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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Meriden Park by Julie Daines

Meriden Park JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Meriden Park by Julie Daines, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Meriden Park Title: Meriden Park 
Author: Julie Daines 
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: December 5, 2022 
Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romance/Historical/Regency/Suspense

Following her childhood rescue from the gutters of Calcutta, Mary Grace’s life has been an astonishing rags-to-riches tale. The Wellings raised the half-Indian orphan with all the love and care the childless couple possessed, allowing her to grow into a beautiful and refined woman. But upon Mr. Welling’s death, it is time for Mrs. Welling to take Mary home to England―home to Meriden Park.

Despite her genial nature, Mary is received with suspicion by the villagers. For his part, however, Mr. Robert Markham is intrigued by the curious new beauty in town. Determined to make her acquaintance, he offers Mary a bargain she can’t refuse: a hot cross bun for a kiss. That seemingly innocent exchange is the first of many encounters between Robert and Mary, whose friendship blossoms into love during long walks in the privacy of Sherwood Forest. But the shadows of the forest hide a sinister secret, one Mary fears Robert might be a part of. As the mystery of the recent string of murders creeps closer and closer, Robert and Mary are drawn into a dangerous game, and unless she can unearth the truth, the couple risks losing one another forever.


I have never really seen or read a book that combines Christian Historical Romance with Suspense until recently. Meriden Park by Julie Daines is only the second such book in this type of genre that I have come across. I took the opportunity to read this book as it was by new to me Author and a different genre. 

Mary Grace knows she had a wonderful childhood and life thanks to Mr. and Mrs.  Wellings adopting her from a Calcutta Orphanage. Mary Grace is an instant "rags to riches" story as the Wellings had wealth. Upon Mr. Wellings death, Mrs. Welling decided to take Mary Grace to England, specifically Meriden Park. The people Meriden Park didn't exactly welcome Mary Grace, except for Robert Markham. Mr. Markham is actually intrigued by how beautiful Mary Grace is. Mary Grace accepts his offer of a Hot Bun for a Kiss. The 2 begin a friendship that eventually grows into a relationship. Mary Grace though doesn't want it to go to fast as she has some fears and questions that Robert might be a part of a some mysterious happenings in town. Will Mary Grace and Robert escape danger? Will there be a relationship between the pair? 

I will have to say it took me about 4 Chapters before I understood the storyline. I normally get right into a Regency book and understand the storyline rather quickly, this book did not do that for me. Once I really got the storyline, I really started liking the book. Mary Grace gives credit to the Mr. and Mrs. Wellings for how she grew into a woman and all the LOVE they gave her through the years she was with them. I love how Mary Grace approaches the friendship and eventual Relationship with Rober Markham with caution. Robert Markham is a good character and I love how sweet he is to Mary Grace. The book is one of Overcoming lifes obstacles, Trusting others and having Faith. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency Era books and Mystery. Good Book! 





 

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Julie Daines

Julie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her vervain.

Connect with Julie by visiting juliedaines.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.



(1) winner will receive a signed copy of book, $25 Amazon gift card, bookmark, stickers, and button.

Meriden Park JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight December 5, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 12, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder





Book: Beneath His Silence

Author: Hannah Linder

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date: November, 2022

Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?

A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author

Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.

Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.

Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?

 

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I really enjoy Christian Historical Romance books, especially those from the Regency Era. I also enjoy reading books by New Authors. Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder fits both of those categories. I had the honor of reading the book recently. 

Ella Pemberton is the second daughter of a Baron. She wishes she had access to Wyckhorn Manor to be able to get inside and expose the man who killed her sister. She is not a governess, so therefore she has no access. Lord Sedgewick is the one Ella wants to expose and he knows he is guilty. He has lots of hatred in him until Ella makes her way into the Manor. He feels Ella is breaking down his hatred and he has feelings for her. Ella herself feels drawn to Lord Sedgewick? Is it love or will Ella have the same outcome as her sister?  

I have to say it took me quite a few chapters to really start enjoying this storyline. I think the Gothic and Mystery part of the book just wasn't something that drew my interest. I think had it been a Regency Romance book without the Gothic, it would have gained more interest from me. I did LOVE Ella's determination to reveal the truth about her sister's death. Lord Sedgewick wasn't a nice character, but I understand that was the intention of the book. I did enjoy the book from the midpoint through to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Mystery, Gothic, and Regency Romance. Good Book! 







Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.

 

More from Hannah

People always ask me what inspired a story. Where did I get the idea? Who was my inspiration? What true-life event motivated these characters into existence?

 

And the truth is, I don’t know. I’ve never known. When I was younger, I’d look clueless and shrug my shoulders. A few years ago, I would have probably answered “people”—and maybe there’s truth in that. People do inspire me. The way they walk, the places they go, the things they do, the way they dress.

 

But lately…well, I think it’s more than that. I don’t think it’s people so much as feelings. The nitty-gritty. The raw emotions, caught deep in someone’s chest, at the most pivotal points in their life.

