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Shadow of Your Smile Review

Hello to everyone who are here to see the review of The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren. Please follow me to http://mommiebethers.blogspot.com/ where my review and contest details are there!! Come on over! I am happy to have you!!!!!!!!! Bethers

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The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

I received this E-Book from WaterBrook Press Blogging for Books for free for my honest review of this E-Book.

Book Description:
Treasure is found in the most unlikely places.

The envy of all her friends, wife and mother Saphora Warren is the model of southern gentility and accomplishment. She lives in a beautiful Lake Norman home, and has raised three capable adult children. Her husband is a successful plastic surgeon–and a philanderer. It is for that reason that, after hosting a garden party for Southern Living magazine, Saphora packs her bags to escape the trappings of the picturesque-but-vacant life.

Saphora’s departure is interrupted by her husband Bender’s early arrival home, and his words that change her life forever: I’m dying.

Against her desires, Saphora agrees to take care of Bender as he fights his illness. They relocate, at his insistence, to their coastal home in Oriental—the same house she had chosen for her private getaway. When her idyllic retreat is overrun by her grown children, grandchildren, townspeople, relatives, and a precocious neighbor child, Saphora’s escape to paradise is anything but the life she had imagined. As she gropes for evidence of God’s presence amid the turmoil, can she discover that the richest treasures come in surprising packages?

My Thoughts:
The Pirate Queen is the first book by Patricia Hickman I have read and it is awesome. The Pirate Queen takes you on the journey of one woman, Saphora Warren, who was looking to spend the summer at their summer home, in essence leaving her husband, Bender. To her surprise Bender comes home to tell her he has cancer and is dying. This changes everything, Saphora, Bender, and their grandson Eddie head to Oriental to spend the summer at their summer place. While at the beach they meet an intriguing child, Tobias, who becomes a huge part of their lives. This book takes you on a journey of love, betrayal, forgiveness, loss, and finding God. Patricia Hickman writes with such authority on these things and of the parts of the country this story takes place. The story grabs you and brings you into her world. The journey that all of these characters take is just amazing, filled with joy and sorrow. The Pirate Queen is a wonderful story that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction. The Pirate Queen is one of those stories that will stay with me for quite some time. I am excited to read other books by Patricia Hickman.

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The Baker’s Wife By Erin Healy

I received this book from booksneeze.com for free for my honest review of this book.

Book Description:
If what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, why is Audrey growing weaker by the day?

When her husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation, Audrey’s never lost faith.

They decide to resurrect a failing bakery as a way to heal family wounds and restore their place in the community.

Running late to the bakery one foggy morning, Audrey strikes a vehicle. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers she hit a motor scooter. But there’s no rider in sight. Just blood.

The absence of the driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member responsible for firing Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack’s wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school, who has vanished…like morning fog.

Though there is no evidence to support Jack’s growing suspicion that Audrey and Geoff were involved in Julie’s disappearance, the detective is convinced of their guilt. When he takes the tiny bakery and its patron’s hostage, Audrey must unravel the secret of Julie’s disappearance and her own mysterious suffering before Jack hits his breaking point.

My Thoughts:

The Baker’s Wife is the 2nd book I have read by Erin Healy and it did not disappoint. The Baker’s Wife is a story about a woman with a connection to people that others don’t have, she can sense their pain and can take it away for them. The Baker’s wife was The Pastor’s wife until Jack Mansfield got her husband fired. The family stayed in the town and opened a bakery. On a fog morning, Audrey, the Baker’s wife and their son were driving to the bakery when out of no where they hit something. They get out of the car and see they have hit a scooter belonging to Julie Mansfield, Jack’s wife, and Julie is nowhere to be found but lots of blood is around. At the same time Diane Hall has come back to town after being in jail for 25 yrs for the death of her twin sister. Diane and Julie had been friends as children. Jack Mansfield believes that Audrey had killed his wife and hid her body or was holding her hostage somewhere. As Jack hold Audrey’s family and some others hostage at the bakery, Audrey, Diane, and Jack’s estranged daughter Miralee fight against the clock to find Julie and bring her home before Jack hurts everyone Audrey loves.

The Baker’s Wife is a very interesting story about The Baker’s Wife who can feel others pain and does her best to help them. Erin Healy writes a fascinating story about 2 families at odds with each other who have to come together to find Julie Mansfield. This story is a fast paced, at times intense tale that really keeps you guessing at what really happened. As the story unfolds there is a depth and connection of all the characters. Erin Healy writes of forgiveness, having faith in a seemingly impossible situation, and how some people use their faith as a weapon against others. I truly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories of suspense and intrigue. I look forward to reading more novels by Erin Healy.

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Cash Burn By Michael Berrier

I received this e-book for free from Tyndale Publishers for my honest opinion of this e-book.

Book Description:
Billions of dollars flow through Jason Dunn’s banking office each year. When he suffers a series of career setbacks and his marriage begins to crumble, he and his attractive new assistant devise a plan to disappear with a slice of the bank’s cash flow. The unwelcome appearance of his brother on the scene, just released from prison, threatens to sidetrack Jason’s plans. But Jason’s brother “Flip” has his own problems with a parole officer who isn’t fooled by this dangerous parolee. In the race to the jackpot between Jason and Flip, and the unwinding of their troubled history, the question soon becomes, Who will get burned?

My Thoughts:
Cash Burn was a hard read for me, it just didn’t hook me. The writing was done well and it was apparent the author did much research about the banking world and lingo. For me personally the book just wasn’t my style. It was not a bad book, just not my style.

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Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review of this book.

Book Description:
There are no second chances. Or are there?

Krista Mueller is in a good place. She’s got a successful career as a professor of history; she’s respected and well-liked; and she lives hundreds of miles from her hometown and the distant mother she could never please. It’s been more than a decade since Alzheimer’s disease first claimed Charlotte Mueller’s mind, but Krista has dutifully kept her mother in a first-class nursing home.

Now Charlotte is dying of heart failure and, surprised by her own emotions, Krista rushes to Taos, New Mexico, to sit at her estranged mother’s side as she slips away. Battling feelings of loss, abandonment, and relief, Krista is also unsettled by her proximity to Dane McConnell, director of the nursing home—and, once upon a time, her first love. Dane’s kind and gentle spirit—and a surprising discovery about her mother—make Krista wonder if she can at last close the distance between her and her mother … and open the part of her heart she thought was lost forever.

Krista Mueller has been making a life for herself despite dealing with her mother, Charlotte, and her Alzheimer’s for the last 10 yrs. Charlotte is staying in a nursing home that specializes in Alzheimer’s disease which is run my Dane, a long time friend, and someone Krista has loved forever. Dane calls Krista to come from Colorado to Taos, New Mexico because her mother is dying from heart failure. Krista makes the trip to do her duty as a daughter. Krista longed for her mother to love her, protect her but that wasn’t their relationship. Once Krista arrives she finds that maybe her judgement of her mother wasn’t fair. Krista finds out exactly who Charlotte was and what she went through. Krista finds her way to Jesus and found what forgiveness and love really means.

My Thoughts:
This is the first book by Lisa Tawn Bergren I have read. It is a wonderful book. I have a heart for Alzheimer’s disease and the people who live with it. I have worked with Alzheimer’s residents and watched Alzheimer’s take both my grandparents. Lisa Tawn Bergren really hits home with the struggles of both sides of this disease. It is obvious that a lot of research went into not just the disease but therapies, and the effects on both patient and caregivers. The characters are very real people who you can relate to. The story is a beautiful tale of forgiveness and finding love when you allow Jesus in your heart. I enjoyed this book tremendously and hope to read more books by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

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Cherished by Kim Cash Tate

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Book Description
How can she believe God cherishes her when she can’t forgive herself?

Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter. As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her while she slept. She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared would be a forever kind of love. But choices she’ll forever regret upended her hope . . . and turned her dreams to dust. When those dreams come knocking once more, she’s forced to deal with the pain of the past.

Heather Anderson’s life has spun out of control—first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band that left her devastated. Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One who can save her. And He did. But that’s just the beginning, because now she must leave behind the only life she’s ever known.

Two women with shame-filled pasts form an unlikely friendship. What does God’s forgiveness look like for them? Will they ever believe that He loves them . . . and can still offer them a life where they are cherished?

My Thoughts
This is the first book by Kim Cash Tate I have had the pleasure of reading and I can’t wait to read more. This beautiful story could be about any of us. Kim Cash Tate writes you right into her story. Our main characters, Kelli and Heather, form an unlikely friendship and in this friendship find out what God’s forgiveness truly is. These women find out that once you allow yourself that forgiveness, ANYTHING is possible. The characters in this story are so easy to relate to, their stories are so familiar to most people, and their journey back is beautiful. This story spoke to me in so many ways. The gospel message throughout was one that I loved and the book itself dealt with an issue that all of us can relate to that is guilt. I cannot wait to read Kim Cash Tate’s first book Faithful after this. I am so thankful the opportunity to read this book, felt like something I really needed at this point in my life.

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Never The Bride by Cheryl Mckay and Rene Gutteridge

I received this book from Waterbrook Press/Blogging for Book. I received this book to give my honest review of what I read.

Book Description:

Eleven Bridesmaid Dresses Don’t Lie

Since she was just a little girl, Jessie Stone dreamed up hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled the romantic ideas in her journal with her treasured purple pen, and fantasized about wedding dresses and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waved numerous couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.

But shopping for one key component of these countless proposals hasn’t been quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.

So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals? Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?

Never The Bride was originally written by Cheryl Mckay as a screenplay and Rene Gutteridge wrote it into a novel. Never The Bride is an entertaining story about Jessie Stone a romantic whose biggest dream is to find Mr. Right and get married. She had over 100 journals and in those journals she has many different scenarios for proposals. One day God appears in human form to her and tells her she needs to share her ideas with others. She quits her job and starts her own business helping men plan and execute the perfect proposals. Jessie and her sister, Brooklyn work together. God asks Jessie to trust Him to write her love story.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I found myself laughing out loud and other times tears. This story truly shows what happens when you lean on God instead of yourself. Our authors show God’s unconditional love and what happens when you put your faith in Him. This was a well written story with a lot of emotion. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story that is funny and romantic.

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