Who wants to win a book!

HA! HA! Captive audience! You have to read my review first!

I was gifted a copy of this book at the recent ACFW conference! What a GREAT perk! I was not required to review it but I love to review books so I’m going to!

First I will say; this book is nothing like any other I have ever read… ever!

WOW!

I thought I was reading about a much earlier time period but party lines and going after the vote is so much more familiar to me than most of the historicals I’ve picked up recently… (Yes, it also makes me feel old to admit that.)

Even having a gift with languages, I don’t think I could have kept up with this story so easily if Lauraine Snelling were not such a great story-teller!

What a wonderful idea for a story!

And what a wonderful author Lauraine Snelling is!

No other author I know of pulls off making the story about more than just the main characters quite so well (well maybe one other but I won’t name-bomb Lauraine’s review – if you wanna know, send me a message and I’ll tell you)

Suffice to say, this is a book worth reading and I know I’m excited for #2!

How about you?

 

4 Stars

 

I’ve tortured you enough… If you want to know more about the book, keep scrolling. Otherwise, you can look just below for info on the Giveaway!

 

I have 2 copies of “To Everything A Season” to GIVE AWAY!

 

What do you have to do to win this book?

It’s simple. You have to comment below… 

Do you remember party lines? Did you even know what that was before reading about it in the book?

 

Also, if you share this post on a social media site and come back to add an additional comment with the link, you will get an extra entry! You can share once per day to earn an extra entry. Well, you can share as many times as you want but you’ll only get one extra entry per day.

So go share this post with your friends and let’s give away a book!

  • Giveaway will run from 10/24 – 11/7
  • Contest is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Only one entry by comment - per person allowed for the duration of the contest.
  • Only one bonus entry per person per day allowed
  • One winner will be chosen by random selection on 11/7
  • Winner will be announced by 11/8 and notified by e-mail
  • By entering, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions

 

Here is a bit more about the book from Bethany House… in case you still need convincing

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago women’s hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve–and her chance at love–for good?

 

And here is some info about where you can buy the book (if you don’t win)

GOODREADS   BETHANY HOUSE   LAURAINE’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOK   BARNES & NOBLE   ITUNES

 

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CLICK HERE to learn more about Lauraine Snelling’s Seasons of Grace Sweepstakes!

GOOD MORNING!

 

Have you read any books by Lauraine Snelling?

If the answer was No, you should change that!

And here is one chance!

In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling’s new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.

In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson.  He’s devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam’s attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.

 

To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes.  This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story’s romance, in your own home.

 

About the Sweepstakes

How do you enter…

 

 

Seasons of Grace Grand Prize

RED RIVER RAILWAY ADVENTURE

The year is 1905, and for the citizens of the small Midwestern town of Blessing, North Dakota, few sounds are more exciting than the whistle of an inbound train.

In To Everything A Season, new visitors, old friends, and important supplies are transported to town on these rails, and the arrival platform is a place of warm greetings and new beginnings.

Our Grand Prize winner will have the chance to experience some of the same warmth and excitement with an authentic taste of the golden age of railroad travel:

A $200 value Scenic Steam Train Ride for Two (Location and dates available nationwide and will be specific to the winner’s state).

 

Seasons of Grace Second Prize

DINNER DELIVERY FROM INGEBORG

In the story, the inventive Ingeborg Bjorklund is well-known for her cooking, bread baking, and cheese making, and now she’s pondering another new idea to help her hometown: a delivery service!

Like the hard-working people in Blessing, many of our friends and family members carry heavy workloads and health burdens, and could use a helping hand and a comforting meal.

While we may not be able to deliver Ingeborg’s cooking, our Second Prize winner will win the next best thing, to be used for themselves, or as a gift to brighten the day of a friend facing chemo, a military spouse, a lonely senior citizen, or other worthy recipient:

$175 meal delivery gift card for MagicKitchen.com – Provide a full Thanksgiving meal for 6, or an extended selection of meals for 1 or 2. Gluten free, low sodium, and dialysis-friendly meals available.

