“Sticks and Stone” ~ A JustRead Blog & Review Tour (and giveaway; ends 6/15/21)

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Sticks and Stone JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Sticks and Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

Sticks and StoneTitle: Sticks and Stone Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #3 Author: David James Warren Publisher: TriStone Media Release Date: June 1, 2021 Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time–and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner?

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com. CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.
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(1) winner will receive a print copy of the first three books of The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone!

Sticks and Stone JustRead Giveaway

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About Sticks and Stone

Rembrandt Stone is back. Sort of. At least, some version of himself is, in the newest David James Warren novel, Sticks and Stone. He’s been to the past. Again. And just as it was the first time, apparently he couldn’t force himself to follow the directions and apply himself to the reason he’d been sent back in time; to solve the cold case. No, he just had to mess around with the timeline and try to fix at least one other thing.

But when he returns? Now, he can tell that he’s in real trouble.

In his home, there’s a different roommate. Apparently he has a different partner. There are different books on his shelf. Yet Rem remembers everything. Everything that should have been, but isn’t; everything that he changed because he thought he could do good by not following the exact directions Booker gave him, when he gave him the watch.

The watch itself? Still an antique, gears showing, a minute hand and an hour hand stuck at the same time; that’s all the same.

Then, his roommate Asher returns the watch to him. And as the loud gears of time grind in Rembrandt’s head, he knows that Asher has, without knowing, sent Rem back in time again.

This time, Rem is younger. Single. Fit. And he’s arrived at the scene of a heartbreaking murder. He remembers a lot of things (like the classic rock on the radio), but some things, like his partner, are different.

Can Rembrandt follow Booker’s directions and only fix one thing?

My thoughts

I read Sticks and Stone. I read the last page.

Then, I turned back to page 1, and read it all again.

Poor Rem! He just can’t help himself. Yes, he’s going back to solve the cold case. But then, there’s Eve, his former wife. And Burke, his former partner. Eve’s parents, and Rem’s own parents. But one tiny change, that Rem thinks maybe isn’t a huge deal, changes EVERYTHING.

Even things that weren’t meant to be changed.

I am still completely captivated by “The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone;” this time-travel/detective story that has now spanned three books (with another three to go, to be published over the remainder of 2021). Rem is a fascinating protagonist. He’s all too aware of his weaknesses and his mistakes. But with the enthusiasm of a child, he is sure that, this time, he can make everything right.

If only!

If you like suspense thrillers, definitely investigate “The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone” series. Even if you’re not normally a fantasy reader (as this series has those elements, with its time travel), you are going to love the characters, the storyline, and the hope that Rem has (just as the reader does!) that he can somehow make everything okay. It’s not looking so good for him…but there are three more books, so who knows?

Start with Cast the First Stone. Then, read book 2, No Unturned Stone. That’s followed by Sticks and Stone. Then, like me, you’ll be waiting breathlessly for book #4!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Rebuilding Joy” ~ A JustRead Blog & Review Tour and Giveaway (ends 6/24/21)

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Rebuilding Joy JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Rebuilding Joy by Regina Rudd Merrick, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Rebuilding Joy Title: Rebuilding Joy Series: RenoVations #2 Author: Regina Rudd Merrick Publisher: Bellville Street Books Release Date: June 2, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Romance A waitress, a contractor, and an FBI agent walk into a café … Single mom Darcy Emerson Sloan has enough to do raising twins and running a restaurant. She’s doing fine on her own and doesn’t need the complications of a man in her life. But when her café turns into a crime scene, putting her and her children are in danger, she begins to take interest in the handsome young FBI agent that comes on the scene. Contractor Del Reno is as even-keeled as they come, but even he has his limits. And Darcy Sloan has pushed him too far. Every time he tries to help, it backfires. But now that Darcy and her kids are in trouble, he has no choice but to come to her aid and to protect her. She’s just going to have to deal with it. Secret tunnels, organized crime, adorable children, and a wedding. Just another day in Clementville. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

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Regina Rudd Merrick

Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at https://www.reginaruddmerrick.com

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Rebuilding Joy JustRead Giveaway

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About Rebuilding Joy

Author Regina Rudd Merrick has created a charming Kentucky small town, filled with neighbors who have grown up together and support each other. Widow and mom of littles Darcy works alongside her mom, Roxy, running the Clementville Cafe, which provides delicious meals for the area residents. There’s an abundance of interesting characters that people the town and eat at the cafe; the local sheriff, Roxy’s new husband, Darcy’s friends Lisa and Nick (who are also engaged), and Del.

