Sunday, May 27, 2018

Magnolia Storms - My Review


Janet Ferguson’s book Magnolia Storms was a fictional book but yet held a historical twist.  In its depths, the main character struggles with her experiences and memories of Hurricane Katrina.  Maggie Marovich lost so much that day, which makes it impossible to move forward.  There are so many areas of her life that need improvement, yet she cannot find her way to take those steps.  Sadly, when another tragedy hits her life, she must make some very difficult choices that will hopefully give her the fight to turn her life around. 

Maggie has so many wounds and rightly so.  Events in her life have not been what she wished for, and throughout her younger years, pain and hurt have wrapped themselves mercilessly around her and her family.  There have been moments when breathing seemed impossible—where fear claimed her heart.  She wants to protect her family, but they are too stubborn to listen to her advice.  Practical warnings never alter their thoughts regarding any past, present, or future trouble.  How can she ever go back to where she once was?  Will she ever understand the actions of those she loves? 

Josh Bergeron lost so much that day too.  When Hurricane Katrina swept through their town, he lost people who were like family to him.  And yet, he still chose to be a pilot--in order to recuse individuals who are in trouble at sea.  He has a son, so he knows this career comes with risks.  What would happen if he never came home?  What would happen to his son?  When the woman he once loved comes back into his life, Josh wonders if this could be a second chance for them.  However, this lady has made it perfectly clear that she will never embrace his work choice—even if she does love his son. 

This was such a great read, because it focused on trust and the strength of family.  It reminds the reader that no matter the valleys of life, it is imperative to place one’s trust in the One who can take you through it.  Despite what Maggie had to face, the Lord was with her every step of the way, which is a beautiful reminder to all of us.  No matter the storm, Someone is there to guide us through it.  If you enjoy uplifting, encouraging tales, check out this new book by Janet Ferguson.  Happy reading! 


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy. 


Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live? 






Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. 

She can be found online at: www.janetfergusonauthor.com







Saturday, May 26, 2018

Loving Grace - Spotlight Book Tour




Title:  Loving  Grace  
Author:  April  Smith  
Publisher:  Ambassador  International  
Release  Date:  March  20,  2018  
Genre:  Christian  Fiction,  Young  Adult  Romance 


Grace  Summer  lands  herself  in  a  melon  load  of  trouble  when  she  becomes  torn  between  the  boy  of  her  dreams  and  the  boy  almost  next  door.  

As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.

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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree inElementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.  

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I break away from the dance floor and head to the bathroom.  Thankfully, no one is in there.  I reach the back stall and sit, not worrying at all about my evening gown.  I hear the crush of the outer layers, but what do a few tattered pieces of fabric matter when he’s just pushed my heart through a paper shredder?      

Taking deep breaths, I pray from Psalms:  Lord, the Bible says You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.  I need that right now.  I need You.  I hurt, Lord.  

Tears still stream down my face, but the suffocating pain recedes to a tolerable level.  I fix my makeup in the mirror.  Luckily, not too much damage was done.  It will be dark in the ballroom, so no one will see my red-rimmed eyes.






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Grand Prize: (1) print copy of Loving Grace (US Only)  
PLUS 4 more winners will receive an ebook copy of Loving Grace (open internationally, except where prohibited by law)  

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm June 2, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

First Line Fridays


I confess--the reason I ordered this book is because the Eiffel Tower was on the front cover.  :)  When I was in college, I had the privilege of visiting the Eiffel Tower on a study abroad trip, and I have to tell you, the Eiffel Tower was more beautiful and glamorous than I was expecting.  As with most tourist spots, pictures do not do it justice.  It was actually taller than I thought it would be, and thankfully, my friend encouraged me to venture to the second level, which is where we enjoyed crepes and cafe ole.  :)  It was a wonderful adventure I will always cherish.  What have been some of your favorite travel moments?

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Glamorous Illusions  
by Lisa T. Bergren 



And the first line is...

Montana, 1913

~Cora~ 

"As the locomotive reached the train station, I strained so hard to see my folks that my eyes hurt." 

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 








Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Most Noble Heir - My Review


As many know, stories set in England tend to be my favorite, which is why I enjoyed A Most Noble Heir by Susan Ann Mason so much.  However, this text is definitely a twist from the typical tale—gentleman meets lady—because it starts in the stables.  Yes, I know at first that does not make much sense.  How can the male protagonist of the story be a person of nobility if all he does is tend to the horses?  Well my reader friends, you will have to read the book to find out.  I will say though, I love the way Mason pens the journeys of both the lead male and female characters in this text, because both individuals learn more about themselves throughout their joys and strife.  As they better understand their strengths and weaknesses, each will discover their purpose and role within the society they are deemed to enter.

Nolan Price has lived one particular way all his life.  It is all he has ever known, and thankfully he is perfectly content in his station.  Despite certain difficulties Nolan encounters, he is healthy, he has a good job, and he has found the love of his life.  Nolan believes his needs are met and that there is nothing else he could ever desire—except the love of a father. 



Hannah Burnham wants nothing more than to marry Nolan and to live happily ever after.  Yet with everything in life, a little rain must fall, and indeed it does rain on her future and possible happiness.  Everything seems perfect, after Nolan declares his love, yet deep down she knows something might occur which might ruin what they share together.  Could she be wrong though?  Even so, could she and Nolan face and rise above whatever life might throw at them? 

I love historical fiction, because it places the reader right in the middle of a particular time period, which in turn helps the reader understand the people who lived during those days.  This book exemplifies that statement, because not only will the reader recognize the troubles of the characters, but the reader will begin to fathom what it must have been like to live during these days—with all its rules and regulations.  Therefore, if you enjoy historical pieces as much as I do, I highly recommend checking out this book.  I hope you will enjoy getting to know the individuals and places in this novel as much as I did.  Happy reading!    


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for my copy.



When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.

Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.






Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. 

She can be found online at: www.susanannemason.com







Friday, May 18, 2018

First Line Fridays


I love Hallmark movies--especially the Christmas movies!  :)  It's so funny to see that they are already advertising their Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel right now too.  The lovely part, of course, is that most of these films are based on books--so I though I would highlight one of these stories this week.

Do you have a favorite Hallmark movie or maybe a favorite Hallmark mystery movie?  If so, I would love to hear your recommendations.  Please let me know if the comments below. 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Journey Back to Christmas 
by Leigh Duncan 



And the first line is...

December, 1945

"Her purse meticulously balanced in her lap, Hanna Morse crossed her ankles and pushed down a quiver of anticipation as the heavy curtains pulled away from the movie screen."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!    

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating!