Category Archives: Christian Fiction

A Baby For the Minister | Laurel Blount

 


Today I am reviewing A Baby For the Minister, a Love Inspired book by Laurel Blount.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A minister with a heart of goldand a pregnant bride with no groom!

Jilted at the altar, Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to – until Jacob Stone steps in.

The single minister’s drawn to the beautiful mummy-to-be and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job.

But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

A Baby For the Minister was an enduring story. . . and the title is perfect. When Natalie is jilted at the altar, her substitute minister, Jacob Stone, steps in to help her.

I loved how Jacob refused to worry about his job. . . or the gossip flying all around. . . and did whatever he could to make Natalie’s life in an old, run-down house, bearable.

This is the first book I’ve read by Laurel Blount — but it certainly won’t be the last. Entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll love meeting Jacob Stone. . . and his enthusiasm for helping others! He is truly a blessing. . . and I hope this story blesses you as much as it did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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A Christmas Coffee | Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas Coffee, an inspirational Christmas Romance by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Villa Bellissimo along with Master Chef Antonia Coronada invite you to Sicily where you will be immersed in the art and passion of Italian culinary delights.

Sarah Cooper is still trying to find her place in the world after her husband died two years ago on Christmas Day. When her parents give her an early holiday gift, it may be just the opportunity she needs.

Parker Matrone is the founder and CEO of the billion dollar company, Coffee Grounds. There’s something about Sarah he can’t resist, but he’s been burned before and is now raising his two young sons alone.

Will they decide loving again is worth the risk? And what of the antique Christmas quilt beneath which Sarah dreams of Christmas’ past, present, and future?

Come explore Italy in this Christian Christmas romance where dreams do come true and life begins anew.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed reading A Christmas Coffee… it doesn’t seem like the typical Christmas story at first, with joyous preparations for the holiday. Instead, it focuses on Sarah Cooper, who lost her husband two years ago on Christmas Day.

Well, it’s no wonder that she doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas! I wouldn’t want to, either.

When her parents send her to Italy to take a cooking class, she meets Parker Matrone, a man who is definitely NOT looking for a relationship. And the rest of the story… well, you’ll find out when you read it.

Happy Reading… and Merry Christmas!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Spring | Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Spring, the fourth and final story in the Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken series by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Marriage plans are in full swing, but circumstances around Jaycee and Dash’s wedding have gone from stressful to worrying.

Will the pains of life cause them to postpone for a more convenient time?

Let the peach-perfumed air of spring caress you in this last installment of this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

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Faith, Love and Fried Chicken includes four stories:
Book 1  Summer
Book 2  Fall
Book 3  Winter
Book 4  Spring

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Laura J Marshall — I love these stories!

Jaycee and her momma are going shopping this spring. I love shopping, don’t you?

Then she’s busy helping out her friend Nancy for awhile, who has a sick child. That’s okay… Dash is busy helping out at the Hamilton farm in the afternoons.

When Jaycee’s best friend, Kitty, arrives in town, Jaycee knows something is wrong, but it takes awhile for Kitty to confide in her friend. And, of course, I’m not gonna tell you anything else. After all, I don’t want to spoil the story for you.

So now you have them all… now go get them — you can get a digital copy of each book… or you can get a paperback of the 4-book series. Then, grab a glass of sweet tea, and sit back and read them… and don’t stop until you’re at the end of book 4.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Winter | Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Winter, the third story in the Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken series by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Public humiliation.

That’s what Jaycee faces on a regular basis the days leading up to Christmas. And wrapped up in the off-the-wall job is a thief waiting to be caught.

Dash is planning for perfection, yet when push comes to shove, is there such a thing?

Christmas in all its hustle and bustle with bright colored lights has arrived. Slow down a spell in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

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Faith, Love and Fried Chicken includes four stories:
Book 1  Summer
Book 2  Fall
Book 3  Winter
Book 4  Spring

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Jaycee?

AN ELF?

Because the clothes fit — barely — Jaycee gets the job as Santa’s elf.  Although Dash loves her, even in the cheesy outfit, Jaycee isn’t happy. Especially when her black, wool coat is stolen.

In the meantime, Dash has some plans of his own, but I’m not about to let you in on them.. read the story — hurry — and find out for yourselves!

I loved this story!  I think you will, too.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Fall | Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Fall, the second story in the Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken series by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

It’s autumn in Twain, Georgia.

Jaycee has herself a new job and with it, a new problem.

Is it something bug spray can fix? Dash is struggling with more than just the reality of the pain from his injury.

Could Jaycee be hiding something from him? The pumpkins are ripe on the vine and the pecans are ready to be shelled.

