“Bringing Maggie Home” by Kim Vogel Sawyer

“Bringing Maggie Home” by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This book was very well written and kept me engaged from beginning to end. It was an emotional book to read with some very sad parts, but overall I liked it because it was realistic and hopeful.

The chapters go back and forth between present time and 70 years earlier when Hazel was a 10 year old girl. It is so heartbreaking that one accident could lead to 3 generations of heartbreak and misunderstanding.

When Hazel’s granddaughter Meghan finds out about her tragic past, she uses her cold case expertise to find the missing Maggie. I liked reading about the three women and how they tried to work on their relationships with each other and with God.

This story was about faith, forgiveness, love, and finding hope and healing. Highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the book:
Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

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About the author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.

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“100 Favorite Verses from the Old Testament” by Shauna Humphreys *review and giveaway*

“100 Favorite Verses from the Old Testament” by Shauna Humphreys

This is a beautiful padded soft cover, hard back book with a red ribbon bookmark attached. Perfect for a gift!

It has 200 pages with 100 different chapters, well written and very organized. Perfect to use for a daily study since each chapter/scripture is only 2 pages. Included in the begining is the table of contents so readers can jump around and read what subject that are interested in.

I really enjoyed looking through this study book for the Old Testament!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Studying—and truly understanding—the Old Testament can feel like an insurmountable task. But in this wonderful compilation of 100 of the most beloved Old Testament verses, author Shauna Humphreys reminds readers that this sacred book of scripture is brimming with treasures of wisdom for those prepared to seek them. Presented with complementary spiritual insights, vibrant explanations, and personal applications, each verse will motivate readers to delve into these sacred and powerful teachings as never before. Whether used in personal study or incorporated into family discussions or Church lessons, this inspiring volume is sure to enlighten the mind and stir the heart.

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“Safe House” by Traci Hunter Abramson *book review and giveaway*

This was a great, action packed, fast-paced drama! I really liked it!! This story is about two secret organizations; the Guardians and the Saint Squad as they work together to keep themselves alive and to find out who is killing off the Guardians.

I really liked all the main characters like Renee, Heather, and Kade. I liked how they all worked together as a big team and communicated well together, which you have to be able to do in their profession.

This story was very exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Highly recommend! I hope this author will write more books involving these characters.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?
CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she’s never really believed in their existence— until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee’s qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.

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Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.

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The Fortune Cafe (A Tangerine Street Romance #1) by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, Heather B. Moore #FREE

The Fortune Café
A Tangerine Street Romance
(a novel in three parts)

Welcome to Tangerine Street

Tangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. The Fortune Café, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés on Tangerine Street, is a Chinese restaurant unlike any other because, well, to be honest, the fortunes found in the cookies all come true…

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidentally cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?

Other books in the Tangerine Street Romance series:
The Boardwalk Antiques Shop
The Mariposa Hotel
Delilah’s Desserts

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