Del, who’s a faithful Christian and has his eye on Darcy. Del, who’s a contractor and handy person when you need remodeling or fixing done. And Del, who’s an awesome guy, but who Darcy is avoiding like the plague. He’s totally not a stalker. But God, and Del’s friends, including his best friend Nick, keep telling him to be patient.

That’s before a large muddy footprint is found in the basement of the cafe. And before a secret door and tunnels winding under the building are revealed. The cafe, which also includes an apartment on the top floor, where Darcy and her children live, is suddenly a pretty dangerous place to be.

FBI agents and law enforcement personnel swarm Darcy’s home, life, and business. (Not to mention the basement.) She and the kids have to move out. And behind the scenes, there is a LOT going on…that may or may not involve organized crime. And anyone associated with the cafe might be at risk. What are the secrets that endanger Darcy, Del, and Clementville…and can Darcy put her trust in the God that she thinks has got it in for her?

My thoughts about the book

Regina Rudd Merrick has followed the advice that I’ve heard given to writers for a long time: to write about what you know. She and her husband relocated to a small Kentucky town and raised their family there. She’s also learned a lot about the history of the area, and the Ohio River region where it’s located. All those elements, along with characters who may or may not be based on people she knows, are brought together to create a charming Southern area where people love God and each other; but are thrown into a treacherous situation. History and hidden crimes come to light that menace Darcy, Del, Nick, and their families. I found the characters appealing and the mysteries fascinating, and I loved the mentions of delicious Southern food!

I also enjoyed experiencing Darcy’s and Del’s faith journeys. One person, secure in his relationship with God and enjoying their prayer conversations and His leading; and the other, harmed and damaged by life’s experiences and unwilling to trust the God she felt was behind all her suffering. Scriptures are woven into the story naturally and very applicably. I’ll carry one verse with me especially, as it spoke to me in a beautiful way. (I can’t tell you what it is, though, because…spoilers!)

I’d recommend Rebuilding Joy to anyone who’d enjoy a clean, contemporary romance with a little crime story on the side. Fun and encouraging read!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Hooked On You” – A JustRead Blog Tour (+ giveaway; ends 5/24/21)

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Hooked On You JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hooked On You by Kathleen Fuller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Hooked On YouTitle: Hooked On You Series: Maple Falls Romance #1 Author: Kathleen Fuller Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: May 11, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Romance (clean/sweet)

She never wanted to come back. He never wants to leave. The town of Maple Falls has plans for them both. Riley McAllister is living the dream in New York City . . . if the dream means being a struggling mixed-media artist, part-time food delivery driver, and having a carefully curated social media to hide all of the above. She refuses to admit defeat and move back to small-town Maple Falls, but when her grandmother breaks her leg sliding into third base during a softball game (she was safe, by the way), Riley reluctantly agrees to go home and help the woman who raised her—while secretly hoping she can convince Mimi to sell her house and yarn shop and move in with a good friend. Then Riley can return to her new life in NYC, on her own and for good. But Mimi has her own plans, which include setting Riley up with local baseball star Hayden Price, who returned to Maple Falls after an injury ended his major league career. Now he works at his father’s hardware store, coaches the church softball team, and worries about the declining town. It’s not the life he dreamed of having. With a little meddling and a lot of kindness from the town, Hayden and Riley find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other as they discover the true meaning of home. Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name and your business.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathleen Fuller

With over a million copies sold, USA Today Bestselling author Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com

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(3) winners will receive a print copy of Hooked On You by Kathleen Fuller!

Hooked On You JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 17, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 24, 2021. 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.

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My review

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

William Faulkner’s famous quote so applies to artist, granddaughter, and former Maple Falls resident Riley McAllister. But she certainly does everything she can do to act as though it is. She has left Maple Falls, where her beloved grandmother Erma (Mimi) still lives, and she has kept her back turned on that little Southern town for 9 years. (Other than the phone calls with Mimi, or for Mimi’s trips to the New York City, where Riley is supposedly making it big as an artist.)

This divided life landscape of Riley’s collides with a crash when Mimi breaks her leg. Riley throws clothes and toiletries into a suitcase and heads to Little Rock, where, instead of an Uber, Riley finds that Mimi Erma has provided her own transportation: Hayden Price, the coach of the town’s (and Mimi’s too, of course) softball team. The life of the past has officially crashed into Riley’s present life; Riley attended school in her teen years in Maple Falls, where she tried to blend into the background as inconspicuously as possible. But of course she noticed baseball star and all-around nice guy Hayden. Unfortunately his major-league baseball dreams came to a sudden halt. He is home, and surprisingly happy, working in his dad’s hometown hardware store. But Riley can’t hustle out of his car soon enough. She plans to help Mimi as she recovers, then ditch Maple Falls again for NYC. And she certainly has no time to give thought or even pleasant conversation to handsome Hayden.

Life has other plans for Riley though. She’s warmly embraced again by Mimi’s dear friends, who gather in Mimi’s yarn store to visit and knit/crochet for charity each week. (We aren’t even going to talk about the mess the store is in now.) There’s even a great group of young women who play softball together, attend Mimi’s church, and who really seem to like Riley, although her relationship style seems to be to hold back as long as she can; then run.

And there’s Hayden. Yes, those do seem to be sparks flying whenever they’re around each other! But Riley has a job to do, and then she’s out of there.

Until she realizes that Mimi’s house needs major repairs…and Knots and Tangles (the yarn store, of course) is dusty, overstocked, and needs a dramatic makeover. Also, Maple Falls seems to be dying on the vine, slowly, in the manner of small towns…but Hayden wants to change all that. And maybe Riley can help. And okay, she’ll admit it, Hayden is amazing.

Riley has got a life’s worth of invisible baggage that she hauls around with her. Now, she’s a nice person…and she actually has ONE friend in New York. And she has Mimi, of course. But Maple Falls itself, and its kind and loving inhabitants, are ready to help Riley lay down her burdens and heal. Even though there are hidden secrets that might just threaten everything.

Kathleen Fuller is wonderfully gifted at creating characters and vivid, beautiful settings. I could see Riley (and not that I didn’t just want to make her SIT DOWN and hold an intervention at times!) and her issues just as I could see the love and kindness of the Maple Falls folks. I could envision Knots and Tangles (super-fun to me, by the way, as I love knitting) and the small Southern town that needs an infusion of life. And I enjoyed seeing the paths to healing of the town and its buildings as well as the characters themselves.

So, as Faulkner said, the past isn’t dead. But it can definitely be used to bring a present, and a future, of life and hope. You’ll hope to see this happen for Riley and for Maple Falls!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis” – A JustRead Blog & Giveaway (CLOSED)

Finding Uncle Newton JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis by Douglas P. Cornelius, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Finding Uncle NewtonTitle: Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis Author: Douglas P. Cornelius Publisher: Gatekeeper Press Release Date: March 15, 2021 Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Historical Fiction (age 13-17)

She is outgoing, but orphaned. He is introverted, but a world-renowned scientist. Would moving in with Uncle Isaac Newton work? When his head was always in a book or the Bible? Teen-aged Catherine Barton tries desperately to connect, so seeks a match for her energy in the London coffeehouses. That women were not welcome there in the late 1690’s would not stop her, and she does find promising boyfriend John. Meanwhile, Uncle Isaac, as new Warden of the Mint, has his own challenges—nabbing counterfeiters, including the notorious, William Chaloner. He enlists Catherine to spy at the coffeehouse, and she welcomes the bond—all until boyfriend John gets implicated in a counterfeiting scheme. Then a case of smallpox, a pandemic scourge that had killed millions just decades earlier, sends her off to dreaded isolation in the countryside. And Uncle Isaac’s battle to nab the devious Chaloner turns into a challenging chess match. Will famous scientist Newton be embarrassed by a scofflaw from the street? Will Catherine ever find her true connection? Based on actual historical events and people. Author is a prior recipient of Moonbeam and Illumination Awards for books for faith-driven teens.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Douglas Cornelius

Illumination and Moonbeam award-winning author Douglas P. Cornelius hails from the Twin Cities, MN. He began writing after careers at Target, Ameriprise, and 3M. A Cornell University graduate, his hope is to reveal the lives of impactful Christian figures through story, rather than biography. Doug has been married for 45 years and has two children, three grandchildren, cat Selah, and new puppy Scout.

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My review

Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis provides middle-grade and teen readers with a glimpse into the life of scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Set in England in the late 1600s and peopled with actual historical figures, this book tells the story of what might have happened when his orphaned niece, Catherine Barton, came to live with him after “aging” out of the orphanage she lived in (at age 16!). Imagine a vibrant, extroverted teen moving into her uncle’s home; her uncle who had a brilliant scientific mind, a vigorous Christian faith, and…a temper.

While her Uncle Isaac had already published his masterwork Principia Mathematica when Catherine came to live with him, both his scientific and faith explorations were far from over. The monarchy had faced immense difficulties with England’s economy, and these difficulties were exacerbated by large counterfeiting operations, when bogus coins were struck and used as legal tender. To help solve this crisis, Newton was appointed Warden of the Mint and tasked with finding and arresting the counterfeiters.

In Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis, young readers will meet a number of actual people who lived in Newton’s time and interacted with the scientist and, perhaps, his niece, such as:

  • Edmund (sometimes spelled Edmond) Halley
  • Captain William Phips
  • Counterfeiter William Chalmoner
  • Newgate prisoner Cecilia Labree
  • Colonial poet Anne Bradstreet
  • and more

In addition, author Douglas Cornelius also includes excerpts from actual letters in this book (although their 17th-century language has been updated for today’s readers).

Sir Isaac Newton is one of my favorite scientists of all time. His exceptional scientific discoveries still affect us and inform our understanding of astronomy and science today. Many people might be surprised to learn that he investigated the Bible and the realm of faith just as intensely. Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis is an engaging story about Newton and his niece Catherine, who deeply desires to be loved and valued. Newton’s pursuit of England’s counterfeiters while serving as Warden of the Mint provides a wonderful, and true, spy story. I so enjoyed the way Cornelius wove the actual letters and statements of counterfeiter Chalmoner into this tale (proving yet again that people really haven’t changed much over the years). Readers will gain a wonderful insight not only into Newton’s faith, and into his ideas and discoveries as well.

Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis is a fantastic read for teens, and also, I’d believe, for late elementary-aged students. This book could be enjoyed either as a reader or a family read-aloud.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Begotten” – A JustRead Blog + Review Tour (CLOSED)

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Begotten Title: Begotten Series: The Gifted Trilogy #1 Author: Lisa T. Bergren Publisher: BCG Press Release Date: April 26, 2021 Genre: Christian, Supernatural Suspense Begotten is an edited, new edition of a novel previously released in 2006, The Begotten. At the height of the Inquisition, a secret half a millennium old is about to be exposed—a lost letter believed to have been written by Saint Paul but never part of the Christian canon. The letter speaks of men and women—the Gifted—with profound spiritual gifts that will strike fear in the heart of a Church dedicated to maintaining power. Now the letter has surfaced and the Gifted are gathering. But so are their enemies… PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a variety of genres, from children’s picture books to contemporary romance to supernatural suspense novels. She lives in Colorado Springs in a brand-new home she and her husband just finished building and intend to never leave, because she’s discovered she loathes moving. You can find out more about her at LisaTBergren.com

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Begotten JustRead giveaway

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My review of Begotten

Gianni de Capezzana: knight of the Church, strong and courageous in his faith as he and his men seek to track down the Sorcerer, who is a murderer, destroyer, and ensnarer of the unwary.

Father Piero: transient priest, preacher of the Gospel of Christ, holder of a prophetic illuminated document, that foretells three who will bring life, healing, and faith to those in need.

Lady Daria d’Angelo: member of a noble Siena family famous for their weaving, who’s abiding in a convent after a broken engagement. She hopes to heal her own heart, not knowing that God has given her an unusual gift for healing others.

These three, although they don’t know it yet, are part of the Gifted, a group of Christians who’ve been brought together to share the gifts of the Spirit in a time when the Church was generally the only possessor of the Bible and the only groups and individuals authorized to speak of God and His directions. Yet a battle has begun between two sides that will engage them all, heart and soul, and draw others into a spiritual and physical fight between good and evil. Will they be able to stand against such a powerful enemy, with weapons that are spiritual, as they seek to save the lost and the broken?

Lisa Bergren’s exceptional gift for storytelling brings the struggle between the God and His children and the forces of darkness to life with appealing and varied characters. Life in Italy, in the 1300s, is captured vividly; readers can picture cathedrals, cobblestoned plazas, and walled castles as well as the challenges of existence in the Middle Ages. Just as powerfully, Bergren describes the lives of individuals called to follow God and gifted for His amazing purposes in this novel about Daria, Piero, Gianni, the Sorcerer, and others, and the forces aligned on both sides. This exciting book is the first in The Gifted series, with two more to come.

If you love a fantastic story, engaging characters, and inspirational fiction, you’ll love Begotten. Just be prepared for a wonderful, if sometimes frightening, tale of good and its fight against evil!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Downsizing” – A JustRead Blog & Review Tour (closed)

Downsizing JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Downsizing by Lin Stepp, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Downsizing Title: Downsizing Series: Mountain Home Books #2 Author: Lin Stepp Publisher: Mountain Hill Press Release Date: April 1, 2021 Genre: Clean/Sweet Contemporary Romance

Forced to suddenly downsize her life, and not by choice, pushes Mary Pat Latham to give up all that is familiar, to reexamine her life in every area, and to eventually open her heart to new beauty and purpose, instead of only looking back in regret.

