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Colors of Christmas

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ISBN-13: 9781683223351 Publisher: Vendor: Barbour Shiloh Run Press

Christmas in Gold

Astrid is a feisty gal with a heavy history, and her faith is substantial. I loved Astrid because she was unwilling to give in to her age, her condition or her past. She willingly shares the stories of her own life to help another a young woman who needs hope again.

Carly is a tough woman fighting the worst kind of enemy. She’s spent her life running and she’s tired. Astrid’s hope helps fuel Carly’s own desire to fight. A beautiful story of hope and strength.

Christmas in Blue

Angela’s having the toughest year since her best friend’s passing and now the town thinks she’s the one to run their Christmas celebration. Oh, how I felt for poor Angela. Hope was so beautifully portrayed in this story and it was even comical at times. I especially loved the dog, Blitzen!

Both Christmas stories were wonderfully done and put me in the Christmas mood. Easy reading, refreshing and light, I found Colors of Christmas to be a wonderful addition to my Christmas library collection.

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Sell Out by Tammy L. Gray

I have read almost every single book written by Tammy L. Gray, and none have had the impact on me that Sell Out did. Cody James is a guy who just wants to fly by. After being a victim of bullying at Madison High, all he wants to do is finish his time in school and get out without being cast from the social inner circle. However, with the addition of a beautiful, new student in class, Cody begins to question his role. All Skylar Wylde wants is normal. Being rock legend Donnie Wylde’s daughter does not leave much room for normalcy, but she hopes that Madison High can offer her some kind. When she catches the eye of the elite circle’s “king,” things become strange in both her life and Cody’s.

I really enjoyed this book! I never realized that stories about bullying could be so intense. Once I started reading the story, I could not put it down! Cody’s story on its own was interesting, but with the addition of Skylar’s story and general high school drama, Sell Out was just awesome! Every spare moment of my time was spent reading this story. There were so many elements of the plot that I had to have answers to that I could just not stop reading. Miss Tammy has woven together a wonderful story that all should read. She includes not only the social impacts of bullying, but also the psychological impacts. Words and actions cut a lot deeper than most realize, and Tammy L. Gray has shown that in her novel. I highly encourage that you read this book, whatever your age; there is a lesson for everyone in Sell Out.

**I was provided an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.**

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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ISBN-13: 9780310341529 Publisher: Zondervan

“Wow” is the only word I have to describe Rachel Hauck’s latest book, The Wedding Chapel. The mix of past stories, present stories, and family secrets made this book one of the best I’ve ever read.

Jimmy Westbrook, also known as “Coach,” built a beautiful wedding chapel for the love of his life Collette Greer in the 1950’s. For sixty years, it has stood silent and unused in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. When special interest in his chapel appears, Jimmy is thrust back into the world of his emotions, the ones he thought he’d buried long ago. Taylor Branson left Heart’s Bend to rid herself of the many family problems that lurked there. She finds herself in New York, and she falls in love with Jack Forrester, who is also a Heart’s Bend native. Their love connection leads to an elopement and some second thoughts, as Jack battles his own inner demons. When Taylor takes a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, she discovers secrets and events that could change everything for her family.

This book was absolutely amazing! Once I started reading it, I could literally not put it down. I would wake up earlier and go to bed later just to catch one more chapter of the story. The way Ms. Hauck set up the story was so different. Parts of the chapters were in the past, while there were whole chapters in the present. The Wedding Chapel taught me that love runs deep, you should never give up on love, and always go where you hear God’s voice. There were so many mysteries and questions I had, but by the end of the story, every one of them was answered.

I give this book five out five stars because it is probably the best fiction book you will ever read. I highly recommend reading The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.

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ISBN-13: 9780310341529 Publisher: Zondervan

The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry BLOG TOUR

IT’S BLOG TOUR TIME!!! OCTOBER 5-9, 2015

THIS WEEK IS THE METHUSELAH PROJECT BY RICK BARRY

ISBN-13: 9780825443879 Publisher: Kregel

ISBN-13: 9780825443879
Publisher: Kregel

BOOK INFORMATION

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed–until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success–but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America–just a lousy existence only made passable by a new-found faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015–and the world has become an unrecognizable place.

