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Surviving the Quarantine with a Reading Challenge and Scavenger Hunt

This post is exactly what the title says it is. 🙂 I’m bringing you a new reading challenge and scavenger hunt while you’re being quarantined.
I’m also going live Mon-Fri in my Facebook group, Tea Time with A.M. Heath. So if you’re looking for someone to fellowship with outside of your home, plan to meet me online in the afternoons. There’s an encouraging discussion and fun new question each day.

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When I thought about being quarantined, my first thought was to ask how many books I could read during that time. But then I started thinking that I could make even better use of my time. So I’m extending this reading challenge to you: How many books of the BIBLE can you read while in quarantine?
If you’re on Facebook, there’s an active post where we can update and let each other know which books of the Bible we’re finishing. Or you can comment on this post and let me know.

Quarantine Bible Book Reading Challenge

With the help of a couple of friends, I have put together a HUGE scavenger hunt for you. Same as before, there’s an active post on Facebook where you can check-in and let us know what you’ve completed. Or you can comment here.
You’ll notice that I made some of these harder by requiring you to do it for several days in a row. 😉 I figured if we’re stuck at home, we needed a challenge.
Have fun!

Quarantine Scavenger Hunt

 

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Book Review: Belinda Blake and the Birds of a Feather by Heather Day Gilbert

51065085._SX318_SY475_When exotic pet–sitter Belinda Blake starts pecking at the details of a suspicious accident in her sleepy hometown, she inadvertently digs up a murder case that won’t be solved without ruffling a few feathers . . .

The moment Belinda arrives in Larches Corner, her Upstate New York hometown, she’s immediately recruited to care for a deceased friend’s flock of homing pigeons. But Belinda’s plans for a swift visit scatter after a local college student is mowed down in a malicious hit-and-run that has the whole town reeling.

At first, the gruesome demise of Jackson Hait appears to be a random tragedy. But Belinda quickly uncovers connections to a tight-knit group of friends and a similar death three years earlier . . . one that wasn’t as accidental as it seemed. Now, Belinda must pluck the truth from a tangled nest of lies before a cruel killer takes wing.

My Thoughts: I always appreciate a good mystery that can keep me guessing, and that’s certainly what I had here with Birds of a Feather. I loved that the clues were all there and yet the ending was a surprise until mere seconds before the character found out.
The series works as a continuation but you can easily understand it if you read the books out of order. Personally, I really enjoyed reconnecting with her friends in Greenwich … a little more than her hometown crew. It did take a little while for the story to heat up for me, but once it did, I was treated to a memorable mystery.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 4 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy cozy mysteries. This is a clean fiction novel, which means there wasn’t a spiritual message but it was a very clean story without anything offensive … aside from murder. 😉

~ I received a copy from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review or required to give a favorable one.

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Book Review: Love You Truly by Susan L. Tuttle

48896316Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

After her fiancé dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.

As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.

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My Thoughts: From start to finish, Love You Truly was an absolute delight! Their meet-cute was fun and original and had hooked me right from the start. Their amazing chemistry oozed on every single page.
But I will confess, I’m on the more conservative side in terms of romance, and this one was a little stronger than I expected. Younger or more sensitive readers will want to be warned. Nothing ever went too far but it was a little more than I was looking for.
I found it easy to sympathize with Harlow and Blake at different times. And I thought the messages on surrender and God’s unwarranted love was spot on and a sweet highlight of the novel.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending it to Christian Contemporary fans or those who enjoy dating show plots.

~ I received a copy from the publisher. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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My Valentine’s Gift to You

Valentines 2020

Happy Early Valentine’s Day.

I couldn’t think of a better gift to give my readers than a free ebook!
You’re probably scratching your head at the fact that I chose a Christmas novel for your Valentine’s gift, but behind the tree and ornaments is a timeless love story.
Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Yesterday’s Christmas is a dual-timeline novel that follows the love story of Glenn and Betty Tanner. They’ll have you falling in love again and again!

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Book Review: On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

pro_pbid_4412389All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But as nurse Arabelle Denler watches the so-dubbed “Black Heart” every day, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their paths twist together and he declares himself her new protector, she realizes she has her own role to play in his healing.

Phillip Camden would have preferred to die that day with his squadron rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved. What comes as a shock is the reborn desire to truly live that Arabelle inspires in him.

But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

What I Loved: Just when I think the series can’t get any better … White publishes another book! Seriously. The Codebreakers, and Shadows Over London (which ties into this series), is chockful of memorable characters and page-turner action. The war is happening in the background, but the story is taking place at home with a nurse and a codebreaker … or rather a humble woman with insecurities and a bitter man practically on death row.
Camden and Arabelle had great chemistry from the moment the two stepped onto the page together. I couldn’t get enough of these two. You could feel the underlying tension slowly coiling around the characters with every turn of the page.
Fans of the previous books will be treated to small cameos. It’s not anything that would ruin the other books if you haven’t read them, but it’s just enough to bring a smile to your face if you’d already met them.
I loved every minute I had spent in London with them and I can’t wait until the next book.

Rating and Recommendation: I recommend On Wings of Devotion to anyone who enjoys Christian historical, WWI fiction, and spy fiction. I’m giving it 5 stars.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Book Review: The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze

46295161A Blizzard Changes Everything

Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.

Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.

