Thursday, March 31, 2016

Like Never Before

Like Never Before
Walker Family Series, Book 2
Melissa Tagg
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 9780764213083
April 2016/352 pages/$35.99

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But when the newspaper she runs is in danger of closing, she pins all her hopes on a story that just might convince the new owner to keep the paper running.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker has the chance of a lifetime: a spot on a presidential campaign. But first he has to return to his hometown to sell the newspaper he's suddenly inherited.

But instead of a quick sale, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. And working together to break the story on Maple Valley's unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

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Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Stay, is a former newspaper reporter, current nonprofit grant writer, and total Iowa girl. When she's not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever. She's passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings. Melissa blogs regularly at her website,


I began smiling before I even opened this book because I knew it was going to be utterly charming and delightful, for no other reason than the author's name on the cover. I was right. Melissa Tagg's trademark style fills the pages with her warm and witty prose, engaging & authentic characters who leap from the pages into your heart, and an unexpected historical twist. Nestled amidst the banter and romance, keen spiritual insights add depth and gently steer the reader's heart to the true source of love and security. I was immediately swept into this story, as I am with all of Melissa Tagg's books, and practically read it in one sitting. I am in love with the town of Maple Valley and wish I could hang out at the Walker family home for a while. I'm already looking forward to Book 3. Add this book and series to your spring reading list!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Melissa Tagg and Baker/Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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1. What’s the premise of this story?
This is the story of Amelia Bentley—a woman who has lost her dream of having a family but has created a whole new life for herself as editor of a small-town newspaper. And it’s the story of widowed, single father Logan Walker—a former reporter turned successful speechwriter who finds out he’s inherited said newspaper.

Logan and Amelia end up having cross-purposes—Logan hoping to sell the paper, Amelia desperate to save it. But when they end up chasing an intriguing story together in an attempt to solve Maple Valley’s long-time unsolved mystery, it’s just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

2. What kind of research did you have to do for Like Never Before?
One thing I didn’t have to research is small-town newspaper life! I was a reporter for a smalltown weekly newspaper for several years after college—and interned at another daily paper throughout college—so I felt confident in portraying that piece of Like Never Before’s storyworld. But I did have to research the ins and outs of political speechwriting, and I did quite a bit of reading on Charles Lindbergh, as there’s a light historical mystery thread related to him in this book.

3. Speaking of that little historical mystery thread, that’s a first for you. What sparked it?
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with this picture book biography of Amelia Earhart. I’m sure I checked it out of my hometown library at least a couple dozen times. As I grew older, that interest spread to Charles Lindbergh, which then intensified when I visited Lindbergh’s childhood home and museum in Little Falls, Minnesota. So those two interests somehow merged in my storyteller mind as I brainstormed this book. It wasn’t entirely planned! But I definitely had fun with it.

4. What message or theme do you hope sticks with readers as they finish Like Never Before?
Prior to writing this story, I walked through a season of feeling creatively dry. My writing dream felt somehow beige; my creative energy lacked its former luster. But then I started writing Like Never Before, started getting to know these two characters who’d also seen their dreams sort of fade into something colorless. And as I wrote, as I dove into Maple Valley and Logan and Amelia’s worlds, my storytelling delight reawakened! I felt my creativity come alive in a new way, as if God was saying, “Look, I’m doing something new here.” It was a return of joy. . . .

And that is what I hope sticks with readers once they’ve turned the last page of Like Never Before. I hope they are refreshed and inspired by the reminder that no matter what we’ve gone through, no matter what we’ve lost, God can make all things new. He can truly give us joy like never before.

