Friday, January 20, 2017

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Heidi here. Want a great read for this weekend? Like Never Before is book two of the Walker Family Series by Melissa Tagg. Bestselling author Susan May Warren states "Melissa Tagg just keeps getting better and better!" And I agree :-)

A dying newspaper. An intriguing mystery. And a love they didn't see coming.

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher...if only she knew who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime--a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he's inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley's quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

I loved the quirks of Maple Valley, how Amelia fell hard for the big and loving Walker clan, Logan's daughter Charlie . . . I just adored this book. It was a page-turner, the three-dimensional characters were bigger than life, the plot took twists I didn't expect at the end. This will not be the last Melissa Tagg novel I purchase and enjoy reading!

After you read Like Never Before, grab the third book in the series, Keep Holding On (the kindle price is only $4.99 today). I've read Keep Holding On as well, and enjoyed it as much as the other two books in the series.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Abi of Cyrene

by Mary Lou Cheatham

This novel is Biblical fiction, sort of. Abi (a completely fictional character) is the wife of Simon of Cyrene, the man who carried Jesus’ cross. It begins with Abi as a young woman whose father negotiates a husband for her. She leaves everything she’s ever known and travels far to the land of her new spouse. She must learn a new language, and figure out her place in the world with very little help.

She takes her internal struggles to the God of the Jewish nation. She is part of the diaspora, raised in Africa, and committed to Adonai. The story follows her coming of age, her family, and intersects Biblical events in a very sweet way. The Biblical scenes bring a fresh perspective which truly enable the reader to see those events in a new way.

While the romance starts out as the main focus, as the novel progresses, it turns to the deep thoughts and struggles of Abi, and how God answered (and didn't answer) her prayers. Her feelings and attitudes change as she ages, but her one desire in life remains the same. The book was a gift for Christmas. I'm not sure I would have picked it up on my own, but I'm glad I was encouraged to read Abi of Cyrene. It reads quickly and it's worth the effort.

Are you a fan of Biblical fiction? What is your favorite era of the Bible to read about?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Keeping Warm With Some Fleece and a Book

Angela here, and I don't know about where you live, but been it's been pretty cold the last few weeks here in Alberta, Canada (until this week and now it's downright balmy)! Anyway, I've had a length of "princess" fleece I've been meaning to do something with since my daughter was about one year old. She just celebrated her fourth birthday!

Time to get to work. So I cut a smaller square that would hang almost to her knees, cut a hole in the center and tied the edges.

Ta daa!

That was fun and perfect for my daughter who often complains about being cold. So now to do one adult size. This is the teal fabric I've chosen:

If I get it done in time I'll probably offer it as one of the prizes at my book's release party on the 27th! With a signed copy of The Scarlet Coat, of course.

If you want to get in on the fun, click the link HERE!

The Scarlet Coat     (Hearts at War – Book 1)

A Woman Compelled by Christian Charity
Surrounded by the musket fire of the American Revolution, Rachel Garnet prays for her family to be safe.  When the British invade the Mohawk Valley, and her father and brother don’t return from the battle, she goes in pursuit of them. She finds her brother alive but her father has been killed at the hand of the enemy. Amidst the death, how can she ignore a cry for help…? Rachel reluctantly takes in a badly wounded British officer. But how long can her sense of Christian duty repress her hatred for his scarlet coat?
A Man Lost to the Devastation of War
Passages of Scripture and fleeting images of society are all Andrew Wyndham recalls after he awakens to the log walls of his gentle prison. Even his name eludes him. Rachel Garnet insists he is a captain in the British army. He mourns the loss of his memory, but how can he hope to remember war when his “enemy” is capturing his heart?

A Scarlet Uniform Holds the Power to Unite or Divide
Andrew’s injuries are severe, his memory slow to return, and the secret of his existence too perilous to ignore. As Rachel nurses him back to health, his hidden scarlet coat threatens to expose the deeds of her merciful heart, and Andrew is forced to face a harrowing decision—Stay hidden and risk losing the woman he loves or turn himself in and risk losing his life.
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