Blog Tour: Love's Promises by Sandra Leesmith

Friday, April 25, 2014

Love's Promises
by Sandra Leesmith
Copyright 2014
(Available in e-book or paperback)
The Story: 
For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality.

All Greg Linsey wants is for his work to mean something. His job at TRPA gives him the opportunity to fight for the environment he loves and make a difference in his small corner of the world. But with the sophisticated Monica Scott’s arrival, his dedication is tested as never before, especially when Monica turns to his unscrupulous nemesis for assistance.

As Greg and Monica’s animosity turns into something far sweeter, can they learn to accept each other’s promises and avoid the growing danger to their lives and hearts?


My Thoughts:
Love's Promises by Sandra Leesmith is quite different from any Christian fiction that I've read. It's not really the theme or the romance that sets it apart, but rather the setting and the fact that the story focuses a lot on the environment and ecology. I really enjoyed the fact that the setting (Lake Tahoe) played such an important role in Monica and Greg's relationship. However, as a romance I felt it lacked a bit. I can't put my finger on it, but they didn't mesh as well as the Margo and Zane from Love's Miracles, a story that I really enjoyed. I think the fact that they jumped from a professional relationship where they clashed over pretty much everything into one of a romantic nature so quickly that threw me. I think if it had been a bit more fleshed out and moved a little more slowly, the connection would have been there for me. Even though I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous novel I read by this author, I still enjoyed the story. Lake Tahoe is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit, even more so because of having read this story. I really felt as if I was there myself, experiencing the beauty of the water, mountains, and forests.

Read what others on the tour are saying about the book on Amber's blog, Seasons of Humility!

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I express are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Meet the Author:
Sandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball.

Learn more about Sandra and her books at www.sandraleesmith.com.


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Giveaway Details!

Sandra is offering one reader a taste of Lake Tahoe with a sweet prize pack: a signed paperback copy of Love's Promises, a journal, a Lake Tahoe coffee mug, a pound of Millstone Velvet Chocolate coffee, and a Hulet Glass chocolate drop! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You can enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading!


A Review: Dancing with Fireflies (A Chapel Springs Romances) by Denise Hunter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies
by Denise Hunter
Copyright 2014
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781401687021
The Story:
Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.


My Thoughts:
Denise Hunter's books are some of my go to romances when I need a quick pick me up. Rarely do I keep books in my library so long but most all of Denise's books, including the original Heartsong Presents releases, are STILL sitting on my shelves after almost a decade! Her latest romance set in Chapel Springs is another one of those "keepers."

Happy 50th, Ford Mustang!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mustang on top of the Empire State Building
Photo from Ford Mustang Facebook page.

On this day in 1964 the sports car scene was forever changed with the introduction of the fun and affordable pony car that appealed to almost everyone in every age group from moms to young men. What kind of Mustang fan would I be if I didn't post in recognition of the Ford Mustang's 50th Birthday? What a milestone. It would be shameful to leave the day pass without recognizing the car that, in my opinion, is Ford's greatest achievement since the Model T. The Mustang is truly an American Icon.

(P)interesting Finds: Recipe Edition

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Confession: I'm a Pinterest addict. It's true, so much so that I probably need an intervention. But do I really need an intervention if my friends and family benefit from my time spent on the site? Maybe not. Pinterest is just plain fun. I really don't know what I did before I found the site. How did I keep track of all those recipes, find great new clothes to add to my wardrobe, and bombard all my friends with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston photos? Hehehe.

However, not everything looks fun or easy, some of the things on Pinterest look iffy. Take for example the marbled nail polish that's popping up every where... yeah, I think it might take an expert to do that and I'm certainly not a mani/pedi pro. I'd hate to tell my mum that I was going to help her with a great new manicure only to end up with a smeared, goopy mess. She'd probably toss me out of the house! Kidding... my mom's totally cool, but still, why take the risk? I've tried a few Pinterest projects before like the bleach t-shirts and the Doctor Who Adipose stuffed monster, but I've never really shared my process or thoughts on my Pinterest experiences in detail, so I thought it was about time I did so.

Brand New Amish Romance from Serena B. Miller: Fearless Hope (My Review)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fearless Hope
by Serena B. Miller
Copyright 2014
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781451660371
The Story:
When Hope Yoder loses her husband, she is left trying to support her two small children—and one on the way—however she can. She ends up taking a job as a part-time housekeeper for the Englisch man who has bought the farm that once belonged to her family.

Logan Parker is a bestselling crime fiction writer from New York City who accompanies his fiancĂ©e on a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, but the trip takes a strange turn when he sees an Amish farmhouse for sale. Intrigued by a strong sense of familiarity, he enters the house and is overcome with a feeling of deep peace. He’s never been to Ohio before, but something in this house feels right, and he purchases the farm to use as a retreat. Something about the peacefulness of the house frees him from the crippling writer’s block that threatens to ruin his career, and something about the quiet Amish woman who comes to clean his home makes him less and less excited about returning to New York and the woman he is supposed to marry.

Slowly, Logan and Hope are drawn together, and when they discover that they share a strange past, they must decide how that affects their future. Will Hope overcome her fear of embracing love again?


My Thoughts:
I'm a big fan of TV's Castle as well as Hallmark's The Shunning movies and I couldn't help thinking as Serena B. Miller's latest novel, Fearless Hope, played out in my head, that the book was kind of a mash-up of the two. He isn't working with cops, but writer Logan Parker definitely has that Castle-like charm going that's hard not to love. He has a lot of pain and heartache of his own that he's hiding underneath that charming veneer. Hope Yoder, the Plain woman who comes to depend on Logan's employment to be dependent from her community's charity after her husband's sudden death, is as one might expect --kindhearted, loving, and a little unsure of the new stranger who has taken ownership of her family's former farm. As Logan and Hope grow closer, they learn secrets about their pasts that deepen their connection.

Blog Tour: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull (My Review)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


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Gatehaven
by Molly Noble Bull
Copyright 2014
Creation House Publishing
ISBN: 9781621364009
The Story:
Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?

My Thoughts:
Having read Molly's romance, The Rogue's Daughter many years ago, I thought I'd give this a chance just because I enjoyed that historical love story so much. I was surprised in spite of having read the cover blurb and getting a peek at the spooky cover, how different Gatehaven was from that romance I read so long ago. It's unusual to find authors who can write across genres so well, and Molly Noble Bull definitely does that.

Heading into this book I was prepared for some drama and possibly some mystery, but this story far exceeded my expectations. The creepiness factor was off the charts. Normally, even with some suspense or crime novels that I've read in the Christian genre, I don't often label them as spine-tingling, but this one definitely was. There's not one, but a handful of strange characters -- the most evil of those being a fiendish Frenchman out to settle a bizarre score that had been eating away at him for decades. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about him after the fact! I have to say however that trying to predict what he would do next kept the story going for me.