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Book Review, “The Louder Song,” Aubrey Sampson author

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The Louder Song, by Aubrey Sampson, is a book that leads us to a place of hope. It presents a pathway through suffering with lament. According to the author, lament “minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope.”

The book begins with a forward from Shannon Etheridge. It goes on to offer “An Invitation to Lament and Hope.” Other chapters include: It’s Okay to Be Honest, When Pain is Chronic, When You Just Need to Do Something, and What Kind of God do We Have?  After this Sampson includes an appendix offering advice. Another appendix offers Bible verses to read during pain, after which is a study guide to use with one’s own lament journey.

I found this book very informative. The personal stories from the author’s own life enhance the facts presented. The idea of lament leading to hope and a pathway to the future is something everyone needs at some point in his or her life.

I would recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time in life or trying to assist someone else going through such a time.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “Delayed Justice,” Cara Putman author

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Delayed Justice, by Cara Putman, is the third book in the Hidden Justice series and follows her two previous books, Beyond Justice and Imperfect Justice. It tells the story of a woman abused as a child who is finally ready to seek justice.

Jaime Nichols was eight-years-old when her uncle began abusing her. Now a successful criminal defense attorney, she decides to press charges against him. When she discovers that her uncle is being considered as a one-star general, she realizes that the timing makes her case suddenly very public. Chandler Bolton works with veterans returning home from combat, helping them adjust. He also has a therapy dog, Aslan. When he and Jaime are called to assist a young girl who has been abused and needs support in and out of the courtroom, they begin to support each other as well. When both begin to experience dangerous situations, they seek protection in each other’s company.

I enjoyed this book. Its plot kept my attention from beginning to end. I loved the characters and could relate to them. I especially liked Jaime’s parents, who felt guilty but tried to be supportive when they found out what had happened. I also liked Jaime’s friends, who were a wonderful support system for her. Everyone should have such friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “In Times Gone By,” Tracie Peterson author

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In Times Gone By, by Tracie Peterson, is the third book in the Golden Gate Secrets series.  It follows In Places Hidden and In Dreams Forgotten. This book tells the story of the third of the three friends: Camri, Judith, and Kenzie.

Kenzie Gifford is extremely worried about Dr. Micah Fisher. In the days since the great earthquake in San Francisco, no one has heard from him. When he turns up safe and healthy, she is overcome with emotion.  His sudden proposal throws her off guard. When her former fiancé arrives suddenly, claiming that his family tricked them both into breaking up their wedding, she is more confused than ever.  As she comes to the conclusion that she loves Micah and never loved Arthur, Arthur has Micah kidnapped. Kenzie knows immediately who is responsible for Micah’s disappearance, and decides to play Arthur’s game long enough to find him.

I loved this book. The entire series is definitely a must read. I especially like the bond formed between the three friends. Everyone should have such friends!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Minimalist Home,” Joshua Becker author

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The Minimalist Home, by Joshua Becker, is a “Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.” Becker believes that minimizing your home is not about taking things away. It is about giving something more.

This is designed to be a practical guide to declutter every space in your home. Becker wants people to enjoy coming home and be able to go out into the world and live their dreams. This book tells how to tell your story through an invited living room, what your clothes closet has to do with your self-confidence, why less clutter in the bedroom helps you sleep better, which kitchen utensils are worth keeping, and how to decide which paperwork is worth keeping. Some of the chapter titles include: The Becker Method, The “Us” Rooms, Clean Sweep, Freeing of the Mind, and Unburdening Yourself of the Past.

This was an interesting book. I agree that people sometimes keep more than they need, but I am not sure I agree that one should minimalize as much as Becker indicates. Even so, the checklists and suggestions in this book would assist anyone interested in doing so.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to minimalize their home.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Sandra Byrd author

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Lady of a Thousand Treasures, by Sandra Byrd, is a marvelous book. Set in England during the Victorian era, this story tells of men and women put in extremely difficult situations.

