‘Lawfully Loved’ by Jenna Brandt (My REVIEW)

About the Book

LAWFULLY LOVED by Jenna BrandtJake “Bullseye” Bolton is a deputy sheriff out of Abilene, Texas, tasked with tracking down the infamous Grimes Brothers. When he is stranded outside Rockwood Springs, he encounters Rebecca Caldwell, whose family owns the local livery. Still healing from a broken past, Jake resists the strong attraction he feels for the prairie darling.

Rebecca has been too busy taking care of her family to think about love and marriage. At least that’s what she tells herself, but deep down, she knows she is getting to the age she has to make a choice whether or not to pursue love. When Jake enters her life, she wonders if she is finally ready to do just that.

Sparks fly as they get to know each other over the course of a weekend during the town’s anniversary celebration. But once Jake can travel again, he must continue his search for the brothers. Shortly after leaving, he realizes the robbers are on their way to Rockwood Springs. Will Jake be able to get back to Rebecca and the town in time to save the people he has grown to care for? And when it’s time for Jake to return to his life in Abilene, will he decide new love is worth fighting for?

The Lawkeepers is a multi-author series alternating between historical westerns and contemporary westerns featuring law enforcement heroes that span multiple agencies and generations. Join bestselling authors Annie Boone, Jenna Brandt, Kate Cambridge and Lorana Hoopes as they weave captivating, sweet stories of romance and suspense between the lawkeepers — and the women who love them. 

The Lawkeepers is a world like no other; a world where lawkeepers and heroes are honored with unforgettable stories, characters, and love.

** Note: Each book in The Lawkeepers series is a standalone book, a mini-series of sorts, and you can read them in any order.

My Thoughts

COUNTRY STYLE COFFEE MUGBy now it’s probably obvious that I am a sucker for sweet, clean romance. I love happy endings, and Jenna Brandt never disappoints (well, mostly not). The more I read and write myself, the easier it becomes to predict endings to stories, usually half-way through the book. Although I did pretty much have this one pegged (or so I thought), there was always that little niggle of a doubt that maybe it would end differently. I was concerned that if Jake didn’t return to Rockwood Springs, Rebecca may settle for the rude, arrogant Andy Wilson, even if just for the sake of security. There is also the question of faith and a relationship with God. Rebecca cannot marry someone who does not have the same relationship with her Heavenly Father as she does.  Jake’s relationship with God is in tatters. Can he change? Will Rebecca compromise? You’ll just have to buy this beautiful book and find out for yourself.

I love the characters of Rebecca and Jake, both are strong, colourful individuals. Also Lydia as the adorable, but scheming little sister, made me smile. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series by Annie Boone, Kate Cambridge, and Lorana Hoopes, as well as anything else Jenna Brandt creates.

I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author, however I was not under any obligation to provide a positive review. I have not been rewarded financially for this review, and all opinions and thoughts are my own.

You may purchase your own copy right HERE

About the Author

IMG_8297Taken from Jenna’s website: CLICK HERE

My name is Jenna Brandt and I am a historical fiction author and my books span from the Victorian to Western to WWI eras with elements of romance, suspense and faith. I have been an avid reader since I could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. I have been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as edited for multiple papers. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany College and was the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper. I’m a contributor to The Mighty Website, The Girls Who Write VLog as well as a contributor and curator for the Novel PASTime Website. My first blog was published on Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News and Good Morning America websites. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Romance Writers Association (RWA) and Melissa Storm’s All Access Engine.

Writing is my passion but I also enjoy cooking, watching lots of movies while I write, engaging in social media and spending time with my three young daughters and husband where we live in the Central Valley of California. I am also active in my local church where I serve on the first impressions team and write for the church’s creative team.

618WtVO0O1L._UX250_Although I haven’t read the other books in this series as yet, I am certain they will be equally entertaining.

At present each book within the series is available as an eBook on Amazon for between .98 cents to $1.00

Why not pick them all up while they are being sold at a reduced price?

