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Nancy Drew meets Mary Stirling

Through Waters Deep
by Sarah Sundin

America is on the brink of joining the allies in WWII, in 1941 tensions was high and opinions was many. Mary Stirling is a young Boston Navy yard Secretary that is not looking for love. Then along comes an old childhood friend, the handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery. As evidence starts to pile up that someone is sabotaging the ships in the navy yard. Mary starts to see a mystery brewing that she needs to solve just like her childhood heroine Nancy Drew. She goes to Jim and shares her thoughts and he agrees to help her uncover the culprit that is doing the sabotage. As the time passes and the list of suspects grow, it seems that they are not getting any closer to finding out who is trying to push for america to go to war. the challenges grow as Jim and Mary grow closer to finding out that they love each other.

If you love reading a WWII novel this is the one for you. I love that it mentions the Nancy Drew series, which was one of my favorite series to read growing up.

A big Thank you to revell reads for providing this book for free for exchange for a review.

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A historical read!!!

The Mapmakers Children by Sarah McCoy

Two women from very different eras lives interconnect across the generations. Sarah Brown the vibrant and talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown finds her life turned around when she starts to work with the Underground railroad. Watching as her family deals with the loss of her father and brothers, she resolves to continue her fathers work with the help of a friend. Using her artistic talents to provide hidden maps for the fleeing slaves to follow north to freedom.
Eden Anderson is a modern day woman facing some struggles of her own, having not been able to have a child and moving to a new home. The discovery of a old doll head leads her on a search for information about the house she lives in. Sarah and Eden connect across time thru the dolls head and letters that are found connecting to the house.

This book takes us back to a time when war was brewing between the states. It shows a side to the John Brown story that I have never thought about.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for free.

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July 15, 2015 · 9:06 pm

Love at first sight!!

In FireFly Valley by Amanda Cabot

The second Book in Texas Crossroads series brings back Rainbows End Resort and Greg and Kate as a background characters.

Marissa St George is headed back to the one place she has run away from, the town where she grew up at. After losing her job to a downsizing, she has chosen to take a huge pay cut and has accepted a position as the business manager at the struggling Rainbows End Resort. A new guest to the Resort, Blake Kendall has come to his friends resort to find his muse. But unbeknownst to him, he will find more than thoughts for his next book. Meeting the very interesting Marissa leads him down a very different road then he ever expected in his life. For Marissa she never thought she would fall in love at first sight, but after meeting Blake it seems that there is some truth to it. Will they both be able to overcome secrets and the dark past that haunts Marissa?

I received this book for free for a review from Revell Reads.

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To be chosen, To be loved, To be Free!!!

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The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

The long awaited day that Carrington Hale has prepared for has arrived and standing along the wall she watches as all the others are chosen in the Choosing Ceremony. As her heart falls she realizes that her worst fear has happened, now she has to spend the rest of her life as a Lint, part of the unwanted women; the lowest part of society. Never to have another chance to have a family of her own or to see her family again. Walking as if in a fog, she hears of rumors of a rebellion that is stirring up feelings all round her. The whispers going around her makes her feel that the way of life that she has been taught is wrong and there is a chance for her to have a new life. When Carrington is offered a second chance for the life she has longed to have since she was a child, she can’t shake the feeling that something is not right here. Is what the Authority says to do the right way to live their lives or is what Aaron is teaching a lifeline for all who believe? Also how can a killer keep on running free picking off Lints one by one? Will Carrington be able to uncover the truth behind everything in time to save herself from death?

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Q and A with Rachelle Dekker:

1.Throughout the book, Carrington struggles with understanding her identity and worth and what is true. Why did you decide to write about the theme of identity?
Someone once asked me. If you could leave one message for your younger sisters, what would it be? The answer was always the same: I would pray they knew what they were worth. Identity is everything. There isn’t a theme that doesn’t start with identity or circle back to identity. Knowing who you truly are is the greatest journey we face. Am I enough am I worth it? I believe everyone faces these questions, and I sought out to explore them through this story.

2.Do you think women tend to struggle with identity more than men?
I don’t think women struggle with identity more then men. Not at all. I just think we struggle differently. As a woman I understand the identity struggle from a female perspective more, but I think most men wonder if they’re enough just as much as women do. WE are all the same at our core, really. We are on this earth for a short time, trying to figure out our
purpose and worth. Searching for recognition, usually in all the wrong places. The truth I am
discovering is that there is no need for searching. The truth already resides inside of us. The Father has already marked us as chosen, worth it; He has already given us a purpose. It’s
only a matter of looking inward to the soul and to the Creator of that soul to find our worth.
3. What would you say to the person who is struggling, trying to find their identity in
temporary, unsatisfying places?
I would say we have all been there, and that those places will only serve as a prison in the
end. They may seem like happiness now, but eventually they will become suffering. But
that’s just part of the journey of identity. Some people need to learn the hard way-I did for
sure! I searched for significance in darkness and somehow the Father still led me to the
light. So when I see people gong through what I did, I empathize, but also know that in a single moment  they can discover their true identity.

A Big Thank you to Tyndale and Rachelle Dekker for including my blog in on “The Choosing Blog” tour. I enjoyed getting the chance to review an amazing read, that I could not put down without wanting to get right back to reading it. Can’t wait for the second book to come out to see what is in store next for Carrington.

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Blooming Love grows!!

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

The third installment to “The Gregory Sisters” series is about the youngest Gregory sister and her search for her place in life. Having studied horticulture at the ladies college she was attending and a love of gardening, Tessa Gregory pursues a job at the Como Park. But in a time period when women are not accepted in certain positions and jobs, she is turned down for the job. Upon meeting Reece King a very handsome gardener that worked in the Como Park things start looking up for her. Donning a masculine costume to hide her feminine looks she is able to assist Reece on the newest garden project in the park. At the same time Tessa uses her talents to  drum up financial support for the new world class Conservatory in the park, with the hopes that the park superintendent  will change his mind about hiring her. As Reese and Tessa work together to create a new garden, their feelings for each other grow. Will be they be able to set aside their own goals and pursue a life together as a couple?

Received this book for free for blogging by Revell Reads.

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Peacemaking and Forgiveness

The Heart Of The Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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This book is a very powerful read for everyone, it opens your eyes up to how much the Power of forgiveness affects our lives. There is so many lessons that can be learned from the Amish culture, if there is only one we learn it should be this one-Forgiveness. Compiled up of several stories each of them deal with many different situations in life and a couple we may have heard of on tv. I recommend for everyone to take the time to read this amazing book, it will bless you and can be very much a life changer.

I received this book for free in exchange for a Review from Revell.

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Wedding Dreams!!!

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

The First Installment in the Brides with Style Series, hooks you from page one. It pulls your heart strings as you follow a small town girl on a journey toward foloowing her heart. Katie Fisher has been planning her fairytale wedding as long as she can remember. When the chance comes to win the wedding dress of her dreams, she enters the contest. The day she gets a phone call saying she has won the contest, is the same day her long time boyfriend breaks up with her. With her world turned up-side down, she has to choose does she go thru with the dress or let her dream go. Does she go to Dallas and hide the truth from the son of the wedding dress designer?

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