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Book Review, “Daughter of Joy,” Kathleen Morgan author

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Daughter of Joy, by Kathleen Morgan, is the first book in the Brides of Culdee Creek series.  Its inspiration was found in a condolence card that Morgan received after her son passed away, “For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” In addition, the main character’s name, Abigail, means “source of joy.” The primary scripture base for the story is found in Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Abigail Stanton accepts a position as housekeeper and cook at Culdee Creek for Conor MacKay, a widower with a daughter. Although Conor has a terrible reputation in the nearest town, Colorado Springs, Abby feels the Lord leading her to accept the position. Things get off to a rocky start, then begin to improve. But when one of the hired men attacks Abby, Conor responds by assuming Abby invited the attention. Abby leaves the ranch, leaving a large hole in everyone’s heart.

I enjoyed this book. The characters were very realistic, with flaws that are common in many around me. I especially liked Abby’s determination to succeed, even in extremely difficult circumstances. Ella was a refreshing and devoted friend, adding much to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set in the Old West.


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

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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.


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


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.


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



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.


Justreads 3 Blog Hop 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)
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  • $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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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

Scavenger Hunt clue:  you


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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, “NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers


The NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, third edition, is published by Thomas Nelson with executive editor Jack Hayford. It is designed to “equip God’s people to live in His kingdom, exercise the gifts of the Spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.”

This Bible contains many features to assist the reader in his study. There are more than 650 Word Wealth studies to “shed light on key terms.” There are also dozens of Kingdom Dynamics, addressing many Biblical themes. Other helpful aspects include thematic charts, prayers, book introductions, outlines, verse-by-verse study notes, full-color maps, a concordance, and several in-depth articles about the Spirit-filled life.

This is a beautiful Bible. I especially appreciated the 10-point type font that makes it easier to read and the two attached ribbon markers. The Bible is fairly large, making it difficult to carry around in a purse or bag on a daily basis. It would be well-suited to a personal or group Bible study.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone looking for a Spirit-filled emphasis in the Word of God.


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


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Book Review, “The Daily Question for You and Your Child,” Waterbrook publishers

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The Daily Question for You and Your Child, published by Waterbrook, is designed to be a three-year spiritual journey for parents and children. It contains 365 questions and can lead to 1,095 conversations amongst families.

This book presents one question on each page to discuss with your child and record the response. It is designed to repeat for three years and create a “tangible place to watch your child grow and develop.” The questions cover a multitude of topics, such as food, entertainment, and spiritual issues. Some of the questions included are: What is the best thing about birthdays? What is your favorite Bible story? When do you feel the happiest? Name someone who makes you smile. The front cover contains a place for a photo of the child that can be updated and changed at any time.

This book would be a wonderful way to intentionally spend quality time with one’s child each day. With the constant business of life today, this book emphasizes the importance of taking time to talk to each other each day. It would be a precious keepsake for any family to keep and revisit fondly many years later.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to spend quality time with their children or grandchildren.


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

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Book Review, “42 Seconds,” Carl Medearis author

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42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions, by Carl Medearis, is a marvelous book. It is designed to be used as either an inspirational book or as a four-week Bible study.

Medearis has determined that the average length of Jesus’ conversations as recorded in the Gospels is forty-two seconds. Yet Jesus profoundly impacted people’s lives in that short amount of time. This book strives to teach the reader how to interact with people like Jesus. Sections include: Be Kind, Be Present, Be Brave, and Be Jesus. Topics addressed include: Do Something Small, Breathe Deep, Say Something Crazy, and Do My Words Match My Actions. The author also encourages the reader to send out the opener in each section in a text or tweet.

This is an amazing book. It concisely teaches the reader how to interact with others in a loving and kind way. I especially like the fact that it includes social media instead of pushing it away.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to improve their social skills or outreach programs.


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


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Book Review, “A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God,” Larry Osborne author

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A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God: Spirituality for the Rest of Us, by Larry Osborne, is written for the common person. “It’s simply meant to offer insight into the minds and hearts of those who don’t read so well, who work with their hands instead of their minds, who still show a few symptoms of ADD.” It is meant to challenge the current system of spiritual development.

This book is divided into three parts. Part One examines genuine spirituality. It includes ideas such as: What Does It Mean to Know God, How Two Utterly Different People Can Both Please God, and Why Ambition Should Never be Confused with Spirituality.  Part Two discusses spiritual growth.  It includes topics such as: The Way Most People Grow, How Small Groups Change Everything, and How the Holy Spirit Does Exactly What Jesus Said He Would Do. Part Three examines what God wants. It includes: Blind Spots, Is Faith Overrated, and Chocolate-Covered Arrogance.

This is an interesting book.  It challenges traditional ideas of Christianity and church membership. I especially liked the idea the author presents that God tore the curtain in the temple in two when Jesus died, but we keep sewing it back together. We need to remember that God opened the door for all to approach Him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bringing Christianity to other common people.


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


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