 

‘Hope Travels Through’ by Loni Kemper Moore (Review and Giveaway)

About the Book

Hope-Travels-Through-Front-Cover-208x300Name of book: Hope Travels Through

Author: Loni Kemper Moore

Genre: Contemporary Lit

TeJae Smythe gave up on God and her hometown of Evansville, Indiana, ten years ago, but a deep personal loss requires her to return to both. Her life as a stewardess is going to be perfect. She has a plan. If only life would stick to it.

In Hope Travels Through, TeJae finds the biggest challenge comes from the conflict within herself. Will she hold it all together? Or will she fall apart and embrace the beauty in the midst of disaster?

Based on actual events of December 13, 1977, a date most people don’t remember, but one many living in the Ohio River Valley will never forget, the crash of the University of Evansville men’s basketball team plane.

About the Author

pic-hugsband-likes-169x300Loni Kemper Moore is a Denver-Broncos cheering, Diet-Pepsi sipping, Rocky Mountain adventure-seeking kind of girl. She’s passionate about God and wants to share His beautiful love through life’s ugliness with remarkable women around the globe. Her writing came alive seven years ago after she broke her ankle. The crazy time of being laid up forced her to flip through decades of diaries which inspired the story that became Hope Travels Through. When she’s not writing, she’s an entertainer, technical support analyst; mom of a teenager named Adam; traveler with Robert, her dear “Hugsband,” stepmom to University of Evansville alumna Becca and her husband, Anthony; and spender of way too much time on Facebook. With her experiences of learning to trust God through tragedy, being employed by travel agencies and Delta Air Lines, and attending University of Evansville graduate school, she’s the best person to tell this story.

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I truly enjoyed reading this book – a snippet of moments during the year of an horrific plane crash. The plane in question was carrying the University of Evansville’s men’s basketball team. I’d only been living in Australia for six years at the time of this disaster, immigrating from New Zealand. I was only twenty years old, but now, another forty years on, I still remember this day in history vividly. imagesThe lives and dreams of so many beautiful people were snuffed out in an instant.

This book is Loni Kemper Moore’s debut novel. I love to read books written by new authors because I too am a writer, with much to learn. Loni has produced a wonderful story, based on fact, with interesting characters, and an easy to follow storyline. 636395337430095085-BURGER-CHEF-1-24-74-19B9DBFI really loved the description of the seventies era, as I did a lot of my own growing up in the 1970’s. Oh and of course, I too was drinking TAB 

 

 

 

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Evansville University Memorial with Weeping Basketball in the background.

 

I felt deep sorrow for TeJae as she faced her internal battle with, Who to trust with her life.

“Flowers in window boxes showed Mum’s meticulous care. I wished she cared as much about me.”

 

Themes of love, hope, sadness, betrayal, jealousy, and joy moved within the pages, but above all, there was an important reminder to be understanding and forgiving of others especially of family, as we never know when we will be seeing someone for the final time upon this earth. There is probably nothing more devastating than living with regrets.

“Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they are executed.”        ~ Mikel

“What else could I have done?” I whispered. “What else?” ~ TeJae

I loved the conclusion to this story – no matter what incidents occur in life, through Love there will be joy in the end. I look forward to reading whatever Loni writes next.

“I’m well aware the odds of my little novel being successful, without the industry connections Margaret had, are low, but it’s been a fun journey even if no one buys a copy!”  ~ Loni Kemper Moore

‘Dear Loni, I am certain many people will want to buy your wonderful book!’

I received a free copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

♥ Click here to purchase your copy ♥

 

Guest Post from Loni Moore

What Made Me Write Hope Travels Through?

The weathered orthopedic surgeon shook his head and stared at the x-rays. Without making eye-contact, he said, “I usually work on Olympians and professional athletes. This doesn’t look good. She’s going to have arthritis and limp for the rest of her life.”

I hadn’t had anything stronger than Tylenol since the entire weight of my 128 (at the time) pounds crunched my left ankle, 24 hours earlier.

