Stories That Bind Us

What an incredibly amazing story. A story of family, mental health, national crisis and racial injustice during the 1960’s, topics that are currently happening now in our nation right now.

The main character, Betty Sweet did not expect to be a widow at 40, as she is going through the grieving process, she is trying to figure out what is next, never imaging what God has in mind. When Betty’s estranged sister shows up on her doorstep with a child Betty has never met, her passion and purpose returns as she cares for them.

Susie Finkbeiner is a master storyteller and her words are powerful. A story of how relationships have the power to heal. I cried, I laughed especially when Betty hung up laundry on the line and did not want her neighbors to see her husband’s underwear. I loved all the stories that Betty wrote and read to Hugo and the life lessons they taught. Life hurts, like Betty we can all get through the hard times.

This book was provided courtesy of Revell Publishing, through Interviews and Reviews.

Never Say Goodbye

Never Say Goodbye, by Sarah Grzy was the first book that I read by the author is a contemporary romance about loss and forgiveness. The perfect book to when you need to take a break from the craziness of life. Tyler a single dad who is grieving the loss of his wife. Alyvia, a young woman who is opening a bookstore and trying to avoid her father who is now back in her life. Will the distance between father and daughter drive them further apart?
I thought the book was just ok, the characters were likable and a quick read.
I received a copy from JustRead Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

One Woman Can Change The World

“There are days when all goes well and days when our knees are bloodied from stumbling. And yet they still believe they are designed by God to make an impact and influence the world.” All around the world, women are demanding the safety, respect and opportunities they have always deserved but seldom grasped. In “One Woman Can Change The World,” Ronne shatters lies that we tell ourselves, that we are inadequate, that we don’t have value or worth anything through scripture, that yes we do have value through God’s eyes, that He treasures us as his precious daughter.

Ronne shares personal stories of women in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and America and what it means to lead in a world where leading others is not easy, she show us how to serve with grace in cultures that do not allow women to lead, where oppression weighs most heavily. Each woman shares their struggles, doubts, and fears and that yes, their decisions were huge steps of faith. That we need to listen to God. Courage taken is courage given.

The book left an impacting change on my life, to lead with faith and trust in God each day. To go on mission by listening and following God’s plan for my life. “One Woman Can Change The World” reminded me of the very purpose of God. That yes, I can change the world!

“One Woman Can Change The World” will leave you motivated for change and empowered that yes we are ready to take on the world. The book deserves 10 plus stars

The Key To Everything

“Somewhere along the way, you have to draw your own map.”

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Lueese is a beautifully written, coming of age, road trip adventure with fun characters that is a perfect way to start your summer.

Peyton Cabot is not sure what to make of his family, where he does not feel like he belongs and is in love with a red headed girl. He loses his dad in a tragic accident and decides to follow in his footsteps. Peyton takes a life changing bike trip down the coast of Florida to Key West using his dads map. Along the way he meets interesting people, people that knew his dad, people who invest in Peyton. Once he arrives in Key West, Peyton finds his love.

I loved all the character’s including the children that Peyton rescued and felt like I was riding right along-side him. An uplifting, emotional story that gives us all hope that yes, there are plenty of good human beings in this world. We all must all have hope and love in our hearts.

This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews.

What Momma Left Behind

“Then there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray….
Wow, what a story! What Momma Left Behind was faith, hope, love, and a sense of community.

The story begins with Worie Dressar, who is 17 when influenza and typhoid ravage the Appalachian Mountain Community of Sourwood, Mountain, Tennessee in 1877. Her mother had been secretly feeding several children on the mountain till she died. Worie is left to figure out how and why she was caring for the children. The author is a master storyteller by placing the reader in an old cabin, high up on the mountain in a meadow of wildflowers, deep in the hearts and lives of those who live there. Worie has two good for nothing brothers, one who is greedy and one who is a drunk, she must fight to save her home and the children now in her care.

The author inspires the reader to keep moving during time of trouble, to keep the faith. Worie discovers unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she begins to care for all the children.
The book was a reminder that we are to all be grateful for what we have.

“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I don’t know Your ways, good Father, but I trust mercy and I rejoice despite my misgivins. Help me to forgive others so I can be forgiven.”

I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publisher’s in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.




Little Tea

Little Tea by Claire FullertonTitle: Little Tea
Author: Claire Fullerton
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Southern Fiction

Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.

For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.

As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if her friendship with Little Tea can triumph over history.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a coming of age, Southern family saga set in 1970’s Memphis. Mourning Dove is a five-time award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction ( Southeast.) Claire is also the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner that is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.)

Little Tea is Claire’s 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the long list of the Chanticleer Review’s Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary Agency. https://www.clairefullerton.com

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TOUR GIVEAWAY(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Little Tea and $5 Amazon gift card!

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 My Review of “Little Tea,” highly recommend the book.

“Little Tea” is the first book that I have read by author, Claire Fullerton and will not be the last. From the minute I opened the book to the last page, I was pulled into the story.
The story takes place in Mississippi and is about Celia who meets up with childhood friends Ava, Little Tea and Remy after spending some time apart. We learn about the past and present of the women and the people in their lives.

Ava is having marriage problems and looking for help from her friends. Little Tea is about the friendships that span a lifetime, racism, the gap between poor and rich and adultery. A beautiful friendship where Celia does not see white or black, despite the racism coming from both sides.
If you love Southern Fiction I recommend the book. Pull up a chair and dive into the beautiful story.
“I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”

The Way Home: A Study of Ruth

The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings is an in-depth study of Ruth. Perhaps surprisingly, the book starts in Judges, because that is when the story of Ruth takes place. It is the context of our study, and if we really want to understand these people, we have to understand their times. Instead of a sweet love story, we begin in deep trials, errors, sad failures, and God’s gracious response to every single mistake.

“By walking through that door of faith, Ruth has unknowingly allowed the solutions of God to permeate her life.” – Tessa Afshar, The Way Home

I was part of the launch team for The Way Home and a long-time fan of Tessa Afshar. When you have high expectations of an author and they do not disappoint.

Tessa is a master weaver of words peeling away the biblical layers and her cultural knowledge of the times. Ruth teaches us how God works on our behalf in the middle of the storms of our lives, to persevere. Though only four chapters, there is a lot to unpack with Ruth’s story. Yes, God grants us grace when we struggle, He open’s our eyes to truth and breaths hope into our soul.

“The Way Home, God’s Invitation To New Beginnings,” can be done as an individual study or as a group study. I enjoyed all the bible verses and took lots of notes. I highly recommend the study.

Thank you to Moody Publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

One Woman Can Change The World

“There are days when all goes well and days when our knees are bloodied from stumbling. And yet they still believe they are designed by God to make an impact and influence the world.” All around the world, women are demanding the safety, respect and opportunities they have always deserved but seldom grasped. In “One Woman Can Change The World,” Ronne shatters lies that we tell ourselves, that we are inadequate, that we don’t have value or worth anything through scripture, that yes we do have value through God’s eyes, that He treasures us as his precious daughter.

The book left an impacting change on my life, to lead with faith and trust in God each day. To go on mission by listening and following God’s plan for my life. “One Woman Can Change The World” reminded me of the very purpose of God. That yes, I can change the world!

“One Woman Can Change The World” will leave you motivated for change and empowered that yes we are ready to take on the world. If I could give the book 10 stars I would!

StandOff

Patricia Bradley delivers an intriguing romantic thriller with “Standoff,” the first novel in her new Natchez Trace Park Rangers series.

Brooke Danvers wants to learn the truth about her father’s suspicious death, but she’ll need the help of Luke Fereday–a National Park Ranger and her ex-boyfriend. Keeping Brooke safe will take all of Luke’s skills, and falling in love with her will only complicate matters.

I enjoyed the quick read where the author introduces us to the Natchez Trace Park Rangers. There were several suspects that the reader will need to put together to solve the mystery. Throughout the book there were many different themes, dealing with the impact of lies, finding hope and asking for God’s grace. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I recommend “Standoff” to those who enjoy reading romantic suspense.

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

Before I Called You Mine

An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may be stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

                                             Ancient Chinese Proverb

Before I Called You Mine is the first book that I have read by author, Nicole Deese and will be reading more of the author’s books. “God’s way is rarely easy, but it’s always better than mine.” How many times do we think our ways are better than His? How many times can we ignore what God wants for us? God knows our lives intimately, and he knew Lauren’s and her love for children that led her down the path of international adoption. However, the adoption agency’s requirement is that Lauren remain single for the foreseeable future, that is until she meets Joshua, a substitute teacher that is teaching across the hall from her.

How does Lauren choose between the desires of her heart even if it means saying yes to one, but letting the other one go? A story of faith, hope and following God’s plan. Carve out some time, make sure you have tissues and pull up a chair. A wonderful read for the times that we are going through now.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

The Book of Lost Friends

Once again, Lisa Wingate has knocked this book out of the park. The Book of Lost Friends is a follow up to Before We Were Yours. The book brings to life stories from actual “Lost Friends” ad’s that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who have been sold away.

I love how Lisa meshes two completely different people and families together and how they end the same. Heart breaking stories that change people. Real stories that help us see people from the inside out. The book deserves more than 5 stars.

Louisiana 1875; We are introduced to three women who are on a journey. Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, a spoiled heir; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half-sister. Hannie, torn from her mother wonders if her family is still out there.

Louisiana 1987; Bennie, a first-year teacher accepts a job in rural Louisiana, she is not ready for the level of poverty that her students live in. Bennie teachers her students that their family history is important to who they are and who they can become.

“If there is magic in this world, it is contained in water, but I have always known if there is magic in this world, it is contained in books.”

Order a copy of The Book of Lost Friends and get lost in the story. Lisa has the gift of researching and writing books that will leave an impression on the reader. I have been on several of the author’s book launches and she has become one of my favorite authors.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

One Step At A Time

The Joy of Falling is about learning how to live again after the death of a loved one, how to take one step at a time knowing everything will be ok. With heartache and grief come second chances and healing.

Two sisters-in-law, Angela and Eva both lose their husbands in a scuba diving accident a year and a half ago. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry that her husband left her to raise their three children on her own. Eva unable to move forward after losing the love of her life receives a phone call that changes everything. Before their husbands died they signed up for an ultra-marathon in New Zealand. Angela and Eva decide to take on the challenge with a friend of their husbands to honor the memories of them.

I recommend the book for those who are struggling with loss and wondering how to move forward. I was able to relate to the characters because I struggled with the loss of my grandma, some days are easy, some are hard.

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

Love and Courage

Star of Persia written by Jill Eileen Smith is a story of Esther, a Jewish girl living in a country that is full of pagans. A story of rags to riches, in her wildest dreams Esther never imagined becoming a queen of Persia. How does one stay true to God when faced with the impossible. Would Esther be able to hide her Judaism? Love, duty, fear and courage. In the court of Xerxes, which will prevail?

I remember celebrating Purim as a child and dressing up as Esther. A little girl’s dream to be a queen. The author did a fantastic job researching the history of the story of Esther and writing Star of Persia. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I highly recommend reading the book.

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

Chasing The White Lion

“Chasing the White Lion” by author James R. Hannibal is a story of twists, turns and mysteries. I did not realize that “The Gryphon Heist” was the first book that I should have read to understand and follow the story line and characters in the second book. This book is not my style of reading, if one likes James Bond or Tome Clancy than this one is for you.
I received a copy from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Great Start To A New Series

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds shelter in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of this own.

Can Wyatt keep Evelyn safe from the man who wants her dead? She will do anything to keep Polly safe. After the orphanage burned and killed everyone, the only thing Evelyn can do is run.

The characters are well developed. I love that when Evelyn was faced with challenges she kept moving ahead with Polly. A sweet romance and chilling mystery that kept me up late at night turning the pages as I followed Evelyn and Polly’s story as they made their home in Mesquite Springs.

If you’re looking for a quick read, pick up a copy of the book, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.