All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – (April 2020)

What I Loved: Everything! The Blizzard Bride was a highlight of the series for me. The romance was spot on with a steady cup of tension. Dietze has a smooth and enjoyable writing style. I love getting lost in one of her stories.
The setting and era came to life. And I especially appreciated the authentic details concerning the blizzard. There was a town’s worth of endearing characters here.
I love a good mystery, especially when the author can keep me guessing which isn’t easy to do. While I did have an idea as to who the guilty party was, I wasn’t also so sure of myself until closer to the end.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy Christian historical fiction.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Snuggle Up and Read-a-thon Sale

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There’s a mega sale in progress this week!

I hope you’re enjoying your 2020 so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m already itching for Springtime. It doesn’t hurt that our winter in TN so far has been rather mild. You can’t help but be fooled into believing that spring is just around the corner.
The reality is, we’ll find our winter before too much longer. It might show up late, but it’ll show up eventually. But I thought there isn’t a better way to spend the cold winter months than with a fuzzy blanket, a warm drink, and a good book. Correction. A STACK of good books. So to help you with your winter reading stack, I’ve marked down every last one of my titles. Both ebook and paperback are being marked down for the first time ever.
If you’re an ebook reader, you’ll find all 8 books discounted on Amazon. You’ll even find 2 of them for FREE! And don’t forget, they’re also available on KU.
But if you prefer to read paperback, I have a sale running for those too. You’ll have to email me with your order and be able to pay through PayPal. It’s a great way to grab signed copies. And I just happen to have limited copies of If Only It Were Yesterday and Dance With Me in my scratch and dent pile going for 1/2 off. If you’re interested in one of those, just ask for details!  *There is a shipping charge not listed for paperback copies.

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Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Homefront Heroines: 4 Young Women Dream of Victory and Love During WWII

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Relive life on the American homefront as four women of the WWII era join the workforce and discover romance in surprising ways.

Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach
1941 Washington D.C.
When Lucy St. Claire takes over a sailor’s job at the Naval Yard in Washington, DC, she is thrown into a romance she never expected.

Only Forever by Lauralee Bliss
1942
Marilyn and Arthur learn the hard way that it’s not the outside that matters, but the inward working of the heart that is precious to God and each other.

Blue Moon by Johnnie Alexander
August 1943, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
After humiliating each other, a WOOPs officer and an Army Intelligence agent team up to protect a top-secret atom bomb facility from sabotage.

Dream a Little Dream by Amanda M Barratt
January 1945, Palm Springs, California
When a widowed nurse and a former film star are reunited at a wartime hospital, can they move beyond their past and into a future together?

My Thoughts: The collection as a whole is a historical goldmine. I loved how each story took a drastically different look at life during the war. There are nurses, secret agents, soldiers, gardeners, and factory workers. The concept behind each story was a hit with me, but I thought that the majority of them needed to be fleshed out a bit more in one way or another.

Moonlight Serenade was very well researched. There were several little nuggets weaved into each scene. Sadly I struggled to feel fully connected to the characters.

Only Forever showed one of the ways people were taken advantage of during the war which was an interesting side to the war that I never considered before.

Blue Moon had the strongest start of the entire set, but the mystery would have benefitted from a little more room, so it could truly marinate and deepen.

Dream a Little Dream was my favorite of the set. It took me back to Old Hollywood and gave me a tender romance.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving the set 4 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Review: The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

43887304After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn’t satisfied with Bow Street’s efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect—a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But should he trust her?

On Belle Island, Isabelle feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear keeps her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee’s murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man’s death. Or is it a memory? She had been furious with him, but she never intended…this.

When a second person dies, and evidence shockingly points to her, Isabelle doesn’t know who to trust: the attractive lawyer or the admirer and friends who assemble on the island, each with grudges against the victim. Can she even trust her own mind? While they search for the truth, secrets come to light and danger comes calling.

What I Loved: What a treat! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a new Klassen novel and I found exactly what I was looking for.
From the moment the story began, I was emersed in the Regency lifestyle and a most intriguing mystery.
The romance was tender and sweet. I enjoy a story where the romantic relationship tenderly unfolds … although I’ll be honest and say that the last couple of chapters were suddenly dragging for my tastes.
The mystery was by far the greatest factor. I was blown away by the many clues and details woven into the story. There was no shortage of solid suspects. It was hard to narrow them down until the end was in sight.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending to those who enjoy Christian Regency or a historical cozy mystery.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. 

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Christmas in Garland 2020 Reveal

Garland Collection surprise

I’m so excited! I’m wrapping up the Project Scrooge tour here by announcing the winner of the giveaway. But even more exciting is that I’ll be officially revealing 2020’s Christmas in Garland novella!

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First things first, the Project Scrooge giveaway winner.
Congratulations to: Martha Schaum

Now let’s talk reveal! In case you haven’t heard, Christmas in Garland Collection is my standalone set of Christmas novellas. Lord willing, Project Scrooge is just the first drop in the bucket. I currently have 5 stories planned … but I may already be looking to add to this lineup.
The 2020 novella has already been selected. In fact, I’m about halfway finished with the first draft. But I’ve teased you long enough. Here’s the first official look at the cover:

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If pretending to be engaged wasn’t hard enough, needing a replacement
for her fake fiance just made things more complicated. 

I’m tapping into my Hispanic roots with this one! There will be loads of Christmas tamales and lively family to get to know and love. 

Garland Collection 2020 reveal

You can read Project Scrooge today.
Stay tuned for more info on The Engagement Cover