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Review: Blessing by Lyn Cote

Blessing (Quaker Brides) - Lyn Cote

I love jumping at the chance to read books that are filled with powerful messages from God. So, when I saw this book, I jumped on the chance to review it. However, I was sadly disappointed in the this particular book. The story line fell flat for me. The characters didn't grip me and hook me like I was hoping they would. I tried many, many times to review this book but sadly, again, I could not finish it all. However, that being said, I still encourage everyone to read this book. Just because it wasn't for me, does not mean that you will not enjoy it or find a message within for you! 

The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston

The Courtship Basket (An Amish Heirloom Novel) - Amy Clipston

Ms. Clipston has been a long time favorite Amish author of mine. When I see she has a new book out, I instantly jump on the chance to read and review it. Her characters, her strong messages, the faith that she weaves into her heartwarming stories always captivates me. This book, THE COURTSHIP BASKET, definitely didn't disappoint me! 

Filled with all things that make a book a wonderful read, heartache, love, sparks and a spunky young child, Ms. Clipston stole my heart with Rachel, Mike, John and, yes! Even David, though I was on the fence about him and the way he did Rachel. But, at the end of the book, I could see his villainous was as to be a huge part of the story. 

This Amish novel is one that I highly recommend to all! It's instantly a soul sucking, heart gripping novel and I can't wait to read more! Well done on this 5 star read, Ms. Clipston! 

Review: Nash by Jay Crownover

Nash - Jay Crownover

Molly’s Thoughts:
Again! She has done it again. Another great Marked Men novel by the talented Ms. Crownover! I enjoyed this book so incredibly much. Nash and Saint…so glad they got their story! 

 

I’ll talk about Saint first. I loved her character. I loved feeling her emotions. Most of them, though, I came by them naturally as I went through a lot of what she went through. It really hit home with me. In fact, I am still struggling with it. The letting go isn’t easy and it’s something that needs to be done to move on completely and life a full, happy life. 

 

Nash Donovan. Bless him and his flaming tattoos. He’s a sexy character and I loved him. He really struggled in this book, but to watch him come to terms with his life, his heart…..it really was a wonderful thing to watch! Jay, can you get me a Nash, please? Cause that sexy man just stole my heart! 

 

I won’t go into a lot of detail as I don’t like to give spoilers. But, if you enjoy sexy, tatted men, and women who steal their breaths away, along with a soul sucking plot line that doesn’t let you go, then Ms. Crownover’s NASH is a wonderful addition for you. Definitely shelf worthy, re-read worthy and highly, highly recommened 4.5 star read! Once again, a story that makes you think, filled with passion and sparks, Ms. Crownover gave us another fantabulous read! 

Review: Rome by Jay Crownover

ROME - Jay Crownover

Another fabulous book by the superbly talented Ms. Crownover! Oh Lawdy, is it ever amazing. I loved Rule, I loved Jet, but Rome? I have nothing but mad, mad, mad love for this sexy big brother! Reading his story left me hurting, left me wanting more of Rome and Cora, left me in an emotional state that I love to be in when I read incredibly written novels. 

 

Rome Archer is a tortured soul, full of hurt, anger, desperation and hope. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him to just let go and live. His pain of the past and all he went through quickly became mine. I saw his life through his life from the start of his story. Watching him develop through out the story was awesome. 

 

And Cora Lewis. Bless her little “half pint” soul. I really loved how Jay created her character. She was a cute little pixie for sure and I fell in love with her character just as quickly as I fell in love with Rome’s. Her past and present were tortured, too, and when a twist is thrown into the story……well, let’s just say I loved her even more with how she

handled herself! 

 

This book is beyond 5 star worthy to me. Ms. Crownover once again created a novel filled with steamy passion, hot sex, and a story line sure to leave you tangled up in emotions and ready for the next Marked Man! Well done and hats off to you, Ms. Crownover! Looking forward to reading the next incredible man in the series!

***Original post on Cafinated Reads website***

Review: A Moment Of Weakness by Karen Kingsbury

A Moment of Weakness - Karen Kingsbury

Ms. Kingsbury has done it again! Once again, she has created a faith filled, emotional rollercoaster story that steals my breath.....and my heart. Jade and Tanner's characters truly came to life for me. Every heart ache, heart beat, moment of weaknesses and wishes became my own. Following Jade and Tanner, I fell in love with God all over again, fell in love with characters that brought me to the center of their world, and fell in love, once again, with Ms. Kingsbury's writing style. Definitely highly recommended with highest of 5 stars! 

Review: Waiting For Morning by Karen Kingsbury

Waiting for Morning - Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a long time favorite author of mine. She creates stories full of depth, heart ache, hope and meaning. Each book she creates has wonderful twists, and heartwrenching plots. Waiting For Morning is no different and has become one of my favorites of her novels. 

Waiting For Morning is a story that is filled with incredible messages of leaning on God, grasping onto your faith and understanding that tomorrow will come and sometimes, despite the heartache, it will be a better a day. 

Ms. Kingsbury weaves her characters into the story in the perfect way, making them meaningful and true to life. Each one captures a piece of my heart and takes on their journey, keeping me close to them so I feel every instance of their walk. I feel every emotion, every bit of laughter, every  tear. I pray with them, I lean on them. 

That is the kind of story that Ms. Kingsbury creates and throws to her reader. I highly recommend Waiting For Morning to all. I also suggest that you have tissues near by and a long night for reading because you'll need the tissues for the tears and the long night because you won't want to close it til the last chapter is finished! I can't wait to dive into book two! 

Review: A Heart's Home by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Home (A Journey of the Heart) - Colleen Coble

Another wonderful hit from the ever talented Ms. Coble! She is truly talented in her works and creates these stories about the Amish and their romances and struggles perfectly. With each new story I read by her, I become further and further invested into the lives and hearts of these wonderful families. 

A Heart's Home is a moving story. One that is filled with emotions, secrets, faith and hope. Each page turn brought me closer to the end, and desperate for more. Ms. Coble's creation of Emmie and Isaac was beautifully done. 

If you are looking for a book filled with honor, love, and cherished families, then this is the one for you. These novellas are heartwarming, moving and addictive! High flying colors for Ms. Coble's work! 

 

*This book was provided for review by BookLook Bloggers.* 

Review: The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's Children - Sarah McCoy

Ms. McCoy wrote a splendidly inspiring novel with this book. From start to finish I was engrossed in a wonderful novel filled with emotion, depth and meaning. Taken to a time in history where the Underground Railroad was what was used among those that were slaves, and to a time when the war was raging, Ms.McCoy truly kept me hooked on the story. 

The characters were chiseled perfectly for their roles and I found myself quickly becoming a part of the story and making friends with these characters. This is definitely a novel worthy of 4 stars and high recommendations! Well done! 

Review: A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Danger - Colleen Coble

Ms. Coble is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. She always creates a story filled with hope, faith, love, and twists that will keep you up late at night. While this is the third book in this series by the ever talented Ms. Coble, I was not confused and loved following the scenes and fast paced story of Ben, Rand and Sarah. With each page turn of this short, fast paced read, Ms. Coble drew me closer and closer to the heart of the story. With 4 stars and highest of praises, I definitely recommend this book to all Coble fans, and those new to her works. You won't be disappointed and will be anxious for the next release to the series! Well done, Ms. Coble!

Review: A Heart's Betrayal by Colleen Coble

A Heat's Betratal - Colleen Coble

Ms. Coble has done it again with another amazing book! These short, quick reads are filled with fast paced settings, romance, faith and hope. The characters are easy to love and the story line sucks you in in true Coble form. I am highly recommending this to all Coble fans and am looking forward to the next amazing installment!

Review: The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats - Chris Pavone

My Thoughts:
Where do I begin this review without sounding harsh? I really don't know. I guess it's best to just put it out there. I did not finish this book. I tried four times to read this book and it was not a good end result each time. I just had to finally call it quits on trying to get through this book. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to bash the author or anything like. I just didn't like the writing and characters for this particular book. The characters were a little underdeveloped for my liking and the plot line wasn't gripping enough for me. 

Does that mean I won't read another book by this author? No it doesn't. It means I will give this author another try in the future. But, this particular book just wasn't up my alley in the way of politic thrillers. 

Review: An Amish Cradle by Multiple Authors

An Amish Cradle - Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Vannetta Chapman

My Thoughts: 
Another wonderful collection of novellas for the Amish lovers! I love getting the chance to read these amazing, heartwarming stories. Each author always brings something moving to the collection, filling the pages with warmth, love, devotion and faith. When I open these stories they never fail to capture me from beginning to end. 

My favorite of the stories in this collection was Beth Wiseman's In His Father's Arms. That one really hit home with me. I had a child born with a birth defect, and I also, years ago, babysat a child who had Downs Syndrome. It brought back the memories of the difficulty of dealing with a child like that, and the memories of easily accepting a child with it. This story with it's love,faith, convictions and acceptance along with  God's guidance really moved me more than the others. 

I highly recommend this 5 star book to everyone! Well done, ladies! 

Review: An Amish Second Christmas by Multiple Authors

An Amish Second Christmas - Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, Tricia Goyer

My Thoughts:

I love Christmas. I love Amish. And after reading the first Amish Christmas novel, I knew I had to read this one. I was so in love with this book, much like the first! This collaboration of authors and their talented work have once again captured my soul with their characters and story lines. 

These stories are unique and follow Amish tradition, and the attention to details are vivid. Each character is different, yet they compliment each other perfectly. The feel of Christmas and romance, and God's amazing word really help the stories to pop. 

If you've never read an Amish novel before, I highly recommend that you read this book. These authors will sweep you away into the loving atmosphere of the holidays and carry you on journeys of hope and faith. Well done, ladies! 

*A copy of this book was provided to Cafinated Reads courtesy of BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for an honest review*

Review For Tantric Coconuts by Gregory Kincaid

Tantric Coconuts - Gregory D. Kincaid

This book was something that I was excited to review. However, upon receiving a copy of this book from Blogging For Books, I was disappointed in the book. It was way more spirituality than I am used to. I like books that are filled with fun and romance, humor and exciting plots. This one, well, it was all about the right paths to take and the wrong ones not to take. That's not a bad thing, don't get me wrong. Just not something I'm used to or like to read. 

That said, I did like the author's writing style. There was a bit of romance added to the story and that helped to keep me focused on the story enough to finish the book to the end. 

Sadly, I can only give this book a three in rating. It's not my favorite and therefore, I won't be rereading it any time soon. But, don't let that stop you from reading this book. You may find it completely to your liking and enjoy it thoroughly. 

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 452 pages.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Review For Diverent by Veronica Roth

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