Book Review of “The Wedding Shop” by Rachel Hauck

Happy New Year everyone! One of my goals this year is to get back to doing weekly book reviews. I read over 100 books each year, but with all the time I spend writing and reading, it seems I get behind on my blogging, so hopefully this will help me keep up with it better. What would be your favorite day to read a book review? Please leave a note in the comment section! I will draw one commenter to win a choice of one of my 5 published books. And if you can think of a catchy title for the book review page, I will even put your name in the hat twice!

My fave book so far this year is by Rachel Hauck, so I will start with The Wedding Shop. It is the third in a series of wedding books, but I read this one before I read the other two–The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, and this book whetted my appetite to read the others. So, although they are mentioned in the other books, I don’t feel I missed anything by reading them out of the order they were written.

All three of these books have a modern romance wrapped up in a romance (or three or four!) from bye-gone years, so whether you like historicals or contemporary books, you will find something to love in each one.

The Wedding Shop introduces Haley Morgan who returns to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where part of the action for each book is set. After a stint in the Air Force, Haley wants to open up the old wedding shop she and her childhood friend used to play in and pinky-swore to someday open and run together. But, her friend died recently, so she wonders if she can do it by herself.

Against unsurmountable odds, she attains the money and the help she needs to do the remodel, causing her to believe in miracles again. And, she learns the answers to some family secrets and falls in love. As with all of Rachel Hauck’s books, you will experience drama and losses along the way, but can rest assured the book will finish with a happy ending!

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The Wonders of Nature, 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Beauty Giveaway

God’s Plan is the Best Plan by Shelia Stovall

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

If someone had told me last year that I’d sign three contracts to write devotionals in 2016, I’d have laughed. But that’s what happened, and I almost missed the opportunity because I had my head down, working on my novel, while planning a short-term mission trip to Africa, and working full time as the director of a small town library. There are many times in my life when I feel like a performer at the circus, juggling plates on a stick. 

The only reason I’m up at 5:00 am writing is because I want to share my faith. The road to publication is long, so I keep my head down, focused on the task as writing at least one hour each morning.

Last spring, I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers’ Conference and a highly respected editor announced that Worthy Inspired was seeking devotions with the theme, “God’s Presence in Nature.” I had no intention of making a submission, but wrote down the details and forwarded them to my agent in case she knew authors interested. When she asked me if I planned to participate, it surprised me. “But I don’t know how,” I said, in a tone that reminded me of my children when they didn’t want to do their homework.

“Why don’t you try,” Mary said.

It’s always a good idea to listen to your agent, so I took a walk in the woods and sought inspiration. It didn’t take long for God to open my eyes to His presence, and I wrote a piece and submitted it. To my surprise, I was offered a contract to write ten devotionals for The Wonders of Nature: 365 DEVOTIONS Celebrating God’s Beauty. 

 It released on November 30, 2016. This is a special edition published for Books a Million. See link below to order, and Shelia is giving away one copy of the book next Monday, December 26th so be sure to leave a comment below to be entered.

Have you ever felt as if God has given you a task too difficult to accomplish? If so, know that He will help you, and send others to your aid. If you are working for Him, He will bless you in ways that you never imagined.

One of the best blessings on the writing journey is the friendships I’ve made along the way. Meeting people like Rose, who is on the same difficult road, is a blessing. I’ve also been given opportunities to travel to places like Africa where I never would have visited, had I not been obedient and started writing for Him. But the best gift I’ve received since I started creating stories is that it has drawn me closer to Him. I can’t write one sentence worth reading without God’s guidance. I start the morning with coffee, scripture, and prayer. Then, I wait for Him to give me the words to type. My novels may never be published, but I love the messages He revealed. Maybe I’m the one who needed to be told that to love and forgive is always the right thing to do.

God has plans for me and for you, and they are good plans. He may have a difficult task for you, but if you lean on Him, He will do the heavy lifting.

Prayer: Father, thank you for walking each step with me and for sending me friends to help along the way. Thank you for carrying my heaviest burdens and filling my life with light and love.

About Shelia:

 Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian and knows what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW, secretary of the Middle Tennessee ACFW chapter, a member of the Kentucky Public Library Association, and the American Library Association.

Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Kentucky. Her work is included in The Wonders of Nature: 365 DEVOTIONAS Celebrating God’s Beauty, November 30, 2016, published by Worthy Inspired, ISBN:9781617958595.

Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women’s friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Characters in her stories share friendship, hope, and fried fruit pies. Readers will discover there’s a fruit for every season.

Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past five years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for the past five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

Her husband, Michael Stovall, has been her best friend for thirty-three years. Shelia’s two adult children live in neighboring communities, and her favorite pastime is spending time with her two adorable grandsons, Matthew and Jacob.

Connect with Shelia:

www.sheliastovall.com

https://twitter.com/sheliastovall1
Link to Books a Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wonders-Nature-Devotions-Celebrating-Gods/Worthy-Inspired/9781617958595?id=6807702723778

 

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A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson

a-christmas-homecoming-coverI’m welcoming a new cyber-friend to my blog this week–Kimberly Rose Johnson, and her latest Christmas book–A Christmas Homecoming to start off our month of December with Christmas books! I’m sure you can find one or more you’d like this month, so check back each Friday. I hope you’ll order this one as a Christmas present for yourself or someone else. Enjoy!

Can the mystery of Christmas unite two hurting hearts?

Bailey Calderwood gives all she has to her job as an interior design assistant, but her best isn’t good enough for her demanding, bed-ridden boss. For some unexplained reason Mona has turned against her. At least not everyone is out to get her. A mysterious admirer is sending her cards and flowers. Could it be her boss’s son who’s recently returned home in time for the holidays?

Stephen Belafonte rushes home from France to be with his mother after her stroke, and is surprised by the rift between his mom and Bailey, her assistant. When his mom demands he fire Bailey, he’s torn between respecting his mother’s wishes and doing what’s best for the family business. Can Stephen find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go?

Kimberly’s books can be found on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2autVLe

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Check out her website at www.kimberlyrjohnson.com and sign up for her newsletter.

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.

 

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Tuesday Travels–Day 4 in the Colorado Rockies

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Friday with Friends Guestblog by Toni Shiloh–Buying Love

Hope you will welcome my cyber-friend and author of Buying Love, Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh

Blog post by Toni Shiloh

In my book, Buying Love, Nina Warrenton is so consumed with the things she doesn’t have, she fails to realize the things she does. Has that ever happened to you? I’m reminded of the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (KJV).

It’s so easy for us to be distracted by the have nots that our praise turns to complaints. Yet, God promises us an abundant life. So why can’t we be thankful? Our flesh is always trying to gratify itself. It’s why it’s human nature to focus on the negative instead of the positive. The flesh is on a constant quest to make itself happy, no matter the consequences.

Reader friends, I’m so thankful that the Lord came to save us from our flesh’s desires. Now, we can set our minds on heavenly matters versus the ones of the flesh. Still, it’s not an overnight conversion. It’s a daily battle, sometimes minutely. Our mind has to be constantly renewed with the good and our eyes ever on the Lord.

Nina has to learn the same lesson. She needs to learn to give thanks and recognize God’s presence in her life and what He’s blessed her with.

Author bio –

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the local Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.weebly.com

Back cover Blurb –

Will money ruin everything?bl

Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but there is one problem. No one has proposed! Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.

Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her?

Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?

 Buy links –http://amzn.to/2deXj91

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Tuesday Travels to Rocky Mountain National Forest Day 3

img_5933Before I get started on this post about Tuesday Travels, I wanted to do a shout our to all authors since according to Edie Melson today is National Authors Day. Of course, it is also National Calzone Day and World Vegan Day, so take your pick and celebrate. If you want to see the whole list for days in November, go to Edie’s blog here.

Verry interesting!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled Tuesday Travels. The next day we hiked to a waterfall up in the mountains which Sandi said is a trickle this time of year compared to in the spring after the snow starts melting in the mountains. And we saw a lot of wildlife that day starting with the horses that were brought into the corral across from our cabin each morning. We also spent several evenings trying to take pics of elk and moose and finally got a couple shots. My friend Sandi had a super call for them.

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Now I am going to re-post the pic I posted last week because no one answered my question, so here it is again–name the objects in the next picture and the first one to answer correctly will win a copy of my newest Christmas ebook! Check back next week to see if you won!

 

 

 

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