“Mark of Distinction” by Jessica Dotta, book review

“Mark of Distinction” Price of Privilege Trilogy #2, by Jessica Dotta

Julia Elliston has arrived in London and is now under the protection of Lord Pierson, but is she really safe? The plot continues to swirl around her, who is she, really, and who can she trust? She is thrust into the London glamour and glitz in hopes of preserving her life and inheriting the Emerald Fortune. But many want to see her fail or worse.

This is the second book in the trilogy, and it took me quite a while to get up to speed on the characters, even though I read the first book not long ago. This is one of those books that I had to make myself continue reading, rather than looking forward to reading. The writing style make the story line difficult to follow, I was never sure who was the good guys or bad guys. I kept thinking that I must have missed some important detail, and went back several pages or a chapter and reread, but did not learn anything of value. While some may enjoy this type of novel, I just did not.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Fiction. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Shaken” by Kariss Lynch, book review

“Shaken” Heart of a Warrior Series, book one, by Kariss Lynch, book review

Kaylan Richards has graduated from college and has a few months until her internship begins, so she decides to go to Haiti with her best friend Sarah Beth. They have positions working in a medical clinic and helping children who live in poverty. But then the worst earthquake in the country’s history hits! And Kaylan’s world is rocked!

Navy SEAL Nick Carmichael has been a family friend for years and he serves with Kaylan’s brother, but now he did not plan on falling for Kaylan, but he did. And now he has the battle of his life in front of him, as he goes to rescue Kaylan and help her find her way back, following the earthquake.

This is the first in the Heart of a Warrior series, and has a lot of details about the SEALS program. This book had a lot of detail about Kaylan’s work in Haiti and the extreme poverty in that county. Also, these characters deal with several contemporary issues including long distance relationships, terrorism and crisis of faith. The characters are well developed and real.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Realms. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Purex changes laundry rules, review and sweepstakes!

Did you know there are rules in laundry? I guess if we think about it, there are rules for everything else: sports, driving, grammar, etc. so it makes sense that there are laundry rules. Basically, sort colors. But, Purex is changing all that with the new No Sort formula. This new fantastic laundry soap prevents color bleeding in the washer. No more pink undershirts and socks when you accidentally throw that new red baseball jersey in the washer.

My youngest son will be attending a month long agricultural college this summer, and doing his own laundry for the first time. While I have taught him to sort and the laundry basics, this new Purex will make him feel more confident that he will not ruin his clothes in the university washer.

Want to try it for your self? I have 3 Purex No Sort formula coupons to give away. Just enter the sweepstakes here, and leave a comment that you entered. You may enter once daily, but can only win 1 coupon (so if I draw your name more than once, it will go to the next in line). Drawing will end April 15, 2014.

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“A Broken Kind of Beautiful” by Katie Ganshert, book reivew

“A Broken Kind of Beautiful” by Katie Ganshert, book review

Ivy Clark is a famous model whose career has been derailed because she “offered suggestions” to the photographer, which is not acceptable from a model. Now as she closes in on the magic age of 25, when models are typically finished in main stream modeling, she returns to Greenbrier for her father’s funeral. And so many memories are brought to the surface, and also some options for the future.

Davis has tried to bury his photographic career after a terrible accident that leaves his sister blind. But to help his aunt promote her wedding dress business following her husband’s death, Davis agrees to photograph the model to promote a charity event with the proceeds to aid an art program for the blind.

As Ivy and Davis must interact during the photo shoot, many old feelings are rekindled and gilt is brought to the surface. In the end, both are able to experience God’s forgiveness and grace.

This novel is the newest from Katie Genshert, and explores the cut throat modeling industry. This book does expose some of the hard knocks that models must endure, including exploitation of the women by their managers. The book is well written and shares many real examples of how words can hurt or destroy others, especially when carelessly spoken. But in the end, Genshert showed that God’s love and forgiveness is what truly heals all wounds.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Kissing Bridge” by Tricia Goyer, book review

“The Kissing Bridge” by Tricia Goyer, book review

Rebecca has planned this day for years, and now it is here. The day she leaves home to start nursing school. While it seems to right to gain the skills to be able to help just one person, her Amish community says it is so wrong. What a challenge! After the child birth death of her sister, Rebecca as vowed that she wants to be able to help those in her community with their health problems. So she has gone to school on-line to get her high school diploma and EMT certification. And now she has been accepted to attend nursing school in Oregon.

On the train ride she calls her childhood friend in Montana and stops by for a visit. A visit that changes her life!

Caleb is one of the Amish bachelors who came to hunt, and has enjoyed the time in Montana away from his family and the problems there. He persuades Rebecca to go on a wagon trail trip to see the Montana sights before she heads to Oregon, and they are able to help each other learn more about each other.

This is the #3 in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin, book review

“Maybelle in Stitches” by Joyce Magnin, Quilts of Love series, book review

World War II changed the US and the world forever. On a smaller scale, the small town where Maybelle lives, all residents have stepped up to support the war effort. With so many of the men off fighting, the women are now building the war ships. Maybelle and her best friend Doris are among the thousands of women who took very non-traditional jobs in the navel ship yard, welding seams to build war ships. Both of these women are holding down the home front while their husbands are overseas. The days are long and momentous. But Maybelle’s world is shaken when her mother dies in her sleep. As she works through the difficult task of sorting her mother’s belongings, she finds a quilt top, made from scraps of fabric from the family’s clothing. With the support of Doris and others at the Yard, Maybelle sets out to finish the quilt, that they affectionately call “The Hope.”

Throughout the months of sewing and chatting, the Yard girls support each other through the good and bad times associated with the war. More than sewing, the group learns to lean on each other and God to get through one of the most devastating times in history.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press. All opinions expressed are my own.


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Maybelle In Stitches

Abingdon Press (March 18, 2014)


Joyce Magnin


A word from the Author:

I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I get to do what I always dreamed about. My days are filled with words and images along with the usual family stuff. I have three children, Rebekah who is married to Joshua. They have three of the most adorable boys on the planet, Lemuel, Cedar and Soren. My daughter Emily Kate is a lovely young woman anthropologist and my son Adam is fourteen and a student–he’s a genius who loves frogs and lizards and fish and plants. He amazes me.

I have never eaten a scallop. I love cream soda. Drink way too much coffee. I do not like elevators but I do enjoy needle arts and of course books. I prefer jazz over country (no offense), milk chocolate over dark, but not roller coasters although my life has often resembled a roller coaster ride.

One of my life’s desires is to meet Amy Grant so I can tell her she saved my life.


Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it. At first, it’s just a way to fill the lonely nights while her husband, staff sergeant Holden Kanzinzki, is away fighting in World War II.

Yet when Maybelle discovers that the quilt is made from scraps of material that can be traced back through her family heritage, the project is suddenly much more important. Then word comes that Holden is missing in action, and with little else to do, Maybelle clings to the quilt as much as to the hope that her husband is still alive. As neighborhood friends gather around Maybelle to help her through the unknown days and nights ahead, it is the quilt that becomes a symbol of her unflagging belief that Holden will return—to her, to their home, and to their quilt-covered bed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Maybelle In Stitches, go HERE.

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