Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin Book Review

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy Book #1) by [Sundin, Sarah]

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin is a sweeping historical romance set in England during the historic D-Day invasion in 1944.  Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London hoping to earn enough money in the military to repair his broken family relationships.  He begins to prepare for the D-Day invasion and meets a saucy red head English WREN (Woman's Royal Naval Service), Second Officer Dorothy Fairfax.  She and Wyatt find themselves working together and forming a very rocky friendship.  Dorothy has no interest in Wyatt, but her father is delighted with the charming American.  Amidst their regular naval duties, Dorothy finds out that her father's company is losing money and she feels her only option is to ask Wyatt for help.  The two start to investigate and are shocked by their discoveries.  And their friendship hangs in a delicate mess as they head towards one of the biggest showdowns in history.  

Sarah Sundin releases another exciting and adventurous novel filled with romance, intrigue and the complicated stories of war.  I loved how she weaved the stories of Wyatt and Dorothy together to create a constant unbalance of emotions and circumstances.  Her research into this battle was extensive and thorough and it helped me understand significant war attacks.  Sarah is a master at intermingling fact and fiction to fit a beautiful story of authenticity and imagination.  Fall in love with Wyatt and Dorothy as you look at their romance through the lens of war.  It's another book that I was not able to put down.

Visit Sarah Sundin: 
*Blog- Tour of London, Southwick House, D-Day at Sea and Omaha Beach

*I was given a complimentary copy for review by Revell Books.  All opinions are my own.*

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky Book Review

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky is a historical romance set in the early 1900's in Edwardian England highlighting the daring feats of early aviators.  Bella Grayson's father is the owner of a successful newspaper in London.  Her parents want her to marry a wealthy and privileged gentleman, but Bella wants to be a journalist.  With her parents permission and begrudging promise to find a suitor, Bella begins to write secretly for the paper about the recent aviators who want to be the first to fly across the English Channel.  She meets James Drake who accidentally lands his plane on her father's property.  She becomes friends with him and encourages and supports his efforts.  They begin to develop a deeper friendship, but obstacles start stacking against them.  Will the race to win give James the confidence to pursue Bella for a future together?  Will Bella have the courage to continue her writing despite the setbacks?

This novel was riveting both in content and style.  Carrie Turansky skillfully weaves a fascinating story of the early aviator attempts to cross the English Channel.  She includes a lot of historical background of manners, fashion, appropriate courting methods and beautiful landscapes.  I was captivated by the sweet friendship between Bella and James and the secrets they chose to keep from each other in order to save themselves from potential disaster.  The unique mystery and thrilling adventures of the pilots kept me entertained through the whole novel.  I highly recommend Carrie's new romance for your reading pleasure.  

Visit Carrie Turansky:
*Across the Blue
*Pinterest- Across the Blue

You can get a copy of Across the Blue from any major online book retailer or Amazon.

*I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren Book Review

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren is the story of Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose who in previous books in this series were employer and employee who developed a relationship beyond friendship.  However, when billionaire Ian Shaw's niece goes missing, their relationship becomes shaky.  This book begins sometime later and Sierra finds the missing niece but is unable to tell Ian about her.  Ian's connection to Sierra and the PEAK rescue team becomes imperative when their helicopter needs to be replaced.  Sierra volunteers to head up a fundraiser to help.  She ends up using Ian's yacht, the Montana Rose (aptly named after Sierra).  But the cruise gets halted when a storm takes down the yacht.  Will Ian and Sierra be able to repair their broken hearts and dreams or will they be lost in the troubled waters?

I have to say that it took a while to really get into reading this story.  I have not read the other books in the series so I was lost as to some of the plot and character development.  There also seemed to be too many sub plots within this story, but was actually helpful to me and I stayed interested in the turn of events.  This book had a lot of action, adventure and romance.  I honestly didn't know how it was going to end up. I felt the author used suspense and excitement to keep her readers on the edge. 

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review from Revell Books.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane Book Review

Have you ever wanted to feel more calm and less frazzled?  Have you lost it with your husband, kids or yourself?  Do you feel disconnected with others around you even though you are "connected" on social media?  Well, Arlene Pellicane has written a new book that addresses all of these issues and more in Calm, Cool and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life.  We are only in this world for a little while, but it's important to use our time wisely.  We all desire more connection, less chaos and taking things in slow motion and enjoying life!

Arlene shares five habits that will help to create calm, cool and connectedness in your life.  She starts off her book with a quiz to see how your digital habits are affecting your life.  I was surprised to find out I was not very calm, cool or connected!  But I was very encouraged to read about the five habits.

First, Hold down the off button.  Arlene shares many statistics about our 24/7 society that never shuts down.  That is not healthy or holy!  We need times of rest from the digital world, often.  Second, Always put people first.  Yes, this habit is very abused.  We have more interest and pressing matters on our phone that pull our attention away from what is most important.  She shares a special technique called The Pivot to help in this area.  Third, Brush daily; live with a clean conscience.  Be accountable to yourself with your time, purchases and interactions.  Do they line up with God's Word and for your life? Fourth, I will go online with purpose.  Ask the question, What am I here to do?  That will help in giving you focus and efficiency.  And last, Take a hike!  Get outside and away from the digital world.  Above all, be healthy in your digital and non-digital life and you will create a good HABIT.

This book is a short read packed full of information, easy ideas to implement and plenty of good humor and is a great resource for adults to learn how to create those digital boundaries to live a happy and full life.  Each chapter begins with a Bible verse and with many more through the chapter that relate to the topic and ends with a prayer about that habit.  

If you are concerned or curious about how to make good habits for your digital life, then be sure to check out this book: Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, June 12, 2017

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner BOGO starting June 12 to September 30 (plus sneak peek video)

Hello Friends!

I'm so excited to tell you about the BOGO offer from Homemaker's Depot
When you buy the 2018 planner you will get the 2017 planner for FREE!
Not only that,  you will also get a download of a year of FREE menu planning pages.  

This offer is good until supplies last or until September 30.

If you are thinking about this planner, then try this BOGO option.  Use it the rest of 2017 and see how it works for you.  I just received the 2018 planner and it is beautiful!!  

The planner includes: 
The 5.5" x 8.5" Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner is divided into the following seven tabbed sections:
Weekly Layout
· Two-page spread with entries for each day
· Menu planning & To-do list
Monthly Calendar
· Two-page month view
Year Calendars
· 2018 and 2019 calendars with place for notations
Shopping List
· Perforated shopping list
Task List and Project & Events Sections
· Untitled pages for you to customize for your own duties and ideas
· Short-term information that is relevant to 2018

                     Click HERE to see the what the planning pages look like.

2017-18 Planner BOGO 

Click HERE to purchase.
Only $14.99 plus FREE menu planning downloads

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Marriage Wisdom by Matt and Lisa Jacobson (25% off the bundle)

Do you have an anniversary coming up?

Do you need a bit of a boost for your marriage this summer?

Check out these two books from some of my favorite online marriage mentors, Matt and Lisa Jacobson!

Marriage Wisdom for Her and Marriage Wisdom for Him
25% off both books

The reviews are phenomenal:
*We are finally communicating.
*A lot of wisdom packed into short daily readings.
*Each and every idea brings us closer to God.

I just purchased a set to give to my husband for our anniversary this year.
I can't wait to start this devotional with him.

*I am an affiliate.  Thank you for your support.*

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner 2018 SALE!! Ends June 2, 2017

Look at the new 2018 Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner that is available now!  It's beautiful!

Be sure to snag this early edition deal:
$3 off makes the price $11.99

Coupon code: HMD0617
Expires June 2 2017

I absolutely love this planner.  It is one I have been using for the past 3 years.  I take it everywhere I go and I love the way I can organize my to do list, my daily tasks, monthly appointments, shopping lists and a variety of other tasks and projects that I have to do.  

*I am an affiliate for this company.  Thanks for your support.*