Category Archives: Christian Fiction

Yuletide Redemption | Jill Kemerer

 


Today I am reviewing Yuletide Redemption, the 4th story in the Sheffield Siblings series by Jill Kemerer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A Mother’s Christmas Wish

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life.

She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans.

Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby.

But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy — and husband — material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This was such an awesome story!

I have to be honest; at first, I thought Celeste and Sam were expecting a little too much — instead of being grateful for what they have. I’m not sure if the reader (like me) can really appreciate the main characters’ feelings about their current situations, unless the reader (like me) can see themself with such a disability.

But when I stopped and really considered how I would feel, if I had lived Celeste or Sam’s life, and was suddenly thrust into such a different lifestyle, then yeah, I would want my old life back. And that’s exactly what Celeste and Sam want . . . to be the same person they were before their accident.

Of course, we all know that’s impossible, in most cases. So what would you do, if you were in Celeste or Sam’s place? I’m not telling! My advice . . . get a copy of this wonderful book and find out what they do.

This is the fourth book in Jill Kemerer’s new Sheffield Siblings series. My plan is to go back and find all the others, then read them together, one-by-one. I definitely want to get to know the Sheffield Siblings better!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Her Small-Town Romance | Jill Kemerer

 


Today I am reviewing Her Small-Town Romance, the 3rd story in the Sheffield Siblings series by Jill Kemerer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Cozy Lake Endwell, Michigan, seems the perfect place for Jade Emerson’s new T-shirt shop — and perhaps a fresh start.

After a lifetime of letdowns, she is finally ready to face the future on her own.

So when local wilderness guide Bryan Sheffield offers to help Jade overcome a past trauma, she warns him they will remain strictly business.

But soon, with the help of Bryan’s big, complicated family and a boisterous St. Bernard named Teeny, Jade’s frozen heart begins to thaw.

Now Jade wonders if she can return the favor, bringing a little happiness to a man who has long kept his own sorrow under wraps…

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Finding her way home…

This story caught my attention from the very start!

When Bryan Sheffield spots who he describes as a tiny woman who appeared to be praying or chanting or . . . something, the adventure begins. Jade Emerson has signed up for his class — something she really doesn’t want to do, but forces herself to stay.

This is the third book Jill Kemerer has written, apparently in a series, and I can’t wait to read the other two books. Once I have them, I’ll probably read all three in order. This story is so inspiring, I’m looking forward to reading it again — after the other two stories in the series.

I loved this story! I love how Jade makes friends, and learns to lean on others during rough times. And I’d say more about Jade and Bryan, but I’d rather you read their story for yourself.

What does eventually happen? I’ll let you find out for yourself. And if you get the chance, grab the other two books and read them all in order.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this wonderful novel.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

21 Days of Grace | Ide

 

Today I am reviewing 21 Days of Grace, a Fiction Lover’s Devotional featuring 21 authors, compiled by Kathy Ide.

Ide has taken twenty-one wonderful stories of grace – and brought them together to inspire and uplift those who read them. I can only imagine how difficult it was for Kathy to choose which stories would be included – and I’m hoping another book will be released sometime in the future.

While it makes a great addition to any personal library, this book can also be used as a devotional, with life applications included with each story. I plan to purchase several copies to give as gifts; the stories would attract believers as well as non-believers, in my opinion, and would be a great witness to all.

The stories are full of goodness, yet can be read in a short amount of time. This would be a great book to begin your day… and since many of the writers are favorites of mine, this is just what I’m planning to do. I can’t think of a better way to start my own day!

21 Days of Grace is a blessing to all who read it!

 

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About the Book

21 Days of Grace
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Book: 21 Days of Grace

Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide

Genre: Devotional

Release Date: March 24, 2015

Love fiction? Looking for a devotional?

Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group).

Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.
 

About the Author

Kathy Ide-rectangle (1)Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and theMount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection,The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com

 

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

 

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April 4: Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet

April 4: History, Mystery and Faith

April 5: God is Love

April 5: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 5: Simple Harvest Reads

 

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Author Spotlight – Valerie Comer

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More Than a Tiara (Christmas in Montana Romance) by Valerie Comer

Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks.

Jase Mackie has long regretted the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten.

Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

More Than a Tiara originally released in 2014 as the second half of Snowflake Tiara, behind The Debutante Queen, Angela Breidenbach’s short novel, about Marisa’s 3x great-grandmother, Calista, set in 1889 Helena, Montana. It was also available in the Home for Christmas multi-author box set in 2015.

Other Than a Halo (Christmas in Montana Romance) by Valerie Comer

Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing the pageant.

Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved.

What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into the future God has for her?

 

 

COMING SOON in the Christmas in Montana Romance series:

Better Than a Crown

Better Than a Crown is expected to release in the fall of 2017, as the third book in the Christmas in Montana Romance series (following More Than a Tiara and Other than a Halo).

 


Sow in Love (Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer

Real estate consultant Joanna Kraus’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly man’s grandson. In fact, it seems like sending her back to the drawing board is his primary joy. How can a vintage 1960s house and two greenhouses generate income for the church in receipt of the trust?

The more Grady Akers gets to know Joanna, the more he finds himself hoping it takes a long time to find a solution, but his charm may be no match for the armor wrapped around Joanna’s heart. Will the perfect solution for the property be perfect to grow a love that’s just been sown?

 

 

 

Sprouts of Love (Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer

Single mom Evelyn Felton takes on another part-time job managing a greenhouse and garden project for Grace Fellowship. Formerly homeless, she’s thrilled to offer truckloads of fresh produce to the Arcadia Valley food bank.

If only Ben Kujak weren’t running Corinna’s Cupboard singlehandedly, he’d be delighted to be on the receiving end. But Evelyn and her dynamo daughter, Maisie, won’t take no for an answer, even if it means restructuring Ben’s charity.

Soon Ben finds himself wishing they’d transform his personal life, too, but can true love sprout when their pasts collide with the present?

 

 

COMING SOON in the Garden Grown series:

Rooted in Love 

Childcare is a problem for single dad Cameron Kraus, so he’s delighted when Grace Fellowship starts an after-school program at a repurposed greenhouse. If only his twins didn’t come home covered in dirt Every Single Day.

Alaina Silva is grateful for her new job working with kids in her old hometown of Arcadia Valley, but she knows nothing of the gardening that’s supposed to be a major part of the curriculum.

When two little boys who think they know everything pit a dad and a teacher who know little against each other, it’s only a challenge for love to take root.

 

Harvest of Love 

Releasing May 2018!

Happy Reading!

Today’s the last day you can enter to win a special prize from Valerie…

Check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

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Butterflies on Breezes | Valerie Comer

 

Today I am reviewing Butterflies on Breezes, the second book in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by USA Today Best Selling Author Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Like a butterfly on a summer breeze, love rarely lands where it’s expected.

Working for her dad’s landscaping business stifles Linnea Ranta.

When she’s invited to design and build a community garden with an intriguing master carpenter, she seizes the chance to unfurl her wings, but at what expense to her heart?

Logan Dermott eases back his flirting when he senses Linnea’s fragility, but she has more backbone than he suspected.

As they work together, Logan finds he’s falling for her, but it may be too late to win her love.

Will Linnea break free of her chrysalis and fly away before Logan realizes what he almost had?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Great story!

Linnea Ranta wants to spread her wings, but it’s not so easy when you work for your dad. I know; I worked for my dad for awhile after I graduated high school. He expected me to get the work done, but he also treated me more like family at times, rather than an employee . . . this can be a good thing — or a not-so-good thing.

Logan Dermott, who we met in Secrets of Sunbeams (book one), is a master carpenter and plays the piano at his church (my favorite instrument is the piano). Logan is surprised to find himself falling for Linnea, but would it — could it — work out for them? Maybe.

Maybe not. Linnea has a lot of growing up to do. And relationships are a big step — and a lot of hard work. If you’re curious about what happens, do what I did . . . read the book and find out. It’s a lovely story — one you’ll be sure to enjoy.

Valerie Comer continues to bless readers with her wonderful books!

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Secrets of Sunbeams | Valerie Comer

 

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Today I am reviewing Secrets of Sunbeams, the first book in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Good fences make good neighbors… especially if your neighbor is a goat.

Eden Andrusek knows she should have fixed her fence last week.

It’s too bad her runaway goat makes a less-than-ideal first impression on her new neighbor, who turns out to be cute, brilliant… and a little uptight.

Solar architect Jacob Riehl is furious when he returns outside to find a goat eating his presentation.

As someone who likes everything in its place, he has little sympathy for a farm animal in the city or its tattooed owner, but there’s something about the lovely Eden that captures his attention.

What will it take to win over a man whose only pet was a goldfish?

And how long can Jacob and Eden go without addressing the goat in the room?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a cute story!

Eden Andrusek and her pet goat Pansy are two of my favorite new characters!

Jacob Riehl is less than thrilled when Pansy gets into his yard, attempting to eat anything in sight, including his coveted plans. Even when he starts spending time with Eden, he just can’t get used to having a goat around.

Will Eden choose Pansy over Jacob? You’ll have to read the whole story to find out. It’s a really great story and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Valerie Comer has delighted me as a reader . . . she’s written a new series, while including some of the characters from her Farm Fresh Romance series. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Valerie, I’ll be patiently waiting for each sequel…

In the meantime, readers, be sure to get your copy of Secrets of Sunbeams and . . .

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Merry Kisses | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Merry Kisses, the fifth book in the Riverbend Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job.

If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!

It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired.

When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.

Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?

The characters from Secretly Yours, Pinky Promise, and Sweet Serenade are back for a visit in this Christian romance novella!

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I love Christmas stories — anytime of the year!

Valerie Comer creates unforgettable characters and events in her stories!

Sonya Simmons isn’t allowed to say Merry Christmas at work. Pardon my language, but that sucks! I make it a point to wish people a Merry Christmas (in December), and a Happy New Year (at the end of the year), and blessed weekend (on Fridays), and a good day (EVERY day).

Anyway, she gets fired for telling a customer Merry Christmas, even though she didn’t say that — she said Merry Kisses! And she said it to a tall, handsome guy! Well, that part makes sense, right?

Heath Collins has his work cut out for him — trying to bring Christmas cheer to Sonya.

…I could say more, but I’d rather you read it for yourself. In the meantime, enjoy Merry Kisses!

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

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