An Absence So Great by Jane Kirkpatrick

An Absence So Great: A Novel by Jane Kirkpatrick Jane Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author of sixteen historical novels, including A Flickering Light, the first part of Jessie Gaebale’s story, and three nonfiction titles. Known for her unique insights into the exploration of community, family and faith of actual historical women, the Wisconsin native and her husband have called their ranch in Oregon home for the past 25 years. Did photography replace an absence in her life or expose the truth of her heart’s emptiness? While growing in confidence as a photographer, eighteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele’s personal life is at a crossroads. Hoping she’s put an unfortunate romantic longing behind her as “water under the bridge,” she exiles herself to Milwaukee to operate photographic studios for those owners who have fallen ill with mercury poisoning.  Jessie gains footing in her dream to one day operate her own studio and soon. . .

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Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs — Review & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, but please enjoy the review! Here Burns My Candleby Liz Curtis Higgs It’s been 4 years since Liz Curtis Higgs’s last novel, and she’s made good  use of that time studying Scottish history and the Scriptures. And now she offers a retelling of the beloved Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi set in 18th Century Scotland. Visit the Lowlands in Here Burns My Candle.  Summary: A mother who cannot face her future. A daughter who cannot escape her past. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.     Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.      His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions. . .

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CFBA: Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Here Burns My Candle WaterBrook Press (March 16, 2010) by Liz Curtis Higgs ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books, workbooks, and videos, Liz Curtis Higgs breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew. Her best-selling historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, and Dinah to eighteenth-century Scotland, have also helped her readers view these familiar characters in a new light. And her nonfiction book, Embrace Grace, winner of a 2007 Retailers Choice Award, presents her message of hope in an engaging and personal way, speaking directly to the hearts of her readers. A veteran speaker, Liz has. . .

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New Releases for mid Feby 2010

(Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 1999, Reprint – Northern Lights, #2 – Sequel to Captain’s Bride) (Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 1995, Reprint – Angels of Mercy Series, #2 – Sequel to A Promise for Breanna) (Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 2001, Reprint) (Waterbrook Multnomah – The Auralia Thread, #3 – Sequel to Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight) (Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 2004, Reprint – East of the Sun, #1) (Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 1994, Reprint – Glenbrook, #1) (Waterbrook Multnomah – First Published 1998, Reprint – Heirs of Cahira O’Connor, #2 – Sequel to The Silver Sword)

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FIRST Chapter: Shadow Government

Today’s Wild Card author is: Grant Jeffrey and the book: Shadow Government WaterBrook Press (October 6, 2009) ***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Grant R. Jeffrey is the internationally known prophecy researcher, Mideast expert, and author of Countdown to the Apocalypse, The New Temple and the Second Coming, The Next World War, and twenty other best-selling books. He is also the editor of the Prophecy Study Bible. His popular television program, Bible Prophecy Revealed, airs weekly on TBN. Jeffrey earned his master’s and PhD degrees from Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife, Kaye, live in Toronto. Visit the author’s website. Product Details: List Price: $13.99Paperback: 240 pagesPublisher: WaterBrook Press (October 6, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1400074428ISBN-13: 978-1400074426 AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: Part 1 TECHNOLOGY THAT DESTROYS YOUR PRIVACY Chapter 1 YOU HAVE NO MORE PRIVACY In the War. . .

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Blog Tour: Treasured

Cigar boxes. Refrigerator doors. Scrapbooks and sock drawers and top shelves. These are the places we store our treasures–the keepsakes that tell the story of whom and what we’ve loved, how we’ve lived, and what matters most to us. God is a collector, too, whose treasures are tucked securely into the pages of his book: a golden bell here, an olive leaf there, a scarlet thread, a blood-stained cloth, a few grains of barley. Each of these saved artifacts reveals a facet of his heart and tells the story of a Father whose most precious possession is…us. In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy considers tangible reminders of God’s active presence and guides us in discovering evidence in our own lives of his attentive love. Find more information and purchase at Random House. This book itself is a treasure. Reading the words from author Leigh McLeroy opens memories up into my own family. . .

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Review: God Gave Us Love

God Gave Us Love by Lisa Tawn Bergren As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable. In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because… “Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.” This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.” My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an absolutely delightful. . .

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Review: God Gave Us Chrstmas

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that… Jesus is the best present of all. This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them. My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whenever I search for a children’s book dealing with Christmas time,. . .

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Review & Blog Tour: Thirsty

Thirsty: A Novel by Tracey Bateman There’s no place like home, they say.“Hello, I’m Nina Parker…and I’m an alcoholic.”For Nina, it’s not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire. Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an. . .

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Review & Blog Tour: White Picket Fences

So, I’m reposting this one with a bigger cover image, so that you can get the full effect. This is one that I have available for giveaway from the author, but have yet to hear from a winner. Anyone else interested while I’m in a good mood and willing to give a chance?? *wink* White Picket Fences: A Novel by Susan Meissner Summary: Amanda Janvier and husband Neil take motherless niece Tally into their seemingly storybook life, all the while refusing to acknowledge that their son Chase is haunted by memories of the horrific house fire no one talks about. Secrets of the past can’t stay hidden forever behind their white picket fence. Author Bio: Susan Meissner cannot remember a time when she wasn’t driven to put her thoughts down on paper. Her novel The Shape of Mercy was a Publishers Weeklypick for best religious fiction of 2008 and a. . .

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Guest Review: The Healing Quilt

The Healing Quilt By: Lauraine Snelling After her Aunt Teza’s test results turn out to be inconclusive, Dot Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram machine, through the creation and auction of a magnificent, king-sized quilt to be sewn by the women of Jefferson City. Dot’s efforts quickly draw the support of disparate members of the community, including newcomer Beth Donnelly, married to a local pastor, Elaine Giovanni, the stylish wife of a local surgeon; and an ailing Aunt Teza. But as the four different generations work the squares of the quilt, they are also confronted with ragged pieces of their own lives. Though the women could not be more different on the surface, they hold in common quiet suffering triggered by painful circumstances: the death of children, the abandonment of husbands, the loneliness of depression. Yet their struggles will bring them closer together than they ever could. . .

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Guest Review & my thoughts: The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society

Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together… On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into their midst. Eugenie also gives them a new reading list: the classic novels of girlhood that young Hannah has never read. Little Women. Pollyanna. Heidi. Books that remind the women of the hopes and dreams they have lost along the way. With each click of their needles, the ladies of the Knit Lit Society unravel their secrets: A shadow from Eugenie’s past haunts the controlled order of her life. Merry’s perfect little family is growing again–but will she continue to feel her identity slip away? Camille dreams of leaving. . .

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Review: The Sound of Sleigh Bells

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall Christmas is just around the corner, and New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall offers just the right reading treat for the holiday season—the story of a young Amish woman bearing a weight that isn’t hers to carry, a young man who might just be able to help her heal, and a meddling aunt who just wants to see them happy. To purchase, find several options on Random House Waterbrook Multnomah’s website Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something. . .

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Blog Tour: The Sound of Sleigh Bells

Go back to Blogoversary Giveaway #11 on 9/19 for a chance to win a copy for yourself of this and other Cindy Woodsmall titles. Contest ends October 18th. Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry. Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking,. . .

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FIRST Chapter: Never the Bride

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card authors are: Cheryl McKay AND Rene Gutteridge and the book: Never the Bride WaterBrook Press (June 2, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cheryl McKay is the co-author (with Frank Peretti) of the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories series, which has sold nearly 200,000 copies,. . .

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