Katherine Mueller–crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle–offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

MY REVIEW

What a great thrill ride The Methuselah Project is! I love historical fiction and suspense and this book has plenty of both along with a touch of humor. This is the first of Rick Barry’s books that I’ve read and I’d say he has hit a home run!

Roger Greene is sucked into the Nazi world and held prisoner while enduring the experimentation of Dr. Otto Kossler. After centuries in a dungeon, Roger aims for freedom only to find the freedom he wants outside the prison means being pursued by The Organization.

Katherine Mueller has been brought up in the Heritage Organization and strived to succeed there. When she receives a training assignment to track Roger, she takes it up immediately. The problem arises when Roger’s story and the Heritage Organization’s assignment collide. Katherine struggles to know who to believe and the indecision could get her killed.

My favorite part of this book is when Roger Greene enters the modern world. While walking through the airport he sees a man with multiple facial piercings and funky haircut…he thinks the guy has been experimented on as well. I literally laughed out loud on that one!

The Methuselah Project is a must read! I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to share it with my fellow bookworms.

I received this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.

Through Water’s Deep by Sarah Sundin BLOG TOUR

ISBN-13: 9780800723422 Publisher: Revell

ISBN-13: 9780800723422
Publisher: Revell

Through Water Deep by Sarah Sundin
Blog Tour Dates August 8th – 22nd

War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

“Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance–Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure.”–Ann H. Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home and The Innocent

Through Waters Deep reeled me in from the start. Endearing characters combine with intrigue and mystery in a tale that begs to be read in record time.”–Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

“Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line–this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money.”–Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Learn more at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

TAWNY’S TWO CENTS REVIEW

Sarah Sundin is by far the best World War Two fiction writer I have ever read. All of her books take the reader on a journey through time. Whether it’s on the wings of B-52 bombers or in the bows of destroyers, Ms. Sundin makes the reader feel as if she or he were in the story. Through Waters Deep was definitely no exception.

In 1941, America is so close to being in the war in Europe; tensions are high everywhere.  Mary Stirling works as a secretary at the Boston Navy. One day she encounters a childhood friend named Jim Avery. Jim works on the brand new destroyer USS Atwood that launches from Boston. Soon mysterious sabotage claims arise and they include on the USS Atwood.  Mary and Jim work together to discover who’s behind the sabotage.

I loved this book. I literally could NOT put it down. I was intrigued by the historical element but also by the characters themselves. Both Mary and Jim deal with past hurts and lingering doubts throughout the story that only make them appear more real.

Mary learns the difference between pride and displaying gifts/accepting praise in the story. She constantly thinks about where the line is and how far her actions have made her go over.

Jim carries the pain of “making waves” from the time he was a kid to this point in his life. Because of an incident, he tries to be cool and just go with the flow. Being on a destroyer in the North Atlantic pre-World War Two is not exactly the place one should carry that philosophy, as Jim soon discovers. The decisions that are required to be made test Jim and his “floating” method.

By the end of the story, Mary and Jim learn how and when to do the things that are required of them. I really loved these characters. At times I felt that they were real people. Sometimes, I yelled at them and told them what to do. To my dismay they did not listen, but I had to keep reading to find out what they were going to do to get out of situations.

I also really liked the storyline of Through Waters Deep. The focus of the mystery kept me reading all day long. I had to know who was behind the acts of sabotage and all of the rumors that were floating around (pun intended). The list of suspects grew with every page. Up until the very end, I was leery of every single person on it! The clues that popped up were perfectly timed and added to the intensity of the mystery. I think my favorite part was where the story ended. No spoilers, but it was very well-thought out. J

I like to save my five stars for books I absolutely love. This one was well deserving of all five. If you love World War Two, mysteries that need to be solved, or romance stories, this is the book for you.

I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review which I’ve provided here.