Welcome to my point of view for Where I Was Planted by Heather Norman Smith, and eneter below to win your own paperback copy!!
In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate “Weenie” Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one.
Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure.
When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn’t really alone.
Will he find that Copper Creek is where he’s always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back?
my point of view:
I am so grateful that I was able to read this amazing story! This story is told from a beautiful perspective of a ten year old boy and his journey through some very difficult times. To be perfectly honest with you, I was quite surprised at just how much I enjoyed the entire novel, and felt so refreshed at being on the adventure with Nate! While I do enjoy many types of Christian Fiction, i wasn’t so sure I would be able to ‘get into’ a story such as this….boy, was I wrong!
I cannot imagine what it must have been like to face adult situations as a ten year old, but Ms. Smith has a very unique way of giving the characters depth and perspective in a way that felt very natural. From the very beginning the story makes you think about God and His faithfulness, and how we can see things differently in our own lives if we only take the time. Personally, I have always been fascinated with how a ‘weed’ can grow between the concrete and flourish…but I never related that to myself as a person, and with God’s love, how we too can grow and flourish out of the most impenetrable circumstances! The full cast of characters in this novel bring a different outlook to the same situations in a whole new light. It is such a beautiful story to see how people can all come together to try and help one child, and then end up gaining so much more. I loved seeing how god can work on children – and adults – for the good of everyone involved.
I hope you enjoy my point of view for this brand new release – PLUS you can win your own ebook version! See below to enter!
Responsibility—that one word sums up Wade Spencer’s existence since his father’s death. Thrust into the role of head of the family, he’s keeping the farm running and his younger siblings in line. When a life-threatening illness attacks his momma, he readily steps in to support her. Sure would be nice to have someone by his side to help carry the load, but all that responsibility hasn’t left much time for dating. Or maybe it’s just his reserved nature holding him back.
Dani Connor had gotten everything she ever dreamed of as a child. Married her high school sweetheart, had a sweet little girl she could shower with all the love she’d been denied by her own parents, and built a life far away from the farm. When those dreams come crashing down, she realizes that back at home on the farm is where she should have stayed.
It doesn’t take long after Dani’s return to Shiloh for Wade to realize she’s the one God has in mind, but Dani will have to get over past hurts and take another chance if she wants Wade to be part of her new dreams.
my point of view:
I want you all to know up front, that when I hear Andrea Boyd has new book coming out, my simple response is “yes, please” lol! I love her writing style, she always makes me smile, even while tackling some hard hitting issues, just as she has done here with Waiting For You. Dani and Wade are two amazing characters that I feel like I would totally be friends with. Their family members are like icing on the cake for me! I love series like this, and am looking forward to more of the Spencer family down the road….ah, but let’s get back to Dani and Wade, shall we?
I’ll start with Dani…wow, could I relate with her! As a teenager she thought she knew exactly what she wanted and how to accomplish those goals. I completely understood her take at that age, thought I knew it all too, hahaha. We all make mistakes, all we can do is move forward and turn them into good, for God always has His reasons. I, too, was a single parent, raising my son on my own from the time he was just a year old, so definite connection in that respect. My ex also was not in the picture, at all, so I completely understood how Dani felt, trying to be everything for your child, and walking that tightrope of not putting the father down in front of them. There comes a point where you start to lose sight of who you are as person, almost fading away into being nothing more than your child’s mother. Suddenly finding herself attracted to Wade leads Dani on a new path.
Wade stole my heart, he is a wonderful character who loves his family and is always there for everyone who needs him. I adore the way he tries to help even when it is not asked for. He is the anchor for his family since their father passed, and the one they all look up to…but who can Wade turn to when he needs someone? Wade’s momma is one of the strongest women I have seen in Christian fiction, with a love for God and her family, and never losing faith even in the worst of times.
I don’t want to give away the journey, it’s one you all need to read for yourselves, but I promise you, you will come away from reading this book with a true sense of peace!
