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Saturday, September 16, 2017
The setting of this book was so intriguing . I loved how the author brought historical facts into the book to enhance the story and make it come alive. I learned some very interesting things like how hard it was to make a living in 1816. People worked hard and leaned on each other for help. I can't image having to work in the fields all day and do chores on their farm as well. One of the most likeable characters in the story fascinated me. I learned about McAlister "Mac" Albright as a sea captain. Being on a ship for long periods of time were hard and having to oversee everything must have been so stressful. When he come to Shenandoah valley, will he be able to start a new life away from the sea?
Lily was another favorite character of mine. She watched out for her little brothers after her dad passed and help her aunt on the farm. I loved Lily's sassiness and loyalty to her friends and family. I laughed so hard when Mac and Lily first met. It was quite an embarrassing moment for her. As if Lily doesn't have enough to deal with, now Mac is accusing her of being on his land. What a jumbled mess they find themselves in. It makes for a wonderful story filled with adventure, trust, deceit and discovering God's plan for their lives.
Now to the character I loved to hate. Just saying his name makes me want to spit nails. Mr. Everett is the epitome of an evil man. He is deceitful, mean and abusive . His words cut through Lily and at times make her feel unclean. He has one goal and that is to control Lily and everything her father left her. The author draws readers in with a battle between right and wrong. It breathes realistic scenes with danger and twists that keep readers glued to their chairs. Will Lily get to keep her land? Can Mr. Everett convince everyone that Lily's dad deeded the land to him? Will Mac and Lily become more than neighbors? Don't miss this wonderful book that captures the true setting of 1816 and characters that make this story stand out in the historical genre.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
From the Author – Betty Lee Crosby – First I would like to Thank Deana for having me as a guest here on The Texas Bookaholic Blog. Before I talk about Silver Threads, I would like to say that my heartfelt prayers are with the countless number of Texas families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I would like to believe that somewhere beyond this earth we know there is a Keeper of the Scales with a large supply of rose-colored stones destined to drop bits of joy on those who need it most.
Although it can hardly be considered ‘magic’ I do believe we are connected to one another in ways that we cannot possibly imagine. Often we shy away from the circumstances enabling us to make these connections, and we need a small shove… as Drew Bishop does in this story. It is the story of a man facing the worst of life’s tragedies; one of a father loving a child so much that he is willing to let go of everything to give her the happiness she deserves.
I loved writing this story and imagining that there actually is a keeper of life’s scale, a being that measures out our joys and sorrows, balancing one to the other.
I hope if you haven’t already read it, you will give this book a try. You can download a free sample on Amazon, iBooks or at Barnes and Noble. If you find yourself wanting to know more about the characters in Silver Threads, stop by for a visit at betteleecrosby.com or catch up with me on FaceBook. I truly enjoy connecting with friends and fellow book lovers.
Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today Bestselling Author
The author is giving away a paper book of Silver Threads. (U.S. only- international will receive an e-copy)
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I just finished reading this book and can't believe how powerful the writing is. The author grabbed my attention right away and I found myself reading as fast as I could. The story captures a tragedy that no family wants to face. I fell in love with Brooke right away. She is a sweet little girl who has a happy life until one day her world is shattered. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to face your child and tell them news that will break their heart. The author does a great job of showing the emotional turmoil Brooke goes through. I wanted to hug Brooke and cry with her. The emotions in this book are so raw and reach deep into your heart and tear it piece by piece.
Drew I thought was at first a little distant from his family , but really came to be a man who loved his daughter deeply. Everyone grieves in their own way and I think for Drew it was hard to care for Brooke while trying to keep his emotions under control. I loved when Drew makes the decision to move away from all the hurt and takes his daughter to a new place to start over.
I was fascinated by the thread and the Keeper of the Scales. We encounter people in our lives that somehow seem to fit and make our lives more enjoyable. When Drew and Brooke find themselves at The Memory House Inn I wanted to stay there as well. What a wonderful place to feel loved and relaxed. There is a bit of suspense in the book which I found to be very well written. I didn't see it coming and thought it added a sense of closing a chapter in the lives of Brooke and Drew. I am so impressed with the writing style and how the author can breathe life into a character with words. I became invested in Brooke and Drew right away and found the ending to be a perfect way to thread their lives from sorrow to happiness.
I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
GIVEAWAYWhat will it take for a former starlet to find love with an average Joe?
After the accident that killed her husband five years ago, Serena Johnson left Hollywood—and her stage name—behind to set up shop as a potter. Her online business keeps her occupied and fulfilled, but she misses having someone special to share her life.
Micah Baxter has enjoyed the year he’s worked in his family’s bakery in Arcadia Valley, even if his siblings are all finding love, leaving him the odd man out. When Micah delivers the cookies Serena ordered for an event at her pottery studio, the attraction between them is hard to deny. But so are their differences.
Having been a fan when he was younger, Micah knows all about Serena’s bad-girl history. So how can he trust the feelings that grow between them? And if Hollywood comes calling, will Serena be content to stay?
Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at Arcadia Valley Romance dot com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!
Cookies & Candlelight is the second full-length novel in the Baxter Family Bakery series set in Arcadia Valley. It follows the novel, Muffins & Moonbeams. The series begins with a novella, Loaves & Wishes, that was introduced in Arcadia Valley Book 1, Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. Get your copy today to spend more time baking with the Baxter family.
Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.
One of my favorite things about the book was how the author wrote a beautiful story of two people getting to know each other and not afraid to share their faith. It is a very refreshing story and I loved the setting in Idaho. I went to Idaho when I was younger and have never forgotten how beautiful it is there.
Serena is a character that I immediately connected to. She is sweet and is looking for a place to belong without all the glamour and star treatment she once had. I thought the author did an exceptional job describing the inner workings of pottery making. I could see Serena working with the clay as she molds it into a work of art. It was a great stress reliever for Serena and God gifted her with a talent to make works of art. After suffering a tragic accident I can understand why she would want to get away from the gossip and grieve in her own way. She walked away from fame and never looked back.
Micah is every woman's dream. He is good looking, helps with the family business and can cook. Oh I know as people walked into the bakery they could smell fresh bread, muffins hot out of the oven and cookies that melt in your mouth. I loved the first encounter that Serena and Micah had. I'm sure Micah thought Serena was a bit pushy. I love Serena's take charge attitude and the way she handles herself around others.
The story is easy to read with characters that share their faith without hesitation. Serena does have a past that will soon catch up with her. How will Micah react when he finds out who she is? Will Serena be able to let go of the past and allow Micah into her heart? They are so different from each other, but there is no denying the attraction between them. I wanted the story to go on forever because I fell in love with the people in this quaint little town.
The author has written a story that made me realize that our past doesn't have to define who we are today. How hard would it be to ignore rumors about someone you love? Could you forgive them of their past?
I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
The author is giving away 2 Kindle copies of her new book COOKIES & CANDLELIGHT.
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