Creating Your Forever Family

Creating Your Forever Family BannerThis isn’t my normal romance review. In fact, it’s not a romance at all. I like to think of Creating Your Forever Family by Rachel Sullivan as the How-To self-help manual for how characters in books and real life couples find and keep their happily-ever-afters romance readers read and dream about. Once the hero and heroine find each other and the book ends with them happily together, what comes next? How do they keep from divorcing or being miserable a few years down the road when real life problems and challenges smack them in the face?

This book has great advice and suggestions to apply in real life marriages to build a strong foundation to weather life’s storms. There are 10 chapters that go over such topics as faith in God, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, creating a family culture, love, respect, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. Each chapter gives examples from the author’s life as well as other views of other happy, successful families and prophet’s words on the subject. Each chapter ends with different ideas to apply these principles into your own life and family.

It’s a Christian-based book written by an LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) author and she uses LDS specific terminology and doctrine inside it. I loved all her ideas and suggestions. I’m to the grandma stage in life (just barely–my oldest daughter just had her first child–my first grandchild–this past week), but this book has given me lots of ideas to use even as a mom of older kids and a grandma. Super excited to put some new ideas into action in my family. And if you’re younger with small kids (or thinking about kids), even better. This book will inspire lots of ways to create that forever family that is strong in love and faith.

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win cash and a paperback copy of this book from the publisher. Or go to any Deseret or Seagull Bookstore and pick it up, or order it online. Good luck! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Happy reading…and even better…happy families!!!

Char

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Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home KINDLE COVERFrom Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LONG JOURNEY HOME is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.

Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain. Continue reading

The Shipbuilder’s Wife

shipI’m participating in another blog tour this week and am excited to share this new book with you. The Shipbuilder’s Wife by Jennifer Moore was SOOOOO good!!!! I read it in just over a day. It was super hard to put down because the plot was so new and intriguing.

Here’s the blurb:

The day of her parents’ garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger—the largest man she’s ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British. Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too. Continue reading

#Moonstruck

augnewrel10Awesome Book Alert!!!

This book was so much fun. It’s the second stand-alone book in this series, and let me tell you…this author writes great stories in this trope. So swoony. So funny. So perfect.

Here’s the blurb:

After pop star Ryan De Luna praises Maisy Harrison’s YouTube cover of his classic hit, he offers Maisy and her fledgling band the opportunity of a lifetime: to be his opening act.

Music may be Maisy’s life, but she has one ground rule: never date a musician. That goes double for a heartbreaker like Ryan. If only she didn’t feel so vulnerable to his larger-than-life charm. Continue reading

Summer Review

My summer has flown by with lots of fun family happenings: a daughter’s wedding, another daughter’s expecting and a fun shower to throw for her, another daughter back from a mission, a son leaving on a mission, vacations, etc. But I have found moments to sneak in my reading. Here’s a review of some of my favorites this summer.

Beauty is the Beast by Jenni James

beautyCute modern twist on the Beauty and Beast trope. Arabella is popular, beautiful and ready to take the world by a storm. When she wins state high school representative for Colorado, she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. Until she realizes she can’t bring her popular, good looking boyfriend around as her plus one to all the events she has to attend. She must pair up with Brockton, the boy’s state representative who is a little nerdy and comes from a poor background. So begins their mutual hate relationship. He thinks she’s stuck on herself. She thinks he isn’t good enough for her.

This is a fun YA story that teaches a great lesson about changing and looking beneath the skin to the true person underneath all the masks we like to wear. It was fast-paced and very captivating. Great book! Continue reading

Narcissistic Tendencies

nar***This giveaway is over: Winner is Emilee!!!

Today I have a fun treat for you. The 3rd book in the Dating by Design series by Jennifer Peel–Narcissistic Tendencies–was so good that I want to give the 1st book away to a lucky commenter. So read all about it, then leave a comment at the end if you’d like a chance to win Book 1–His Personal Relationship Manager.

Each of the books have been so awesome…and witty. This one pairs up Kate, Binary’s Dating Service’s resident psychologist, with Nick Wells, an over-the-top handsome, egotistical movie star. When Nick signs up for Binary’s matchmaking services, Kate questions whether that is wise. The man seems like a total narcissist to her. And she should know since she’s dealt with one up close and personal before. Her boss asks her to be his Relationship Manager, which she is loathe to do. But her job is on the line. So Kate tries to do her best. But when Continue reading

House of Oak Series

setThis is the BEST series I’ve read in forever! Seriously. I devoured these books on Kindle Unlimited and could see myself checking them out again in the future. They are THAT fun!

The House of Oak series by Nichole Van has 5 books. Each was incredible. Read them in order. This is not a read-out-of-order series. You’ll miss out on delicious literary delights if you do. This author makes my reader heart and eyes happy. The cadence, rhythm, and layout are ingredients that combine to make a happy dance in my heart. Continue reading