Come spend Thanksgiving week in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

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Faith, Love and Fried Chicken includes four stories:
Book 1  Summer
Book 2  Fall
Book 3  Winter
Book 4  Spring

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Laura J Marshall has created a southern story that’s really southern!

Honestly, it might take you a few pages to get comfortable with the southern dialect, the characters… and their southern-ness, but once you do, I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked!

Laura creates unique, real-life characters that engage us almost immediately and keep us involved throughout the story. I feel their struggles. I feel their pain. I feel their love.

So come along… follow their journey through the seasons with me…

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Summer | Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Summer, the first story in the Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken series by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Excitement.

That’s what Jaycee has been saving for since high school.

With plans to leave rural Twain, Georgia, the “to where” and the “to what” have been the only questions stopping her.

Will her intentions change when Dash Matheson pulls her wandering heart in his direction?

Feel the summer heat of the Fourth of July in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

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Faith, Love and Fried Chicken includes four stories:
Book 1  Summer
Book 2  Fall
Book 3  Winter
Book 4  Spring

 

EXCERPT:

Marlene caught Dash eyeing Jaycee. Wiping the spot next to him, she slid a fresh paper placemat and napkin-wrapped silverware in front of the empty stool.

“Never gonna happen.”

He smiled confidently, a plan forming in his head. Turning to face the counter, he gave her a winning smile, “It’s only a matter of fried chicken.”

Marlene smiled at his answer, then raised an eyebrow.

“What’s only a matter of fried chicken?” Jaycee repeated. She came to stand near Dash with her hand on her hip.

He took a long pull on the pop and braced his two hands against the counter, turning and leaning over in his stool so his eyes were level with Jaycee’s.

“You and me,” he said slowly, letting his lips roll over the words as they carried to her on a breath and sank against the softness of her cheeks. Her beautiful light-green eyes narrowed and her full lashes fell in quick succession as she blinked rapidly.

“Y-you and me? And fried chicken?”

“That’s right, darlin’.”

“Don’t you darlin’ me, Dash. I know what comes after your ‘darlin’. Sure enough, I’m in your sights, but I’m leaving this town, not stayin’ and settin’ up a Mom and Pop with you.”

Marlene had wandered away once she saw Jaycee’s temper flare. Jaycee was but three inches from his face. His gaze lazed on her lips and then swiftly found her eyes again.

“Don’t let the future overwhelm the moment,” he whispered quietly. He reached for her hand, just running his thumb across the top of it and then let it go.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Jaycee and Dash are destined for fireworks!

Jaycee is determined to leave town and start a new life. . . I can identify with that, yet after a few years, I was more than ready to come back home. I can’t help but wonder if the same thing would happen to Jaycee, if she left home.

Dash Matheson is determined to convince Jaycee to stay — and begin her new life with him.  Is he serious about using fried chicken to talk her into staying?

These are such cute… cute… cute… stories! Do what I did; buy the series on Amazon and immerse yourself in the southern-ness that is Twain, Georgia.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Sweet Entanglement | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing Sweet Entanglement, from the Indigo Bay Sweet Romance series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Is three the charm?

Lauren Cooper is on her way to her life’s dream. She’s financed and finished college and law school all on her own. And she’s up for partner at the largest law firm in Indigo Bay.

There’s nothing to stop her from concentrating everything on achieving that goal. Until Jesse Brewster, the man who broke her heart twice, shows up sleeping off the night before on the beach, and she’s called in to serve as his public defender.

Looking to make a new start after the racing accident that ended his lucrative motocross career and sent him spiraling into darkness, the former champion had envisioned an entirely different scenario if he ever saw Lauren again.

That vision was more along the lines of the successful businessman he’d be once he rehabbed the seaside mansion he’s inherited from his uncle and sold it to open a custom bike shop.

Sparks fly between them, and Jesse vows to fan those sparks once he’s got the project successfully underway. But someone starts sabotaging it, putting Jesse behind on the deadline he has to meet to get the property off the Indigo Bay Planning Board’s condemned property list. And Lauren has a sick suspicion that her bosses are somehow involved.

Jesse and Lauren had once promised they’d wait for each other while they pursued their career dreams. Despite that broken promise, neither can deny the love that’s still between them. But now that they are on the cusp of reaching those dreams, are they willing to risk everything to renew that love?

Team Macachek: Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.

This is the 12th novel in the Indigo Bay series, but all books can be read as standalones.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I had to laugh when I read how Jesse Brewster planned to impress Lauren Cooper if they ever met again. . . nope, not anywhere near what he had envisioned. On the contrary, he couldn’t have made a worse impression.

But the sparks are still flying and cannot be ignored. Will they go for their dreams? Or will they let love guide them? Read Sweet Entanglement to find out. . .

Don’t miss this sweet story of love and hope!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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