Robert, aka Dear Hugsband, had told me, so very graciously, when we arrived at Skate City, “Once you’re over 50, you shouldn’t roller skate.” But our son, Adam was 10 and I wondered how many more years he’d want me to hang out with him, so I’d strapped on the skates and joined the crowd of skaters. I avoided landing on the body of the five-year-old who cut me off. Didn’t that count for something?

However, none of that mattered at that moment. I needed drugs, and Robert agreed to whatever that surgeon said to get my prescriptions.

One afternoon, my stomach growled on a gurney as I waited in the surgery center with IVs in my hands until a perky nurse announced, “The doctor will need to reschedule because something came up.”

REALLY? After waiting 10 days, he no-shows?

I’ve never loved Robert’s New York attitude more than the next day when by 7 pm that evening I was at Red Robin, post-surgery, eating a celebratory French Onion soup. Thanks to a nerve blocker the new, cute surgeon had provided after rebreaking bones and inserting pins.

Adam was able to complete his homeschool work with little interference from my drug-infested brain and I occupied my time by flipping through decades of accumulated diaries. The story of a woman surviving tough times percolated in my brain and I remembered my mother saying, “Everyone has a Great American Novel in her. You just need to take time to write it.”

As my leg healed leaving no arthritis nor limp, I returned to the million things life demands, including a visit to our Becca at the University of Evansville, where I’d done my graduate work. As she showed us the Weeping Basketball, my protagonist informed me the story began in 1976, not 2011. The story climaxed when the university’s men’s basketball team plane crashed, but I was too busy to spend much time on it.

Three days before Christmas that year, my younger sister passed away from Lyme complications, I could barely breathe. I’ve seen it a dozen times someone’s busy life prevents her from taking care of herself until something stops them in their tracks and they cannot move on. That happened to me.

At the time, Dear Hugsband programmed Coca-Cola’s Freestyle machine (you’re welcome), so Adam and I joined him in Atlanta for several months. During that time without the cooking-cleaning-requirements and Adam insisting he preferred the independence of his homeschool curriculum with minimal input from me, I processed my grief by putting the story that became Hope Travels Through on my computer.

“In a weak moment, I have written a book.” Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind

Dear Hugsband loved his project with Coca-Cola and enjoyed everything about working in Atlanta except the humidity, the traffic, and the commute. Typically, he worked in Georgia every other week and was home every weekend.

But occasionally, he’d be forced to stay in Atlanta over the weekend and tried to find something to entertain himself. One weekend, after seeing every movie running, he decided to go to the Margaret Mitchell House Museum where one of my favorite books, Gone With The Wind, was written.

He bought me a mug with the above quote on it which he said was to encourage me in my writing, along with several commonalities between myself and the famous author.

  1. She was short—I am 5 feet tall if I stretch;
  2. Her husband was over 6 feet tall—mine is 6’3 1/2”;
  3. She started writing her novel, after an ankle injury– I started writing after I a similar injury;
  4. She used a typewriter—I use a computer;
  5. Her mother gave her the quotes she used about how to survive in an upside-down world – my mom had a Bible verse for every occasion. I think her favorite was Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind, Loni to whomever…”;
  6. It took Margaret ten years to complete her novel – I’m not far behind, at nearly eight years.

Obviously, I don’t have one commonality with Margaret, in that she died at the age of 48 in a traffic accident, but his conclusions are precious.

 

Giveaway

e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate her tour, Loni is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c5be

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Christmas Embers by Chautona Havig (Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway)

About the Book

Christmas-Embers-Cover-sm--200x300Name of book: Christmas Embers

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Contemporary Christmas

Release Date: November 25, 2016

It’s a truth universally unacknowledged that sin will hunt you down and advertise its presence the moment you try to hide it.

Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergarteners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her.

Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do?

As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just wants the best for her son and can’t quite imagine that Jesus wants anything to do with her.

Each day, Davia weakens until Emily isn’t confident she’ll find the boy’s father in time–if at all. Doubts form. Should she look? Is it right to risk destroying a family like this–an entire church? The weight of that responsibility crushes her as Davia wastes away before her eyes.

A mother’s love. A boy’s confidence. A family’s faith. A preacher’s failure. Is redemption even possible anymore?

Christmas Embers: a story of love, failure, and redemption.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

media-headshot-240x300Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTSI truly enjoyed reading this book. I want to say, ‘I loved it’ … I did, but not in the way you would be expecting. I love Chautona’s style of writing. She drew me into this story from the first chapter. It was sad. It was heart-wrenching. It drove me to tears. Tears of sorrow. Tears of frustration, and sometimes tears of joy.

“Truth never sliced deeper or with more perfect precision. The gaping wound lay bare and open, waiting for the salt of … ”

One might say ‘what an unusual kind of book to have written, to be read at Christmastime’. However, unfortunately for many, Christmas is a time of great stress and seemingly unsolvable problems. Many families are at war with each other. This book examines the issue of adultery, from a biblical point of view. All Chautona’s biblical references are spot on. We see, hear, and feel the thoughts of both husband and wife, as well as friends, extended family, and church elders.

Christmas Embers isn’t a story for the faint-hearted. It’s real life in its ugliest form. It’s very easy to make judgements about the behaviours of others, but the reality is that we are all sinners who are vulnerable to temptation. We sin by our thoughtless actions, but do we sin by our busy thoughts? This is just one question that is answered in this book. Is it okay to have secrets … big secrets, that affect the lives of others?  I thought long and hard about this one. In fact, these thoughts did not leave me throughout my entire journey with the book. If you are looking for something to read that tackles a serious modern-day problem, if you want to examine your own life’s morals, if you want to know what the only solution is, then you must read this fabulous book. The characters of Piper and Joey alone will tug at your heartstrings. For me, this entire book was a ‘Matthew 7:12 moment’.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law of the Prophets.”

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the author, via CelebrateLit. I was never under any obligation to provide a favourable review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

 

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

Infidelity to the Tune of Adeste Fideles

“I think my husband is having an affair.”

An explanation followed. Look, I tend to be one who assumes the best of others—to a fault even. I read the “evidence” and frankly could see it going either way. It’s hard to tell across thousands of miles. While others on the message board saw red flag after red flag—and frankly, I did, too—I also saw perfectly innocent explanations for things. It’s a curse sometimes—that ability to see both sides of an issue. I cautioned against assumptions no one would want other people to make of themselves. And I prayed she was wrong.

She wasn’t.

It wasn’t the first time I’d come face to face with infidelity. As a child, there was an extended family member. As a newlywed, one of my wedding party—then another. Then another. The excuses, the justifications. Friends and I went to confront a sister in Christ on her affair with her husband’s best friend. We foolishly asked “what happened?” regarding her marriage. Her words: “We drifted apart.”

I wanted to scream the words that battered my brain and heart. “Then row back together!

But over the years, it just grew worse. One by one, wives and husbands tossed aside vows made to a brother or sister in Christ—vows made before the Lord—in favor of what sometimes were serial affairs. Abuse. Horror.

I’ve prayed women I love through court cases, medical visits, and disclosures from children no mother should ever have to hear. I’ve prayed for men I didn’t even like because of the pain their wives inflicted each time she left them alone with the kids. He knew. He always knew.

Adultery is real. It’s ugly. And there’s absolutely a cure for it. Jesus. 100% surrender to Jesus. But as long as we rely on those little loops on the back of our boots instead of the saving, healing, strengthening power of Jesus, we’re just as vulnerable as the next person.

And that’s why I wrote Christmas Embers. I took every heartbreaking story I’d observed over the years and put in each character for a reason. Every scene, every plot point, every twist—I put them exactly how and where they are for a reason.

They’re there as a warning.

This isn’t your lighthearted Christmas novel. Some have suggested I shouldn’t have set it at Christmastime. But you know what? Over half the disclosures I’ve ever heard of happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I couldn’t get the idea of Joey’s story out of my head. And to write his story, it had to be at Christmas.

Let me say it again. While Christmas may not seem like the optimal time for a hard-hitting book like this, I had to do it. Adultery is reaching epidemic proportions in the church. There’s a solution. His name is Jesus.

