The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

It’s safe to say, that if you know anything about me it’s that I love fairy tales and I loved Robin Hood (I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood series as I write this on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it be sure to add it to your list!) Needless to say when Melanie Dickerson released her latest story based on Robin Hood I knew I was going to love it. Not only that but the character of Robin Hood is a girl. (I always love a strong female character who can hold her own!)

In the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Odette cannot help but see the need of the poor children in the village, without enough food to live she decides to do what she can, however illegal it is. Odette chooses to take her hunting skills onto the Kings grounds to poach animals at night to give to those in need for food. Odette meets Jorgen who wants to help her care for the poor, however, Jorgen is the margraves forester is on her trail and he will stop at any cost to stop the poacher.

This may be my favorite story from Dickerson yet, I couldn’t put it down. This is one to add to the reading pile (as well as all of her other books!)

-Elle

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

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.

 

One Realm Beyond By: Donita K. Paul

Cantor D’Ahma has been trained his entire life for what comes next, he’s been waiting for the day where he is able to step out into the world and become a full Realm Walker. Cantor has been born with the gift of realm jumping and knows that one day he will help to protect the realms, but until that time comes he must continue to learn and train in his abilities.

One Realm Beyond is the first book from Donita K. Paul. Paul is a captivating writer who will pull you into the story with her writing skills; however, when you take a step back the story is slow going and nothing is really happening, with paragraphs explaining the clothes someone wears it gets a bit tedious. As you go through the book it begins to pick up slightly. I really enjoy Paul’s writing style and her attention to detail and description but would of liked the plot to have picked up a lot sooner and earlier in the book. With this said I will still read the next book in hopes that the story will pick up.

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

Fairest Beauty By: Melanie Dickerson

Could it be true? Could Sophie be the daughter of a Duke? All Sophie has ever known is life as a servant girl and the hatred of the Duchess. Escaping from the castle is the only way that Sophie can imagine to find happiness, but the Duchess has eyes everywhere and escaping seems impossible. That is until Gabe shows up, claiming to be a traveller  although he has quite the story for Sophie. The truth of who she is, that she is betrothed to his brother and that he can take her to a place where she can be happy.

Now Gabe and Sophie are on the run with the Duchess close behind, Sophie and Gabe are getting closer and Sophie must learn to accept who she is in God and that the things the Duchess has said about her in the past are not true.

Fairest Beauty is a beautiful retelling of Snow White, Dickerson has a way of rewriting fairy tales that we have known for years in a new and fresh way. The character Sophie struggles with issues that each of us has dealt with, from being alone to discovering who you are in God’s eyes, she fights to push away the thoughts and negativity that she has heard all of her life.

Melanie Dickerson has done an amazing job with her third fairy tale and I cannot wait to see more in the future.

-Elle

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

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

Betrayal By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Julia Grace is finally free. She lost her husband the previous year, but with that she has also found freedom. Her former husband gave her all the reason to not trust men, and to close her heart off to everyone around her. Now Julia lives on her ranch trying to make ends meet, her brother-in-law appears to be a decent guy and continues to offer to buy the ranch from Julia. Her heart is set on keeping the ranch and being able to maintain it, when she isn’t quite sure how to handle the quickly approaching days where she will sell her cattle a stranger appears.

Hugh Brennan is a stranger on a mission, searching for the family that he was separated from as a child he is making his way across the country to find the his sisters. When his horse becomes injured he finds himself at the ranch of Julia Grace, Hugh does not have a lot he can give but neither does Julia so in exchange for food and shelter Hugh finds himself working on the ranch with a woman who has surrounded herself with walls and won’t let anyone inside.

The ranch is in trouble, the money that was raised has been stolen, Hugh has left and Julia is not sure if she will be able to find a way to keep the ranch running alone, she may have to ask for help and accept the help from a man she hardly knows.

Hatcher has written a story that will keep you turning the page. A great story about opening up your heart and learning to trust after having many reasons to close yourself off to the world.

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

-Elle

Passages By: Brian Hardin

We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

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

-Elle

Downfall By: Terri Blackstock

The Covington’s have already been through a lot and have faced many trials through the Vicious Cycle and Intervention cycle, Downfall picks up with the family in Atlanta, Georgia where the family is attempting to have a fresh start. Emily is doing well in school, Barbara has a new job, Lance struggles in school with the adjustment. As Emily tries to continue on with her life after getting past her drug issues she gets pulled into another murder investigation.

After a bomb is placed on Emily’s car and two woman turn up dead, both with possible connections to Emily, her world is once again turned upside down. Worried that no one will believe her will she turn back to the drugs she once craved when not knowing which way to turn?

Downfall was a pretty good book, not one of Blackstock’s best, it took a while to actually get into the book, but towards the end I was able to get into the story more.

 

I was provided this book complimentary from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul

Every Body Matters By: Gary Thomas

We’ve all said it at some point. And since it’s the new year I am betting most of us have said it in the last 2 months more than once, ‘I need to lose weight.’ As one of the most common New Years resolutions every year, the need to lose weight, or get fit it high on everybody’s list, and if you’ve been in the gym recently you can see people starting towards that goal, but over the next few weeks and months those goals will get lost in the crowd until next year when we put it at the top of our list once again in an attempt to conquer our bodies.

Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul is going to tackle this problem head on, Gary Thomas has pointed out and reminded us that to lose weight for superficial reasons is not where our goal should be, and although for our health is a good reason it should not be the reason. Our bodies should be used to glorify God, and when our bodies are out of shape and are unable to manage to do the work God has called us to do, than there is a problem. Our bodies are instruments for God to use for His purpose, we must prepare to do any good work. Thomas points out he is not saying don’t exercise or don’t try to lose weight, but don’t do it for the wrong reasons, our mindset needs to be focused on Our Creator and to complete His works.

This book is not about weight loss, not about getting healthy physically, it is about how to strengthen your soul, how to strengthen your mind and in turn strengthen your body so that you are prepared for when God calls you, you can complete the tasks He has for you to your fullest ability.

This book was provided to me complimentary from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Learning to Crave God, not Food

Made to Crave Devotional: 60 Days to Craving God, Not Food

Lysa TerKeurst

After the success of Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst has returned with new insights, as well as some favorites in a 60 Day devotional to help aid people on their weight loss journey. This devotional is not like any dieting book you have seen, rather than telling you how and what to eat, when you should exercise and how many miles you need to run today TerKeurst is tackling the root of the problem of battling a weight loss journey. The cravings. We all have them, we fill our needs with food, we emotionally eat, crave more when we are bored and the list goes on.

TerKeurst has come along beside us to help us see the reasons behind those things and how we are placing food as an idol and turning it into a god. Instead she wants to help us re-evaluate and crave God more not food. This book is full of great snapshots and some tough challenges. Made to Crave is not only for those searching to lose weight or get a handle on their cravings, this book has information to be gleaned by everyone that can speak into many aspects of your life. Definitley a book to look into as we search to crave God more and more each day.

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Longing By: Karen Kingsbury

Longing By: Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury has captured our hearts again. The Flannigan’s have invited us into their lives once again as Bailey continues to perform on Broadway and begins making decisions about her future and figuring out where God is leading her, and who He is leading her too. Continuing to run a small Bible Study with members of the cast Bailey continues to face challenges in sharing her faith with the cast.

Cody is leading the Lyle football game to a winning season and the nation has begun to hear about the miracles that have happened with his team, he has a lot to face as well as taking a trip to New York City for an interview, where there is a chance of him running into Bailey. Are the two ready to see each other again? What will Brandon think if they do?

Kingsbury has done it again, pulling us into a story of a family we have come to love. We will stay connected with these characters through the whole story. Kingsbury has weaved her faith and talent to create a story remarkably that everyone will love. I really enjoyed the third book in the Bailey Flannigan series; however, Bailey comes across as a little too perfect at times, as well as getting things come to her very easily. Sometimes a little to easily, her struggles seem to only be around her decisions about Brandon and Cody.

This book is definitely one to add to your collection.

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle