Melanie D. Snitker has graciously offered to give away an electronic copy of this new release (or the first book in the series). You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends January 18, 2018. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information.)
How the story came to be...
When I began writing Finding Grace, I wanted to tell Tyler and Beth's story with an emphasis on the role grace plays in our lives. I had no idea at the time that I would soon be facing the toughest seasons of my life. The very grace I was writing about was exactly the kind I needed for myself: the grace to admit that I'm overwhelmed and to give myself the time off I've needed over the last two months.
It is my hope that Finding Grace will remind readers that it's okay to not only give themselves the kind of grace they might extend to others, but that our Heavenly Father is always there to offer a generous helping of it as well.
Finding Grace is the sixth, and final, book in the Love's Compass series. While each book does give updates on characters that have been featured previously, they are also complete stories that stand on their own.
Thank you, Leslie, for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog today. God bless!
Single dad Tyler Martin can't be more grateful to the woman who finds his missing daughter. Even though he feels a spark between them, falling in love is a risk he shouldn't take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise.
After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. With the walls around her heart finally starting to crumble, she's afraid of a future she can't predict.
Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?
Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.
Liz Tolsma has graciously offered to give away a copy of her new release. The book can be winner's choice of an ebook or hard copy (US ONLY for hard copy). You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends January 12, 2018. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information.)
Back cover blurb...
By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. Protecting Grandmother won't be easy — not with a Nazi officer billeted below them.
Anna must keep a low profile. There's one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly world.
When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever…
If you only have time to read a few books this year, be sure Tolsma's latest is on your list! Yes, it's that good! It's really setting a high standard for the other books I review this year. It is such an emotional read and hard to put down. It's sad to see the story come to an end, and I can't wait for the sequel. It's amazing to see how the author can weave together the beauty and evil in such a way that you can still see God's love in the middle of it all.
Some of my favorite quotes...
"Cling to your memories, yes. They are good, a blessing from the Lord. But if you allow the past to weigh you down, you cannot move forward. You have to deal with the present and reach for the future."
"Don't judge him by the uniform he wears, but by the kind of person he is underneath."
"You're dwelling on things you can't change. Focus on what you can."
Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shown through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means More to her than her family. She married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.
As 2017 comes to an end, I decided to look back over the books I've read this year (close to 250 ... and still counting!) and choose my favorites. Some of the books I really enjoyed aren't releasing until 2018, so I'll keep those on hold for next year. I've sorted my list into three categories: Christian Fiction (which I've read the most of, so it's a bit longer), Mainstream Fiction, and Nonfiction. Hopefully you'll find something from my list to add to your TBR pile. (The books are in no particular order.)
This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I found
the title to be a bit misleading. I expected there to be a much larger focus on
Isaac and his disappearance. However, the focus seemed to be centered a bit
more on Pete and Dovey. Things did come together, for the most part, as the
story went on.
The book takes place in Alabama in the 1960s, and it
deals with subjects such as segregation and Christianity. While there is not a
deep biblical element, it is woven throughout the story. There are a number of
characters, which made it a bit hard to follow at times, and it took quite a
few chapters for me to get into the story line. The dialogue is realistic, and
the setting is nicely detailed. This is the debut book by the author. I did
enjoy the writing style, so I would likely check out future books.
I received a complimentary copy as part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour program,
but I was not required to leave a positive review.
Are you confused as to when to use fewer instead of less? Both words are the opposite of more, but they are used differently. Fewer is used with "count" nouns, and less is used with "mass" nouns.
So, just what are "count" nouns and "mass" nouns? Let's take a look:
Count nouns are used with things that can be counted, such as:
- Steve was trying to lose weight, so he decided to eat fewer candy bars each week.
- The company is now better organized, so fewer meetings are required. Mass nouns are used with things that aren't counted individually, such as:
- She drank less coffee this month than she did last month.
- If I could spend less time at work, I'd have more time to read.
I wanted to take a moment to wish you a blessed holiday season. Thank you so much for visiting my blog over the past year. I've enjoyed sharing reviews, writing tips, and inspirational posts with you, and I look forward to spending time with you in 2018.
Please enjoy this devotion I wrote as a reminder of the true reason behind the holiday season.
“And now these three
remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
—1 Corinthians 13:13
It’s easy to get caught
up in the busyness of the season at this time of year—decorating, shopping, and
attending parties. Feels like a non-stop to-do list. Society puts the spotlight
on these festivities. While there is nothing wrong with participating in and
enjoying these activities, it’s important for us to remember the reason for the
season: Jesus and the hope His birth brought to earth.
Paul wrote in today’s
verse a reminder of what is most important, both at the holiday season and in
Love is kind, even when you feel
Love is patient, even when the
lines are long.
Love helps others, even if it makes
you a few minutes late.
Love doesn’t envy, even when the
neighbor’s light display is better.
Love will endure, beyond the
So, take a moment to
breathe and focus on the meaning behind the typical celebrations. Keep your
focus on the big picture: Jesus.
Lord, I don’t want to just go through
the motions and miss the reason behind the holiday season: love — for each
other, as well as Christ’s love for us.