A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes

Book Title: A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes

Author: Hillary Manton Lodge

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

Series: A Table by the Window #1

Genres: Christian, Romance

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Book for bloggers for free and for a honesty Review

Description: The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?

After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.

Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?

My Thoughts:

I never thought I would like a series like this one. It was new to me and I did enjoy it. You get something that no other book does or often. You get recipes at the end of each chapter. I want to finish out this series when the books come out. I hope it soon. If you like recipes this book may be for you. None the less I hope you can decide for yourself. I hope you enjoy reading it. I hope you have a good experience with it but if not it okay. I really had a hard time putting it down. My other this is I had a little bit of a hard time reading it. It had nothing to do with the author or her writing. It had something to do with me myself and understanding the concept.

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A Widow of Saunders Creek

Book Title: A Widow of Saunders Creek
Author: Tracey Bateman
Genres: Romance, Christian, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Mystery, Christian Fiction

Pub Date: May 8, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Book Source: Received for an Honesty Review
About Author: WebsiteBio/

Synopsis:
A grief that knows no boundary.
A love without any limit.
A need that doesn’t end at death.

Corrie Saunders grew up in a life of privilege. But she gave it all up for Jarrod, her Army husband, a man she knew was a hero when she vowed to spend her life with him. She just didn’t expect her hero to sacrifice his life taking on an Iraqi suicide bomber.

Six months after Jarrod’s death, Corrie retreats to the family home her husband inherited deep in the Missouri Ozarks. She doesn’t know how to live without Jarrod—she doesn’t want to. By moving to Saunders Creek and living in a house beloved by him, she hopes that somehow her Jarrod will come back to her.

Something about the house suggests maybe he has. Corrie begins to wonder if she can feel Jarrod’s presence.

Jarrod’s cousin Eli is helping Corrie with the house’s restoration and he knows that his dead cousin is not what Corrie senses. Eli, as a believing man and at odds with his mystically-oriented family members, thinks friendly visits from beyond are hogwash. But he takes spirits with dark intentions seriously. Can he convince Corrie that letting go of Jarrod will lead to finding her footing again— and to the One she can truly put her faith into?

My Thoughts:
Corrie is so hurt and wounded over her husband death. She doe not know now why she loss her husband. She spend her time at the Saunders Creek and she doe find a love but with who. Do she learn that their thing there but a demon that she need to get rid of.

Eli is there for some help on the house. Though he has feeling for Corrie. Doe he get his wish or not. You will need to read it to find out and make a decision for yourself.

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Note: “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”

A Wreath of Snow

Book Title: A Wreath of Snow
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Genres: Holiday, Christmas, Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: October 2, 2012 (224 Pages, Hardcover
Book Source: Recieved from WaterBrook Press for Honesty Review
About this Author: WebsiteBio/

Synopsis:
All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

My Thoughts:
My I love this. It really keeps the holiday spirt a live. It is centered around Christmas season. Something happen about dozen years that though both Gordon  and Margret. I love this book because it bring in the historical fiction with a romance that blooms though out the book.

The Campbell’s do not realize that they hold a grudge towards someone. There son is hiding something as well about this injury. Though it all things get cleared up and worked though since there train was abandon because of snow and something else.

If you enjoy historical fiction or looking for one during the holiday season. This one is quite a pick and you get  two in one with one.

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Fearless

Book Title: Fearless: The Heroic Story of One Navy SEAL’s Sacrifice in the Hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the Unwavering Devotion of the Woman Who Loved Him
Author: Eric Blehm
Genres: Non Fiction, War, Military, Christian, Fearless, Family, Navy Seal
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Pub Date: May 22, 2012 (256 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover, Received for an Honest review
Contact Author: Goodreads / Website
Read the first Chapter: Chapter 1
Get the Book here: Waterbrook Multnomah / Book Site /

Synopsis:
Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team Six, straight to the heart of one of it’s most legendary operators.

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he had written, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team Six—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents … until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

FEARLESS is the intimate story of a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as just that—fearless. 

My Thoughts:
When I read about this book from the author that email that was sent to me. I was like yes I want read about this. I really did enjoy it.

It about the life of a Navy Seal named Adam Brown. It take you though this live from when He was born to when he died. The story starts out with an interview kind of setting. Though it goes though from How his parents meet and then and it goes though focus on Adam life. I really is a good read. It got to my emotions a bit twice though out the book.

There are somethings that Adam does that are strange but also some really bad things. You will be surpirese to see where he end up being. It quite amazing at what he was able to to do and fight though to get there. If you want a good read and Non Fiction book this is a good one to pick up and read. It read though this family and teammates and friends.

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Twice a Bride

Book Title: Twice a Bride
Author: Mona Hodgson
Genre: Christian, Romance, Historical Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Series
Series: The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek #4
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: October 2, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won on the Early Reviewers in Librarything

Synopsis:
Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek. When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.

With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West. Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?

Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns.

My Thoughts:

This is fourth of the series and I loved it every much. This book deals with Sinclair’s sister father and Willow. Mrs. Hattie is also involved as well. The sisters all face different things in the book.

 

You learn about Ida and Tucker Raines a bit about them. You lean about each of the Sinclair sisters or about their family. This book is mostly about Harlan Sinclair and Mrs. Hattie, mostly about Willow Peterson as well. Tucker’s sister.

 

The book is about two widows and a second chance at love. There are other surpries though out the book. I really enjoyed this book along the with the series. Now understand that I have yet to read the first two books in this series. I read and own the last two books. Those books are called “The Bride That Wore Blue”, “Twice the Bride”.

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Hide in Plain Sight

Book Title: Hide in Plain Sight
Author: Marta Perry
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Romance, Series
Series: The Three Sisters Inn #1, Love Inspired Suspense #65
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Pub Date:  August 7, 2007 (250 Pages, E-book)
Book Source: Bought from Barnes and Noble for free

Synopsis:
She couldn’t turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother’s house into an inn.

But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn’t want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone– even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine–was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.

My Thoughts:
I read this way in the beginning of the year. So forgive me if I can not remember much about it. It been that long since i read the book.

I know that i enjoyed it and that the romance is something. I know she is trying to find the truth about something what that a surprise to find out by reading. I know it a free on barnes and Noble and I still think it might be. If you want you could read it and it cost you nothing and also it about amish a bit and a mystery mixed in as well.

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Rosemary Cottage

Book Title: Rosemary Cottage
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Due: July 9, 2013
Declaimer: I received this from Netgallery for an honesty review and free.
Series: Hope Beach #2
Genres: Romance, Series, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Christian

Description: Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island….

The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It’s always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben’s disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine’s father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can’t help being drawn to Hope Beach’s new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.

Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other…and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?

My Thoughts:
This book can be something. I got really into it. I love the fact the Mystery goes though the entire book and you do not figure it out until towards the end. Though you do not until the very end of the book. This book really keep me interested and it made me really want to find out what happen to Ben Lang. I also wanted to find out how Gina had died. It really a good book more mystery then romance. Though you see the friendship that goes though. It also talks about Amy Lang and her struggles as well.

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