Gratitude is the first prayer and praise coloring journal I’ve ever done. I loved reading the prayers and having the scriptures that backed them up. I enjoyed the variety of pictures there were to color, it never got repetitive. Reading God’s Word teaches us about so many different things, and in this book I learned more and had a lot reinforced. Being able to read the Word and learning to pray it makes all the difference. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow closer to God and meditate on His Word while coloring fun pictures. It’s also a great size to be able to fit in your purse. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
What Matters Most is the first book I have read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It is the fourth book in the Texas Gold series. I obviously have not read the others in the series but didn’t feel it was necessary in order to enjoy this book. That being said, after reading this book I know I would enjoy reading the others. What Matters Most takes you to the great state of Texas and a place few writers go, politics. The main characters Leta and Nathan are one of a kind. Nathan is being pressured by his family and friends to run for governor, and he’s not sure that’s what he wants most. Leta hasn’t had an easy life, and landing what seems to be a dream job couldn’t have come at a better time. But what will she do when her job asks her to go against what she feels is right?
Leta is stuck between staying in a job that helps her take care of her mother who is suffering from dementia, and working against the man who is quickly winning her heart. The more she learns about Nathan the more she likes. She wasn’t into politics before, but with every assignment she gets, she learns more about the fascinating process. Not only is Nate handsome, but he also wants to help make Texas a better place. There is just something about him. Leta doesn’t want her feelings to grow any stronger knowing he has a girlfriend, who in every way seems perfect. Can Leta give up her amazing salary and the life she is just realizing she can have? Or will she choose money over integrity?
Nathan knows what his mother plans for his near future, but he also knows it’s no decision to take lightly. Running for governor would mean a lot of work, and that his life would be put under a microscope. He has nothing to hide, but like anyone else enjoys his privacy. If he decides to run, having the right woman beside him can only help gain votes. But since meeting Leta, he wonders why he can’t get her off of his mind. She is unlike anyone he’s ever known, and felt an immediate connection to her. But will following his heart only lead to hurt and confusion?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Fiction. I found it interesting learning more about the election process, and all of those people in the background. I caught myself cheering for Nathan to make the right decisions. Gilbert brought to the forefront some of the struggles that the families of those suffering from dementia deal with. All in all it was an enjoyable story. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
An Elegant Facade is the second novel in the Hawthorne House series. I have read the first book, A Noble Masquerade, and I found it nearly impossible to put down. That being said, you don’t need to read the first book in order to love this one. I would recommend reading both because Krisite Ann Hunter is one of my favorite authors. Also in the first book you also meet the two main characters in this story. Georgina and Colin are from different social classes, but for some reason they keep running into each other. Set in England in the early 1800s there are rules you are supposed to follow, and they aren’t always fun. Georgina has high hopes, and doesn’t want Colin to stand in her way.
Georgina needs to make a match. Being the prettiest girl around won’t hurt. But beneath all of the fuss Georgina is hiding something. Her secret is the reason she feels she must marry someone of the highest possible class. Marrying for love is out of the question, not that she sees the prospect of falling in love a good thing. Will she set her sights on the man that’s right for her? Or will she be too lost in hiding her secret to see what’s right in front of her.
Colin is a smart man, and he is really good with investments. For these reasons he is invited to a lot of places someone of his class would not be permitted. He has friends in high places and has been enjoying his life. That is until he meets Georgina. The belle of the ball is distracting, and he finds that he enjoys sparring with her. He can tell there is something more to her than trying to make the match of the season, but will she let him see what it is? Or will their egos get in the way?
This story was so much fun to read. Hunter had me laughing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction. I felt taken back in time, and found it interesting learning more about that long ago era. I also thought it was interesting to see the different relationships between classes. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. I also read and reviewed the first book in the series, A Noble Masquerade. See my review by clicking here.
All Summer Long is the second book in the Follow Your Heart Series. I have not read the first book, Once Upon a Summertime, but didn’t feel that I needed to in order to enjoy this story. I had fun reading about Tia and her Italian family and found it hard to put the book down. Carlson kept my interest, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. All Summer Long is set in modern day San Francisco, California. Tia is an amazing chef and I found myself wishing I could eat some of the delicious meals she was making. Deciding she needs something different in her life she decides to go on an adventure.
All Tia had ever wanted was to work in her family’s restaurant. Now that she’s been doing that for a long time, she wonders what else is out there. When her aunt calls with an opportunity to be a chef on a yacht in San Francisco, she jumps at the chance. Knowing it’s going to be a lot of work doesn’t dim her excitement a bit. When Leo, an acquaintance from the past ends up being the captain of her aunts’ boat, Tia feels that life can’t get much better. That is until she finds out that Leo isn’t single. Fighting her feelings is no easy battle, and Tia feels trapped. Not knowing what God’s plan is for her life makes Tia wonder just what He’s up to. Can Tia hand over the reigns of her life to the one who has her best interests at heart? Or will her Italian side take over?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance. It was interesting learning more about dinner cruises, yachts, and all that entails. This was a story that shows that the best is not always what’s right in front of you. That we need to make decisions for ourselves, not based on what others think is best for us. There is so much I want to tell you about this story, but don’t want to spoil anything. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Every Bride Has Her Day is book three in the Brides with Style series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but didn’t feel it was necessary to enjoy the story. That being said I would love to read the other books to get to know the characters even more. Starting the series in this book, it took me a while to remember who everyone was. After I got that down I really enjoyed the story. The characters all have their own quirks, and kept me entertained.
Katie is so excited to finally be a bride. She has dreamed of her wedding day her entire life, and to be planning it with Brady as the groom, she couldn’t be any happier. Working at a bridal store, Katie’s co-workers have tons of ideas about how her perfect day should go. And her fiancés mom wants her son to have the only the best. The problem is no one seems to care what Katie wants, and she has a hard time telling those she loves no. Everyone has ideas from where it should be held all the way down to what theme she should have. The problem is everyone’s dream wedding is different than her own. When you throw in the opinions of the ladies in her hometown, Katie is stressed beyond measure. Will she get the wedding of her dreams? Or will she settle for what everyone else wants?
This book was a lot of fun to read. There were lots of secondary stories going on and it was interesting seeing how they panned out. Thompson was great at keeping my interest and making me love the characters, even if I’ve only known them for such a short time. I enjoyed hearing Katie and Brady’s faith woven through out the story as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a crazy family and enjoys laughing through the craziness. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.