Awesome August Reads Sale 2017

Are you a fan of young adult and clean romance books? Stop by this Awesome August Reads sale
August 15th-19th, 2017.
Pick up some of these ebooks for $0.99 or FREE. Enter the sale here.

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Beauty Within by Rachel Skatvold

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Beauty Within by Rachel Skatvold

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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After the death of her husband, Katherine returns to her hometown to start over. She wants to raise her two children in peace, but her mother butting in to play matchmaker and the presence of her troubled teenaged sister aren’t exactly helping. As rumors about her family spread through town, Katherine wonders if she should have returned home at all in Beauty Within, a romantic suspense tale by author Rachel Skatvold.

This novella was a good read in between reads for me: a story of new beginnings–and of tragedy as well, but it still served as a needed picker-upper. I didn’t plan on reading it when I did, but once I got started, the key characters’ predicaments got me curious, and I simply had to keep going.

I thought the story to be rushed in spots; the characters seem to hurry through certain conversations and emotions. Also, the development of evangelistic content in the story felt clichéd to me. As a longtime reader of Christian Fiction, I’ve seen it in a number of books, where dialogue or scenes seem to follow a prescribed pattern, fitting in the “right” or common Christian lingo. But those scenes wind up reading more like a Gospel tract or a new believer’s handbook than a novel or novella, and it pulls me out of the story.

Nevertheless, this quick read should appeal to other fans of sweet and uplifting romances with suspense.

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Beauty Within is Book One in the Riley Family Legacy series.

Beauty Unveiled (Riley Family Legacy Novellas #2) Beauty Restored (Riley Family Legacy Novellas #3)

Joline’s Redemption by Vickie McDonough

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.
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Joline’s Redemption by Vickie McDonough

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Since her husband left her, Joline has fallen into a life she wants out of, especially now that she’s in danger of losing her son. With nowhere else to turn, she runs to her sister’s home for help. But the man she’s running from could show up at any time in Joline’s Redemption, a novel by author Vickie McDonough.

The author handles unfortunate, “scandalous” situations in this novel with grace, and even though it’s the second book in the Land Rush Dreams series, there’s plenty of backstory included so that a new reader (like me) doesn’t end up lost. The fact that the story’s central villain does have both human and humane feelings mixed in with his unsavory mindset is a nice touch, and I particularly like the way the details of the character Jack’s past gradually unfold.

A good deal of the book lagged for me, seeming to prolong the time in between events that move the story forward. Different stretches of the characters’ reflections, especially Joline’s, rehash the same points, questions, and worries over and over throughout the book. It seems that the same story could have been told effectively in a fewer amount of pages without losing anything important.

Still, the novel’s message of hope, faith, and redemption comes through nice and clear.

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Joline’s Redemption is Book Two in the Land Rush Dreams series.

Gabriel's Atonement (Land Rush Dreams #1) Sarah's Surrender (Land Rush Dreams #3)

No Pit So Deep by James Nathaniel Miller II

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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No Pit So Deep: The Cody Musket Story, Book 1 by James Nathaniel Miller II

Christian Thriller

An attack on Brandi Barnes, a journalist, brings Cody Musket, a star athlete and former Medal of Honor winner, into her path–and love may become their greatest weapon to combat the darkness. This first book in the Cody Musket series brings thrilling action, stirring human connection, and a multicultural cast of characters. With themes ranging from human trafficking, racism, and military veterans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, this novel is sure to reach fans of ChristFic thrillers and romantic suspense.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 3 out of 4 stars. Take a look!

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Note to my blog readers: though it’s not out of keeping with this book’s gritty subject matter, it contains a bit of language I wouldn’t use.