Thursday, February 11, 2016

Double Play by Ranee' S. Clark

 


Official Summary:
Sophie Pope is devastated when she hears the news: her former boyfriend, college football star Anthony “Rocket” Rogers, is engaged to be married. Determined to win him back before he says “I do,” Sophie hatches a foolproof plan to stop the wedding. But when Rocket’s best man, aspiring baseball player David Savage, thwarts her plot, she realizes the game is up. For David, though, it’s just beginning . . .
David knows that Sophie is just another pretty face, and he’s more than happy to save his best friend from her shallow advances. She’s not his type at all, so he’s baffled by his response to an awkward encounter with Donovan, another of Sophie’s former flames. Despite himself, David feels driven by an inexplicable need to protect her. Pretending to be Sophie’s new fiancĂ© leads to unexpected sparks between the pair, and soon they’re searching for excuses to spend time together. But when a curveball threatens to send them in opposite directions, will Sophie and David step up to the plate for the possibility of true love?
My Thoughts:
I really liked the idea of this book. I have read a lot of falling for the person you are supposed to stop from doing something and this book did a very good job with this. This book flowed very nicely and had some great lessons in it. There was one part in the end when things just got chaotic and the characters did not act like themselves. But overall this was a brilliant book.
David is a good guy. He sees Sophie’s potential and is honest with her about his thoughts. Sophie starts out a little prideful but as she sees that she is wrong about some things she changes her actions to help others.
“Double Play” is an LDS book and takes place in BYU but it is not cheesy. It is a good Christian romance. Click here to purchaseBuy on Amazon.com!

I received a free copy through Nettgalley in return for an honest review.
- K Duersch

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Legaly and Lawfully Yours by Anita Stansfield


Official Summary:
Following the revelation of her fiancĂ©’s philandering ways, high-powered New York attorney Shannon Turney's wedding is off . At a time like this, the last thing she can handle is family drama. But when she learns how far her brother’s and sister-in-law’s lives have spiraled out of control, the only thought in her mind is the safety of her young niece and nephew. After Shannon is granted custody, she and the children are eager to run long and far from their problems.
The end of the road is Sugar City, a place as delightful as its name implies. In the tiny town, Shannon gets much more of a change than she bargained for. Welcomed with open arms by the townspeople, including the handsome local veterinarian, Shannon and the children slowly begin to heal. But when their idyllic existence is threatened by the return of the children s mother, Shannon has no choice but to return to the courtroom she left behind. She has one last legal battle to fight, and the outcome may mean losing everything she loves.


My thoughts:
I have heard of Anita Stansfield a lot recently. I had never read one of her books and was trying to decide which one to try first. Then I found this book on Nettgalley. She did a great job with this book!


Shannon is stuck in a life of nothing but work. She doesn't have any friends and is stressed about her job. She literally drops everything, packs up her stuff, and leaves with the kids a day after she learns they are having a hard time. She is a very likeable character and does so much to help the kids. The vet, Phillip, is a strait forward, no nonsense kind of guy. Shannon and Phillip are instantly attracted to each other and decide to not hide any secrets. It seemed kind of strange at first but that is just how they are and it works for them. I liked how they decided to be friends first. They learned to trust each other before it got complicated. The kids are super cute and are so blessed to have met the people in town who help them realize that they are loveable. They learn that happy endings are possible. When their happy ending is threatened they are much stronger than before and face the challenge with their heads up.


I really enjoyed this book. It is a good Christian romance and I will definitely be looking forward to read some of Anita Stansfield's other books! This book is currently available to purchase Buy on Amazon.com!


I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Covenant Communications in return for an honest review.


Read your heart out!
-K Duersch

Monday, February 8, 2016

I Hope You Dance by Beth Moran





Official summary:


Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents--something she swore she would never do, especially not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late partner, and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through acts of delinquency, there was really only one option.
Returning to a house Ruth swore never to set foot in again is bad enough. Add to this an estranged father, whirlwind mother, and David--the boy next door who broke her heart--and it is little wonder Ruth can barely make it out of bed.
But then, reunited with her old friend Lois, Ruth is persuaded to go along to a monthly girls' night. Here she meets a bunch of incredible women and for the first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth begins to make some genuine friends. ( There was more to it but they were spoilers)




Here are my thoughts:
This was a sweet book about getting out of hard times and becoming a better person. There were a couple of times that I wanted to throw Ruth out a window so she would leave her room, but her mom pointed out several times that she was being stupid so I was okay with those parts ( since there was someone sane in the story). Once she started to live again she was a brilliant character who learned to think outside of herself and help others. Her daughter is not the typical daughter in a Christian romance but is a very fun girl. It has lots of twists in the story that keep you from getting bored. I really liked how the author wrote about people from all walks of life who were struggling and how they found friends and became better.