 

Seasons of Grace Third Prize

STEAL AWAY DATE NIGHT PACK

The peaceful farming community of Blessing faces an unexpected threat when robbers target banks and businesses in towns nearby. As the town comes together to find a solution to the thieving problem, Ingeborg notices another kind of stealing going on: the new nurse in town, Miriam Hastings, has completely stolen the heart of her nephew, Trygve.

Soon Trygve and the dark-haired nurse with the sad eyes are regulars at the Blessing Soda Shop, sharing thoughts and dreams over Rebecca Valders’ famous fizzy concoctions.

Our Third Prize winner can share their own thoughts and dreams, and enjoy a taste of Blessing’s Soda Shop at home, with the Steal Away Date Night Pack.

This $100 value package includes: The UnGame Couples Edition, the Soda Stream Fountain Jet Home Soda Starter Kit, and the Homemade Soda Recipe Book.

How to Enter

 

 

Entering is easy!

Click HERE and complete the quick form at the bottom of the page!

By entering your e-mail address, you agree that author Lauraine Snelling may contact you for sweepstakes winner announcements and occasional newsletters.

Sweepstakes Eligibility:
Only persons residing in the United States who are at least 18 years of age or older may enter.

Sweepstakes Starts:
October 14, 2014 @ 12:01 AM (PST)

Sweepstakes Ends:
November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (PST)

Winners will be selected on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and announced on the LauraineSnelling.comweb site.

The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller | Giveaway, Live Webcast Author Event, and Blog Tour

Don’t miss Judith Miller‘s latest novel, The Brickmaker’s Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, “. . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials.”

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a “Refined by Love” Facebook author event on November 4th.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

Enter today but hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th.

Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She’ll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker’s Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

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{More about The Brickmaker’s Bride}

The Brickmaker’s Bride

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Judith’s website.

Judith Miller

{More About Judith Miller}

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas

Find out more about Judith at http://judithmccoymiller.com

A Review AND A Giveaway! | A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall!

I do believe Cindy Woodsmall has another hit on her hands!

WOW!

I started reading A Love Undone and before I knew it I was 3 chapters in!

The story captured me completely, which is precisely why I love Cindy’s writing style.

I will say this… when you begin reading, you never see tragedy coming.

If you read the blurb on the back of the book, you know something is coming – you may not know what or when but you know something… is coming.

But you will never see it coming!

You start reading and you’re immediately pulled in to the story and when tragedy does strike, you are completely unprepared for it.

I’m telling you, it will hit you like a ton of bricks.

And that is only one thing that makes this such a well-written book!

You get to experience the shock with the characters – you get to feel the same pain right along with them. You can’t close yourself off to it because you are completely and totally shocked… just like they are.

The characters are the next best thing about this story.

There is always such depth to Cindy’s characters, you truly feel as if you know them each personally – even secondary characters. You will love them, you’ll feel their pain and their joy, and you’ll find yourself in their shoes – trying to live with the choices they’ve made.

I believe that is one of the things that makes Cindy Woodsmall such an excellent writer. She puts depth and detail into her stories without going on and on. She excels at using the story itself to show you who the characters are and what they’re going through.

DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

Keep reading for details on the giveaway…

5star

 

Here is that back cover blurb I was talking about…

At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

 

 

You can find more information about the book and/or how to buy it by clicking below:

GOODREADS   WATERBROOK/MULTNOMAH   CINDY’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOK   BARNES & NOBLE   LIFEWAY   IBOOKS

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from the Blogging for Books reviewer program by WaterBrook Multnomah.

The copy I am giving away – I purchased in order to support Cindy Woodsmall!

 

Check out my other reviews for them HERE.

 

 

Now for the details on my Giveaway:

I have 1 copy of “A Love Undone” to GIVE AWAY to 1 blessed winner!

It could be you…

 

 

What do you have to do to win this book?

