Monday, June 30, 2014

"Asking for Trouble" by Sandra Byrd



About this book:

  “When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn't have the required experience, and the cute editor-in-chief isn't looking for someone to train. She has to come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy.


 Series: Book #1 in the “London Confidential” series. (Here’s more about this series:
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.) {I have read all four in this series, but that was before I started reviewing. ;) }  


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted & Prayers are said; Savvy and her family try out different churches.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blimey’, a ‘blooming’ and a ‘swanky’.


Sexual Content- Savvy calls a guy “super cute” and has his picture as her screen saver (she does kiss it a couple of times, but removes it near the end of the book); A couple of flirty winks and who’s-dating-whos and who-likes-who.

-Savannah “Savvy” Smith, age 15
                                         P.O.V. of Savvy
                                                        261 pages

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Like I pointed out in the Series info, I have read this series before (way before I started reviewing) and enjoyed them. But just two notes about this series/book #1: Savvy is a T*ylor Sw*ft fan, and plays some of her music (but none is written) and many reviews of this book on Goodreads slam this book for not being “accurate”  about people in London; so if you’re from there—read with caution! I’ve enjoyed this series, and am looking forward to rereading all of them again. :)




 

See y'all on Wednesday for another 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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Fatal Exchange" by Lisa Harris


About this book:

  “Though Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, the relatively quiet–life of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She’s saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother’s death, and settling into a life she loves. So the last person she wants to spend time with is Mason Taylor.
   An undercover cop, Mason is enemy number one as far as her family is concerned. His involvement in the death of Emily’s brother is still up in the air, and now he expects her to help him with a case. Mason has been working with one of her students, Rafael Cerda, whose brother has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. And with time running out to meet their demands, Rafael is getting desperate.
   Emily will have to draw on all her strength to handle what happens next…”


 Series: Book #2 in the “Southern Crimes”. {I have not read book #1 “Dangerous Passage”, but I was able to follow this book.}  


Spiritual Content- Many Prayers and said and Scriptures are quoted; The Phase “who’s playing God” is said; Talks about God, Trusting Him & that He’s in control.


Negative Content- Mason is after a drug gang that Mason says “makes the mafia look soft”; Blood parts (highest being a semi-detailed); Slitting throats (most are not-detailed, maybe one semi-detailed); Finding dead people (not- detailed to semi-detail); Drugs, guns and a school lock down because of a gun hostage.    


Sexual Content- Mason calls Emily “hot” when she’s wearing a disguise; a couple not-detailed kisses and a semi-detailed kiss.

-Emily Hunt
-Mason Taylor
                                         P.O.V. switches between them and Avery
                                                        304 pages

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 Pre Teens- 
(less than a star really)

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-  
(and a half)

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-


Oh my. “Fatal Exchange” had me on the edge of my seat! I was really scared about reading it—I didn’t know if it would be detailed! In all honesty, I had myself prepared not to go past the second chapter…if I got that far! I do not do blood, or gore or dead bodies—I get lightheaded!
I enjoy “Fatal Exchange” much more than I thought I would, but I would not recommend to younger girls…I’ll have a book up some-time soon of one I would recommend to younger girls though! :)   


See y'all on Monday with another 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 book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this review.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Rival Hearts" by Tara Randel


About this book:

  They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?
   Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.
   Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?



 Series: Number #19 in the “Quilts of Love” series. (They do not have to be read in order) {Click Here! for number #17, “A Promise in Pieces”, and click Here! For number #18 “A Stitch and A Prayer”.} 


Spiritual Content- Prayers & Scriptures are said; Talks about God and His Love. 


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘screw’s and a ‘suck it up’.


Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kisses.


-Molly Henderson
-Ben Weaver
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        205 pages

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 Pre Teens- 
(and a half)
New Teens- 
(and a half)
Early High School Teens- 
(and a half)
Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)
My personal Rating-

Hands down the best “Quilts of Love” book I’ve read. As silly as it sounds, the quilt felt like a main character along with Molly and Ben…not just a thing that the main girl makes in the book. 


Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Rival Hearts, by Tara Randel. Who doesn't like a friendly competition, every now and then? You'll be sure to love this fun tale of unexpected competition between two people forced out of their comfort zone.

Celebrate June's release by entering to win a summer camping kit (grill, tent, and camp chairs) from Quilts of Love.
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One winner will receive:
  • A Coleman grill, tent, and camp chairs
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 13. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog.

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See y'all on Friday with another 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 book for free from the Publisher (Abingdon Press) for this review.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"The Carousel Painter" by Judith Miller



 About this book:

  “Carrie loves painting the beautiful carousel horses…but can she stand strong against the many who don’t want her to keep the job?
   When Carrington Brouwer receives the enviable job of painting carousel horses for a factory in Ohio, she believes her future is secure. But after an expensive necklace disappears from the home where she’s been staying, she’s caught up in a search for the truth that puts her entire livelihood—and her developing relationship with the factory manger—at risk. Can she lead police to the real culprit before she loses everything?”


 Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Carrie says her father thought “God was for weak people who needed a crutch to get through life.”; Church going (some sermons are written or the topic is); Bible reading; Carrie gets told the story of Stephan; Many Prayers and Scriptures are quoted; Many talks about God, why He lets things happen; and Having Faith to stand in our own fiery furnace (She hears the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego).


Negative Content- Lying & Stealing. (Everything works out though.)


Sexual Content- Tyson Farnsworth is a player and flirts many times with Carrie, at one point when Carrie almost falls he says “Careful or we’ll land on the floor. If you want to lie down beside me, I can think of more comfortable places.” (That is the most detailed any flirting gets); Two semi-detailed kisses and a few not detailed kisses.


-Carrington “Carrie” Brouwer
                                         P.O.V. of Carrie (all in first-person, present tense.)
                                                Set in 1890
                                                        335 pages

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My personal Rating- 
(and a half)


I never knew how much work went in to making a carousel! Sure, we hit on it in one of the novella’s in the “Sincerely Yours” collection, but “The Carousel Painter” has much more details about the making of a carousel horse. This was a historical mystery (the stealing kind of mystery, not a murder mystery) with a bit more than a touch of romance to it. {Plus, I think the cover is perfect for this book! It's so pretty!}


See y’all on Wednesday for another 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.

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Four Weddings and a Kiss" by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy & Robin Lee Hatcher



 

About this book:

  “In 1885 five western preachers sit around a campfire talking about unlikely couples they've seen God bring together.

 
 Series: As of now, no.

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“Spitfire Sweetheart” by Mary Connealy

“Maizy MacGregor's reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver--but just until he's well enough to run his ranch. Maizy's tender care soon has Rylan falling hard and fast. Can these two willful souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?”


Spiritual Content- Prayers are said & Scriptures are quoted.

Negative Content- A horse gets shot (no details); A bear fight (semi detailed).

Sexual Content- 3 Semi-detailed kisses; A hint about a honeymoon “and began their married life finally, fully, and passionately.”


-Maizy MacGregor
-Rylan Carstens
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1879
                                                        81 pages

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New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

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(and a half)


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“A Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher

“Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town's newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly's mind about him--and win her heart too.


Spiritual Content- Prayers & Scriptures are said; Talks about God, and His plans for us.

Negative Content- N/A

Sexual Content- 1 semi-detailed kiss and 1 not-detailed kiss; a hint about a baby (after marriage)“After all these weeks of keeping each other warm in our bedrolls.”.


-Molly Everton
-Jack Ludgrove
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1879 (last chapter set in 1881)
                                                        114 pages

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New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

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“A Cowboy for Katie” by Debra Clopton

“After the tornado, Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch. But she can't do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown the call of the open road?


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God, His plans for us & His Faithfulness; Scriptures are mentioned.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘biddies’ and a ‘stinkin’; One or two (not detailed) blood scenes.

Sexual Content- One detailed kiss.


-Katie Pearl
-Treb Rayburn
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1871
                                                        96 pages

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Early High School Teens-

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“Courting Trouble” by Margaret Brownley

“Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock plans to say no. But then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that's ever happened to him.


Spiritual Content- Jesse says the Reverend asked him if he (Jesse) was a Methodist or a Presbyterian and Jesse replies that he’s a Democrat; A few Prayers are said but not written; This novella had the least amount of Spiritual Content out of all four.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an unfinished “What the--?”.

Sexual Content- Three semi-detailed kisses.


-Grace Davenport
-Brock Daniels
                                         P.O.V. of switches between them
                                              Set in 1882
                                                        99 pages

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New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating-


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Overall ratings:
Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a quarter)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)



I don’t normally read novella because they’re normally short & rushed...Only one of the stories in this novella collection didn’t feel like novella. Let’s break them down;
The first book, “Spitfire Sweetheart”, was pretty good, rushed with the falling in love part but the cute title makes up for that.
Book Two, “A Love Letter to the Editor”, wasn’t rushed at the beginning but speeded up at the end.
Number #3, “A Cowboy for Katie”, was my favorite because I enjoyed “Crazy Katie” and her shootin’ guns.
And the last book “Courting Trouble” was very rushed and a bit confusing.
These novellas gave a little bit size taste of the author’s work were you can read them and decided if you want to read more of that author’s work. Like me, I’m looking forward to reading more of Debra Clopton’s other works soon!


Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.


 
The authors are celebrating with a "Sweet on Love" iPad Mini Giveaway and rip-roarin' Facebook party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the Four Weddings and a Kiss Facebook Author Chat Party. Connect with Western Brides Collection authors Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton for an evening of fun book chat, western-themed trivia, and prizes. The authors will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the collection!

So grab your copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss and join the authors on the evening of July 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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See y'all on Monday for another 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 book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this review.