Wednesday, December 28, 2016

For The Record by Regina Jennings

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review

From the back of the book:

Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

My thoughts on Regina Jennings:

Regina Jennings is a lovely person who has a real knack for writing and for developing characters. She is one that inspires me to write and to come up with better characters. She has a heart of gold and is really down to earth. Regina is a real sweetheart and someone who tells great stories that actually keep your attention. 

Regina has struck a HOME RUN! 

My thoughts on the book:

This is kind of a continuation of At Love's Bidding in which you meet Betsy Huckabee. I love that she decided to continue on with the story. I wanted to know more about Betsy and couldn't help but wanted her to have her own adventure. 

When I read Joel Puckett's character, there was one person who popped into my head right away and that is Josh Cooke from Hart of Dixie. He just screams Joel to me. This book has my attention from the second chapter and is running away with me. 

I completely adore the chemistry between Joel and Betsy. Her idea to make him a hero in her writings reminds me a lot of something that Regina Jennings would have done as a young woman smitten with her favorite celebrity or best friend or complete stranger who waltzes into town. I love the adventure of the outlaws, the cowboys, Joel and Betsy. It makes for a great western time of a story line. 

The characters have their own personality. The words that Regina writes some great details. She is very detail oriented. From the details of the woods, to the mountains, to the embarrassing moments between characters. 

I would rate this book 5 stars. 

Here is who I can see as Betsy Huckabee (in her own book), Joel Pluckett, and Sheriff Taney (the old bat himself). 

Where to buy:

Joel Puckett

Sheriff Taney

Betsy Huckabee

The Sound of Diamonds and The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea Cobb

From the back of the books:

The Sound of Diamonds:

Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates. 
With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle's castle. She doesn't dare to trust him...and yet doesn't dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent. 
Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash? 
The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope...or be overcome.

The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint, fighting for faith...the redeemed rebel, fighting for honor.
After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Now truly orphaned yet not alone, Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted. 
Dirk's quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth's searching hearts ever sing the same song?

My thoughts on Rachelle Rea Cobb

Rachelle Cobb is a sweet person who has a knack for writing. She has a very vivid imagination that can tell a really good story. She has a big heart for friends and family. 

My thoughts on the books:

These books are perfect for those who seek romance, adventure, and religious fanatics. She picked her genre that includes a lot of turmoil, persecution and most of all trials of faith. Her stories reminds me of some cases on Mysteries of the Museum. 

If I am being honest, these books were pretty good but they did not appeal to me because they are not my style of reading. I am more into contemporary romance, christian fiction, and mysteries. I have a hard time enjoying a book if I can't make a connection to a character. 

I adore Rachelle Rea Cobb and her faith, her love for life.  I would recommend this to my friends as a 4 out of 5 stars. If you are into historical fiction, catholism and adventure....then you will LOVE this series. 

Here are the people I can see playing Dirk and Gwen. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Shades of Chocolate by Cecelia Dowdy

I received this book in exchange for my honest review:

From the back of the book:

Toni enjoys making chocolate treats in her bakery. Haunted by her abusive past, she struggles with her faith in God. Her world changes when a handsome stranger arrives, reminiscing about his childhood. Jason Matthews misses his days of working in his family's pastry shop. Estranged from his father, he longs to rediscover the joy and comfort from baking. When Toni's life is threatened, Jason realizes how deeply he cares for her. Can Toni and Jason overcome their pasts and learn to trust one another?

My thoughts on Cecelia Dowdy:

Cecelia Dowdy tells a great story about love, sacrifice, hardship. She is a new author for me and I found that I really enjoy the way she writes. Cecelia is sweet, down to earth and talented in the ways of backstory. 

My thoughts on Shades of Chocolate:

It was a real joy to read this book for Cecelia. This book is the second one in the series. I have always wondered what it would be like to run a bakery.....this book definitely let me know that they are hard work, they take a lot of time but they can be very much worth it. I mean, really who doesn't love Chocolate in some form or other. 

Toni and Jason are some of the strong names in today's culture. The faith elements are strong in this book but it reminds us all of God. How He is there even in the quiet times. How He has our back. 

This book covers two different worlds, how love can cross the boundaries and can help to heal our hearts along with faith, and determination. 

I know when I get upset or do not want to talk, I tend to start baking but I also bake when I am happy so sometimes no one knows the difference unless they are close to me in person. 

What I love most about baking is that you can express yourself through creativity, through giving and sharing your gifts with the world. I find that it releases some of the bad feelings and that its something nice to do for someone. 

Who I could see playing Toni and Jason: