Saturday, November 11, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Tangles and Tinsel by Jennifer Sienes

Book: Tangles and Tinsel

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance, Christmas Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Southern Fiction

Release Date: November 21, 2023

Why didn’t her life get the memo regarding Christmas being about peace on Earth and goodwill to men?

For the first Christmas in years, Kimberley Saint John may actually get that peace on Earth she’s been dreaming of. Daddy has been sober for going on two years (a record), and if he stays that way, she might have a chance for a life of her own. Maybe even a family. And between you, her, and the fence post, she’d love it if that family included her childhood friend Jax Jenson and his kids.

Except he’s still mourning the loss of his wife.

Jax doesn’t understand why no one has snatched up sweet, beautiful, and funny Kim. Then again, the way she carries hurt and betrayal around like battle gear might have something to do with it. And he is not knight-in-shining-armor material. His wife could’ve told her that.

Kim’s dreams are shattered when Mama shows up, after a twenty-year absence, sending Kim into a tailspin of worry for her daddy. Desperate, she turns to the one man who gets her—Jax.

What will it take for Kim and Jax to untangle emotions that keep them from trusting in God’s sovereignty and find purpose through the pain?


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I am always excited when a new book by author Jennifer Sienes comes out. Jennifer Sienes is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books. Tangles and Tinsel is Book 4 of The Bedford County Series and I recently had the joy of reading this book. 

Kimberley Saint John has great hopes for the Christmas Season, as it has been 2 years that her Dad has been Sober. Kim has been wishing for a peaceful Christmas for many years and now it might be the year. Kimberly has been taking care of her Dad for many years, as her mom abandoned them when she was a young child. Kim now wishes for a life of her own and a family of her own. Jax Jenson is a childhood friend of Kim's. He recently lost his wife and is raising his 2 children on his own. Jax knows the main reason Kim hasn't married or been in a relationship is because she can be a bitter person from past hurt. Jax has feelings for Kim, but he isn't exactly a "knight in shining armor". Kim is a little frustrated when her Mom shows up after 20yrs. She is afraid that her Dad will regress in his soberness. Will Kim ever find a life of her own? Will there be a relationship between Kim and Jax? 

WOW, I think this book is my favorite so far. I was engrossed in the book from the very first pages. I admire Kim for being so strong and doing for others before herself for many years. I was happy that her Dad finally got Sober, it gave Kim some freedom. Jax Jenson is an amazing friend to Kim. He was ready with a listening ear and friendship when Kim's Mom came back and she needed encouragement. I love that Jax saw that Kim would be a good match for someone, maybe even him.  The theme of this storyline is about moving forward in life, redemption and Forgiveness. I HIGHLY recommend this Clean, Sweet Christian Romance. WONDERFUL BOOK!

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing–and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies–two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.


Enjoy An Excerpt from the Book!

Why was it people made such a fuss over the holidays? Seemed to me, even if you had a perfect family, which I surely didn’t, it was still a crazy time when everyone one-upped each other. It was kind of like playing holiday poker. I’ll take your worries over how to seat twenty of your closest relatives and raise you one need to order a pre-cooked meal because I can’t even find time to shop. Of course, the shame of not having a homemade Thanksgiving supper raised the ante quite a bit, so I generally won.

Because Daddy and me would have a couple of kids with us this year, I vowed things would be different. I was even willing to shop, cook, and bake, which was the trifecta of disaster as far as I was concerned. I had nothing against shopping—it was part of my everyday life. Hunting down great deals on vintage furniture was in my job description. But food? Only as a source of survival. Spent too many years cooking for Daddy after Mama left us, and baking was downright messy and time consuming. I’d never be held up as a great example of a Southern lady. But I’d push through it for Nora and Chandler. And if I was going to be completely honest, maybe a little for their daddy, too.

Never could see myself with my own children. For one thing, though it might stretch the imagination of most to believe it, I was a traditionalist. Even if I hadn’t stepped foot into a church since I was fifteen, there was an order to life and love that shouldn’t be forsaken. Since I hadn’t been on a date for more months than I could count on both hands, it wasn’t likely I’d be getting married anytime soon. Might be my lack of culinary skills played into that some.

For another thing, I’d heard a couple of the older ladies in my apartment complex refer to me as a spinster. It would appear, unless God miraculously plopped Mr. Perfect-for-me on my doorstep this very day, I’d be too old to have kids even if I ever did get married. At thirty-five, I was already stretching the limits of my biological clock. Add to that a year or two of dating, then a proper engagement, and I might as well accept my lot in life—once I figured out what that was exactly.

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a 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.

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Jennifer Sienes said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Tangles and Tinsel. I truly appreciate your thoughtful review. You are always so encouraging. God bless.

Michael Law said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks awesome. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Tangles and Tinsel, this sounds like a must read for me

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