Friday, December 13, 2019

Have your tissues ready when you read this book ! Fabulous Giveaway!



About the Book:

Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas
One man’s last Christmas wish might change two lives forever.
Mallory Barrows has one last Christmas with her uncle.  She’s determined to make it the best one he’s ever had.
She knows when she asks what he wants as his final gift, it won’t be a tie or a new mug. He won’t need those where he’s going, and he’s quite happy about that.
Mallory just didn’t think he wanted a miracle wrapped in paper and tied with a shiny red bow!
Christmas on Breakers Point is the introductory book to the Independence Islands Series.
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My Thoughts:

In my opinion, any book by Chautona Havig will be a good one! AND this one is the BEST yet!! This author often tackles tough topics in her stories but always does so with sensitivity and grace. Dealing with death is hard for anyone. The Christmas season seems to be the hardest time to have to live through. "Breakers Point" is the first in a new series  and immediately grabbed me and wouldn't let go! 

The chraracter development is outstanding , being so realistic that the reader easily can identify with the characters. Uncle Bud is a dear old soul , one that I would love to have in my family. His love for Mallory is so strong, as is his faith in the Lord. Chautona has a unique voice that has one living the good and the bad along with the residents of this community. My tears flowed as Uncle Bud became weaker. As he started to lose his grip on life, Mallory took over and became stronger in her faith. I greatly admired her desire to please this sweet man. 

The plot is well developed with twists and turns at every turn of the page. I enjoyed the ups and downs as I became more and more observed in the changing lives of the characters. The use of scripture made me examine my own life and how I can deal with unexpected events in a better way.

For a brief time, I was there , on that beautiful beach alongside Mallory and Uncle Bud. I felt the wind in my face and could see the palm branches blow. 
Don't miss this book! It is a must read!! But.... you may need a few tissues!

This book was supplied by CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


ChautonaAbout the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.



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The book opens with a phone call that goes like this:
Her phone buzzed. Without taking her eyes from the page, Mallory Barrows fumbled about until her hand closed around it. The book held her bound in ropes of suspense as the villain slipped into the party unannounced—unseen. While she followed him around the edge of the imaginary room, her thumb swiped, tapped, and answered the call as if on autopilot.
Even as Mallory said, “Hello?” her breath caught. The guy had found his prey.
“Mallory, honey?”
Without a second look, she dropped the book and sat up, feet planted firmly on the floor and all attention on the call.  “Is it time?”
“’Fraid so, darlin’. Doc says it’s a matter of weeks or a month or two. And I promised.”
“I’ll be there Friday afternoon.”

Just days after I wrote those lines, I woke up to a message from my sister.  “Call Mom.”
I called.  Mom said, “I need you to come.”  That was Thursday.  I walked into Mom’s house on Saturday evening and our lives changed forever.
I don’t know if God prepared me for this change by having me write that scene just days before, but I have to say it felt like it!  Everything went crazy for over a month as I tried to wrap up my mother’s affairs in Missouri, I had to try to finish three books in a time of upheaval and turmoil.  No, it’s not the same as trying to help a young woman reclaim her True First Love so she could reclaim her first earthy love.  It isn’t the same as starting a whole new life and a new business.  But… oh, how it felt like it.
Another parallel in the story and my life was how Mallory struggles to try to get Uncle Bud to eat. I did the same thing for most of my time in Missouri.  Mom struggled and hard just to swallow and just wanted to eat.  So, while I was writing, I worked hard to come up with a recipe that Mallory might use to convince Uncle Bud to eat something.  The result were these Coconut Lime Cookies. I hope you love them as much as Uncle Bud did.

Coconut Lime Cookies
Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups white flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
3 oz room temp cream cheese—cubed
½ tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lime (key limes may be preferred)
½ cup (1 stick) melted butter (warm)
1 egg
1 TBS milk (whole is the most delicious… and half & half is even better)
1 TBS lime juice (again, some may prefer key limes)
½ cup powdered sugar  (reserved for rolling cookies in)

Directions: (oven preheats to 350)
Stir together the first five ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
Stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter in. Repeat with egg, milk, and lime juice, one at a time. Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix well.
Roll dough into approximately 1” balls.  Roll each ball into powdered sugar and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes until lightly golden.

Before you eat, close your eyes and imagine yourself beneath swaying palm trees with warm sand between your toes.  Merry Christmas!

Blog Stops

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Batya’s Bits, December 13
Godly Book Reviews, December 14
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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize of a 6 Month Kindle Unlimited subscription!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

This Book Will Get You In The Christmas Mood!


               "An Amish Christmas Bakery"
  
                                 By: Amy Clipston
                                      Beth Wiseman
                                      Kathleen Fuller
                                      Kelly Irvin

About the Book:


Genre: Amish Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019
From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four delicious novellas perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season.
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston
As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters-and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle.
And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she’s been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas-and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together.
Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman
As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn’t think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She’s worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source-childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He’s been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he’s sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it.
Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller
Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion, and he’s asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.
Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin
Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister’s. To help during this busy season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That’s when the town matchmakers step in.


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My Thoughts:

This collection of novellas by four of my favorite authors will definitely get you in the Christmas mood! The four stories in this  fabulous book are all set around a bakery, with each author writing in her own unique style resulting in capturing the readers' attention and keeping one engaged from beginning to end. Although each story is very different from the others, they all involve  a bakery and a character who is just waiting for her own special love. 

This novel is packed with well described characters  who touch your heart as you read of their faith, love  and challenges. They are not without flaws, making them more realistic and lovable ! I loved the way each character travelled a rocky journey on their way to love! I was so caught up , that I was very disappointed when I reached the end of each novella. My desire to know what happens to each couple next  increased with each story. Perhaps....... another collection of novellas is in the making , continuing these dear people's lives. As well as challenges, this book will make you smile and sometimes even giggle out loud. Your appetite will be whet by the sticky, delectable goodies that are baked.  I just had to get to kitchen to make some delicious Christmas baking upon ending this book. 

The plots, although short, each have unexpected twists and turns. It seems that the path to love is not easy, but full of complications and challenges. Making mistakes and solving puzzles is all evident on the road to a loving relationship. 

This is DEFINITELY a "must read" book for the Christmas season!!

This book was received from CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. 


Read an Excerpt
Read an excerpt of An Amish Christmas Bakery here.

Blog Stops

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Emily Yager, December 11
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Lighthouse Academy, December 15
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 15
EmpowerMoms, December 16
Hallie Reads, December 18
Mary Hake, December 18
A Reader’s Brain, December 20

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hope After Betrayal!


                          "Reclaimed"
             " A Thirty Day Personal Journey"
                       By Stephanie Broersma

About the Book:

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
Release Date: August 21, 2019
Stephanie Broersma lived a charmed life . . . until the day she discovered a deleted online conversation between her husband and another woman. When confronted, he confessed to a ten-year addiction to pornography and multiple affairs. Yet even as her world crumbled, Stephanie refused to allow Satan to turn her marriage into another dismal statistic.  
Reclaimed: Finding Your Identity after Marital Betrayal is Stephanie’s story—from revelation to reconciliation and all the pain and confusion in between. But it’s also a guide for those whose lives have turned upside down—a raw and honest look at the emotions, decisions, and difficulties women face in marital betrayal. It’s a collection of stories shared by real women, a journal with leading questions to help put words to feelings, and an encouraging compilation of Scripture verses to give strength to the weary. 
Stephanie’s goal in sharing her story is that you will realize that you are not alone. That you are not without hope despite the chaos and pain around you. That you will find healing from the shame, anger, and brokenness that overwhelms you. That you will gain confidence as you rebuild trust and self-worth. And that you will walk out of this fire with your head held high, giving God the glory for the amazing, reclaimed story of your life. 

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My Thoughts:

This book is one that opens the readers' eyes to what can happen when you least expect it. One is living a life  that they consider  one that is what God commands, when their world is completed shattered by reading one online conversation between a husband and another woman. I could feel the anger, confusion and hurt that this poor woman felt. Immediately, I thought, I would be out of that house so fast and never see or talk to my husband again, BUT....that is not the process that Stephanie works herself through. She chooses a way much more Christlike. 

This book is an open and honest guide to deal with such devastating betrayals in such a way that it leads to a beautiful feeling of redemption. Let's face it. Anger is a horrible, ugly thing that causes people to say hurtful  things and then isolate themselves from the world in order to not suffer the same again. All of us have said things in anger that we don't really mean! One must be careful of the actions you choose and allow healing to take place. 

This is a guide to reclaim happiness and complete healing.  The book deals with a thirty day plan, however can be used chapter by chapter, extending that time. 

A well written, tasteful story of life changing events and using them to once again feel happiness.

This book was received from CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. 







About the Author:

Stephanie Broersma is a living example of how God brings beauty from ashes in the lives of His children. Married since 2002, she and her husband, Tim, have walked through the valley of marital betrayal and come out the other side stronger, more in love, and fully devoted to Christ. She now heads Reclaimed Ministry, an organization that seeks to help other broken brides recover from the pain and devastation of marital infidelity. For more information or to find help, visit reclaimedministry.com. 



More from Stephanie

FUN FACTS about the book and Stephanie:
– In keeping identities private, Stephanie had to come up with a system to replace names when sharing stories from other women. She replaced the names with cast members from her favorite TV series, The Office.
– Stephanie has walked in two Susan G. Women 3 Day breast cancer walks and has ran in races with distances from 5k-50k.
– Her goal is to run a race in every state by the age of 50. She’s welcome to invitations and races with causes.
“Reclaimed is here to walk you through your season of brokenness. To support you with authentic tools and scripture based guidance that supports you and meets you exactly where you are. My name is Stephanie and I also have come from a place of dark despair. I created these materials to guide you on the path to wholeness and living a redeemed identity.
If your husband has had an affair… if pornography or sexual addiction has hurt your marriage… if you have discovered an emotional affair… then this message is for you.
Here’s why…
The problem is most women don’t know where to go for help when they discover an affair. Many will get counseling. Some will talk to close friends and family. Many will hide and pretend everything is fine. But none of that brings about the healing we need.
  • We need to connect with a community that understands what we are going through.
  • We need to discover the healing available through Jesus Christ.
  • We need a life that doesn’t feel out of control.
What happens if you don’t find healing? If you just keep doing what you have been doing? You remain stuck in brokenness and shame and may even continue enabling the same patterns of abuse.
My heart is for you to
  • Find your true identity
  • Develop confidence
  • Learn to love again”

Blog Stops

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SusanK. Beatty, Author, November 27 (Author Interview)
A Reader’s Brain, November 28
Inklings and notions, November 29
Andrea Christenson, November 30 (Author Interview)
Quiet Quilter, December 1
Simple Harvest Reads, December 2 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Stephanie is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Have your tissues ready when you read this book ! Fabulous Giveaway!

About the Book: Author:  Chautona Havig Genre:  Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas One man’s...