Welcome to another fun giveaway hop! I’m joining MamatheFox and 22 other amazing bloggers for the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more info on how to enter.
How to enter the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop
To check out all those bloggers, you’ll want to visit the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop linkup page . On that page, you’ll find links to all the participating blogs and their giveaways. You’ll be able to enter each one on their own blog’s page. So, to get to the linkup page, click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the Moms Rock Giveaway hop page!
And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!
The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away this fabulous piece of costume jewelry! I fell in love with this darling ring when I saw it and couldn’t wait to share it with one of you!
14k Rose-Gold Plated Eternity Band Ring with Swarovski Crystals in size 5 (this means it’s definitely on the small side).
How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway
To enter to win the FINCHNWREN giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on May 31, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!
Recently, Momentum Influencer Network provided another awesome family film for me to view and to tell you about (plus an Amazon GC giveaway!). It’s a brand-new film you can see in theaters opening weekend–which starts today, 5/13–from The Skit Guys. Called “Family Camp,” it’s something your entire family can (and WILL!) enjoy. (Opening weekend continues 5/13-15.)
About the film
Here’s a brief synopsis about what you can expect from Family Camp!
When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she’s found the perfect cure for her imperfect clan—even if they’d all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.
My impressions of Family Camp
Well. First, I have to give a shout-out to the cast, all of whom are incredible!
First, The Skit Guys themselves, Tommy Woodard and Eddie James
Leigh-Allyn Baker, from “Good Luck Charlie”
Robert Amaya (one of my faves from “Moms’ Night Out” and “Courageous”)
Mark Christopher Lawrence
Heather Land, who’s a social media star and comedian
You know that a film like this is going to be about transformation. But, there’s a story to tell first! “Family Camp” does a great job of introducing viewers to the two families, and the script gives each very identifiable characteristics (in a non-overdone way). Of course, in real life costars Tommy and Eddie are best friends. But in the film, they definitely do NOT get along. Their competitive natures, and Eddie’s desire to show himself and his family as the best and strongest (and most Christian) at camp, get in the way of the possibility of their becoming friends. Side stories about the kids’ inclinations and personalities make the kids’ characters very appealing (in fact, Jacob M. Wade’s portrayal of Tommy’s son Henry charmed me).
A dad hike causes the biggest conflict in the film, for unusual reasons. (And don’t miss the Bigfoot Hunters. Awesome!) It causes some rather stinging interactions between Tommy and Eddie and illuminates their differences even more dramatically. But there is still much more to come before the film’s conclusion!
I can definitely recommend “Family Camp” for your family! It is a clean family film, and something you can take your whole family to. (For smaller children, there might be some scary moments. But they’re definitely mild.) There is great humor, the characters are well-drawn and exceptionally-acted; and “Family Camp” reminds us of the meaning and immense value of marriage, family, relationships, fun–and family camp!
Meet the Skit Guys!
The marvelous Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network got to interview The Skit Guys–and we’ve got it on film for you to see! The Skit Guys are longtime friends Tommy Woodard and Eddie James. Here, you’ll get to hear about how they met and what their ministry and creative process looks like. I love their stories and their long history of friendship. Very fun!
I *knew* that The Skit Guys’ name sounded a bit familiar when I first heard it. But it took my telling my husband and (now college-age) son about “Family Camp” to remember why. My son’s drama classes in high school and middle school often used scripts that were written by The Skit Guys! The pair is so gifted in telling a fun and funny story while naturally including spiritual truths and encouragement.
Get your tickets now for opening weekend!
“Family Camp” opens in theaters this weekend, May 13-15, 2022! Here’s more on how you can get tickets and go to the movies this weekend!
“Family Camp” and Momentum Influencer Network are giving away a $10 Amazon gift card here at the FINCHNWREN blog! To enter to win, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 5/21/22. Best wishes!
Title: Facing the Enemy
Series: Roxbury Heirs #1
Author: Paige Edwards
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: April 4, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian
Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.
Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?
Paige Edwards is an award-winning author and a Reader’s Favorite finalist of contemporary romances with a side-order of suspense. She holds a degree in interior design and has worked professionally in that field. Due to her deep British roots, Paige’s books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of her area’s Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking on the lake. Paige is a member of ACFW, ANWA, and Storymakers Guild.
(5) winners will receive a signed copy of Facing the Enemy!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
I have to admit, I fell in love with Paige Edwards’ Facing the Enemy when I saw its striking cover for the first time! And, it hasn’t disappointed me at all. Although the cover looks a bit medieval, it’s set in the here and now time frame. With the most captivating of characters!
Elise and Harry loved each other deeply years ago. But when Elise dumped him, Harry married soon after and now has a young elementary-school-aged son. His wife didn’t stick around, but Harry’s parents help care for their grandson when Harry is overseas. Because Harry and Elise both serve MI-6, the organization made famous by “Bond. James Bond.” MI-6 is also known as SIS, the Secret Intelligence Service. So you can guess what its agents do overseas; the high-minded name for their work is espionage. Which we all know can look like millions of different things.
When we meet Harry for the first time, he’s scrambling over rooftops trying to avoid bullets after his cover is blown. If he can make to to the pier at nightfall, he’ll board a boat heading for Tunisia, and after that, for the Home Office in London.
Elise is already there. Following a horrific car crash with a known criminal, she’s still trying to regain her former stamina; and worse, to deal with a health prognosis that she never expected. She’s instructed to spend the next six weeks healing and doing physical therapy.
And so, with Harry’s continued assignment and Elise’s medical leave, they both end up in Scotland; together again for the first time in a decade. She’s heading for her parents’ ancestral estate and he’s being sent to a military base. Because before he left the region where his cover was blown, he discovered that someone was smuggling British armaments to the warlord general who’s attacking his own country in his coup attempt.
But there are complications. Harry still loves Elise, who’s hiding her own complicated feelings under her own tough agent exterior. Obviously she cares for him…but there is that diagnosis she hasn’t shared with anyone. And there’s Sammy, Harry’s son, who’s has supposedly been under the care of Elise’s family’s cadre of servants; but he escapes them every time and has already ended up not only in mischief but in physical danger. Harry is undercover, trying to discover who’s behind the arms smuggling. And unbeknownst to the pair, Elise’s nemesis, a dealer and trafficker who has plans to move into an even more hideous type of crime, has an ultimate plan to carry out revenge. And the target of that revenge is Elise; and the trafficker doesn’t care whom he harms in the process.
Do not miss this book if you’re a lover of the spy genre (as I am)! It’s fascinating to visit the MI6 world and Paige Edwards has crafted a gripping tale. Lost loves, constant suspense, and this actual battle between the forces of human evil and the faithful and good who stand against them is not to be missed. Paige Edwards is a fantastic writer; I loved Harry, Elise, and Sammy–and you will too!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
I’ve been introduced to a fantastic new author! Read With Audra provided a copy of Janyre Tromp’s exceptional Shadows in the Mind’s Eye for me to read and share about with you. Plus, there’s an amazing giveaway where you can enter to win a copy of the book plus some cool swag. Keep reading for more!
About the book
Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.
Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?
Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?
Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.
About the author, Janyre Tromp
Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas.
She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.
I was fascinated as I read Janyre Tromp’s book. I love suspense thrillers and Shadows in the Mind’s Eye is set in an unique geographic area; the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, around Hot Springs. Annie’s husband (and Rosemary’s dad) Sam is returning from his Navy service in the Pacific at the close of WWII. While Sam was overseas, his brother Peter and best friend “Doc” have been helping Annie care for the family’s peach orchard. But Sam has brought something else home with him that he didn’t have when he left. His terrible experiences have left him with what we know today is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can manifest itself in unexpected moments.
Annie is different as well, since their baby daughter (who’s now three) was born after Sam deployed. So she’s been navigating life as a mom as well as working the farm (orchard). They’re overjoyed to see each other, but almost immediately Annie can see that Sam has changed. Will he be physically safe for Annie and Rosie to be around?
And Sam’s not only different physically. Annie’s afraid that he is literally losing his mind. He’s seeing things that no one else can see. Is it paranoia or something worse?
