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Paws For Love | Dana Mentink

 


Today I am reviewing Paws For Love… the third book in the Love Unleashed series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Only Thing Sweet About Jellybean Is His Name. . .

Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There’s no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California.

When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker’s violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal.

Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker’s biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It’s actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my! Paws For Love was the perfect ending to the Love Unleashed series!

Misty Agnelli is having a very rough day. . . she agreed to tutor an actor who needs to appear as if he is a violinist, Then Jelly Bean, his dog, causes havoc on the set! Even worse, the actor and director insist on Misty being the dog’s companion.

Misty doesn’t want to be there anyway. . . but I won’t spoil anything by telling you more than that. Bill Woodson meets Misty when Jelly Bean runs into his chocolate shop. . . and the action doesn’t stop until the very end!

This is such a colorful story, with delightful characters and a sweet, little stinker of a dog that just won’t quit! Get a copy today and read it for yourself.

And if you enjoy entertaining stories about feisty dogs, read the whole series! It’s great!

 

Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade.

Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

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Berry On Top | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Berry On Top, the sixth book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

God forgave him — but can she?

Liz Nemesek’s first visit home in forever is tough enough before Mason Waterman shows up.

Despite her best efforts, she’s never forgotten — or forgiven — him for the hurt he once caused.

Former bad boy Mason Waterman has returned to northern Idaho to raise his five-year-old twins.

The kids are determined to find a new mommy, but Liz is the last person they should latch onto… and the last person he should find himself falling for. Again.

If Mason has really changed, can Liz re-open her heart to him… and to the God who could have prevented her decade of heartache?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I’m sad to say goodbye to the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer

If you’ve been reading my reviews for the past few years, you will understand how emotional I get over my favorite books. This series has been a wonderful example to my family. Because of the wonderful examples in this series, we strive harder to recycle, repair, re-use, and re-learn.

Someday, if I ever get the opportunity, I’d love to convert a couple of silos into a quiet, little writer’s retreat for myself, but also for other writers in my family who need time away from everyone, in order to get a project finished.

Berry On Top does a superb job of portraying the hurt and anguish Liz feels . . . coming home, and coming face-to-face with Mason again. Will she ever be able to get past the hurt?

You won’t know until you read the book. Not only does Valerie bring their story to light, but any other problems are resolved, too, in one way or another.

But I’m not going to give away too much and spoil the book for you. Read it. Just read it.

My very best advice to you is to read the entire series – as soon as possible. Start with book one – Raspberries and Vinegar. You can download it on your e-reader for free! Once you finish it, you’ll be in a hurry to read the rest of the series.

Each story in this series is romantic, encouraging, and inspiring — with down-to-earth advice for all who read them. Take it from me, you won’t forget the characters, the good sense, and the helpful advice.

And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be encouraged to start your own farm fresh way of life.

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

 

 

Plum Upside Down | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Plum Upside Down, the 5th book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Topsy-Turvy… or Right-Side Up?

Green Acres newcomer Chelsea Riehl is annoyed she’s assigned to farm work alongside the only other single, a faith-filled hippie with a missionary vision.

She’d hoped to organize events and keep her heart safe, not pit plums with annoying Keanan Welsh.

Discouraged by Chelsea’s lack of spiritual depth, Keanan is confused when she offers to arrange meals for the church Alpha program he is co-hosting.

Maybe he misjudged her, after all.

When fake it ’til you make it gives way to stepping out in faith, both Chelsea and Keanan have some soul-searching to do.

And while getting on the same page spiritually is a good start, other barriers may keep their budding romance from flipping right-side up.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:
Chelsea Riehl, Sierra’s sister, has finally decided to join her sister and their new friends at Green Acres Farm. But they keep assigning her boring things to do — and always with their “resident hippy” who, to put it mildly, gets on her nerves.

There’s not much organizing for her to do yet; even worse, she didn’t realize she would be putting in so many hours on cooking, gardening, etc. And the only single man nearby is not someone she would like to get to know better. What’s a girl to do? Will she stay put — or will she return home? After all, she’s still organizing events in her hometown . . . it would be easier to actually be there.

I sure hope I haven’t said too much. I’m always trying to not reveal any spoilers, because I really want you to read the book for yourself. It’s a great book . . . and . . .

I’m really thrilled to hear that it won’t be the last one in this series. Valerie does such an amazing job, promoting a farm fresh lifestyle in this series. The characters are fun, interesting, and life gets messy for them – just like it does for us.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful series.

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

 

Dandelions For Dinner | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Dandelions For Dinner, the 4th book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

She hates him.

He loves her not.

Men are weeds. Allison Hart doesn’t need them in her carefully tended life, though her friends at Green Acres seem happy with their guys.

Why can’t Allison open her heart to anyone but her young nephew?

Then again, he’ll be a man one day, too. If only the irritating contractor in charge of building her home and farm school wasn’t the boy’s favorite person.

Fireworks with Brent Callahan’s newest client shift from antagonism to the rocky possibility of a relationship.

When he comes face to face with a history he’d much rather forget, he realizes hiding his failures isn’t the best option for finding forgiveness, let alone love.

Can a little boy help weed out the past before it chokes their future together?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Allison Hart means business. When she becomes a full partner with the other girls at Green Acres Farm, she arranged for a home for herself and a school to be built. The school was for the classes she planned to teach.

How did she know that Patrick, the man she made the arrangements with, would send a young, grouchy, dastardly-handsome-looking man to supervise her project.

I don’t want to give anything else away, so if you want to know what else happens, get the book and read it for yourself — and I hope you do just that! It’s great!

THe more I read Valerie’s Farm Fresh Romance series, the more I love it! The characters are fun, interesting, and this book, more than the others, really affected me. (Actually, it brought me to tears a few times, but it ended well). It might just be my favorite book of the whole series!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful series.

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

 

Life After E.L.E. | JC Morrows

  


Today I am reviewing Life After E.L.E., the 1st novel in the The Frozen World series, by the amazing JC Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Extinction Level Event (E.L.E.): An event where all species on the planet can become extinct.

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Rule#1: Be inside the gates before sunset.

Eve was born inside the caves. She was taught that rule – and many others – before she could walk. It should be the easiest thing in the world for her to remember.

But life is not always simple.

Life does not always go as planned . . .

When a rogue moon was discovered on a collision course with the Earth, we thought we had a solid plan.

We were wrong. And we were lied to.

Now Eve is in a race against time, discovery and danger around every corner – to find a truth that has been hidden for more than ten years.

A truth her father died to protect her from.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:
Life After E.L.E. is an amazing story! After watching Divergent, Hunger Games, and 2012… I can’t wait to see this series on the big screen!

A rogue moon hits the earth, causing an ice age . . . Morrows does a superb job of creating life in the caves for those who survived. It is especially interesting to read about the many rules they live by. I haven’t decided which would be worse – being hunted by a saber-toothed tiger or locked out of the city by the evil chancellor! I think I’d take my chances with the tiger.

I was delighted to see the progression of Eve’s first love. While it didn’t go nearly as far as the scenes in the above-mentioned series, there are a couple of kisses that caught me by surprise, but that’s what happens in real life. Morrows gives the characters a true-to-life relationship, howbeit with an unexpected ending.

I cannot stress enough how frustrating it will be to wait a whole year for book two! I can’t wait to read the next part of this exciting saga.

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Sweetened With Honey | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Sweetened With Honey, the 3rd book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

His unspeakable past.

Her insurmountable future.

Gabriel Rubachuk returns to Galena Landing, Idaho, once the setting of a charmed life before an accident killed his pregnant wife. Will he embrace hope for a new life or escape once again?

Beekeeper Sierra Riehl has spent three years helping to keep Gabe’s health food store afloat while he worked with orphans in Romania. Now he’s back, but it looks like he might bolt.

Can she hold him still long enough to spark a romance? But Sierra’s hope falters when she begins to suspect she can’t give Gabe the life he deserves.

Is new love sweet enough to overcome the pain of the past and the uncertainty of the future?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Sierra Riehl seems to always be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, as far as avoiding Gabriel Rubachuk, since his return to Galena Landing. Just to be around her reminds him of everything he’s lost . . . his wife . . . and child.

I’d hate to be in such a position, but I really sympathized with Sierra. Of course, as things usually work out in life, they can’t avoid each other for long! Will they be able to put the past behind them? It doesn’t look good . . .

If you want to know what else happens, you’ll have to get the book and read it for yourself — and I heartily suggest you do just that! It’s great!

I’m really loving Valerie’s Farm Fresh Romance series. The characters are fun, interesting, and life gets messy for them – just like it does for us.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful series.

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

 

Raspberries and Vinegar | Valerie Comer

 

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Today I am reviewing Raspberries and Vinegar, the 1st book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match.

But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.

Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again.

When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control.

Is there anything she can’t handle?

And surely there’s something sweet beneath all that tart.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a great book!

I have to admit; I had no idea what to expect when Valerie introduced her “Farm Lit” books. A Farm Fresh Romance? I was conjuring up pigs and manure and mud! What’s romantic about that?

And I’ll go farther and admit when I did begin reading Raspberries and Vinegar, I had NO idea I’d enjoy it as much as I did . . .

Vinegar? Really?

Aw, rats! (or mice)!

Take my word for it . . . read it . . . and don’t stop reading it! You’re going to love this story! Jo (or Josephine) and her best friends are unique, loyal, and lovable! Valerie went above and beyond when she created these characters — they’re awesome!

Jo and her friends have the perfect idea. A self-sustaining lifestyle, with lots of fresh, healthy food – and a chance to help others. It’s too bad Zach doesn’t see things the way they do. Will Jo be able to change his mind?

You won’t know unless you read the book. And the best part . . . this book is free! You can order a copy today – free – and start reading it.

Get it. Read it. You’ll be glad you did!

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

 

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