At midlife, Mary Pat Latham has an almost perfect life—a successful husband, a beautiful home, four fine grown children, and a wealth of meaningful activities and social clubs to fill her days—so it’s a total shock when her husband walks in one day and says he wants a divorce. As if hearing a stranger talking in her own kitchen, Mary Pat listens to Russell’s reasons for wanting to abandon their long marriage and to his plans, already in place, to sell their home and move on. What will she do? Where will she go? She hasn’t worked since the children were born, her life wrapped up in home and family. Stunned, Mary Pat heads to the small mountain home she and Russell bought from her parents years ago, too shocked and humiliated to face her friends or anyone she knows right now. Owen McCarter knew he’d need to stop by the old Jennings place, on some pretense or other, after Wheeler told him he’d seen a woman up there acting sick. After all, the house was next door to his at the end of Highland Drive. When he knocked on the front door later, it took him a minute to recognize Mary Pat, weeping and so different from the girl he’d known in childhood and fallen in love with. Owen reached out in friendship, of course, seeing Mary Pat so upset, but he felt surprised at the old memories that touched him, too. Hearing her problems and learning why she’d come to the mountains, Owen knew it unlikely she’d stay for long after the more lavish life she’d known. But he couldn’t help wishing she would. Another Lin Stepp novel set in the Smoky Mountains … with a special “Downsizing Diet” available free to readers as a book supplement.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lin Stepp

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Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has twenty-one published books, including her beloved Smoky Mountain and Mountain Home novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, plus a novella A Smoky Mountain Gift in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies.

Stepp’s latest novels, set around the Smoky Mountains, are Downsizing (2021) and Happy Valley (2019). Lin also has three novels set on the South Carolina coast in her Edisto Trilogy: Claire at Edisto (2019), Return to Edisto (2020) and Edisto Song (2021). Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide and two state parks guidebooks for Tennessee and South Carolina.

Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Books Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest, her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards, and Lin and her husband’s guidebook Discovering Tennessee State Parks a 2019 Best Books Award Finalist in Nonfiction: Travel Guides with American Book Fest.

Lin enjoys hiking and exploring out of doors and she loves speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs and sharing about her work and interests through her monthly blog and newsletter, both on her website at: http://www.linstepp.com

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Tennesee gift pack including a print copy of Downsizing by Lin Stepp, The Afternoon Hiker and Discovering Tennessee State Parks by J.L. & Lin Stepp, and a Great Smoky Mountains National Park pocket guide!

Downsizing JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 5, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 12, 2021. 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.

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My review of Downsizing

Mary Pat has had a lovely, decades-long marriage. Her husband is a surgeon. They’ve raised four wonderful children and live in a nice home in a well-to-do neighborhood. Her days are filled with clubs and volunteering. She’s frosting a cake for a meeting when her husband Russell comes home, sits across from her in the kitchen, and tells her he wants a divorce and that he’s already got an offer for their home. (And also, by the way, that she’s put on too much weight.) To say she’s shocked would be an understatement.

Heartsick, Mary Pat takes her dog and flees to her parents’ home in the Tennessee mountains, where she grew up. Her first few weeks aren’t that awesome. Grieving her upcoming divorce, she is also reminded (quite rudely) by several people that she is not the fit, slender twirler she was in college. In fact, she’s quite overweight.

She also has a run-in with…a bear.

City life did not prepare her for all this trauma! But Mary Pat does find kindness in a nearby neighbor, an also-divorced high school former boyfriend, Owen, who has returned to the mountains to work and live near his sister and father. Mary Pat is most definitely not interested in a relationship, especially after discovering that Russell plans to remarry right after their divorce is final.

But, life is full of changes. And there are indeed changes ahead for Mary Pat. Faith, hope, and perhaps even love are ahead of her as she sets out to rebuild her broken life and discard the weights that have held her down and back.

Downsizing captures the down-home beauty and comfort of life in the Tennessee mountains. It reminds readers that new dreams can be built after old ones are swept away. Also, that our faithful God is still there even when people fail us; and that while not all people are trustworthy, sometimes we find faithful friends where we’d least expect them. In fact, my favorite quote in the book mentions the encouragement we can find in community: “…but when you’re around people of strong faith, it builds your own faith up. I read a quote once that said you can only be lifted up to higher ground by people who walk there.”

Words for Mary Pat to live by…and for us as well!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Can’t Buy Me Love” – A JustRead Blog & Review Tour (ends 3/23/21)

Can't Buy Me Love JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Can’t Buy Me Love by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Can't Buy Me LoveTitle: Can’t Buy Me Love Series: Deep Haven Collection #2 Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren Publisher: Sunrise Publishing Release Date: March 16, 2021 Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He can’t buy his way out of trouble this time…

Housekeeper-slash-entrepreneur Ella Bradley prides herself on being ready for anything. After all, with a father who died—and lied to her—and a stepmom and stepsister who despise her, she has no one else to depend on. But on the biggest night of her life, she’s unprepared to be trapped in an elevator with the man of her dreams. Wealthy prince-to-a-fortune Adrian Vassos wants nothing more than to shed his reputation as a party boy and prove that he is a savvy businessman. Even, a gentleman. But when he’s trapped with a woman who knows his reputation but not his face, he gives into the temptation to be someone else—and lies. When serendipity brings them together again—this time to work off community service—can their combined sentences spark a new ending? Maybe…if Adrian’s lies don’t find him out. Again. The magic of Deep Haven enchants in this modern-day Cinderella story.

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

CONNECT WITH ANDREA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills. CONNECT WITH SUNRISE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | admin@sunrisepublishing.com

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My review

I have loved Susan May Warren’s books about Deep Haven for years! I loved the small-town, close-knit Minnesota feel and I so enjoyed watching all her characters connect, develop relationships, and grow close to God and each other. I’m equally enjoying the new Deep Haven series, written by other authors, under Susie’s direction! And Andrea Christianson’s Can’t Buy Me Love was a delightful read and addition.

Ella has, she believes, one chance to present her business plan to a hotel mogul. She has developed a unique line of organic, healthful cleaning products. She comes by this line of work honestly; her deceased dad was the King of Clean. But, while her products are amazing and she’s making a little money by cleaning homes and businesses on the side, she is on the verge of poverty. If her presentation doesn’t go well and the hotel company rejects her product line and ideas, she doesn’t know what she will do.

Unfortunately for Ella, making her presentation involves attending a shareholders’ meeting in evening attire which she doesn’t own. She borrows a fabulous gown and a pair of Manolos from her good friend (that she can barely walk in) and sets out. As the elevator doors in the high-rise meeting center begin to close, someone calls out to hold the door. And a gorgeous man walks in.

He and Ella begin to talk easily, but the unthinkable happens: the elevator shudders, then drops rapidly. The pair grab each other in terror, but the elevator jolts to a stop between floors. They are safe! Now they just have to wait for rescue. And the conversation continues.

Ella tells him about her upcoming presentation to the hotel mogul. He asks her if the son, Adrian, couldn’t help; and Ella badmouths the son, describing him as an irresponsible playboy. What Ella doesn’t know is that she is actually TALKING to Adrian. He just hadn’t shared his name.

When they’re rescued, she discovers who he is. And the rest of the night goes about as badly as the beginning of it had. Both Ella and Adrian are disappointed for multiple reasons. They’d actually had a great connection before everything went sideways. But it looks like that chance is missed and over.

Adrian is planning a family water park/hotel in Deep Haven, the same town where Ella is trying to make a living. They meet again, unexpectedly, and have another chance to connect. What stands between them? Their very different ideas for what makes a successful business. Adrian’s desire to please his dad and Ella’s, to redeem her family reputation. And relatives, on both sides, aren’t making things any easier. Can they overcome their differences and see that they are actually a wonderful match…and their futures might just be able to combine in a beautiful way?

Come back to Deep Haven! You’ll love visiting this charming Minnesota town and seeing your favorite characters as they interact with Ella and Adrian. Can’t Buy Me Love is a perfect addition to this series!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway so you can win your own Deep Haven goodies!! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“The Power of 1440” – A JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/22/21)

The Power of 1440 JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Power of 1440 by Tim Timberlake, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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The Power of 1440Title: The Power of 1440 Author: Tim Timberlake Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: March 9, 2021 Genre: Christian Life/Personal Growth

A thirty-day story-driven manual to celebrate the importance and blessing of each of the 1,440 minutes we are given every day, written by an up-and-coming lead pastor of a global church. The son of a preacher, eighteen-year-old Tim Timberlake’s tragic and painful personal story of the sudden loss of his father began his journey toward seeing the benefit and blessing of each day. And not just to get through it, but to exhaust every opportunity of potential of that day, moment by moment, fulfilling his God-given purpose. Today Pastor Tim inspires others to approach each day with its 1,440 minutes in a way that they live out their own God-given purposes and passions. Comprised of thirty bite-size chapters, The Power of 1440 is a day-by-day manual to help readers deal with topics like forgiveness, perspective, mistakes, rest, and living a life that matters. He says, “Win some, learn some . . . but never lose.” Every day should be magnificent, not mundane; filled with delight, not drudgery; and a grand adventure, not a grind. It is possible to make today and every day truly remarkable.