WHAT a story. Tromp is incredibly gifted at creating characters that readers will love and even feel concern for. And the situation the couple, and those they love (or those they fight with) find themselves in, is one that humans in our century still struggle with. Along with the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges Annie and Sam must endure is a mystery that Tromp drops little clues about throughout the book. It’s a mystery that is rooted in actual history that I was completely unaware of (and I won’t tell you the wheres and whys of that, lest I give you an unintentional spoiler!).
I especially love what the author says about her book:
“Fear is the great consumer. Sam is afraid he’s going crazy and that he can’t protect his family. Annie is afraid she won’t ever be able to cope and that the Sam she married is lost forever. And when they (or we) focus on fear, there are no solutions, no ways to move forward because they cannot solve fear on their own. We aren’t trustworthy enough or strong enough to fix it,” shares Tromp. “I’m a huge proponent of looking for and celebrating the beautiful even when it isn’t pretty. Gratitude isn’t a pretty bandage to slap on a hemorrhaging wound. It is a way to shift your attention while the master healer does his work. As Sam’s mother Dovie May says, ‘Sometimes God uses broken things to save us . . . Ain’t no light that can get through something solid. It sneaks through the broken places.’”
–Janyre Tromp, about Shadows in the Mind’sEye
Here is what I can say. I was captivated with Shadows in the Mind’s Eye. Tromp is a most exceptional storyteller and there was never a moment that I wasn’t drawn to keep turning pages. Wonderful characters; heartrending struggles; and beauty in the midst of ashes. I wholehearted recommend Shadows in the Mind’s Eye for lovers of history, suspense, and the struggles humans must face to move forward in life. I personally will be keeping an eye out for any and all of Janyre Tromp’s books. You will be, too!
Now. Be sure to enter the book tour giveaway for some stellar prizes!
About the Shadows in the Mind’s Eye giveaway!
I so love this giveaway!! (If only I could swoop in and make off with all the prizes myself!) One winner will receive a prize pack containing:
– A copy of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye, – A custom made silver peach tree necklace inspired by the book, – A “Light speaks through the broken places” t-shirt also inspired by the book.
Here’s what all that looks like!
To enter to win this lovely giveaway, just click on the link below to go to Audra Jennings’ (who is Audra from the Read With Audra Blog Tour program) blog. You’ll be able to enter there via Rafflecopter. Giveaway closes on May 17, 2022. Best wishes!
Thanks to Momentum Influencer Network and Universal, I’ve had the joy of being introduced to Anne Wilson and her incredible music recently. I’ve been given the opportunity to listen to her new album and share about it with you. And, Momentum has provided an autographed copy of Anne’s debut CD, My Jesus, which I’ll be giving away to one FINCHNWREN reader!
About Anne’s debut album, My Jesus
Anne Wilson was brought into the music business after a terrible family tragedy; when they lost her older brother Jacob to a car accident. She was a teen then and had very different expectations for what her life path would be. But God asked her to do something different. (You can listen to her video story through the link below.) Really, something remarkable. And I believe that God is going to use this young woman (she is not even 21 yet!!) to make a difference, to be a voice for Jesus and for healing. Her debut album is a witness to that.
My Jesus and Anne Wilson have accumulated so many accolades already! Anne is the first the first female solo artist debut single to reach #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. The debut single “My Jesus” was the longest #1 single on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart of 2021 at 7 weeks. It has even achieved gold record status.
Here’s the song list from Anne’s new release My Jesus, and my thoughts about each song:
“Prelude (Scatter)” is a remarkable introduction to not only its subsequent song, but to the album as well. With a variety of instruments, the listener gets the sense of a thunderstorm which segues into piercing mariachi music (with strong keyboards and trumpets). These crescendo and then, head toward a firm stop. This leaves you breathlessly anticipating what comes next…
which is “Scatter.” This song picks up where “Prelude” leaves off. What is the idea this song communicates? It’s what the enemies of the child of God do: they scatter. It’s really a praise and proclamation song–a powerful one. Our God fights our battles for us; and when He does, we praise.
“My Jesus.” I don’t think they could have selected a better title for this album. This heartfelt song about suffering, pain, and the Jesus who is there with us always–Anne’s Jesus, and ours as well, if we want Him. How ready He is to meet us when we are broken, always. “My Jesus” is the anthem that every human needs to hear. And you can hear it here. It’s truly a song that can change your life.
And you wouldn’t think that “Devil” is a song that could follow “My Jesus.” Au contraire! This fantastic pronouncement of victory will get your blood flowing and remind you, as the song said, that Jesus “brought life to me and death to the devil!”
The precious “Sunday Sermons” (and don’t miss the music video!) shows the beautiful seeds that the church, the Bible, and all the words we hear in church when we are littles can produce, in bountiful fruit later on.
When you hear the title, “Hey Girl,” do you think of a famous meme? I did too (funny!), but Anne’s song is a word of life spoken over young women. It’s wonderful! It’s not just a reminder of what we should believe about ourselves: but why.
“This House” (with a lovely bridge from an old hymn) shares what our homes need to be built on to live, thrive, and stand.
“Mansions” is Anne’s lovely take on Jesus’s words from John 14:2. It will make you smile.
In “Mamas,” Hillary Scott, from Lady A, sings with Anne about the gifts mamas are. Perfect for Mother’s Day! Beautiful, happy, cheerful song and gorgeous duet. One of my favorites!
“No Place Like Home” is a sweet, heart-wrenching ballad to Anne’s brother; and the knowledge that, in the midst of grief, there is a perfect home out there for us.
“God Thing” — Miracles. Healings. Answered prayers. A sinner saved by grace. They happen!
“That’s What We Need” is faith and life that looks like Jesus. Love; the least of these embraced; His purpose. So wonderful; you will love this song!
What is it about Jesus’s name that is different from every other name on earth? “Something About That Name” is about what happens when we speak His name, in all circumstances, places, over every situation–with His unique power to save. Compelling–and powerful.
“Closer to God” is one of the most beautiful songs on this album to me. It showcases Anne’s voice in a wonderful way. She often sings in a lower register, but moments in this song give her voice to soar beautifully high and free. And the words! What truths for the broken, for those who feel that God is far away. He’s so close.
And last, there’s a reprisal of “My Jesus” but this time it’s with Crowder. I wouldn’t have expected their voices to pair well together; but this is awesome! You’ll love it. (And maybe not cry as much over this version.)
My thoughts about Anne Wilson’s remarkable debut
I was privileged to attend the Capitol Christian Music Group/Kisme livestream with Anne Wilson on April 27. I was just so struck by her story, but also her absolute gratefulness to be singing with her band and for her label, as well as to all those who co-wrote the album’s songs with her. Her spirit is so precious and refreshing, and her voice is rich and compelling. It was an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to Anne.
Her story is a one like no other I’ve heard. Out of absolute heartbreak (her beloved older brother’s unexpected death in a car accident) came the calling and life she’s walking out now. (Actually, she’d planned to be a NASA astronaut!) But her songs are written from the heart. During the livestream, she said that “the best songs are written from the deep places in your life.” How she has proved that. And how these songs will minister to you, to your children, to all those around you. (Whether they’re country-rock fans or not!) Anne’s humble, gracious story is the living out of how God can bring beauty from ashes.
I’m so pleased to be able to share about Anne and her songs and new album, and to give away this fantastic CD. It will minister to you and speak to your lonely, broken places. Don’t miss “My Jesus!”
Where you can purchase My Jesus
I wish I could give a copy of this CD to each one of you! But since I can’t (but don’t forget to enter my giveaway!), I want to let you know how and where you can purchase this CD.
Enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway to win an autographed My Jesus CD
The FINCHNWREN blog is giving an autographed My Jesus CD to one reader! To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes at noon on Friday, May 6, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!
May is definitely one of my FAVORITE months. You can almost see summer coming, there are baby animals hopping around (yes, we’ve got our share of bunnies), flower buds are visible on the trees and green stems coming up out of the earth. Let’s celebrate with a new giveaway hop!
