Beloved Hope by Olivia Newport

This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series and great like the first. This book shows how Hope and her sisters survive after the massacre of the Whitman mission. Hope has many items to get passed. I recommend that you read the first in the series so you know what is going on. I love the characters if Hope and Lance and all the others. Can one survive the travails that Hope has gone through. The answer is yes with a lot of faith. This they all learn. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman. The man she loved died in her arms. She heads to Oregon City to heal and live with her sisters while she takes care of their sheep. When the prosecutors ask her to testify against the Cayuse Indians, who are responsible for the massacre, she is not sure she can relive the loss again, yet if she does not testify, the attackers may come after her. 

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Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport with a giveaway 

This is a book of two Christmas stories. Both stories are equally good. I laughed and cried through both stories. The first story is called Christmas in Gold. Astrid is in her eighties and is moving to an assisted living facility. She fell and broke some bones so her children feel it is time for a change. It is close to Christmas and she needs physical therapy. This is where she meets Carly. Both Carly and Astrid need to make adjustments here. This story is sad and happy. I really enjoyed it.The second book is called Christmas in Blue. Angela is a piano teacher. Her best friend has died earlier in the year and she is not looking forward to Christmas. Instead of being by herself like she wants to be she is firced to run the towns A Christmas to Remember celebration that her dead friend Carole ran every year. She is not ready for this. This made me laugh and cry . Each person in the town learns a few lessons of their own. I loved both stories. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Christmas in Blue

Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?
Christmas in Gold

When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.
 
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About the Author
Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
 
Guest Post from Olivia Newport
We All Have a Story
 
I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.
 
A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.
 
Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.
 
Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.
 
Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.
 
Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
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Giveaway
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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c319 

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Loved this story. I recommend reading books 1 and 2 first but this was the first I read in the series and I could follow the storyline but it probably would have been better if I had read the first 2 books in the series. I love the characters and that there were 2 storylines. This had many twists and turns within the suspense. Love and hate the ending since the next book won’t be available for a while. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life–but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming,” Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner. 
Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell–and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Author Bio

Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Chesapeake Valor series and the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for Inspirational Novel, the 2014 Christian Retailing’s Best Award for Suspense, and the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel. She and her husband reside in the D.C. Metro area. She can be found online at http://www.danipettrey.com.

Lydia, Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor with a giveaway

I really enjoyed how Diana brought Lydia to life. She made Lydia of Philippi so real. I needed to see how this story would end. It is so nice when an author can take a few words in the Bible and flesh out a character so you think this might actually be how they lived. Now I understand who the Philippians really were. I received an ebook copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


About the Book:
Lydia Cover
Name of book: Lydia
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.
There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.
Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.
 
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About the Author:
DianaWTaylorRedDiana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren
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In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away
Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!
Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c173

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

I loved the romance and the history. This seems to have been very well researched. I had a hard time putting this book down. I had to check in to see who did survive the Whitman massacre. I loved the characters of Grace and her sisters and Alex. Each character handles adversity in a different way. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

In mid the 1870’s Grace Martindale became responsible for her two younger sisters after their parents died. Halfway through the wagon train journey to the Oregon Trail, her husband died during an outbreak of cholera. She continued the journey west and stayed at the Whitman Mission for the winter where a measles outbreak brings even more death. Will the natural remedy and midwifery skills her mother taught her keep her remaining family alive? 

Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard

This was a wonderful book by Amy Lillard. I loved the characters in this story. Avery learns to begin to take things in a quiet way. She was raised with a silver spoon but was not really happy. Here in the land of the Amish Avery learns to relax and learn to trust in God. Gideon learns to live again. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life — to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

People of all ages will love this book. It may be geared towards middle grade students but it will make people of all ages laugh and cry. You might need a box of Kleenex next to you. Maddie is a fantastic character who I would have loved to be friends with in grade school or now. She loves to make you laugh. This will tear you up inside also because of what she has to go through. Make sure to read. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

This gets a five star rating out of  five stars.

Based on a true story.

 

Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache?
When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down.
Maddie doesn’t want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie’s chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can’t get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain?  

As Maddie’s surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.