Eleanor Sheffield, a trained evaluator of antiques, is given the task of determining whether the baron’s legendary collection should be donated to a museum or left within the family. The situation becomes more complicated because she has been both a lifelong friend of the family and in love with the new heir, Harry. With her family’s business in jeopardy after her father’s death and her uncle’s continuing mental decline, donating it would provide much needed future income. But she doesn’t truly want to remove it from its true home, with Harry. She must decide if she can trust him enough to make the right choice.

I enjoyed this book. While I found it a little slow in the beginning, only a few chapters later I found that I did not want to put it down. I especially liked Orchie and Alice, with their unwavering support for Eleanor.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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SCAVENGER HUNT CROSSWORD PUZZLE

Instructions: Head to every stop on the tour to collect a word to finish the crossword puzzle. Hint: You might want to print out the crossword puzzle (link below) and enter it everyday to make it easier.

Crossword Board: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/lady-of-a-thousand-treasures-scavenger-hunt

Not a crossword puzzle fan? Just compile the clue words from each stop and enter it on the Rafflecopter entry.

 


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive:

  • a copy of Lady of a Thousand Treasures (print to US addresses OR ebook to international)
  • Cork coaster set of the British Isles (US Only)
  • “To The Lighthouse” diffuser made by Seawitch Candles in Cornwall, England. (US Only)
  • $10 Amazon gift card (open international)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entry form will be live on the 19th once all clues are revealed. Clues for giveaway will begin at midnight October 15, 2018. Entries are opened at midnight on October 19, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm October 22, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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 Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for all the clues to enter!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published fifty books.

Sandra’s delighted to kick off her new historical romance series with Tyndale House Publishers, Victorian Ladies, with Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The three-book Victorian Ladies series follows her historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the bestselling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was published in 2017. Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, and The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.

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Book Review, “The Reluctant Warrior,” Mary Connealy author

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The Reluctant Warrior, by Mary Connealy, is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. It follows The Accidental Guardian. Set in the old west, it continues the story of travelers who have survived a wagon train attack.

Cameron Scott, a former army officer, arrives at Trace Riley’s cabin to bring his daughter and nephew home. However, the winter weather closes all trails, and Cameron and his sister, Penny, must stay until the spring. The children are terrified of him and cry any time he comes near. When the man who killed his brother and several other wagon trains over the years attempts to burn them all in their sleep, Cameron is hurt.  Gwen Harkness, who has been caring for the children for months, decides to set aside her fear of losing them in order to help Cameron win their affection. With all of their lives in danger and Cameron’s leg healing from being caught in a bear trap, Gwen and Cameron begin to feel drawn to each other.

I enjoyed this book. In true Mary Connealy style, it tells a sweet story of two people thrown together in difficult circumstances finding themselves in love. I especially appreciated Gwen’s willingness to set aside her own fears to help the children ease into their new lives and learn to accept Cameron.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction novels set in the old west.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Caught by Surprise,” Jen Turano author

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Caught by Surprise, by Jen Turano, is the third book in the Apart from the Crowd series. It follows Behind the Scenes and Out of the Ordinary. It tells the story of the third “wallflower” in the series.

Temperance Flowerdew is happy with her position teaching at Miss Snook’s School for the Education of the Feminine Mind, a step up from the servitude inflicted upon her by relatives when her parents died. But her entire world turns upside down when she is abducted one morning and taken to Chicago. Mr. Gilbert Cavendish feels compelled to help rescue Clementine Flowerdew when her mother says she has been kidnapped. But when he finds Temperance in Chicago instead of Clementine, the old friends begin to realize that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. They return to New York only to be forced into an engagement. When attempts to kill them begin, they know that they must get to the bottom of the mystery.

This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the many characters from the first two books in the series, such as Mrs. Davenport. Temperance and Gilbert are about as opposite as two people can get, but their story is very sweet to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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