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The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride
Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson

When a wedding reenactment turns real, this cowgirl suddenly finds she’s an accidental bride. Shay Brandenberger is raising her daughter in Moose Creek, Montana on her childhood ranch, nestled against the Yellowstone River. Despite her hard work, she can’t seem to keep her head above water—and now the bank is threatening to foreclose. She prays for a miracle, but the answer she receives is anything but. Having agreed to play the bride in the Founders Day wedding reenactment, Shay is mortified to be greeted at the end of the aisle by none other than Travis McCoy, her high school sweetheart—the man who left her high and dry for fame and fortune on the Texas rodeo circuit. Then the unthinkable happens. Thanks to a well-meaning busy body and an absent minded preacher, the wedding reenactment results in a legal marriage. But before Shay can say annulment, Travis comes up with a crazy proposal. If she refuses his offer, she’ll lose her home. But …

The Christmas Singing Chapter Excerpt & Offer

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The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2012

The Christian Writer's Market Guide Tyndale
     This is an extremely helpful book for anyone looking to be published. It includes the name of every Christian publishing company you can think of, and not just for books. It includes magazine, drama, and even greeting card publishers! Things are arranged by both topic (Fiction-Romance; Fiction-Historical; Non-fiction- Finance; etc.) and publisher (Bethany House, Tyndale, Whittaker, etc.). It also includes names of agencies and contests. My only complaint is that I found a few publishers included that I had believed had gone out of business. However, this book is definitely useful and sure to help any writer attempting to be published.

Rating: 9

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

Two Tickets For the Christmas Ball


Bound for Glory

Bound For Glory
Timothy R. Botts with reflections by Patricia Raybon
Tyndale House Publishers

     I agreed to review this book not long after my sister, mother, and a few friends of ours had been given a lesson (by a wonderful lady in our church) on how to write in calligraphy. So this book, of course, warranted great interest when I saw it available on Tyndale's website.
     Inside the hardbound cover is collection of expressive calligraphy inspired by African American Spirituals. Several of these songs I'm familiar with, and I was eager to see my favorites. Though many of the color choices of the art is not really my style, and reminded me a little of the sixties-era magazines inherited from my great-grandmother, the actual writing is creative and well-done. My personal favorites were "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho", "When the Saints Come Marching In"  "Amen" and "The Blind Man".

Rating: 7

I received this book for free from Tyndale…

His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love Golden Keyes Parsons Thomas Nelson
Texas, 1861. Amanda Irene Belle is in love with a Union Army officer....which presents problems as her family is a group of born-and-bred southerners. Can she and Captain Kent Littlefield overcome the obstacles to their love and make a life together?

     I had never read anything by this author before, so I didn't really know what to expect. I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't grab hold of my emotions in any way. I was rather indifferent to Amanda and Kent. I didn't hate them or anything, but I can't say I really liked them. They were just...there. Also, may I just say, I did NOT approve of the two of them meeting together secretly at night? True, nothing happened, they only "talked"...but I still don't think it was appropriate. Especially after Kent had just promised Amanda's father he wouldn't talk to her again! Just sayin'. Also, Kent's letters rubbed me the wrong way. I don…

Wings of a Dream

Wings of a Dream Anne Mateer Bethany House Publishers
Debut Author Delivers Sweet, Heartwarming Historical Fiction
     Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promises adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry. While she waits for the end of the Great War and Arthur's return, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, sure that her glamorous and exciting life is about to start.
     But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's sickness, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah discovers she must choose between her desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.

     There aren't many books surrounding the Spanish Flu epidemic du…

Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure Dorothy Love Thomas Nelson
Unless she can trust God’s love to cast out her fears, Ada may lose the heart of a good man.   

Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.

Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada’s friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a "colored" settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her p…


Jean Webster
Puffin Classics

     Written by Jean Webster, a niece of Mark Twain, Daddy-Long-Legs opens in the early 1900s. 17-year-old Jerusha (Judy) Abbot has lived in an orphanage her entire life. And then comes the day prim Mrs. Lippett calls Jerusha into the office with astounding news: her writing skills have attracted the attention of one of the orphanage's trustees. Sensing potential in the young girl, he decides to pay for her college education, under one condition- she must write him a letter every month, addressed to the care of "John Smith". His true identity will remain anonymous, and if he ever wishes to send her any type of message he will do so through his secretary. Judy accepts the generous, if eccentric, offer. Her letters to her benefactor, whom she affectionately calls "Daddy-Long-Legs", are funny and heartwarming.
     I adored certain aspects of this book. First, I loved the whole plot. And some of the things Judy wrote we…



Surrender the Dawn


A Sound Among the Trees

A Sound Among the Trees
Susan Meissner

      Rumored to be a Union spy during the Civil War, Susannah Page of Holly Oak plantation has left a legacy of secrets and loss. Her great-granddaughter, Adelaide, has had her own troubles and believes the house of Holly Oak is "stuck", bearing a grudge against its past.
     Marielle Bishop doesn't know what to think. After marrying Carson Bishop, whose first wife was Adelaide's granddaughter, the newlyweds agree to live at Holly Oak for the sake of Carson's children, and to keep an eye on elderly Adelaide. But it isn't long before Marielle hears rumors of Susannah's ghost, which is said to haunt the old plantation house. Is it just silly superstition- or something else?

     I've read other books by Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy and Lady in Waiting), both of which have a similar plot setup of a modern and past woman's intertwined stories. A Sound Among the Trees was different from the othe…

Tyndale Giveaway!

Tyndale Blog It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil – Giveaway! Dr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker, has a new message to tell you…It’s your kid not a gerbil!

Do you sometimes feel like a gerbil running on a wheel inside a cage as you scurry from place to place, chauffeuring your children from one endless activity to another? What if, for one moment, you could just step off of the wheel . . . and relax? How would you feel then? And what if that single moment could stretch into an hour, or even a whole day? In his new book, It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil, Kevin Leman will provide practical solutions and helpful insight to get off the activity wheel so that you can put your time and energies where they really count: in establishing strong character and a love for home and family that will serve your kids well for a lifetime.
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Look To the East