Sunday, April 16, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of the Blogging team. 


From the back of the book:


It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett's heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can't tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can't pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.



My thoughts on Elizabeth Camden:

Elizabeth Camden has such a great personality: she is sweet, has a humble heart and you can tell she loves to write from the heart and pour her life into the world of her characters. She puts elements of faith in her stories but not to the point of shoving it down someone's throat more like a gentle tug at the heartstrings. 

I was truly honored to review this book for Elizabeth Camden because she is an amazing writer and very detailed at the lives, surroundings and actions of each and every character. 

My thoughts on the book:

I will admit that it took me some time to get into this book because I am not a huge fan of historical fiction unless it has a lot of action in it. It took a while for the story to get going but I will admit it tugs at the heartstrings and makes one tear up. The relationship of Jenny and Ryan really does go back and forth. Ryan fulfilled the duty of the government which meant betraying Jenny in terms of their relationship. This in turn makes Jenny scared and unable to trust for the longest time. 

In my opinion, I have no idea how anyone can be mad at Lilly. She is just so STINKING adorable but then again I am a bit biased because I love asian kids. Their big eyes and expressions melt my heart. This book shows how life can be unpredictable and surprise you when you least expect it. 

I learned a lot in this book about oyster farming and pearls. I never realized how much work goes into something like that so many people take for granted. My favorite characters were as follows: Lilly, Ryan, Abigail (poor girl, she had no chance with him). 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Farthest-Shores-Elizabeth-Camden/dp/0764218808/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492357777&sr=8-1&keywords=to+the+farthest+shores+by+elizabeth+camden

Who I can see playing the characters:


Abigail Mayberry


Akira (Lilly's mom)


Captain Dwyer


Captain Soames


Corporal McAllister


Jenny Bennett


Lilly 


Ryan Gallagher


Phineus Breckenridge


Mrs. Tucker


Mr. Swinton


Simon Bennett


Vivian Perez

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Love, Lies and Fireflies by Jan Elder

I received this e-book for free in exchange for my honest review since I am helping out Jan Elder, the author.


From the back of the book:


Didi O'Brien is engaged--at least she was an hour ago. Now she's not sosure. Her fiancé, the suave Kevin Cabot, has just revealed that he'sbeen unfaithful, and he's not the least bit sorry. Reeling from thebetrayal, with her plans for a happily-ever-after life in doubt, sheprays for direction. The answer comes as a complete surprise. God hassomeone better in mind.

Middle school teacher, Jake Montgomery, is struggling with someissues of his own. Sadly, a year previously his fiancée had been killedin a car crash. Battling anger and despair, in a mountain-topexperience, Jake wrestles with the Almighty, and is ready to live again. In his youth, he'd felt an unmistakable call to the ministry but, likethe prophet Jonah, since then, he's been running hard in the wrongdirection.

Through a crisis of faith, and glimpses of mercy, Didi and Jake find each other. But can they find the strength to resolve the manyobstacles that conspire to keep them apart?


My thoughts on Jan Elder:



Jan is a wonderful writer who tries her hardest to capture the thoughts, mindsets and moods of the characters that she writes or imagines. I have been honored to review books for Jan Elder because she is such a sweet and humble lady. You can just tell that she is truly grateful for her readers. 



My thoughts on Love, Lies and Fireflies:



I am not going to pretend or lie by saying this book grabbed my attention right away. It took some time to get into the storyline...I mean I was immediately taken into Moostletoe but this is a different book completely. It took some work on my part to read this but once I did, I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns. I am not completely done with this book but I have a feeling that I will love it. 


Didi O'Brien.....wow.....I felt my heart torn out when she found out that her Fiancee had been unfaithful. I mean, can you believe someone you love so much would be willing to do that? I know for me, I have a hard time trusting as it is and I could not even begin to imagine the feelings and emotions that Didi was going through. 


The way Jake Montgomery seems to go after Didi in a loving and caring way while helping her to move on just screams romance to me. He really does see to her needs and loves her for who she is. He scores some points in my book. I adore that he loves cats. We need more male cat lovers in the world. 


Kevin Cabot, wow....I am not sure what to say about him other than that he is creepy, stalker and he would give me nightmares. 



This book I would rate a 4 star review out of 5. 



Where to buy: 


https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Lies-Fireflies-Jan-Elder-ebook/dp/B01LEAOOGU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490797113&sr=8-1&keywords=love+lies+and+fireflies



Who I can see playing Didi, Jake and Kevin:




Kevin Cabot


Jake Montgomery


Didi O'Brien


Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy



Friday, March 24, 2017

Moostletoe (Moose Creek Book 1) by Jan Elder

I received this e-book in exchange for my honest review as being part of Jan Elder's street team. 






