Finding Hope In Savannah: a review

Finding Hope in Savannah

About the Book

Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson gave up on her childhood faith when her parents died while on a mission trip. Determined to do her best after an unplanned pregnancy, she makes a life for herself and her child in Boston. Thirteen years of a quiet life are rocked when she witnesses something she shouldn’t and is forced into hiding. She finds refuge in the town of Isle of Hope, Georgia not knowing that the only man she ever loved has made a life for himself there.
Officer Jake Andrews never dreamed he would see his sweet Lizzy again. Forced to leave her, thirteen years before, left him feeling shame and regret. Her arrival brings him hope to dream again and a surprise that will change how he sees his future.
When danger follows her to Georgia, Liz & Jake must learn to trust God and each other to see their way out of the situation.

Introduction

I have to be honest, when I first started reading this book, I was a bit skeptical. This book is promoted as being Christian and yet the main character is not married, has an almost 13 year old son, and is living with her boyfriend. Now, to be fair, it had been awhile since I’d read the description. If I had read that, I would have probably been less skeptical. A few chapters later, I was hooked.

Characters

1/1

Liz grew so well throughout the book. Her anger at God was portrayed pretty well, but not over-the-top, and you actually don’t see a lot of it until she thinks back on it toward the end of the book, but I still think it was very well done. Jake. What can I say? He’s not perfect. (YES! Sorry, pet peeve of mine when the hero is so perfect.) He gets angry, he messed up in college, but he’s changed for the better even if his anger still surfaces once in awhile.I love his relationship with his brother, his mom, and Tina.

Dialogue

1/1

There are a few times when I didn’t always understand something, but since it’s set in Savannah, Georgia and I live in Wisconsin, I think it’s a culture thing. 🙂

Plot/storyline

1/1

Suspenseful, engaging, humorous, and romantic while still being clean. There were no plotlines that dragged or were dropped. I appreciated how Ms. Wardwell told the story succinctly without selling it short.

Over-all writing quality

.75/1

There were a few minor typos I found, but nothing that pulled me out of the story. Overall, the quality was very good.

Un-put-down-ability

1/1

I set it down last night because I needed to do something else and then forced myself not to pick it up again before bed. I set it down this morning because lunch was ready and my family was waiting. If I’d had the choice, I would have read it straight through in one sitting.

Conclusion

4.75/5

I highly recommend this book if you like romantic suspense stories. It’s long enough to get your heart racing, and short enough to read in an afternoon if you don’t get interrupted. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author

Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Transportation in the 1880s

Author BannerToday, I’m a guest on the Petticoats and Pistols blog. I’m also running a giveaway over there. Stop over there today or this weekend to find out how to enter. In the meantime, here’s the first part of the post I wrote for the blog.

 

Today, we can get around the world in hours. We take for granted that if we want to visit our friends or family anywhere in our country or around the world, we just have to hop in our car and drive a few hours to get to them. Or we can get on a plane and fly there in an even shorter amount of time. But what was it like in 1880 before cars had been invented and the first working plane was another 13 years in the coming?

Wright BrothersI found out while doing some research for my fifth novel, The Solid Rock (due out Spring 2016). I’ll share a few of them with you.

By horse, the most you could go without killing the animal is 50 miles, and that’s only on flat ground with a really good horse. In normal conditions, 20-40 miles per day was the limit. A wagon would be even less since the oxen would be pulling all your belongings and most, if not all, of your family. By train you could go up to 50 miles per hour! Read the rest of the post here

Fall Into Reading

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Happy fall! Can you believe it’s fall already? I know I can’t. This summer seems to have gone by very quickly. As we batten the hatches and prepare for winter, are you ready to snuggle in front of a nice warm fire with a good book? Maybe you have the nice warm fire, but not necessarily the perfect book. I have just the thing for you!

A bunch of authors and I collaborated in putting together a “Fall Into Reading” sale. The first page on the website has all the books on sale categorized by genre. Some are free (including my novella, Pass Me Not), and others are discounted. If you want to find other clean books that aren’t necessarily on sale, check out the second page.

I hope you have an awesome fall!

Crossways Cover Reveal

Today we have another cover reveal. I know, there have been a lot of them. Sorry, I can’t help it that a lot of my friends have awesome covers they want to show you of their soon-to-be-published books. The author of the day today is Morgan Huneke. Isn’t the cover lovely?

The Crossways

About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.” Continue reading

Short, but Powerful

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I had the privilege to read this short story and give my opinions of it to Amanda. When she announced she was releasing it, I was excited to read the updated version. I am glad I did. I needed to hear the message of this book again and it came at the perfect time. What book am I talking about? The title is Peace, Be Still. Today I’m reviewing the book as my part in her blog tour. Be sure to check out the giveaway, too.

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Introduction

This book is so powerful. I’m amazed how someone can pack so much into a short 2,600 word story. If you ever feel anxious about anything (who hasn’t?), get this book and read it. Then read it again when you are anxious again. It’s worth it. Continue reading

And the winner is…

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You might recall about a month and a half ago, I announced a contest for anyone willing to help me get to 50 reviews on Amazon. Well, that giveaway is now ended. I even reached the 50 reviews for Be Thou My Vision and now have 52 reviews! I am super excited about that. If you would like a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card, I still have a contest going on. All you have to do is read and review Amazing Grace. I’m even willing to give you a free ecopy if you’d like. Right now it’s open until the end of September, but I will extend the date if there are no entries before then. Here’s the link to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now without further ado, our winner is…

Elinor Ferrars!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you your gift card soon.

A Merciful Cover Reveal

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that title. This cover reveal is for the soon-to-be-released book, Mercy’s Gift. The slightly haunted look on her face makes me curious about this book. Be sure to check out the free book offer at the end as well.

Mercy's Gift

About the Book

Peace is fragile. Gifts have limits. Continue reading

Another Cover Reveal

This must be the week of cover reveals. I’m honored to be part of Lauren Lotter’s cover reveal today! The cover is absolutely gorgeous!
5-3D BeStillMySoul

About the Book

Adah’s world is turned upside down by the sudden death of her fiancée. After years of declaring that she will always be single, David broke down her walls and she fell hopelessly in love.

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Cover Reveal: A Guest Post

After ten books and nearly a million words, the Dream Series will be complete on October 20th. Book number ten, DREAM WEDDING, will be released, along with DREAM FRAGMENTS, a collection of short stories that fill in some of the gaps between the novels of the series.

And here is the brand new cover for DREAM WEDDING, designed by Emma Michaels (www.emmamichaels.com) Continue reading