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Review: Their Unlikely Protector

I've truly enjoyed each of the books I've read by  Meghann Whistler  and request them each time they appear on LibraryThing! Their Unlikely Protector is my third title by her, and I look forward to many more 😊 Many thanks to Harlequin's Love Inspired line and LibraryThing for providing a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Book Thoughts content is also posted on LibraryThing. Book Synopsis To give two little boys a home… She must take a chance on forgiveness. The last person Valerie Williams expects to rescue her and her toddler twin brothers from a fiery blaze is Brett Richardson, her high school nemesis. But with her house burned down, Valerie is forced to stay at the same inn as Brett and work together on the town festival. Now Brett has the chance to make things right, but can Valerie let go of the past to make way for a future together? Source:  Amazon Book Thoughts One of the things tha
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Review: The End Begins - The Day Draws Near #1

Looking for another book for the  Clearly Christian Readathon  this summer? Look no further! The End Begins is the first book in The Day Draws Near series (previously The Seven Trilogy) and is a futuristic novel that looks at life for Christians in 2053 in Canada. It was just re-released and is a thrilling ride from start to finish. I am grateful to the publisher, Mountain Brook Ink , for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Book Synopsis Which of them is the prisoner and which one is free? Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law. Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn cha

Palate Cleansers

Partially inspired by summer and partially because I like eating, I was thinking about the role of palate cleansers between courses of food, notably sorbet. I really enjoy the reset that the palate cleansers provide, allowing for a richer sense of taste to come with the next dish. In terms of reading, I admit that I have had a lot of ARCs to read this year. I've read close to 30 ARCs so far and have another 20 or so to go. I'm by no means complaining as I really enjoy reading; however, I can attest to a bit of fatigue from trying to get in as much reading as possible to meet release deadlines. It doesn't quite feel like work yet, but I will admit that when the ARCs are back-to-back, it can be a little hard to continually be motivated. As a result, I've been looking forward to setting aside a month to take a break from ARC commitments and to just enjoy whatever titles come my way and to make more of a dent in my TBR pile. While I will continue to try to meet a few upcomi

Review: The Game She Hates

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Review: Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused

Over the years, I've noticed that it's become more prevalent to see headlines of churches either not disclosing information about abuse to law enforcement, covering up instances of abuse in the name of church unity, both, or worse. One of the books that tackles this topic head on is Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused . Written as a handbook, this is a topic that churches should not neglect when training their staff and lay leaders. Abuse can not only make or break a church, it can make or break people's lives if not handled appropriately. Please note that there are some grammatical errors in this handbook, which detracted from the reading a little bit, but not so that it would affect the rating. Book Synopsis Is your church prepared to care for individuals who have experienced various forms of abuse? As we continue to learn of more individuals experiencing sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of abuse, it’s clear that resources are needed to help m

Review: Running Into You - Devine Family Series #1

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Aspirational Reading

I remember coming across some content a while back that poked fun at the types of books that people get for their bookshelves, including books meant to make the owner look more intelligent. Most of these books included the classics, or more high-brow reading materials such as philosophy or art history books. It gave me a few chuckles at the time, because there were a few products linked to the content where you could purchase the façade of book spines glued onto boxes, lest anyone desire to purchase spines over actual books. This made me wonder if I've approached my reading in the same aspirational manner, especially around Christian books. I admit that there have been times where I've read some general Christian fiction books just so that when someone asks for a recommendation, I'm not always recommending a romance title (although, general is such a vague genre that there often is a romance involved, even if it's not the whole premise). Some of these books have thankfu