Three Little Words

SWEETIt’s time for a Sweet Story Review. During the holiday break, I received a paperback copy of Three Little Words. This cute anthology has three little stories in it that were stuffed full of sweetness (which is what this blog is all about. Pass me the Lindor truffles, please).

51DvBNSX6nL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This book begins with Rescuing Bailey. Darling Bailey has been in love with her next door neighbor, Dieter, for years. When she gets home from college, she expects a marriage proposal since they have dated for so long, but instead she gets blindsided. Escaping to Chicago for a job opportunity, she nurses her broken heart for three years until her dad has a heart attack. Returning to Utah scares her, but she does what she must. Will her heart ever heal, or will she find love where she least expects it? Continue reading

Always Will

I’ve been a reading maniac lately since I’m fumbling with my own book right now in the revision stage. Thankfully, most of the books I’ve received in the last couple months have been incredible and I’ve gobbled them up like a hot fudge brownie sundae. I LOVE when that happens.

Today’s book spotlight is Always Will by Melanie Jacobson. Here’s the ooey gooey sweet blurb:

Handsome twenty-eight-year-old Will Hallerman has fi nally had enough of the dating world he s ready to find a wife and settle down. This announcement is catastrophic in Hannah Becker s world. After knowing Will her entire life and adoring him from afar since junior high school, she realizes her chance at love with him is in grave danger. Hannah s problem? To Will, she will never be more than his best friend’s little sister. Determined to open his eyes to her charms, Hannah sets out to sabotage Will s wife hunt by placing nightmare dates in his path and taking his search on a wild goose chase. Her plan is risky, but she s willing to take a chance to catch the eye of her soul mate.

Despite her crazy schemes, nothing seems to be working. Hannah can t help but wonder if it s time to set aside this childhood crush to move on and settle down herself. She s ready for a fresh start with a great guy. If only Will weren t suddenly changing the rules of the game . . . And how can Hannah move on when Will just won t let her forget?

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New Biblical Fiction by H.B. Moore

Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.

Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.

When Libya advances on Egypt, Moses and Miriam are suddenly thrown together as the Egyptian royals and soldiers flee. Hebrew slaves are forced to defend the kingdom, and Miriam and Caleb are enlisted under Moses’s direction. Moses quickly sees there is more to this downtrodden people than what he’s been taught. When he witnesses the atrocities enacted against the slaves, he realizes he must leave—he must find out who he really is.

A gripping account of the events that led to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

My Review

I love Heather Moore’s Bible stories. She makes the characters and simple scriptural verses come alive through her storytelling. This is the first installment in Moses’s life, and I found it completely fascinating. The characters described above as well as Moses’ Egyptian mother (the daughter of Pharoah), Bithia, became so real to me and Moore made the few clues from the Bible make sense of possible reasons why Moses would have fled Egypt after killing a taskmaster and what his life might have been like in the royal court before he learned of his Hebrew heritage. I couldn’t put this down…it was extremely good!

During the blog tour (scheduled below), you can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book and $25 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget to enter–it’s easy!

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Amazing Spring Reads

DSC03185 Spring is here! I’ve been enjoying it to the fullest by walking around my yard everyday to see what new color iris blooms will surprise me. I’ve also been busily working on my new book (which is tentatively titled “Giving up Hope”…but that could definitely change over time). And last, but not least, I’ve been reading.

One author that has become one of my new favorites is Jennifer Peel. I’ve mentioned her before after reading House Divided, but I’ve now finished all her works and loved every single one. I thought I’d spotlight each and interview her so you can Continue reading

Bounty of Books

At this time of year when we focus on all that we’re grateful for, I want to feature a few books I’ve read over the past months that have been winners.

I’m very thankful for books–for authors who write them, for being able to write my own and get those crazy imaginings out of my head, and for the ability to read. I love reading (if you can’t tell from my Goodreads log)…and these stories all rated the highest score from me. Continue reading

My Kindle…my friend

I’m out of my sling and feeling better every day. It will be a  few more weeks before I will get more motion out of my arm, but all in all, I’m loving life and am appreciating the ‘little things’ I can do…and not do. The human body is miraculous. Such an amazing gift. I got my arm x-rayed today and my bone is looking so much better. It’s not so squished together now–it’s healing itself…producing more bone tissue or fiber or whatever the medical term is. I just think that’s incredible. Continue reading

Book Buffet…the holidays aren’t fattening enough

With Christmas right around the corner (Ah! Coming in at full speed!), I thought I’d spotlight some books I’ve read over the last few months for anyone who needs gift ideas or personal reading ideas.

Since writing my own books, I realize how much symbolic blood, sweat and tears are put into each tale. So today I’m offering you a buffet of books to choose from that I’ve liked. There are appetizers (fun romances), main courses (stories that stay in your mind long after you finish them), and desserts (short books with inspiring messages).

Pick what you want from my smorgasbord. Continue reading