From the back of the book: 


Fresh out of divinity school, Rev. Samantha Evans is ready to conquer the world for Christ. She lands in Moose Creek, Maine, a tiny backwater town with more moose per square mile than men. Even worse, one of her new parishioners chews up new ministers for breakfast, and he’s hell-bent on sending her packing. 

Forest ranger Eric Palmer is done with women. Determined to live simply with no encumbrances, he’s moved to Northern Maine to study the moose population. With Christmas right around the corner, he runs into his buddy, Sammie, the girl who’d been his best friend when they were teenagers. Unlike most of the women in his life, he trusts her implicitly. But could she ever be more than a friend?

When Samantha’s career is on the line, Eric must save her job and rescue his own shattered heart in the process. But how does Matilda the town moose factor in?




My thoughts on Jan Elder:

Jan Elder is an imaginative writer who has plenty of stories to tell. I can tell just by how much she enjoyed writing about Eric, Sammie and Mathilda. She incorporates faith in a way that is refreshing and not just slammed down your throat like others have in the past. Jan has a heart that is full of love, compassion and faith towards her work as well as her readers. You truly feel that you have become a friend of Jan Elder's when you pick up her books. 



My thoughts on Moostletoe: 


This story had me laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat with interest to see what would happen next. I had always heard that Moose are dangerous creatures but the way Jan Elder paints Mathilda makes her out to be a goofball who is clumsy. Great character that moose. I love how it seems so much easier for Eric to be able to breath around Sammie. Lisa seems so hoity toity (stuck up if you have never heard this word before). 


I love how Jan shows how things can go wrong in life but God is still there for you and so are your friends. I felt so bad when Sammie's office got flooded because I too have lost my writings in the past due to crazy malfunctions. Sammie's cat Jezebel reminds me of my kitty Bianca Marie. 



Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Moostletoe-Moose-Creek-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01NAEM0YM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490366761&sr=8-1&keywords=Moostletoe+by+Jan+Elder



Here's who I can see playing Sammie, Mathilda, Eric, Jezebel and Lisa. 


Mathilda


Sammie's cat Jezebel


Eric's ex-wife Lisa


Eric


Sammie Evans


Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of this book's blog tour. 



ABOUT THE BOOK:


Book: Murder on the MOOR, A Drew Farthering Mystery
Author: Julianna Deering
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release Date: February 2017
At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what’s really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas.

Blog Stops

March 3: ASC Book Reviews
March 6: Splashes of Joy
March 11: Book by Book
March 12: Radiant Light
March 12: Bigreadersite 
March 13: Carpe Diem
March 14: Pause for Tales
March 15: Back Porch Reads
March 15: Baker Kella

GIVEAWAY:
 To celebrate her tour, Julianna is giving away a set of the A Drew Farthering Mystery (5 Book Series)!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

My Review:
Julianna Deering is such an amazing writer. Her writing style and the really developed characters that she comes up with just blows one's mind and imagination. She uses so much detail, mystery and romance in her story lines. You will definitely feel like one of that gang once you dive into the Drew Farthering Mysteries. God really blessed Julianna Deering with a passion and talent to drive. I personally can't wait to see what else happens to Drew, Nick and Madeline. You are literally left hanging on the end of your seat in anticipation. She definitely keeps you guessing as to who did the crime. Has stumped me a few times. My sister who is a whiz at knowing pretty much all who dunn its....even gets tricked by Julianna Deering. 
In Murder on the Moor, you are greeted and pulled into the plot line when Drew's schoolmate contacts him about a murder that has just happened in the place of Bunting Nest. Murder, Intrigue, Who did it? That I can not tell you but I will say that the ride is definitely worth taking with Mr. and Mrs. Farthering and the whole colorful cast of suspects. 
This book had me reading it almost all in one day. That is a huge record for me because its hard for me to stick with a book unless its really interesting to me. I tend to read the same line over and over and over again. I was honored to review this book for Julianna and Bethany House as well as for Celebrate Lit. 
Drew and Madeline's relationship and marriage is so refreshing and playful as they have been married two years by this time. There are quite a few suspects that your mind keeps playing over and over again trying to figure out the mystery. All I can say this book definitely keeps you engaged and makes you feel like Julianna Deering is taking you on a wild goose chase. Who dunn it? Can you figure it out before the end of the book?

The Suspects:
Hubert (Beaky) and Sabrina Bloodworth?
Rhys Delwyn?
Iris Midgley? Jack Midgley?
Mr. Blackstock?
Morris Gray? Frances Gray? Papa Gray?
Mr. Selden? Mr. Stapleton?

Where to buy:

Here below are some cool pictures of who I can see playing who along with Julianna Deering herself. 


Papa Grey


Carrie Holland


Iris Midgley


Mr. Blackstock


Nick Dennison


Jack Midgley


Frances Grey


Drew Farthering


Morris Grey


Madeline Farthering


Sabrina Bloodworth


Julianna Deering


Hubert Bloodworth (Beaky) 


Julianna's Books


Julianna's latest book in the Drew Farthering Mysteries


Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy








Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Begin Again by Crystal Walton

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. 



From the back of the book:


What happens when a free-spirited artist from big-city New York collides with an uptight business owner from small-town Ocracoke? Fireworks. The kind neither saw coming.

A single call is all it takes to drive artist Ti Russo into what she does best. Run. But hey, lying low in a beach town for a while isn’t so bad. Thanks to the distraction of playing consultant to a guy she’s determined to crack, she can almost forget about the past stalking her back home. But she never counted on the real danger being a picket-fenced life she has no business falling for.

Focus and self-preservation have gotten single dad Drew Anderson through the last nine years. With the threat of his shop’s foreclosure jeopardizing his daughter’s health care, the last thing he needs is a distracting hippie chick swooping in to shake up what he’s fought to protect. Including himself. The bank’s deadline adds enough pressure without re-risking feelings better left buried. 

But as sparks flare and secrets escalate, the race against time propels Ti and Drew into a choice neither’s ready to make: Find the faith to surrender their past or forfeit their only chance to begin again.



My thoughts of Crystal Walton:

Crystal Walton is funny, intelligent and creative. She weaves a story that touches the heart and makes you really think about life. I love how she develops her characters, plot lines and the action in the book. She is a great read when you feel in the mood to read something sweet, cute and romantic. I hope to encourage her to keep writing and developing her craft. I have a good feeling that there will be some great to come out of her stories and that they will touch people's lives. 




My thoughts on Begin Again:


I love Gilmore Girls and totally got the vibe of Luke and Lorelei in this story but they have their own love thing going on. I love how she takes an artist and clash her together with a big shot from New York City. Tensions fly but also sparks light up the pages. Love is worth fighting for is a big theme in this story between Drew and Ti. This was a delightful read and it was fun getting to know these characters. 


This story deals with broken people and by the end of it has you cheering them on as they find their love story and help other characters out. Its amazing how much your life can change when you feel loved, cherished and encouraged. 

Sometimes opposites really do attract and it can make for a great story that has you wanting to know more. 

Where to buy:


https://www.amazon.com/Begin-Again-Home-You-Book-ebook/dp/B01NAQDA8K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487088659&sr=8-1&keywords=begin+again+by+crystal+walton+home+in+you+book+2



Who I can see playing Ti and Drew:




Drew


Ti


Until next time-

The Traveling Gypsy

Friday, February 3, 2017

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for my honest review as part of the Blogger Program.


From the back of the book:

Gregarious Rose Lehman, who's always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop's son, Reuben Byler--until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose's sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.

When her sister Lila's buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn't confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben's discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she's found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would "fight" for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she's made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?



My thoughts on Leslie Gould:

Leslie Gould is an amazing writer who tells stories from her heart. Her faith is apparent in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series where she brings the characters to life. Once she has brought them to life, they come and live in your hearts, minds and souls almost as if you truly know them in person. Leslie is a down to earth, sweetheart of a person. She goes out of her way to make everyone feel loved and cared about despite how busy she is in her own personal life. Leslie Gould is definitely one of my most favorite authors. Definitely my favorite Amish writer. 


My thoughts on the book:

When I saw that this book was going to dig deeper into the relationship between Rose and Reuben, I was excited because I knew that Lila wasn't meant for him. Reuben wasn't a favorite character until now because you didn't get to know too much until now. Rose is confused and mixed up when Zane Beck's military friend Trevor comes for a visit. It definitely shows how girls can get mixed up when they meet someone out of the norm of everyday living. Rose has too learn to trust God with her feelings, to trust Reuben in times of him not paying attention to her or so she thinks. Rose definitely grows up into a beautiful and intelligent young woman with a personality all her own. 


Leslie did it again. She tugged at my heartstrings when something terrible happens. I was on the edge of my bed waiting to see if the characters were going to be okay. The thought ran through my head of "How dare she do that? She can't kill them. They are supposed to be happy, what are you doing?" What can I say? Excellent writer. I have come to love the Becks and Lehmans. They are some of the most wonderful and amazing complex characters I have ever had the opportunity to meet in book format. Bravo!!! Bravo Leslie Gould! 


I would give this book a 5-star rating. Bethany House did make clear that my opinions are all my own and that I didn't have to give a positive review. 


Where to buy: 

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Weddings-Neighbors-Lancaster-County/dp/0764216945/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486136211&sr=8-1&keywords=amish+weddings+leslie+gould

Who I can see as Rose, Lila, Reuben, and Trevor



Rose


Reuben


Lila


Trevor



Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy