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A Love Like Ours

Renee Ann Smith —  June 1, 2015 — 19 Comments

BeckyWade Becky Wade’s most recent novel highlights how God enables us—not just to survive hardships and heartaches—but to embrace life through them.

A Love Like Ours is about people who have messy lives.

A soldier weighed down with PTSD.

A single mom willing to take a chance on creating a family for her son in spite of a scarred heart.

A dad, once resigned to a solitary life after his wife abandoned him and her children, experiencing new love.

Parents who find a way to bring sunshine and sweetness into the life of their severely handicapped daughter.

God helps these characters find healing, joy, romance, redemption, happiness, and hope—which makes A Love Like Ours exactly the kind of novel I love to share with my students!

Yes, the romance takes center stage in this novel. Yet the story also shows us that only through Jesus can we take an honest look at ourselves, each other, and the state of the world—yet live, laugh, and love with abandon.

That’s what abundant life is all about.

Here are some of my favorite quotes . . .

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And here’s the book blurb from Amazon to give you a few more specific details. “Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

Then Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?”

You can grab your copy of this hope-filled story at this link.

Becky WadeAbout the Author: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.

She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction.

Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

You can connect with Becky . . .

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Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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The Thorn Bearer

Renee Ann Smith —  May 19, 2015 — 12 Comments

“From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh Dougall must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all.” ~Amazon blurb for The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham~

Pepper Basham

A few years back I met Pepper Basham at the American Christian Fiction Writers‘ Conference. At the time she was an unpublished writer—but not anymore! How fun to see Pepper attain her dream by earning publishing contracts for several manuscripts!

Recently, I was privileged to review Pepper’s historical fiction novel, The Thorn Bearer.

The Thorn Bearer is set during 1915 and focuses on Ashleigh Dougall, a young woman crossing the Atlantic on the Lusitania with two men—one she doesn’t love but can’t get rid of and the other she does love but can’t have.

Pepper’s novel reminds me of the dramatic, Gothic romances I read in high school. The story has a beautiful, innocent heroine who is hiding a painful secret, a conniving sister, a set of abusive, neglectful parents, and a hero who is handsome and good but takes half the chapters to realize he’s in love with the heroine! Thus Ashleigh must forge ahead in life without 20th century society’s normal protections—parents or husband—by relying on her own pluck and ingenuity.

In spite of these odds, we readers know Ashleigh will win the day because she has a pure heart and a grandmother who teaches her what’s right.

The Thorn Bearer has all the good stuff that makes it fun to while away a day or so in another world—with the added benefit of Spiritual Truth! Exactly what those grand adventures I read as a teen were missing.

I really enjoyed Pepper’s debut novel! The graphics in this post show some of my favorite quotes from story. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, or share them on Facebook!

Pepper Basham Thorn BearerPepper Basham Thorn Bearer****Don’t miss the chance to grab your copy of Pepper’s engrossing novel at this link. Right now it’s a $3 Kindle deal!

Pepper BashamAs a little girl, Pepper D. Basham fell in love with storytelling while listening to her granny share oral history. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.

You can connect with her

At her website

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On Twitter

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Evergreen: Life Flourishes

Renee Ann Smith —  September 15, 2014 — 9 Comments

I don’t think Christmas should ever be perfect.

Maybe because my most treasured Christmas memories seem to be the times when God helped me find joy in the midst of far from perfect circumstances . . .

***Like that winter during my childhood when I was sick for every holiday. Dad carried me outside to see the Christmas lights my brother and sisters had set up. On the way back in, he slipped on the ice and fell, cushioning me with his body.

And I learned that I would always be safe in his arms—no matter how often we failed to see eye-to-eye in later years.

***The first Christmas after my dad died, decorating our mother’s house because she hadn’t the strength. My sisters dragged an ugly Charlie-Brown tree out of the woods and gave it a makeover. The tree made my mother cry, and we cried with her.

And we discovered that we could cry and laugh and eat and live, even though we never stopped missing the one we had lost.

***That time I went Christmas shopping with my best friend of twenty years. She dashed around Walmart on a scooter, spreading smiles and laughter like a holiday elf, and we shared a joy made bittersweet by knowing it was her last Christmas on earth.

And I saw that breast cancer can’t stop a child of God from rejoicing in her Savior—or keep a determined woman from one last shopping spree!

I’m thankful for those Christmases. And also for the ones that were mediocre or boring or left me with a feeling that surely there was more to the holiday—or life—than this. Because they taught me that what our hearts long for will never be satisfied by anyone or anything on earth, by anything less than Christ Himself.

So for me a “real” Christmas is when we’re able to celebrate the coming of the Christ-child no matter what pain or problems plague our hearts.

And isn’t that why Jesus came in the first place? To fill up all those empty places inside us and make something beautiful out of our messy lives.

This is the truth that threads throughout Susan May Warren’s lovely winter novella, Evergreen . . .

