Monday, June 26, 2017

"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery

Book Info: 
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something—herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common—a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

Restoring Love, part of New Hope Publishers’ line of contemporary missional fiction, demonstrates how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace that can impact the lives of others. Readers will connect with the realistic characters and find they can relate to the complex situations that makes Jennifer Slattery's book so appealing. Readers will be inspired to see how God wants to use us to restore people's perception of love in action.


Author Info:

Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. 

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.




My Review: 
"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery is a novel that shows forgiveness and love. If I was asked what I thought the theme was for this book it would be second chances, I guess that is probably obvious but that is what I think of when I ponder this novel.

"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery is a standalone novel but it is also the continuing story that was started in "Beyond I Do". The only thing is "Restoring Love" is Angela's story while "Beyond I Do " is Ainsley's story, Ainsley is Angela's  daughter.  So once again I say  you can enjoy one without the other but I am glad I read them both and in the order they were written.

I was caught up in the stories of both of these books from the very start until the end. The scenes were written so well I could imagine them happening in front of me as I was reading them.  The story does deal with some scenes with drug selling and abuse as well as drinking, but nothing to be alarmed about, the details are not detailed and I think they make the story more realistic.

This book I believe is for adults but I would be okay letting a mature younger teen who really enjoys reading read "Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery.

My favorite character is not just one but all of the characters because they all have issues to overcome  and they are real and they grow in their struggles and are just like the people that are real neighbors and not just some characters in a book which is why I think I liked the novels.

These characters, I believe are ones that will remain with me even after I meet others in more books.

I think I would really like to read more books about these characters.a while

"Beyond I Do" and "Restoring Love" are the other two books that I have read that have been written by Jennifer Slattery but they won't be the last.

I say both novels are five stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of "Restoring Love" by the author. These opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Springs of Love" by Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye BookTour and GiveAway

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Book title: Springs of Love
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye
Release date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Amish
The Kissing Bridge 
Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…
Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.
Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.
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When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?
Cowboys and Amish Girls
Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.


My Review:
"Springs of Love" by  Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye is three novellas about love among the Amish. 

"The Kissing Bridge" by Laura V. Hilton helped me see that we all are  a pearl of great worth that Jesus purchased so that we can belong to Him.   This story shows that the Amish has issues with the same issues that we do, in this case, physically abuse, and that sometimes the person in authority that we trust to help us fail us but we need to keep trying to find the help we need. 

"Sold on Love" by Rachel J. Good is about loving someone with all their faults and accepting their imperfections.  The main character Lavina learns that when you are loved by someone you accept them as they are. This story is also about forgiving yourself from past mistakes and actions.  I think my favorite character in this story is Stephen who learns to slow down and think about things before acting!

"Cowboys and Amish Girls" by Thomas Nye is about a cowboy that meets the Amish while trying to impress another girl.   I am just going to share my favorite quotes from the book and say they are life lessons for us all. But first, I will say if you want to know how to learn to kiss, read this story, it is all clean, I am still laughing. Lol.

Quote 1..."Don't let your relationship with a girl be like bronc busting".Don't try to win her like a prize. If you want to impress a girl, jus' take the time to understand her like you did me." 


Quote 2  "It jus' seems like, if you know who you are and are happy with what God made you to be, you shouldn't have to prove anything to anybody."


Quote 3 " Courage is when a person does something scary for the right reason. Dumb is when you do something dangerous for the wrong reason." 


Of course there are other just as important lessons in the story but I will let you read them for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed if you pick up a copy and read this story. "Cowboys and Amish Girls"  is my favorite of the three stories in this collection. 


Definitely a 5 star collection.


I was given a complimentary copy by Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 





About the Authors
Laura pictureLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
rachel goodRachel J. Good is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming—Sisters & FriendsLove & Promises, and two books in theHearts of Amish Country series—as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Visit Rachel at her website: www.racheljgood.com.


IMG_0731xThomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend.



Guest post from Laura Hilton

The story behind The Kissing Bridge
The Snow Globe was released in November 2014 and almost immediately readers fell in love with Reuben and Anna, the grandparents in the story. They were secondary characters, but readers asked me to write their story – I put it on the back-burner, told God if He opens the doors I would, and didn’t really think of it again until I was asked to write a novella for this collection. I talked to the publisher of my Amish novels, they gave me permission, and a very close friend and I went back and reread The Snow Globe to remember all the important details about Reuben and Anna in that book. Then, with much prayer for God’s leading, I dived in. The Kissing Bridge is the result, and it was so much fun to write! If you are new to my writing, and want to know what happened to the main characters of The Kissing Bridge years down the road, then read The Snow Globe. If you have read The Snow Globe and were one of the many who asked for Reuben and Anna’s story, then read The Kissing Bridge. 
The setting is actually a real covered bridge that I visited long years ago with my parents when we went on a camping trip and visited all the covered bridges and mills in driving distance of our camp-spot. That was before I cared that my family had come from the Amish and I wondered at all these people dressed as they were and driving horses and buggies! 
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story! 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

"None So Blind" by Chautona Havig Booktour and Giveaway

 
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About the Book

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Book title: None So Blind
Author: Chautona Havig
Release date: September 29, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Dani and Ella Weeks–two women who share one thing in common. The same life, the same family, and the same body.
When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t.
What’s a gal to do?
In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella.
Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand why she doesn’t know them. David, her husband, finds himself torn between admiration for the “new” version of his wife and missing the woman he’s known for over fifteen years.
Will Ella ever regain her memory? Why does their pastor suspect it’s one great hoax?

My Review:
Wow, is my first thought when I think of this book now that I have finished reading it. I loved it! Yes, while reading it I was thinking I want it to end a certain way but now that I have read the story to the end I think it had the perfect ending and I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in this series.

"None So Blind" by Chautona Havig is the first book in the (Sight Unseen) series and I literally read this book well into the midnight hours. 


I was thinking I want to wake up and not remember the parts about me that I don't like just like Dani Weeks and then be able to make myself into someone that people like.  But the more I think about it, I don't think I would like that  because not only does Ella not remember the things she doesn't like about Dani ( yes the characters in the story tells her what she was like in the past) she doesn't remember her children! How awful is that for Dani and the kids!   I know this is maybe just too much info in a review but I am thinking about my grandma before she died, she was forgetting things and names, but I prayed "Please don't let her forget me" and I will be forever grateful and thankful that she remembered me till the end!


I really thought it was interesting to consider the two points of view of rather Ella was still bound to David and her wedding vows because even though Dani had kinda of died ( not body wise but had no remembrance of saying them).  I know what my thoughts are considering this and would love having feedback on other readers thoughts considering this! 


I think I am going to say that my favorite character in this story is David, and that is because he supported both Dani and Ella.


I really didn't like Dani's parents,I was thinking Wow, we all know how Dani turned out to be the way she was.


I really feel sorry for Dani because she wasn't able to share her story and why she wasn't a likable person.


There is a mystery in the book and it is unsolved so I am hoping that the mystery is waiting to be unraveled in book two. 


"None So Blind" is definitely a five star book.


I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit.  These opinions are my own.






About the Author
media-headshot-smChautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husband and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.

Guest post from Chautona Havig

“Who are you, again?”
“I’m Joe’s, daughter. Vyonie.” My sister pointed to me. “This is Chautona.”
For some odd reason, the niece she spent the least amount of time with, Aunt Doris remembered—somewhat. But she didn’t remember Vyonie from what I could tell. She smiled at me, that amazing, sweet smile I’d never forget. She asked how I was. I always thought that Mrs. Sanderson—mother of John, Alicia, and Carl on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie—looked and sounded like Aunt Doris. Of course, that memory of me didn’t last. A minute or two later, she gave me a big smile and asked if she knew me.
It gave me a picture of what it must have been like for my character, Ella Weeks—to wake up every day with these children there—children who knew her, but she didn’t remember. The hurt she caused every time she had to struggle to admit she didn’t know something she probably should—again. So, I thought I’d ask her to tell us about it.
Ella: People often assume that the worst part of losing my memory are the memories that disappeared, too. But it’s not. A much as I’d love to remember my wedding day, my daughter’s first steps, my son’s first words, or that moment I realized I was pregnant with my third, those are blessings that I don’t think about often. No, what hurts most is seeing the pain in my children’s eyes when they need me to remember something and I can’t. For me, not remembering their first day of kindergarten is an inconvenience. For them, it’s a further reminder that if they didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know them. That without them pushing themselves into my life, I wouldn’t care about them any more than any other human in my path. I do now, of course, but not at first. I hate that they heard David say once, “…she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t trust me. She doesn’t know our children. She tries, but she could walk out of our lives tomorrow and never miss us.”
Living so close to it every day, I missed those little bits of pain that I inflicted without meaning to, but when I went with our Bible study to a nursing home and visited with the residents, then I saw it. Women with tears running down their cheeks as loved ones patted their hands and tried to comfort. I heard one man offer to find a woman’s father. She squeezed him close and whispered, “It’s okay, Daddy. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
The man promised to try to find her father in the meantime.
Those people there—most of them didn’t realize they didn’t remember someone important. They didn’t struggle to remember this or that. Their dementia had gotten bad enough that their lives had gone from constant frustration to, by comparison, blissful oblivion.
And their families withered with each forgotten face, name, moment.
That’s what my “episode” did for my family. It caused them pain that just resurfaced every time something new happened. Pain that I didn’t know I inflicted. And since that visit, I have a greater compassion and awareness of just how amazing and powerful memories are.
I also have a greater appreciation for those beautiful words in Isaiah when the Lord promised… “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
You see, there’s a lifetime of the sins that Jesus died for buried somewhere in my brain—or, at least at one time there was. I know that those sins were in there, because the ones I committed yesterday are there today. The ones I’ve already confessed and been forgiven for—I beat myself up for the next morning. A week later. A month. But the Lord has wiped them clean. I just keep smearing them back out there again as if to say, “But You don’t get how BAD I was.” Yeah. The arrogance, right? Because an almighty, holy God can’t possibly understand how sinful a sinner that He had to DIE to save from those sins… is. The arrogance? That’s an understatement.
But all those years before that horrible morning… gone. Maybe I stole something. I don’t know. It was forgiven, wiped clean, and then wiped from my memory. I can’t rehash it with the Lord over and over. I can’t drag it back up like a wife who won’t let her husband forget the one time he forgot her birthday. I can’t use it as a whip to beat myself up with. And I think there’s something beautiful in that.
Do I wish I could stop hurting my family with my blank past? Of course. But am I also grateful for a living picture of the fresh start the Lord gives His people at salvation? Definitely. I hope I never take it for granted again.

Blog Stops

June 15: Genesis 5020
June 15: Lane Hill House
June 16: The Scribbler
June 18: Carpe Diem
June 19: Quiet Quilter
June 20: Mommynificent
June 22: Remembrancy
June 23: Pause for Tales
June 24: Bigreadersite
June 25: Lots of Helpers
June 28: Just Jo’Anne
June 28: Henry Happens

Giveaway

 bf3041c3-aba6-432d-bade-2a2bc46cd775To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize that includes:
1 $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 Paperback Copy of None So Blind
1 Paperback Copy of Will Not See
1 Lampwork Necklace
1 Cool denim mini-backpack (to hold your stuff!)
1 Custom Travel Mug (with quote from book)
1 FREE eBook code to share with a friend!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Amish Brides" Book Tour and GiveAway

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Book: Amish Brides
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, Amy Lillard
Genre: Amish
Release Date: May 30, 2017

Under bright blue skies, wedding bells ring—fulfilling sweet dreams, impossible wishes, and joyous new beginnings . . .THE RELUCTANT GROOM
Jennifer Beckstrand
Spirited Suvie Newswenger has three marriage proposals—but not from the man she truly loves. No matter how lonely widower Aaron Beachy is, he seems determined to stay that way forever. Now, with help from his matchmaking great-grandparents, Suvie will do whatever it takes to rekindle Aaron’s hope—and spark happiness for a lifetime.

JOSHUA’S BRIDE
Molly Jebber
Madeline Lehman fears her fiancĂ©’s family will never accept her because of her rebellious sister. She’s postponed her wedding to Joshua Stutzman until they see the truth. But when Maddie adopts her sister’s abandoned baby, can she and Joshua find a way to unite their families through forgiveness as well as love?

A SUMMER WEDDING IN PARADISE by Amy Lillard 
Reba Schmucker longs to be a bride. And she knows her mischievous nieces just wanted to help when they “chose” Abel Weaver for her. But he’s the last man in the world she’d ever marry. There’s no way her independence and his stubbornness could ever get along—unless a sudden crisis somehow leads to understanding . . . and love.

MY REVIEW:  
"Amish Brides" is a collection of three  stories and yes they are all about Amish weddings.  The authors are  Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, and Amy Lillard.  

These three authors have put together a wonderful collection.  

If you have read any of Jennifer Beckstrand's books from her matchmaking series than you will want to read this story, yes Annie is up to her matchmaking again and this time, not only is love at stake but can Aaron learn that just because a person moves on after someone dies it doesn't mean that you are not honoring that person or that you forget them and sometimes holding on to them is in fact not honoring them.  This story is full of humor as well as life lessons we can all apply to our lives. 

Molly Jebber's story is full of sadness and love and forgiveness. The characters in this story have to learn to forgive other family members who are determined to not accept their love.  This book has a couple of surprises to  turn things around, one is really sweet and the other not so sweet but it's really a blessing in  disguise ( my thoughts on this particular event). 

Amy Lillard's  story is a sweet story about Reba not liking Abel when they first met. But, Reba's  nieces play matchmaking. This story has mud fights and an ex fiance showing up.  And one scene that  made me think the story was going to end up differently than it did.  I hope that last sentence made you want to go download this book  now and find out for yourself what scene and what happened? 

I was given a complimentary copy by the authors and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 



About the Authors


Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. 

Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. 

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
Books by Jennifer Beckstrand

6-10-2016-close-head-shotMolly Jebber’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and Romantic Times has given them a near excellent rating. She’s on RWA’s Honor Roll. She’s a speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and she offers presentations on writing, publishing, Amish lifestyle and traditions. She has received widespread media coverage, including live interviews, across the United States for her books and speaking engagements.
She’s just signed a new contract for four more Amish books! She loves interacting with her readers. She loves God, her husband, family and friends. She has a hard time saying no to cupcakes, swimming, nine holes of golf, and walks on the beach. Coconut, oatmeal, and onions, on the other hand, are not hard to say no to!    


I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I love to write inspirational romances. The two go hand-in-hand for me.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.
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Do you remember picking out your bride’s dress? The cake? Food? Location? The invitations? Weddings are fun, no matter how simple or extravagant. The marked event fills your heart with joy sharing in the special day with the bride and groom. I remember the day I married Ed, my best friend and soulmate. We planned the details together, and we still talk about what a heartwarming memory it is for us. I’m sure if you and I met for a girl’s chat, we’d enjoy hearing each other’s account of when we exchanged vows with our sweethearts.
Amish brides may not have the flowers, rings, and fancy food and cake, but they have their traditions and share in the excitement like we do. I enjoyed writing “Joshua’s Bride”. I hope you enjoy it to.

Blog Stops

June 1: Quiet Quilter
June 2: cherylbbookblog
June 7: A Greater Yes
June 12: Karen Sue Hadley
June 13: Bigreadersite 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

"Sailing Out Of Darkness" by Normandie Fischer Book Tour and GiveAway

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Book: Sailing out of Darkness
Author: Normandie Fischer
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 25, 2017 (2nd Edition)




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Love conquers all? Maybe for some people.

