Take Me Away for a Moment- Love Inspired Romance

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The Love Inspired Romance product line is a series of 6 books that are released every month. I have been reading these books since I was a teen and didn’t want to read the racy romance counterparts. Love Inspired books are not mommy porn books at all! Love Inspired romance books are light reading. It usually only takes me a day or so to get through one book. I was so excited when I found out I was getting sent six of their books.  The titles I am previewing are on sale on the Harlequin website April 21st to May 28th and would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift.23bec8996621d2fba4cc477f1cf9b304

 

 Love Inspired Romance

 A Firefighter’s Promise- Though I think most romance stories are a little predictable this story had a really good second storyline.  A Firefighter’s Promise also deals with how adults and kids deal with grief. I really liked how they showed God’s love and forgiveness in the story. This story also touched my heart because my husband, though not a firefighter, is a first responder as a paramedic. I give this book 4/5 stars.

Winning the Teacher’s Heart- I didn’t get a chance to read this book yetI am really intrigued by the story though. It deals with a high school crush returning and defending her home against his plans to build a motocross school on the land near her home. Continue Reading

Fractured Heart- A Book Review

Disclosure- I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions and views expressed are my own. 

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Book Title: Fractured Heart
Book Author: Krystle Lewallen
Book Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Number of Pages: 293 pgs.
Publisher: Krystle Lewallen
ISBN-10: 0615928331

 

Christian fiction is almost the only genre I read. Sometimes the stories all sound the same. Girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl is oblivious to it due to some circumstance in her life, girl finally realizes it and end of story. This book is completely different and I like that. I couldn’t put the book down and read it within 24 hours.  Fractured Heart is about a girl that had a traumatic childhood that tries to move on only to have her life take a traumatic turn downward. She meets an amazing man, who ends up leading her to the one who can truly fix fractured hearts! Along the way she falls in love, finds new family, and mends relationships.

One thing that is nice about about this book is the way it evangelizes.   The book is not filled with Bible references that would make an unbeliever not want to read it, but it has a very good Gospel presentation in the story.

Katy, the main character, is fully developed. I really related with her. I went through some, but not all of her struggles. I love how Krystle Lewallen gives Katy so much depth. You can tell that Katy is so strong though she seems so broken. Katy moves on even when things look so bleak, yet knows exactly when to ask for help and guidance. Katy seemed real. I felt like I was reading her diary. She makes good decisions and is a good person even before accepting a relationship with Jesus.

This book also deals with abuse, rape, foster care, alcoholism, purity in relationships, taking risks (healthy ones), and family. I absolutely love how the taking risks was tied into the book. That is something I struggle with. I do not take risks. I do not trust those around me all the time. When trying to recover from the traumatic events several people in Katy’s life ask her to take risks to help deal with the anxiety. Katy does and it frees her. I think if I allowed myself to take some of the same risks it would be beneficial to me. Fractured Heart has inspired me to go a little out of my comfort zone!

The only thing I did not care for was the abrupt ending.  I would of liked to see maybe a few more pages explaining the events at the end. The ending seemed rushed and left me a little confused. I guess I will just have to wait for a sequel to get some more information!

Overall, this book is an excellent read for any young adult and woman.

 

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Joy Comes in the Mourning- Book Review

Disclosure- I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions and views expressed are my own. joy-comes-in-the-mourning
 

Book Title: Joy Comes in the Mourning

Book Author: Robin Lynn Davidson

Book Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction

Number of Pages: 132 pgs.

Publisher: Robin Lynn Davidson

Release Date: December 12, 2013

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I  was so excited to read this book, as Robin is a college friend of mine. I am so proud that she decided to pursue her writing career. She is very talented and I am not just saying that because she is a personal friend of mine.  Other than writing she also is a great photographer, mother, wife, and crafter. You can check out her Etsy site HERE.

Joy Comes in the Mourning is about a young woman who wants a baby more than anything. I understand that completely. I have been trying for almost 8 years to have a baby of my own. The main character is Joy. Joy and her husband Steven begin to try to start their family. Then something terrible happens and Joy’s life changes forever.  Joy Comes in the Mourning is a great book because it covers a controversial issue in the church, IVF.

Here is a small excerpt out of the book:

After he was out of the door and on his way, Joy’s cheerful demeanor slid off like a mask and she sank onto the couch and let the tears fall. Then she dropped to her knees and prayed. ” Oh God! You know my hearts desire. You know I want a baby so badly. Please help me to trust you the way Steven does….”

Joy’s character is fully developed, though a couple different times during the book I would of liked a closer glimpse into what she was thinking. She is a church-going Child of God that loses sight of God when trying to pursue something she most desperately wants.  Rather than try to fix the situation that she caused, she runs away from what is ultimately God’s plan for her life. I think we are pretty good at that. When we mess things up and do things without consulting God first we also usually try to “fix” the problem without God’s help too.  Once she finally listens to God her joy and family are found and it is very beautiful.  Joy Comes in the Mourning is also a love story as well, one that has you thinking why doesn’t she see the love he has for her. I can’t tell you who “he” is or I would ruin the story.

This is a must read for any Christian woman! Now this book lends itself for a sequel. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a sequel as of yet. I was was left wanting to know more. Maybe if Robin gets enough requests, it will move her to write a series or at least a sequel so we can get to know this amazing family more.