5. What’s your favorite scene in this book?
There are some fun and funny scenes in this story and some overtly romantic and wonderfully gooey scenes that I just looooved writing. But probably my favorite scene in the whole book is a much quieter, much softer scene. It takes place on a little bridge right after a rainstorm. My staid and dependable hero, Logan Walker, has just done something he never does, and he’s feeling awful. Enter Amelia. I won’t give away any more than that, other than I just love how she ends up being exactly what Logan needs in those moments . . . from diverting him with charming jokes to emotionally tending his wounds with an unexpected, tender action.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Picture Perfect Murder

Picture Perfect Murder
Rachel Dylan
(Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense)
ISBN: 978-0373447398
April 2016/224 pages/$5.99


When photographer Lily Parker escapes an attack, she doesn't want any help from the FBI agent who is convinced she's a serial killer's latest obsession. But after one of her photographs is found at a murder scene, it's clear that Special Agent Rex Sullivan was right. Lily, a former CIA agent, isn't used to relying on others, but she won't survive without Rex at her side. And Rex quickly sees that Lily isn't a typical victim in need of his protection, but a valuable partner who can help him bring down a madman. With the murderer growing bolder, Rex has to convince Lily to trust him with her safety—or she could become the killer's next victim.


Rachel Dylan writes inspirational romantic suspense. She loves animals and is active in animal rescue. She enjoys adding adorable pets to her stories. She lives in Georgia with her husband and five furkids—two dogs and three cats. Visit her webiste,


I was introduced to Rachel Dylan's work last fall with her previous Love Inspired Suspense novel, Expert Witness, which I enjoyed reviewing. She again captivated my interest with this latest release. The heart-pounding opening scene is only a snapshot (pun absolutely intended!) of what Dylan has lined up for the reader as the story unfolds. A compelling plot, likable characters, and plenty of hold-your-breath moments make it hard to put down until the final page is turned. The perfect size to tuck into a bag, Picture Perfect Murder is a must-read. Grab your copy today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Rachel Dylan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy

Kissed by a Cowboy
A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance
Debra Clopton
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-1401690533
February 2016/320 pages/$12.99

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.


Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. Visit her website at


Debra Clopton continues her Four of Hearts Ranch series with this third novel. This is my first introduction to this series but it worked well as a stand-alone. While it is an enjoyable read, it does tend to be a bit predictable and stereotypical in terms of the backdrop: a cattle ranch in Texas and mysterious rustlers, a small-town with gossipy women who dissect everyone's relationships, and the typical romantic tension. Cassidy's emotional scars were understandable but she does seem to vascillate between two extremes: becoming overly offended at simple neighborly gestures that Jarrod makes and then practically falling into his arms on other occasions. But there are many heart-warming and humorous moments, as well. if you are looking for a lighthearted, clean romance, free of questionable language and other inappropriate issues, this fits the bill.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from the TNZ Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Playing the Part

Playing the Part
A Class of Their Own, Book 3
Jen Turano
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764212772
March 2016/352 pages/$14.99

Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.


Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
Find out more about Jen at and on her Facebook page.


I have loved Jen Turano's writing since her debut novel a little over three years ago, and she keeps delighting readers with her endearing characters and witty prose. Playing the Part is the third and final book in her latest series about three friends who have been taken under the wing of the widowed Abigail Hart. Although each book stands alone, recurring characters enhance the experience for those who read the entire series. Turano once again blends humor, intrigue, and romance in her unique style, resulting in a charming can't-put-it-down read. I'm now tempted to return to the first book and begin again, reading them straight through without stopping. If you have read any of Jen Turano's previous books, you know this is a must-read. If she's a new author to you, add her to your reading list without delay!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Jen Turano, Baker/Bethany House, & Litfuse Publicity Group for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

After a Fashion (Book 1)
In Good Company (Book 2)

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Man Who Told Us The Truth

A Man Who Told Us The Truth
Will Davis Jr.
(Sangre de Cristo)
ISBN: 978-0692566565
March 2016/161 pages/$9.00/$5.00 Kindle

Trying to discover where ultimate truth really begins and ends—if it even exists—can be brutal work. Getting support from someone who has struggled with the same issues is invaluable.

In A Man Who Told Us the Truth, author Will Davis Jr. wrestles with questions of truth and spiritual realities, offering a bridge between spiritually inquisitive people and the person of Jesus Christ.

Written in a language that seekers and the nonreligious will understand, this remarkable book asks the hard questions about faith and invites the reader to give Jesus a fair hearing.

With chapters such has “Let's Talk about Truth,” “The God I Want to Believe (The Truth about God),” and “False Summits (The Truth about Religion),” this powerful tool tackles difficult topics including love, death, heaven, evil, God, and the nature of truth itself.

In the vein of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and Letters from a Skeptic by Greg Boyd, this book is for anyone who has ever gazed up into a star-filled sky and wondered what it all means.


Will Davis Jr. (DMin, Southwestern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Enough: Finding More by Living with Less, Pray Big, Pray Big for Your Marriage, Pray Big for Your Child, and Why Faith Makes Sense. An avid hiker, mountain climber, and water-skier, Davis and his wife, Susie, have three young adult children and live in Austin, Texas. Visit Will's website at


Will Davis Jr calls this book A Christian book for non-Christians. Written in a simple style as direct and unpretentious as if he were sitting across the coffee shop table from the reader, Davis unpacks many of the questions and topics that non-believers--and to be honest, many believers, as well--have about Jesus and Christianity. This book is perfect for the person seeking the truth about Jesus as well as for someone wanting to know how to address a friend's questions. Even better, give the friend a copy and read it concurrently. Points for Pondering at the end of each chapter make excellent springboards for discussions. Davis includes personal experiences and testimonies from previous skeptics that illustrate the topics addressed. A discussion guide is also available as well as Discussion Guide Video Introductions. Grab your copy--as well as extras for friends--today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Will Davis and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Fool and His Monet

A Fool and His Monet
A Serena Jones Mystery
Sandra Orchard
ISBN: 978-0800726713
February 2016/336 pages/$14.99

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies can't stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art

Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action--and a whole heap of trouble.

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Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of many inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, including Deadly Devotion, Blind Trust, and Desperate Measures. Her writing has garnered several Canadian Christian Writing Awards, a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, a National Readers' Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra's books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics,


Sandra Orchard had me at the title and never let go! A Fool and His Monet blends mystery with humor and a touch of romance and the result is an absolute delight. Serena's foibles and fears only make her more endearing and relatable. Her interactions with her family, from her mom's fretfulness over her job and marital status to her aunt's overly enthusiastic interest in her cases, are alternately amusing and cringe-inducing. And what's not to love about Tanner, her partner and mentor whose experience and affable personality allow her to rely on him again and again? Or her apartment superintendent, Nate, who is always in the right place at the right time? Underpinning it all is a fascinating mystery, rife with twists and turns that kept me furiously turning pages as Serena and Tanner dashed from one clue to the next. I don't know how I've missed Sandra Orchard's novels before, but she's on my list now, and I'm already eager for the next Serena Jones mystery, Another Day, Another Dali, coming in November. Add this clever book and series to your must-read list!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend
A Banister Falls Novel
Kathryn Springer
ISBN: 978-0310339724
March 2015/320 pages/$12.99

Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie’s firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.


Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Find out more about Kathryn at her website and on Facebook.


The Hearts We Mend is a compelling and poignant novel that reaches deep into the heart. While it works fine to read as a stand-alone, you'll have a greater appreciation for the relationships between the characters if you have read the first book, The Dandelion Field, which I reviewed here. As with the previous novel, Kathryn Springer weaves credible characters and realistic circumstances together in a tale that is enjoyable as well as, at times, convicting. Evie could be any of us who are content and busy serving within the four walls of the church, a bit oblivious to the struggles outside our circle until our world is turned upside down. Springer does a marvelous job incorporating this theme with a gentle hand, forthright without being sanctimonious or preachy. Aspects of this novel and Evie's journey remind me me of the quote from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe regarding Aslan: "Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good." Don't miss this gripping and inspiring book and series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Harper Collins/Zondervan and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Flirtation Walk

Flirtation Walk
Siri Mitchell
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764210389
March 2015/384 pages/$15.99

At West Point, Only True Love Should Lead You to Flirtation Walk

Lucinda Pennyworth, the daughter of a con man, is trying her best to leave her father's sordid past behind her. When he dies unexpectedly, she takes the opportunity to move to West Point to live with her aunt, ready to take on a new life and determined to marry a respectable man, a West Point cadet, to impress her relatives.

Seth Westcott, a cadet at the academy, is proud to be at the top of his senior class. But when his mother dies and his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler, Seth wants nothing more than to head west to track down the con man. But the army will only send the cadets at the bottom of the class to the frontier . . . which leaves Seth with some tough choices.

When a woman trying her best to be good meets a man determined to be anything but, can there be hope for love, or will two lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?

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Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at


From the first time I read a Siri Mitchell novel back in 2008, she has been on my must-read list of authors. Flirtation Walk completely enthralled me, not only with its story but with her portrayal of life at West Point in the 1850's. I loved so many things about this book. The characters, especially Lucinda and Seth, walked straight off the pages and into my heart. Even some of Seth's ne'er-do-well fellow cadets managed to endear themselves to me. The fierce competition for "pecking order" between the cadets and the dilemma that arises when family responsibility conflicts with the ever-present rigor and discipline of military service are aptly depicted. Mitchell beautifully intertwines Lucinda's quest to rid herself of the baggage of her past with Seth's efforts to ensure his future, tucking in nuggets of faith and several surprises that kept me reading "just one more chapter" until I finished the book practically in one sitting. Her notes at the conclusion of the story, relating her research and several actual happenings on which she based portions of this novel, are as fascinating as the tale itself. Put Flirtation Walk at the top of your spring reading list and grab your copy of this must-read today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


1. What inspired you to write this story?
While I was researching a different book, I discovered that the cadet who graduated last at West Point used to receive a dollar from all the other cadets in the class. I also learned that holding on to that position often required genius rather than stupidity. To graduate last in the class, grades and comportment had to be low, but not so low that a cadet would be dismissed. You’d have to study just enough to squeak by, but not quite so much that you’d do too well. In fact, you’d have to be quite smart in how you went about it. It made me wonder what it would take for a cadet who was at the top of his class to sink to the bottom and whether it could be done in just one semester. I decided to create a heroine with the opposite trajectory, one who was working her way from the bottom of society to the top.

2. You have some personal experience with military academies.
I do! My husband is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Through the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many of his classmates as well as graduates from the other service academies. I also worked at the Air Force Academy as a civilian.

3. What was the most surprising thing you learned during your research?
This is the third time I’ve featured the military in my stories. The first two times were in contemporary settings. In researching the history of West Point for this book, I was struck by just how little the life of a cadet has changed through the centuries.

4. What is the significance of the title?
Flirtation Walk is a path along the northeastern edge of the West Point military reservation that overlooks the Hudson River. It has a reputation as West Point’s “Lover’s Lane” and is just as popular now as it was in the nineteenth century. It’s strictly off limits to visitors, however; in order to walk that lovely path, you have to be escorted by a cadet.

5. Is a story set at the West Point of the 1850s still relevant today?
I think so. I hope so! At its foundation, this story is about two people who are trying their very best to portray themselves as being different than they truly are. Most of us do the same thing every day. We try to seem better, kinder, less judgmental than we really are. Or we relax the morals we grew up with to try to fit in with those around us. To quote my heroine’s father, we assume that “seeming is the same as being.” But in both cases, the wider community misses out on who we are and the unique talents and abilities we bring to our world.

Many thanks to Bethany House Pulishers for providing this Q&A with Siri Mitchell!


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Monday, March 7, 2016

And It Was Beautiful

And It Was Beautiful:
Celebrating Life in the Midst
of the Long Good-bye

Kara Tippetts
(David C. Cook)
March 2015/256 pages/Harcover/$14.99

“I was here. I saw beauty. I embraced it.” —Kara Tippetts

How do you live out extravagant love in the everyday moments? How do you celebrate grace when your life turns out differently than the one you dreamed?

Kara Tippetts discovered how to find joy in the small moments of life. She learned how to hold tight to hope even while battling intense physical and emotional pain. And she lived out the truth that God can redeem any story.

