in his mind.

Alpine, Utah, 1915
Standing on a dusty mountain road, Sam is bewildered. The cars are different. The clothes are different. Where—and when—is he? The answer comes from an impossible source: Bishop Moroni Chadester. Hurtled back in time by forces he can't understand, Sam finds his memories of modern existence quickly fading as he becomes immersed in a new life and a romance with the town beauty, Laney Williams. But as the pair becomes entangled in a murder mystery, the thrill of courtship is replaced by terror as fate conspires to bring the couple into the path of a killer. Little do they realize that the clock is ticking on more than their lives—Sam can't stay in the past forever. As danger looms every closer, Sam mush fight to save Laney. but can their love stand the test of time?

My review: This book is a cute, quick read. I have to admit that I didn't really like Sam all that much at the beginning of the book. His character is very self-absorbed and didn't seem like he was all that nice of a person. But as I read, and as Sam had the experiences he did in Alpine he became a better person. Less concerned about his clothes and car and more concerned about people. More like Laney Williams. I loved her character, what a great young lady. 

I really like books with plots like these where someone goes back in time to a simpler time and is able to learn some kind of lesson. It was kind of funny how at the beginning Sam was concerned with his phone and how he wasn't going to be able to use it, but at the end he didn't even remember what it was. I thought that he was able to learn a really great lesson from the unworking phone too!

This book is cute, and clean. A really great book to read during one of those lazy summer days!

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

About the author: Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.

Her novel, In the Shadow of an Angel, grew from her great regard for the pioneers who put the statue of Moroni on the temple long ago, never realizing the changes that would come as the golden figure watched over their Zion for the next one hundred years. Nor could those early builders fully imagine the generations coming after them, for whom the statue would be a beacon and a guide, millions of people, each with a life to live and a story to tell, and all connected by the angel on the spire.

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July 20th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/

July 21st: http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://fireandicereads.com/

July 22nd: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/

July 23rd: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/, http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/, http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/


July 24th: http://littlelightdesigncollective.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/