Tag: contemporary fiction

Review (and a Giveaway!): Always With You by Elaine Stock

Review (and a Giveaway!): Always With You by Elaine Stock

Posted April 12, 2016 / 2 Comments

  Can she move forward without knowing her past? Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind? In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and […]


Review: The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald

Review: The Carpenter’s Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald

Posted April 10, 2016 / 10 Comments

  One word can change a life. Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived twenty-one years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father […]



Review: A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

Review: A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

Posted April 5, 2016 / 3 Comments

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies can’t stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art–one that’s surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief […]


Review: Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Review: Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Posted April 5, 2016 / 3 Comments

One of the things I enjoy so much about Cynthia Ruchti’s books is her writing voice. It’s graciously down to earth with a dry wit that has me grinning even through tears, laughing even around the lump in my throat, and always always unable to put down the story until I’ve savored every word.


Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Ruchti

Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Ruchti

Posted April 5, 2016 / 66 Comments

Cynthia Ruchti’s books were new to me when I started blogging, but oh my goodness was I missing out! The heart and the humor and the characters captivate me from word one – no matter which book I pick up. Yesterday on Straight Off the Page, my blogging cohort Melissa […]


Review (and a Giveaway!): More Than A Promise by Ruth Logan Herne

Review (and a Giveaway!): More Than A Promise by Ruth Logan Herne

Posted March 31, 2016 / 27 Comments

Delightful, warm, and charming, More Than a Promise is more than a love story. Or rather, it’s more than a story about two people falling in love. It’s a story of hope and faith, of humor and family, of blending lives, of second chances, and most of all it’s a story that points to the Author of all love stories and how He’s head over heels for us.


Review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

Review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

Posted March 30, 2016 / 2 Comments

The Storm Sister – and its series – captivates me on many levels. The dual timeline is presented both seamlessly and creatively, and each story had multiple layers to uncover. As a series, the overarching thread of the sisters and their mysterious adoptive father continued to intrigue me – and new depths and questions were added that have me anxiously waiting for the next installment.


Review (and a Giveaway!): Like a Love Song by Camille Eide

Review (and a Giveaway!): Like a Love Song by Camille Eide

Posted March 12, 2016 / 6 Comments

Like a Love Song went straight for my heart. The characters, their histories, their futures, the setting, the plot. All of it spoke to me on a level that went beyond the romance and aimed steadfastly toward Jesus. Joe and Sue’s love story was, of course, a highlight of the book for me – it was cute, sweet, and even breath-stealing on occasion. But in all honesty, it paled in comparison to this truth that Camille Eide framed so gorgeously: God’s love never fails.



Review (and a Giveaway!): The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard

Review (and a Giveaway!): The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard

Posted February 19, 2016 / 3 Comments

The Starlight Chronicles is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs as we follow Lark and her bandmates in their quest to win the first round of a national “American Idol”-type competition. In between jam sessions, Lark struggles with her share of teenage angst – conflicts with her mother, questions about her father, friendships, romance, etc. Then there’s Bean.



Review: Pieces on Earth by Cathy Bryant

Review: Pieces on Earth by Cathy Bryant

Posted December 24, 2015 / 1 Comment

The plot of Pieces on Earth revolved around Liv’s anxiety and stress over her husband’s unexpected deployment to Afghanistan as well as other life “yuck” that just all piles on at once. Through the process, Liv and her daughter and even a friend or two learn a truth timely for today’s world – Life is broken. We are broken. Everything is a mess. But God sent Jesus to be our “Fixer”, to rescue us from our mess and repair what is broken.


Review: Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery

Review: Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery

Posted December 18, 2015 / 3 Comments

What an incredibly sweet and touching novel!

Have you ever had one of those years where every time you turn around something else punches you in the gut and sucks the air right out of you? One of those weeks? One of those days? If that season of life left you searching for an anchor, this book is a great place to start!


Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Posted November 21, 2015 / 37 Comments

Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.

For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently.


Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Posted November 9, 2015 / 3 Comments

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki […]


Review: Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3) by Deborah Raney

Review: Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3) by Deborah Raney

Posted November 9, 2015 / 4 Comments

Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need. Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight. Though […]


Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Posted November 5, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Lake House by Kate Morton Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Atria Books Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping suspense and uncovered secrets. […]