 

Like the old man seated at a booth, alone in a restaurant, with his veiny hands cupping a mug of coffee. It’s not his shabby fedora that inspires me. Or the knotty cane leaned against his seat. Or the envelope stuffed into the pocket of his woolen overcoat.

 

It’s the look on his face. The slow blinking, the red nose, the flash of moisture as he takes another sip of coffee. Why does he sit alone? Who left him? Who caused the tears? What emotions render that lost, helpless, longing expression—and how will he cope?

 

If you would ask me what inspired Beneath His Silence, I probably wouldn’t have much of an answer. No concrete idea or moment would rush to remembrance. If anything, inspiration for Beneath His Silence was nothing more than a small thought. A feeling.

 

I wanted to write about a girl who learned to love someone she hated. I wanted to explore every aspect. The poison of her hate. The weight it pressed into her heart. The process—slow, startling, and healing—that sucked out that poison and replaced it with something unexpected. Love.

 

I guess that’s what I love about writing. Not the people. The characters. Not even the storylines and the plot twists and the fun settings.

 

I love the emotion. That’s what inspires me.

 

And if you find yourself in the pages of Beneath His Silence, I hope it will inspire you too.


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 28

Genesis 5020, November 28

Texas Book-aholic, November 29

To Everything There Is A Season, November 29

Where Faith And Books Meet, November 30

Inklings and notions, November 30

Lily’s Book Reviews, November 30

Book Looks by Lisa, December 1

deb’s Book Review, December 1

Betti Mace, December 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 2

Remembrancy, December 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 4

Connie’s History Classroom, December 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 5

Rebecca Tews, December 6

Simple Harvest Reads, December 6 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Blogging With Carol, December 7

For Him and My Family, December 7

Through the Fire Blogs, December 8

Holly’s Book Corner, December 8

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 9 (Author Interview)

Bizwings Blog, December 9

Melissa’s Bookshelf, December 9

Pause for Tales, December 10

Cover Lover Book Review, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

Labor Not in Vain, December 11

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 11



To celebrate her tour, Hannah is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22ccf/beneath-his-silence-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Daughter's Courage by Misty M. Beller





Book: A Daughter’s Courage

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2022

Her quest to repair what’s been broken leads to imminent danger–and soon it’s more than her own life on the line.

After accidentally destroying the intricate chalice her people have treasured for over a hundred years, Charlotte Durand sets out on an expedition in search of a skilled artisan who can repair the damage. What she expected to be a two-day hike becomes much more daunting when a treacherous snowstorm sets in.

The last thing Damien Levette needs in the middle of a mountain blizzard is to tend to another person, but he can’t leave behind the mysterious woman he found half-frozen at the edge of a mountain lake.

As they battle both the elements and each other, Charlotte and Damien must work together to survive the peril of the mountains—or it could be the downfall of them both.

 

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Misty M. Beller is a favorite author of mine and I am always excited to read her new releases. A Daughter’s Courage is book 3 in the Brides of Laurent series. I read Book 1 in the series and I was excited to read Book 3. 

The time is 1817  in the Canadian Rockies. Charlotte Durand has set out on a journey to find a skilled worker to repair a treasured chalice that she accidently broke. She wasn't prepared for the Snowstorm that would hinder her journey. She thought it would take 2 days, but now she is cold and trapped alongside the Mountain Lake. Damien Levette, a local trapper,  is worried for Charlotte when he finds her alongside the Lake. He wasn't anticipating having to help someone else during the Blizzard, but he knows he can't leave her alone. Will Damien and Charlotte survive the cold and the Snowstorm? Will Charlotte find someone to fix the Treasured Chalice? 

WOW, this has to be the BEST book by Misty M. Beller that I have read.  Charlotte is a very strong woman and very independent. She really loves her Village and her People. Damien is a strong man and has a heart for others.  I really LOVED seeing them work together to survive the storm and cold. The friendship that grew over time was so special. This story is one of  strength, perseverance, trust, forgiveness and faith, I was captivated by the story from the very first page and did not put it down until I finished! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction!  FANTASTIC BOOK!





Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

 

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Behind the Scenes of A Daughter’s Courage

I always love stories where the characters are on a journey, and I knew that’s exactly what the characters in this book would be doing. Our heroine, Charlotte, is the younger sister of the heroine in book 1 of this series, and we’ve gotten to know her a little better with each book. Her mother died when she was young, and she’s been the homemaker for their little family for over a decade now, never straying farther from the village than the berry patches in the next valley over. So I knew it would take something big to get her away from Laurent for the journey I had in mind for this story. Something lifechanging.

 

Our hero is a trapper who left the larger group he’d been traveling with to strike out on his own. I knew it would take a considerable amount of tragedy to make a man seek such complete aloneness. Damien has his trusty mule Gulliver with him, so I guess he’s not completely alone, but he’s definitely hoping to stay far away from people. As I uncovered the pain that brought him to this point, my heart broke for him and all the loss he experienced.

 

I love the way Charlotte’s need and the fierce mountain snowstorm drew Damien from his grief and gave him new purpose. Watching him come back to life and grasp onto God’s love for him was so inspiring!

 

Blessings!

Misty


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Texas Book-aholic, December 3

For Him and My Family, December 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 5

Holly’s Book Corner, December 5

Book Looks by Lisa, December 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 6

deb’s Book Review, December 7

Mary Hake, December 7

Betti Mace, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 8

Connie’s History Classroom, December 9

Remembrancy, December 10

Cover Lover Book Review, December 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 11

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 12

Bizwings Blog, December 13

Lily’s Book Reviews, December 13

Splashes of Joy, December 14

Blossoms and Blessings, December 14

Through the Fire Blogs, December 15



To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22ec7/a-daughter-s-courage-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Friday, December 2, 2022

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour and Giveaway: Lifeway CSB Explorer Bible for Kids



INTRODUCING THE NEW CSB EXPLORER BIBLE FOR KIDS! WITH
FUN FACTS, TIMELINES, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MORE, KIDS WILL SEE THE BIBLE AS REAL, EXCITING, AND LIFE-CHANGING TRUTH. QR CODES EVEN BRING ENGAGING VIDEOS, DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITY PAGES TO LIFE, APPLYING THE TRUTHS AND IMAGERY OF THE BIBLE TO KIDS’ REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES! AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER AND (4) LEATHERTOUCH EDITIONS.

• The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids helps kids place God’s Word in the middle of God’s World.
• Engaging features, easy-to-read 8.5 pt text, and full-color design connect with kids’ natural curiosity and help them experience the wonder and truth of the Bible.
• From the two tables of content — one in order and one sorted alphabetically — to the topical concordance and index of Bible stories, each detail is designed to give kids the tools to find their way around God’s Word.
• The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids invites young readers to investigate both the world and words of Scripture, including the history of real people and their cultures. 
•  Alongside the CSB text, special features help readers understand the central message within each book and discover how all books of the Bible fit together.
• Purchase your copy of the CSB Explorer Bible for Kids today! 




Kids should be encouraged to read the Bible. I have always encouraged my Boys to read the Bible. I will say they weren't enthusiastic about Bible Reading time when they were 6 to 10 years old. I still encouraged it daily and helped them read through the Bible during our Homeschool Days. 

Well, had this Bible been around when they were younger, I can guarantee they would have been reading the Bible all the time. The Layout, the navigation, the easy to read format, all make this Bible a GREAT Bible for the younger kids. I personally LOVE the QR Codes that are throughout the Bible. My boys and I have used QR Codes for many years, especially at Museums and other Field Trips. We enjoy the additional info and Learning Resources that QR Codes contain. I am in AWE of how wonderful this Bible is! I HIGHLY recommend it for Families and Young Readers! 



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Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. 







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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge

The Secret Garden Devotional JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



The Secret Garden Devotional Title: The Secret Garden Devotional 
Author: Rachel Dodge 
Publisher: Barbour 
Release Date: December 6, 2022 
Genre: Devotional

Devotional Inspiration from Mary Lennox's Beautifully Mysterious Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the themes of faith, family, contentment, wisdom, and joy in the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, cherished by generations of readers. 

Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s guiding hand in your life as you are becoming His new creation. With themes of growth, spiritual nourishment, God's love and care, and His transforming power, this beautiful chapter-by-chapter devotional includes original artwork throughout. Each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, and prayers perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection.



“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am
making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19
NIV)

Mary, who thought “perhaps it always rained or looked dark in England,” is
stunned by the dramatic shift. Martha says the “storm’s over for a bit” and “th’
springtime’s on its way.” Though it’s “a long way off yet,” it’s surely coming.

Mary’s first glimpses of spring and her discovery of the key to the secret garden
carry a timely reminder that God often works in mysterious and hidden ways that
are beyond our comprehension. In our winter seasons, when there’s no visible or
outward sign of change, God is always actively at work. When we don’t see any
forward progress, His plans and purposes are unfolding and developing in ways
we can’t imagine. When everything looks bare and wintry, He’s working below
the surface. And at just the right time, He places the key to His plans and
purposes right at our feet. Nothing is impossible with God! (Matthew 19:26)


 

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound




Rachel Dodge

Rachel Dodge is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel's newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional! Rachel teaches college English classes, gives talks at libraries, teas, and book clubs, and is a writer for the popular Jane Austen's World blog. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping women to grow closer to Jesus through prayer and the study of God's Word. A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel enjoys books, bonnets, and ball gowns.

Connect with Rachel by visiting racheldodge.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.




(2) winners will receive a signed copy of The Secret Garden Devotional and a hardcover illustrated copy of The Secret Garden along with a bookmark and stickers.

The Secret Garden Devotional JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 30, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


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