Book Review: A Snow White Christmas

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to bring you a review of another novella in the Once Upon a Christmas collection: A Snow White Christmas by Toni Shiloh! This is one of my absolute favorites of Toni’s books so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!


About the Book

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

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My Thoughts:

Ahh, this story! *blissful sigh* It’s absolutely phenomenal! There isn’t a single thing about Amala and Marcus’s story that I didn’t absolutely love! I felt like I completely melted into this storyworld, and I did not want to leave when it was over, in fact I’m already itching to reread it! This novella made me so happy, and I had the biggest grin on my face when I turned the final page! Love, love, LOVED IT! A Snow White Christmas is not to be missed! Highly recommended.

(5 Stars!)


I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Author


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com


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Book Review: Claim My Heart

Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn, this lovely novella released in 2019 as a part of the Once Upon a Christmas collection by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver. This is a Christmas story but it’s the perfect read for any time of year, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!


About the Book

Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

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My Thoughts:

What an incredibly fun and enchanting story! I must confess that I have never seen Mulan, so this is the only novella in the collection that I was not familiar with its original fairytale, but that did not in any way hinder my enjoyment of the story! Li Na and Colin were such awesome characters! I couldn’t stop smiling while I read this novella, and I loved everything about it! Highly recommended. I cannot wait to go back and read Mikal’s novel, Count Me In! (And I totally plan to watch Mulan soon!)

(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Author

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children. Visit her at www.mikaldawn.com


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First Line Friday: Hiding in Alaska

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of Hiding in Alaska by Belle Calhoune. Hiding in Alaska is the fourth book in Belle Calhoune’s Home to Owl Creek series.

and the first line is…


“Isabelle Sanchez shivered as the cold Arctic wind whipped against her cheeks.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

A new life. A secret past…

Can this witness risk opening her heart

in her new Alaskan home?

Forced to reinvent herself in witness protection, Isabelle Sanchez begins working for an Alaskan chocolate company under the alias Ella Perez. Her new warmhearted town is a peaceful refuge—as is the company of chocolate empire heir Connor North. She may never be able to tell Connor the truth about her fresh start…but can they find love despite her secrets?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Belle Calhoune is a Publisher’s Weekly Best-Selling author of Heartwarming, inspirational romance. A member of the RWA Honor Roll, Belle is the author of over thirty-five books. A lifelong New Englander, Belle now resides in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and two very spoiled dogs, a toy poodle named Copper and a black Lab named Beau. Her book, An Alaskan Christmas, is now a television movie, “Love, Alaska” and aired on the UPTV channel.

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Let us know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

Top Ten Tuesday: Mardi Gras Style

Happy Fat Tuesday!!

I thought it would be fun to join The Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top Ten Tuesday prompt of Mardi Gray style covers since I have family in New Orleans.

I decided to do 12 instead of ten just so it would be even :). Click on the picture to be taken to Goodreads.

Let’s see if I can pick some interesting covers. 😉


Purple

Green

Gold


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First Line Friday- Always One More Time.

Happy Friday!


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!
And the first line is…

The Lush penthouse apartment belonged to Audrey.

About The Book.

Sex has always been a tool Funlola used to get ahead in life, however the one man she desires… is interested in love. Will she give in or does he give up?

Stemming from a poor background, flirty wild child, Funlola Abe, is known to use her sexual prowess to get what she wants as she is determined to get out of poverty at all cost. When her boyfriend introduces her to a few socialites; she’s ready to upgrade. Two major proposals come her way and she is in for a bittersweet experience she never bargained for.

Choir leader Daniel is set to do right by God until an unexpected and unsolicited visit from Efe sets his sexual weaknesses in play. The result of a one night stand changes his plans as he begins a cycle of coming to God in repentance and returning to his sins. Will he overcome at the end or give in to his innermost desires and weaknesses?

Will Funlola and Daniel discover the depth of God’s love for them? Or will they choose to remain in their old ways? Buy this book to follow the touching story of the redeeming love of God at play.

AMAZON

Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

Throwback Thursday: A Cry for Independence

Happy Thursday! Today we’re throwing it back to 2017 with A Cry for Independence by Joy K. Massenburge. A Cry for Independence was originally featured in the novella collection titled Summer Fireworks, which was written by six multi-published popular authors and three debut authors. In 2018, A Cry for Independence was released as a separate novella.

First of all, I have to say that the cover of this novella is absolutely gorgeous! The cover immediately captured my attention and convinced me that I needed to read it. I love discovering new-to-me authors!

Have you read any books by Joy K. Massenburge?


ABOUT THE BOOK

Some cry wolf, Tammie Morris cries independence after surviving an abusive relationship.

Having Q’s baby out of wedlock and struggling to support herself and her child, she is determined to never depend on a man again. It has taken twelve months to gain her GED, employment, and the five-year-life-plan she is committed to live by to make it happen. When her apartment availability is delayed, she is forced into a temporary living arrangement with her son’s father that threatens the future she’s mapped out.

Quan Blanton Sr., Q, has found the freedom only salvation through Jesus can offer. All there is to do now is put his family back together and live the

Christian life. Only one problem, Tammie doesn’t want anything to do with him or his God. Is there anything too hard for God? Q and Tammie discover all things are possible with Christ.

GOODREADS | AMAZON


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author and Speaker Joy K Massenburge, is the voice to be heard. Her latest release, A Heart Surrendered, was a top seller in African American Christian Fiction. When she isn’t writing, Joy is inspiring, equipping, and providing a support community for authors who declare they have been called to publish a book.

A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice after

leaving her theater scholarship at The University of Texas in Austin, to marry her husband. After twenty plus years of overcoming trials and second chances, she takes the stage at conferences, retreats, and during counseling sessions to challenge married couples to work through their problems and reignite lasting romance.

WEBSITE FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS 

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Romance Books

This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we’re exploring romance stories. These books are either written by diverse authors or feature diverse characters. Have you read any of these or are any on your to-be-read list?

You can join the conversation at That Artsy Reader Girl or tell us in the comments what are your favorite romance stories by diverse authors or ones with diverse characters.

First Line Friday: Decoy Valentine.

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

And the first line is…

“Move to the window. I’d rather shoot you there.”

About The Book.

FROM FAKE RELATIONSHIP TO TRUE LOVE

A broken engagement drives Susanna Kelly back to her hometown of Sweetheart, Texas and the arms of its quirky, lovable citizens. But her peaceful return to her roots is shattered when heart-shaped notes with sinister messages start appearing. The support of Daniel Sheppard, Asian American bestselling author and her childhood friend, gives her a much needed ally amidst the turmoil.

Daniel offers to play the role of her boyfriend to discourage the stalker, but Susanna resists. Pretending to be a couple? And with Daniel of all people? Who would buy it?

The note writer’s mind games force her to reconsider. Susanna accepts Daniel’s crazy plan, but her heart acts up whenever she’s near her decoy valentine. Comfortable, uncomplicated Daniel has turned into a full-grown man who makes her senses spin. As she tries to sort out her feelings, the make-believe romance has the opposite effect intended. Harmless notes turn into life-threatening accidents, and Daniel and Susanna must find out who’s behind the chaos before they can decide if their temporary relationship is a heaven-sent gift meant to last forever.

AMAZON

Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

Book Review: Accepting Elijah’s Heart

ABOUT THIS BOOK

He’s a former bad boy learning to forgive his past mistakes.

She’s a grieving widow struggling with motherhood.

A life-altering event offers them hope for a better future together.

Elijah Cooper grew up in church but without a relationship with God. Something he didn’t think he needed until he did. When Eli offers Reina support in a crisis, a friendship develops that could blossom to more. But with his troubled past, he is not interested in a love match or a ready-made family.

After her husband’s untimely death, Reina Blackwell can’t trust the ground she walks on not to crumble beneath her. She’s certainly no longer trusting the God who created it. Not after he shatters her world leaving her alone to mourn and raise her son. 

With scars too deep to heal on their own, can Eli and Reina find the faith they need to give and receive love?

This sweet romance will tug at your heartstrings and comfort you with joy and laughter. 

AMAZON | GOODREADS


MY THOUGHTS

M. Michelle Derosier is a new to me author. I enjoyed reading Accepting Elijah’s Heart which involves a grieving widow trying to understand how a loving God could give her a wonderful husband only to take him away, Reina, the widow, doesn’t want to open herself up to love again after the death of her husband, but she has growing feelings for Elijah who came to her rescue and has fallen in love with her and her son. I am looking forward to reading more of M. Michelle Derosier’s books.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle loves Jesus and is fueled by black coffee, espresso, and freshly baked goods. Sadly, she’s not skilled at making any of the three.

She is a staunch supporter of fair and equal pay.

She is a sensitivity reader and a multi-genre writer with a focus on centering culturally diverse voices and topics.

As a freelancer, Michelle’s written for online and print publications on a myriad of subjects including nonprofit leadership equity, race, religion, and relationships. Michelle has also written early-grade literacy education books for established curriculum-based publishing brands.

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