Giveaway

Christmas Embers GIVEAWAYTo celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a 6 month Kindle Unlimited Subscription!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c512

 

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‘One More Song’ by Nicki Edwards (My Review)

About the Book 

imagesCan a city boy and a country girl find a way to be together?

Harrison Baxter and Edwina Campbell lead completely different lives.

Much has changed for Harry since he escaped his hometown of Yallambah ten years ago, headed for the bright lights of the big city. Now he’s the star of Melbourne’s hottest musical, and feels more at home centre stage than anywhere else. Why bother going back to Yallambah to visit his parents when his father couldn’t care less about his success?

Meanwhile, nothing much has changed for Edwina in the last decade, which is exactly how she likes it. Eddie adores her career as a nurse and loves the Yallambah community – she can’t imagine living anywhere else. And even if she wanted to, she could never leave her beloved grandparents, who raised her like their own daughter. She’s not going to abandon them in their old age. Not for anything.

So when Harry and Eddie bump into each other on one of Harry’s flying visits home, their instant mutual attraction seems as pointless as it is intense. There’s no way they could ever make it work.

Or is there?

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I love this book so much! So much, in fact, I may need to read it again soon.

‘There was a sign in Nan’s kitchen: “No matter where I place my guests, they always like the kitchen best.”‘

There’s no doubt about it, Nicki Edwards knows how to tell an excellent story, how to develop her characters to perfection, and how to mingle so many of life’s most devastating issues within the story. It’s not about having sub-plots; no each character fits neatly into the main storyline, and everything comes together and evolves like a well-designed jig-saw puzzle.

The analogies used throughout this wonderful story are brilliant. The descriptions of scenery, people, and situations are magical. Whether dealing with issues of health, relationships, catastrophic disasters, or just life in general, Ms. Edwards handles all these matters with well-defined compassion and sensitivity.

‘The early morning sun dappled through the gum trees. Magpies warbled, singing songs to the pale blue sky. It actually felt good to be home,   … ‘

‘One More Song’ is a story of extreme heartache and happiness, love and loss, relationships, grief, and of letting go of pride and acknowledging one’s mistakes.

This book made me smile and laugh, cry and sob until the end.

Nicki’s style is second to none … I’ve loved her books since reading her debut novel ‘Intensive Care’, and not stopped reading since. This book, however, trumps the lot. I feel it is her best yet. I didn’t think anything could be better after ‘The Peppercorn Project’, but I’m proven wrong. I wonder what will come next? Will we lucky enough to hear more about Eddie and Harry? I certainly hope so.

I was provided with an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book by the author. At no time was I financially compensated or required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

About the Author

9811008Nicki Edwards is a city girl with a country heart. Growing up on a small family acreage on the outskirts of Geelong, she spent her formative years riding horses and pretending the neighbour’s farm was her own.

After spending three years in a regional city in New South Wales, her love of small country towns was further developed. One day she plans to escape to the country with her husband Tim and live on land, surrounded by horses, dogs, cows, and sheep. Until then she lives vicariously through the lives of the characters in the rural romance novels she loves to read.

In 2006, when Nicki’s youngest child started school, she returned to university, juggling full-time study, part-time work and raising four small children, to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. Always a voracious reader, Nicki’s other dream was to be an author.
Nicki writes medical rural romance for Momentum and when she isn’t reading, writing or dreaming about rural life and medical emergencies, she can be found working as a Critical Care Nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit, where many of her stories and characters are imagined.

Nicki and Tim reside in Geelong, Victoria with their four teenage/young adult children. Life is busy, fun and at times exhausting, but Nicki wouldn’t change it for anything.

Her debut novel, “Intensive Care” was released in January 2015 with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Her second novel, “Emergency Response” came out in October 2015. The third and fourth books in the ‘Escape to the Country’ series, “Life Support” and “Critical Condition” were released in 2016.  

