January 9, 2019

Review: A Honey of a Christmas

A Honey of a Christmas A Honey of a Christmas by Jessica R. Patch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I usually steer clear of Christmas books and novellas because I'm not a huge fan. But I love Patch's books and novellas so I made an exception. I loved this one! I'll admit, if you're like me and avoid Christmas themed works you might be overwhelmed by all the Christmas references. But if you can get past that and read it for the beautiful story it is more than worth it.

Agnes was quite the character. I don't think she could possibly love Christmas any more than she does. Her spunk and ambition are quite admirable. But it was Tuck that stole the show for me. He was the guy every girl wants. Kind, respectful, and hard-working. He was easy to fall for. My favorite parts were all the bickering that they did. That is one of my favorite aspects of romantic conversations in books. I love it when a guy and a girl can pick on each other without taking it too far. It was very enjoyable to follow their comments back and forth.

This book is truly full of wonderful romance. I could easily read it again just to relive some of those moments!

I read a copy of this book through Kindle Unlimited. This is my honest opinion.

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Review: A Messed-Up Match

A Messed-Up Match A Messed-Up Match by Jessica R. Patch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novella was a breath of fresh air because its premise was unique. I don't think I've ever read anything with a storyline equal to this and I love that while it did have some typically predictable moments that go with a romantic themed book it also had a few surprises. I'm normally not a fan of novellas because they can come across as shallow and underdeveloped. Not this one! I really loved Neeley's character. She went to some fairly extreme measures, but she wanted to put herself outside of her comfort zone. And even though Pax is out to sabotage matchmaking weeks, I love that we got to know him in spite of his career.

This book almost reminded me of reality television, but without the video cameras on the couples the whole time. The whole idea of meeting the love of your life in a weeklong matchmaking session is very interesting. And while I don't personally love going to the beach, I loved reading about all of the activities in the Bahamas. I can't imagine anyone would ever get bored there.

Overall this was a fantastic read. Interesting characters, a unique plot, and an adventuresome setting. But what captured me the most was how much there was to this story compared to most novellas. I never felt rushed or cheated in the story. I also found myself more connected to the characters than I am in some full-length novels.

The author provided me an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.

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January 5, 2019

Review: Code of Valor

Code of Valor Code of Valor by Lynette Eason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this latest from Eason. It was a fast read for me because I kept getting so engrossed in the story.

I loved Brady. I love heroes that don't hesitate, always do what is right, and who aren't afraid to grow emotionally and spiritually in a book. It was also really fun to be with the St John family again. I'd forgotten how much I love them. I also really liked Emily, but she didn't capture my heart the way Brady did even though I did love her strong Christian faith throughout the book.

One thing that I really loved in this book was the SCUBA diving! I've never been and I think I'd be afraid to try, but it was really fun to have so much of it in this book. Part of why I love reading is being able to experience new things!

I did feel like the romance moved a little too fast, but it is fiction and it was a good book.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.

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January 2, 2019

Review: The Dairy-Free Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Satisfying High-Fat Recipes to Fuel Your Health

The Dairy-Free Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Satisfying High-Fat Recipes to Fuel Your Health The Dairy-Free Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Satisfying High-Fat Recipes to Fuel Your Health by Jessica Dukes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I knew going into the new year I needed to make some changes for my health and I have a lot of friends doing Keto but I'm lactose intolerant, so I thought this would be helpful. Unfortunately, I felt like this book didn't really give me ideas to eat Keto recipes without dairy, but instead just told me to go buy dairy-free yogurt and dairy-free cream cheese. I don't really want to use dairy substitutes since I never have so a lot of these recipes didn't end up exciting me.

I think I would recommend this book more for people trying to learn to deal with going dairy free rather than someone who has already been doing it for most of their life due to lactose intolerance.

I received an advanced copy of this through the publisher for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Review: We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing debut novel. It was also a fantastic timeslip novel and those can be tricky. I felt like Bartels did an exceptional job of keeping me engaged in all of the different storylines even as she flipped between them. I will admit that the vast number of characters to keep track of was not an easy task, but it gave the story so much depth that it was worth it.

Usually, when I write a review I try to pinpoint my favorite character or two and what I liked about them. This time I'm just going to say that I loved the passion many of these characters felt. Not only romantic love but their passion and love for their families, their passion as abolitionists, and their passion for their "hobbies."

I love that this book was not a black lives matter response book, but that she wrote what she felt led to write. Yes, it does address those issues and is a little deeper than some novels out there, but the message was there to make you think. The historical and present-day significance of these issues is not lost on the reader. These characters deal with challenges and it was eye-opening to be reminded about how some things haven't changed as much as we'd like to think.

I would recommend this book to people who like Sarah Loudin Thomas books.

I received an advanced copy of this book through Revell. This is my honest review.




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