Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Released today!

Let's begin with the summary:

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

And now, my review:

Our heroine has moved on from her past. Gone are her high school sweetheart and the memory of their two-year marriage. Well, mostly. Until their paths cross again.

Our hero lives with regrets, both personal and professional. He has some decisions to make about the future.

These two had great chemistry. Beth’s writing voice is very strong. She layers characters and plot in purposeful ways. She used flashbacks to show us the hero’s and heroine’s history. At first, I didn’t like losing forward momentum, but then the technique clicked for this reader and I enjoyed them.

“For old time’s sake.” That phrase stirs these two up. Problem is the heroine’s engaged.
Vanessa believes lies about God. She’s never had a stable home, so she’s always looking for it. She keeps people at a distance, isn’t too great with relationships. I liked that she journaled her experiences.

One of the themes in the story was trusting God. The characters learned to recite the truth, “God, You are who you say You are” as they learned to trust Him. 

I really enjoy Beth’s writing. I’ll be watching for her next book!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rori's Healing by Dora Hiers

Rori's Healing by Dora Hiers

Dora is a fellow White Rose Publishing author, and I haven’t read her work before, so I was thankful for an opportunity to read this title for review.

Let’s begin with the summary:

Still stinging from the publicity surrounding her father's death, social phobic Rori Harmon prefers the solitude of her animal sanctuary, and accepts that marriage isn’t in her future.

Race car Driver Graham Decker refuses to be wrangled into a relationship by another money-hungry female. On a philanthropy mission, he arrives just in time to assist Rori with a llama birthing, but his appearance thrusts her into the media spotlight again.

Has Graham found a woman who doesn't care how deep his wallet extends? Has Rori finally met a man who will stick around when times get tough? Is healing for a hurting heart finally within Rori's reach?

And now, my review:

Dora has penned a sweet romance. Our heroine runs an animal shelter and tries to stay out of the spotlight. Enter the hero, a nationally renowned race car driver—a celebrity. The hero is tired of others taking advantage of his wealth, but though Rori needs money for her non-profit (the animal shelter), she doesn’t want his. Are these two the perfect match?

One of the story’s themes was overcoming fear—Rori had some challenges. Though readers may not struggle with the same fears, I believe this is a relatable issue. I liked how the hero honored her throughout the story. And I appreciated the spiritual element in this story. The book begins with a Scripture of trusting God no matter what others might do, a lesson our heroine must learn. (see Psalm 56:11)

There were some elements that weren’t my favorites—the llama’s activity when he didn’t like or trust someone. I wouldn’t have minded seeing that element once, but it appeared several times. 

Today is release day! Congratulations, Dora!