Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham with a giveaway(two giveaways)

I enjoyed the characters and the storyline in this book but could have done with a bit less of the sex scenes. Those are not what I read a book for. I do want to find out what happens to all the rest of the brothers in the family. I liked Wyatt and Sutton. I even liked Sutton’s parents once we got to hear more about them. I did really enjoy the story. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. 

You can go for the big giveaway by going through the rafflecopter or comment on this review and get a chance to win a paperback copy of this book.  Please leave contact info when commenting.  Good luck in both contests.  A winner will be picked by August 17.

The link for the giveaway is http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/746772681/?.

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge—life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiancé’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage—and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?

Author Bio:An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

The Beginning(The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls) by M. J. Thomas

Fantastic! I so enjoyed reading this children’s book. This would be one that if my boys were still young I would read it to them or have them read it for themselves. If they ever have children I will recommend this series. This is the first book of a new series and I am so looking forward to more stories with Peter and his sister Mary and their Great -Uncle Solomon. This reminds me a bit of the magic tree house series but here you get to learn more about bible stories. It is very well done. I received this book from Worthy Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

 
In The Beginning, siblings Peter and Mary find themselves seeing how the world was created—firsthand—after they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to Bible times. Follow along as they witness the creation of the earth, meet the angel Michael, ride rhinos and elephants, and battle a sneaky snake in the Garden of Eden. Can the siblings solve the secret of the scroll before they get stuck in the past forever? Recommended for ages 6 to 9 years.

Imagine…The Great Flood by Matt Koceich

This is a wonderful children’s Christian story for ages 8-13. This has a great story of Corey and how he has to trust his parents and God that moving will not be the worst that can happen to a person. Corey gets to live through what may have happened to Noah and his family as they try to get the animals on the ark. I really enjoyed this and believe that children will enjoy the story by themselves or have it read to them. I received a copy of this book from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Imagine. . .The Great Flood 

About the Book:
The ocean swirled around the boy and pulled him down with unrelenting power. Heavy water churned and tugged at his flailing body like unseen hands yanking him into the watery depths. The fight was finally over. Even though he’d tried to stand up to the enemy, the waves were about to swallow him whole.

 

The last thing ten-year-old Corey remembers (before the world as he knew it disappeared) was the searing pain in his head after falling while chasing his dog Molly into the woods. What happens next can’t be explained as Corey wakes up and finds himself face-to-face with not one but two lions! 

 

Join Corey and experience the excitement. . .the wonder. . . the adventure. . .as the epic story of Noah’s ark comes to life

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

This is a book that I did not want to put down. I loved all the wonderful history about Belle Meade Plantation, Fisk University and the Jubilee singers. I love how the friendship and romance between Sy and Alexandra was woven through the history. There were lessons learned. I look forward to many more books by Tamera Alexander. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Set in Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, Alexandra is a young southern woman of wealthy upbringing in Nashville. She lives with her parents. Her father is controlling and is pushing her to marry a man older than her. Alexandra’s brother died during the Civil War and her fiancé died in a train accident. She tries to live in his example to follow her original dreams and goes into teach at the Freedman’s school of Fisk University. Alexandra meets Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the East Line Railway who is eager for her to teach him all she knows about high society. As feelings start to stir, she wonders if the two can fulfill their dreams and be together.

The Blessing:  Amish Cooking Class by Wanda E Brunstetter

This was a wonderful book. I am never disappointed with a book by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Every one of the people that take this cooking class learns some valuable lessons including the teacher. My favorite character was Nicole. No teenager should have to be the mom in a family. I am so looking forward to book 3 in this series. I need to know how every characters life turns out. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
For her second session of Amish cooking classes, Heidi teaches six students, each from a different walk of life. They not only learn a new cooking skill, Heidi blesses them with her profound words of wisdom. In turn, Heidi heals as well.

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher with a giveaway

I believe this was my favorite book in this series. I did not want to put this down. This had a lot of characters in the story but I never got confused about who anyone was . This is a fantastic Amish historical novel. This is one of my favorite time periods(1763). Betsy and Caleb were my favorite characters. I also really liked Tessa. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit and Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


About the Book
The Return-Book CoverBook title: The Return
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Release date: Sept 1, 2017
Genre: Amish
In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.
Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?
Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.
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About the Author
Fisher_SuzanneWoods (1)Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
 
 
Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Three Sisters’ Garden: Corn, Squash & Beans!
Corn was a new food to the immigrants to the New World, introduced to them by Native Americans. Soon, it became an essential part of their daily diet, in one form or another. Growing it brought yet another new discovery: companion planting in the form of the Three Sisters’ Garden.
ThreeSistersGarden2According to Iroquois legend, corn, squash and beans were three inseparable sisters who only grew and thrived together. 18th century Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the science behind why companion planting worked, but they knew it did. Beans, like all legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits from the legumes and provides a pole support for the beans to climb. Low growing squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth. Their sharp and prickly leaves deter pests. This tradition, of planting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, became a sustainable system to provide long-term soil fertility among Native American tribes that farmed.
The wisdom of planting Three Sisters’ Garden was adopted by the immigrants, including our own Betsy Zook from The Return. Betsy learned of the technique while a captive among a tribe of Indians and later, after she had been returned to the Amish, shared her knowledge with Anna and Bairn.
ThreeSistersGardenHave you ever considered growing a Three Sisters’ garden? All you need is the right kind of seeds, a mound of dirt in a sunny spot, and to not forget to water. Mother Nature will do the rest.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award-winning author of novels about the Old Order Amish. Her interest in the Plain People began with her grandfather, who was raised as a Dunkard (German Baptist) on a farm in Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves to connect with readers! You can find her on-line at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.
 
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Giveaway
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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway from August 1 through 14! Check it out:
Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:
An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
The Amish Beginning 3 book set series
One grand prize winner will receive:
An iPad Mini
You can enter at Suzanne’s website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/contests/) or on her Facebook page (http://gvwy.io/q1kb9u4)

On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

This is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and I have loved them all. This is a wonderful romance. Natalie and Justin are great characters. Planning weddings is very stressful. Will Natalie be able to stay on an island that she hated when she was growing up. Can Justin handle being around Natalie who he loved when they were young. I love how this book ends. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Natalie O’Ryan had an abusive childhood due to her alcoholic father. She left the Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island and her childhood best friend Justin behind to start a new life in Nashville. Justin feels rejected. She falls in love with record producer Russell Jacobs and they get engaged. Thinking he is doing a good thing, Russel books their wedding in her home town. While working on the wedding plans, he must leave town due to a problem at work, then the reception venue falls through. If they can find a way to forgive each other, Justin just might let her use the barn on his property.