Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Unshattered


Unshattered by Carol J. Decker and Stacey Nash

Carol Decker had a pretty normal life—great husband, beautiful daughter, and another on the way. Then, nearing the end of her second pregnancy, Carol’s body began to attack itself. Doctors had to perform an emergency c-section to save her baby and send Carol to the ICU as she battled sepsis. In order to save her life, they had to amputate Carol’s feet and left hand. She also lost her sight. As a blind, triple-amputee, Carol faced strenuous physical therapy but also had to overcome feelings of hopelessness and insecurities, learning that although her body may have been shattered, her life was beautiful and very much worth living.

Wow. This book packs a punch. T descriptions of what Carol went through physically and emotionally are heart-rending. It’s very honest, as Carol shares her fears and worries, her frustrations, her hopes, and the lessons she learned. Carol is very inspirational, as she learns how to not only exist but to thrive and to do things that seem impossible. This was a gripping memoir.

 4 stars.

I read an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Daring Venture

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

After her parents died of cholera, Rosalind Werner dedicated her life to eradicating the disease through water purification. Now, as a scientist, she and her research supervisor, Dr. Leal, have 90 days to convince a judge that chlorine, not more filtration systems, is the answer.
Nicholas Drake, Commissioner of Water for New York is on the opposing side--he wants clean water as much as Rosalind does, but he doesn't want chlorine in his water until it has been thoroughly tested.
 When Rosalind meets with Nick to try to sway him, the attraction is instantaneous, and they hope that their professional work won't get in the way of a personal relationship. But when Rosalind discovers her supervisor has decided to start chlorinating water without getting approval, she must choose between doing what she knows will save thousands of lives and being upfront with the man she's fallen hard for. 


Loved it, loved it, loved it. Nick is awesome--because he's so real. He is passionate about his beliefs--including protecting his family and others--but he also has a temper and he gets out of line and he has to apologize, and I love him for it because he's such a realistic character. Rosalind is so smart and determined and yet wary of the limelight--but I loved seeing her put Nick in his place a time or two when he needed it. Who knew water and diseases would make for such an interesting story line? It was awesome. Highly recommend this one--and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

5 stars! One of my picks for best of 2018!

I read an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Logan Fowler is finally going to get justice. He's spent years preparing to face the man who cheated his father in a card game, winning the deed to the Fowler farm, which led Logan's father to kill himself. Now Logan has purchased the land next to his former home and he's ready to force Zacharias Hamilton to play another round of cards. What Logan isn't ready for is Zach Hamilton's sister, Evangeline, who is friendly and cheerful and brings sunshine and laughter into his life.
Evie isn't used to being accepted--with one brown eye and one blue, she's viewed as odd or even evil--so when Logan doesn't seem to mind her eyes and enjoys her company, she's happily surprised. She knows he has secrets and has been hurt in the past, but she also knows that God's grace can help him, if Logan will only let Him.

I love this book! Eva is terrific--so spunky and cheerful and fun. The attraction between her and Logan, who has a great mixture of good characteristics and flaws, is well-developed and believable. Zach might have stolen the show a little bit, though--I'm a sucker for a man who is tough on the outside but a softie on the inside, so I can't wait for his book! There were so many laugh-out-loud moments in this book, as well as swoon-worthy sweet romantic moments, and good reminders about God's grace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book--there wasn't anything I dislike other than the fact that now I have to wait awhile until Karen Witemeyer's next book comes out.

5 stars! This is one of my picks for Best of 2018!

I read an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cover Reveal! Timeless Regency Collection: Wedding Wagers



I'm excited to share the cover of the latest Timeless Regency Collection. Wedding Wagers comes out in three months, so mark your calendar! Authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes are all terrific writers, so I'm sure this will be a fantastic collection!

Pre-order on Amazon here! Amazon: http://a.co/8xPrdbJ 
Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.

Who else is super excited to read this?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Defense of Honor

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

While someday Graham., Lord Wharton, will inherit his father's earldom, for now, he doesn't really have a purpose and he's bored with what society has to offer. So when he spots a woman hiding behind a potted plant at a ball, he decides to go meet her. But Kit can't give him anything more than her nickname; too many people are depending on her. She has spent years trying to help women who have been ruined--hiding them away until they can give birth and return to society--and their illegitimate offspring, providing them a home at Haven Manor and preparing them for the future. If she has to resort to blackmailing the men who fathered the children to get them to provide funds for the children, so be it. She doesn't expect to ever see Graham again, but when he sets out to help a friend, he winds up finding Haven Manor--and Kit.

This book started out a little slowly for me, but it picked up and I loved it. There are so many endearing characters, from Graham to Kit to the children. The plot is so interesting and fresh--it's set in the Regency Era but instead of the glittering of balls and high society, readers get to see the struggles and the triumphs of those who don't have the advantages of the gentry. I really want to see how things play out in the rest of the series for other characters in the book. I enjoyed the themes of God's grace and mercy, forgiveness, trusting in God to help with trials, etc.

4 stars.

 I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Tiger Called Tomás

A Tiger Called Tomás
By Charlotte Zolotow

Tomás has moved to a new town, and while his mamá encourages him to reach out to those around him, Tomás is afraid they won't like him and doesn't talk to anyone. When Halloween comes, Tomás, in his tiger costume, sets out for a night of trick-or-treating--and finds that his neighbors know who he is, even in his costume, and that they really do like him.

I don't think I've read the earlier versions of this story (this is the fourth version), but I really liked this book. The text wasn't too heavy-handed, and the illustrations were absolutely beautiful. Really nicely done.

4 stars.

 I read an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

How to Catch a Mermaid

How to Catch a Mermaid
By Adam Wallace

Two friends and a dog try to catch a mermaid, but their best-planned traps aren't enough to catch the elusive creature.

With simple rhyming text and bright, colorful illustrations, this is a great summertime picture book. The illustrations are as vivid as the narrator's imagination. This book is really adorable and lots of fun.

4 stars.

I read an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.