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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance by Bonnie Blythe

Claire is a shy, plain girl who works at a florist, lives with her mom and loves Jane Eyre. When she has a minor accident while delivering flowers she ends up in the hospital and meets up with Sam. The attractive male is captivated by her. For Claire it’s too good to be true. Sam is a nice guy who admits he has a past but has cleaned up his act. When that past suddenly catches up with him, Claire is crushed.

The concept of the book is clever with its quirky characters and Claire continually comparing herself to her favorite heroine. The author has a witty style and is one of those rare authors who writes in present tense. It’s a cute story though it may have worked better to keep the narrative in past tense and I felt the characters were kind of cartoonish.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

The Ransom centers on Juliana Dutton who is trying desperately to keep her household from the brink of ruin. She runs her father’s shipping business in Jamaica in 1692 while he is gravely ill, keeping his condition  a secret so as not to run the risk of losing all his clients. But she cannot shake off her troubles including a brother who is a wastrel and a persistent sea captain  determined to wed her. She agrees to a fake engagement with an aristocratic fop, Lord Munthrope, to keep the captain at bay.

The more she gets to know Munthrope, the more perplexed she is by the man who harbors secrets and a kind heart and has more depth than she originally imagined. Then there’s the notrorious pirate Earl, known throughout the Carribean as the pirate most to be feared. Juliana encounters him when he comes her rescue while she’s visiting the bad side of town trying to locate a woman she’s trying to help. Fans of the Scarlett Pimpernel are sure to see similarities between the two stories and one can’t help but falling in love with the two complex characters of the Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope.  I don’t want to say too much and spoil the surprise, but I found this book hard to put down. I give this four out of five stars.

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The Ransom (Legacy of the King's Pirates Book 4)

Friday, August 22, 2014


From the moment I started this book by Ray Blackston I couldn’t put it down. I can’t attribute it to one particular thing but to a gift of combined talents that hooked me. These include his superb writing, keen observations, ability for humor, and a unique story telling style, all from a single man’s perspective.

The main character, Jay, an investment broker is single, new in town, and has recently broken up with his girlfriend.  Though he’s not necessarily a spiritually-minded person, Jay randomly chooses a Presbyterian church to attend. He acted on the advice of his real estate agent. According to her, churches are the best place to meet other singles. When the single’s group goes on a beach trip, Jay is captivated by Ali, a tan girl who marches to her own drummer and who just happens to be a short-term missionary on furlough from serving in Ecuador.  I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a book with such a great combination of sensitivity and wit. Is it a romance, chick lit, or guy lit?  Is there such a thing?  You be the judge. I give this five out of five stars. And there’s good news. This is book one in a series of three.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Healing Grace by Lisa Lickel

When Grace Runyan experiences the loss of her husband, she moves to escape her pain and her past. She rents a home in a small Michigan town next door to a seriously  ill man with a young son. Grace’s personal tragedy and hurts run deep. The  more we get to know her, the more secrets we learn about her. As she begins to care for the little boy, and finds herself also attracted to his father, she is filled with turmoil, afraid to change giving her heart to yet another person she may lose.

Lickel slowly reveals more about Grace as the story unfolds. She’s a physician’s assistant with an extra something, a gift of healing which is both a blessing and curse. The fact that she wasn’t able to heal her husband or prevent her son and parents from dying haunts her and she blames herself.  An interesting and tender story on several levels. Those who have experienced deep loss may find themselves identifying with Grace who has been through so much.  I give this four out of five stars.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Giveaway: Mothers & Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Here's your chance to win a print or electronic copy of my book, Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Here's a bit more about the book.

Mothers and daughters. In perhaps no other relationship are our hopes so high, and the dysfunction so disappointing. You feel locked into a hurtful relationship that you must deal with, and it's wearing you down. But Jesus knew the brokenness we would face in the world, even in close places such as family relationships, and still He promised the Counselor would come alongside us. As a daughter who has struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with her mother, author Teena Stewart will help you name your hurts, face the barriers that stand in the way of a healthy relationship, and forgive even the unforgivable. Learn how to cultivate a friendship, communicate more effectively, and become the change you want to see. There is hope for restoration and renewal.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of Thornton Creek by Bonnie Leon

I expected yet another romance lacking originality but Leon took this Christian historical  in another direction. When independent-minded Rebecca Williams is left without any prospects or means to support herself after her father dies, she has few prospects. Despite the fact that she doesn’t love him, she agrees to marry a young Australian, Daniel Thornton.

The Bostonian tries to mentally prepare herself for life in Australia but the reality of the stark landscape and culture broadside her. The Thornton’s are renown in the area and have vast holdings. Rebecca soon realizes the influence of her father-in-law, a professing Christian has. He enjoys a tyrannical rule in the local church and over  his family. Her independent nature and self-righteous father-in-law’s determination to rule over her, his family and anyone in his sphere puts them on a collision course. Leon creates even more conflict with an ex-girlfriend who still has designs on Daniel.

Leon creates good tension among the characters and in Rebecca’s marriage. I didn’t feel the Australian accents felt authentic though I can’t precisely say why. Despite that, It’s a good story that shows the extreme difference between following the letter of the biblical law to the letter and living by grace. I give it four out of five stars.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Giveaway: Falling Like a Rock, Bonnie McCune

Announcing a book launch and giveaway of Bonnie McCune’s new book Fallilng Like a Rock. A woman gambles all, including her life, when she’s “falling like a rock.”

I'm giving away one digital copy of her book. To enter, just leave a comment with your email in the comments section below stating why you would love to own a copy. Here's more about the book and author.


Falling Like a Rock, a heartfelt romance, features unloved and unemployed Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Believing she needs to be perfect, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears before she and Joe can build a new life on the ashes of the old. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire.  Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory. Readers who like their romances rooted in real characters struggling with authentic life situations will enjoy this book.  


Bonnie McCune lives in Colorado and is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A writer since the fifth grade, her interest in the craft led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. Simultaneously, she published news and features as a free-lancer. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. Bonnie’s writing explores the highs and lows of everyday people and their unique lives with humor, close attention, and appreciation.  Her blog addresses "ordinary people, extraordinary lives" and also features samples of shorter works. 

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