Saturday’s Review-a-thon Update

First I want to say THANK YOU! You all have been so encouraging! It’s like having my own cheerleading squad! 🙂 It IS making a big difference, so please don’t abandon me tomorrow!

Living, Learning, and Loving Life Reviews

Review #1: Going to the Bad by Nora McFarland
Review #3: Not This Time by Vicki Hinze
Review #5: When Fate Dictates by Elizabeth Marshall
Review #6: A Love Story How God Pursued Me and Found Me: An Impossibly True Story by Samantha Ryan Chandler

My Other Book Blog Reviews (these books contain sex scenes and/or other adult themes)

Review #2:  The Holedigger: A Novel About Living and Dying by Arthur Nelson Thornhill
Review #4: Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar Hijuelos
Review #7: Destiny Unchained by Leia Shaw

My Goodreads account is updated from 142 to 151, with many more to go. I barely got started on the ebooks tonight.

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Book Review: A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me by Samantha Ryan Chandler

Blurb:

The tale of Samantha Ryan Chandler’s life is evocatively portrayed in her book: A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me. It tells of a life that is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and, in the end, gratifying. How “A girl from Nowhere, Louisiana” finds her way from such humble beginnings to live and walk amongst presidents and the supremely rich, only to find her trust and faith betrayed by those that she loved and trusted the most. She would be tested to the point where she began to doubt her own sanity and, at the moment of her greatest desperation and doubt, she was found by God and brought back from the brink of hopeless despair. Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, she relates the story of a life that will speak to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish. Her love for her children and her faith in God carried her through a crucible of fire and in the end, made her a better, stronger person, ready to carry on with life once again. Samantha’s story will both inspire you and touch your heart. Continue reading

Book Review: When Fate Dictates by Elizabeth Marshall

Blurb:

When Fate Dictates is a full length novel of approximately 90 000 words and is book one in the ‘Highland Secret Series’. Book two of the series is called Beyond Time and the third is Entwined both of which have both been released. The Scottish Highlands are well known for their mystical charms and tales of fantasy, yet very few have encountered the power of a Highland Stag, the magic of a Campbell crystal or the enchantment of a sprig of heather. Indeed, even those who dwell within the shadows of these formidable mountains are often unaware of their charms. In the early hours of February 13th 1692 the sulfurous smell of a fired gun hung in the air of these mountains. Men, women and children screamed in terror, withering against pain as they fell, bludgeoned to death by men of the army. The shameful scar of a dreadful and tragic event was etched upon the landscape of a beautiful and otherwise honorable place forever. Awoken by the sickly, metallic copper stink of fresh blood and death, Corran MacDonald is forced to flee into blizzard swept mountains. She mysteriously defies death only to come face to face with one of her enemies, Simon Campbell. With her family massacred and her village destroyed, Corran trusts the man when he offers to help her escape. But things aren’t quite what they seem and very soon their bid for freedom is thwarted by Simon’s old enemy and fellow Red Coat, Angus. A perilous journey of mystery, magic and intrigue takes the couple through time to modern day York where a twist of fate leads them to a conflict that will shape the final destiny of all Highlanders. Continue reading

Book review: Not This Time by Vicki Hinze

Blurb:

Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption? Continue reading