I’m joining MamatheFox and other bloggers for the Come What May Giveaway Hop! MamatheFox and some cool bloggers (and I) are joining together. You’ll want to check out the giveaway page, where each participating blog is listed and linked. You’ll be able to get to each blog by clicking on its highlighted page there. You can visit that page, the Come What May Giveaway Hop linkup page, by clicking on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you right over! Giveaways close on 5/15/22, so be sure to visit the linkup page before then for your chance to enter and win.
The FINCHNWREN Come What May Giveaway
I just love this colorful little Lady Jayne stationery set! This 3-pack set comes in a flat fuchsia box with a clear plastic cover. It contains:
a vivid yellow spiral note pad with 100 sheets, with an inspiring message: “be bold”
4 binder clips
a zippered pencil pouch with a gorgeous blooms and flowers design
One FINCHNWREN winner will receive the set. It’s perfect for a belated Mother’s Day gift (since the giveaway isn’t over til *after* Mother’s Day).
How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway
To enter to win, simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes May 15, 2022. Best wishes!
Title: Inheritance of Secrets
Series: Coventry Saga #6
Author: Robin Patchen
Publisher: JDO Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2022
Genre: Christian romantic suspense
From a USA Today bestselling author comes the latest in the edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense series that will keep you reading all night long.
“I didn’t do right by your mother. Or by you. Find her and do what I never had the courage to do.”
Her father’s deathbed confession changed everything for Aspen Kincaid. The mystery of her mother’s disappearance was unsolvable, or so she’d believed.
It seemed her dad had lied to her all her life.
After inheriting a house in New Hampshire—a house Aspen hadn’t known her father owned—she travels thousands of miles, desperate to fulfill his dying wish. But some residents of Coventry don’t want Jane Kincaid’s daughter digging into things they think should remain buried forever.
Renovating the secluded old house on the mountain should be the next step in Garrett McCarthy’s contracting career, but Aspen’s arrival in town stirs up old animosities in Coventry that he’d known nothing about. All he wants is to complete the job, hoping it’ll open doors to new opportunities. But when he’s asked to keep an eye on Aspen’s activities, he feels he can’t refuse. How can he honor his beautiful, vulnerable client and remain loyal to the people who need his help?
Join Aspen and Garrett as they attempt to solve a thirty-year-old mystery—without becoming its latest victims.
Page-turning suspense, heartwarming romance, and a plot-twisting mystery that’ll keep you guessing until the very end. Preorder Inheritance of Secrets today. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | BookBub
Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield and Coventry Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. Working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.
(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copies of the first 5 books in the series, Glimmer in the Darkness, Tides of Duplicity, Betrayal of Genius, Traces of Virtue, and Touch of Innocence!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 19, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 26, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Well, there’s nothing like starting with book #6 in a 6-book series, is there?
Really, I’m totally kidding. While this really IS the first book in the Coventry Saga that I’ve read, Patchen’s novel works truly well as a stand-alone. She gives just a bit of “here’s what happened before” in Aspen’s new home. (Spoiler alert: it’s horrifying.) But it’s really only as a reference for why certain things are the way they are in the multi-story home, and in its basement. Garrett, the handsome construction & remodeling pro who’s working on the house gives her the tour and the story. It’s a lot. But Aspen is there just to solve a mystery, get the house redone and sold before she heads off to her next adventure.
But the mystery is a whopper. As her dad was on his deathbed, he asked his daughter to find her mom. Well, Aspen doesn’t even remember her mom. And how does one go about finding someone who doesn’t want to be found? As she moves from Hawaii (where she’s always lived) to New Hampshire (brr!), she finds townspeople who range from those who shoot her suspicious glances, to those who angrily confront her and tell her to get out of town.
Other than Garrett, and a few others, that has been Aspen’s experience. But she has found out some terrible things about her mother, and her mom’s and dad’s (and the town’s) history. But are those sparks flying between her and her remodeler? Yep. And even better, he is a godly man of faith. But as the mystery deepens and Aspen’s very life seems to be at stake, should she stick around or run?
Well, I’m not going to tell you the answer to that question! But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. And the mystery. The story is a well-plotted book and is an enjoyable read (well, except perhaps for those “this happened before THIS book” references. But they really are just references, to help you get your bearings around Coventry.). If you like lots of suspense and mystery with a little love interest thrown in, this is a book you’ll want to read!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.`
Recently, Momentum Influencer Network offered me the opportunity to see new film The Mulligan and share about it with you. It’s in theaters only today and tomorrow, so don’t miss this! Here’s more about this film plus an e-book giveaway for you to enter!
About The Mulligan
Taken from Ken Blanchard’s and Wally Armstrong’s book of the same name, this faith-based film features Eric Close (Nashville, American Sniper), singer/songwriter and actor Pat Boone, PGA golf champion Tom Lehman, and a solid cast that includes Charmin Lee, Tanya Christenson, and Andrew Brodeur.
Paul McAllister is the CEO of a huge corporation, centered in Atlanta. While his business is uber-successful, his personal life is in major disarray. He’s been separated from his wife for years. His son can’t stand the sight of him. Perfection is what he demands from himself and his employees. Yet Paul really can’t see how fall he actually falls from that perfect standard. Life apparently has some lessons for the CEO, that he’s neither prepared for nor can see coming.
An older gentleman golfer has some solutions for those life lessons, offered to Paul both on and off the golf course. Wally, the “Old Pro,” encourages the use of the “mulligan,” or do-over, when perfection is clearly not an option; as is reflected so obviously in Paul’s life. But the do-over is something Paul has to choose to accept. Circumstances may just force him to take a good look at himself.
Wouldn’t we all like to have a second chance, or grace, when we’ve totally blown it?
I actually had the opportunity to see The Mulligan in a local theater in my city. Although I’ve attended a PGA tournament as a spectator (you know, the ones who clap quietly after golfers take their swings), I know very little about the game of golf myself. And yet that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of The Mulligan in the slightest. While I didn’t find Paul appealing at all as the film began, he really began to grow on me. His story, of succeeding professionally yet failing miserably in his personal life, was one that I think viewers will truly be able to relate to. Because haven’t we all had an area, if not more than one in our lives, where we’ve been clueless?
Pat Boone was marvelous, just incredibly full of life, as Wally, the Old Pro. And there is a reason for that! The remaining supporting characters, from Paul’s assistant, to his wife and son, were so believable.
Something I really enjoyed was observing the integrity (or lack of it) that various actors’ roles displayed. And the faith journey of several characters was presented in ways that felt genuine and quite believable. The conversations about faith unfolded very beautifully, and in an uncontrived way. In fact, and I don’t want to give a spoiler here, watch for ways that the gospel is presented in both word and deed. I found it so inspiring, and lovely (even if some of it was in golf language, and I’m not a golfer!).
Don’t miss your opportunity to see The Mulligan. It is a wonderful journey through one man’s experience of what can happen when he applies “the mulligan” to himself and others!
Where you can buy tickets
You’ll only be able to see The Mulligan in theaters on April 18-19, 2022. And trust me. You definitely want to see it on the big screen! So, follow the purchase link below. You’ll be able to use it to buy tickets in your city or community.
You can enter to win a digital copy of The Mulligan book! Co-written by former PGA touring pro Wally Armstrong and author/business executive Ken Blanchard, this digital novel tells the story that this film is taken from. Here’s a bit from the book’s description:
And, the FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a digital book copy of The Mulligan to one reader! To enter the giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on April 24, 2022. Best wishes!
I’m writing this to you on Easter weekend–but you know what they say about April showers! I’m joining with MamatheFox and tons of other neat bloggers for the perfect April hop: the Raindrops on Roses Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more and instructions on how to enter.
To visit the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main giveaway hop page, where you’ll be able to see all the participating blogs. You’ll be able to visit all those blogs and enter their own giveaways by just clicking on their highlighted links. But remember, to get to that page, click on this blue button!
And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!
The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these items in the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop! One winner will receive:
A painted wooden block sign (3 3/4″ x 4 1/2″) from Francesca’s. The sign has a lovely floral bouquet and the words “Just Breathe” on it.
A Clinique lipstick in Plum Pop (one of their top colors)
To enter, just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/30/22. One winner will be selected to win both items. Best wishes!
How can a person understand how to walk through loss? Life doesn’t necessarily prepare humans for it. But those who have walked that path can offer wisdom and comfort from their own journeys. The BlogAbout Blogger Network provided a copy of Danita Jenae’s exceptional book, When Mountains Crumble, to me–and Danita’s honest account of her own loss and how God accompanied her through her journey after the loss of her husband–was a moving and compassionate read. BlogAbout also gave me a copy to bless one reader with. Let me share more about this meaningful and rich book with you, then I’ll let you know how you can enter to win your own copy.
About When Mountains Crumble
Danita Jenae and her husband, Dan, moved to their last military posting before his expected retirement. They were overjoyed at the life they were looking forward to and were thrilled at the opportunity to live in an area they loved. Yet on a mountain climb/hike (which he took regularly and was quite skilled at), Dan lost his life, to the utter shock of his family. Danita and her two young daughters found themselves alone in a new city, without a home, church, or friend group.
When Mountains Crumble is Danita’s honest and vulnerable account of how she walked out her, and her girls,’ terrible loss. In eight segments, the author shares her experiences in mini-essays, combined with journaling exercises and pertinent Scriptures. These segments include:
Fog and Shock (how grief affects you)
The Topography of Grief (what to expect)
Find Your Footing (soul-care)
Companions in sorrow (grief + community)
Derailed and Shaken (doubts + questions)
The Crossroads (faith + emotions)
The Veil Between Heaven and Earth (you and your loved one)
Sacred Ground (hope of redemption)
When Mountains Crumble‘s subtitle is “Rebuilding Your Life After Losing Someone You Love.” That beautifully describes what readers will find in Danita’s sensitively-written book.
My thoughts about this book
I have to admit to you that over the course of my life, denial has been my close companion. I wouldn’t actually call Denial a friend; but it was definitely a deeply-embraced coping mechanism. And yet denial really only postpones dealing with suffering. Those boxes that we pack pain into eventually burst open. But how exactly does one deal with the pain of loss, especially when it’s a close companion, relative, or friend?
Danita Jenae didn’t have the luxury of using denial when she lost her husband unexpectedly. She had to deal with that loss, in addition to finding a home, a church, and most importantly, shepherding her daughters through losing their daddy. What she experienced and fought for is detailed with huge vulnerability; but also, could be an incredible guidebook for anyone who has to fight through loss. Her exceptional book shines a light on the pain and confusion we experience with the death of loved ones. What I also discovered was that I could apply her wisdom and process to dealing with other losses humans experience; even those losses that I’d packed into those denial boxes. I’m early in the process, but I’m so moved by how Danita dug deep and embraced God as she walked her loss out. I’ve experienced emotion and tears (which you don’t always get when Denial is in charge), and I’m seeing that Danita’s process is valid and so useful for readers; and that what she learned of God and His care for us are true. He IS good. And He loves us.
I recommend this book for anyone who’s suffered the loss of a loved one, or faced other significant losses in life. The reading, the journaling opportunities, the wise questions, and the Scriptures will help you. Significantly, and with great comfort.
About the author, Danita Jenae
Danita Jenae is a young mom and military widow learning to carry both joy and sorrow in the same breath.
When her husband suddenly passed away she felt lost, isolated, and like she was waiting for permission to grieve. As Danita sought grief books to help her process her thoughts and feelings, she found that most of them were written for older generations and that the stages of grief didn’t line up with what she was experiencing.
Danita wants to help others know they are not alone in what they are thinking and feeling after a loss. She is an author, speaker, poet, and artist sharing from her progress in healing from grief trauma, walking alongside the broken-hearted.
To help you find your footing in sorrow, Danita invites you to grab your free copy of her grief guide here. Danita is also offering practical and creative ways to lead a Spirit-led life at danitajenae.com.
We hope that as you begin to embark on this difficult journey…you’ll no longer feel so alone.
Enter to win your own copy of When Mountains Crumble
The FINCHNWREN blog and The BlogAbout Blogger Network will be giving away a copy of When Mountains Crumble to one reader. To enter the giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/30/22. One winner will be selected to win.