Evergreen Susan May Warren“In the wake of good-byes, life endures. Even flourishes.”

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The story focuses on empty-nesters Ingrid & John Christiansen and their efforts to thaw the “chill that has settled over their marriage” by creating the best Christmas ever—even though their adult children are spread far and wide, beloved family members are struggling with heartbreak & abandonment & addictions, and their own hearts have grown cold towards each other & God.

As sad as Ingrid and John’s situation might be, the storyline that sucked me in & had me grabbing for the tissue box involves a beautiful lost boy named Romeo. His hungry heart & sweet spirit change every character—and reader!—he comes in contact with.

Though this novella is short enough to be read in one sitting, it’s impact will last long after finishing that final page and leave you with a few gems to stir your faith & warm your heart. 

And whether or not your church has ever tried to pull together a Living Nativity, you’ll vicariously enjoy the event at the Christiansen’s church!

Evergreen Susan May Warren“Maybe, however, you’re Mary & God is simply asking you to be willing to say yes to whatever He asks.”

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GIFT SUGGESTION: Evergreen would turn a gift basket into something special or be a great stocking stuffer. If you’re gifting a reader, you could pair it with an Amazon gift card or the rest of the Christian Family Series. Good for any age—my high school students LOVE the Christian Family books!

Purchase your copies of the novella at this link. ***Thanks to Susan May Warren & Litfuse PR for providing a copy for me to review.

About the author: Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels, whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. Susan May WarrenShe served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church.

Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists.

In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors.

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I’m truly thankful that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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Just In Time

Renee Ann Smith —  September 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

Beautiful in its time“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:11~

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This sweet family grew up in my garage. The local cat caused them much fear and anguish. Yet they stretched their wings and—using my driveway as a landing strip—practiced soaring & one by one flew away.

Now even the “empty-nester” Mama bird has moved on.

But a trace of their beauty remains.

I’m thankful for the simple beauty God sprinkles through our days & that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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“These prisoners—the ones who painted or wrote poetry or played in the orchestra—they refused to let the spirit die.”
~Kristy Cambron, The Butterfly and the Violin~

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Kristy Cambron’s debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, tells the story of two women: Sera James in present day and Adele Von Bron in 1942. Sera is an art dealer who becomes fascinated by a painting she saw once as a girl—of a young female violinist with piercing blue eyes. It’s a painting of haunting beauty, and Sera is compelled to chase it down.

As she does, we discover the subject is Adele Von Bron, once a celebrated Austrian violinist, who ends up imprisoned in a concentration camp for smuggling Jews out of Vienna. Surprisingly, the painting was not commissioned when Adele was rich and famous. Instead, the canvas captures Adele the prisoner, who found a way to honor God with her music even in Auschwitz, an Adele matured & refined by suffering.

We learn that this particular masterpiece so captivates Sera because it speaks of hope in the worst of circumstances—and that’s what I love about this story. 

For Adele’s story is one of hope and joy amidst heartbreak and loss. Adele’s legacy is powerful enough to help Sera break free of her own selfish bubble of personal pain and reach out for life and love.

The Butterfly and the Violin reminds us that even when men try to remake the world in their own image, they can never erase God’s image in us. And all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent & worthy of praise cannot be silenced for long.  

What I liked best . . .

  • Two storylines—present day with a link to the past (my favorite plot device)
  • The old-Hollywood-movie feel of Sera’s contemporary romance
  • Adele’s riveting Holocaust storyline
  • Vladimir’s big heart & unfailing kindness
  • Omara’s strength & courage
  • Dancing on the banks of the River Seine on a sunny Paris day
  • The Standing-Ovation-Worthy ending of Adele’s personal Holocaust experience!!!

My favorite quote . . .

Kristy Cambron Butterfly and Violin“For the first time in her life she felt beautiful in her weakness, feeling God’s strength uplifting her from all sides.”

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What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to purchase your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin. ***Thanks to Kristy Cambron & Litfuse for providing a copy for me to review.

Enter the GIVEAWAY! Click on the photo below & enter to win a copy of the book plus a Kindle Fire . . .

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Kristy CambronAbout the author . . . 

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes both World War II and Regency Era Christian fiction titles.

A SPARROW IN TEREZIN —the next Hidden Masterpiece novel—will release in April, 2015.

She’s a proud Hoosier, living in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

You can connect with Kristy . . .

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 May you count many blessings as you go through your day, friends. I’m thankful you took a moment to stop in here!