As a romance I would have to give it a 3 out of 5. As a book it is a 4.5 out of 5.It is not categorized as a romance but I normally read romances so I wanted to warn you.  This book doesn't have that much interaction between Ruth and David. He travels for work and there are only a handful of conversations between the two of them. They were childhood best friends who had deeper emotions that they didn't really tell each other about until they met up again. If I am going to read a romance I get in a mindset where I won't read the book if the romance is not good. For this book I liked reading it just as a novel about finding faith and hope again. So if you are looking for a heart swooning romance this is not the book but I recommend it for the life lessons that Ruth and others learn.


If you want to buy this book ( this one is available today :), click here Buy on Amazon.com!
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review through netgalley by Lion Fiction.
Don't forget to read today!
-K Duersch

Thursday, February 4, 2016

From Bags to Riches by Sandra D Bricker


This book is the 3rd book in the Jessie Stanton series. I have not read the first two books. If you want to read this book I would recommend reading the other books first because they go in chronological order.


Here is the official summary:


Jessie Hart worked so hard to put her Louisiana roots in the rearview mirror and her Adornments boutique on the map. So when renegade “husband” Jack turns up again, the new and improved Jessie catches his attention. As he fights through his residual legal battles, he makes every effort to win her back and marry her for real this time... before Danny gets the chance.

When a celebrity stylist with her own reality show makes Adornments a hot spot, Jessie’s hard work is finally paying off. But amid award shows and photo shoots, Jessie’s beloved grandfather is diagnosed with cancer and she’s nudged back to the Louisiana roots she worked so hard to escape. Now, in her quest to find the success, true love, and faith that has always eluded her, will God really lead her right back home?


My thoughts:


I will be honest and say this was not one of my favorite books. It  might be because I did not read the other two books. I enjoyed it but I know I missed out on a lot of good back stories and probably a lot of important turning points flew over my head because I need to read other books. Again I recommend for you to read the other two books first!


All that aside I think it was a brilliant end cap to a series ( I'm pretty sure it was the end, there wasn't a cliffhanger). Jessie has had a rough life and it does not get any easier for her in this book. But she learns to cope with it and becomes stronger. She has an amazing supporting group of friends who drop everything and come when she needs them. This book shows what true love is. The man who wins her heart is such a good man. He does so much to help her and make her see the good in the bad. It also had a little bit of information about what it is like to live in Louisiana. I like reading about different ways of life and this book was not completely immersed in Louisiana culture but it had a couple of nice glimpses.


One of my favorite things about this book was every couple of chapters there was a passage in italics. This was the grandpa's thoughts/prayers about life, faith and Jessie. I thought it was really sweet and you understand Jessie and her Grandpa more.


 This book was a good, CLEAN, Christian romance. This book does not officially come out until March 1, 2016. I will read this again once I read the first two books. If you want to buy this book (after you get the first two) click here Buy on Amazon.com!
I got a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Abingdon Press in return for an honest review.


Don't stop reading!
-K Duersch

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M.White


Here is the official summary:
Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough--not for her father, not for the man she thought she'd marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she's willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.
Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she's about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.
My thoughts:
This book was super sweet and I really enjoyed it. Rowena is from the Highlands so she has a fun accent ( Dinna means do not). She also says things like Aye and ye. Ms. White really shows you how they lived and really gets you into the highland culture.
This book is also realistic. Rowena and Brice are complete strangers. They only had 1-2 conversations before they were married and they didn't know much about each other. They both acknowledge this fact and don't instantly fall in love but they decide that they need to work together to make their marriage work. This is probably my favorite arranged marriage ever because they both try to figure out how to fall in love. They have their ups and downs like any marriage but they again work together and their solutions are logical and not passion or lust based.
Brice and Rowena are both really good characters and it is easy to get to know them both. The point of view shifts around. It is mostly between Brice and Rowena and occasionally some of the other characters. This is a wonderful CLEAN, Christian, historical romance!
This book will not be available until April 5, 2016, you can preorder it here in Kindle format or paperback Get it on Amazon.com!
I got a free copy of this book through Netgalley by Bethany House in return for an honest review.
Keep reading!
-K Duersch

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Edenbrooke By Julianne Donaldson


This book is probably my favorite book. Julianne Donaldson has created a magnificent book about a super sweet young lady and a swoon worthy gentleman. 
Here is the official summary:
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she'll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.
From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.
My Thoughts:
Marianne feels inadequate because her father leaves her with her grandmother, who is not a very motherly lady, and then her grandmother sends her to Edenbrooke. To add on to the pile, her mother recently died and her sister is off in London having fun a parties and balls. Phillip ( the mysterious stranger) and Marianne are such a cute couple! They meet in unfortunate circumstances that leaves both with bad first impressions. But once the situation on both sides in understood, they have a strong bond. Phillip knows when to be a flirt and knows when to be serious. I think he is like Mr.Darcy from pride and predjudice except his arrogant side does not last very long and is quickly turned into the kind and thoughtful side. "Heir to Edenbrooke" is a novella about Phillip's point of view and is a very fun read as well. Buy on Amazon.com
I have read  this book with my 11 year old sister and she loves it too!

Monday, January 11, 2016

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