Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Reads Spring TBR

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to Diversity Between The Page’s leap into the popular Top Ten Tuesday linkup hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

Today’s theme is our Spring TBR so I’m looking at books with diverse characters that release in April, May or June. (Please note: there are probably many others but these are the ones I know for sure.)

theirhappyhome

Their Happy Home by Joy Ohagwu
Release Date: April 29, 2020
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Lost Down Deep front cover

Lost Down Deep by Sara Davison
Release Date: April 1, 2020
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Redeeming Grace crawford

Redeeming Grace by Bridget T. Crawford
Release Date: April 20, 2020
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the trouble with love

The Trouble With Love by Toni Shiloh
Release Date: May 26, 2020
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an uncommon beauty

An Uncommon Beauty by Kari Trumbo
Release Date: May 4, 2020
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herhiddenhope

Her Hidden Hope by Jill Lynn
Release Date: May 1, 2020
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analaskantwinsurprise

An Alaskan Twin Surprise by Belle Calhoune
Release Date: May 1, 2020
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where tomorrow leads

Where Tomorrow Leads by DiAnn Mills
Release Date: June 9, 2020
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she knows her god

She Knows Her God by Joy Ohagwu
Release Date: June 30, 2020
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stories that bind us

Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner
Release Date: June 2, 2020
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Which of these diverse reads are on your TBR? Got any to add to the list?

Book Spotlight: Breaking Point

Happy Wednesday! The weekend and MARCH are almost here. How did that happen? It’s like we blinked and skipped January & February. And if you live in Kentucky like I do, you skipped winter too lol. Ah well, at least there are a plethora of good books to read, right?

Today I’m delighted to spotlight Breaking Point by author Dayo Benson!

ABOUT THE BOOK

breaking point dayo bensonSERIES: Drew Ashley #1
GENRE: Christian Chick Lit with an edge
PUBLISHER: Bennos Press
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2012

It’s every girl’s dream to find Mr Right, but what happens when there are two candidates who fit that description? Drew Ashley finds herself torn between the logical safe choice and what her heart really wants.

Drew experiences the ultimate heart break when she finds out that both men have secrets. She is forced to do some rethinking, especially since she has a secret of her own. A secret that she has never shared with anybody: she sees visions!

Add a zany mother and a series of shocking crimes to the mix, and things are bound to go slightly off-kilter.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

dayo bensonDayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre.

When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.

Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at www.dayobenson.com.

Book Review: Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge

It’s Fri-yay!! I hope you’ve had a great week and have a weekend ahead full of great reads! One of my very fave authors is Ruth Logan Herne – her warmth and heart exude from the pages of her stories into a soul-deep hug. I’m delighted to bring you my review of her upcoming release, Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge! Jazz has been a prominent secondary character in the first two books of this series, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for her story.

About the Book

findingpeaceinwishingbridgeCreator of the bestselling “Welcome to Wishing Bridge” and “At Home in Wishing Bridge” award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne invites readers back to the little town with the big heart with “Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge”.

Being a supermodel isn’t just hard.

It can be a killer, so when international sensation Jazz Monroe answered a friend’s call for help, she’d just taken a hiatus from the job that made her a very rich woman and almost took her life. Outwardly Jazz was everything anyone would want to be. Beautiful, confident, rich and famous, and often seen on the arm of some of the world’s most eligible bachelors, Jazz knows the truth she hides. Her self-confidence is an act and the eating disorder that plagues her refuses to let her rest.

But then she and her old friend Thea are called to help a friend and fulfill a pledge they’d made a dozen years before as high school seniors. If any one of the three ever needed help, the others would come running. Last December, Kelsey made that call and her two old friends, the other members of the “Soul Sisterhood”, responded. They’re here now. Thea is practicing medicine, Kelsey has married the hero deputy that saved her life and Jazz is finding the hints of peace that have eluded her for nearly two decades. She settles into the little town, helping out at a local diner, waiting for the sky to fall.

It doesn’t. Instead, the sun begins to shine, winter fades to spring, and surrounded by new and old friends, Jazz begins to believe in herself. She loves the small town, the kindness of the locals, the warmth of the family diner and the special attention from two very different and distinct men makes her think new thoughts. Thoughts of family and picket fences and settling down.

But an unexpected attack on a wood-edged path reignites her fears and insecurities. Now she’s looking in shadows again, doubting herself and others. In Manhattan, locked elevators and a staffed entrance desk kept her safe from intruders.

Wishing Bridge has nothing like that. Here, she lives life at ground level, with no bodyguards watching out for her. But when a local contingent makes it their job to keep her safe, Jazz learns not to sell the small town short. Folks here mean what they say because that’s the kind of town Wishing Bridge is.

As Jazz rediscovers the most important things in life, she realizes that happiness isn’t about where you are: it’s about who you’re with. And who you love.

Join Jazz, Kelsey, Thea and the rest of the Wishing Bridge cast as they band together to help the town and one another because together– in Wishing Bridge– they can make anything happen.

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My Thoughts

First, let me say that I’m THRILLED to learn that Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge is not the last book in the series. I was afraid that, since we’ve been given a story for each of the three friends in the Soul Sisterhood, this would be our last visit to Wishing Bridge. But I wasn’t quite ready to leave yet – I enjoy the secondary & even tertiary characters and the setting so much. This town is truly a special place, albeit a fictional one, and I’m delighted that we’ll be returning there in 2021.

Now, on to the review of this book. Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge was everything I hoped it would be and more. Jazz’s story, like Kelsey & Thea’s before her, is complex and layered – a former international supermodel who realized quickly that the industry can destroy you from the inside out, finding her footing again in this sweet little town and enjoying the freedom of just being herself. Until her past comes back to stalk her – literally – and now I want Herne to branch out into romantic suspense. Because the scene snippets from the stalker’s point of view, the feeling of danger that exuded off the page whenever Jazz was alone, the protectiveness of Garrett & her other friends – it was all pitch perfect and kept me glued to the story.

Keep a tissue box handy for this read though – there are some gutwrenching moments walking alongside the heartwarming ones. One particular plot twist left me absolutely bereft, and another plot point had me blinking back tears more than once.

Another thing I love about this series are the children. Herne is nearly unparalleled in her ability to create child characters that you want to reach inside the pages and hug close. Endearing, precocious, charming… even with backstories that sadly reflect the reality for many children today. Yet, each word is penned with heart and compassion and the author’s love for children is clearly felt. In Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge, we get to know more about Emerson, whom we met briefly with his dad in the previous book. And oh my stars, what a sweetheart. He kept a grin on my face in every scene he was in – despite a little lump in my throat as well thanks to his story.

Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge is at its heart a story of friendship, faith, and the kind of family you create above & beyond the one you’re born into. Endearing, diverse characters you’ll quickly fall in love with and a charming setting welcome you to Wishing Bridge with each new book and Jazz’s long-awaited story is no exception. Definitely put this series – and the latest book – on your must-read list!


About the Author

ruthyUSA TODAY bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is about to welcome her 53rd and 54th books to book shelves in March and April, so she’s pretty stoked about romance, about love and crazy-stoked about faith!

You can friend her on facebook, follow her on Twitter, visit her website ruthloganherne.com or email Ruthy at loganherne@gmail.com She loves to chat with readers and writers and she also loves God, family, faith, friends, fun and fiction…. and add chocolate and coffee to that list!


What interests you most about Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge? Have you read the other two books in this series?

Author Interview: Rose Fresquez & Choices

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m delighted to bring you my interview with author Rose Fresquez today, looking at a couple of her series & specifically her latest release Choices!


About the Author

rose fresquez twitterRose Fresquez is a stay-at-home mom, with a husband and four kids. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with the family, sing gospel music and plotting her next writing project.

Rose’s writing projects include both Christian non-fiction and Christian fiction.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER


Interview

Carrie: Hi Rose! Thanks so much for chatting with me today 😊 Let’s start out with something fun!

Q: What’s your favorite song currently?

Rose: I have so many favorite songs, that It’s so hard for me to decide. At the moment, I will go with Mended-by Matthew West. The song, inspired my next book in the Eron Series.  ‘Beyond Repair.’

Carrie: Matthew West has such great songs!

Q: What’s your favorite Bible verse currently?

Carrie: If you’re like me, it changes based on season of life lol

Rose: I agree, my favorite verses, are based on certain seasons in life, but I do have some at my fingertips all the time, and one of those is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps.

Carrie: I love the way you said that – having some verses at your fingertips all the time. What a great thought!

Q: If I asked your characters to describe you as an author, what would they say?

Rose: Vibrant most of the time, loves to socialize and interact with people.

Carrie: Which makes it great that you get to interact with your characters too 🙂 Before we chat about your latest release Choices, I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Christmas short story New Light which is part of your Buchanan series.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the Buchanan series?

First SiteRose: I love all the characters, but I will go with one of the Firefighters. Ezra Buchanan from First Site. He’s the kind of friend anybody would love to have in their life. He constantly puts his life on the line to help his friends and loved ones.

Carrie: I love that, yes!

Q: What inspired the plot of New Light?

Rose: Having written New Light during Christmas time, I thought about how Jesus brings Light in the Darkness. I then envisioned one of the struggling Firefighters, who was surrounded by a group of loving friends yet he was not willing to let them into his life. With that in mind, I wanted to portray that even in the darkest times, Jesus’ light shines through friends and loved ones.  He sometimes uses them to draw us close to Him.

Carrie: You did that beautifully – very touching story! Now on to Choices, your latest sweet romance which released on February 5th as part of your Eron Outsiders series.

Q: What can readers expect from the Eron Outsiders series as far as themes & characters, etc.?

Rose: Love triangles, fugitives, billionaires and several unique characters will be coming up in the near future.  Pretty much most of the side characters mentioned in Complex and Choices, will come back with their own stories.

Carrie: Yay!

Q: Describe Eron for us.

Rose: The entire series of Eron Outsiders is an inspiration of the setting from the remote town where I grew up. Although Eron is a bigger town than my hometown,  I still envisioned a peaceful town, where everyone with a busy lifestyle will want to come and settle.  Being a quiet place, the residents, are always intrigued about the new outsiders to their town. Social media, is one of the main ways they spread word across the town.

Carrie: I love that you modeled it after your hometown!

Q: What surprised you about the story or the characters as you wrote Choices?

choices rose fresquezRose: I found Chloe surprising. The fact that she had major abandonment issues was a reason enough to not fall in love with an outsider, who was always on the move and had only stopped in Eron to sell the family estate and go on his way.

Carrie: Yikes – that would be a difficult & emotional situation for her to deal with!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Choices and why do you love it?

Rose: His voice was low when he spoke. “From the first time I saw you in December, I felt as if I knew you. Even the last two months while I was in the Philippines, my heart kept pulling me back to you, as if you held something I needed to know.” His soft eyes found hers, and his voice fell to a whisper. “It’s like I found a part of me in somebody else. Like I found my new best friend, and something more at the same time ‒ someone I can confide in…Thank you for coming…for going through this stuff with me.”

I have several quotes, but I chose this one, because it’s the time when they discover something unique from their past.

Carrie: It’s like I found a part of me in somebody else.” – oh i love that!

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Choices?

Rose: That Life is full of choices. Every choice you make can change your life forever. The fact that God knows the future, it’s important to present my plans to Him, before I make a final decision.

Carrie: Yes, so true!

Before we close out, how can we pray for you & your writing?

Rose: That I can continue to Glorify God through my writing and to be an encouragement to my readers. More importantly, to find a good balance for God, family and writing. It’s easy to get caught up in a story, especially when I have a new story screaming in the back of my head, and I need to jot it down.


About The Book

choices rose fresquezLove By Design!

Chloe has finally returned home to stay, embracing the simple lifestyle of Eron. She opens her own fashion boutique and is contemplating a relationship with a guy who has plans to start a family. Chloe’s own plans to settle for her local suitor are disrupted when a charming doctor walks into her boutique, opening up new dating options.

Dr. Zach has never been a man to settle in one place. When Zach’s unknown grandparents leave him a house in Colorado on forty acres of land. Eron is supposed to be just another quick stop. That is until the town’s only doctor gets hurt.

When the town starts depending on him for their medical needs, Zach finds himself getting more involved in the town than he’d bargained for. Especially when he falls for the beautiful fashion designer who knows more about his grandparents than he’d expected.

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What interests you most about Choices and/or Rose Fresquez from our Q&A? Have you read any of Rose’s books yet?

Book Spotlight: Summer to Remember

Happy Wednesday! Friday is in sight!!

Today I’m spotlighting a book by a new-to-me author – Tara Grace Ericson. Summer to Remember is book 4 in the Main Street Minden series but looks like it can be read as a standalone, without having to read the previous books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

summer to rememberFitting together might be more important than fitting in.

Danielle Washington never felt like she belonged. After she loses her bakery job, she is left with no family, no job, no car, and no money to pay rent. When she gets a call that an aunt she doesn’t remember breaks a hip, Danielle jumps at the chance to come help. Maybe the small town holds chance to start over. Or at least discover the secrets that kept her mother from ever returning home.

Mark Dawson doesn’t fit a mold, either. His family has lived in small-town Minden his entire life, but his trendy style and that’s-definitely-not-a-sport interests didn’t always fit in. As a middle-school teacher, Mark tries to teach students it’s okay to embrace your quirks; a lesson he also finds himself reiterating to the cute new baker in town. But when he is accused of the unthinkable and his career and community threaten to crumble; the shame is too much to share.

Danielle finds herself caught up in the charm of small-town life and the handsome school teacher who shares her love of video games and superheroes. But can she overcome the skeletons of the past to connect with the only family she has left? Will Mark’s own secrets push them apart before they ever have a chance? The healing power of the truth and God’s provision are front and center in this story of forgiveness, acceptance, community, and love.

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

tara grace ericsonfaith, hope, and happily ever after

Tara Grace Ericson writes small-town, contemporary Christian romance. She loves stories of modern-day characters struggling to obey God, forgive others, and accept themselves – oh, and finding their happily-ever-after along the way.

She lives in Southwest Missouri with her husband and two sons, writing full-time, in between chasing a two toddlers!

Get a free e-book by signing up for Tara’s newsletter at her website!

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Book Review: Bookmarked for Murder

Happy Friday, friends!

Today I’m delighted to bring you my review of a cozy mystery by author V.M. Burns! Bookmarked for Murder is book #5 in her Mystery Bookshop series, which is considered a ‘clean read’ in the trusty cozy mystery formula of no excessive profanity and nothing explicit. Plus, I mean, it’s set in a BOOKSTORE so how can you go wrong? 😉

Bonus points: it can easily be read as a standalone

ABOUT THE BOOK

bookmarked for murderAmateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it’s a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver’s seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


MY THOUGHTS

The Mystery Bookshop series is quickly becoming one of my fave cozy series, and the latest installment – Bookmarked for Murder – reminds me why. Witty, sweet, clean, and smartly written, it’s also lots of fun!

The delightful cast of characters is back and just as quirky as ever (Irma, I’m looking at you…), and they are definitely a big part of what makes the book so entertaining and endearing. I love Nana Jo & her Shady Acres gang of senior sleuths (picture a sort of Golden Girls ensemble cast), and Samantha is a strong protagonist that readers can easily relate to. These characters just make me smile as I get to know them, and add in the mystery bookstore setting & I’m a happy reader.

The mystery in Bookmarked for Murder is full of twists and turns and red herrings, as any good cozy should be. How it comes about is rather unique right from the beginning & that makes investigating it a little trickier than normal for Sam. There’s also an adorable little girl with a compelling story who will capture your emotion, adding an extra layer of heart to the plot.

As always, I love the mystery within a mystery that shows up when Sam works on her historical cozy mystery that I enjoy just as much as the current timeline’s story. It’s clear Burns has versatile talent, and this element to the story elevates this series a notch above other cozies. Readers get two-in-one, after all!

Bottom Line: Bookmarked for Murder thoroughly entertains and holds readers’ interest from beginning to end. The mystery itself is well-crafted and layered, and the characters are as well. Sam & Nana Jo & the Shady Acres sleuths are lots of fun, and I love the close community of family and friends that Sam has established around her mystery bookshop. You can’t go wrong with this series, and Bookmarked for Murder is even better than the last!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
This review first appeared on Reading Is My SuperPower

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

VM Burns picV.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

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Do you like cozy mysteries?
If you could run a bookstore, what genre would you focus on?

Book Review: Tropical Kiss and Tell

Happy Friday! I am so glad to put this stressful week behind me – how about you?

One respite in the craziness that was the past few days was this delightful novella – Tropical Kiss and Tell by Liwen Y. Ho. I’ve been meaning to read her books for much too long and, now that I finally have, I can tell I’ll be adding her backlist (and future releases) to my teetering TBR mountain!

ABOUT THE BOOK

tropical kiss and tellTITLE: Tropical Kiss & Tell
AUTHOR: Liwen Y. Ho
SERIES: Tropical Kisses #2
GENRE: Christian Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: 2 Square 2 Be Hip
RELEASE DATE: November 2017
PAGES: 101

Falling in love with the girl next door was never part of his plan … until she fell for someone else.

Micah Chan has loved Lucy Choi ever since they were kids, but life—and some regretful decisions—stopped him from pursuing her. Now he has a choice to make: Let her marry another man or break up her engagement to make this Christmas the most memorable one of their lives?

Micah and Lucy were introduced as children in the books Tropical Kiss or Miss and Taking a Chance on the Enemy, respectively. Meet them now as adults on the brink of discovering their own happily-ever-after.

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MY THOUGHTS

I haven’t yet read the author’s previous books in which Micah and Lucy appeared (as children) but I definitely want to go back and read them soon – because I fell in love with both of these characters! Through the flashbacks of their close friendship that started in adolescence to the present day scenes where things could either go very right or very wrong with new awareness of deeper feelings… Micah and Lucy leapt off the pages and into my heart.

Micah seems at first to be Lucy’s polar opposite – he’s buttoned up where she’s free-spirited, for instance – but once we get to know them a bit more, we can see how alike they really are, too. Both have big hearts, both are loyal (even if they have different ways of showing it), both have a gift at connecting with people. They also have a similarly blended family, a shared cultural heritage, and hold onto the truth that God works all things for good for those who love Him. This smooth blend of personalities makes for some very sweet scenes as well as other scenes that will leave a grin on your face.

The author’s writing voice is engaging and bright, the characters layered and well-developed in spite of the relatively short word count. The plot progressed at a steady pace, and the transition between flashbacks to present day was seamlessly executed. I also loved the organic way that Asian-American culture & family life is part of the dimensions to both the characters and the plot. Micah and Lucy & their story could not be separated from their heritage and have the story still be as dimensional or enjoyable as it – a balance that’s sometimes hard to achieve in other books I’ve read but Liwen Y. Ho has done so in a way that feels effortless.

A well-written, tender, witty, and sweet friends-to-more romance that will have you rooting for Micah and Lucy to see (and embrace) what – and who – has been right in front of them all along.

(I voluntarily reviewed this book, which I read through Kindle Unlimited)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

liwenhoLiwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and an author by night. She writes sweet and inspirational contemporary romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

In her pre-author life, she received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at www.2square2behip.com.

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Have you read any of Liwen’s other books? What interests you most about Tropical Kiss and Tell?

Book Spotlight: An Alaskan Twin Surprise

Happy Wednesday – the first full week of January is already halfway behind us. Time is flying already!

Today I’m spotlighting a book that doesn’t release for a few more months but I’m already in love with the cover!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

analaskantwinsurprise

Title: An Alaskan Twin Surprise
Author: Belle Calhoune
Series: Home to Owl Creek
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: May 1, 2020 (kindle) / April 21, 2020 (print)

The family he was supposed to have…
His runaway bride is back…
With twins!

The last person Gabriel Lawson expects to find in town is Rachel Marshall—especially with twin toddlers in tow. Gabriel refuses to risk his heart again on the woman who left him at the altar years ago. But working to renovate her mother’s house means he must spend time with Rachel and her adorable twins…and soon he can’t help but wish they were his family.

PREORDER IT NOW: Goodreads | Amazon | Harlequin | B&N


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

belle calhouneBelle Calhoune lives in Connecticut with her college sweetheart husband and two daughters. After a thirteen year career as a Federal Investigator, she chose to pursue a  writing career.  An avid lover of romance novels since she was a teen, she enjoys writing love stories and reading them. She loves spending summers in beautiful Cape Cod and traveling to new places. A dog lover, she has a mini poodle and a chocolate lab. More than anything, she believes in happily ever afters.

CONNECT WITH BELLE: website | Facebook | Twitter


Oh my goodness – those little girls on the cover have already stolen my heart. Are they not the cutest?!? I also love that four people of color are featured on the front. I can’t wait to read this book when it releases in April/May.

What about you? What interests you most about An Alaskan Twin Surprise?

Book Review: New Light

Happy FRIDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Yay! It’s almost here!!

I know everyone is busy making lists, checking them twice, baking and cleaning and shopping and packing and wrapping and Hallmark movie-ing so today’s book review is short and sweet – because so is the story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

new light

Desperate to keep his job after a failed drug test, Tobin Mills agrees to therapy. Just when he feels he’s beat his addiction, demons from his past catch up with him and his world starts to crumble. That’s when Eimy Castillo shows up, opening his eyes to the power of love, friendship and other things he’s never considered.

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MY THOUGHTS

I’ve never read anything by Rose Fresquez but that will change right now. I love the interracial and multi-cultural perspective to her stories & her characters. It’s not done just to check a box but because the author herself is passionate about these characters & the blending of their cultures.

New Light is a short story but at the same time the characters are layered and fairly well-developed for such a brief read. It presents an honest picture of addiction, how it affects everything and everyone around us, and the power of people in your corner to help you get clean and stay clean. Since it is such a short story (31 pages), the author obviously can’t touch on everything a recovering addict goes through. Still, she gives us enough of an idea to set the stage appropriately for Tobin’s journey and remind us that it’s not a quick fix or an easy one.

I loved Eimy and would easily spend an entire novel with her! Her personality and kindness are contagious, and especially at this time of year we crave that kindness in our fellow humans. She’s a breath of fresh air from the moment she enters the scene, and she remains credible throughout.

New Light has definitely whet my appetite for more from this author – so look for more reviews of her books coming from me here in the new year!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rose fresquez twitter

Rose Fresquez is a stay-at-home mom, with a husband and four kids. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with the family, sing gospel music and plotting her next writing project.

Rose’s writing projects include both Christian non-fiction and Christian fiction.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

Book Review: Beauty From Ashes

Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?!? Less than two weeks away – it’s like we blinked in January & suddenly it’s December lol.

Today I’m sharing a review of a book that has such a pretty cover! The story inside is just as beautiful.

ABOUT THE BOOK

beauty from ashesSERIES: Orchard Grove #1
GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Firstfruits Publishing
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
PAGES: 327

A baby was never part of Tiff’s plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator.

As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he’s working in the midst of her daughter’s bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more?

The Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won’t meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you’ll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.

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other books in this series

before the dawn  breath of heaven

MY THOUGHTS

“…whatever you’ve done, you can’t pluck yourself out of God’s hand.”

Beauty From Ashes is an incredibly moving story about a young woman in a heartbreaking situation. It reads like a conversation between the main character Tiff and the reader, as she tells us about the events leading up to and including the past few months of her life. In her frank yet endearing manner, Tiff reflects on her years in foster care, her relationship with God, and how she wound up married with a baby in the NICU.

I loved how honest Tiff is about God, and we see this particularly during the church service. There’s no guile to her as she struggles to pay attention, struggles to make sense of the service, and then as something touches her deeply. Side note: If you haven’t spent time with people who aren’t familiar with church and God, you are really missing out on seeing your faith and your worship practices in fresh ways ♥

One thing I love about Alana Terry’s writing is that she always surprises me. Just when I think a scene or a character is about to slide into cliche territory, she turns it on its end and takes it somewhere I wasn’t expecting. This happened more than once in Beauty from Ashes, not the least of which involved Tiff’s incredibly difficult mother-in-law. I also loved the diversity of the characters – their ethnic backgrounds as well as their backstories.

I will say that, if you’re currently going through a very difficult season, Beauty from Ashes may feel almost too heavy to keep reading at certain points. Life just continues not to turn around for Tiff and instead of seeing ‘beauty’ you see mostly ‘ashes’. In fact, I remember looking at the ‘time left in book’ on my kindle copy and thinking, “I’m not sure how the author is going to pull this one off with the 18 minutes left of my reading speed.” And, of course, as usual Alana Terry surprised me yet again. So I want to encourage you – if the ‘ashes’ overwhelm you in this story, keep reading for the ‘beauty’.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author.
All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Review first appeared on ReadingIsMySuperPower.org

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alana TerryAlana Terry is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. 

Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching

She has also been accused of making her readers stay up way too late.

Alana and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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