You can find Nicki at her website

or on Twitter

Praise For Nicki Edwards

“Edwards captures small-town spirit and heartbreak-to-hope crafted with ease” ~ Fiona Palmer (author)

“Nicki Edwards tackles all the big issues in this delightfully touching story of life, loss, family relationships and finding love.” ~ Karly Lane (author)

Six Words That Wreck Your Life: An Aussie Christmas Short Story with Coco Franks (A Coco and Charlie Franks Novel Book 3) by Cecily Anne Paterson

About the Book

512UwA2sa0L._AC_AA218_What could go wrong at Christmas? 

It’s Christmas, but Coco Franks isn’t happy. In fact, she’s devastated. Her mum has just dropped six words on her that are probably going to ruin the rest of her life. It’s true. Someone wrote a book about her! Like, for reals. 

Coco can’t handle it. Everything she’s ever done is now on display for the world to see, and she’s terrified that she’ll be hated forever. But, as her twin sister Charlie says, does it matter what people think – really? 

Six Words That Wreck Your Life is a clean, humorous, Australian Christmas short story or flash fiction, featuring Coco and Charlie Franks, characters from the Love and Muddy Puddles and Charlie Franks is A-OK series for young teen girls and older middle-grade readers. 

The author, Cecily Anne Paterson, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and writes clean, contemporary, Australian fiction for brave-hearted girls. 

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POIGNANT, EXTREMELY HUMOUROUS – A GREAT READ FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN!!

The third book in this cute, humorous, and poignant series, ‘Six Words that Wreck Your Life’ is an absolute treasure. As this is a short story, I won’t go into much detail for fear of putting in spoilers.

This wee book rounds up books one and two beautifully. Will Coco realise all by herself that she’s behaving like a brat, or will she be prompted by external forces? Cecily cleverly ties the other two books together with equal humour and wit. I love the Christmas theme in this episode, it makes way for a rightful happy ending. ‘Relax Coco, what other people think about you is not really any of your business.’

I gave this book 4 stars!!

 

 

o5_-cv7FAbout the Author

Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law and politics and university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.

Charlie Franks is A-OK (Coco and Charlie Franks Novels Book 2) by Cecily Anne Patterson

About the Book

412iuD5TtBL._AC_AA218_Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she must start a new school, finds out she can’t ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her.

Charlie’s not A-OK. Not at all.

And she can’t see how things are ever going to get better.

‘Charlie Franks is A-OK’ is the sequel to ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ and is Australian author Cecily Anne Paterson’s fourth novel.

If you’re a brave-hearted girl who loves family, friends, horses, adventure and the challenge of finding what you’re good at, this is the book for you. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first book in the Coco and Charlie Franks series, and the fourth novel by Australian author, Cecily Anne Paterson. It won the CALEB writing prize in 2017. Cecily’s first teen novel, Invisible, also set in Australia, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and she has had three other books shortlisted in the CALEB and SparkLit writing prizes.

mythoughtsFIVE STAR WINNER!!

What a lovely follow-on from Cecily’s first book in this series. As the first book ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ came from the viewpoint of Coco, it was delightful to read this cool story from Charlie’s point of view.

Indeed, what a gentle, thoughtful, and brave-hearted girl Charlie Franks is. And what an example she is to other tweens and teens. I don’t doubt the courage of Coco; however, her attitudes were hopelessly misguided as is the case for many teens today. Peer pressure, bullying, and constantly worrying what others think about us seem to be the norm in society these days. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Australianness’ (think that’s a word) of this book, the use of appropriate teenage lingo, and the gorgeous descriptions of Kangaroo Valley. This book and the previous one have been huge learning curves for me … finally, I sort of get what those young ones are saying 😉

Although this story came from Charlie’s viewpoint, I felt the continual presence and involvement of all other characters. Brilliantly written. Adults will love this book just as much as the children will.

o5_-cv7FAbout the Author

Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law, and politics at university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.

“All of You” by Sarah Monzon (Book Review and Giveaway)

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About the Book


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 Sarah Monzon

Book title: All of You

Release date: May 15, 2017

Genre:Dual-timeline/Contemporary Romance

Maryland, Present Day

Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1944

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

   

About the Author

bio-photo1-200x300Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.