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When I Come Home Again by Jennifer Rodewald
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When a family crisis calls him back to Big Prairie, will Craig Erikson be able to work through past mistakes and a tragedy that had sent him searching for a new place to call home?
Brenna Blaum had been sure of three things in her life—her brother, her running, and her dad’s star receiver. But in a matter of a year’s time, everything she’d counted on fell apart, leaving her devastated. Seven years later, she’s stable again. She has a supportive boyfriend, fulfilling career, and close friends. She keeps her past heartache where it belongs—in her rearview mirror. Until the man who broke her heart finds his way back to Big Prairie.
Craig Erikson had it all—popularity, success, and the love of his high school coach’s daughter. But after a year of mistakes that ended in a tragic accident, he’d left Big Prairie—the place he’d thought to always call home—hoping that without his antagonizing presence, Brenna would be able to heal. Now his mother desperately needs him, as do two young boys in her care. Craig has little choice but to return for good.
Unsure that she can forgive him, Brenna does her best to avoid him. Irritated that she ignores him as if they’d never meant anything to each other, Craig becomes determined not to allow it.
Life in a small town forces their interaction, making them confront their unresolved issues and igniting emotions that have smoldered for seven years. As Craig and Brenna are pushed together, can they endure the hard places still littering their lives? If so, is it possible to find their way back to love and home again?
my point of view:
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this story! First let me say Brenna is one stubborn character, she is so strong willed and so sure of what is “right” and “wrong” that she is blinded to her own true feelings. Ah, I hate to admit it, but she reminds me whole lot of myself in my, er, younger days, lol! I loved her to pieces, all while wanting to smack her upside the head, hahaha! But, hey, we all want to read the journey, right? What fun is there in perfect people? Honestly, though, Brenna is a wonderful person, while she is so giving and caring about everyone she meets, it is herself she has a hard time forgiving.
Now, Craig, wow, he is so wrapped up in guilt that he too has been dealing with his own demons. While Brenna chose to stand firm at home, Craig on the other hand has been wandering around looking for a new place to plant his roots. Of course, that is not in God’s plan, so through heartache and illness He has forced Craig to return home and face his past – and his future.
Riding along on this path to redemption was truly a blessing for me, and it made me face some of my own past hurts that I had still been holding on too, like a shield of armor, sometimes we need to lay that down to face a brighter future. I hope you all go get your copy of this new release as soon as possible and take this journey with Brenna and Craig and see where it might lead you to as well!
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I hope you enjoy my point of view of Star Rising…and enter below to win your own ebook copy!
Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.
After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.
As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their own hearts are at the greatest risk.
my point of view:
I must admit that Janet Ferguson ranks up there with my very favorite authors, and I have been blessed to read ALL of her books – yes every single one…and I have never come away thinking anything other than awesome! Jane has a way of getting into the heart and soul of a character, to the point it can make your heart break and bring real tears to your eyes…and shout out loud for joy when things go right!
This story is no exception, in fact, I think it was her most powerful and emotional story yet…and I don’t say that lightly. Star is definitely a complex individual, one i would love to know, and yet she can be a little scary with her protectiveness, lol! Something I feel I can relate to <<grins>> Her story is one of fierce determination to rise above adversity and overcome all odds, all while keeping herself firmly planted in God’s grace. Some people might have expected a character like Star’s to have been broken by all she went through, but God certainly had big plans for her – as he does for us all – if only we listen!
Paul Kelly on the other hand, well, let’s just say I wasn’t a big fan at the beginning, but of course, i knew he had his own story that needed to be revealed, and Janet did a spectacular job of taking us all on that journey with him. Paul’s past and issues are also ones I can relate to in my own past, and so I was able to connect with his pain and adventure as well. The secondary characters all find a place in your heart, especially Mrs. Kelly! Talk about relating, it has always been a dream of mine to see Italy, but never been able to, and now with my own arthritis, I sure could feel her anxiety over her knees! I have never been to Ireland, but sure felt as though I had an adventure there while reading Janet’s story, I know she visited there herself, so I feel as though i was truly looking at the sites through her eyes.
One of the things I truly appreciated in this story was how Janet did not ‘rush’ the characters into a box or get them to the point of a happily ever after too soon…she truly explores all the ins and outs of living a God First life before making a commitment to others. That is hard to do in the world of Christian Fiction romance where sometimes the focus is getting to the HEA too quickly. I seriously cannot recommend this story highly enough, it will be released on the 4th of January, so you can pre-order it now and start reading it as soon as you start the weekend!
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Second Chance Protectors by Alexa Verde and Autumn Macarthur
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The protectors. They’ll risk their lives to protect a woman in danger. But will they risk their hearts?
When his stepbrother disappears and his niece and nephew are in danger, wealthy security expert Brett Jarvis doesn’t hesitate. His responsibility is keep the twins safe. Even when they come as a package deal with their pretty, faith-filled nanny. Being forced to spend more time with her convinces him he’s not the man for her. She’s a forever kind of girl, and as he can’t offer her that.
Ashley Lamott won’t leave the children she cares for when their lives are threatened. But that means going on the run with their uncle. Surely she can deal with her attraction to the man she’s spent the past year avoiding. In her experience, men don’t stay around, especially men like Brett. The last thing she wants is to fall for him.
But as the danger escalates, she sees beyond Brett’s bad-boy reputation to the man he really is. And more, the man he could become, if he’ll surrender his painful past to God. Can they not only keep the children and Brett’s brother safe, but let faith and love heal their wounded hearts?
When the ex-wife scientist Colt Jarvis assumed left him for another man returns, his attraction to her flares. But he can’t trust her. During their brief marriage, she kept way too many secrets. She still does. For the past year, they’ve only seen each other during her visits to their children.
Fiercely independent security expert Mirabella Jarvis didn’t choose to leave her husband and children. An accident followed by years of amnesia weren’t part of her plan. Slowly, she’s picking up the pieces of her old life, including rebuilding the trust of her twins again. Her husband’s trust is far tougher to gain, especially as he never trusted her in the first place.
When the serial killer who almost murdered her once before threatens her life, Colt will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if it means falling in love with her all over again.
A cowboy, a celebrity TV journalist, and a baby in danger…
After losing his leg and the love of his life in an explosion, David King dedicates himself to the charity he founded in her memory, and to the Texas ranches he inherited. But when he finds an abandoned baby, he needs to keep the baby safe and uncover why someone is ready to kill to get the child. Unexpected help comes from the celebrity investigative reporter who crashes into his vehicle. But can he trust the famed serial dater who just wants to rehab a ruined reputation?
Aster Andrade has made many mistakes in her life. Like a teenage pregnancy, staying in an abusive marriage far too long, and failing as a mom. Now it seems she’s lost the career she gave up so much for, too. Helping the innocent baby is not a mistake. The reclusive cowboy intrigues her. But she’s not about to fall for the wrong man again.
As the danger surrounding them escalates, can David and Aster keep the baby safe – along with their hearts?
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Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.
Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.
When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.
my point of view:
I was so excited to have won this book in a giveaway, as I had never read anything by Becky Wade, but see her being talked about all over on Christian Fiction groups! Finally, I get the chance to read one of her books, yay! I was certainly not disappointed! I found her writing to be absolutely wonderful!
This story has a little bit of everything, a second chance at love, after a disastrous past relationship between the two main characters, a suspenseful mystery that had me going to the very end……a couple of side characters that are noteworthy on their own as well. I loved the sense of humor that Corbin has – right up my alley, and Willow is adorable with her kitchen shopping obsession (I would be too, if I had model money, lol)!
I could appreciate Willow’s attempt to completely ignore Corbin even while having agreed to work on a project together for his niece…and Corbin’s persistence that he would win Willow’s heart once again was so touching! Both characters had me near tears – and laughing out loud.
The journey these characters take is well worth the read – once the main characters learn how to rely on God to deal with not only their past hurts and forgiveness, but their future together makes this story extra special for me. I was a little sad to say goodbye to them when the story ended. I hope you all get a chance to read this fabulous Bradford Sisters story for yourself!
It’s 1917, and Halifax is at war. Silas Quinn, street sweeper and army reject, remains on the home front, shunning God and society as religiously as they shun him. But the night he stumbles across a half-frozen prostitute, his eyes blink open, and his greater purpose is born: preserve and protect.
There’d been a day when shop girl Helen Fraser was desperate enough to believe a few nights in a brothel would cure her troubles. By some miracle, Major Jack Gordon deemed her worth saving, but Helen knows her meticulously recreated identity cannot last. What she doesn’t expect is for its destruction to come about, not by a john or one of the madam’s goons, but by a force great enough to flatten a city and bury her alive.
Set against the backdrop of the Halifax Explosion, Beautiful in His Sight is a Christian historical romance that explores unequivocal grace and identity in Christ.
my point of view:
That was how I felt from the very beginning of reading this incredible story…the historical aspect is amazing, truly. I learned about a tragedy I knew nothing about – and I always considered history my favorite subject! How did I not know about this event? Seriously sad on my part, but I even googled it while reading to see some of the facts. April was spot on with her history and the overall story was truly inspiring.
I absolutely adored April writing, I honestly feel as though Helen and Silas crawled inside me and have a place in my heart forever…this doesn’t happen often for me, but when it does, it never goes away! Characters like these two are hard to come by and I am so grateful I met them. Both Helen and Silas have been through so much heartache and loss, to see them overcome the past and work toward a future with God at the center of it was definitely ‘beautiful in my sight’ no pun intended! I especially loved Helen’s “truths” she tells herself, i have kind of adopted this litany in my own daily life…reminding myself of the truths that are real for me when things get difficult.
If you are like me and April Gardner is a new to you author, I cannot recommend this story highly enough!
Hello everyone! Please welcome Valerie Bodden in for coffee with me today, plus she is giving away a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card AND an ebook version of her newest novel, see how to enter below!
PM: I am so thrilled to get to know you better, thank you so much for sitting down with me today of coffee! What are you reading for fun right now?
VB: Thanks for having me on the blog—I always love to talk books! I just started reading Elizabeth Maddrey’s Courage to Change, and I’m loving it so far!
PM: I have to say that is one of my favorite books by Elizabeth! What is one thing about you that your readers would be shocked to know?
VB: Oh, this is a hard one. I’m not sure there’s too much that’s shocking about me, lol! Maybe that I started out as a computer science major in college. Though I enjoyed it, I quickly realized it wasn’t where my passion was—that had always been writing. Some things never change!
PM: Do you write stories more from your own experiences, or do you spend a lot time doing research on the type of characters your creating?
VB: A little bit of each. In all my books, there are at least some things taken from my own life. For example, in Not Until Forever, there’s a park bench that plays a significant role. And that’s because my husband proposed to me on a bench at “our” park. For our anniversary a few years ago, he made me a park bench for our front porch, with our initials carved in it. I know…aww. But other parts of my books are definitely researched. My newest release involves a character dealing with PTSD, and a veteran from church was kind enough to give me insights into his experiences with that.
PM: That was one of my favorite scenes in your book, the park bench, yes, so “aww, romantic” lol! I have had a love for all things Wisconsin since reading a story set in Door County many years ago, what is your favorite part of loving in there?
VB: The little towns of Door County are the inspiration for Hope Springs! And all of Wisconsin is a beautiful place! We don’t have mountains or oceans, but we do have rolling hills, lots of trees, and the Mississippi River on one side of the state and Lake Michigan on the other. I think my favorite part of life here is the changing seasons. And for the first time in my life, I can even include winter in that. I’ve always been resistant to the snow and cold, but this year, for whatever reason, God has worked on my heart, and I now appreciate winter too.
