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Book Review: A MARCH BRIDE by RACHEL HAUCK

Publisher: Zondervan

Published: February 25, 2014

Format: ebook (99 pages)      

AISN: B00SL10IHO        

Series: A Year of Weddings Novella 

Origin: Publisher through NetGalley (egalley)

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My Look:

Susanna Truitt has found her prince in Nathaniel II, but this fairytale is fraught with doubts and peril. 

This royal had found Susanna in her own locale, but the wedding brings her to a new country.  The pomp and circumstance that follows this engagement is heady, scary, and exciting, but as this prince is now to be king, a danger lurks inside this European country.

Brighton is a small country with some large politics, and without much notice, the Parliament makes a declaration.   

Susanna has already given up her Georgia roots and moved countries away from her family.  She’s been trained, molded, and tutored into a princess and then into a queen, but how can she give up her citizenship to her country to marry the man she loves?  Is this situation a mere culmination of all the doubts that she’s been seized by? On the other hand, is this something she needs to retreat from?

When family gets sick and friends cannot come to her, Susanna has to make a choice, but it’s not the one most people would think to make.  She’s willing to let go and let God even if it breaks her or Nathaniel’s heart to do it.

Once in Georgia, Susanna believes she’s done the right thing, but has she?

My Take:

In A MARCH BRIDE by Rachel Hauck, you’ll be swept off your feet!

Susanna Truitt is a heroine that could be one of your best friends who is into some situations that you are ill-equipped to give advice on. However, you’ll want to help in her anyway we can just like the hometown characters in this book. From a distant land, I fell in love with Georgia and its people, but in Georgia, I fell hard for King Nathaniel. 

King Nathaniel II is unpretentious and as confused and scared as his soon-to-be bride is.  The pressures are growing on him just as his country teeters away from being the safety net it had always been for him and his family. Nevertheless, the pressure that comes upon the love of his life are too much for him to speak about.  However, once she leaves the country he’s broken and is willing to do what he needs to bring her back to him.   

Rachel Hauck’s A MARCH BRIDE starts out at the top of a princess and her castle story but develops into a fight or flight kind of love story with some amazing twists you’d never expect.  This novella serves a dual purpose.  It is a novella in the Year of Wedding series, but it is also a standalone continuation of the novel ONCE UPON A PRINCE by Rachel Hauck! 

Book Review: IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Published: January 3, 2007

Format: Paperback (286 pages)      

ISBN: 9781414311654        

Series: The Four Seasons of a Marriage Series

Origin: Publisher through Tyndale Direct

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My Look:

Steve and Brenda Hansen’s marriage has taken on a perpetual winter chill, with more than just an empty nest going on.  Steve assumes his wife’s moods are expected, but they have been extreme, in his view.  He’s changed jobs and is making great money in real estate and provides for her, his children, and his kids’ college education.  While he realizes, their babies have grown and left on their own life journeys, his wife does have an active hobby that should be able to sustain her through the transition, right? He’s even having the basement refinished to give her plenty of workspace and crafting nooks, but she’s just not happy.

Riding out the bad comes with the good in a marriage, but his wife has strayed from church and limits herself—why this is, he doesn’t know.  Meanwhile, a good reason exists for his drop in attendance, the weekends are prime time for clients, and he always has to show these properties.

Brenda Hansen is not just going through empty nest syndrome, although that is but just a part of her pain.  Her husband’s cold persona and his mistress are hurting her more.  Sure, infidelity can become a trap in a marriage, but the couple’s faith, love, and trust can be restored.  However, this can’t be overcome, when the spouse doesn’t believe he’s doing anything wrong.  And this adulteress is much more seductive than she can ever possibly be.  Steve’s love isn’t even human!

It’s become an addiction, Brenda believes, and it’s one that he puts before anyone. Owning a business can be enchanting and being successful can be exhilarating, but Steve loves his profit margin more than his marriage and more than his kids.

It’s all about to hit home in a perfect storm this spring, with new characters, new friends, and new interests.

While someone is finding Brenda funny and is adding a spring to her step, someone else needs her time and attention.  And as her lowliness begins to change, Brenda finds some friends in all the same places and begins to spend more time with someone for all the wrong reasons.  Even though this person helps her hurting end, she’s changing in ways she never dreamed of.

Is Brenda ready for this marriage to end?  Has she reached the point of no return?

Meanwhile, anyone can meet a ray of sunshine named Patsy Pringle inside her business called Just as I Am Salon.

She’s not the gossip queen in town, in fact, she’s a caring person who seems to pick up on the little things about people.  From her clients, she can figure out easily who is happy and who isn’t, but she does her best to get those down in a better place.  However, many things are just out of her control, and all Patsy can do is say a prayer.

Now, she’s had to stop some people from spilling news stories in her shop, but in some cases, it’s not being done mean-spirited nor is it something that many people don’t see.  It’s hard to miss the Hansen’s aren’t faring well, but to help someone is one thing, but getting into meddling is something else.

Patsy just doesn’t spot troubles from a mile away, she understands them, and she just can’t let someone go down a path that will end in disaster.

My Take:

IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman, starts with claps of thunder, troubles blooming in Tranquility Missouri, clashes of businesses, and some unwanted characters.  

Heroines are abound in Deep Water Cove too, but they are not always the law enforcement kind. 

While business is business in Tranquility, the townspeople of Deep Water are not just about the town but are all about the people.  Some things are happening to build the town and other’s things are threatening to break it a part.  The buildings will still be standing, but the family atmosphere could be giving way to the party culture. If this isn’t bad enough, I found myself loving Brenda Hansen and disliking Steven Hansen and wanting to be best friends with Patsy Pringle!

