From the Start By: @Melissa_Tagg

Let me take a moment to gush over how much I enjoyed this book! I’ve read all of Tagg’s book and so far this may be my favorite! With each book Tagg has gotten better, she is an author you will want to keep your eye on! From the Start is about former football star Colton Greene and screen-play writer Kate Walker. When a tornado hits Kate’s hometown in Iowa she returns to help out and figure out her next steps. With a career ending injury and no direction Colton’s friend asks him to help out in his hometown for a few months.

Colton and Kate’s story is adorable and full of laughter as they figure out what their next steps are as individuals and help each other to move forward. This is the perfect book to take outside, kick up your feet and not return until the last page. By the time you finish this book you will feel like you personally know these characters and will be ready to move to a little town in Iowa! I cannot wait to see what is next for this author.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost #BehindtheGlow

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I have loved being a member of Influenster! My most recent VoxBox was for this product, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel is a great product, I will agree with other reviews in saying that if you have very dry skin this may not be the way to go, unless it is in the summer. The winter months are just to harsh on my skin and this product did not last the entire day. That being said I have been using it at night and really like it at that time and a little goes a long way. I like that it is water based and at night still leaves my face feeling fresh.

I received this product commplimentary from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rasmus and the Vagabond By: Astrid Lindgren

There are some books out there that are generational, that can be enjoyed by everyone! Astrid Lindgren is probably best known for her character Pippi Longstocking but the story of Rasmus and the Vagabound should not be looked over. With it’s issued reprinting this is a book that parents and grandparents will want to share with the children in their lives. This is a story full of adventure that the entire family will enjoy. A great book to unplug and enjoy together. Rasmus and the Vagabond will quickly become a favorite that you will read over and over again.

I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe By: Max Lucado | IPAD Giveaway and Blog Tour

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

By: Max Lucado

Review: 

Max Lucado’s latest release is the fiction book Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is not like any other fiction book you have read, it is a creative uplifting story. Most of Lucado’s books are non-fiction and even with the switch of genre Lucado has continued to teach through his writing.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds will show you the power of prayer and how so many things can be at work even when you don’t see them happening around you. In this book you will find that although everyone has questions all of your answers can be found in Christ.

I love this book, you may be thrown off as it starts, but it will pull you in completely.

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

In Max Lucado’s new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, he asks, If you could ask God anything, what would you ask—and how would he answer? When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Join Max in celebrating the release of his new fiction book by entering his iPad giveaway and RSVPing to his Coffee with Max webcast!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on the Litfuse blog. Then tune in to a special webcast with Max on the evening of March 24th! RSVP here.

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Remnants: Season of Fire

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Remnants: Season of Fire By: Lisa T. Bergren

It’s officially the release day! So head over to your favorite book dealer and check out Remnants: Season of Fire!

As the second book in the Remnants Series, Season of Fire has a bit of a slow start but from there picks up tremendously. This book is full of adventures and twists with every turn of the page. Season of Fire starts where Season of Wonder left on as we return to the journey of our favorite characters. What I love about this book, is that although we thought we knew these characters already, we have learned more about them and another level of the depth within these characters. Bergren has done amazing in crafting these characters and sharing their hopes, fears and struggles.

I love that this is also a Christian book and that theme echoes through ever page of the story. It isn’t watered down so that people will like it more, the artists shares who she is and her beliefs through this story. I cannot wait for book three! In a time where so many poorly written books with no morals stock the shelves it is great to see such a fun dystopian book.

I received this book complimentary from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

#30by30

Originally posted on Flying Solo:

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Over the last few years I have seen a few friends commit to creating and accomplishing a 30 by 30 list, and throughout the last few months I have been compiling my list and things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. I admit that my list is slightly on the selfish side but I have also chosen many things that are going to be a challenge for me. So as of today I have exactly one year until I turn 30 and I decided that was the perfect time to share my list.

Throughout the year I will continue to post updates about where I am at on my list, and you will also be able to go to my #30by30 page to see updates.

I will also add as a disclaimer, that although I plan to complete this list, some items are open to flexibility…

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Sabotaged By: @DaniPettrey Blog Tour and more!

Get your copy of SABOTAGED by Author Dani Pettrey!

Book Summary:

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Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

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About the Author

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Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and her latest release,Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

My Review:

 It has arrived. It is a bittersweet moment for me, the final book in the Alaskan Courage series. Throughout these five books the McKenna’s have become my friends, they have become a book series I will re-read over and over. However, even with it being the end of the series, it did not keep me from devouring this book from the very start! Sabotaged may be one of my favorites of the set (However, I really am partial to Kayden’s story in Silenced). Pettrey has continued to impress with each book, with twists and turns you never know quite what you are getting into.

Reef’s story is no different,although through him and Kirra I believe that Dani has reached another level with her characters. I loved the characters of the previous book but there is something about Kirra and Reef that is very human and authentic. The problems they face on a personal and emotional level and you can connect with their struggles and inner turmoil of figuring how to navigate a new relationship with the baggage of someone’s past and working on moving on while embracing what God has planned for you.

I can never say enough good things about the Alaskan Courage series and I highly recommend all of them. Just a warning, once you start you won’t want to put them down, so you may want to purchase them all at once!

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Guest Review: The 5 Love Languages Men’s Edition By: Gary Chapman

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This is the first guest blog review for the site! Review by Ash Carreno

Everyone has heard of the book the 5 Love Languages at some point or other, the latest book is specifically geared towards men and their relationships.

For someone in a relatively new relationship reading a book like “The 5 love languages for men” was really eye opening. I used to think I knew what my love language or languages were but reading this helped me to truly understand what they are. Acts of service was not one I thought I had but after reading this I discovered that Acts of Service is actually my number one love language followed by physical touch and words of affirmation. It’s also helped me to realize and pick up on my girlfriends love languages a little better. From cover to cover this was a fun and educational read and I would recommend that anyone in a relationship or anyone wanting to be in a relationship give this a read because it is quite insightful.

This book was provided by FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are his own.

Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become like Jesus

Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become like Jesus is a a selection of passages from the New International Version. The book is broken down into sections Think, Act, and Be and focuses on the basics of Christianity. The three sections break down into ‘What do I believe?’ ‘What should I do?’ and ‘Who am I becoming?’ from there they break down into chapters about God, Salvation, Humanity, Worship, Prayer, Offering time, Sharing my Faith, Hope, Patience, and Humility.

Each chapter is back to back passages and verses that support and teach about the theme of the chapter. This book is a good resource for someone that may be overwhelmed by reading the whole Bible but want to understand the basics of Christianity. Each chapter will focus on a main point and use verses and passages from different books in the Bible to support that point. I think that this book is a great resource for those looking to understand better what we believe with biblical evidence to why we believe it.

I recommend this book for anyone that is new to Christianity and even those who have been a Christian for years. It is a great reminder of why we believe what we believe.

I received this book complimentary from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Dandelion Field By Kathryn Springer

The Dandelion Field By: Kathryn Springer

I will have to be honest and say that when I read the description I was intrigued but wasn’t still a little hesitant and not sure what I would think of the book. After reading the Dandelion Field I am glad my initial thoughts were proven wrong, Springer has an amazing way with words. This book reads like it is true to life, with main characters dealing with being a single mom, teenagers finding out that they are pregnant, and trust issues in general. The pain and hurt that the characters are going through is heart-wrenching and the depth in which the characters are written is amazing and not seen in as many books. This book is a must read! I can’t wait to read some of the other books written by Springer.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer’s The Dandelion FieldThe handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn’t believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning? 

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Dandelion Field

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.

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