When Samantha flies to Italy to gain distance from a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, the last thing on her mind is romance. But Teo Anderson is nothing like her philandering ex-husband or her sailing buddy, Jack, who, despite his live-in girlfriend, caught her off guard with his flashing black eyes.
Teo has his own scars, both physical and emotional, that he represses by writing mysteries—until one strange and compelling vision comes to life in the person of Sam. Seeking answers, he offers friendship to this obviously hurting woman, a friendship that threatens to upend his fragile peace of mind.
But not even sailing the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean can assuage Sam’s guilt for destroying Jack’s relationship and hurting another woman. Soon the consequences of her behavior escalate, and the fallout threatens them all.
Sailing out of Darkness is the haunting story of mistakes and loss…and the grace that abounds through forgiveness.
Awarded: Aspen Gold, Selah, and Maggie Finalist 2014 (1st edition)


My Review: 
"Sailing Out Of Darkness" by  Normandie Fischer is one book that I liked but at the same time I didn't like, I think it is because of the themes included in the story. The themes are divorce, though it is just mentioned as three of the characters are divorced and the others themes are guilt and suicide and sex without marriage and cheating.  Ok, if you have read this review up to this point you might think I don't want to read it but I beg you don't make your choice whether to read this book based on this paragraph because "Sailing Out Of Darkness" by  Normandie Fischer is also a book about how Sam learns to forgive others but mostly how to forgive her self.

"Sailing Out Of Darkness" by  Normandie Fischer is the fourth book in the (Carolina Coast ) series and like always I have read all four and I am going to say something that I normally don't, but, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed.  Though, it mentions a few characters from the other books, it is a complete separate book. 

I must say that towards the end of the book I was really sad because of the scene described. I think it has a valid point in the storyline but I must also warn my blog followers that are depressed and suicidal to be aware that this in the book.  

This book is also about a second chance at love.  Teo is my favorite character because he is someone who knows what he wants and goes after it.

The character that is my least favorite is Jack because he is, well, I guess I have to say it, a character that most of us knows, one that won't admit his faults and one who doesn't change even after a tragedy happens. 

I think this book has a couple of lessons we all need to heed to, which is learning to love ourselves and forgiveness is really important for us and we don't have to be perfect for God to love us. The main lesson I believe from this book is that we really need to listen to others and that we all need someone at times and we are all dealing with issues. 

I am giving "Sailing out of Darkness" by  Normandie Fischer five stars. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 



About the Author
Author PhotoNormandie Fischer is a sailor who writes and a writer who sails. After studying sculpture in Italy, she returned to the States, graduated suma cum laude, and went to work in the publishing field as an editor. She and her husband retired from cruising Pacific Mexico on their 50-foot ketch, Sea Venture, to care of her aging mother and enjoy her two grown children and her grandchildren. She is the author of six books: Becalmed (2013), Heavy Weather (2015), Twilight Christmas (2016), Two from Isaac’s House (2015), From Fire into Fire (2016), and Sailing out of Darkness (2013 and 2017).



Guest Post from Normandie Fischer

In Sailing out of Darkness, the female protagonist longs for something, anything that will validate her after her husband leaves. She’s propelled into such an emotional wasteland that she becomes vulnerable to what seems a safe friendship.
It isn’t. And so she flees to Italy, but the repercussions of her actions continue to affect her and others—as consequences are wont to do.
After my divorce, hurting women seemed to flock to my vicinity. (Either that, or suddenly husbands in the church were leaving in droves.) These were abandoned women, angry women, women searching for love in the wrong places. I wasn’t in any shape to minister to them as I too was struggling at the cross, but that period helped me understand how woefully ignorant and unprepared many church goers are when it comes to hearing the cries of the hurting. I know of two women (to whom I dedicated the book) who actually killed themselves because no one listened or reached out a hand when they needed it.
The process of divorce and healing taught me about grace in a way that I’d never fully internalized. I’d ministered and counseled for years about the Love of God. I’d preached and written about it, but part of me, the part that needed healing, still held on to the idea that I had to be perfect to be loved by God and by man. I knew better, but the heart and the head weren’t working well together, especially during my years of living with an alcoholic husband and during divorce recovery after he left. As I wrote about Sam’s guilt and helped her find peace, I think new pieces slid into place for me as well. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God. And that’s probably the most powerful message we have to share with this hurting world.

Blog Stops

June 1: Genesis 5020
June 5: Pause for Tales
June 5: By The Book
June 6: Book by Book
June 7: Carpe Diem
June 9: Cafinated Reads
June 11: Bigreadersite
June 11: The Power of Words (spotlight)

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Normandie is giving away a Kindle! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b630