Category Archives: FICT

Review: Every Bride Needs a Groom

Janice Thompson - Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style #1)Title: Every Bride Needs a Groom

Author: Janice Thompson

Series: Brides with Style #1

Pages: 368

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2399-6

Genre: FICT, Contemporary Romance

Short Book Description:

Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding–the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she’s sure he’ll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn’t just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie’s boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her–on the very same day she wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–discover her humiliating secret if she does?

My Thoughts:

It took me a bit to get into the book but, once I sat down and got serious about it I couldn’t put it down for anything. I finished it within an afternoon. The writing and flow of the story was so easy to get into that I got lost in the world of books and couldn’t believe that I was actually done the book. I kept turning the pages looking for just a tad bit more to the story.

A really humorous and fun read, I couldn’t help but laugh my way through it. Katie and Brady have to be my favorite characters, not because they were the main characters but because of their huge faith in God. Not that the others didn’t have faith in God, it’s just these two were such an inspiration for fictional people.

I have read a few other books by Janice Thompson and have enjoyed every single one of them. I can’t wait to get more of, if not all of them, her books.

The perfect balance between humor, romance, and a walk with God, I would recommend these books to anyone. I can’t wait for the second book in the series to come out so that I can continue with the story of Katie Fisher.

Other books in this series:

  1. Every Girl Gets Confused (October 2015)

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

Review: The Crimson Cord

Jill Eileen Smith - The Crimson Cord (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)Title: The Crimson Cord

Author:Jill Eileen Smith

Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #1

Pages: 368

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2034-6

Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction

Short Book Description:

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

My Thoughts:

Biblical fiction has always been a favorite of mine, so when I got an email asking if I wanted to review this one I couldn’t resist. I have actually never read a story based on Rahab and the spies that Joshua sent into Jericho.

I have always wondered though about the rest of the story. Like, why did Rahab become what she was? who did she marry in the Israelite camp? So although this book is fictional, I believe it painted an accurate picture of the Bible story.

I have actually never read any books by Jill Eileen Smith before, now I can’t wait to get the rest of her books and the rest in this series when they come out.

This book painted a really realistic portrait of Rahab I believe. She wasn’t overly strong mentally or emotionally, she was pure human. She made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, got into the wrong line of work, but in the end she prevailed and came out a strong follower of Yahweh and someone who other women, and men, looked up to for her faith.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Biblical fiction or historical fiction in general.

Other books in this series:

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

Review: Where Rivers Part

Kellie Coates Gilbert - Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold Collection #2)Title: Where Rivers Part

Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert

Series: Texas Gold Collection #2

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2273-9

Genre: FICT, Contemporary Fiction

Short Book Description:

Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.

Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

My Thoughts:

Having read the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Sadly, I have to say that this book was a huge disappointment to me.

The first one was able to keep me interested and entertained; I was able to finish it within a few hours. This one, however, I was only able to read the first quarter before I finally gave up on it. All the science and stuff just in the first part of the book was a really big turn off for me.

One thing that did disappoint me though was that each book in the series is a stand-alone novel with no relation to the others. I was really hoping that this book would be a continuation from the previous one.

I am planning on getting the next book in the series just to see how that turns out.

Other books in this series:

1. A Woman of Fortune (May 2014)

3. A Reason to Stay (October 2015)

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Review: At Home in Last Chance

Cathleen Armstrong - At Home in Last Chance (A Place to Call Home #3)Title: At Home in Last Chance

Author: Cathleen Armstrong

Series: A Place to Call Home #3

Pages: 304

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2248-7

Genre: FICT, Contemporary Romance

Short Book Description:

What happens when the life you’re running from won’t let go of your heart?

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to re-establish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.

My Thoughts:

I had a bit of a struggle getting into this book, but that may be because I haven’t read the second book in the series. I had read the first one a couple of years ago and since there were new characters added and taken out there was a bit of confusion on my part. Once I got into the story though, I had no problem completing it within a couple of days.

I fell in love with all the characters that were mentioned frequently within the pages. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite. Juanita did have my giggling at times though. I really felt for Olivia, Kaitlyn’s daughter.

This book was really well written. I would say though that for this series you wouldn’t have to read the other books for this one to make sense, though I definitely would recommend it. It does give quite a bit of a background story for characters in the previous books, but just enough for the book to make sense.

A story based around trust and second chances this is a boo, and series, that I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves contemporary Christian romance.

Other books in this series:

  1. Welcome to Last Chance (July 2013)
  2. One More Last Chance (April 2014)
  3. Last Chance Hero (September 2015)

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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