The Beautiful Pretender By: Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender By: Melanie Dickerson

I few years ago I was in search of something new to read, I knew what I liked but I wanted to find something new. I’ve always enjoyed fairy tales and the twists that people make when rewriting such well-known stories. Since reading Dickerson’s story I have always made a point to read anything new that is published from her. When I heard about the Beautiful Pretender I could not wait, partially because I love her writing and partially because anything in relation to Beauty and the Beast and I must read it.

The Beautiful Pretender is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and the Princess and the Pea, and it is such a fun amazing story. It may be my favorite book of hers yet. It was such a fun captivating story and I love the lead characters. This book has everything and more, fairy tales, battles, spies, a fight for what’s right. I will always recommend that you should read Dickerson’s book, and I believe the Beautiful Pretender should make the top of your list.

 

-Elle

The Beautiful Pretender Melanie DickersonI received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder

About the book:

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1RRdypX

About the author:
 
 

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder By: Rachel McMillan

Are you a fan of mysteries? Witty banter? And a love of Sherlock and Sherlock-type stories? If so, Rachel McMillan’s debut novel is one you must check out! This historical mystery follows the two main characters, who according to society’s standards should be married and doing things that are more appropriate for ladies and not running their own private investigation agency.

McMillan has an amazing way with words that makes her books captivating and fun. Her cast of characters is diverse, with the two leads being reminiscent of Sherlock and Watson, they are polar opposites who compliment each other and go on quite the adventures through the streets of Toronto.

McMillan is definitely the new author to keep your eye out for!

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

 

 

 

The Finishing School By: Valerie Woerner

THE FINISHING SCHOOL BY VALERIE WOERNER

Tired of waiting for change to happen in your life—or maybe you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally? You’re not the only one! Don’t miss Valerie Woerner’s new book, The Finishing School. After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, Valerie decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness.

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The Finishing School

{MORE ABOUT THE FINISHING SCHOOL}

The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned(Nyree Press, August 2015)

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?

In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.

After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Valerie Woerner

{MORE ABOUT VALERIE WOERNER}

Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.

Find out more about Valerie at http://www.valmariepaper.com.

{My Review}

The Finishing School: How one book nerd began living what she learned, as a self-proclaimed book nerd, I was sold at the title of this book, so many times I’ve read books with the belief that reading this will help me, will challenge me, will change me, and after I’ve read each book, although I’ve learned some valuable things and understand how to get there, implementing them has not always been easy. So many times we feel stuck in a rut, not sure where we are going and search for help and guidance, if your like me that comes in the form of a book and The Finishing School is the perfect place to start. Not only does Woerner help to show how to identify areas of your life that may need work, and the areas that should be scheduled and put to routine she gives sound advice and recommends books that will aid in that area. At the end of each chapter she provides a list of tasks and resources that are attainable to help you make the changes you need and desire.

Each chapter is a guide to help you with a part of your life from prayer, Bible study, distractions, joy, balance, influence, and peace with many more, there is a chapter for everyone, although some you may be good on others will speak to you and help you continue to find the you that God created you to be.

I’ve absolutely enjoyed this book, I read through it pretty quick and plan to slow down and really go through the book. I think that The Finishing School is a great tool and guide to help you start doing the things you’ve always wanted to. I highly recommend this book (as well as many of the books that Woerner recommends throughout each chapter). This is great for everyone who wants to start putting their goals into actions.

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

-Elle

Glory Days By: Max Lucado Review and special pre-order offer!

Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!

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Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format), and receive a free digital download of the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado.

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Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy ofGod is With You Every Day (Max’s brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only).

After you’ve preordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at GloryDaysBook.com.

Pre-order today and get your free gift by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the offer ends on August 31, 2015.

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My Review:

The Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for years, wandering, searching for the promised land, when they could have been living in their glory days the entire time. In Lucado’s latest book “Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now,” he focuses on the book of Joshua and the time the Hebrews spent in the wilderness. While the Hebrews had escaped Egypt and Pharohs rule they were still full of fear and stuck in a season of wandering. Rather than focusing on the Promised Land and all that had been provided, they forgot God’s provision and His promise.

During the time of Joshua, the Hebews were in their glory days, and Lucado goes on to ask if you are living your glory days or are you stuck wandering in the wilderness? God has intended each of us to be living in our glory days, Lucado shows us through scripture and the story of Joshua how God wanted us to live in our inheritance, to live beyond our pasts and our hurts, beyond our stumbles and our pains.

The life God has planned for each of us is within our grasp, Lucado has always had a way with words, and a way of teaching and inspiring us to embrace and live the life that is awaiting us. Using scripture and practical life skills, Glory Days will show you that it is possible to get out of the wilderness and embrace the life that God has promised us.

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

-Elle

Through Waters Deep By: Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep

Through Waters Deep By: Sarah Sundin

I have been seeing Sarah Sundin’s books pop up on my feeds and have been recommended them many times, however, this is the first time I have read one of her books nd I must say that I am disappointed I had not started reading her stories sooner! Through Waters Deep is based in the pre-WWII era where there is evidence of sabotage in the Boston Naval Yard. Mary who works at the Naval yard (and who has enjoyed many a Nancy Drew story) decides to start taking noted about the people she works around, as a secretary and someone who is quiet many don’t realize when she’s around and do not give it a thought when she is writing things down. Jim, a high school friend of Mary’s is in the navy and has decided to help Mary in her investigation, however, the closer they get to finding an answer the more challenges they face that lead them into dangers path.

I’ve truly enjoyed this book and love Mary’s character who is super relateable. I was so in love reading this story where the main girl was more introverted and introspective over anything else and dealt with a fear of being in front of others. Mary is a character that I could see myself in. Sundin has done amazing with her historical research, character development and just creating a captivating story. I can’t wait to find the time to read some of her others!

I received this book complimentary through the Lituse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

Summer’s List

Summer’s List By Anita Higman

In recent years creating a bucket list has become one of the ‘cool’ things to do, but what if instead of creating your own bucket list, someone did it for you and challenged you to complete that list. Would you be able to? That is exactly what Summer is asked to do by her grandmother, a wise woman full of godly wisdom.

I’m torn about how I feel about this book. It was a good book and I enjoyed the story but it was hard to get into the story and connect with the characters. The story was lacking in areas and didn’t quite get to where I wanted it to. I will try more of Anita Higman’s books, but as for Summer’s List I will have to stay middle of the road with it.

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

-Elle

Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order By: Marlene Miller

Called to be Amish

What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

My Review:

Growing up close to an Amish community I had some understanding of who the Amish were, but wow has this book shown me how little I actually knew. Marlene Miller’s story is amazing and inspiring, the transition from English to Amish is not an easy one, and not many people make that choice and survive. There is no glitz and glamour to this story, Marlene simply tells her story as it happened and it is beautiful. I am not usually one that reads memoirs, and picked this up in between another book and found myself leaving the other behind in order to finish and was up half the night because Marlene’s story is so captivating and truthful.

Marlene is authentic in her story telling and you will feel like you are sitting across the table from her sharing a cup of tea while learning about her life. I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to many of my friends. If you don’t like memoirs, put that aside and give this one a try, it is well worth it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{More about Called to Be Amish}

Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015) Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates. Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community. Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman. Learn more and purchase a copy.

{More About Marlene Miller}

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.   

A Brush with Love By: Rachel Hauck

Ginger doesn’t believe she is beautiful, due to a fire as a child she has been lift with very visible scars which has left her feeling ugly and constantly needing to hide them. Through dealing with her scars and learning that she wasn’t beautiful she decided to help others beautiful, succeeding to the point of touring with a famous country star and than returning home to start her own beauty salon. Than one day the unexpected happens, the boy who broke her heart in high school stops by the salon and will be a part of the wedding party Ginger will be helping with. Tom has returned to town to Pastor a church and change the stigma of his family name in the town.

The only negative of A Brush with Love is that being a novella you finish wanting more of the story. Hauck has crafted a story that is beautiful and full of life. The story is a great quick read and that does not only pull you in but fills you with biblical truth and how Christ sees each of us. Hauck has an amazing way of turning a fiction book that teaches truth and is filled with worship. I highly recommend this book and the Wedding Novella Series.

-Elle

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

 

IT HAD TO BE YOU $100 Visa Giveaway from Susan May Warren!

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

It Had to be You By @Susanmaywarren

It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

Eden Christiansen never expected to be her younger brother, Owen’s, cheerleader. Attending all of his hockey games, being there whenever he needed something. When Owen begins to make some poor decisions Eden turns to Team Captain and Enforcer, Jace Jacobsen, who appears unwilling to help.

I have always loved Susan May Warren’s writing and specifically her Deep Haven books, and although ‘It Had to be You’ takes place in the city for the most part, this may be one of my favorite books! I love the character of Eden, disgruntled with her job and dreaming of more, investing fully in her family and the dreams they have! With both Jace and Eden you see how their characters struggle with the everyday and how they grow and change as the book continues.

Warren’s writing will draw you in and make you believe you are a member of the Christiansen family. For those of you who love a well developed christian romance story with a side of mystery, characters you can relate to, and a book you will not want to put down, this is the book for you!

-Elle

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