Friday, January 23, 2015

"A Dream of Home" by Amy Clipston



About this book:

  “When she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special community and a special man who pull her out of her solitude into a new life.
  Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancé a year ago but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.
  Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community and married another man—but she does know that her
dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.
  But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they—and everybody around them—have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she s been dreaming of all along?



 Series: Book three in the “Hearts of The Lancaster Grand Hotel”. (To completely understand this novel, it’s best to read in order.) {Book #1, “A Hopeful Heart”, I have read and reviewed (with the old rating system), but looks like I’ve never posted it…Hmmm…, Book #2’s, “A Mother’s Secret”, review is Here!}  

Spiritual Content- Prayers & mentions of Prayers; Bible reading; ‘H’s are capital when referring about God; Church going; Scriptures are quoted; When her fiancé dies, Madeleine’s faith was shaken; Talks about God & His plans for us.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’ and a ‘wimpy’; Madeleine was an air force nurse & there’s some nightmares over what she saw (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed); *Spoiler* Travis, Madeleine’s fiancé, took his life when finding out that his unit bombed an orphanage. *End of Spoiler*


Sexual Content- Kisses on the forehead & cheek; A touch touches that cause warmth; a mention that Carolyn wasn’t married when she had her son (which is a part of “A Mother’s Secret”); Madeleine never knew her father; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Madeleine Miller
-Saul Beiler
                       P.O.V. switches between them, Carolyn, Hannah, Lillian, Trey, Amanda & Emma
                                                        302 pages

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My personal Rating-

Ahhh. Miss Amy Clipston’s books just get better and better! “A Dream of Home” has really lead up to “A Simple Prayer” (coming April 2015), which I just can’t wait to read! I also love how Madeleine’s name is spelt! That’s all I can say for risk of spoilers! ;)




*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this review.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"A Brush With Love" by Rachel Hauck



{Congratulations to Linda W. M. for winning our giveaway! We sent you an e-mail!
We have more giveaways coming up, so don’t worry if you didn’t win!}

About this book:

  “Ginger Winters is a gifted hairstylist with scars no one can see. The last thing she expects from the New Year is a new chance at love.
  Overcoming a childhood tragedy, Ginger emerges from the pain and trauma with a gift for bringing out the beauty in others. From the top big city salons to traveling the world as personal stylist to a country music sensation, success was almost enough to make Ginger forget she would never be one of the beautiful people. That girl, forever on the outside looking in. But she needs her confidence this weekend. She’s the acclaimed “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
  When high-school crush Tom Wells Jr. also returns to town and shows up at her shop looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her locked away from love, Despite Tom’s best efforts, Ginger can’t forget how he disappeared on her twelve years ago and broke her heart. Can she ever trust him again?
  When Tom challenges her to see her own beauty, Ginger must decide if she will remained chained to the past or move freely into a new, exciting future.


Series: Book #2 in the “A Year of Weddings 2” series. {This is part of the second series, hence the 2 at the end. This was my first book I’ve read in either series.}


Spiritual Content- Prayers; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of Scriptures & Scriptures are quoted; Mentions of people in the Bible; A lot of talks, mentions of sermons & church going and great witnessing; Tom came back to Rosebud to start a Church (He felt God’s call); Tom has a very strong Faith; R.J. says that she might “have to recommit myself to Jesus and go to Tom’s church” (because he’s cute); Ginger felt betrayed by God when she was in the fire, so she’s since stepped away from God; Christian artists and music is mentioned & sung.
*Note: a mention of Mother Nature; “Ginger shuddered. Having experienced fire, she had a deathly fear of h*ll. And of the God, if He existed, who claimed He could send her there. Real or imagined, she tried to avoid ticking God off at all coats.”.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘darn’, a ‘drat’, a ‘please shut up’, a ‘oh my gosh’ and a ‘oh my word’, a ‘stupid’, a ‘wimp’, two ‘dang’s, three ‘shoot’s; “Kiss-my-grits” is said & repeated; Sarcasm; Mentions of drinking; Ginger’s heard people talking about her which has lowered her self-esteem dramatically (“Freak. Ugly. She gives me the creeps.”).  
*Note: A mention of Michael Buble, Beyonce & the movie, “The Proposal” (which is not a teen friendly movie).


Sexual Content- a ‘baby’, two ‘babe’s, two ‘sexy’s; A semi-detailed kiss; a Mention of an almost High-School kiss; Noticing another couple kissing; Touches (which are sadly, pretty detailed, mainly because Ginger has never been touched by a man before (her father left)); Noticing & Smelling; Eric studies his new wife with such adoration; *Spoiler* Ginger’s mother was rumored to have hooked-up with Tom’s father, the pastor but they never had an affair (but she admits to falling in love with the married pastor); In the Epilogue, Ginger says about how she & Tom will become one on their wedding night. *End of Spoiler*; Tom tells Ginger that her scars may have kept her from her mom’s lustful boyfriends; Love, falling in love, & the emotions. 
*Note: Tom says he needs a wife “To kick Tom’s butt when he needed it.”

-Ginger Winters
-Tom Wells, Jr.
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        150 pages

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My personal Rating-

{Add a half star for OHST who don’t think they’re beautiful due to outward appearance}
Brave. That’s my word for 2015. “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel House Music is my anthem, so to speak, for this year. Where am I going with this? In “A Brush With Love”, being brave and overcoming what others think of you is a major point. Even awesomer (it’s a word) is that my anthem is sung in this novella. I wish I could have given it a higher rating but I couldn’t do to the Sexual content.



See y’all Friday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this e-book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan Publishers) for this review.

Monday, January 19, 2015

"Love Unexpected" by Jody Hedlund

{Make sure you’ve entered our Giveaway! It ends tonight!}


{To girls who are Under age 14! Do not read this review! It's not a good book! Let's leave it alone!}
About this book:

  “All she's ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn't be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can't even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others' problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.
  But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife's death, and it seems as though Emma's answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.”



 Series: Book #1 in the “Beacons of Hope” series. {There’s a Novella which is consider #.5 in the series which you can read our review Here! Book #2 will be coming out in Summer 2015.}


Spiritual Content- Emma hasn’t prayed in a long time & doesn’t think she remembers how to; She has to learn about God being in control and not her; Patrick prays; A few Scriptures are quoted; Talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are capital; Mentions of church going & devotionals.
*Note: a “pit of h*ll”.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘hush’, an ‘idiot’ and a form of ‘stupid’; Curses are said but not written; Pirate attacks (barely-above-not-detailed); After her Mam died, Emma’s father drank and couldn’t keep a job; Fist Fighting (highest being semi-detailed); Blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions & Rememberings of box fighting (semi-detailed); *Spoiler* Patrick’s past included looting, liquor, gambling & see Sexual content Spoiler. *End of Spoiler*; Guns are pointed & shot.


Sexual Content- a ‘hussy’  and a ‘wh*re’; A Detailed Kiss & 2 Semi-Detailed kisses; Wishing & Wanting to Kiss; Talks of Kissing & Kisses; Thinking of kissing & kisses; Longing for more; Embraces (ranging from barely-above-not-detailed all the way to detailed); A Mention of being together & have children; 3 Mentions of wanting to be attractive to your spouse (Which Emma goes to Bertie for advice, very bad idea); 6 Mentions of sharing intimacies; 8 Mentions of expecting something when you’re married; 8 Mentions of laying/sleeping with someone; Rumors go around that Patrick has another women & sees her (*Spoiler* Emma sees him with her, the woman wearing a low cut dress. Turns out she’s a prostitute, his sister and Josiah’s mother. *End of Spoiler*) In Patrick’s past, *Spoiler* when he was drunk, he took advantage of a women and he found he the next morning beaten in his bed (at the end of the novel it’s revealed that his fellow pirate friend used & beaten her)*End of Spoiler*; Carrying to bed; Love, an practical (read: arranged) marriage, falling in love, the emotions & Longing, lots of longing. 

-Emma Chambers
-Patrick Garraty
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1859
                                                        340 pages

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My personal Rating-
Whoa! Lots of Sexual Content! {Cue the “Ewww!”s!} This was my first full-length Jody Hedlund book, and sadly, it might just my last. This book reminded me at many times of “Short Straw Bride” by Karen Witemeyer (which I haven’t reviewed on here due to the Sexual Content). This book had an insane about of Sexual hints & mentions. Add Patrick’s past & annoying Bertie the Gossip/Traitor (saw that one coming) and you get a Banned Book.


See y’all on Wednesday with a new review! Make sure you’ve entered our Giveaway! It ends tonight!



*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.