Book Review: Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

I received this book from http://www.booksneeze.com and fell in love with the characters in this story.  Lucy Wiltshire runs a non-profit (Saving Grace) for girls who have aged out of the foster care system and Alex Sinclair is a rich, former professional football star who is now running for Congress.

Lucy is a woman determined to help these poor girls as they have no where to live and no family help on their side.  So she started the non-profit to help them out and runs it on donations and grants!  Many come from local businesses and the state and town.  When Sinclair Enterprises decides to cut her huge donation to pennies she is scrambling to try to find a way to save the Saving Grace girls!  She goes to the local gala to try to change the minds of members of the board of Sinclair Enterprises and ends up making a complete fool of herself.  In her running off she is consoled by Alex Sinclair who she hates for being a part of a family that wants to basically shut down Saving Grace to build a parking garage!  The next day there are photos in the papers with his jacket on her shoulders and them embracing.  This leads to all kinds of false stories going around that they are dating!!

Because Alex is trying to win the vote for Congress it appears that the photos of him with Lucy have really raised his likability numbers towards the upcoming vote!!  He then comes up with what he thinks is a great idea  for Lucy to pose as his fiancée in return for the money she desperately needs!!  He offers her more than enough money to continue with Saving Grace for years to come by pretending to date and get engaged to the man she hates!  After more things happen to make her loose hope of saving, Saving Grace, she gives in.

To her surprise she starts to have feelings for Alex after learning more and more about him on their dates.  As a surprise to Alex himself, he is starting to have feelings for Lucy too!  Maybe this wedding will happen in the end?  Who knows..unless you decide to read this wonderful book!  🙂

You can find the book here.   Enjoy!  It was a quick read and fun to see what happens to them both throughout the story.  (It also gets much deeper than I have told you about here!)

A Suitor For Jenny, A Rocky Creek Romance by Margaret Brownley – Review

When looking for a husband, it’s best to go where the odds are in your favor.  After reading in her local paper that Rocky Creek, Texas was the place to find the richest men Jenny Higgins decided this was the place to go!  In 1880 things were actually not much different than they are now..men and women falling in love and not giving up until they are happy.  But Jenny’s plan to find husbands for her two sisters hits a snag when enthusiastic applicants fail to meet her stringent requirements.  Many men just didn’t qualify according to her book, “The Compleat and Authoritative Manual for Attracting and Procuring a Husband”.  Rejecting her sisters’ choices for mates and riding herd on her growing feelings for Marshal Rhett Armstrong, she refuses to give up.  Jenny thinks choosing a husband is not a job for the heart. It’ll take one strong and handsome marshal to convince her otherwise.

This is a wonderful story, a very quick read and something that may make you think a little more about letting God into your heart.  In the rough times sometimes we forget that He was there from the beginning and will be there until the end.  No matter what!  I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Historical Fiction romance stories.  I read it in a day!  You can find it here.

 

Faithful a novel by Kim Cash Tate

When I received this novel from Book Sneeze I wasn’t really sure what to expect but as I started reading I found many new ways to think about and become closer to God.  I think that Kim Cash Tate really found a wonderful way to show how He is there even when we aren’t looking for Him.   This is what the entire novel is about:

Three life-long friends experience life-altering struggles.  Cydney Sanders thought she knew God’s plan for her life. She’d marry, have kids, and then snap her body back into shape with Tae Bo. But she’s celebrating her fortieth birthday as the maid of honor at her little sister’s wedding . . . and still single. Why would God give her this desire to marry, but no husband? And why is her life suddenly complicated by the best man—who’s the opposite of what she wants in a husband?

Cydney’s best friend Dana has the perfect marriage. But when Dana discovers her husband’s affair, her world goes into a tailspin. And Phyllis is out of hope after six years of unanswered prayers for her husband to find faith. When she runs into an old friend who is the Christian man she longs for, she’s faced with an overwhelming choice.

It does get into much more detail and the story truly pulls you through page by page.  It made me feel closer to God and even cry for the women as they battle with themselves and with others over their own beliefs.  If you believe, want to believe, aren’t sure what to believe..this is a great book for any woman to read who has faith of any kind.  I highly recommend this books to all of my Christian friends.

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman was truly an amazing story of pain, hurt, tragedy and finding love through God.

I couldn’t put it down!

When Annie Fletcher returns to Charleston to see her younger sister, Sarah, receive her master’s degree, she finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for life. During the ride, Sarah appears to talk to someone who is not there, humming a melody Annie has never heard before.

Neighbor Ethan McKinney lends a shoulder when Sarah unexpectedly dies. And as a carpenter, Ethan volunteers to help Annie get the Fletcher family home into shape for selling. Ethan’s presence is distracting, but what troubles Annie is her neighbor Tammy’s 12-year-old son. Keith has Down Syndrome and the guile to believe he can see and hear angels.

God begins to reveal Himself to Annie – both in her newfound friends and through heart-rending and clearly supernatural events. Annie discovers faith in God, finally experiencing the comfort that His angels really do surround us.

It pulled me in on the first page and I didn’t put it down until I was finished with it just a few hours later!  Following along with Annie throughout her journey with life, love and her feelings about God really resounded with me and made me think long and hard about my relationship with God.  I have always believed but have sort of pulled back a bit in the last few years.  Having also lost a loved one that was very close to me really also made me think…did he hear the angels?  Is that why I still feel him (my father) around me?  Or is it God who has warmed my heart, put his hand on my shoulder and made me feel peace?  I recommend this book to any woman who wants to find a new belief in God or just a new way to see things through other’s eyes.  The angels are always there, don’t ever forget that.  He is always there as well.  I give this book five stars!  Pick it up and read it soon!  I know you will all enjoy it as much as I did!

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The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble was such a wonderful story!  I read it in a day! 

Addie Sullivan is a young woman who grew up in a lighthouse after her parents found her on shore at only two years old.  Years later a stranger shows up and tells her she is someone else.  Her father had passed recently and her mother never really truly showed her love to her in a way that filled her heart.  Her heart was with God and her sidekick and best friend Gideon, her dog.  She decides to go with the stranger who she finds out is her uncle Walter.  She moves into the lavish home of the Eatons in along the California redwood forests.  This story takes place in the 1800’s through early 1900’s so the story is full of lavish discriptions of the way the men and women dressed and the way the homes were built and how people just lived in this day and age.  Addie discovers she is actually Julia Eaton and the son of Henry who is the head of the family.  He welcomes her in but there is a secret he is keeping from her.  A big one!  Addie/Julie finds what she believes is love with John, a young widower and Edwards father.  Edward is five years old and is coddled and kept at home away from other children because he suffers from fits of seizures from epilepsy.  The story is full of love, beauty, mystery and drama.  It was a wonderful read and I am looking forward to finding more book by Colleen Coble to add to my collection.

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