Hope needs more hope. Faith needs more faith. They both need a whole lot of love.Two sisters. One summer. Multiple problems.Younger sister Hope has lost her job, her car, and her boyfriend all in one day. Her well-laid plans for life have gone sideways, as has her hope in God. Older sister Faith is finally getting her dream-come-true after years of struggles and prayers. But when her mom talks her into letting Hope move in for the summer, will the stress turn her dream into a nightmare? Is her faith in God strong enough to handle everything?For two sisters who haven’t gotten along in years, this summer together could be a disaster, or it could lead them to a closer relationship with each other and God. Can they overcome all life is throwing at them? Or is this going to destroy their relationship for good?
my point of view:
This is without a doubt a wonderful read. I love a great story that involves faith and hope, and this one personifies it completely. When I can read a book that makes me actually feel something, even if that something is sadness or stress over what is happening in the character’s life, well, that to me is a sign of a great author!
To me this was a story of two sisters…yes, there is some romance and a love story in there, but I loved the sister relationship just as much as the romance part of the novel! Faith and Hope have not been close since their childhood, and when their mother pretty much pushes them together, well, this is their chance to get that sister bond back.
One of the most beautiful things is how Faith is struggling with faith, and Hope seems to have lost hope……their lives are going through very different and difficult times, and being able to finally find a way to rely on one another is such a heartwarming scenario. I admit I have never been through any of the circumstances that these two sisters had to face, but it sure felt like I had by the time I finished reading this lovely book. I am so grateful to have read this story and look forward to more from this author!
About Amy R Anguish
Amy is being so generous, she is offering one commenter on this post a free ebook version of Faith and Hope, so let’s hear what your super power would be! Contest will run for one week from today, winner will be notified via email!
Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.
After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.
Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.
my point of view:
Honestly, I am so blessed that Janet Ferguson has allowed me to read this story prior to release date. I can tell you this book got to me in so many ways, the realism behind addiction and sorrow and rehabilitation is so spot on, Janet sincerely nailed this story from all angles. This work of fiction is so much more than a love story…it is the story of anyone who has been touched by addiction, the wife of an alcoholic, the mother of a drug addict, the survivor of a brutal, senseless attack, the parents who have lost a child much to young, or someone struggling with their own guilt ….……goodness, I do not think there is a soul out there that has not experienced some sort of the tragedies this book entails.
And yet…..and yet, there is hope. There is God and forgiveness and recovery. I cannot even begin to tell you how personally emotional this book was to me, I have struggled as a family member in a few of these tragedies covered, and still continue to pray and fight for my loved ones every single day. There are no easy answers, and there is no magic button. There is Jesus. He is the answer for all the struggles….there is no promises that this life will be easy, but He does promise to walk with us every step of the way. I cannot emphasize enough that while this is a work of fiction, it truly addresses real life issues in a non-fiction way.
I struggle every single day with what addiction has done to members of my family. It frustrates me and makes me angry and scared……reading a novel such as this one has truly opened my eyes and heart to what others go through, including the recovering addict themselves. Thank you, Janet Ferguson, for putting pen to paper and bringing this story to life…even now, days later I sit here and cry as I write this review.
Thank you so much, Caryl, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend a few minutes with us today! I must say, I am amazed at the number of books you have published and all you do (see bio below, lol)! I am honored to have you join me for coffee! I cannot express how grateful I am for your openness in sharing so much with all of us!
CM: It’s my pleasure, Paula Marie I love chatting and I love coffee, so this is a great place to be, especially here with you!
PM: When do you find the time to write? Where is your favorite place to write?
CM: Notice green walls, window treatments, bed set, etc. ) Well, I write pretty much every day. For me it’s like talking and you asking, “When do you find time to talk?” And there’s really only one place, and that’s at my husband’s desk on his computer. Both our desks are in our bedroom. I’m always busy on mine. It’s used mostly for marketing, staying in touch, making memes, organizing and planning Facebook cover reveal and launch parties, creating newsletters, and “thinking about” updating my website
When I’m on his computer writing, he plays spider solitaire on mine. He’s a grand master now or something at 97% with all four suits. We write together, taking turns and going over each other’s writing. Plus, we like everything being in the same room, because I’m sitting right there when he goes to bed at 8 or 9pm. And while I’m sleeping until 8 or 9 in the morning, he’s right beside me at either desk!
On the average last year, we wrote about fourteen hundred words a day. There’s an average of two hundred fifty on a page, so that’s about 5 or 6 pages a day or almost twenty-two hundred pages a year and that means over a half million words a year—which was our goal.
PM: What is one thing about you that your readers would be shocked to know?
CM: This is a hard question because, as Ron says of me, I go around pretty much all the time with my zipper undone. I’m liable to tell anybody anything at any given time.
This isn’t a secret, I’ve mentioned it before, but some might be shocked to know that after five and a half years of marriage, I filed for divorce from my beloved. We were legally divorced for six months but only lived apart for two then remarried on our sixth wedding anniversary. We don’t even count it as bad time, and celebrated fifty years in 2018. (married at age eighteen—both of us—in 1968 after one year dating and another engaged)
I’ve long since repented for going against God’s Word—”“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:” 1 Corinthians 7:10 My faithful God has forgiven me. (See one of my latest blog posts “Wives Submit to Your Husbands” at http://www.heartwingsblog.com/2019/05/wives-submit/ )
PM: Who was your greatest influence when you decided to become an author?
CM: I can’t remember that far back as I wrote an essay in the seventh grade, age twelve, that I would be a inter-galactically famous author rocketing from planet to planet to sign books! I can say it was in my blood as my maternal granddaddy wrote a book and so did my mother Neither of those was ever published.
PM: If there was a news story about your life, what would the headline say?
CM: At the age of one hundred eighteen, prolific Christian author Caryl McAdoo releases ANOTHER book to bring God glory! That brings her total to one thousand eight hundred eighty-eight books. Caryl giggled and reported, “The number eight is for new beginnings, you know.”
PM: I see you have lived in the great state of Texas a long time, what is your favorite thing about Texas? I am a Jersey girl and have never been, so what would I absolutely have to learn about Texas in your opinion?
CM: Texas is an absolutely grand state with beautiful forests, beaches, desserts, prairies and mountains. She has it all, and the most interesting history of any state, my favorite thing about it, hands down. Texas is beloved around the world and like people here reenact the Renaissance period at festivals and mountain men gear up to live as our country’s first explorers, folks all over the WORLD play Wild West Cowboys, associated everywhere with Texas alone.
We lived fifty-plus years in the DFW area, then ten years ago, God brought us three hours north and east to Red River County, Clarksville, Texas “The Gateway to Texas” and we have never regretted moving to the country!
PM: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite gender?
CM: See, I don’t have that problem at all. I make the heroines as feminine as I desire, and Ron keeps my heroes strong, brave, and totally awesome! Ask my readers!
What we tell other female writers when teaching dialogue, is write on then go back and cut fifty percent of your male’s dialogue. Before going on to the next chapter, do that again!
PM: If we were to open you your refrigerator right now, what would we find in it?
CM: A gallon of Vitamin D whole cow’s milk (or two), real butter. Two or four kinds of cheese, a big bottle of V-8 juice, all the normal condiments with jalapenos and picante sauce, Echridge jalapeno and cheese dogs (several packs), sour cream, cottage cheese, cranberry juice, apple juice, homemade pear preserves (by Ron and me), and a bottle of pro-biotics.
PM: What’s your favorite color? Any reason why?
CM: SO EASY! GREEN! It’s been my fav since I was a little girl and my eyes were so green, perfect strangers often commented on them. Born in May, emerald is my birth stone. And I used to also say, “It’s the color of money.” But that isn’t appropriate as a Christian adult, so I replaced that one with, it’s the color that represents Life. Jesus said He is the Life, so having green all around me is having Him all around me!
I went through a time in my mid years where I only wore green. Ron finally asked did I dress for him or myself, because he liked me in other colors as well. SO I started adding other colors and now HE wears green! AH ha ha ha ha! That sort of backfired on my sweetestheart.
My car, roof, purse, brush, mirror, toothbrush, phone, coin purse, checkbook, notebooks, folders, bathroom sin, kitchen counters, walls, suitcase, dishes, drinking glasses, pans, serving trays . . . are all SO green! Have plans for more. I REALLY love green
PM: I love mixing my reading between historical and contemporary, but how do you get in the mindset for writing the two different genres?
CM: I’ve never really thought about it. It isn’t difficult. When writing historical, prior to WW II, you cannot use “okay.” But like the word ‘bossy meant the best, really great in the mid-1800s, like it does today. I do a lot of slang research and sprinkle some of the fun ones in, liked characters who got drunk, got ‘soaked’ back then.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
CM: Read fast and review quick!
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
CM: Black coffee for me, but I’m done with it by ten in the morning and on my Bragg’s Organic ACV (apple cider vinegar) water, iced, with a squirt of those calorie-less water enhancers, my favorite being Southern Sweet Tea. I drink as many as four of those (thirty-two ounces each) a day. It makes my hair grow, helps my eyesight (I quit wearing readers after using it), and enhances my cast-iron stomach/digestive tract
Paula Marie, it has been an utter pleasure visitin’ with you this morning and I thank you for inviting me over!
I’d love to tout my new release REMI, book two of the Prairie Roses Collection, a multi-author covered-wagon-themed series this year! I organized the collection and plan to do another next year. Here’s some info about it. (See attached promo page)
Coming up is BIPARTISAN LOVE in June, a “Companion Book” to my popular Texas Romance Family Saga. Readers met Cody Wayne Buckmeyer in SON OF PROMISE as a twelve-year-old. It’s eighteen years later and his kissing-cousin Cindy comes home!
She can’t escape the mistakes of her past…
Callie Stillman has done everything she can to bury the memories of a tiny, baby-sized coffin. She lives life one day at a time, basking in the love of a good man and doting on her grandchildren. Until she crosses paths with a little girl who is obviously in trouble—but tries to hide it.
They can’t trust anyone…
Iris and Samantha Evans are living on borrowed time. Deserted, orphaned, betrayed, and deceived, they need rescuing in the worst way.
He’s praying for a miracle…
Steve Evans had his life changed by God. A reformed drug addict, he’s searching for the family he abandoned ten years ago…
When Callie can no longer ignore the signs that Iris needs help, her interference sends four people on a collision course that will force her to face the past she’d rather forget.
my point of view:
I was absolutely blown away by this book! That says a lot coming from me, especially when it is the first time I am reading a new to me author! It’s just that I read so many books all the time, that when something really stands out, well, I like to make sure I let everyone know (hence the blog, lol).
One of the things I really enjoyed is that the this story is more of a “women’s fiction” that romance. It is about a married woman who is a mother, grandmother, full time employee who happens to have an awesome group of female friends that support and help her through everyday life. I mean, every now and then it is great to get in a wonderful story that isn’t all about the romance struggle, right?
That and the fact that I could so identify with Callie (having just turned 54 myself this year)! But honestly, Callie is such a beautiful spirit, and I just adored her. She has a wonderful husband and family, a great church family and a healthy relationship with God. Watching her have to struggle with misplaced guilt and a burden she feels is laid upon her now was so touching to me. How many times do we want to say, no, I just can’t do this …..too…..please give it to someone else to handle? Then enter Iris, a new friend if Callie’s grand daughter….Samantha is an amazing teen trying her best to keep her family together, and Iris is a little girl with too many adult worries on her little shoulders.
I seriously did not want this story to end, I felt as though Callie became a friend….luckily Sharon Srock has written several stories in this series, and I can keep getting my fill <grins>! The characters are all so well written, they truly feel like real people, and Sam and Iris are just precious.
Sharon is so kind to have Callie as free to all on Amazon, but she is ALSO doing a giveaway of book two in the series – Terri! Simply comment on this post and tell us what you like best about reading a story not sole based on romance!She’s always longed for more…
Running a thriving daycare keeps Terri Hayes busy. Add a new foster daughter to the mix and Terri shouldn’t have time to want more—but she does. At twenty-nine, her biological clock is ticking away. When a busted pipe floods her home, she finds temporary sanctuary in a basement apartment—one that just happens to be owned by her long-time crush, single dad Steve Evans.
Is he ready to date again?
Steve is widower, a father of two teenaged girls, and a successful writer. His life is full, but he wouldn’t mind exploring a romance with Terri. But when lines of communication get crossed, the budding relationship grounds to a halt.
Two matchmakers to the rescue…
Iris and Samantha Evans want a stepmother and have set their sights on Terri. Their matchmaking includes equal parts prayer and deception. Will their scheming result in the wedding of their dreams, or will the harsh confrontation between Steve and the parents of Terri’s foster child be an obstacle they can’t overcome?
Miss Olivia Jane Kennedy is something of a child prodigy when she becomes a published author earlier than anyone could have expected. She also finds herself with a broken heart by the time she’s nineteen. When an opportunity arises to study abroad in England at The London Writing Academy on scholarship, she takes the chance, hoping a change of scenery will do her some good. “Ollie,” as her kid sister, Kendra, has nicknamed her, takes up residence in a Victorian terrace flat on a scenic street in Chelsea.
Four years later, she’s a successful writer, age twenty-three, and about to graduate, but maybe dreams only come true for the characters she writes about in her Christian historical romance novels, her “Beloved Britannia” series.
When the handsome twenty-eight-year-old, His Royal Highness Prince Stephen, asks to share her London cab to throw the paparazzi off, the country girl who grew up on a quiet farm in Minnesota is in for the ride of her life! The Prince is everything she could have hoped for and so much more, but falling in love means risking her once broken heart on high stakes far beyond her wildest dreams.
my point of view:
Hands down this was a delightful and super fun read! It is my first ever book of Lisa Prysock’s, but definitely not my last! I enjoyed every moment of this fun filled fast paced romance. I completely admit to being a Royal fan, and yes, I watched the Royal weddings of Diana and both her sons. Cried during the boys weddings too, wishing their momma was there to see what amazing men her sons turned out to be….sigh.
This story was so touching it made me wish for more Royal weddings, lol! What little girl doesn’t dream of being a Princess? As adults we come to realize the heavy burden that is placed on celebrities and royals, so unlike the fairy tale dreams of childhood…..or is it? Reading this lovely book gives me hope, that maybe the Royal family are just regular people too!
Olivia is a darling character, so faith driven and loving, as a friend, daughter and sister. I also appreciated her frugalness and love of all things fashionable, hahaha! She’s a child protege, but not conceited in the least – so refreshing. I loved how Prince Stephen is so down to earth, yet still a king in the making. He is a wonderful hero in this novel, and a character worth reading. I was especially drawn to the way he endeared himself to Olivia’s family, both her parents and siblings. It’s important to know when you become serious with someone, you are gaining the whole family, lol!
Single mom Evelyn Felton takes on a third part-time job managing a greenhouse and garden project for Grace Fellowship. Formerly homeless, she’s thrilled to offer truckloads of fresh produce to the Arcadia Valley food bank.
If only Ben Kujak weren’t running Corinna’s Cupboard singlehandedly, he’d be delighted to be on the receiving end. But Evelyn and her dynamo daughter, Maisie, won’t take no for an answer, even if it means restructuring Ben’s charity.
Soon Ben finds himself wishing they’d transform his personal life, too, but can true love sprout when their pasts collide with the present?
Pick up your copy of Sprouts of Love before the price reverts to $3.99 on Friday!
Better yet, pick up the entire series: Sown in Love, Sprouts of Love, Rooted in Love, and Harvest of Love, either singly or bundled together in one download.
All she ever wanted for herself was to be loved.
At thirteen, Naomi Macnamara and her two best friends each pen a wish list of things they want to achieve. Deciding to bury a tin containing their life goals, the friends vow to unearth the metal box once they’ve all turned forty. But as the decades pass and each girl chases her dreams, the lists are forgotten.
When her beloved aunt’s sudden illness sends Nai back to Chapel Cove days before her fortieth birthday to manage the town’s bookstore, her successful, independent, organized new life in Texas seems a million miles away. Between a book-hoarding aunt, a leaky roof, unruly pets, wobbly faith, and flaky bookstore staff, the last thing she wants is to have to rely on local cop Mateo Rodriguez for help.
Mateo, returned to the Cove to help his aging grandfather, never forgot his first love Nai or the one sweet kiss at sixteen that sent her running. Normally confident and capable, being around each other shoots them both back into their teenage shyness and insecurity.
They’ll need to overcome soul-deep hurts, trust in God, and risk being vulnerable enough to accept their second chance at love. Will a crisis bring them together — or tear them apart?
Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.
As their fortieth birthdays loom, three childhood friends return unexpectedly to their home town. Stunning coastline, a harbor against life’s storms, and a welcoming community await them. Hurt by challenges, disappointments, and failures; reminded of their unfulfilled hopes and dreams, they’re offered a fresh start. And, if they’re brave enough to accept it, a second chance at love. Will they allow God to safely anchor them in their hearts’ home, or will doubt and uncertainty drive them to repeat their old mistakes?
Discover this small town filled with love, hope, and faith, in Chapel Cove Romances, a series of sweet and clean standalone Christian stories from three bestselling authors.
Book 1 – Remember Me by Marion Ueckermann
Book 2 – Love Me by Alexa Verde
Book 3 – Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
Book 4 – Choose Me by Marion Ueckermann (launching summer 2019)
Book 5 – Hold Me by Alexa Verde (launching fall 2019)
Book 6 – Marry Me by Autumn Macarthur (launching late fall/early winter 2019)
And more stories to come in 2020!
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Can the orphaned preacher and the heartbroken rodeo queen navigate the path to true love with a lie and an ex-beau blocking their way?
Learning of Faith Johnson’s rash promise to her father, New Hope Baptist’s interim preacher Asa Davidson shows up to apply for the position—of husband. The cowgirl was only trying to give her dying father hope promising to marry the first thirty-something-year-old Christian virgin to ask. Who’d ever dream one existed in all of Texas, much less Red River County? But sure enough, one comes a’courting the very next day thanks to the Lord and Daddy’s baby sister, loud mouth Aunt Iris. Faith’s appalled, but a promise is a promise. She only needs to figure a way out.
Originally, Asa sees matrimony as a career move. He hopes a godly, local wife will seal the deal for a permanent call. Then asked right out about that very thing, he lies. Sparks fly when her past love and the preacher meet up, but as the days pass, she finds herself admiring the man and his relationship to God more and more. He’s a hard worker and wonderful, fun companion. Maybe she could learn to love him. But what if New Hope doesn’t call him? She loves it right where she’s at. Plus what about her dying father? And there’s that untruth between them….
And to make things even harder, her ex comes to Christ through it all!
my point of view:
I just adored this story! Have you ever made a quick comment, not really thinking about the details of what you say, only to have it come back and haunt you in such a profound way it literally changes your life from that day forward? No? Well, maybe that’s a good thing…..lol, or maybe you should try it sometime, hahaha! I did make a mistake like that once with my mother, as a teen, and let’s just say it definitely had epic consequences, lol!
As the premise for this story though, I found it so adorably sweet, and it truly melted my heart! Asa is one of the sweetest hero’s I have read in a long time….he is so passionate about the Lord, and his calling…..and his service to the people. I found myself smiling nearly the entire time I read this novel!
Faith is a darling as well, she is so sure she knows her path – needing to take care of her farther – that she cannot imagine a ‘personal’ life beyond that. She works harder than most men and doesn’t ever complain, even though she is still young enough to warrant a social life, she does what she feels is needed day in and day out. But they both find out that God has many blessings in store for all concerned. Don’t forget Faith’s dad and Aunt Iris either, these two are a hoot and manage to wiggle their way in your heart just as much as the main characters do!
My new favorite saying? “Bless God” Amen to that, thank you, Caryl, for sending me this beautiful story, I have been blessed for having read it!
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Christmas Love Year Round (Kindred Lake Series Book 1) by Elaine Stock
Cami Richardson is good at chasing away the men in her life: first Gavin Kinkaid, a former classmate she’d helped to bully, and later, her husband who left her widowed and a single mom. Now all she wants is to bring a smile back to her eight-year-old son. What she doesn’t expect is for Gavin to become her new neighbor.
Gavin wants to settle down after serving in the Air Force and mend the separation between him and his dad. What he never counts on is his changing feelings when he sees Cami as a kind woman instead of his former adversary.
When Cami’s son blindsides them both during the Christmas season, is their reunion at risk or will it grow stronger?
Thank you so much for joining me today, Amy! I am excited to introduce you to our readers, as I just finished your book, Faith and Hope, and absolutely loved it!
AA: I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
PM: Tell us what you enjoy doing the most when you are not writing or reading?
AA: I love a lot of things. I sew, paint and draw a little, crochet sometimes, and when it’s warm like now, I garden.
PM: I see in your bio that you have lived in several southern states, can you tell us what you love about Tennessee the most?
AA: I find something to love in every state I’ve lived in. Tennessee has the gorgeous hills (and mountains east of here). The spring flowers are stunning. The trees are much taller than the ones we had in Texas. And this is where my husband loves to live, so I can’t help but love it, too.
PM: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
AA: Freezing time. It always seems to either go too fast or not be abundant enough. I think if I could freeze it every now and then, maybe that would help?
PM: What was the last movie you went to see and / or what is your favorite movie?
AA: Last movie I saw was Captain Marvel. My husband got me into this crazy series, and I now look forward to it, where at first I wasn’t sure. I had never really watched many super hero things before I started dating my husband. I’m more of a romantic musical girl usually. Give me Gene Kelley or Fred Astaire or some of the others any day.
PM: What are you reading for fun right now?
AA: I’m reading Chautona Havig’s latest — Thirty Days Hath… It’s pretty cute so far. After that, I think I’m going to tackle the whole Tuscan series that Autumn Macarther is a part of because I snagged it on sale the other day.
PM: What was your most beloved book to read as a child?
AA: Probably the one with the fondest memories is Anne of Green Gables. I remember the sweet ladies who gave it to me, and then had me over to watch the movie one afternoon, too.
PM: If you couldn’t be a writer, what career path do you think you’d choose to be on?
AA: At one time I wanted to be a graphic designer, but then decided that I liked English more than art classes in college. Maybe go back to that?
PM: I see you are NOT a football fan…lol, but do you have any sport you do like? I noticed your characters liked baseball…
AA: I’d much rather play a sport than watch it. Although I can get into high school football much easier than some college or professional game on tv. I married a baseball fan, and it’s almost year-round in our house. He’s already brainwashed the kids. *laugh* I enjoy it, but not as much as my sweet husband.
PM: What is your favorite go to snack, midnight or any time?
AA: Probably pretzels more often than anything else. Although I adore chex mix, popcorn, and goldfish, too. And cookies. I’m way too much of a snacker.
PM: If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
AA: Oh man! So hard, but probably Jo from Little Women. I relate to her in a lot of ways.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
AA: I have a website (http://abitofanguish.weebly.com) and a facebook page (facebook.com/amyanguishauthor)
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
AA: Tea, all the way! I love a good black tea like Earl Grey or English Breakfast. Honey and milk, please.
Great questions. Thanks so much for having me!