 

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This is the first book of Sarah Monzon’s I have read, and I can assure you it won’t be the last!

When I first read the synopsis of “All of You” I thought ‘Hmm, maybe …’  The reason for this was that when I saw that the book would be drifting in and out of two different time lines, I wasn’t certain that my tired old brain could handle it.  However, I do love a good historical work of fiction, and lately  I have been reading lots of contemporary fiction. Combining two storylines within one book … Wow!  As I began reading, I thought ‘this should have been two different books (which it could easily have been), but the way Sarah weaves these two stories together is magical.

“Her heart skipped a beat as if it had decided to play hopscotch right then and there. She should say something, do something. Divert his attention. Because whatever had flashed through his eyes shook her foundation.”

all-of-you-2Sarah’s characters are interesting and creditable. Both female characters work within a male dominated profession, which isn’t too surprising in this modern age. I was surprised to find that Alice was in fact a pilot, back in the time of WW2 … but heck, why not? It was delightful to also see the feminine side of both these characters. The male characters were equally intriguing.  Henry who initially appeared to be a mindless flirt, turned out to be lovable, funny, and true to his word. Michael Carrington (aka Finch) … well what can I say … he is absolutely delicious!

All four main characters had their demons to wrangle with, but I really loved Michael’s strong, steady faith.  The fact that he did question his faith in times of grief and adversity doesn’t score against him; it just makes his character all the more believable. No matter how strong our faith is, there will be times when we question everything we hold to be true.

“Jacquelyn Rogers flashed in his mind. Although why, he wasn’t sure. Florence Nightingale she wasn’t. More like Joan of Arc. A woman with enough spitfire to roast a man.”

All of YouI learnt some interesting facts from reading this book. I had no idea prior to reading this that the Air Transport Auxiliary employed many women as pilots during a time in history when women were regarded as best kept in the kitchen, bare-foot and pregnant. I guess in lots of ways, WW2 may have been the beginning, or hint of a change for the status of women. Although it was very many years after the war was over until women were even given the right to vote.

My heart bled at stages throughout the book as each of the characters faced their individual issues, and of course I had a box of tissues on standby. I think however, that most of my tears were tears of joy … not sadness.  Now that I have read “All of You” which is the second book in this series, I think I really must get my hands on the first book  “Finders Keepers” to find out more about the Carringtons. I am certain that once you’ve read “All of You”, you too will feel the need to take a look at “Finders Keepers’ … however, if you can restrain yourself, why not read “Finders Keepers” first?

Sarah has achieved a gigantic task … putting together two stories into one, with decades between each story, structuring an amazing plot where all characters are bound together in romantic bliss. Thank you Sarah Monzon, you’ve lifted my heart.

I was given a free copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid or under any obligation to give a positive review.

Giveaway

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 Guest Post from Sarah Monzon

I’m so excited to be here today and getting this opportunity to hang out with y’all in this virtual world. If you are anything like me, you devour books faster than my son drinks orange juice (and he really loves orange juice!). Because of that, it is sometimes hard to come across a book with a unique premise or a message that you haven’t seen incorporated a thousand times before. As a writer, I always try to bring something fresh to the table.

In the first book of the Carrington Family Series, Finders Keepers, neither of my characters were Christians. What? No Christians in a Christian fiction novel? Most Christian fiction books usually have at least one or both main characters a Christians. Don’t worry, they both found their way to Jesus. With All of You, however, I wanted to take yet an even different approach.

I’ve ready lots of books where the main character is angry or upset with God for such-and-such thing that happened in his/her life (I’ve even written a character like that), but I hadn’t really read a story about a character that, no matter what life threw at him/her, he/she was going to trust in God no matter what. As a life-long Christian, this is a message I can identify with. The “If not, He is still good” resonation that is sometimes harder to hold on to in the midst of pain and struggles.

So, as with all my books, I hope the freshness of the story and the realness of my characters will inspire and uplift you as you travel along with them on their journey.

God Bless.

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