First Line Friday

It’s Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from Unshakeable Pursuit by Camy Tang.

And the first line is…

Are you Doctor Geoffrey Whelan?”

ABOUT THE BOOK

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan was in Japan when the tsunami hit, killing his cousin and grandmother. He has worked in medical missions for years to assuage his survivor’s guilt, and now that he’s back in Sonoma to help his family, he can’t figure out why he still feels so wounded and God feels so far away.

Then a mysterious young woman warns him that he and nurse Maylin Kinley are in mortal danger.

Maylin notices that Geoffrey is not the same arrogant doctor she met years ago in Los Angeles. Now that they are working together again in a clinic in Sonoma, she fights her attraction towards him because his confident, forceful personality reminds her too much of her abusive ex-boyfriend, who called himself a Christian.

She has been steering clear of her handsome coworker—until Asian hitmen attack the clinic and they are forced to run for their lives. Now they must race to figure out how the threat is connected to a young teenager whose life they saved—before everyone they love is caught in the crossfire.

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Book Review. Found by Tope Omotosho

Happy Wednesday reader friends! Today’s book review is Found by Tope Omotosho. Found is book 3 in the Redemption Series.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Growing up, life had been anything but fun-loving. She’s bent by life and runs away immediately she’s old enough. Throw in a mum who’s kept the name of her biological father a secret she’s learnt to live her life without the love of a father.

To push aside the painful memories of her childhood, she focuses on her career as a sought-after makeup artist, the love of her boyfriend and having the happily-ever-after she deserves. With her upcoming wedding and discovering the identity of her father, secret sins come up that she’s tried so hard to hide – and fight.

On the verge of losing the love of her fiancé, Zainab starts to believe love is the one thing she’s never supposed to find.

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MY THOUGHTS

After reading Found, I found myself asking “how does she do it?” 

The characters were so real, in an instant they drew me into the story. I wanted to know what they did, how they did it…

The story line is one you don’t read about everyday but one which is real and affecting lives. And the finesse with which the author handled it is unrivalled.

I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through her thought-provoking stories. They cut across love, relationship and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life.
She is a devoted Christian passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love.

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First Line Friday: Found.

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…

What’s that?” She got off her bed and pointed at the huge pink box her father had placed at the centre of her bedroom.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Growing up, life had been anything but fun-loving. She’s bent by life and runs away immediately she’s old enough. Throw in a mum who’s kept the name of her biological father a secret she’s learnt to live her life without the love of a father.

To push aside the painful memories of her childhood, she focuses on her career as a sought-after makeup artist, the love of her boyfriend and having the happily-ever-after she deserves. With her upcoming wedding and discovering the identity of her father, secret sins come up that she’s tried so hard to hide – and fight.

On the verge of losing the love of her fiancé, Zainab starts to believe love is the one thing she’s never supposed to find.

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Book Review: Expired Flight

Happy Wednesday reader friends! Today’s book review is Expired Flight by Lisa Phillips. Expired Flight is book 9 in the Last Chance County series.


ABOUT THE BOOK

She can’t remember who she is.
He’ll never give up the life he knows.

Jeff Filks lives life as a ghost. It’s the only way to keep the people he cares about safe. But a lifetime of training doesn’t just go away, even when he’s suffered a life-altering injury.
When he spots a woman fleeing a gunman in the middle of the night he steps in to help, determined to remain anonymous. But the secret she’s forgotten is deadly—to both of them—and the past won’t quit coming. The hunt is on.

A woman with no memory on the shore of the Last Chance lake.
A man who must remain nameless to survive.

Welcome to Last Chance County
*Christian romantic suspense*

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My THOUGHTS

I love reading The Last Chance County series and meeting the characters in this series. Expired Flight is suspenseful and filled with surprises and twists. Jeff comes across Toni as she is running away from someone, but she hit her head and has amnesia. Jeff finds a piece of paper with his address from her pocket and wants to know why. The two of them try to piece everything together as Toni struggles to remember who she is, who she was running away from, why, and if she had murdered someone. Both of them have some things in their past they have to deal with. I highly recommend this book and this series.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London, Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

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Book Review: Calculated Risk

Happy Monday, Everyone!!

I’m excited to bring you a new book review on Calculated Risk by Lynn Shannon. It was my first read of hers and certainly won’t be my last. Have you read it? Keep reading to find out why you should.


About the Book

He carries the burden of his mistakes.

The wounds on Jason Gonzalez’s body are nothing compared to the ones on his heart. The former Marine avoids getting close to anyone new, especially his gorgeous next-door neighbor. Until he hears a scream coming from her house in the middle of the night.

Her enemies are too numerous to count.

Addison Foster escaped an abusive marriage and has become an advocate for others. When an intruder breaks into her home and nearly kills her, Addison is rescued by an unlikely protector. But the threats against her aren’t over and she needs help.

Danger around every corner.

Jason makes it his mission to keep Addison safe, but keeping her out of his heart proves impossible. As the threats increase, there’s no room for mistakes. Will his calculated risk pay off or will it end in tragedy?

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My Thoughts

Y’all, this was my first Lynn Shannon read! I was so happy I picked it up. The cover is amazing, and definitely conveys the mood of the story.

Jason Gonzalez makes an epic hero. He’s strong, loyal, and protective. I loved his heart and desire to protect Addison.

And Addison is an awesome heroine! Brave, determined, and a heart for those who have been abused, what more could you ask for?

I loved seeing these two navigate through the romance aspect and I was riveted for the suspense portion of the story. I loved Lynn Shannon’s writing so much, I went and got another book of hers. I’m happily working my way through her backlist as I wait for book 2 in this series.


About the Author

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, and a couple of very chirpy cockatiels. You can find her online at: www.lynnshannon.com.

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First Line Friday: Expired Flight

It’s Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from Expired Flight by Lisa Phillips.

And the first line is…

He was nothing but a shadow–a man with no name, as far as anyone else was concerned.


ABOUT THE BOOK

She can’t remember who she is.
He’ll never give up the life he knows.

Jeff Filks lives life as a ghost. It’s the only way to keep the people he cares about safe. But a lifetime of training doesn’t just go away, even when he’s suffered a life-altering injury.
When he spots a woman fleeing a gunman in the middle of the night he steps in to help, determined to remain anonymous. But the secret she’s forgotten is deadly—to both of them—and the past won’t quit coming. The hunt is on.

A woman with no memory on the shore of the Last Chance lake.
A man who must remain nameless to survive.

Welcome to Last Chance County
*Christian romantic suspense*

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London, Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

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Book Review: Becoming Us

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Becoming Us by Jenn Faulk and Jaycee Weaver

Be sure to check out this great story!


About the Book

He’s easy-going and charming. She’s hot-tempered and tightly wound. Can they become better together than who they are apart?

Working through the disappointment of a teaching career that isn’t what he expected it to be, Mason Hayes’ otherwise cushy life gets turned upside down by the sudden loss of both parents in a car accident, leaving him with no one in the world. Until, that is, a half-sister he never knew existed shows up.

Hailee Miller-Garcia would do anything for Gina Bennett, including make a trip to meet the brother Gina’s never known – despite the issues Hailee’s having with her mother and little brother. As Mason’s life becomes entangled with her own, his laidback approach challenges her to reevaluate her own ways of dealing with the past, the present, and her dreams for the future.

Delving past friendship and growing into deeper feelings, it’s clear Hailee and Mason are better together. But the road ahead may be rocky and full of unexpected detours, challenging each of them to draw closer to Christ, work through their issues, and dream of a different future for themselves as they become more than a you and a me – they become us. 

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My Thoughts:

What a lovely story! I am a huge fan of Jaycee Weaver’s books, and this is my first read from Jenn Faulk. I love how the authors writing voices blended really well, but were still each unique and original! Mason and Hailee were great characters who were very relatable, I was rooting for them from the start! This book is the perfect blend of fun, lighthearted moments, swoony romance, meaty topics, and a beautiful faith story, all of which adds up to exactly what I’m looking for in a Christian contemporary romance! Becoming Us is a beautiful story of true love and discovering who God created you to be! I so enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


About the Authors

Jenn Faulk is a native Texan who enjoys reading and writing chick lit. She’s a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom, and a marathon enthusiast who loves talking about Jesus and what a difference He’s made in her life. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a MA in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Check out her website: www.jennfaulk.com

A Nevada native and New Mexico transplant, Jaycee is a happily married mother of 3. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, photography, & all things kitchen and crafty. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist, grateful for the grace of God that covers a multitude of eclectic hot messiness. Check out her website: www.jayceeweaver.com


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Throwback Thursday: Her Secret Alaskan Family

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s time for Throwback Thursday and today we’re throwing it back to January 2020 with Her Secret Alaskan Family (Home to Owl Creek book 1) by Belle Calhoune. Be sure to check out this story!


About the Book

Can she come home to a place she’s never known?

Everyone remembers the kidnapped Alaskan baby…but they don’t know she’s returned home.

Sage Duncan is the only person in Owl Creek who knows her true identity: the missing Alaskan chocolate heiress. Now she’s returned to Alaska to learn about the family she was stolen from—without disclosing her identity. But keeping her deep secret from gorgeous town sheriff Hank Crawford is much harder than Sage thought…especially when she finds herself falling for him.

Home to Owl Creek

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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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First Line Friday: ‘Til I Want No More

Today for First Line Friday, we’re looking at Til I Want No More by Robin W. Pearson. First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books.

“You know trouble ain’t catchin’.”

About the Book

When the man she loved years ago returns to town, one young woman’s complicated past rises again, threatening to expose her well-kept secrets.

If Maxine could put her finger on the moment when her life went into a tailspin, she would point back twenty years to the day her daddy died. She tells herself he’s the only person who ever really knew and loved her, and if he hadn’t left her behind, her future would’ve taken a different path. No absentee mother, no stepfather, no rebellious ripping and running during her teenage years. And no JD, who gave her wandering young heart a home, at least for a time.

But that’s over and done with. All grown-up now, Maxine has pledged her heart and ring finger to Theodore Charles, the man she’ll promise to love, honor, and obey in front of God and everybody. At least that’s what she’s telling anybody who will listen. The only folks buying it are the dog and the readers of her column, however. Her best friend and family aren’t having it–not even Celeste, the double bass-playing thirteen-year-old the community of Mount Laurel, North Carolina, believes is Maxine’s adopted sister. And apparently, neither is the newly returned JD, who seems intent on toppling Maxine’s reconstructed life. As her wedding day marches ever closer, Maxine confronts what it means to be really known and loved by examining what’s buried in her own heart and exposing truth that has never seen the light of day.

A Christian fiction novel with a poignant story of romance, a search for truth, and a journey to redemption. For fans of Chris Fabry, Lauren Denton, and Charles Martin. (Source: Goodreads)

About the Author

Robin W. Pearson’s writing sprouts from her Southern roots and her love of her husband and seven children. Both lend authenticity to her novels. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she has corrected grammar up and down the East Coast in her career as an editor and writer that started with Houghton Mifflin Company twenty-five years ago. Since then she has freelanced with magazines, parenting journals, textbooks, and homeschooling resources. Follow her on her blog, “Mommy, Concentrated,” where she shares her adventures in faith, family, and freelancing. (Source: Robin W. Pearson’s book club kit)

Book Review: Fate.

Hello Friends.

Lovely Wednesday! Today I will be sharing my thoughts with you about a book I recently read and loved.

Fate (The Perfect Time For Love) by Natasha Frazier.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Melanie Bennett and Detective Brian Morris met over a year ago when he solved her best friend’s murder case, and now Nashville’s annual Christmas festivities have them crossing paths again, could it be fate?

Melanie Bennett has spent the last six months in therapy to erase the self-assigned blame and eradicate the night terrors that plagued her at every attempt to close her eyes after witnessing her best friend’s murder. The Christmas season always had a way of lifting her spirits, and this year is no different. The spark within her to live again couldn’t have come at a better time when she and Detective Brian Morris are reacquainted, but first, she must believe that she deserves happiness.

Will the circumstances of how they met prevent Melanie from taking a chance on love?

Brian was drawn to Melanie when he first laid eyes on her over a year ago; he wanted to ask her out, but the timing was all wrong. Expressing interest in her when she’d just lost her best friend was tacky, but fate dealt him another opportunity when he walked into her hair salon delivering flyers for the annual stuff the cruiser toy drive a year later. Though Brian desires love, will his unresolved issues with his mother get in the way?

Every moment spent with one another can only be described as fate – a power beyond human control. Will this Christmas season bring about the healing and love both Melanie and Brian crave?

Fate is book 2 in the Perfect Time for Love Series (Sweet Christian Romance).

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MY THOUGHTS

Melanie’s and Brian’s story is very sweet, relaxing read.

I loved the flow of the story. The characters were wonderful. I love how the author wove the little twists and turns into the story with such beauty and love. Their individual faith journeys was very inspiring.

Very relaxing and sweet read filled with hope.

I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Natasha has penned an award-winning devotional, The Life Your Spirit Craves and a Henri award nominated devotional, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence. Natasha desires to encourage readers to live the life they have been created to live in God. Natasha’s first fiction book, Love, Lies & Consequences, was released on April 21, 2015, and earned The Readers’ Choice Award.

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