Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Every book I have read by Jan Turano has literally made me laugh out loud. I love to laugh, and can’t think of many authors that are accomplished at consistently making that happen. The characters are delightful and completely original. I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was blessed to read the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to hear Gertrude’s story. Behind the Scenes was a blast to read, but if you haven’t read it, this book is also a great stand alone. That being said, read the first one if you have the time because it was great. Out of the Ordinary follows Gertrude and Harrison as they end up in the most random and funny situations.

Gertrude has a very big heart. Her employer expects more than what your average paid companion usually does. Gertrude finds herself dressed very different than your average lady, and her hair is sometimes far from normal. But seeing the joy such things brings her employer, she is more than happy to try these supposed new trends. If only that was all her employer Mrs. Davenport required of her. Gertrude quickly learns that being employed by Mrs. Davenport also requires returning items that don’t belong to her. Mrs. Davenport has fun sneaking around and getting into things she shouldn’t. When Gertrude is caught returning something, Harrison comes to her rescue, but can he be the alibi she needs?

I can not tell you to read this book enough. I loved seeing what Gertrude would get into next and how her friends would react in the circumstances. I also enjoyed picturing Harrison’s unique style and how it drove Asher crazy. I can’t wait to see what Turano comes up with next. If this is your first book by her, be prepared to be a fan for life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. It was set in a fun historical setting, but I believe contemporary fans would enjoy this book as well. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Picturing Heaven by Randy Alcorn

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I had a lot of fun reading and coloring this book. I enjoyed the variation in what I was coloring, ranging from nature to man made objects and even scripture. I loved meditating on the scripture and devotional I read while coloring the page next to it. It was fun seeing the way Randy Alcorn interpreted the scripture and hearing him describe some of things we have to look forward to in Heaven. I can’t wait to get there to see some of the things the Bible talks about, but I am so thankful to know God while I’m here. I can hardly imagine how amazing life will be, but this book gave me several things to ponder about what it will be like. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

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This book was a blast. From the very first page I was hooked. Too Far Down is the third book in the Cimarron Legacy series. I have read the first two and loved them both as well. I couldn’t wait to read Cole’s story and find out what was going to happen next. This book is also a great stand alone novel. Connealy drops enough hints in case you haven’t read the first two books, so you’ll know what’s been going on. That being said I would recommend you read the others because they were a lot of fun as well. The Cimarron Legacy is a place where the land was paid for with a steep price. The land is only a part of the legacy though. Family and love are the most important things to the Boden clan. When someone keeps coming after them their loyalties will be tested.

Cole has always been different than his brother and sister. Being the oldest was never easy, and spending time in the city with his grandparents has changed him. Torn between his love for his family and city life, Cole knows he’ll have to make a decision soon. One thing he knows with out a doubt is that he’s not going anywhere while his loved ones are in danger. When his mines become the next target Cole is furious. Knowing the explosion was no accident his family puts plans into motion to find the culprit. In the midst of all the trouble Cole finds himself drawn to Mel. Knowing now is not the time for romance Cole worries for her safety and his sanity. Can they catch the criminal before it’s too late?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fiction. It is set in the Historical category, but I really think anyone will enjoy this book. I loved the amount of suspense mixed in with the romance. The family dynamic cracked me up, and I loved seeing them interact. The characters relied on their faith in a real way through out the entire story. I loved the strong female characters and couldn’t get enough of their feistiness. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way obligated to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

True to You by Becky Wade

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I love this book! I was literally unable to put it down. Becky Wade couldn’t be a more talented writer. I easily fell in love with the characters and am dying to read the next Bradford Sisters book. Each character was unique and totally unlike any I’ve read before. I loved the bond between sisters and how different their talents and goals were. True to You follows Nora, the middle sister as she helps John in the process of locating his birth parents.

Nora loves history. Finding the birth parents of people who were adopted isn’t an easy task. Luckily for John it’s one of Nora’s favorite things to do. John needs to find his birth parents and he needs all the help he can get. As a team they are not only getting closer to finding his mother, but are also having fun while doing it. Regardless of how opposite they are, they have both felt sparks. The only problem is, neither of them want a relationship. John already has a girlfriend and is loyal to a fault. Nora enjoys having crushes on people she feels would never like her, and therefore she is safe from heartbreak. Can they figure out the perfect match that is right in front of them? Or will their past keep them both from true happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Romance. I had fun learning more about what goes into finding birth parents. I don’t know how I will wait another year until the next book comes out! Wade has he ability to draw me in and make me love the characters. I can easily see myself in some of the things they feel or do. I’ll be counting down the months until she draws me in again. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

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Turano had me literally laughing out loud. My husband kept asking me what was so funny. Behind the Scenes is the first book in the Apart From the Crowd series and I can’t wait to see what comes next. This book was impossible to put down. It was full of just the right amount of mystery, romance, and silliness. I have read other books by Jen Turano and have loved them all as well. The secondary characters were all so interesting, and I can’t wait to see if they will get their own story. This story follows Permilia and Asher as they try and figure out who wants them gone.

Asher is an amazing businessman, and little does he realize, that alone is a reason someone could be after him. He prides himself on providing excellent service and in doing so has angered a competitor or two. Could they be who is coming after him? Permilia being in danger as well doesn’t sit well with Asher. She is a very unique woman, and definitely doesn’t blend in well in a crowd. Blending into the background is a whole other thing, and one she is very good at. Writing the Miss Quill column has given her something to do while at society events, and she enjoys her work. When Asher is threatened she knows she can’t sit idly by while he is in danger. Can they get to the bottom of this mystery before it’s too late?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. Turano did an amazing job of painting a picture with her words. I loved the antics and quirks that were unique to each character, and frankly couldn’t get enough of them. I can’t wait to read what she writes next. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

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I had so much fun reading this book! Sandpiper Cove is the third book in the Hope Harbor Series. I haven’t read the first two, but after reading this book I would love to. That being said, I don’t think it is necessary to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. I loved getting to know the residents of Hope Harbor, and can’t wait to visit again. I found it very hard to put the book down, even though it made me stay up later than I should have. In Sandpiper Cove we follow Lexie and Adam as they get to know each other while helping out a troubled teen.

The last thing on Lexie’s radar is romance, so when she experiences odd feelings around Adam she doesn’t know what to do. He is nothing like her husband was, and that only confuses her more. Being the town police chief she has everyone watching her. What would the town think of the chief and a ex-con spending time together? Adam has had a lonely life, but he’s gotten pretty used to it. Why is it that after getting to know Lexie that his loneliness is more noticeable? He has no delusions about her having any interest in someone like him, but he can’t help what he’s feeling. Can they both see beyond themselves to what God has planned for their lives?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance. I loved every minute and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. The characters were relatable and interesting. I really enjoyed reading a story with an ex-con as a main character. I had never read a book like that, and would love to see that more often. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

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I had so much fun reading this book. A Note Yet Unsung is the third book in the Belmont Mansion series. I have not read the first two, but didn’t feel it was necessary in order to enjoy this one. Alexander took me to another place and time, and I enjoyed every minute. I have never read a book where the main characters were involved in a symphony or composing music. It was fun to see what all went into doing something like that. It also made me appreciate how time consuming it could be. I ended up loving the characters and was rooting for them the whole time. This story follows Rebekah and Tate as the work together to create a masterpiece.

Rebekah’s dream is to play her violin in the Symphony. Unfortunately she lives in a time where most places won’t even think of it. Not too long ago a woman was allowed to join in New York, but Rebekah lives in Nashville. When she finds a way to try out for the orchestra leader, she is disappointed knowing he enjoyed what she played, but still won’t let her join. The more Tate learns about Rebekah, the more he realizes she is the assistant he needs. He only has a short time to finish his symphony and he needs all the help she can give. Rebekah and Tate both have strong opinions on how they are going to work together. Will they be able to put aside their differences and finish before it’s too late?

I appreciated the depth in this book. The characters faced some hard circumstances and often struggled through them. It was nice to read a story where everything wasn’t perfect. Real life and love can be messy. I enjoyed the way the romance unfolded, and couldn’t wait to see if they were going to get their happy ending. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.