A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling (review)

aseasonofgrace_snelling_bhpA Season of Grace is the third book in Lauraine Snelling’s Under Northern Skies series about the Carlson family, Norwegian immigrants trying to make their way in a forested area of Northern Minnesota in the early 20th Century.  This particular entry in the series focuses on Nilda Carlson, a young woman who has quickly captured the eye of more than one potential suitor. Continue reading

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First Line Friday: A Season of Grace

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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Today’s featured quote is taken from a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher, and may not reflect the finished, published work.

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A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling is the third book in her Under Northern Skies series of Historical Romances centered around Norwegian immigrants, and will be the first work I’ve read by this author.  Starting at book 3 is not my preferred approach to a series, but this book’s description appealed to me.  What I didn’t realize is that, rather than the main character having been a secondary character in the previous book, she was actually the main character in it and the upcoming (August 2019) fourth book, too!  So, I will try to go in not expecting closure, but hoping that this book is able to be read as a stand-alone.

A Season of Grace will be available November 6, 2018 from Bethany House Publishers.  Here is the first line:

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The Seven Trilogy Spotlight (Giveaway closed)

The Seven Trilogy

We are celebrating these gorgeous new covers for the Seven trilogy by Sara Davison, with a blog blitz and giveaway hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

The End Begins - final coverTitle: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.

His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

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First Line Friday: The End Begins (with bonus mini review)

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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Though I’m a long time fan of Science Fiction, Dystopians, and Inspirational Romance with a recently discovered love of Romantic Suspense, I did not think I’d really enjoy an End Times setting for an Inspirational Romance.  But I did.  I really, really did.

The End Begins by Sara Davison is the story of an outspoken bookseller who refuses to abandon her faith as Canadian law first makes owning a Bible an act of terrorism, then re-instates corporal punishment while removing the ban on applying it to women.  It is also the story of a conflicted officer of the Canadian Army, who is immediately drawn to Meryn O’Reilly, and the danger they both face from enemies close to them.

Though the danger is immediate and unrelenting, this is a medium paced novel, with time for a relationship to begin to grow.  Meryn and Jesse are both interesting characters, and as they struggle with the increasing danger of the situation and Jesse grapples with his faith, I found myself engrossed in their story.  Written in a highly readable style, this was a quick read that I didn’t want to put down.

It is sometimes fiction books like this that point out how easily and quickly a government and a country can slide into seemingly benign evil.  I’m curious to learn more about these characters and looking forward to seeing where they, and their country, go in the next two books of the trilogy.  Here is the first line from The End Begins:

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Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard (review)

cookingwithscraps_hard_workmanBanana peels, apple cores, and fatty bacon ends are just a few of the items that will no longer be wasted with this new cookbook/guide from Food52 writer Lindsay-Jean Hard.

In the introduction, and in the lead-ups to the various recipes, the author writes about taking lessons from other cookbooks and tweaking recipes, and making them your own.  And this applies, she is the first to tell the reader, to her own. Continue reading

First Line Friday: A Southern Season

Welcome to First Line Friday,

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Today’s quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received for review.  

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For the second Friday in a row, I am featuring a book that I received for an Instagram tour in collaboration with Just Read Tours.  A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Linda W. Yezak, Claire Fullerton, Ane Mulligan is a group of four contemporary Southern stories.  The tour, complete with a tour-wide giveaway, begins Monday so be sure to check out @justreadtours on Instagram and the other stops.

Here is the first line from the first story, Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak:

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Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel (board book review)

cozysnowycuddlesIn the board book Cozy, Snowy Cuddles, a baby polar bear visits a child and parent pair (narwhals, huskies, seals, moose) on each two page spread, and returns to its parents, accompanied by a text that emphasizes different expressions of love and comfort.  Each pair includes a differently textured insert, mainly furs, for a tactile interaction with the story that begins with the snow’s applied texture on the cover.  The final text includes thanking God for cozy kisses Continue reading