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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

About the Book:Someone-Like-You Book

Author: Victoria Bylin

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Litfuse

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. (All of which was most likely chronicled in one of my “Cover Candy” posts.) It is then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story waiting to be discovered inside its pages is one of hope, a bit of adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there’s plenty of unexpected chaos. Before I get into a few more details of the books quirks, here’s a more detailed look at the story. Continue reading “Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin”

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You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

About the Book:You're the One that I Want (Susan May Warren) Book

Author: Susan May Warren

Publisher: Tyndale House

Source: Publisher ARC

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Christiansen Family, 6

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Following the cascade of certain events (vague for the sake of spoilers!) taking place in When I Fall in Love, I was sure that when the time came for Owen’s story I wasn’t going to have any loyalty or much of an inclination to read this novel. This was further reinforced after reading Always on My Mind, which was brother Casper’s story. I felt like because of some of the choices Owen had made and the eventual pairing of Casper and Raina, the woman who shared something with Owen, there would be no way to coax a redeemable story out of this character. Before I share thoughts on this, the sixth and final novel in this family saga, here’s what Owen’s story is about.   Continue reading “You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren”

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Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann

About the Book:Book Told You So (Kristen Heitzmann)

Author: Kristen Heitzmann

Publisher: bHd Books

Source: Author Provided (Launch Team)

Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Told You, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Indie

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: I still remember reading my first novel by Kristen Heitzmann. It came about thanks to the INSPY Awards and the specific book was The Breath of Dawn. Needless to say and without getting into detail, I was wonderstruck by it. That was three years ago and since then, there has been nothing new from this talented author. Until now. Now, Kristen Heitzmann is revisiting the title of author in a big way: she has joined the ranks of Indie authors. Her first Indie book just released and is as delightful as one would expect. Continue reading “Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann”

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Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

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Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley

Publisher: Second Sentence Press

Source: Author provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Historical Fairytales, novella #2

Genre: Fiction; Historical, Novella

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Novellas were never my thing as a reader. Or at least I didn’t think they were. Fortunately, I chose to ignore that niggling at the back of my mind and forged ahead. Since then, I’ve read a handful or more novellas that were absolutely and I might not have discovered had I let my prejudice affect my decisions. This is one such novella. Following up her 2015 release Coral Nocturne, new-on-the-scene author Elisabeth Grace Foley gives her readers what I’d assume is another (I’ve yet to read her debut), charming coming-of-age story. Continue reading “Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley”

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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

Source: Author/Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.   Continue reading “Siren’s Song by Mary Weber”

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The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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Author: Rachel Hauck

Publisher: Zondervan

Source: Publisher

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Investing in The Wedding Chapel isn’t hard. The decades long love story is sure to stir the reader’s emotions and as is true to the signature style that is Rachel Hauck, the book has a wonderful concept of love so that despite the complex story, by its conclusion everything is wonderfully brought full circle. At the core, the story is about two couples. The first is Jimmy and Collette; 19240s, high school sweethearts, life hasn’t been kind to the now elderly couple. Collette left, leaving Jimmy with a shattered heart and nothing but a shell of a dream. In the present day, Taylor married Jack on a whim – in fact, they eloped much to the shock and horror of Taylor’s family. Six months into their marriage and Taylor senses their relationship is fading – fast. Leaving to return to her hometown for a job, it takes a wedding chapel, a reunion and a carefully hidden secret for over 50 years to open their hearts to new possibilities.   Continue reading “The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck”

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A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:Book - A Daring Sacrifice

Author: Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Zondervan

Source: Author/Publisher ARC Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: An Uncertain Choice, book 2

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Historical, Re-Telling

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: When accomplished historical novelist Jody Hedlund decided to enter the fray (because, yes, it is a competitive field) known as YA literature, those of us who were already devoted fans knew it was bound to be a wonderful novel. With her debut An Uncertain Choice, we were treated to a medieval fairytale in the most chaste of manners. With her follow-up A Daring Sacrifice, she continues on with that charming trademark of historical fiction “magic.”  Continue reading “A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund”

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The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

About the Book:Book - The Trouble with Destiny (Lauren Morrill)

Author: Lauren Morrill

Publisher: Delacorte

Source: Publisher (NetGalley)

Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Some of the best stories can go full out “whimsy” and it’s a strategy that will serve them well. This is one of them. The darling premise and fabulous characters makes this recently released novel an easy-going piece of charm anyone can thoroughly enjoy. It all begins with a luxury cruise on which high school senior Liza travels for one purpose only – never mind all the fun that comes with the luxury cruise, Destiny. Liza has arrived on board with a purpose that includes ensuring her school band continues to receive funding by winning the $25,000 talent show prize. Only trouble is, Liza is keeping this pressure from her band mates turning her into a crazed director and to complicate matters more, Liza’s camp crush Lenny appears on the scene. Destiny has more than a few pranks in store for Liza.  Continue reading “The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill”

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen (HarperTeen)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 4 out of 5

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During my teen years, my reading habits would have been coined as being “safe” up until a handful of years ago. The genres I read were primarily those I’d enjoyed as a young teen and I fell into a pattern of normalcy, and while I did enjoy the feeling of “comfort,” if you will, looking for something different meant I’d need to look outside of that. In expanding my reading into the popular and growing young adult genre, Jodi Meadows’ name was among the list of authors I’d been most curious to read. Her books sounded crazy unique and exciting, which was my primary reason (not to mention her covers are epic) though I was also interested in expanding beyond my “safe” reads, which didn’t include fantasy stories. Book one of Jodi’s most recent works, the first in a duology (plus novellas), The Orphan Queen is as lovely on the inside as its dust jacket suggests. Read review in full on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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Always Watching by Lynette Eason

About the Book:Book - Always Watching (Lynette Eason) Revell

Author: Lynette Eason

Publisher: Revell

Source: Publisher Galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Elite Guardians, 1

Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Rating: 5 out of 5

With each new novel, Eason continues to get better. Always Watching is among her best.

Putting herself between another human being and a speeding bullet is Olivia Edwards’ job. This is exactly what she steps up to do when the life of popular radio host, Wade Savage, is threatened. As former law enforcement, Oliva knows how to investigate criminals even now as an owner of a private security firm. These skills serve her well when she has to step in on Wade’s case following the brutal beating of one of her operatives. What Olivia didn’t expect was to fall for her protecee… or the lengths to which Wade’s stalker would go. Continue reading “Always Watching by Lynette Eason”