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' 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:

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:

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


Sammie's cat Jezebel

Eric's ex-wife Lisa


Sammie Evans

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy