Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review of A Refuge Assured


A Refuge AssuredTitle: A Refuge Assured  

Author: Jocelyn Green 

Chapters: 36 Plus Epilogue 

Pages: 413

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/ Christian Historical Romance 

Rating: 5 stars 

A Refuge Assured is the first book that I have read by Jocelyn Green.  Though it won't be the last book.  Though I love American history some of the events in the book I wasn't familiar with mostly the events dealing with the French Immigrates. The Whiskey Rebellion I knew about, but the French immigrates I didn't, which is sad that it wasn't thought in any of my history classes in school.  But what makes it even worse is that these French immigrates seeking refuge in America is also part of my family's history but I didn't even know it till I started researching my family tree for a library class I was taking. 

Vivienne Rivard has fled Revolutionary France a lace maker by trade who just so happens to be related to Liberty Lawson from the The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz love how those two books are tied together, she has to find a new means to support herself in the United States and the young boy left to her care. She discovers a talent for baking.  Which leads her to find a job as a baker at the Tavern owned by Tara.   It's there that she meets Tara's brother Liam Delaney a militiaman and veteran of the American Revolution.  After the war and saving money by working as a teacher in order to buy his own land.  After the horrors he saw in the war.   Just ad Vivienne wants to forget the horrors she saw during the French Revolution.  She also can't understand why American citizens are celebrating the Revolution because unlike the American Revolution which was mostly bloodless in the sense that it was fought on the battlefield.  Vivienne watched women and children including family members die by the guillotine simply for being lace makers. 

I've loved history since I was a kid, with the Revolutionary war and Colonial America being the favorite time period as well as the state history of my state. Once I got to high school and took three years of high school French which I can still read and somewhat translate but can't speak a lick French history also become a favorite and this book has both.  I am looking forward to reading other books by Jocelyn. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reading this week


Reading this week
Finished
Rodeo Standoff by Susan Sleeman
A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason
Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell
Falling for You by Becky Wade
Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns

Currently reading

Non-fiction reading

Getting ready to read
The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillian
When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley by Brian Bird
Love and Luck by Jenna Welch Evans
Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

Classics

Audio on the way to work


Reviewing
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Devotional reading



Did not Finish
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

When Trains Collide Blog Tour




Where Trains Collide Blog Tour


Title: When Trains Collide
Author: Amber Stokes 
Chapter: 7 plus Epilogue
Stars: 4

When Trains Collide is Amber Stokes newest novella, though it’s novella it is a sweet read that includes a train journey, a lighthouse and second chances.  Trisha Knolane just happens to be Derek’s sister from When a Star Falls.  Burn out from the school semester Trisha on a whim books a train ride in order to surprise her friend with a visit.   But the train gave her more than she bargained for; she runs into her ex-boyfriend Paul Benson.  And what follows is an adventure as well as two people finding out that forgiveness and second chances are possible as all things are possible with God.  

I found myself relating to Trisha being stressed out with school and needed a break, as well as not knowing what I want to major in and second guessing myself. I actually changed my major three times. First I wanted to be a vet, than a nurse, and finally I ended being a Criminal Justice major who now works a library.

     I have read everything Amber has written I enjoy her books, novella’s and the fact that Faith and a relationship with Jesus plays a big part in Amber’s novels.   We had a bit of a wait for this novella, but the wait was actually worth.  To me this book was published at the right time. I do look forward to what else Amber has up her sleeves.  When Trains Collide has two of the things I love train travel and lighthouses, which is funny because I live in a land locked state, with lots of lakes. As well as a state that doesn’t have passenger trains other than a dinner train. I just think that taking at least an overnight train journey would be awesome. Taking a train cross county either the U.S. or Canada is on my bucket list. And again I look forward to reading whatever Amber has next for us.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Book

Inspirational Contemporary Romance Novella

Two hearts racing in different directions will meet where trains collide.

Burned out and disillusioned with her chosen career path, Trisha Knolane gives in to impulse and hops on a train bound for Oregon, eager to escape the stress of college for a few days. But what begins as a fun little adventure takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend is also on board.

All her hopes and dreams had once centered on Paul Benson. Now, when Trisha doesn't know where her current track will lead, Paul’s reappearance in her life only complicates matters and sparks difficult questions.

