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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade- Your Heart Will Swoon, Soar and even Skip a Beat!

My Thoughts:

A Love Like Ours, by Becky Wade, is Everything. Wonderful. And more! Horse racing, fairy tales, childhood friendship, heroes, cowboys, Peanut Butter Cups and "kissing her like he was never going to stop". (Did I get your attention?) The main characters, Jake and Lyndie, have been best friends from childhood. Here's a peek at the first page...

I was in love with A Love Like Ours from the very first sentence. Jake was Lyndie's protector and hero and Lyndie was full of adventure and heart. They relied on each other from such a tender age. Yep, I was swooning from page 1!  Of course, you never know what God has in store for your life and that's where the story picks up, 20 years later...

Jake and Lyndie are absolutely meant for each other. You will cheer for them through the entire story! Lyndie is adorable. She has a passion for animals, writes and illustrates children's book (I particularly enjoyed her inner thoughts of character creation and how they were often inspired by friends and family- delightful!) Lyndie is also a determined and devoted lady with a heart for the Lord. Jake is a broken man suffering from PTSD after a horrific tour in Iraq. Nightmares and guilt plague him day and night and his faith in God is pretty much non-existent. When he sees Lyndie after 20 years he avoids her as he sees himself as no longer a good enough person to be her friend. Thank goodness, Lyndie has other plans and God steps in to set things right.

There is so much that I loved about A Love Like Ours.  Becky Wade certainly knows how to create memorable characters. The chemistry she develops between them makes me giggle, cry and occasionally blush. :) I remember names long after the story is over- talk about leaving an impression! I also love how each person has a special gift, just like God gives each of us. In particular, I as impressed with Lyndie's sister, Mollie. Mollie has severe cerebral palsy that has left her blind and nonverbal. Though she spends her life being cared for by others she has a special ability to heal others, at least in Lyndie's eyes. Their relationship is precious. Of course, I love, love, love reading about Jake and Lyndie. I want to post a few snippets but that would ruin it for you- so I'll let you discover their romance all on your own. You should run and out and get a copy- right now. A Love Like Ours will go right on top of your book stack!

Becky Wade is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints her readers! If you enjoy romance mixed with delightful humor, clever bantering between characters and memorable individuals that youll grow to think of as friends then  I guarantee you'll swoon over for stories, too.

About the book:
A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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About the author:

Becky Wade
 is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

Find Becky online: websiteFacebookTwitter

Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:

love like ours - prize pack 

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.


  • A $100 cash card

  • A copy of A Love Like Ours

  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD

  • A scarf

  • A dog-tag/cross keychain

  • A pair of earrings

  • A Scarf

  • A Texas-shaped cutting board

  • A Jake Porter mug

*I was given this wonderful love story by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Truly Free By Robert Morris- A Godsend to the Hurting and Hopeless

My Thoughts:

Are you struggling with a weight on your soul that you can't release? Are you unable to break free? As Christians we know in our hearts that God is forgiving and wants us to be happy but sometimes we just can't get past our problems, trials or mistakes. When we truly repent and ask forgiveness from the Lord then we are on the way to healing. Of course, the enemy wants to hold us hostage and captive by our doubts and fears.  I believe that God sent Truly Free (by way of BookLook Bloggers), written by Robert Morris. to me. It's truly a godsend as emotional suffering and pain from past sins had recently begun to wreak havoc on my soul. If you're experiencing hardships due to repeated mistakes you can't seem to quit or past mistakes you can't get over this book will be a certain blessing to you, too.

I appreciated how Robert Morris shared his personal experiences with his readers. He, too, had trouble breaking free from sin (pornography) in his life. It's a daily struggle for all of us to conquer temptation but some sins have deeper roots and are harder to conquer. Through Bible verses and stories Mr. Morris talks to us as if he's a good friend. A dear friend that loves the Lord and cares about others very much. I cried often as I read through the pages of Truly Free. The guiding words and loving prayers were a healing balm and an encouragement to me. I can't tell you how much I needed to read this book. If you're struggling, I greatly encourage you to also read it. God loves you. He forgives you. Don't let Satan and his demons hold you hostage. Praise the Lord, there is hope for the hurting and hopeless! Thank you Robert Morris for writing this book and thank you God for your  endless grace and forgiveness!

An important reminder on what keeps us from being truly free...
Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). As believers, we have Christ and never need to be afraid. Yet it's also true that we are not immune to the effects of evil. Christ has conquered sin and death, but in his infinite wisdom-for reasons that are often difficult for us to understand-evil is still permitted to exist. Even if we're saved and trust in Christ, we may still find areas in which we just can't get victory. Maybe it's a sin we've confessed again and again or a constant struggle with depression, anger, or lust. These long-imbedded patterns of shameful living continue to entangle us day after day, month after month, and even year after year.
In Truly Free best-selling author Robert Morris invites us into a glorious truth-that the promise of being set free from the slavery of sin is a promise to be set free completely. Although evil is real and Christians can be oppressed by it, we have the promise that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Jesus saves us, trains us to resist the power of evil, and delivers us from anything that holds us back. With Jesus, we can be finally free forever.
About the Author
Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life and is the bestselling author of eleven books, including The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, and The Power of Your Words.

*This wonderful book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch- Delightful Stories for your Family!

My Thoughts:

This was my first experience reading the delightful adventures of Andi Carter. She's a spunky young lady in the late 1800's that's sure to capture your family's heart. The stories reminded me a bit of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables as they are wholesome, heartwarming and engaging- funny, too! This book includes short stories from different time periods. My favorite stories were The Best Gift of All and White Christmas. The Best Gift of All is about Andrea's Mother's birthday and how she (Andi) has only 12 cents to purchase a present. She wants desperately for the gift to be from her with no help from her brothers or sister. It's a bit of a tearjerker- just precious. In White Christmas, Andi travels with her older brothers- for the first time- into the mountains to find the perfect Christmas tree. She's so excited to go along but then something unexpected happens and the fun adventure becomes a lesson in survival. Oh, and I have to mention the story of Aunt Rebecca and the Hat! Oh my goodness, I couldn't stop laughing! Aunt Rebecca is a lot like Aunt March in Little Women- crabby and full of rules. You know the type!

Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch are absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend enjoying them with your family. They are sweet stories with a heart.

The independent tomboy Andrea Carter and her beloved horse, Taffy, were first introduced in Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home in 2005. Since then, popular author Susan Marlow has penned five more books in the Circle C Adventures series, filled in Andi's early years with the Circle C Beginnings series, and started a chronicle of Andrea's teen years in Circle C Milestones.

Published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this positive role model for girls, Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a collection of short stories inspired by fan questions that fills in many of the gaps between Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures. Taking place between 1873 and 1880, each story is prefaced by an explanatory note that pinpoints the action of the story in relation to events in the existing Andrea Carter books.

Wholesome fun, and with a clear Christian message throughout, Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a must-read for fans of the series and a fun introduction for those who haven't yet discovered these historical gems. - See more at: http://www.kregel.com/susan-k-marlow/andrea-carters-tales-from-the-circle-c-ranch-3160/#sthash.reuAVKOi.dpuf

*I was given a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A.D. The Bible Continues The Book of Acts by Dr. David Jeremiah

My Thoughts:

I was quite anxious to review this book as the pastor of my church is currently preaching about Acts and touching on the compelling television series as well. A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts provides an easy to read guide through this thrilling part of the Bible. It really brought the disciples to life for me! If the Bible is a bit intimidating to you as it often is to me I highly recommend getting your hands on this book. Dr. David Jeremiah clearly explains the time just prior to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection all the way through to Paul's arrival in Rome. Triumphs, tragedies, and trials are all part of the disciple's journey to spread the message of Jesus. 

In addition, Dr. Jeremiah features the key players and themes in the book of Acts. Individual pages highlight Strengths and Accomplishments, Lessons from their Life, Vital Statistics and more. Stephen, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Paul, Timothy, Luke, Cornelius, Herod Agrippa I and many more are mentioned. 

The book ends with a discussion of the Second Coming of Jesus (Are you ready for his return? Are you saved?), A Call to Action ("go and make disciples of all nations. teach these new disciples to obey all my commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28: 19-20) as well as an Appendix of Maps and Favorite Verses.

This book was such a blessing to my heart. I truly enjoyed reading about the book of Acts and how God worked miracles through his disciples. Each man was hand selected by God to fulfill a daunting task. Teaching about Jesus, sharing His love, and venturing to places where they knew their lives were in danger. I loved reading this book with my family!

Before I end this review, I have to ask you. Are you saved? Do you know the Lord as your Savior? I'd love to hear from you if you have questions. (toosillysisters@cox.net) It just takes a simple prayer to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart. God loves you and is waiting to hear from you! "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6

A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts is a perfect gift for those who want to explore the true story behind the riveting NBC television series A.D. The Bible Continues.

Popular author and Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah will be your guide to the book of Acts, which tells the true story of how the first band of followers of Jesus quickly grew into an international movement after his death and resurrection. Discover what motivated and inspired this small group and how the message of Jesus set the world on fire.

It’s the beginning of a whole new era, and you can have a front-row seat with A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts.

David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. He is the founder and host of Turning Point, a ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching relevant to today's changing times through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. A bestselling author, Dr. Jeremiah has written more than forty books, including Captured by GraceLiving with Confidence in a Chaotic WorldWhat in the World Is Going On?The Coming Economic ArmageddonGod Loves You: He Always Has—He Always Will, and What Are You Afraid Of?.
Dr. Jeremiah's commitment to teaching the complete Word of God continues to make him a sought-after speaker and writer. His passion for reaching the lost and encouraging believers in their faith is demonstrated through his faithful communication of biblical truths.
A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah and his wife, Donna, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren. 
- See more at: http://www.tyndale.com/10_Authors/author_bio.php?authorID=996#sthash.uJL6ajL6.dpuf

*I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge- The Beach Mystery You've Been Looking For!

My Thoughts:

I'm super excited to tell you about Colleen Coble's newest romantic suspense- The Inn at Ocean's Edge! The story takes place on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine and involves the mysterious disappearance of a little girl on her fourth birthday. Claire Delaware shows up a year later with a note pinned to her dress. No other clues and no answers to where she has been or what happened to her. Fast forward to present day and Claire has no memory of that missing year of her life. In fact, she has no idea that she was ever lost.

This book was deliciously suspenseful from the first page. A flashback involving a terrifying act of violence, confusion and then complete darkness sets the tone for the of the story. Claire is a confident, attractive, wealthy young lady who is suddenly overtaken by a panic attack upon her arrival at Hotel Tourmaline. Something about all the pine trees... She escapes to the beach to clear her head and meets  the dashing Luke Rocco assisting a baby whale whose lost it's pod. It turns out he lost someone dear to him the same night that Claire went missing all those years ago. Hmmm... The plot thickens!

The cast of characters was superb. It was often difficult to decipher who was a villain and who was a friend. It keeps the pages flying! Secrets were discovered along the way, so many intriguing secrets! Did I mention that Luke Rocco will rock your socks off? In the words of his sister Megan, "he's a chick magnet, but doesn't know it. ;)  The smolder between Claire and Luke is quite intense. Oh, yeah... But back to business. Where did Claire disappear for a year? What happened to Luke's mother? Who is Kate Mason? Who is trying to kill Claire? Is it the man in her dreams?

You know the mystery you've been searching for to take the beach/pool/cruise? THIS is it. Be sure there's a lifeguard watching your kiddos because The Inn at Ocean's Edge will have your full attention. You won't be able to put it down until the last page. Enjoy.

Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. Colleen Coble's new book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

  • A Kindle Fire

  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise

  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession

  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge

About the book:
The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PDMkED

About the author:

Colleen Coble
 has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: websiteFacebookTwitter

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. *

Thursday, April 23, 2015

God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea- The Perfect Way to Begin Your Day!

My Thoughts:

Rose Chandler Johnson has done a lovely job of joining sweet sentiments and personal insight that help her readers experience tender and thoughtful moments with God. Each devotional can be completed in 5-10 minutes but can easily be extended with journaling ideas, Bible reading prompts, personal reflection and prayer. I enjoyed the personal stories that the author shared and the way that she ended each entry with a prayer focus and encouragement. It's a bit like sharing a glass of sweet tea while chatting with a dear friend! God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea is the perfect way to begin or end your day- with the Lord.

About the book:
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, July 2013)

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1Do6Hzd

About the author:

Rose Chandler Johnson's
 devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Find Rose online: website

*I was given this book by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know- A Must Read for Moms and Teen Daughters!

10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is an easy to read book filled with real life stories, advice, and loving reassurance to help guide your tween/teen daughter's choices as well as guard her heart. I read it with my daughters (ages 12 and 17) and my only regret was that I couldn't have read it when I was their age. (Big sigh) It could have saved me from a lot of heartache and misguided choices.

The 10 Ultimate Truths are spot on and the author, Kari Kampakis, beautifully details them with a focus on the Lord and realistic, engaging stories that every girl can relate to.

Truth #10- KINDNESS is more important than POPULARITY. (Dreaded cliques. Remember the movie Mean Girls?)
Truth #9- You were born to fly. (Be yourself. Smile.)
Truth #8- Todays's choices set the stage for your reputation. "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" 1 Corinthians 15:33
Truth #7- Chasing boys doesn't make you cool. It makes you a nuisance. (Enough said)
Truth #6- You weren't made to worship yourself. (Joy: Jesus, Others, Yourself)
Truth #5- People peak at different times in life. Trust God's plan for you. "And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." Romans 5:4
Truth #4- Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Otherwise you'll never stick to your guns. (Peer pressure!)
Truth #3- Boys are visual creatures. The clothing choices you make affect the way they see you. (Body image and modesty.)
Truth #2- Pretty girls are a dime a dozen. Outer beauty attracts attention, but inner beauty is what holds it. (The beauty of loving the blessings God has given you.)
Truth #1- the source of all peace and happiness lives inside you. Learn to listen to the whispers of God over the megaphone of public opinion. (Reminds me so much of the movie "A Walk to Remember". What God wants from us is obedience.)

I really enjoyed this book because it was real, encouraging, and written by a lady that remembers how it feels to be young. It's not easy! So many temptations and the world's view is very different than God's view. Please read this book with your tween/teen daughter. It will be a blessing to you both and a rich time of reflection, dreams and discussion.

These ten simple truths can build one big change in your daughter's life.
When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled "10 Truths Young Girls Should Know," the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Obviously her message strikes a chord with moms and dads across the country. This nonfiction book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and can reach the hearts of both moms and daughters.
Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don't have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include:
  • Kindness is more important than popularity.
  • People peak at different times of life. Trust God's plan for you.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you'll never stick to your guns.
  • Today's choices set the stage for your reputation.
  • You were born to fly.
Fans of Kari's blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be.
About the Author
Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist, blogger, and former children’s photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost Parents and reflects her passion for family and God. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Kari holds an MBA and public relations degree. She and her husband, Harry, live in blessed chaos with their four daughters and a dog named Lola.

*I was given this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*