Review of A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot, Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 1

Kudos to Amanda Cabot for what I believe is her best book yet–A Stolen Heart. I have read all her contemporary stories and most of her historical books, and this book grabbed my heart from the get-go with a very likable, sympathetic heroine–Lydia Crawford. She takes a stagecoach to a new town, where she knows not a single soul. Everyone seems to be against her since she is a Northerner in Texas fifteen years after the Civil War. The townspeople distrust Northerners because they remember what the Carpetbaggers did after the War. And, some of the townspeople have been injured, or had family members killed, by Northern soldiers

Lydia is also very disappointed to find her fiancé whom she traveled so far to meet up with is now missing. Has he left her like her Pa left her mother years ago? Things keep getting worse and worse for Lydia, although there are two townspeople who become her champions–the sheriff and an elderly woman who offers her free room and board. To keep her faith in God and see what He wants her to do, she reads her Bible.

She has many more disappointments along the way, but her faith grows and stands strong, and she continues to work hard and trust God. The town is full of mysteries, and Lydia is determined to help the sheriff solve them. That causes even more trouble, but I don’t want to give away any more, so I hope you will read this book for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second one in this series. While  you are waiting, do a search for Amanda Cabot and order some of her other great series–Texas Dreams, Texas Crossroads, and Westward Winds. Can you tell she loves Texas? You will, too, after you read her books and her lovely descriptions of the Texas Hill Country.

 

I did receive this copy from the publisher for review purposes but the thoughts and words are all my own.

 

 

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The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, a Bible study review

Although it sounds painful, The Broken Way is a great way to be! It seems like I have spent more time in Bible studies than on fiction lately which is a good habit to  have! So, today I am reviewing the latest Bible study I am in with only one week left to go. It is so amazing and life-changing, it is hard to put into words, but I will try.

Although I had read and shared and given away copies to friends of Ann’s first book, One Thousand Gifts, I just studied it on my own and have continued to write down over 5000 things I am thankful for in my prayer journals over the years. I would still recommend the study if you haven’t done the first book.

The Broken Way ‘s tagline is “a daring path into the abundant life.” I agree, it is very daring of Ann to share the things she does in this book and to propose some of the things she suggests for her readers to do. It is the story of her personal journey closer to the heart of God, and I don’t see how anyone could do this study without being changed.

There is a book (kindle or print) that you read 2-3 chapters in per week, videos by Ann each week, and a workbook to help you do your own further study into how all of this impacts you, the reader. I am doing the online version, but your leader or a church could purchase the kit of the videos, and all each person would need to get would be the book and workbook.

Ann’s videos are very short (15-20 min. each), but the discussion questions and workbook questions as well as reading part of the book chapters each day took me over an hour most days, but still well worth it.

To whet your appetite, I will list the titles of the 6 chapters:

  1. How do we live this one broken life?
  2. Living Cruciform
  3. Learning to receive
  4. Real koinonia
  5. Embracing inconvenience
  6. Who we serve

Check out www.thebrokenway.com for a free sample chapter and many other helps, including a short video by Ann, and many printables to share.

Hope you will join Ann, and me, and many others in pursuing The Broken Way. It could change the world! And, go to www.annvoskamp.com to read her almost daily blog or sign up for it. She is also on Facebook and Twitter

 

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Julane Hiebert and her Debut Novel, Robin

Are  you ready to read Robin by Julane Hiebert? Are you ready to have your socks knocked off by a debut author? I cut my teeth by reading “prairie romances” and this has got to be one of the best debut historical novels I have read in a long time. Julane Hiebert grew up on the prairie in Kansas, and now lives on a lake in the beautiful Flint Hills there, and knows and describes them both  in a way that you feel like you’re inside the story with the characters!

In the first book in the Brides of a Feather series, we meet Robin Wenghold waiting alone at a train station in Cedar Bluff, Kansas, and you immediately sympathize with her. And, you soon grow to love her as you read about how caring she is with those she meets on this journey to her new home. All is not easy for Robin, but she makes the best she can of each situation, and falls in love despite many roadblocks. She is a survivor, and a caregiver, and has enough love in her heart to make a difference wherever God places her.

And, if you love this book, there are two more in the series–Lark and Wren. So pick a cold winter weekend and read Robin, as you won’t want to leave the house until you are finished with this gripping read.

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Kimberly Rose Johnson’s latest release–A Love Song for Kayla

I was excited to hear that Kimberly Rose Johnson has had a book re-released retitled A Love Song for Kayla, and I bet you will want to read it after you read the blurb below.

Blurb: When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered.

Ever since she was sixteen Kayla Russell has dreamed of her perfect man. She even went so far as to make a list of desired qualities. The list has proven to be a bust since no man is that perfect, at least until she meets Derek. But will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful?

When music superstar Derek Parker comes to small town Oregon to escape the paparazzi he goes incognito as a deliveryman. He wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he realized when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived and no longer wants anything to do with him.

Formerly published under the title A Valentine for Kayla.

Bio: Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

You can sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter via her website at: http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/index.html

Links:
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Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh

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Alexis Goring’s New Book–A Second Chance

My friend Alexis Goring has a new book out with Forget Me Not Romances named A Second Chance. It is available on kindle for $2.99. The cover, as you can see, is gorgeous! And, I think after you read this blurb you will want to buy and read a copy. I love stories of second chances like God gives each of us, don’t you?

Book blurb: Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.

Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts. God gives them their Second Chance!

 

Author Bio: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer–A Book Review

Review of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s latest book–Grace and the Preacher

In Grace and the Preacher Kim Vogel Sawyer has come up with a unique way for her latest hero and heroine to meet and fall in love, although the path to love has many complications. A case of mistaken identity leads to several secrets I’ll let you discover for yourself. As the back cover asks, “Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?”

Grace is a lovely lady who lives up to her name. Theophil comes from Theophilus which means a “friend of God” which proves God is always our friend even before we know Him!

Kim’s caring, emotive writing has you pulling for this relationship to work out, and you find yourself falling in love with the hero and heroine as they fall for each other. When several truths are revealed, their plans are changed, and you know that only God can work good out of bad in this situation. As always, the author ends with happy-ever-after endings for this couple and several other characters in this well-crafted story.

Hope  you will pre-order it on amazon or from CBD.com You’ll be glad you did!

 

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