Monday, February 8, 2016

The Peaceful Wife: Living in Submission to Christ as Lord by April Cassidy, © 2016

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all  your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea." (Isaiah 48:17-18)

April Cassidy brings an insight into being the woman God intends for you to be ~ wholly dependent upon Him for all avenues of our life.

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"I am a wife who loves God wholeheartedly and who wants to relate my personal, life-changing experience with Jesus Christ and the Bible." ~ April Cassidy

April's contacts:
The Peaceful Wife, Peaceful Single Girl, Twitter, Facebook: Peaceful Wife Blog

My Review:
What is missing in my want-to and my doing? How many times have I said or done something that was not my intent to come across that way; even I am surprised? My tone of voice, my impatient humph or eye-rolling? Am I listening?

I begin reading, and... there it is! Do all as onto the Lord. Of course, I know that ~ am I too comfortable at home? Do I treat others better and those next to me poorly? Not all the time, but I do ~ am I preoccupied, doing what "I" do? One example is bringing my husband to a celebration meal during the holidays with people he did not know well. Getting home and mentioning a conversation, he did not know it was directed to him and had not heard until about mid-way in the conversation. May I be more attentive and inclusive, more aware to all I am missing and not seeing. To be more observant.

Communication is key. To share your hearts, your relationship with Christ will come through your actions. I liked how April shows both sides ~ love for the wife and respect for the husband, in the Lord's design. She begins by sharing her early perception of her marriage and how it was misunderstood. Her husband worked long hours ~ his job, sending out his resumé for work related to his training, and remodeling their older home. April had injured her back and was unable to do what she had fully been doing. She took his exhaustion as ignoring, while he felt he was caring for her, providing and accomplishments for them, being careful of her physical state.

April talks of unmet expectations ~ unspoken how she thought it would be. Responsibility changed their focal from their dating days. I would say this book is like a friend sharing common feelings and how to apply God's Word in misconceptions and to relearn God's principles of freedom and peace that come by following His Word. Through examples, the outlook of her husband's response to respect and her filling from identifying and receiving being loved are expressed.

Not dwelling on changing the other person, but focusing on our following the Lord changes us resulting in a difference in how we treat the other person. The focus is off ourselves, and pleasing in submission to the Lord and His guidance. Value beyond "my way."

Here is what is covered in the chapter contents: 1. Our Story; 2. Finding the Missing Piece of the Puzzle; 3. Let's Be Honest; 4. The Absolute Lordship of Christ; 5. God's Beautiful Design; 6. Recognizing Disrespect; 7. Acknowledging Our Sin; 8. My Husband Shares His Heart; 9. Learning the Language of Respect; 10. A Smorgasbord of Respect; 11. Communicating Our Desires Respectfully; 12. Respecting Our Husbands During Conflict; 13. Sharing the Journey. Appendix: Reaching a Husband Who Doesn't Know Christ; Notes; For Further Study; About the Author.

Gratitude for not having to seek out our own path! God's wisdom far outreaches ours. I looked forward to reading April's book. She was given permission to share the outlook from other women from interaction on her online blog. No matter your age or length of marriage, God desires His design for our lives. An engaged couple would benefit from this book. These subjects might not be brought up during excitement of marrying each other and expecting your relationship not to change from your dating experience together.

author April Cassidy: "I write about being a surrendered wife, Christian marriages, Godly submission, femininity, helpmeet, and modesty."

***Thank you to Kregel Tour for inviting me to be part of reviewing The Peaceful Wife and sending me a print copy of the book. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Road to Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper, © 2010, 2015

Deer Run Saga, Book One

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. - Psalm 86:11

My Review:

Deer Run in Massachusetts colony, 1777
Where do you leave your heart to do what is right? Sorrow of war captives and treacherous times deflect, turning aside all feelings of retribution. A young colonial miss, Mary Thomsen, has gone deep into the woods on their farmland to find oak leaves for her widowed mother for their winter bread-making supply. Amid a time of war and an approaching winter storm, Mary didn't tarry to complete her task.

Wigwam in March Snow Storm
With the blowing wind, Mary smells decay and the stench of infection. Her mother is a midwife and called upon for other sicknesses and injuries, with Mary attending. Nearing a thick grove of berry patch, she sees an unmoving man. Certain she must intervene, she touches him and he cries out. A British soldier! A man needing assistance. Not far was the remnant of an earlier settler's home where she and a brother had played when they were children.

Assisting him through the falling snow and increasing wind, she sought to shelter him. How could she tell her mother with their own losses that she was helping a man of the Crown, an enemy to them? She must bring medicinals and bandages to cleanse his wound.
... country skiing, hiking and birding. Let&#39;s hope for lots of good <b>snow</b>
Four Corners Farm, WiltonSurviving the cold and fever he has developed, it became urgent that she confide in her mother. The ravages of war affected so many. As the snow deepened, it became quite clear to Widow Thomsen that her personal feelings needed to be put behind her to care for this man, Daniel Lowe.
The story continues as their lives change. A story of courage and triumph far beyond anything they might have considered. The recounting of history is fascinating. I especially liked the author's notes.
Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper describes herself as a history geek. Her bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution, an era she became fascinated with when growing up in Massachusetts. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and writing — usually about the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her novels.
Author Elaine Marie Cooper   She is the award-winning author of Bethany’s Calendar, the Deer Run saga (The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run), and Fields of the Fatherless. Elaine is also a contributing writer to Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson, and I Choose You, a romance anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at Colonial Quills as well as her own blog on her website.

***Thank you to author Elaine Marie Cooper for sending me a review copy of Road to Deer Run. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Friday, January 29, 2016

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund, © 2016

Beacons of Hope Series, Book Three

Old school house at Eagle Harbor, Michigan
uhn-dawn-tid; adj. 
not put off, discouraged, or beaten

Eagle Harbor, Michigan, 1871
Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior
Tessa Taylor has arrived aboard the Temperance following a four-day journey on the steamer to begin life anew as the school teacher for the miners' children. Only when she arrives, she is told the T. Taylor they hired was expected to be male. With the onset of winter and the last crossing, it is determined she can stay until a replacement school master can take her place.

Tessa is rescued by a nearby fisherman, that will set her course. Humor and easy quips begin their meeting. I chuckled lightly when I discovered what his occupation was.
Eagle Harbor Light Station
You see, Miss Tessa has wanted to get as far away from lighthouses as she can get. Too much sorrow and robbing of the raging waters taking from her in the past. The slightest things in our past become a forefront need in the future. Her skills become assets for the community.

Proverbs 16:9
The series, although connecting, can be read as stand-alones. I would like the characters to get together again to see where the Lord has taken them.

What I like most about Jody Hedlund's stories is that they build family values and as you meet them, they become friends you would like to run into time and again. Strong character development wanting the best for each other. One scoundrel does not, however, and you would like him to get shipped off. It is a good focal of what selfishness looks like, while demeaning. This character could have had a turnaround, had he taken a clue from the others in how they treated each other despite his cruelty. I especially liked the storekeeper who was true to himself in loving others as they would want to be treated.

Jody Hedlund
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***Thank you to author Jody Hedlund for the invitation to be an influencer for book three in the Beacons of Hope Series, Undaunted Hope. I received a review copy from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Beginning of Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope Series:
Out of the Storm ~ Novella
Love Unexpected ~ Book One
Hearts Made Whole ~ Book Two

Beacons of Hope Series, Book Four
Forever Safe Releasing June 2016 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cover Reveal and Rafflecopter Giveaway ~ Dawn Crandall's The Everstone Chronicles

Dawn Crandall
author Dawn Crandall
ACFW Carol Award Finalist  Award-winning author Dawn Crandall has a new novel releasing this autumn! Her three eBooks are now in print ~ don't miss them. Just in time to catch up before the new release ~ ready for this preview cover?? But first, here are her three novels ready for you now:

The Hesitant Heiress

2015 Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
2015 Winner of the Write Touch Reader's Choice Award
2015 Winner of the Romancing the Novel Reader's Choice Award 
2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist
2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist
2013 COTT Olympia Contest Semi-Finalist

Published as eBook by Whitaker House on August 1, 2014
Published in Paperback by Whitaker House on September 8, 2015 

The Bound Heart

2015 Winner of the COTT Laurel Award
 2012 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist

Published as eBook by Whitaker House on November 1, 2014
Published in Paperback by Whitaker House on October 3, 2015

The Captive Imposter

2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist

Published as eBook by Whitaker House on April 1, 2015
Published in Paperback by Whitaker House on November 3, 2015

And here it is!

The Cautious Maiden

Will release as paperback and eBook by Whitaker House ~ Fall 2016

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks nearby—but then her reputation is compromised and she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

Twitter ~ dawnwritesfirst

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Suspense

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Baker's Dozen (+ Novellas) ~ 2015 Reads

Historical Fiction ~ listing by dates

1778 Virginia ~ The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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1813 Cornwall, England ~ A Stranger's Secret by Laurie Alice Eakes

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1850s Victorian England ~ Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

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1858 Victorian England ~ Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd

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1865 Michigan lighthouse ~ Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

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1875 Australia ~ Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek

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1885 Missouri ~ A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

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1913 St. Paul, Minnesota Como Park ~ As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

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1940s England Blitz ~ Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

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1941 Manila, Philippines ~ Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

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1942 concentration camp ~ A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

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New author for me: Still Life by Christa Parrish; first read Stones for Bread

A Christmas Stamp by Cynthia Hickey     review link

An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

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The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying "I Do" © 2016

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Review of Rebecca Jepson's A Highbrow Hoodwink novella

Aspen, Colorado ~ 1883
It has been a little over a year and a half that I agreed for a frequent diner at the Claredon Hotel to give me a ride home on a warm July evening. So naive, unaware what a simple kiss unknowingly could lead to. Jackson Baxter was his name; he hasn't come and seen his son.

My little Georgie is almost a year old when the father's family comes to claim him. As hard as it is to work in town in the hotel dining room and have his care in the country where I must leave him until my day off, I stand my ground. I will not be separated from him.

Marriage-of-convenience is offered to me in exchange for a safe harbor.

Worried that my past will be discovered as not measuring up to their social status resulting in loss of their business ventures in Denver, the prestigious family must find where their true alliance stands.

A surprise ending brings another change for the family.

***Thank you to author Rebecca Jepson for sending me a print copy of The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection so I may review A Highbrow Hoodwink novella. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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