Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Review of Britfield and The Return of the Prince


Description

One year later, the Committee has struck back with a vengeance, crippling the Resistance now scattered throughout Europe. When Devonbury Academy in Switzerland is attacked, Tom and Sarah’s only hope is to make it to a safe house in northern Italy by relying on their own experience and covert training.

 Overpowered and outnumbered, they are ruthlessly hunted throughout Italy by the Black Nobility and a team of assassins. Henry and Oliver discover a devastating truth, Detective Gowerstone is confronted by a secret from his past, and Inspector Fontaine is pushed to her limits. 

Will Tom and Sarah ever find the Britfields? Relationships will be challenged, new friendships forged, and an unparalleled finale of sacrifice, romance, revenge, and loss.

Purchase on Amazon


My Thoughts on the Book

5 Stars

The best thing about the Britfield series is the rich history of the countries and historic places the children visit. That, and the well-developed characters of Tom, Sara, and Hunter. Sara is by far my favorite. She's quirky, a genius at figuring out escapes in bad situations, and a trustworthy companion.

The story is filled with non-stop action, intense situations, and times of escape. It is one of the best action-packed novels laced with suspense that I've read in a long time. Even though it is considered a young adult book, I feel that it has enough going on to keep an adult engaged. It brought back the child in me.

I can't wait for the next in the series to see what adventures follow for Tom, Sara, and Hunter. Highly recommended. I was provided with a complimentary copy by the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it.

Julie

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!



Monday, November 21, 2022

Review of Invincible Joy: Chasing God's Dreams for Your Life by Oliver L. Asher


Hello, Visitors to Bizwings Book Blog. 

I would like to introduce you to a Christian non-fiction titled, "Invincible Joy" written by Oliver L. Asher.  I hope you enjoy reading my post.  Be sure to click on the link to the book trailer to learn more about the book.  Also, there is a link to the giveaway. Be sure to enter.



Book Description

"I'm not an extraordinary person. I came from next to nothing, from almost nowhere. But God had a plan and a purpose for my life. He picked me up from where I was and took me places I could never have expected to go. He invited me to join him in chasing his God-sized dreams for the world. And that is where I found invincible joy. 

You may have the same story. Or at least you can, and I hope you will. That's what this book is for. I pray you will benefit from my story as you follow the Lord on your own adventure from where you came to where he wants to take you. 

I believe, as the Lord leads, you will end up with a stronger sense of God's purpose for your life and your place in his plan for the world. That's where you can find invincible joy too."


Purchase Link

Available on Amazon.


Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of the book.


About Oliver L. Asher




Oliver came out of deep poverty and brokenness to become a Division I scholarship athlete, an engineer, and the leader of a nonprofit organization working in more than 100 countries. 
Above all, he rejoices in God's grace and in the beautiful gift of his growing family. His goal is to encourage and equip others with wisdom so they can pursue God, chase God's dreams for their life, and discover Invincible Joy.



Learn more about the story behind the book and it's author.

Full book trailer.


Oliver is the president of Advancing Native Missions, a global missions organization.



My Thoughts on the Book

Invincible Joy is a very well-written account of the author's life journey learning what God's plan for his life was.  As I read his account, one thing that stood out to me is that it doesn't matter where you come from, or how broken you are, HE loves you as you are.  God can use you and make your life one of Invincible Joy.

The author's story made me think. Our stories are different, but we live in a broken world so we struggle to find our way. I know I did.  As the author notes, Invincible Joy comes with unshakeable faith, unshakeable love, and unshakeable hope.  God can use your gifts for HIS good. You just have to be willing.

I highly recommend this book. There is a section at the back about ANM mission work that is interesting. God finds many ways daily that we, as followers of Christ, can help.  I can see the benefit of this book for a study by small church groups as well as those who want to deepen their walk with Christ.








Sunday, November 20, 2022

Review of Room 1010 by Billye Survis and Brenda E.Cortez

                                                     


Today I would like to share Room 1010 by Billye Survis and Brenda E. Cortez.  



ROOM 1010 is an uplifting, true story of how one little girl's faith inspired people from across the world to come together to pray for her and for a miracle.


Elynn had just turned ten and received a brand-new bike for her birthday when tragedy struck. In a matter of minutes, our lives were turned upside down as she suffered a traumatic injury that left us with many unknowns. At a time when Covid-19 was running rampant, and the entire world seemed to be in chaos, word of Elynn's accident quickly spread to friends, family, and strangers across the globe who heard her story and began to pray for her.

Through every challenge, Elynn's faith showed through. Despite her excruciatingly painful injury and recovery, she never complained or asked, "Why me?" She felt God chose her for this accident to help bring people to Him. Her faith, determination, and perseverance grew stronger as she worked with the doctors, nurses, and caregivers throughout her miraculous surgery and recovery.


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My Thoughts on the Book

Rating 5 star

Room 1010, is the beautiful story of how a tragic bike accident of 10-year-old, Elynn brought others to Christ and gave the doctors a new procedure to use for other patients.

God used Elynn's struggles to inspire others and gave her amazing strength and courage beyond her years. Every dark instance of what might be a setback, Elynn pulled through and the family could see God's hand in it. The multitude of prayer warriors around the world reached God and his mercy and healing were poured out to Elynn.

The story will inspire, instill faith, uplift your heart and fill you with hope. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it.

Julie



Room 1010.mp4 from Steph Carse on Vimeo.


Giveaway

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Matters of the Heart Blog & Review Blitz by Heidi Gray McGill

 

 

Matters of the Heart JustRead Blog + Review Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Matters of the Heart Title: Matters of the Heart 
Series: Discerning God's Best #3 
Author: Heidi Gray McGill 
Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC 
Release Date: July 26, 2022 
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way. 

Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best? 

Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done. 

Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him. 

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek. 

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub


My Thoughts on the Book

5 star rating


Kathleen Murphy living with Aunt Aideen, helps her run the boarding house. After the war, there are a lot of widows and orphans, and her calling seems to be to help them despite the laws against it. Her dream is to open an Orphanage. Hans Korhonen, a young man hardened by the suffering of the war and helping with the injured, is confused, feels displaced and plagued by nightmares, and feels God has abandoned him.

This is a beautiful but heartbreaking story about redemption and finding God's plan for your life, even though it comes with tough choices. The characters are well-developed and diverse, and all bring their sense of belonging and wisdom to the story. I enjoyed them all.

Another great read from the author. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from the author and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Julie


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill's works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

Connect with Heidi by visiting her website to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

Matters of the Heart JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Review of Starlight Inn by Annee Jones

 

 


About the Book

 

Book: Starlight Inn

Author: Annee Jones

Genre: Sweet/ clean Contemporary Romance

Release date: November 4, 2022

Hope Garland is driving home for Christmas.  She’s depressed because she caught her fiancĂ© cheating (or he dumped her for her best friend).  Tears blurred her vision, she crashes the car….. in reality she gets taken to hospital and is in a coma.

However, in her mind after the crash she’s OK, she gets out of the car but it is totalled & it’s the middle of a snowstorm.  Needs a place to stay…. Finds the Starlight Inn, run by the Kringles.  Meets other guests, including a handsome stranger.  They’ll be snowed-in for Christmas so have to make the best of things…..end up falling in love.

When she wakes from coma on Christmas Day, she finds someone set a snowglobe on the windowsill next to her bed which has a little Victorian inn inside with a sign that says “Starlight Inn”.    The doctor comes in (or perhaps it will be the young hospital chaplain) and it’s the same man from her dream that she fell in love with (and there’s promise for them to have a real-life romance).

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts on the Book
5 star rating
Starlight Inn is a heartfelt warm Christmas story with many surprises. The characters are very relatable, and I took to them right away. I thought this was a typical Christmas romance novel, but it was much more. There were lessons that the main character, Hope, learned about herself while on the journey.

Leaving for Chicago to start a new job didn't go as planned when a snowstorm stranded her, and a stay at Starlight Inn became part of her Christmas miracle. The ending was inspirational and sweet and wrapped everything up nicely. A very heartwarming and inspirational story with a strong Christian message.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and willingly choose to review it.
Julie

 

About the Author

Author Annee Jones loves to write all things romance, fantasy, cozy mystery, & more. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true, and love wins in the end!

Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.

Subscribe to Annee’s newsletter to stay up to date on new releases, sneak peeks, author parties, and exclusive giveaways:  https://www.anneejones.com/newsletter.

 



More from Annee

Angel Cookies

½ C. brown sugar

½ C. granulated sugar

½ C. shortening

1 stick butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 C. sifted flour

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp soda

½ tsp salt

 

Instructions:

Cream sugars, shortening, and butter together. Add egg and vanilla. Add other ingredients. Form into balls about the size of walnuts. Dip half of ball into water, then in granulated sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

                    Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 10

Holly’s Book Corner, November 10

Texas Book-aholic, November 11

Inklings and notions, November 12

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 12

deb’s Book Review, November 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 15

Bizwings Blog, November 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 16

An Author’s Take, November 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 18

Blogging With Carol, November 18

She Lives to Read, November 19

For Him and My Family, November 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 21

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 22

Mary Hake, November 22

Cats in the Cradle Blog, November 23

                  Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Annee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/228a0/starlight-inn-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Review of A Not So Convenient Marriage by Sandra Merville Hart



About the Book

 

Book: A Not So Convenient Marriage

Author: Sandra Merville Hart

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: November 8, 2022

A spinster teacher…a grieving widower…a marriage of convenience and a second chance with the man she’s always loved.

When Samuel Walker proposes a marriage of convenience to Rose Hatfield so soon after the death of his wife, she knows he doesn’t love her. She’s loved him since their school days. Those long-suppressed feelings spring to life as she marries him. She must sell her childhood home, quit her teaching job, and move to a new city.

Marrying Rose is harder than Samuel expected, especially with the shadow of his deceased wife everywhere in his life. And he has two young children to consider. Peter and Emma need a mother’s love, but they also need to hold close the memories of their real mother as they grieve her loss.

Life as Samuel’s wife is nothing like Rose hoped, and even the townspeople, who loved his first wife, make Rose feel like an outsider. The work of the farm draws the two of them closer, giving hope that they might one day become a happy family. Until the dream shatters, and the life Rose craves tumbles down around them. Only God can put these pieces back together, but the outcome may not look anything like she planned.

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review- Rating 5 star

Rose, a schoolteacher, returns to her hometown to check on a friend from school who has become a widow. Samuel had two small children who were also filled with grief over their loss. A marriage of convenience seemed the answer, but Rose, who still carried a torch for Samuel, wasn't sure.

The story is filled with uncertainty, misunderstandings, and tension between Rose and Samuel. There are many surprises, times of sadness, and times when all their faith is tested.

Lessons learned from the story is that sometimes God brings us through the hard times to cleanse us of hurts and opens our hearts for love again. God always knows the outcome of every situation. The ending is beautiful and brings happy tears to my eyes. It is a story with well-developed characters that had my attention from the beginning. Another great read from this author. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and willingly choose to review it. All opinions are my own.
Julie

About the Author

Sandra Merville Hart, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author of inspirational historical romances, loves to discover little-known yet fascinating facts from American history to include in her stories. Her desire is to transport her readers back in time. She is also a blogger, speaker, and conference teacher. Connect with Sandra on her blog, https://sandramervillehart.wordpress.com/.

 

More from Sandra

There are some stories that must be told. A Not So Convenient Marriage is one of them for me.

I don’t know what it is about this story, but once I began writing it over a dozen years ago, the characters wouldn’t leave me alone.

I wrote the first draft of this book a few years before my first book—another book, A Stranger on My Land—released, so I was still learning about the writing journey. I’m certain that my first draft of A Not So Convenient Marriage wasn’t ready for publication because it was rejected.

