THE BACHELOR By Stephanie Reed | Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party!

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Don’t miss Stephanie Reed‘s newest book in the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor. This compelling second book deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.

Join Stephanie in celebrating the book’s release by entering her Kindle giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook launch party on October 28th!

The Bachelor, Stephanie Reed

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 11/9. RSVP for the Facebook launch party today for a chance to connect with Stephanie and Amish fiction fans and a chance to win some great prizes! Winner will be announced November 10th here.


“Too Loved to be Lost” Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party with @DeboraCoty!

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In our world a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior, or talents. This can lead to fearing loss of acceptance, trying to outperform one another, and a warped view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. Debora M. Coty‘s new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Loveoffers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, security, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.

Celebrate being “Too Loved” by entering Debora Coty’s HDX giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 6th.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Too Loved to Be Lost by Debora Coty

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the Too Loved to Be Lost Facebook author event on 11/6. Join author Debora Coty for a humorous and encouraging evening centered around God’s unconditional love. Debora will be hosting a fun chat, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at her next book, and much more!

So grab your copy of Too Loved to be Lost and join Debora and friends on the evening of November 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts – Book Review and Tour & GIVEAWAY!!

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The-Hardest-Peace-PKAbout the book: 

A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.

Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.
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440About the Author:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality.
Find Kara online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
 My Review:
This book was amazing!! Kara Tippetts explains life struggles and walking with God through them so poignantly. I have been going through a hard time right now with my fibromyalgia and back issues and reading this book really gave me a greater outlook on suffering. Although she has cancer which is far worse than the things I go through, I never felt like she was making her suffering look bigger than others. The advice and encouragement she shared through her real life circumstances where like healing balm to my soul. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in any stage of life. This is one of those books I’d buy a ton of copies of and pass out if I had the funds. It was life changing.
Also, I just want to share that Kara is still fighting this battle. The cancer is in her brain now and has come back strong. You can read more on her blog (above) but I would encourage you to pray for her and her young family. The continuing days of her life won’t be easy for anyone. We need to lift our sister up in prayer. Pray that God gives her and her family moments of joy and of making great simple memories. Pray that God would not allow the brain cancer to alter her personality. That she would be who she is for as long as possible so her children can have the best possible memories of her.
As part of this tour we were also asked to answer one of several options for questions doing with the topics in this book. I chose the question,
Who has God sent to walk with you through your pain? Has He asked you to walk with someone else in his or her journey?
For me some of my hardest days in the past was when I was walking through my first husband’s affair and subsequent divorce. Those days were long and dark and hopeless. But God sent my Aunt, well actually my ex’s aunt, to walk with me through that whole thing. Plus so many other people. When we go through hard times God really does bring people out of the wood work to hold our hands up like Joshua did for Moses.
More recently, I have gone through a miscarriage which I shared about openly on my facebook page. It is amazing the people I still run in to who were praying for me because a friend of a friend shared that request. It is awesome how far reaching and caring the community of God can be. I know God has called me several time to walk with certain people through their darkest days. Most of them are people who are suffering through something such as I have like a miscarriage or affair or divorce. God uses the hard things in our lives to allow us to minister His love to others.
The publisher has given me an extra copy of this book to give away. The giveaway will be open to the US only. To enter just answer the question above in the comment section below. I will use to randomly pick a winner. You have until November 1st to enter and I will draw the morning of the 2nd.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford – Book Review and Tour

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433 About the Book:

Scotland, 1860.

Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together — a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home — but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

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434About the Author:

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She is the author of The House of Hope: A Story of God’s Love and Provision for the Abandoned Orphans of China and has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston on Thames but spend as much time as possible in the Hebrides.

Find Elisabeth online: website, Facebook


The above is from the publisher.

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely different from any other Litfuse as offered. They did this tour because they had done the author’s first book which was Christian. However, this book wasn’t Christian nor published by a Christian author. I read secular books a lot, however, so this wasn’t an issue for me. It did however use the f word twice so that is a concern.

The subject matter of this book was fascinating. Seeing the world and circumstances through a girl who has deep seated hurts from her child was fascinating. The author portrayed this beautifully. The writing was truly spectacular. So many beautiful word moments in this book. Also the setting was fabulous. I loved the seaside village and the remoteness.

This book is written in two different time periods. That can be tricky to do and isn’t always handled well but Elisabeth did a beautiful job. I was intrigued by both story lines independently. Of course they fit together and it was easy to figure that out but neither suffered in the writing or story from this approach.

I would definitely recommend this book. If you have issues with mild cussing or ghost like talk then you should stay clear but otherwise give it a go.

Read more bloggers thoughts here.

Enter the giveaway that goes with this tour here.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

Kara Tippetts’ THE HARDEST PEACE Blogger Challenge & Giveaway! Share Your #HardestPeace Story.

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Kara Tippetts‘ brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life’s hard moments.

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts

Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:

  • A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
  • A handcrafted candle
  • Journal
  • Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug

To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace.
Then follow Kara online (via the Rafflcopter) for additional entries into the giveaway.

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The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky – Book Review and Tour

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439 About the book:

The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

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438About the author: 
Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.
Find Carrie online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
 I was a bit unsure about this novel when I first got it. I was afraid it would just be another romance and be okay but not great. However, I loved this one. I decided to review it because of the time period of the story and Carrie did a great job with that. It is set in Edwardian England. It was very reminiscent of Downton Abbey even down to the way it goes back and forth between the help and the family. Of course, in this book the characters are Christian (well most of them) so they aren’t as rude.
The story line is great and the development of characters as well. I loved watching the main character, Katherine, go from only caring about getting a husband and doing exactly what her aunt wanted to finally standing up to her aunt and finding what she was passionate about and finding the Lord. The development, however, didn’t feel rushed or pushed. It felt super organic and believable.
If you love this time period and shows such as Downton Abbey I highly recommend this book. I am definitely going to get the rest of the series.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.