Inside IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman, you’ll learn about love, family, friends, and you will spot the seasons just as Patsy is able to.  Sometimes, wrongs can be so very right, but the right choices can make things all wrong for all the wrong reasons.  This town has much to deal within a short time, but the caring people pull you inside, make you want to be their neighbor, friend, and business associate.

You don’t miss the rest of this series–SUMMER BREEZE: 2 (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2007), FALLING FOR YOU AGAIN: 3 (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2007), and WINTER TURNS TO SPRING: 4 (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2008)!

 

COVER REVEAL: A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A CAREGIVER’S TALE OF LIFE, LOVE, AND CHAOS

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by: Linda Brendle

Publisher: Anaiah Press

Release Date: July 1, 2014

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Book Blurb:

Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

My Look:

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.

About the author:

 After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire, and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes, and attends church.

Website: http://www.lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/

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PREVIEW: FEARLESS The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

by: Eric Blehm

Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah                 

Published: May 22, 2012         

Format: Hardcover (272 pages)    

ISBN: 9780307730695  

***Courtesy of WaterBrook Multinomah’s website . . . 

My Look:

Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

Long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—he was a fun-loving country boy from Hot Springs, Arkansas, whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents.

But after high school, Adam fell in with the wrong crowd and his family watched as his appetite for risk dragged him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail. Battling his inner demons on a last-chance road to redemption, Adam had one goal: to become the best of the best—a US Navy SEAL.

An absorbing chronicle of heroism and humanity, Fearless presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior who would enter a village with weapons in hand to hunt terrorists, only to come back the next day with an armload of shoes and meals for local children. It is a deeply personal, revealing glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood that also shows how these elite operators live out the rest of their lives, away from danger, as husbands, fathers and friends.

Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as fearless.

      


My Take:

I’m looking forward to the release date of FEARLESS , The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm!

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ACCUSED

by: Janice Cantore

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Published: January 20, 2012

Format: Paperback (416 pages)

ISBN: 9781414358475

SERIES: Pacific Coast Justice Series

Origin: Publisher

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My Look:

An officer-involved-shooting puts Officer Carly Edwards of the Las Playas, California police department on a desk assignment, but she is still there long after the investigation is complete.

The press sensationalism and a comment taken out of context have long reaching and forever lasting effects on her career. From the death of her father to a career in a perpetual standstill and a divorce final from a cheating husband, Carly rejects faith.

However, her career situation changes due to a telephone call, when the mayor is found dead in the trunk of a car, and in an instant, Carly sees her chance to get back into action at the job she loves.  The juvenile suspect requests to speak to Carly because he knows her mother, personally. However, when Carly hears his name, she has nothing on her mind but getting his confession.

Hadn’t she told her mother that faith wouldn’t change that kid—or any other—for even a minute? This murder proves how right she was about faith and about him.

Carly wants to tell the juvenile that he’s playing the faith card with the wrong cop, but she is listening to get him to talk.  As the police tactic goes, get him to feel you will understand, and you might walk out with a confession.

Nevertheless, a confession doesn’t come.

However, something else happens that Carly doesn’t expect.  She believes him. Positive he or his “accomplice” did not kill the mayor, Carly’s left with many niggling questions.

Now, she needs the one person that she can trust, in police matters. But going to Nick will cause many other problems in her personal life; her former husband actually expects that one day Carly will believe that’s he’s a changed man.  He’s not.  She knows it.  However, she does need help.

Suspecting a cover-up with this kid as fall guy leads Carly to set out on her own, and soon she’s the one running from the law.

My Take:

Janice Cantori writes from a fascinating perspective.  As a former law enforcement professional, she uses her knowledge and skills to add police procedure then blend it with fiction and faith to provide a compelling read in ACCUSED.

She portrays real-to-life characters carrying heavy burdens with nothing to guide their way, but just like people, her characters change, grow, and find faith in the most tension filled circumstances.

The next title in the Pacific Justice Series Book 2, ABDUCTED, will release August 2012.

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SMITTEN

by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: December 20, 2011

Format: Paperback (432 pages)

ISBN: 9781401684945

Origin: Publisher though netGalley (eGalley)

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My Look:

Any company going out of business should not bring a town’s whole economy to a halt, but the mill is the main employer in the town of  SMITTEN, Vermont.    

Four women, all friends, endeavor to remake the town’s image and revitalize it through tourism, of sorts.  They envision their town as a  “Smitten is for lovers” destination to play off the town’s cute attribute, its name.  However, to convince an entire milling town to change their course is a tall order, but these four friends each have a story to make of their own life too.

In addition, for one reason or another, each of these women will have their tales begin and end in Smitten.  

Throughout the seasons, Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese tackle this new challenge, revamp a town, change the minds of the townsfolk, and face their own life’s challenges along the way. Nevertheless, it is two children demonstrating what true faith is all about.    

My Take:

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter cross-stitch a cohesive story together but apart from each other because each one writes the story of a main character. In reality, SMITTEN is different novellas sewn into an entire book without the reader ever seeing the individual treads.  

You’ll find friends, faith, laughs, tears, and trouble in SMITTEN with  some quirky and cute characters too.  

This read is an escape to where romance is always in season, just like growth, opportunity, and God’s favor. The next book in this series, SECRETLY SMITTEN, will release in December 2012, but in the meantime, you’ll want to visit http://www.smittenvermont.com/ and meet the authors, enter sweepstakes, or find more recipes!