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“When I chose you as my daughter, I sent word to Jezebel that we had our next Queen of Destiny. You were lively and quick-witted, accepting of change, and eager to learn—even as a young child. I believed you could be a queen.”
~Queen Athaliah to Princess Jehosheba~
In the Shadow of Jezebel
by Mesu Andrews

Andrews Jezebel final jpg from CherylIn the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews swept me away to the drama-filled days of Old Testament times. To be a believer then was not about sitting quietly in church with a Bible in your lap. It meant muscular priests, strong enough to subdue and slay sacrifices, and bold enough to face down ruthless rulers. Brave women who could survive—and even find joy—in a world where they were often used, dominated, or enslaved. And ordinary people willing to take their lives in their hands to follow Yahweh and stand against the pagan culture.

Heroism in the midst of danger.
Truth’s simple beauty illuminating the lies that enslave.
The power of love to heal a fearful heart.

Jehosheba’s story involves all of these. Raised by the cruel Queen Athaliah to be a priestess of Baal, Sheba knows firsthand how it feels to be oppressed by Queen Jezebel’s shadow. When her parents decide to unite the House of David with Yahweh’s High Priest by marrying her off to a stranger named Jehoida, Sheba despairs. Little does she know that Jehoida’s upright, generous nature and sacrificial love will heal her heart and help her fulfill her true destiny. Together Sheba and Jehoida strive to “live the truth” & “be wise without lies” as they navigate the treacherous world of palace intrigue. As their trust in Yahweh grows, so does their love for each other.

What I liked best . . .
  • The story world, rich with cultural details
  • Jehosheba’s tender heart—in spite of her dysfunctional upbringing
  • The noble yet endearing Jehoida
  • The focus on the High Priest as both spiritual leader and humble man
  • The palace intrigues and drama—better than any reality show!
  • The glimpse into the lives of those who served in Yahweh’s Temple
  • Sheba’s relationship with her brother Hazi
A favorite scene . . .

I loved one of the first scenes in the book. The priests are faithfully carrying on in the Temple in spite of the oppression of their evil rulers. They trust to the ancient custom of drawing lots to decide who will carry out which duties. By the end of the procedure, they are humbled and amazed to find that God has touched their lives in a very personal way.

“Moments ago [Jehoiada] had silently questioned the reliability of the sacred Urim and Thummim, but now God had spoken through common stones. Perhaps Yahweh was more reachable than he thought.”

A favorite quote . . .

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What you should do next . . .

***You can purchase a copy of In the Shadow of Jezebel at this link. Don’t miss this richly satisfying must-read! Thanks to Mesu Andrews and Revell for providing a copy for me to review.

Mesu photoAbout the Author: Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’s Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.



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Ellie Ginny collage A2When a book plays out like a movie in my head—even after I’ve closed the cover—I know it’s a keeper. And Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska passes that Wish-It-Were-a-Hallmark-Movie test with flying colors. Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss’s novel contains all the elements that capture my imagination: the stunning physical setting, the beautiful, torn-between-two-beaus heroine, the handsome, good-guy hero, and the feisty-but-wise grandma. Plus, there’s an intriguing story from the past told through a box of old letters.

In modern day times, singer Ginny Marshall flies to Alaska while struggling with tough romantic and career choices. She leaves her current boyfriend behind to seek advice from the one person she trusts most in the world, her former fiance, Brett Miller. Then the story shifts to 1928, when heartbroken Ellie McKinley seeks refuge in Alaska from a broken engagement. As governess for the children of grieving missionary Clay Parrish, Ellie learns life lessons that she shares in letters. Her letters profoundly affect Ginny and add depth to this sweetly romantic story.

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska tells the story of two women who run to Alaska when their lives are in crisis. There, God meets them with healing, hope, and love.

This novel is a great read for teens on up! You can purchase your copy from CBD or pre-order/purchase from Amazon here. Or come back to visit me on January 8th, when I’ll be GIVING AWAY LFYIGBA! ***Thanks to the authors for providing a copy for me to review & a copy to share with you!

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Favorite Quote: “I’m quite certain that before God can ever bless a woman—and use her to impact many—He uses the hammer, the file, and the furnace to do a holy work.” Grandma Ethel, LFYIGBA (Click here to tweet this quote to your peeps!)

TRICIA GOYER is a busy mom of four and wife to John. When she finds a break from cleaning up mountains of toys, she is busy writing fictional tales to delight her readers and non-fiction titles to offer encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has thirty-three books to date as well as 500+ magazine articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Christy award and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by Tricia is on the blogging team at and Tricia is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently heads up a Teen Mops Group in Little Rock Arkansas. Tricia is the creator of and hosts a weekly radio podcast Living Inspired. Find out more about Tricia at

OCIEANNA FLEISS has cowritten two historical novels with Tricia Goyer: Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washing­ton. She has written for several publications, including CBA Marketplace and Guideposts, and contributes a bi-monthly column to the Northwest Christian Author. Ocieanna has edited many of Tricia Goyer’s novels and nonfiction titles. An avid historian, she teaches home-schooled junior high students intense history classes involving considerable research and creative methods of bringing history to life. She lives She lives in the Seattle area with her hus­band and their four children. Find out more about Ocieanna at

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