Arms of Mercy, Book Review

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid 

He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.
On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.
Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.
Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.

My Thoughts: If you've taken a look at some of the reviews I've posted, you might notice that I've done a few Amish themed novels. So of course when the publisher offered me Arms of Mercy to review I was immediately interested, but getting a copy to review doesn't effect my opinion in any way. This book was a joy. I loved the characters and the story was such a fun read. 

Giveaway: Daphne & Velma on Blu-ray

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Daphne and Velma is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as Digital and DVD on May 22, 2018.
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Unbreakable by Sara Ella, Book Review

Unbreakable by Sara Ella

Eliyana Ember is a reluctant queen. As vessel of the Verity—the purest of souls—only she can lead the fight against the wicked magnetism of the Void. If she fails, the paths between Reflections will cease to exist, and those she loves will remain plagued by darkness.
After falling through a draining Threshold and suffering near-death, Eliyana awakens to a Shadowalker-ridden Venice, Italy. From there, she must learn to navigate mysteries of time and space. Traveling across the seven Reflections, Eliyana seeks one thing: the demise of the Void.
But something else is at stake—the fate of her heart. Kyaphus Rhyen and Joshua David, brothers in arms, duel to win her hand. Ky remains ensnared and tortured by the Void. Joshua, though well-meaning, harbors dark secrets. Meanwhile, Eliyana finds herself torn, her mind and memories leading her in one direction, but her heart pulling her toward a man she knows she shouldn’t trust.
How can she discern whom to believe when she cannot even depend on her own fragmented memories?
Traversing the realms of fantasy and reality through a labyrinth of plot twists, Unbreakable delivers a thrilling conclusion to Sara Ella’s Unblemished Trilogy.

My Thoughts: As the third book in this trilogy I was very happy when the publisher offered me Unbreakable to review. While you can read it as stand alone it is an amazing end to the story set by the first two books. The ending is beautiful and bittersweet and well worth reading!

The Road to Magnolia Glen

The Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

My Thoughts: I received this book from the publisher so I could review it, but of course all thoughts are my own. I absolutely love historical fictions so I was incredibly excited to read Magnolia Glen and it didn't disappoint!  The characters were all so well thought out and I found myself really getting attached to them. I loved the plot and the whole book was a joy to read. 

Our Newlywed Kitchen, Book Review

Our Newlywed Kitchen by Laura Schupp 

Imagine giving the special bride you know a gorgeous keepsake book. One that includes timeless wisdom for the heart of your home―the kitchen―with space for you and others to insert recipes, prayers, Scripture, and memories. Our Newlywed Kitchen offers Christians a unique wedding gift for brides. It includes practical how-to information for wedding registry, kitchen organization, meal preparations, party planning, grocery shopping, and more. This gift will be immediately treasured by a new bride, who will refer to it for years.

An avid believer in the power of home to shape family and faith values, Laura has collected inspirations and helped a myriad of brides establish an inviting space of their own, especially the favorite place of all in the home—the kitchen. Laura is a devoted follower of Christ, a happily married mother of three adult children, and a grandmother who lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

My Thoughts: I did receive this book so I could review it but this doesn't effect my opinion in any way.  This book is meant to be given as an engagement or wedding shower present. It's full of recipes and hand me down traditions and is split up into two sections for before and after being married.  There are many sections throughout that I thought were great for passing around. Just a wonderful book by a happily married woman that any bride to be would be happy to have. 
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