Monday, May 8, 2017

Saguaro Sunset by Debra E. Marvin

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and as part as being able to help Debra E. Marvin out and to drum up some interest in her books. 

From the back of the book:

No ice cream sandwich is as sweet as a long-delayed sunset kiss.

Friday night’s first phone call was the answer to Teresa Scott’s career dreams. Before she can celebrate, a second call informs her of her sister’s accident and puts Teresa in ‘the driver’s seat’ of Frosty Fingers Food Truck during the Tucson Festival of Books. Determined to keep her sister’s business out of the red, Teresa hides the painful disappointment of giving up her dream.

Fellow accountant Alan Davis sticks his do-gooder nose in, hanging around to help Teresa, the woman he’s adored since forever, not knowing the coveted board position he's just accepted is the one she had to give up.  

Nice Guy Alan isn’t really Teresa’s type, but she’s won over by his humor, adorable smile, and ice cream scooping skills. As his presence become irreplaceable, she sheds the hardened layers of her heart. Just when it’s clear she needs him in her life, Alan has to face his biggest regret and honor an old promise. Will losing this chivalrous knight in a snowman costume break Teresa’s vulnerable heart?

My thoughts on Debra E. Marvin:

Debra Marvin is such a sweet lady who has dozens and dozens of stories to tell. She is humble, down to earth and creative. She has a outgoing personality and takes time to talk to all of her fans when they message her with encouragement or questions. I look forward to seeing more from Debra E Marvin and can't wait to read more stories. 

My thoughts on Saguaro Sunset:

When I saw the cover of this book, I just knew that I wanted to read this. The cover is gorgeous. I used to live in Arizona and I have to admit that the desert can have an unspoken beauty about it especially when the sunsets. 

I love how creative Debra was in giving Teresa and her sister a unique job in running an ice cream truck. I have always thought it was fun to run an ice cream shop because it is my all time favorite dessert. I mean to make up funky flavors and just to see the happiness of the children, parents and families that would come in just to order some goodies. 

My heart kinda broke when Teresa had to give up her original job but I loved when she decided to make the most of it and to help her sister out. I would do that for my sister. I know in today's world not too many people look at it as a way to serve their family, to show people love. 

It took me a while to see who I could see playing the characters but I finally decided on the ones I am posting below:

Teresa's sister

Teresa and Alan



Teresa and Alan

Where to buy: 

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy 

Moosed Opportunities by Jan Elder

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Jan Elder herself.

My thoughts on Moosed Opportunities:

I loved how the story continues on with the funny adventures---Mathilda, Eric and Samantha. This story reminds me that no matter the craziness we go through in life......God is still there. I am glad that I don't have a mother that is like Sam's mother especially with her match making and not wanting to believe that Eric is a good enough match for Samantha.

Mathilda is still as crazy as she always was but they had such amazing adventures with the moose.

I was honored to help work with Jan on this and to edit it for her. I would rate this book a five due to the funny things and living through the adventures that these characters have. I mean, almost freezing to death....Can you even imagine?

Here's who I can imagine playing Sam and Eric.



Hometown Hero's Redemption by Jill Kemerer

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not bribed or told that I have to rate it a certain way. 

From the back of the book:

When he becomes guardian to his friend's troubled ten-year-old boy, firefighter Drew Gannon knows he needs help. But before he can get former social worker Lauren Pierce to agree, he's got to prove he's changed from the sports jock who gave her a hard time back in high school. Returning home, Lauren wants no part of her old profession. She only wants to forget the unspeakable tragedy she left behind. She can't take responsibility for another child. Or a reunion with Drew—no matter how generous he's become. But a desperate boy and his handsome guardian may be more than Lauren can resist…

My thoughts on Jill Kemerer:

Jill Kemerer is such a sweetheart of a person. She is so humble, down to earth and funny. She loves to really tell a story in her short pages of each book. Jill has a real talent for story telling, for developing plot lines and characters. 

My thoughts on the story:

My heart went out to the little kid named Wyatt. I can't even begin to imagine all that he had gone through. My father was in the military for 17 years and while growing up there was times I drove my mom bananas because I missed him so much. 

Drew Gannon being a firefighter is a really important because its not every day that people are willing to put their lives on the line for other people. I can't help but being really grateful to these people who do this without so much as a thank you. This story really touches the heart and even tugs at the strings. 

At first, I was amazed at how cold hearted Lauren seem to be until she realized that she was needed to help Wyatt and his family. I love how this story ended and can't believe how cute I believe Lauren, Drew and Wyatt truly are. 

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Where to buy: 

Below are people I could see playing each of the characters:

Lauren Pierce

Wyatt as a young kid (couldn't find a 10 year old picture that I liked)

Drew Gannon

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers as part of their review team. The rating is of my own opinion not influenced by the publishers or the author. 

From the back of the book: 

With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

My thoughts on Judith Miller:

Judith Miller is a new author to me. So when I saw one of her books up this time around....I was like hey, why not give her a try.  She definitely knows her stuff when it comes to history and mining in West Virginia. She seems like a sweet, down to earth woman who loves what she writes about. I don't know her very well but i would say that she seems to have a gentle spirit about herself. 

My thoughts on the book:

First off, I just have to say wow.....very well written in terms of knowing one's history and details. Second, she loves her characters. You can tell just by reading a few pages into the book. I learned a lot about West Virginia, Moonshine and Chapel Car ministries along with mining. I, of course had some favorite characters such as Hope Irvine, Luke Hughes and Nellie Hughes. I couldn't stand the horrible attitude of Alvin Selznick and Kirby was just sneaky. She wrote some very good despicable characters that just made you hate them with all you had in you. 

I love the flirting between Hope and Luke. I thought it was sweet, romantic and all around cute. I was rooting for them the whole time. In fact, its so funny because when I read this story, it seemed that the characters seemed older than 19 and 22. 

I did find it a bit hard to keep up with all the different character mentions. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars for historical accuracy, love of characters and teaching readers something new. 

Where to buy:

Here is who I can see playing some of the characters:

Judith Miller

Nellie Hughes

Susie Hughes

Hope Irvine

Luke's younger brothers

Kirby Finch

Alvin Selznick

Luke's younger brother

Luke Hughes

Pastor Irvine

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy