Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top Book Picks for 2014

January first, I set a Goodreads goal of reading 30 books in 2014. I surpassed my goal by 235% by reading 73 books. (If you're wondering how I did this, I don't really watch TV. I'm able to block out surrounding noises, which enables me to read in the evenings in the same room with my family while they're watching TV.) So, without further ado, here are my top book pics for 2014.

These ten romances received 5 stars from me because once I started I couldn't put them down, the swoon factor was astronomical, and the story stuck with me for days afterward. 

                  Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck                  


Walker's Wedding by Lori Copeland

                                         Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade                                     

Love In the Balance by Regina Jennings

                                                Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter                                                 

 Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

These romance series are my top pics because once I read the first book, I devoured them all. Each individual book received 5 stars from me. 

*The Witness Protection Program Series is not deemed Christian Fiction. However, these romance stories are clean, though the characters' actions and choices are riskier than Christian Fiction. 

*This series absolutely blew me away. I read all three books in a week. Deep emotional, soul-stirring content. Pair with a box of tissues. 

These romance novellas were short yet satisfying. All received 5 stars from me. 

Waiting for Lily Bloom by Jericha Kingston

Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

These books challenged me with the Word of God and deepened my knowledge of the scriptures. 

Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore

To Live is Christ by Beth Moore
*A study of the apostle Paul

These books both taught and challenged me.

Here is Where by Andrew Carroll
*Discovering America's forgotten history

Romance-ology 101 by Julie Lessman
*How to write captivating romance scenes

That's my list! What were your favorite books of 2014?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Eva by Clare Revell

A voice in the light woke her from a coma. 
But can the man pull her from the darkness of her life?

Eva Anderson is trying to rebuild her life after a devastating accident. The first voice she hears when she awakes is actor Harry “Matthew” Lyell—A man she could love. But left in a wheelchair, she’s withdrawn into herself.

Harry Lyell often wonders about the woman he met at the theatre door and then again, when she woke from a coma. Trusting in his faith in God, he knows there must be something special in Eva. 

As Christmas approaches, Eva and Harry's lives are drawn together in a way neither imagines. Can Harry help Eva find the Christmas miracle she needs or will a simple article destroy any future they might have?

Author: Clare Revell

Publisher: White Rose as part of Pelican Book Group’s 2014 Christmas Extravaganza

Cover design by Nicola Martinez

My Review
What a delightful book just in time for Christmas. Eva Anderson, pronounced Ava, attends a stage play with her best friend one very rainy night in hopes of getting her favorite actor’s autograph after the show by waiting at the back door. Her dream comes true, and Matthew Lyell even calls her beautiful. The night couldn’t get any better. But it could get worse… While crossing the street in the pouring rain to make their way home, Eva and her friend are struck by car. With her best friend dead and Eva’s legs no longer mobile, Eva wants nothing more than for her family to let her wallow in her depression. But when her path once again crosses with Matthew's, perhaps God has a bigger plan.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting, the British phrases, and the humor. This is the first book I've read of Clare Revell’s, and it certainly won’t be the last. I give this book 4.5 stars!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

Abigail Stuart thought she was Jeremiah Calhoun’s widow. 
But Jeremiah Calhoun is very handsome, very alive, and very perplexed. 
Most inconvenient indeed.

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies, giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he’s gone—a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain—until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail’s story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she’s never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn’t trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?

Author: Regina Jennings

Publisher: Bethany House, 2014

Cover by John Hamilton Design

My Review
I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience stories—or inconvenience in this case. I love how this author put a fresh spin on an old concept. As with all of Regina’s stories, I was hooked from the first page. “First, you’re going to write a good-bye letter to my sweetheart, and then you’re going to marry me.” 

Abigail thought she was marrying Jeremiah Calhoun, until months later, after moving in with his ma and sister and claiming her land, the real Jeremiah shows up, exhausted from fighting a war, weakened from an injury that didn't heal properly, and determined to marry Laurel, his only love, and the woman whose memory coaxed him to survive. But returning to home to find himself already married ruins Jeremiah’s plans, and the fact that he’s not dead ruins all of Abigail’s. An inconvenience on both sides.

This story is well-paced, full of emotion and humor, and a swoon-worthy romance. Regina has easily made her way to my list of favorite historical romance authors. I give this books 5 stars!

*A free copy of this book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. 


Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Love in the Balance, Caught in the Middle, and she contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She and her family make their home in Oklahoma City. Regina can be found online at

Monday, December 1, 2014

Silver White Winters Giveaway!

Today's the official release date for Silver White Winters! To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway. Lots of great prizes. See picture and restrictions below. Ends 12/20/14.
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