In her final book, Kara offers gentle reflections on living and dying well. She invites us to cultivate soft hearts even when we face great disappointment. Her ideas for living are hard-won, wrestled with in the crucible of family, illness, and faith. And her constant reminder is that whether we are in the midst of dark days or mundane moments Jesus is always there, life is surprisingly beautiful, and God is forever good.


Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and the co-author of Just Show Up. She blogged faithfully at Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, has been parenting their four children and leading the church the couple founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Find out more about Kara at


Thousands of people followed the journey of Kara Tippetts (and her family) on her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, as she shared the heartaches, struggles, and even the joys, of living day by day with cancer until she stepped into the arms of Jesus on March 22, 2015. This book contains many of her writings during that time as she sought to bring glory to God and honor Him in the midst of agonizing pain and heartache. Written in her unique, authentic style, Kara shows the reader how to gain an eternal perspective on daily living. While small in size, this tome is a powerful testimony that God is good all the time and no matter the circumstance, it can be well with our soul. An excellent gift.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

ACFW New Releases for March

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

The Nanny's Secret Child by Lorraine Beatty -- She had a chance to be a nanny for the child she gave up at birth, and couldn't say no. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter -- Lucy Lovett can't remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn't remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan, moving to Portland, Maine, or getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself. Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she's back--vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams? Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he'll win back the love of his life--but if Lucy's memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson -- Marie Carrington is hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season. Seth Sloane didn't move three thousand miles to work on his uncle's B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just three months will take everything they've got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman -- Lacey Carmichael is a wounded girl serving up trouble. Jack O'Bryen is a pastor's kid bent on serving God. But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together? (Contemporary Romance from Julie Lessman LLC)


Grace in the Flames by Michelle Massaro -- Three people. One God of Grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he'd been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she's not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she'll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if… (General from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Mystery:

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering -- Drew and Madeline Farthering attend a Regency-era house party but end up with a murder mystery to solve when one of the guests dies from a drug overdose. Then the dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder. Drew is shocked when the police arrest someone he's trusted and admired since his childhood--someone who's been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn't know who to trust, and he's not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Historical Romance:

The Cowboy's Bride Collection by Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrell, Darlene Franklin, Davalynn Spencer, Becca Whitham, and Jaime Jo Wright -- Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Marriage Bargain by Angel Moore -- Lily Warren's new hat shop is her ticket to self-reliance…until a fire threatens to destroy her dreams. And when Edward Stone--her landlord and the town blacksmith--bursts into her private rooms to rescue her, Lily's reputation is tarnished. So Edward proposes a solution that could save her good name--even as it puts her independence at risk. With an orphaned niece who needs a mother, Edward believes a marriage of convenience is the answer to his and Lily's problems. But he didn't plan on developing feelings for his new wife. Perhaps it's time for the wary blacksmith to try forging something truly precious--a real family… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard -- Despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena Jones has joined the FBI Art Crime Team and is learning how to go undercover in hopes of catching the art thief who murdered her grandfather. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather's murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger. (Mystery from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Romantic Suspense:

The Stronghold by Lisa Carter -- Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico. Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to rescue the child, including facing the unresolved issues of the past, and venture into the no-man's land of the drug cartels. Can Pilar and Alex work together to stop a sadistic killer before he strikes again? On a quest to rescue those they love, who will rescue them? (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Protecting Her Daughter by Lynette Eason -- After someone attempts to abduct her daughter, single mom Zoe Collier flees to a remote ranch for safety. But when the would-be kidnappers follow them to Wrangler's Corner, Zoe must figure out why somebody wants Sophia. Local vet Aaron Starke is determined to help Zoe investigate--and to keep his intriguing new neighbors safe. Zoe's used to relying on her own wits to survive. But quick-witted, caring Aaron is just the type of man she needs in her corner. And he might be her partner for keeps…if they can find the truth without losing their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Women's Fiction:

Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery -- Women's ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage? (Women's Fiction from New Hope Publishers)


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