Second Chances

Cowboys and the beautiful mountain town of Ouray, Colorado what more could a person ask for? “Their Ranch Reunion” is the first book in the Rocky Mountain series. Carly grew up in the mountain town whose Bed & Breakfast needs a much  needed expansion. When her next-door neighbor passes away, she finds out that the house was left to Carly and starts to make plans to start the renovation  but there is one roadblock in the way, Andrew Stephen, her high school sweetheart who is now joint owner of the property as well.

A story of second chances and watching how God works behind the scenes. This was the first book by Mindy Obenhaus and received it as part of the Blind Book tour. The book was a quick read for me and enjoyed seeing how the characters developed and worked together.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Welcome to Isaiah’s Legacy Blog Hop – Stop #15

1 Week ~ 24 Blogs ~ 3 Incredible Prizes!

Learn a little about Isaiah’s Legacy and enter multiple giveaways while picking up CLUES at each stop. Compile all the clues, submit the final PHRASE at the last stop, and you’ll be entered to win one of 3 Grand Prizes!

What are the prizes? They’re completely unique to the winners!

Mesu will contact each winner personally to chat about what they would most like to see in Israel, and then she’ll SHOP for just the right gift while touring Israel, March 6-19! She’ll then purchase a personal and memorable gift specifically chosen for each of those three winners and ship them to each one when she returns. How fun is that?!

 

How does the Scavenger Hunt & Blog Tour Work?

  • Begin at Stop #1. At the end, you’ll find a CLUE and a link to the next stop. Progress to each stop IN ORDER.
  • Collect all the clues—in order—and submit the full phrase at the last blog stop in the Rafflecopter form. Every stop has a clue, so be sure not to skip any along the way!
  • You may enter as many giveaways on individual blogs as you like but win only one.
  • You may enter the final giveaway only once and win only one grand prize.
  • The Hunt begins 2/19/20 at noon EDT. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 02/25 at midnight Eastern.
  • For best results, hunt through our list using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have a whole week! As you visit each blog, it’s our hope that you get to know Mesu’s BFF team and discover the heart behind Isaiah’s Legacy.

How does the Scavenger Hunt & Blog Tour Work?

  • Begin at Stop #1. At the end, you’ll find a CLUE and a link to the next stop. Progress to each stop IN ORDER.
  • Collect all the clues—in order—and submit the full phrase at the last blog stop in the Rafflecopter form. Every stop has a clue, so be sure not to skip any along the way!
  • You may enter the final giveaway only once and win only one grand prize.
  • The Hunt begins 2/19/20 at noon EDT. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 02/25 at midnight Eastern.
  • For best results, hunt through our list using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have a whole week! As you visit each blog, it’s our hope that you get to know Mesu’s BFF team and discover the heart behind Isaiah’s Legacy.

Greetings!

My name is Mesu Andrews. My first biblical novel, Love Amid the Ashes, released in 2011 (Revell, Baker Publishing), and we’re celebrating the release of my tenth novel, Isaiah’s Legacy, (WaterBrook, a division of Penguin Random House Publishers) with this scavenger hunt!

Isaiah’s Legacy was both the most challenging and most rewarding book I’ve written thus far. You’ll hear much more about the process in the blogs to follow. If you’d like to know more about me personally, check out my Personal Testimony HERE or My Battle With Chronic Illness HERE.

Sign up for Mesu’s newsletter and get Adnah’s Legacy, the prequel novella to Isaiah’s Legacy: https://mesuandrews.com/

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Greetings!

My name is Cheryl. Isaiah’s Legacy is the third book I’ve helped promote on Mesu’s BFF team. I love the depth of research and biblical accuracy I can count on with her novels. Mesu weaves biblical history and historical fact into a book that one should not miss reading.

Vital Scavenger Hunt Info:

Here’s the Stop #15 Stuff!

Clue to write down: Lead

Link for Stop 16: http://christianfictiongirl.blog/?p=9097

Grace & Mercy

Mesu Andrews has yet again written another outstanding book. The amount of research that the author puts into a book shows, I was pulled into the story from page one. “Isaiah’s Legacy” continues the story that started in “Isaiah’s Daughter.” The author took me through the reign of King Manasseh who was considered one of most wicked kings. Mesu weaves biblical history and historical fact into a book that one should not miss reading.
I prayed for Manasseh that he turns his life to God and learn the truth in daylight. Shulle questions God and wonders how he can be sovereign, Zibah reminds her that God is always with us. Lots of truth is displayed with each character and will leave the reader asking for more. I reread the story of Manasseh and it gave me a different perspective of his life. If you love biblical fiction run to the closest bookstore, carve time out to read “Isaiah’s Legacy.” I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Collision of Lies

Wow, a mystery thriller that pulled me in from page one. I had a hard time putting the book down and kept me up late turning the pages to find out what happened.

Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to a devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. Seventeen kids and three adults were killed, or were they? Detective Amara Alvarez was out enjoying her Saturday breakfast at a local diner when it was disrupted by a husband and wife arguing over a text that she received from their son. One thing leads to another that leaves Amara wondering if the children may still be alive. With time running out, Amara must convince herself and her co-workers that yes, the boy is alive and that she will do everything in her power to bring him and the other children home.

A clean mystery that was emotional, intense, mesmerizing, leaving you wondering what happened to the children. “Collision of Lies” was the first book that I read from the author Tom Threadgill and am looking forward to the next book in the Detective Amara Alvarez series.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Daughter of Rome

When you find an author that shares her talent and gift of writing you don’t want the story to end. “Daughter of Rome,” by Tessa Afshar is the story of Aquila, Priscilla, Paul, Rufus and God’s plan to transform the early church. Priscilla, the daughter of a Roman general meets a Jewish immigrant, Aquila. Their courtship is followed by murder and betrayal. They work to build a community of believers while a runaway boy and a foe complicate their lives.

There are many lessons in the book, one is that we should all be like Priscilla. She never gave up when they were forced from their home. The determination, forgiveness, mercy, love, willing to put aside those who wronged her, to take in those that are lost who do not have a relationship with Jesus. To literally be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Tessa has done it again!!! “Daughter of Rome,” will leave you looking for more. Jesus uses the struggles in our own lives to make something beautiful.

I received this book free from the author and her publisher in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Above the Fold

I did not realize that Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel was her first book. I am impressed! Elissa lost the love of her life to a journalism job in the city and feels she needs to prove herself to her father. The time period is the 1920’s and the Suffragette Movement is happening. She is working as a secretary at her dad’s newspaper trying to keep it afloat.
Cole, the heartbreaker moved to the city to work as a journalist, but never forgot Elissa. His plan was to return when he made a name for himself, terrible things happen, and he turns to the bottle. When her dad hires Cole, he challenges the both of them to write a front-page story. In the end they rekindled their relationship and eventually fall in love. I love the spiritual undertone; Cole’s character shows us that God is the God of second chances and how we see Him.
The 1920’s is a neat time period and the author did a wonderful job writing the book. If you enjoy reading historical romance than this book is for you.
I look forward to reading more books from the author. I received a copy of Above the Fold from Just Read Tours in exchange for honest opinion.

Let Go, Let God!

“Breathing On her Own,” by author Rebecca Waters tells a wonderful story of mercy, love, forgiveness and truth. Molly and her husband, Travis are enjoying retirement when their oldest daughter, Laney is critically injured after a car accident in which she was driving and killed her best friend. Laney is married with two children. Travis, her husband is loving and a God-fearing man. The perfect life until Laney made a poor choice of driving after consuming a few alcoholic beverages. Molly’s faith is tested and just going through the motions as she is forced to evaluate life and her faith. Molly is faced with learning to let go and let God and know that she can trust Him through trials.
Bad decisions can not be taken back, but God has certainly forgiven us for those choices. God will meet us everyday right where we are. This story offered encouragement, knowing that we can not control each day.
I received a copy of the book from Just Read Tours in exchange for my honest opinion
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American Dirt- A Must Read

American Dirt humanizes the story of migrants and gives those a voice making a hard choice trekking crossing the border into the states. This novel will change how we think about the world, that changes us in a profound way. American Dirt is one of those rare novels. This is the first book by author, Jeannie Cummins that I have read and looking forward to reading her other books. 
The story of a Mexican mother and son who are trying to escape a drug lord who killer her husband and family. A mother and son who are desperate to leave Mexico and head to the States while escaping the cartel. They eventually travel on top of a train with other migrants who are also looking for a better life. I finished reading the book in a day, heartbreaking from page one till the last page. American Dirt brings a voice to those who are faced with making a hard choice to trek across the desert with very little.
Beautifully written. This will be the January 21st. 2020. A must read for everyone. The story will be with me for a long time. Heart-wrenching.
I received a copy of “American Dirt” from Flatiron Books in exchange for my honest opinion.



Isaiah’s Legacy

Mesu Andrews has yet again written another outstanding book. The amount of research that the author puts into a book shows, I was pulled into the story from page one. “Isaiah’s Legacy” continues the story that started in “Isaiah’s Daughter.” The author took me through the reign of King Manasseh who was considered one of most wicked kings. Mesu weaves biblical history and historical fact into a book that one should not miss reading.
I prayed for Manasseh that he turns his life to God and learn the truth in daylight. Shulle questions God and wonders how he can be sovereign, Zibah reminds her that God is always with us. Lots of truth is displayed with each character and will leave the reader asking for more. I reread the story of Manasseh and it gave me a different perspective of his life. If you love biblical fiction run to the closest bookstore, carve time out to read “Isaiah’s Legacy.” I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

A Struggle Between Faith & Doubt

Dr. Warren, a practicing a brain surgeon and an Iraq War veteran struggles with his faith when things don’t go as planned. Where God is when faced with patients who have brain cancer. We know that God is a mighty healer, but what happens when those who are faced with health trials are not healed. Why are others at peace, but some lose faith? One might wonder where God is when the diagnose comes in and it is not good.

Whether one is facing an illness, an injury, bankruptcy, divorce or tribulations, what you’re about to face will provide a greater opportunity for gain or loss than anything else you will experience in your lifetime.

The book was more than a memoir, it was about how one balances faith and the reality of a fatal disease. In the struggle between faith and doubt, the things we think we know often cause the most trouble.

A tough subject to discuss, life and death, for those who have a relationship with Jesus still struggle, but at the end of the day we know He is always with us and will never forsake us.

I received a copy of “I’ve Seen the End of You” from the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.

God’s Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perservance

What would you do for Jesus? How far would you go to share your faith? Persecution of Christians in on the rise throughout the world, churches are bombed or burned, believers are imprisoned or harassed even to the point that trying to share the gospel is illegal. I finished the book in one day and highly recommend God’s Hostage.
“God’s Hostage,” a true story of persecution, imprisonment, and perseverance is a true story of a pastor and his wife serving as missionaries in Turkey. In 1993 Andrew Brunson and his wife moved to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, through some difficulties and threats they were successful in planting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian.
They were arrested in 2016, Turkey released Norine, who stayed in the country, Andrew was imprisoned for 735 days. He was discouraged, at times felt that God abandoned him, broken, heart wrenching, but in the end a light in a very dark world. I found it quite upsetting that countries use innocent people for political purposes. At the end of the day, God is in control, He is always with us. He will bring us through the darkest of days.
I received a copy of the book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest opinion.

Don’t Lose Hope: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul

How do we not lose heart in a world of natural disasters, war, famine, broken relationships and broken dreams? “Don’t Lose Heart” Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul is encouraging. The author separates the book into two sections, the first is How to fight for sight and includes what to do when you feel overwhelmed, defeated and worthless. Part is: How to defeat despair: What to do when the past paralyzes you, when the present disappoints you and what to do when the future scares you. The author backs up the chapters with pertinent bible verses.

Put yourself on the path of grace where you will hear the word of Christ, and link arms with others who will run the race with you. The picture of Hebrews 12 fits with the popular African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” Let’s fight together, run together and finish together. We are not meant to do life on our own, we are to do life with our church and community.

I received a copy of the book from Baker Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Roll of the Drums

“The Roll of the Drums” is the second book in the series, The Amish of Weaver’s Creek. The author picks up with Gideon Fisher, his wife and four children who are in the process of moving to another community. When they come upon Weaver Creek they see a young women and ask her where they could find a place to stay and their friendship starts.

The Weaver’s have an extra room and allow the Fisher’s to stay with them. Ruby and Lydia Weaver offer to help take of care of Gideon’s wife who is ill as well as watch over their children. Lavinia asks Ruby to make her a tall promise as well as her husband.

I like how the author weaves in the Civil War and Amish traditions. A story about true love, redemption, forgiveness and mercy. “ The Roll of the Drums” can be read on its own, but you will miss the relationships that develop in the first book.

I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Sound of Distant Thunder

I was part of a Blind Book Tour and received “The Sound of Distant Thunder” by author Jan Drexler. The sweetness of young love, the conflict and sorrow of the War Between the States, the wisdom of married couples mixed with faith, family and freedom drew me in from page one.

Katie Stuckey is in love with the idea of being in love and does not want to wait till she turns 18 to get married although her dad feels she is too young. She wants to honor her parents and have their blessing. Katie has a fear that a was put on her by a previous school teacher that whomever she gets close to will meet their demise.

Jonas Weaver who Katie has her eye on does not want to follow the teachings of the church especially for the abolitionist cause. Jonas brother, Samuel who is married comes up in the draft list and Jonas volunteers to take his place. The Amish are a peaceful people and do not believe in war, they were granted permission to pay $200 per man if drafted, rather than go fight. Or they can hire someone to go in their place.

He and Katie are in love, can they stay committed to one another while Jonas is off fighting the Civil War? Or does Levi who Jonas asked to look after Katie have feelings for her? Jonas has no idea of Levi’s feelings for his wife.

I am looking forward to Book Two in the series, “The Amish of Weaver’s Creek and to find out what happens. I enjoy reading about the Amish, their struggles of faith, love and hope and see how they work through everything together.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest opinion.