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Tim Timberlake

Tim Timberlake is the lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida and Creedmoor, North Carolina. He is a gifted communicator and teacher who has the ability to communicate to people from all walks of life. His sense of humor, combined with his in-depth Bible teaching, gives the listener and reader the tools to transform their lives from the inside out. Tim is a graduate of the Pistis School of Ministry in Detroit, Michigan. He is an avid sports fan and a cultural thought leader.

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My Review

The Power of 1440 begins with one of the most unique stories I’ve ever heard (and no spoilers, you’ll have to read it for yourself!). Tim Timberlake, a pastor (and the son of a pastor) experienced God and the love of his own father in a way that transformed the way he looked at time and the way he, and we, use it. To break down the title for you, there are 1,440 minutes each day that have been given to us. Tim shares how we can structure those minutes, and our days, in ways where we grab amazing opportunities, walk in love, and spend time in rest and renewal. And much of Tim’s wisdom starts with restructuring the way we look at time, itself, in our days.

Using Scripture, Tim shows us where our thinking has been shaped wrongly by our culture or world (“Monday again.” “Focusing on what is lacking” or on “what can’t be done.” Things will never change; “it’s always going to feel like this,” and more) and enables us to see what the Bible says instead. For example, Psalm 118:24 reminds us that “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Even if it’s a Monday.) And Matthew 7:7-8 reminds us who is on the other side of our prayers, and what He desires to do (“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”). Tim goes on to share: “When we seek to live out the will of God while also seeking to align our heart with his, he will indeed answer our prayers in a way that is the very best for our lives.”

Perspective changes everything. So Tim’s wonderful book goes on to remind us the difference between what God says about our time, our days, and our thoughts, and what we may be used to hearing from the world around us, or from our own thought habits shaped by difficult times in life. Over 30 chapters, intended to be read over a 30-day period, Tim discusses such topics as: defeating our doubts; 7 days of splendor (instead of 7 days of drudge); changing our thinking by giving thanks and being grateful for ALL God has given; how our faith can bring transformation even in our messiest times; releasing control to let God be in charge of my life (instead of using my own human attempts to control); and so much more. I had so many favorite quotes and notes that I’d taken. Here are just a few of them:

  • “In every one of your 1440 minutes today, you have the opportunity to be happy (or joyful, Ps.16:11, Rom. 15:13)…fruitful (Gal. 5:22-23), to be free of fear, guilt, shame, anger…past pain, regret, future anxiety…”
  • “At the root of control lives fear and self-doubt. An obsession with control is nothing but submission to those emotions. God wants me to loosen my grip and put my trust in Him. Fear and self-doubt are hard taskmasters. When we surrender to God, we’re submitting to an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving heavenly Father. When we surrender to Him we are set free.”
  • And in a rich and fulfilling chapter in which Timberlake shares how we ourselves can get in the way or or block our own opportunities, he says this: “The point of this chapter is not to load you down with yet another burden to bear. It is to open your eyes to the vision of who you can be when you choose to reach for more than your unhelpful habits have allowed so far.”
  • Your “opportunity for inner peace is (not) dead and buried. It can be achieved when you have little just as much as during times of plenty. You can echo the powerful words of the apostle Paul: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil 4:11-12). Nurture a sense of gladness and fulfillment throughout the minutes of this day and every day.”

I have to admit to you that I was a bit apprehensive when I picked up The Power of 1440 and started to read. I was, honestly, fearful that it was going to be just another time-management book that told me to pull up my bootstraps and shove more activity in my day. I could not believe how enormously mistaken I was! It’s not at all a standard “cram more into your day” book. It’s a book that lovingly and kindly says, “Here’s what the Bible says about time. Here are some ways you might not be thinking the truth, or living it. And here’s how God wants to help you!” What a beautiful, refreshing difference. THAT is the kind of book I want to read.

I can’t tell you just how much I love this book. It reminded me of so many of God’s truths that suffering, trial, and the enemy can often try to grind out of our hearts, minds, and experiences. In fact, I took notes from each chapter with bullet points that I plan to post on my bulletin board (I’m thinking one chapter per week) to remind myself of these truths so that they can continue to help me. The Power of 1440 gently and beautifully helps the reader to reframe the way he or she sees and interacts with time, believing that God has rich opportunities for us in each of the 1440 minutes we have each day. Encouraging, life-giving, and fresh, The Power of 1440 is just what you need during the weird and sometimes trying days of pandemic…and all the days to come after.

Enjoy! –Wren

DISCLAIMER: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Year of Thorns and Honey – A JustRead Blog Review Tour & Giveaway (ends 2/2/21)

The Year of Thorns and Honey JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Year of Thorns and Honey by Amy Willoughby-Burle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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The Year of Thorns and HoneyTitle: The Year of Thorns and Honey Series: Stand-alone follow-up to The Lemonade Year Author: Amy Willoughby-Burle Release Date: September 15, 2020 Genre: Clean Women’s Fiction

Nina is a photographer who really appreciates control. She likes to set up just the right shot with the perfect composition, but life is not always as pretty as her pictures. The lighting is off, the timing is wrong, and the subjects just won’t do like she wants them to. She’s engaged to her ex-husband, her teenage daughter is testing all the boundaries, and her childhood memories have a For-Sale sign on them. She’s also keeping a secret about the chance of a lifetime, but what she’ll have to give up to get it might not be worth it. Just when she thinks she’s got it all figured out, an important someone resurfaces and forces her to take a hard look at what she really wants and why. Life can be as prickly as it is sweet. Will Nina be able to let go of the perfect picture she had in her head and let her heart find the sweetness that life has to offer.

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Amy Willoughby-Burle

Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us.

Amy is the author of the short story collection, Out Across the Nowhere, and the novels, The Lemonade Year and The Year of Thorns and Honey. Amy says, “God didn’t give me the desire to understand algebra or the knowledge of exactly when and where to use a semicolon, and I’m not that great of a speller, but He did give me a wild imagination, the ability to string words together, and the desire to tell stories. I hope I can do Him proud.”

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A review of The Year of Thorns and Honey

Nina lives in a small condo with her teenage daughter Cassie. Their relationship seems to be in a cool cold war phase; marked by contempt and eyerolls from Cassie, and awkward attempts at conversation from Nina. Although Nina and her husband Jack have been separated, they’re dating each other, wondering if the love of their early days can be recaptured.

Oh, and those are not the only challenging family relationships in Nina’s life. Her widowed mom and her brother are both recovering alcoholics. Her sister, who had a brain injury in a childhood accident that affects her memory, is returning home from mission work in Peru with her husband-to-be, an actor who left his work (and perhaps part of his identity) in Los Angeles.

And, there’s more. Nina’s old boyfriend Oliver is back in town…and he’s now an ordained priest in the local Catholic church.

To say that Nina’s life is overrun with secrets would be an understatement. She misses Oliver and the easy friendship and conversation they used to have. (Plus, he is a total hottie.) Her relationship with her mom is filled with conversational landmines that they step over sometimes and right into at other moments. Jack is ready to make their marriage official again. But something is holding Nina back.

She is a photographer, focused mainly on food photography, and she has submitted her photos of bees and honey (she thinks it’s her best work ever) for consideration for a major photography prize. Winning it would be incredible…but the first prize gives the winner the choice between a 6-month photography trip around the country, and a large cash prize.

And Nina really, really wants to win the prize and go on the trip. But no one knows this, except Nina. And perhaps Oliver, whom Nina keeps running into around town.

Will Nina and her family (and the new local priest) brought down by their secrets?

 

My thoughts on The Year of Thorns and Honey

I loved this book.

I loved Nina, even as her secrets, deflections, and maneuvers made me kind of nervous. She wants to win…but is afraid to tell Jack about the prize’s travels. She wants to engage with her family members; but unhealed pain and unspoken words keep them from moving forward in a healthy way. She wants to relate well with her daughter but keeps stumbling in connection and conversation. She wants a nice friendship with her old boyfriend the priest, but at what cost? And she misses her dad, who changed his address from the American South to Heaven.

I kept wanting to tell Nina, “Be honest!” But just like in Nina’s life, our own fears can keep our deepest words and concerns from being spoken. They can keep us from really connecting with our loved ones. They can even hurt those we love. And then, just like Nina, we keep missing those connections.

If you’d like to read a beautifully written book with an appealing but all-too-fallible heroine, I recommend The Year of Thorns and Honey. There is pain in this book, from the unexpected thorns; but there is sweetness in the form of reconciliation, growth, and love. You will love Nina, her family and friends, and you’ll cheer her on every page of the book.

 

 

Enjoy! –Wren

DISCLOSURE: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.