Did I fall in love with Wooing Cadie McCaffrey?

About the book:      woocam I love this cover!

Title: Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Author: Bethany Turner

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance/Sports Romance

Book Blurb:

After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

Book Review:

I wanted to love it…I really did. And while I thoroughly enjoyed everything else about the story, one thing kept me from falling head over heels. That one thing: If Will and Cadie would have sat down and had one single, honest conversation, there wouldn’t have been any need for either of their hearts to get broken. Sorry, this is a trigger of mine. My inherent personality is that of a mediator. That being said, my reactions are not the fault of the book.

I mean, in a way, I get it, not everyone knows how to have a conversation about marriage. Cadie, in particular, seems to have a problem talking about what’s important unless it’s to her friend, Darby. But then, all she does is complain and get mad if Darby doesn’t agree 100% with everything Cadie says.

And poor Will. Yes, the guy is clueless. Can you blame him? Did Cadie ever do or say anything that would have given him even half a notion that she was unhappy? For an entire year, she slowly fell out of love with him because the spark was gone. Why didn’t she try to bring it back? Because she’s a modern woman. She could have said, “Hey, Will, I got tickets for a baseball game. Let’s go.”

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s show you the flip side of the coin. I absolutely, totally, 100% love Bethany Turner’s writing style. The witty humor had me keeled over in stitches of laughter. I rolled my eyes at Will’s attempts to recreate Cadie’s favorite rom-com moments, knowing they would fail and loving them anyway.

Cadie’s character growth. She learned a lot, a whole lot, about herself and about God. Which brings me to another favorite: Strong spiritual beliefs. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is without a doubt a Christian novel. Will and Cadie are both believers, and when they make one colossal mistake, both feel guilty. Their turnaround to repentance and forgiveness left an emotional high I couldn’t stop thinking about.

The inner conflict and emotional toil in both characters was so well done, I could have read on and on. All the characters, even the secondary ones, were well-developed and held up in the storyline.

Takeaways from Wooing Cadie McCaffrey: Even seasoned Christians make mistakes. No one is perfect. And God loves us anyway. When Cadie asks for forgiveness, she gets it. She struggles to forgive herself, but God granted forgiveness the moment she asked for it. Don’t put God in the backseat. He’s not supposed to be the passenger, He’s meant to be the pilot. Bethany Turner showed this with grace and absolute clarity in her writing.

So, what do I rate the book? Why, five stars of course! Why five stars when the premise made my eyes twitch and my fingers curl? Because, even then, I couldn’t stop reading.

I requested a copy of this book from RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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How does Tate stack up in Susan May Warren’s Montana Marshalls series?

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Title: Tate
Series: The Montana Marshalls, Book 2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

What will it cost this bodyguard to save the woman he loves?

Bodyguard, Tate Marshall, has always been the family troublemaker. Maybe it’s his impulsive propensity to get into the middle of problems that don’t belong to him. But once in, he can’t stop himself from trying to solve them and that includes his recent dilemma. He’s in love with the woman he’s supposed to protect, the beautiful Gloria, “Glo” Jackson, daughter of US Senator and presidential hopeful Reba Jackson. A member of the country band, the Yankee Belles, Glo was targeted in a recent terrorist attack designed to deter her mother from running.

Glo is as stubborn as her mother, and Glo isn’t about to hide from threats, at least the kind that won’t cost her heart. Because she’s already paid a terrible price for the war on terror, and she can’t let herself love a man who might die, especially because of her.

As the campaign heats up and the threats deepen, so does the attraction between Tate and Glo. But when they’re discovered, and Tate is fired, what will he do to protect the woman he loves?
And what will Glo do to keep from losing another man to the costs of war?

The gripping second installment of the Marshall Family series.

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Book Review:

Susan May Warren creates high-octane, action-packed adventures fit to keep you on the edge of your seat. Tate is book 2 in the Montana Marshalls series, following after Knox. 

Tate is the type of man who’s always trying to prove himself. He never feels as though he measured up. After taking a single sentence spoken by his father out of years of conversation, Tate believes he’ll never be a hero like big brother Knox. But he does everything in his power to prove he can do everything by himself.

Tate picks up right on top of where Knox left off. Tate and Glo already have feelings for one another, and he’s already been protecting her for some time, this allows for a more rapid pace of romance. Not to mention the never-ending battle to keep Glo safe.

I enjoyed the internal struggle of Tate and Glo. Tate wants to prove to everyone that he can solve any problem, climb any mountain, and protect the love of his life. Glo has made a life for herself outside the political spotlight her mother puts on her. But once drawn back into that intricate web, she loses herself to become who her mother thinks she should be. I didn’t like that version of Glo. She was vindictive and manipulative. At times, it didn’t appear she loved Tate even a little.

You can’t beat the settings in Tate. From Nashville to Atlanta and Montana, you get a broad sweep of landscapes which Susan May Warren paints in beautiful detail. As a Contemporary Christian Romance, I fell in love with the characters and the places. Although Tate is obviously about Tate, we’re also given a detailed look at the rest of the Marshall family and some returning characters from the Montana Rescue series. It can be a lot to absorb, so be ready.

Honestly, I had a bit of worry on the Christian aspect, but only at first. After reading several of the Montana Rescue books, I knew it would show up sooner or later. When it did, it hit with a bang. Not an over-the-head whack with an iron skillet. More like the pop of a firecracker on an otherwise silent night. Then, it kept coming round…Mostly thanks to Reuben, who has had some influence off the page in Knox and Kelsey’s lives.

“Not long enough. But you’ve spent your entire life showing up for everyone else. What if you let God show up for you? Show you that you don’t have to do anything for Him to love you.” – Kelsey

“It’s the only deal, Tate. When you show up with nothing and discover that you’re loved because of who you are – that’s when you realize what it means to be a son of God. That’s when you discover that you’ve inherited more than you could possibly imagine. It’s pretty breathtaking.” He grinned. “Sort of like free-falling, knowing that your chute is going to catch you.” – Reuben

 I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

 

 

About the author:  susan may warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Is The Number of Love greater than the sum of its parts?

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOKthe number of love

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Book Blurb:

The Number of Love

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

Book Review:

Margot is back with her very own book and once again Roseanna M. White astounds with her details. Each time I read one of her books, I’m amazed again at the intensity of her characters. Margot is a mathematician and a codebreaker, never once does her character feel like anything less. Every thought and action fits the paradigm of Margot’s personality.

When emotions equal chaos and everything has a number, I loved when Drake brought Margot’s attention to one pertinent detail. Margot doesn’t believe in feelings, believes that feelings should not be given the justification of being real. But Margot does have feelings, she simply sees them in numbers. At some point, she must decide if there are times when one plus one does not equal two.

Historically rich in detail and filled with vivid imagery, The Number of Love is a book you’ll not want to miss. As the beginning of a new series, you’ll be introduced to new characters while enjoying the return of beloved characters from Shadows over England.

As Christian Fiction goes, The Number of Love is solid. Margot suffers heartbreak and finds herself blaming God, something we are all potentially guilty of. Her journey is two-fold, with a search to find God while also avoiding the feelings of love Drake encourages.

Drake fulfills the expected role as powerful protector and staunch soldier. He is willing to give his life for his country and for Margot.

The suspense and intrigue were well-played if a bit slow at times. There were moments when it felt as though nothing at all was moving forward in the story, then a sudden rush through the climax. I didn’t mind the slow moments too much as the writing carried such a depth I lost myself in the prose and wit of Margot and Drake.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the author:roseanna white

 

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

 

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Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

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You’ll first meet Margot in A Song Unheard!

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Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2
Author:
Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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Lost your memory? Find it at Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel

About the book:  midnight

Author: James Markert

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: April 9, 2019

Genre: Southern Fiction, Renaissance Literary Fiction, and Magical Realism

Book Blurb:

For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.

Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who left their worries behind so that they could create their latest masterpieces. Surrounded by lore, the hotel was rumored to free the mind and inspire artists’ gifts. But tragic circumstances force Robert and his family to move.

After thirteen months at war, Vittorio Gandy is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. Once a gifted painter, now he can’t bear the vivid, bleeding colors on a canvas. His young son doesn’t remember him, and his wife, Valerie, is scared of him. But the most disconcerting change is in Vitto’s father, Robert Gandy, who has fallen from being a larger-than-life sculptor to a man whose mind has been taken by Alzheimer’s.

When Robert steals away in the night, Valerie, Vitto, and his new acquaintance and fellow veteran John go to the only place Robert might remember—the now-abandoned Tuscany Hotel. When they find him there, Robert’s mind is sound and his memories are intact.

Before long, word gets out that drinking from the fountain at the hotel can restore the memories of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The rooms once again fill up with guests—not artists this time, but people seeking control over their memories and lives. Vitto desperately wants to clear his own mind, but as he learns more about his mother’s life and her tragic death, he begins to wonder whether drinking the water comes at a price.

A story of father and son, memories lost and found, artists and their muses, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel explores the mysteries of the mind, the truth behind lore, and the miracle of inspiration.

Book Review:

3.5 stars

As always with a new author and a new premise, I wasn’t sure what I might have gotten myself into with Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel. With a blend of Greek gods, war-torn heroes, and elderly dementia, you’re given a ball of yarn tangled with interweaving stories. Just when I thought I had one thread straight, another snarl would erupt and send the whole thing into a tangle.

We are all made up of a sum of our parts, and our past is a major piece of the equation. When we lose our past, we lose a piece of ourselves. The Tuscany Hotel hopes to change that. Waters from the piazza fountain are said to hold magical properties, returning the lost memories to those who drink of the water. But as with all good things, there is a downside to this healing.

It is a bit slow at times. There is a gradual build-up to the climax and a whoosh of falling action, but the plot points are fairly solid.

The use of color, art, and Greek mythology kept me reading. I did not recognize several of the stories Vitto mentions, and that made me want to dust off my mythology books and return to that world I once knew so well.

Listed as: Southern Fiction, Renaissance Literary Fiction, and Magical Realism, you will not find a Christian fiction theme in the novel. Magdalena was a devout Catholic who believed the Greek gods were real. That is as far as the Christian element goes. As for the other genres, I’m not familiar with their specifics, but they seem appropriate. If you enjoy Greek mythology and elements of magic in the real world, you’ll enjoy this story.

Time can be a tenous dancing partner, Mr. Gandy. And memory the devil. Sometimes the wounds we can't see leave the worst scars, unless they're tended to..png

(Possible spoilers ahead. Not intentionally, but a few story plots might be revealed. Read at your own risk.)

I had a few hang-ups, first with Vitto. He drinks the water and has a major release of post-war stress. He refuses to drink the water again and begins to fall back into the same battle fatigue. Then, one day, poof, it’s suddenly gone. Now, it might be a ‘mind over matter’ situation, but since that was never expressed, I kept waiting for him to have at least one more episode of recovery.

I requested a copy of this book from BookLook. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

Can love be Restored before he loses his second chance for the life he always wanted?

About the Book

Book: Restored

Author: Tanya Eavenson

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: February 10, 2016

Restored Sometimes love arrives when you least expect it.

Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart.

Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family’s grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future.

But how can there be a future when he’s only come to kiss her and say good-bye?

 

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Book Review:

Deep emotional conflict, health concerns, and a painful past work together to keep Elizabeth and Steven apart. But God is bigger than all three, and His ways are better than our ways.

I thought the writing was brilliant. Elizabeth and Steven are complicated, fully mapped out characters. Their past complicates their relationship, but neither is 100% willing to give up on a second chance.

I watched my mother go through cancer, so I connected with Steven’s journey on a personal level. This allowed me to have a better understanding of his decisions, and his reactions, when faced with the reality of his condition.

Only one thing really struck me as out of place, and I can’t tell you because that would be considered a spoiler. All I will say is, Luke’s feelings should have been taken into more consideration. At the very least, he deserved to be part of the decision.

Little Chris was quite the bright spot. His antics are sure to bring a lightheartedness at just the right moments. The secondary characters blended well, and I’m curious now about some of their stories.

Now, for the spiritual link, it’s strong here in Restored. I have zero complaints about the strength of Elizabeth’s and Steven’s connection with God.

While the genre is Contemporary Christian Romance, and it fits that genre well, be prepared for the raw emotion that grief and terminal illness churn up. There are moments of light and fluffy, but at the heart of the story are deep emotional wounds that must be overcome before the happily ever after will be possible.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

About the Author

Tanya Eavenson     Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/ on FacebookTwitterGoodreadsGoogle, or on Amazon.

 

More from Tanya

RESTORED is the second book in the Unending Love series. It’s a story I wanted to write, one I knew I could write, but still, it took six years to write. Not that it was difficult, but something was missing.

A friend and I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and during the conference, we discussed RESTORED. We came up with different plots, but nothing felt right.

I decided then to take a hiatus from contemporary romance and to begin writing another genre I’ve always loved, historical romance. While doing research and working on my historical romance novel, doctors discovered I had cancer.

There are many times in a person’s life where he or she may reach an obstacle. It may be an illness, an accident, a difficult decision that must be made, or any number of other things. I’d reached that point in my life. It was a defining moment, not only dealing with my cancer prognosis, but asking the Lord if He truly called me to write as I thought, or was I mistaken. I stuffed my historical romance novel away and almost gave up on God’s call to write.

But through the fears and searching for God’s direction, I learned He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and no matter what I was facing in my life, it didn’t diminish His call. I’m inspired by the Lord to write inspirational Christian fiction so people may know the love of Christ. To know the depth He will go to have a relationship with us. And though we struggle, He uses us—ordinary people like me—to do out of the ordinary things. Unexpected things—like writing. This propelled me to write RESTORED.

I began pouring into RESTORED the knowledge I’d gained through my own experiences and that of my stepfather and father-in-law, who were both diagnosed with melanoma. I know now that if I had written this story any earlier in my career, I wouldn’t be on such a personal level with my characters nor could I have written it from the heart.

I love this story. I love my characters, Steven and Elizabeth. RESTORED is about lost love being given a second chance when you least expect it. A story of how nothing is impossible with God.

 

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 6

Through the Fire Blogs, June 7

Simple Harvest Reads, June 8

Remembrancy, June 9

Godly Book Reviews, June 10

For Him and My Family, June 11

Spoken from the Heart, June 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

Texas Book-aholic, June 14

janicesbookreviews, June 15

A Reader’s Brain, June 16

Inklings and notions, June 17

Artistic Nobody, June 18 (Spotlight)

Just the Write Escape, June 19

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To celebrate her tour, Tanya is giving away a grand prize of a $5 Amazon gift card and a pillow cover from RedBubble!!

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