But the characters in my imagination wouldn’t allow me to let this one go. I edited and reedited, using skills I learned at writing conferences. Then I tried again with another editor. Another rejection.

Discouraged, I worked on other writing projects and met with a little success. When my first Civil War romance published, I decided to follow my heart and continue writing about that turbulent time period.

This book was set aside.

Still, every morning I woke up thinking about the characters in A Not So Convenient Marriage. In my mind, I’d rewrite a scene from the book as I lay, trying to sleep, in the middle of the night. Or the story would haunt me before falling asleep at night, keeping me awake an hour or two.

This happened almost daily for years.

Finally, I pulled up the manuscript again. It had been written in my early days so it required a lot of modification. I asked my agent to begin showing my updated proposal for the book. She was happy to do this because she always believed in this book. In fact, she decided to represent me after reading for proposal for it.

By the way, the story was still keeping me awake as I waited to sign a book contract.

Last year, I was thrilled when Misty Beller, Wild Heart Books, offered me a contract for a three-book series for this novel. Not only that, she also gave me a three-book contract for my “Spies of the Civil War” series, that published this year. (I invite you to read the whole “Spies of the Civil War” series beginning with Book 1 Avenue of Betrayal, Book 2 Boulevard of Confusion, and Book 3 Byway to Danger.

Misty told me that she cried when reading my manuscript for A Not So Convenient Marriage—the first time that had ever happened for a submission. That touched my heart.

I’m happy to say that scenes from the book no longer keep me awake at night…for now the story will be told.  

                  Blog Stops


Texas Book-aholic, November 1

For Him and My Family, November 1

lakesidelivingsite, November 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 3

Holly’s Book Corner, November 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 4

deb’s Book Review, November 5

Blossoms and Blessings, November 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 7

Inklings and notions, November 7

Connie’s History Classroom, November 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 9

Through the Fire Blogs, November 9

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 10

Pause for Tales, November 11

To Every BOOK There is a Season, November 11

Bizwings Blog, November 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 13

Mary Hake, November 13

Vicky Sluiter, November 14

                   Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2244d/a-not-so-convenient-marriage-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Review of Christmas PJ's Featuring the Star of the Season! Jesus!





Keeping Jesus the reason for the season in fun matching family Christmas pajamas focused on the true story of Christmas!  We pray that Jesus is born inside the hearts of all who wear these pajamas. And that they may witness to their family and friends His amazing love.
  • 100% premium grade cotton, chosen for its coziness and softness 
  • The cotton was knit in such a way as to maximize stretchiness and breathability. They are SO comfy! 
  • A small label has been stitched on the right arm of all our pajamas with the Bible passage the pajama is displaying, as a reminder to the child and the parents if they’d like to look up the story and read together.
  • In addition to Christmas prints, we also offer (Easter, Palm Sunday, Esther, Noah, Daniel, David & Goliath, Jonah, Adam & Eve, and more!)
  • These pajamas are snug fitting for women and children and loose fitting for men. 
  • Consciously sourced & produced 
  • Made in India

MEET HOLY PALS!

Our Mission

  • Give children the opportunity to draw near to Christ, and to help parents teach their children about their faith.
  • To shine a light on child-focused charities in need of support, raising awareness of their worthy causes and supporting them alongside our customers.

Every pajama sale supports the Littlest Lamb Orphanage, a privately funded orphanage in Egypt. They have built a home for orphaned and at-risk children who have lost their parents to death, imprisonment, or abandonment. The Littlest Lamb provides these children with everything they need to thrive – shelter, food, clothing, education, and, most importantly. A FAMILY that loves them. 

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My Thoughts on the Product-Julie Grace

4 star rating

I purchased a pair for my great-granddaughter and love the vibrant, rich color of the pattern. The material is soft, stretchy, and 100% cotton, which looks like it will wear well.  There is a small label on the right sleeve with a bible scripture. This one came with Luke 2 1-20.  Buying pajamas from Holy Pals is a great product for your gift list and contributes to a great cause. 

Holy Pals PJ's come in four different patterns; it was hard to choose, as they are all stunning. 







If you want to purchase from Holy Pals, you can receive 10% off using the link below. Just enter code JULIE10.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Virtual Book Tour -Momma Llama's ABC Book of Latin America

 



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Momma Llama & Friends will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.










 

Momma Llama's ABC Book of Latin America is both fun and educational. This multicultural adventure includes people, places, and things from Central and South America - from Mexico to Argentina. The charming illustrations will make you and your child smile. Additionally, each page names the country or region of the subject; parents might learn something too.




About the Author:















Momma Llama envisions a world in which Mom becomes the star and the hero of each fun-filled adventure, giving a new perspective to the way children learn and play.

Each story showcases Momma Llama, a hard-working independent, and adventurous mother, promoting ideas such as teamwork, determination, respect, and the idea that Moms give more than we realize.

Momma Llama aspires to unify the diverse cultures of the Americas by promoting multiculturalism in a fresh new way.

There’s always something new in Momma Llama’s magical world, so join us for more adventures.

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I did not read this title so therefore, can not offer a rating.
Julie

Monday, November 7, 2022

Review of Rita by Izzy James

 



About the Book

 

Book: Rita: A Yorktown Christmas Time Travel Novella

Author: Izzy James

Genre: Christian Romance

Release date: July 19, 2022

Dr. Rita Woods thought she was going back in time to save the children. She didn’t count on falling in love.

Rita Woods—retired physician, widow, with a granddaughter about to be married—misses her patients. She’s tired of knitting. She wants to do something that makes a difference again. When Max Ballard and his time-traveling conservatory pop in to her life, the voice of Dr. Josiah Jones’ diary calls. The voice who’d inspired her vocation. The last line of the diary haunts her quiet moments:

“…the children succumbed in the night…”

In 1769 Dr. Josiah Jones has a good life. His practice is thriving and, except for the the guilt he carries over the death of his wife, life couldn’t be any better. His biggest worry is the zealous match-making activities of his best friend…that is until a hurricane throws an unexpected guest on his doorstep.

Can Josiah trust a woman from the twenty-first century to save the only grandchildren he’ll ever have?

Is it possible for two people living 250 years apart to have a second chance at love?

 

Click here to get your copy!

MY REVIEW-Julie
5 star rating
Rita is an exciting time travel read covering two time periods, 1769 and 2017. Rita, a doctor, in possession of Josiah Jones diary in which the demise of a family is recorded disturbs her. With a portal opening, she decided to take the leap into the past to try to save them.

This book was an entertaining read seeped in adventure, love, mystery and lots of surprises. I loved the authors writing style and the time-slip was seamless and easy to follow. The characters were rich in faith and family relationships, but also endured great hardships and struggles within both time periods.

The ending wrapped everything up nicely. I look forward to reading more from the author. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from the author and willing choose to review it.

 

About the Author

Izzy James grew up in the footprints of history in coastal Virginia. She lives there still with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.

 





More from Izzy

After I finished Garrett, who worked really hard to hide his contemporary origins when he slipped back to 1769, I thought it would be fun to have someone actually take some technology back to 1769. I also felt bad for Olivia’s grandmother who makes her first appearance in Max. She is a retired physician knitting away and helping out Olivia and Garrett as she can. I thought it was time she had an adventure of her own. And since I love historic areas, and Yorktown has become one of my favorite places, I knew I had to go back at least one more time.


                 Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 25

Texas Book-aholic, October 26

Mary Hake, October 26

Inklings and notions, October 27

deb’s Book Review, October 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 30

Holly’s Book Corner, October 30

Connie’s History Classroom, October 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 1

Britt Reads Fiction, November 2

Sylvan Musings, November 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 3

Simple Harvest Reads, November 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Cover Lover Book Review, November 4

For Him and My Family, November 5

Pause for Tales, November 6

Bizwings Blog, November 7

                  Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Izzy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22251/rita-a-yorktown-christmas-time-travel-novella-celebration-tour-giveaway