“For Love or Honor” by Sarah M. Eden *book review and giveaway*

“For Love or Honor” by Sarah M. Eden

This story was very well written and I loved the main character Marjie! She was so kind and compassionate and caring towards others-even when her family members were unkind to her. She was a great example of unconditional love and kindness.

Stanley is severely wounded in the war but doesn’t want to tell his family and friends how bad he is so he tries to keep them and Marjie away from him. Through out the book he allows himself to open up his heart to those around him so he can start to heal. He is conflicted about whether he should return to duty since it is the honorable thing to do, or to stay home to be with his family and allow himself time to heal.

I enjoyed reading about the time period and getting to know the characters and their relationships and hardships. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed this one as well!

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

About the Book:
From the moment they met, Marjie’s heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley’s sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be.
It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie’s joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley’s blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie’s devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen.
Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.

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Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

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“Many Sparrows” by Lori Benton *christian book review*

“Many Sparrows” by Lori Benton

This book was set in the time period of late 1700s when the Colonists and Indians were at war with each other due to land conflicts and language barriers among other things. Clare and her husband Philip are separated early on in this story so the rest of the story is her struggling to stay alive and to keep her children alive as she struggles in her new environment. Indian fights, killings, lack of food…were daily struggles for Clare, her children and their new friend Jeremiah.

I really liked Jeremiah! He found Clare while she was alone on the trail and befriended her without wanting or expecting anything in return. His strong faith and guidance and encouragement kept her alive and kept her strong for her children when she didn’t feel she could go on. Their friendship was wonderful to read about as it blossomed through out the story line.

I have 2 kids, so this story was emotional for me to read because I kept thinking what Clare was going thru when her son Jacob went missing. I cried and felt her emotional heartache and her faith struggles like they were my own feelings.

The book was very well written and made me feel like I was there with the characters during that time period. The story was longer than most (400 pages) so it took a couple nights to read, but it kept my interest and I kept hoping that the story would end well. I have never read anything by this author before so I wasn’t sure if the book would keep my interest due to the time period, but I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed it!

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

About the Book:

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

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About the author:
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”
Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com.

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2017 Race course map for LewisGale Salem Half Marathon & Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8k

15 more days until RACE DAY on Saturday October 14th for the Lewis Gale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Salem 8k, and G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run!

Have you registered yet? I loved the race last year and the views were stunning! I love being able to do an 8k because its more challenging than a 5k but isn’t a big time commitment like a half marathon.

The 8k course does not have a course time limit but the race does end at 1pm (4 hours).

The half marathon does have a 4 Hour Course Time Limit. “All participants must be able to finish the half marathon in 4 hours to remain official. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 18:18 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets.”

What do you get with race registration?
Every runner in the Half Marathon, 8K & Kids Mile will receive an official race t-shirt and a custom medal at the finish line where you will be greeted by the race director, family, friends and other spectators to congratulate you! All Half Marathon and 8K runners will receive an official Go Fest pint glass and one free craft beer coupon to be redeemed at Go Fest.

Expo/Packet & T-shirt Pick-Up:
Packet pick-up will be available at Go Fest at River’s Edge Park in Roanoke on Friday, October 13th from 6 p.m – 9 p.m.
A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.

Here’s the map for all 3 races:

It’s not too late to register and use my code: BLOG20 to save 20% off your race registration! Hope to see you there!

Here’s my recap from the 2016 race:

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“The Action Storybook Bible” review and Kindle giveaway

This story has a cartoon action type feel to it with the drawings but still depicts the bible stories reverently in my opinion.

I love that after each story section there is a “Life, Faith, Action!” segment which gives a little recap of the story, asks the reader some basic questions to build on Faith, and has a little prayer.

Also included in the back of the book is a “Hall of Fame visual index” which includes a list an alphabetical list of people throughout the bible (like Deborah, Abraham, Isaac etc) with some brief facts.

This book is recommended for ages 8 and below and is perfect for younger readers wanting to look at pictures or older readers wanting to read on their own. My boys enjoyed reading it before bed.

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


“God created the world”
“People fall deep into sin”
“God’s covenant promise”
“From favorite to forgotten.. to favorite”
“The great rescue”
“Into the promised land”
“A time of kings”
“A time of exile”
“A time of prophets”

“Jesus lives on earth”
“Jesus does miracles”
“The gift of salvation”
“The church begins”
“Jesus will return”
“For God so loves us”

About the Book:
The Action Storybook Bible invites families with children ages 8 and under explore God’s redemptive story together.
From the sleek and amazing creatures God created at the beginning of the world to the powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel to Jesus’s gift of eternal life for you and your family-God has a beautiful and exciting plan for the world. Where do you fit into that plan? How are the truths found in God’s Word reflected in your life?

This Bible storybook features 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story, packed with dozens of scenes-combining stories from God’s Word with brand-new captivating illustrations from Brazilian master-artist Sergio Cariello, illustrator of the bestselling The Action Bible. Discover your family’s place in God’s redemptive story and together put your faith into action!

Interactive features include:
-Fifteen episodes loaded with over 350 brand-new illustrations from master-artist Sergio Cariello.
-Short and easy reading for all ages. Take turns telling God’s redemptive story!
-The Life, Faith, Action! feature wraps up each episode and helps your family recognize how God is moving through each story, discover how that relates to your daily lives, and feel inspired to put your faith into action.
-Heroes Hall of Fame index, where you can look up your favorite Bible characters and discover their stories!

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About the authors:
Catherine has written more than twenty-five books for children, including the bestselling “Adventure Bible Storybook.” As publisher of children’s resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible® collection, which has sold more than a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest. ||**|| Brazilian-born Sergio Cariello has been an accomplished artist since childhood, drawing a regular comic strip for his city’s newspaper at age 11. He spent many childhood hours poring over “The Picture Bible” (Portuguese edition), never dreaming he would illustrate an updated edition (“The Action Bible”) decades later. Sergio has worked for Marvel Comics and DC comics and has illustrated Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron-Man, Wonder Woman, Fantastic-Four, and dozens more comic book characters.
Find out more about Catherine and at http://www.theactionbible.com.

Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God’s redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.

Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God’s beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 29. The winner will be announced October 2 on the Litfuse blog.

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