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Friday, May 24, 2013

Revell Blog Tour: {When a Secret Kills} by Lynette Eason

About the Book:

Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it's time to put the past to rest. She's tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She's no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do--ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago--and Jillian watched it happen.

Didn't she?

Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone. Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series.

My Star Rating: 5 

 My Review:

When you visit Lynette Eason's website, you're met with the tagline, Infinite Suspense: Welcome . . . to the edge of your seat!  And that's exactly what you get with the Deadly Reunions series!  If you haven't read books one and two in the series, you'll definitely want to pick up When the Smoke Clears and When a Heart Stops.  Each book flows into the next, and each book is connected so they should be read in order to fully appreciate the storyline.  Each book is extremely well written, and full of action, suspense, and intrigue!  The Deadly Reunions series definitely kept me on the edge of MY seat!  Oh yes, and don't forget the romance!

If you're looking for a fast-paced ride, then you've come to the right place.  Lynette Eason's writing is fantastic, and truly keeps me guessing with all of the twists, turns, and surprises.  With the completion of each book in this series, I've been left with the same thought . . . WOW!!  That was really awesome!

Not to sound cliche, but this one was a hard one to put down.  And just like the other two books in the series, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!  I could go on, but I don't want to give anything away -- my lips are sealed!  If you haven't already, add this one to your list of MUST READS!  And be sure to have all three books on hand . . . you'll want to read them all!

"Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

Monday, May 20, 2013

Music Monday: {Don't Try So Hard} by Amy Grant (featuring James Taylor)

Hello! Long time no see! It's been busy around here, but I'm so glad to have some time to bring you a Music Monday post! This is a beautiful new song by Amy Grant from her brand new studio album, How Mercy Looks From Here.

Don't Try So Hard is currently airing on KLOVE and XM The Message, and I think it shares a message that so many of us need to hear.  Praising the Lord for His grace, and the gift of His Son.

I'll let the song speak for itself.  Enjoy and be blessed, my friends.  Happy Monday!

Don't try so hard
God gives you grace and you can't earn it
Don't think that you're not worth it
Because you are
He gave you His love and He's not leaving
He gave you His Son so you'd believe it
You're lovely even with your scars
Don't try so hard

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Revell Blog Tour: {Love at Any Cost} by Julie Lessman

About the Book:
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie MacKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.

My Star Rating: 5

My Review:
We have another winner!  I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- Julie Lessman never fails to impress!  Love at Any Cost is Book 1 in The Heart of San Francisco series, and it truly does take the reader into the heart of San Francisco at the beginning of the 20th century.  All of the elements that I've come to love from a Julie Lessman novel are here, with a new cast of characters!  The McClare family comes to life atop the affluent Nob Hill, while we also get a taste of the seedy, dark side of the Barbary Coast.

As with all of Julie's novels, there's always the historical element that I love so much.  As a native Californian, who's been to San Francisco many times, I appreciate that I was able to see the city come to life in 1902, through these beautifully penned pages.  In the beginning of the book, I found myself stopping to do a bit of research, and I discovered some rich San Francisco history that I was unfamiliar with.  I'm always in awe of how well Julie weaves the historical elements into her stories, and makes you feel like you've stepped back in time.  It's always a fun history lesson!

This novel has everything I've come to love from Julie's novels -- passion, romance, witty dialogue, laugh-out-loud interactions between the characters, eye-popping twists, and the ever present thread of faith.  It's always the perfect mix, and I love how Julie effortlessly weaves key spiritual elements into the lives of her characters.  So not only are we entertained by the spunky Cassidy McClare, and the handsome Jamie MacKenna, but we see the power of what God can do in a human life.  How He can change a heart, mend relationships, and give us the desires of our heart.

With top notch writing that will keep you turning pages, you don't want to miss Love at Any Cost!  It's one for the keeper shelf, and I highly recommend picking up a copy today!

"Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."