July 10, 2018

Review: Dead Drift + GIVEAWAY!

Dead Drift Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Luke finally gets his book!!!!! I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to finally get his story. Also, if you've been reading the whole series then you'll be glad to know this book brings excellent closure to the series (even though I'm terribly sad to say goodbye to these characters!).

This book truly has everything! It has great characters, adventure, mystery, crime solving, and my favorite: romance! This group of friends have made for amazing characters and I loved getting to know a little bit more in each book. But I definitely love Luke because I knew the least about him. His character was quite impressive. He's been through a lot and still stayed so grounded. And I loved how dedicated he was to both his mission but also to Kate. I'll admit that if I was Kate I probably wouldn't have come around as quickly as she did to his return but at the same time, I'm glad she did. I really liked how dedicated all of the characters in these books have been spiritual. I love how they pray together and for each other. I love how they rely on God and not just themselves, even though they are quite impressive in their careers.

Ever since the first book I've been anxious to see how things would wrap up. Pettrey has so much skill for drawing her readers in and keeping us engaged over the whole series. This book wrapped up every loose end without feeling like a major catch-all for all the dangling pieces. I really liked how it was basically two stories in one. One story was Luke and Kate and the other was the culmination of the series. Another part I really love about this series is how well all the characters work together. Especially the characters involved romantically. I love my husband dearly but I cannot imagine working so closely with him every day.

I would especially recommend this book to anyone that likes CSI or Cold Case or Criminal Minds. It isn't near as gory as any of those shows but contains elements from all of them. I enjoy watching TV but I'm so thankful for Christian Fiction bringing me the same type of story with a Christian element to it. I got just as much action and suspense but none of the gore or cursing or sex.

It's going to be a while before I stop thinking about Kate and Luke. They are just such a great pair.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.


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June 29, 2018

Just Let Go Blog Tour + Giveaway

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About the Book

Just Let Go

Title: Just Let Go  
Author: Courtney Walsh  
Release Date: June 5, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help. Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press. Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

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About the Author

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

My Review



I’ve been looking forward to getting back to the town where Just Look Up took place and wasn’t disappointed! Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t read the first book as this one works just fine as a standalone. However, since Just Look Up was my absolute favorite book of last year and I talked about it all the time I’m hoping my regular followers have picked it up and read it by now!

I really enjoyed getting to know Grady. Sometimes it is nice to have a hero that isn’t perfect. In fact, he was one of the more unique heroes I’ve read lately. I also liked his career as Olympic athletes aren’t the main characters in the books I read very often. I enjoyed Quinn’s business too. Flowers aren’t one of my great loves because they are expensive and die too fast, but I always think it is so sweet when I see men buying them.

There are some books I fall in love with because of the dialogue and interaction between characters. This book was one I grew to love because of the development of the characters through their inner turmoil. Both Grady and Quinn are working through things from their pasts. Honestly, they are both living with so much pain from things they couldn’t have controlled and are using their present lives to almost try to change their pasts. It was hard to watch them basically punish themselves. This book was a great reminder that reconciliation and forgiveness are for everyone. And that God is always there to listen even when you’ve pushed Him away. I felt like I learned a lot from both characters.

I actually truly despise small towns in real life, but I love to read about them. In fiction, I love how everyone knows everyone and knows everything happening all the time. I love their fun hometown businesses. I love their neat traditions like a Winter Carnival where the whole town pitches in. I also love how everyone helps each other when they have a need. I really enjoyed all the time the characters spent at the diner. In fact, my favorite scene took place in the diner and I laughed for quite a while about it. After you read the scene come back and let me know!

I hope that we’ll be getting a third Harbor Pointe novel soon because I’m not ready to say goodbye!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion.


Blog Stops

By The Book, June 26
Among the Reads, June 27
Splashes of Joy, June 27
God is Love, June 28
Genesis 5020, June 28
Carpe Diem, June 29
Radiant Light, June 30
Quiet Quilter, July 1
C Jane Read, July 1
Baker kella, July 2
Remembrancy, July 3
amandainpa, July 3
Vicky Sluiter, July 5
Bigreadersite, July 8

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Courtney Walsh is giving away a grand prize of a library of Courtney Walsh’s books and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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June 25, 2018

Review: Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another sweet story from Macomber! I really liked how Annie ended up in the Cottage by the Sea. It was just such a wonderful way for her to begin to find healing. I also really liked Keaton. I especially loved all the ways he found to show Annie love even before he might have categorized it as true love.

Mellie ended up being so much more than a side character. I really appreciated reading about a unique situation of a person who was literally terrified to even go to her own doorway. I loved the friendship that evolved for Annie and Mellie!

This book had a lot packed into it. In fact, in some ways, it was a little too much. Some of the issues the smaller characters were dealing with almost overpowered the main characters and even the secondary characters too. I almost wished the book had been a series and the first book had just focused mostly on Annie. It was still good, just a little overwhelming at times.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

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