It’s simple. You have to comment below… 

~ Tell us which book of Cindy’s is your favorite…

~ Tell us about a tragedy you have faced in your own life and how you handled it…

~ Tell us what you love most about Cindy’s writing…

Pick one of those or all of them and comment in the section below.

Also, if you share this post on a social media site and come back to add an additional comment with the link, you will get an extra entry! You can share once per day to earn an extra entry. Well, you can share as many times as you want but you’ll only get one extra entry per day.

So go share this post with your friends and let’s give away a book!

  • Giveaway will run from 10/21 – 11/4
  • Contest is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Only one bonus entry per person per day allowed
    (Only one entry by comment - per person allowed for the duration of the contest)
  • One winner will be chosen by random selection on 11/4
  • Winner will be announced by 11/5 and notified by e-mail
  • By entering, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions

 

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Who has won a copy of Hidden by Vannetta Chapman?

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Nadine Brandes

CONGRATULATIONS Nadine!

And thank you for helping me to support a fellow author!

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have!

I will be contacting you shortly to tell you how to claim your prizes!

And it’s not required but I know Vannetta would really appreciate a review after you finish her book.

 

THANK YOU!

GOD BLESS!

 

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Shelley Shepard Gray has been holding out on us! | My thoughts on her new novel: “Secrets of Sloane House”

Granted I’ve only been reading Shelley Shepard Gray’s books for a little over a year but I feel certain that I did not know she had this in her.

I’m not a huge fan of mystery or suspense but when it’s Shelley Shepard Gray, it HAS TO BE worth reading! So I gave it a try and WOW!

Or I suppose I should say… Shelley Gray.

Secrets of Sloane House is an OUTSTANDING read!

Aw man… now I’m going to have to go read her Amish suspense series aren’t I…

I’m just kidding! After reading Secrets of Sloane House…
I really WANT TO!

I don’t know if she was intrigued by Historical mysteries before she wrote Amish or if writing about the buggies and bonnets crowd that drew her to this genre as well but I am not surprised in the least that this book is written so well!

I will say that I truly hope she continues to WOW us with her wonderful Amish romances but I am certainly not opposed to seeing more books of this type too!

I understand there us another “Chicago World’s Fair” coming soon and I find myself very excited about that one now too!

Not many authors can paint a picture like Shelley Shepard Gray. She is one author who will undoubtedly do very well – no matter what genre she is writing!

An author to keep your eyes on!

 

5star

 

And here is a bit more about the book from Zondervan:

One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.

Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.

Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father.

When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.

Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.

 

You can find even more at the links below – including how to purchase your own copy!

GOODREADS   ZONDERVAN   SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOKS   BARNES & NOBLE   ITUNES

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

Disclaimer: I received the book free from the BookLook Blogger program
in exchange for an honest review.

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The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller | A Wonderful read!

The Brickmaker’s Bride is the first book I have read by Judith Miller but it will not be the last! 

Judith Miller has a way with words that draws you right into the story and I don’t mind telling you that I was not at all certain I would enjoy this book.

I’m so glad my fears were unfounded!

I was intrigued immediately. I was charmed by the honest Ewan and inspired by the fiery Laura.

Together, they weave a story that I never would have expected.

Judith Miller has written a story that not many others would have even thought of!

She has taken a commonplace business and used it to show us how the Civil War affected an entire community.

And what a GREAT job she has done with it!

I only recently discovered my love of Civil War fiction and I am excited to add Judith Miller’s book to my growing collection! And I hope to find even more of hers to add as well!

Don’t miss this book! It’s a wonderful story with delightful characters who have a strong faith in God that clearly drives their lives!

Amazing!

I’m so thrilled to find so many wonderful new books about this era and others being published by Christian publishing companies.

It’s wonderful!

 

5star

 

Here is a bit more about the book from Bethany House Publishers:

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

 

 

And you can click on the links below to find out more about the book and/or how to purchase it!

GOODREADS   BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS   JUDITH MILLER’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOKS   BARNES & NOBLE

I was given the opportunity to review this book free by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review!

Happy Reading

and

GOD Bless!

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