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My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

Tammy L. Gray’s latest novel, My Hope Next Door, is a phenomenal read!

When Katie Stone returns to the small hometown she left years ago, she’s reminded of all the trouble she caused. But, she’s determined to right her wrongs and help her parents handle her mother’s recent illness. Asher Powell, her next door neighbor, becomes Katie’s greatest friend and biggest support. He has his own inner battles raging, but he recognizes the sincerity in Katie’s faith and her attempts at forgiveness. The unlikely friendship that forms between these neighbors may help to bring them both the peace and hope they long for, as well as second chances they never dreamed possible before.

Having read and enjoyed all of Miss Tammy’s books, I had high expectations for this new novel. And I was not disappointed! The characters of this book, like all of her novels, were caught in very real scenarios: sins and drama that anybody could fall into in the real world. It made the characters more lovable and believable. The way she tackled the messages of forgiveness and love was well-thought out. She wove truth into this fictional tale, and she did it well.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I was constantly pulling it out every chance I got to see what else Katie would try and how it would end up. If romance, forgiveness, and friendship are elements one appreciates in a novel, My Hope Next Door will not be a letdown! If I had to give this book a rating, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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.**

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.