PM: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
VB: I am so bad at choosing superpowers, lol. I’m not sure how far this would go toward saving the world, but I’d love to have the power to know exactly the right thing to say at the right time, especially as a parent.
PM: Wow, that is awesome, I can honestly say I needed that super power many times while raising my son….! One of my great love’s is chocolate as well! What is your favorite? I adore dark chocolate the best!
VB: I’m definitely a dark chocolate girl, too! I love Dove dark chocolate with almonds. Also, pretty much any variety of M & Ms.
PM: Do you have any family pets that currently own you?
VB: Oh boy! We have a zoo here, with one dog, two cats, a tank full of fish, and also a bowl of sea monkeys (that were supposed to last six months but are going on six years).
PM: Oh my goodness, I never heard of sea monkeys! So….. I naturally Googled them, wow! What fun! You mention wishing to live in a warmer climate, any particular dream place in mind?
VB: I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because my family went to Florida this summer in the middle of a heat wave—and our vehicle’s air conditioning chose that time to die. My northern babies (and my husband and I) just about melted. So maybe somewhere with a little less heat and humidity than that. Even more than the warmth, I think what I’m looking for is sunshine. Days and days of sunshine!
PM: As a Floridian of many years now, yes, i definitely feel the melting every summer, sigh…I’d love to move to a cooler place! If you could have dinner with anyone from history, other than Jesus, who would it be, and why?
VB: I have such a hard time choosing one answer for questions like this—there are just so many people I’d love to talk to! But I’ll make myself stick to one. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, and I think it would be a blast to have dinner with her—or better yet, attend a ball with her and see it through her eyes.
PM: That is a wonderful answer! I wouldn’t mind joining you, lol! What is your favorite go to snack, midnight or any time?
VB: I love popcorn popped on the stove.
PM: I’d love to know more about your non fiction children’s books, can you elaborate on them a little?
VB: Yes! I actually got my start in publishing 15 years ago working as an editor for a children’s publisher called The Creative Company. While working there, I started writing nonfiction books for them, and even after we moved away, I continued to write for them and for several other publishers as well. Over the years, I’ve written more than 300 nonfiction books about everything from animals to history to literature. But my favorite of my nonfiction books is one called Understanding Christianity. Writing that book showed me what a blessing it was to spend every day writing about God’s Word—which sparked my desire to write Christian fiction.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
VB: The best way to keep up with me is by subscribing to my newsletter. All subscribers get a free Hope Springs story (that just happens to be a Christmas story)! You can sign up on my website at https://www.valeriembodden.com/. Or, if you prefer to stay in touch on social media, you can follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValerieMBodden.
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
VB: Decaf coffee with skim milk (it’s what we always have in the fridge) and plenty of sugar. Not in the morning, though—after lunch!
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See why readers are falling in love with the heartwarming Hope Springs Christian romance series! Three fast-paced, emotional romances in one collection.
Not Until Forever: Sophie knows she did the right thing when she declined Spencer’s proposal five years ago. So why does seeing him again stir up old feelings? Spencer promised himself he wouldn’t fall for Sophie again. But there’s something different about her now. Something that makes him think maybe God is giving them a second chance…
Not Until This Moment: Peyton thought Jared was “the one”—until he told her he never intended to get married. Jared wishes he could give Peyton everything she desires. But marriage is the one thing he can never offer her. When they’re thrown together again on an annual ski trip, both have to reexamine what they want. Because it’s just possible God has other plans for them…
Not Until You: Three years after her husband’s death, Violet is sure her chance at happily ever after is over. Until Nate moves in next door and stirs feelings she thought had died with her husband. But when Nate reveals a devastating secret, they have to decide: should they walk away, or trust that the God of second chances has a plan for their future?
If you love deeply moving stories filled with faith, forgiveness, love, and the promise of forever, then this set of Christian romances will touch your heart and leave you breathless with the power of true love.