White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner {Review Refresh}

*This post has been review refreshed, as it was originally posted in 2009. It is now updated with my new format, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin on August 11, 2015.* When I heard about this new novel from Susan Meissner, I was extremely excited because to me The Shape of Mercy is now a classic that all students who study the Crucible should also have to read. While White Picket Fences is a completely different type of book it is still incredible writing. For me, I would not necessarily call it a favorite, but overall as a whole (redundant I know, but making a point here) I enjoyed it. Looking at the cover of this book tells you the most of what you need to know. There is the white picket fence slats and then a spiders web weaving it’s way right in. Perfectionism would make one want. . .

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Reasons to read an eBook novella

A few years ago you would never find me reading novellas, much lesson eBook novellas. However, time went on to where it was time, space, and financially-worthy for me to get an eReader. Then I discovered a freebie one day in the title of Gentleman of Her Dreams and read it. It was an author that I didn’t know but the cover and description were awesome. I loved every minute of it! You can read my review of that novella and the books in the series that it prequels as well (here). After this I became thirsty for anything written by the author Jen Turano and she remains a favorite author of mine today! Now I think e-novella books are awesome! The freebies are a wonderful idea and have introduced me to a few favorites that I am glad to buy and recommend and buy for family & friends in. . .

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Silver Spurs (Horses and Friends, #2) by Miralee Ferrell {Review}

In May, you may recall when I mentioned the first book in the Horses and Friends series, A Horse for Kate. The Horse and Friends Series is set to have four books so far. A Horse for Kate (Spring 2014) Silver Spurs (Summer 2015) Mystery Rider (Fall 2015) Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Spring 2016) When I was a pre-teen, or tween, I definitely had fears and trusting God was a concept constantly on my mind. In Silver Spurs, Kate and her friend Tori have a tale of defeating their fears and entrusting God with their dreams. This one has a flair of the “means girls” that is so often found in this age, but there is a method to the madness and a purpose to the pain. I’ve never been one much to get caught up in the excitement about horse-lovers. While I have loved the handful of times I’ve. . .

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Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1) by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}

 *This post is update with my new format. Originally posted in November 2009. Contemporary Romantic Comedy is the genre that author Janice Thompson’s new series Weddings by Bella falls within and boy does she know how to write it well. “Fools Rush In”, book #1 is a heart beating, goosebump raising, giggles under cover read. I was able to read this in less a day, which considering my teething, growth spurt experiencing, 3 month old daughter is quite the feat. *wink* Bella Rossi is a New Jersey Italian relocated with her whole family to the shores of Galveston, Texas and she never envisioned falling for a true to earth eastern Texan cowboy, but that might just be what God has in store. The pages of this novel are grin cracking fun. I was amused by so many segments that I would re-read them aloud to my husband. If you are. . .

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The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design, #2) by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}

*This post is updated with my new format on April 29, 2015. Originally posted in 2013. The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson is a read I needed just right when I had it available to read. As I sit here on the couch attempting by pen and paper to write this review which I will later type I wonder if it is a good time or if the anesthesia has fully worn off yet as I just misspelled icing… Life can be so complicated sometimes and a great past time or distraction may often be found on my bookshelf. This weekend (August 29th) it was found and filled by Janice Thompson first as I returned to the world of wedding organization in Galveston, Texas. This time in the second book of the Weddings by Design series also related to two previous trilogies of Weddings by Bella followed by. . .

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Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides with Style, #1) by Janice Thompson

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

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Every Bride Needs a Groom is In Stores Now!

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson Brides with Style, #1 Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance Pages: 336 Trade Paperback & eBook Date Published: April 2015 Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn’t managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town–the very same day Katie wins her dream dress–her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop–yeah, you read that right–catch on to her humiliation if she does? Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers. . .

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Rival Hearts (Quilts of Love, #19) by Tara Randel {Preview}

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

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The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner {Review}

Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.

Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissanceisn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

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The Dream Dress (Weddings by Design, #3) by Janice Thompson

A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential presence. Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well. Could it be that she’ll have to design her own wedding dress soon?

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Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.

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