Questions that could change the course of her life.

A heartfelt and thought-provoking contemporary romance novella, Where Trains Collide faces the uncertain season of new adulthood head on and shows that sometimes a path of broken dreams can lead to life’s best destination.






Author Bio

Amber Holcomb (Stokes) is an indie author and freelance editor living below the majestic mountains of Montana with her adventurous husband. Previously, she worked in marketing for a Christian publisher for nearly three years. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and now fuels her work with words in this new season of life.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review of Flowers and Foul


Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden MysteryTitle: Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery 
Author: Amanda Flower 
Ch: 40 plus Epilogue 
Pg: 320
Florist Fiona Knox
Chief Inspector Neil Craig 
Hamish 

After her fiancĂ© leaves her on the eve of her wedding and she receives news that her godfather has died Florist Fiona Knox leaves Nashville for Scotland and her inheritance. She wasn't planning on finding a dead body in the flower garden once she arrived.  Now she has to figure out who done it before herself or the elderly caretaker Hamish is locked up for murder. 

I've read other books by Amanda Flower and enjoyed most of them.  Flowers and Foul Play is an all new series set in Scotland.  Complete with a magical flower garden and a small village in Scotland.  For a first book in a series the book moved along at a pretty good pace not to slow or fast.  With Amanda's other mysteries I've read I wasn't able to guess of the suspect was and that was nice. I like mysteries that keep me guessing right up until the end.  I am looking forward to the next book in in the series. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Reading this week

Reading this week
Finished
When Hope Prevails by Janette Oke
Where Trains Collide by Amber Stokes (review book)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar (review book)
Her Texas Family by Jill Lynn
Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton

Currently reading
Rodeo Standoff by Susan Sleeman
A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason
Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell

Non-fiction reading

Getting ready to read
The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep
Falling for You by Becky Wade
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillian
When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley by Brian Bird
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent
Love and Luck by Jenna Welch Evans
Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley
Classics

Audio on the way to work


Reviewing
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns

Devotional reading



Did not Finish




Reviews Posted this week 

June TBR

Rodeo Standoff by Susan Sleeman
A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason
Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell
The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep
Falling for You by Becky Wade
Love in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillian
When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley by Brian Bird
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent
Love and Luck by Jenna Welch Evans
Falling For you by Becky Wade
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Eight Women of Faith by Michael A.G. Haykin

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up
May was a good reading month.  I read a total of 32 books and 7653 pages. My average rating was 3.4 I had two 5 star reads this month.    I finished two series.  My unfinished series is at 33 because even though I finished two series one of those series I actually started this month. My owned books started at 36, I read (4) owned books and received two books in Owlcrate and got one book for my birthday.  So my TBR pile is now at 35. It’s not going down as fast I as I want but at least it am not increasing either. I am keeping it balanced at least. I read all book two books from my TBR list for this month.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Don’t Forget Me by Victoria Stevens
Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke
The Rancher’s Homecoming by Arlene James
When Trains Collide by Amber Stokes (review Book)
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan (review book)
Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar (review book)
The Sea Before US by Sarah Sundin DNF


The Rancher’s Homecoming by Arlene James (owned book)
 Gal Gadot: Solider, Model, Wonder Woman by Jill Sherman
Roomies by Christina Lauren
 Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley
High Risk Reunion by Margaret Daley
 Where Trust Lies by  Janette Oke
Don’t Forget me by Victoria Stevens
 Her single Dad Hero by Arlene James
 Her Cowboy Boss by Arlene James (finished series)
 The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen
Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams
Pete the Cat’s Groovy Bake sale by James Dean
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (audio)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (owned book)
The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness by Ryan J Dowd
 A Match Made in Alaska by Belle Calhoune (owned book)
 How to trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell
 The Other Ducks by Ellen Yeomans
The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid
Sleepy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Fluffywuffy by Simon Puttock
Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton
Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson
Flowers and Foul play by Amanda Flowers
Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke (finished series)
Where Train Collide by Amber Stokes
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (owned book)
Thief of Corinth by Tessa Asfhar (review book)
Her Texas Family by Jill Lynn

Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton