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review 2017-10-02 23:09
Great likable characters
An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House) - Kristi Ann Hunter

This book would have made an excellent movie that I would watch several times over. You can picture the characters clearly in your head and play out the scenes as they’re really well descripted and well written. What surprised me the most while reading the book was how funny it was. It’s not a laugh out loud comedy per se, but there were scenes and encounters where you found yourself laughing out loud. I thought it was different. Not all regency romance novels are like this (most are lighthearted romances) so seeing some good funny scenes is nice and puts a different spin on things. (The lawn bowling incident haha!)


Isabella and Griffith were perfect together. They had the perfect chemistry, their intelligence was on par with each other and Isabella was exactly what Griffith needed. He was all about routine, and finding the answers to everything and being prepared. Isabella was exactly the opposite; she made him question his methods, and got him to realize not everything has an answer and sometimes just going with the flow helps brighten up life. The best part was although their romance didn’t start off as usual (love at first sight, etc) it was a gradual bond that lasted throughout the book.


What I didn’t really like was although the characters were great, and the comedy bits made the plot light and fun, it didn’t do much regarding the speed and pace of the plot. It dragged midway in the plot and it seemed to have slowed to a crawl and the change of pace changed considerably.


Aside from the slow pacing in the second half of the book, I enjoyed the characters. They  were fun and likable, and the comedy provided some good light moments. Although this is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone as well.

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review 2017-09-28 04:45
That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored
That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored - Paulette Harper

Title:  That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored

Author:  Paulette Harper

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored  " by Paulette Harper


My Thoughts.....


This was a beautiful testimony from this author but since my Kindle allows it to read to me...I felt that I was in church and listening to as it really ministered to my soul. This was definitely a inspiring and powerful message that I needed to hear and be able to receive the message.  The wonderful definitions and biblical scriptures were right there for me to absorb which offered much encouragement to me. I loved how the author delivered the message about  being hurt, bitter and knowing we are not alone on this journey, 'to have faith, and know trouble don't last always!'  Thank you so much for this! This is  great reference read that I plan to keep close. I may have to purchase a paperback copy!


Thank you to the author for sharing your life of your pain, sorrow and rebirth with your readers.  I am sure it will help many who may be involved in a broken marriage, disappointing dreams and even thoughts of suicide by the reader but we are given hope and inspiration from the Bible with solutions that were from the 'Word of God.'


Process of Healing: involves...


Forgiving Yourself!

Stop the Condemnation!


Truly knowing that God will never leave or forsake me keeps me going daily!  So, I will say if you are 'hurt, bitter and or going through bad times' I would definitely recommend this book "That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored."  I loved the solution that was offered if you are a candidate for surgery if you have a broken heart and its solution being 'Jesus, the Christ.' And ending this beautiful well written read I will leave my favorite scripture that I love too..."And we know that ll things work together for good to those who love god, to those who are called according to His purpose."


Thank you to the author for a PDF of your novel.  It was truly a blessing to me to have read it.


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review 2017-09-26 19:48
Generation of the Last Hour by Rochele Rosa

Written with a light Christian nuance, “Generation of the Last Hour” is a rather unique addition to the dystopian genre. Although this is a clean read and there is a refreshing lack of profanity or sex, I would not consider it a feel-good story. The main characters are children, the narrator being 15-year-old Raquelle Granger, who initially run their own underground city in the aftermath of a world war that began generations earlier and continues to rage. As such, there are disturbing incidents and encounters, but with mostly nongraphic violence. The story throughout is bleak and resembles a Holocaust narrative, but with an undercurrent of hope. Overall, it was interesting, although the ending came quite suddenly and a bit too neatly.

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review 2017-09-23 21:56
My Cup Runneth Over
My Cup Runneth Over: A Davis Family Novella (Book #1) - Janeva Gardel,Allyson Deese

Title:  My Cup Runneth Over

Author:  Janeva Gardel

Publisher:  Queen Lit Publications 

Series:  A Davis Family Novella Book # 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five



"My Cup Runneth Over" by Janeva Gardel


My Thoughts......


What a beautiful novel that I had the privilege of reading!  This was truly a wonderful amazing read of Skylar Mathis and Zyon Davis that seemed from the first time they meet that they were made for each other.  I enjoyed how this author was able to bring in the christian faith effect of the read and I especially loved that title: "My Cup Runneth Over" bringing out so many important messages for all to be able to absorb. The reader is only left with knowing that 'true love really does exit and of God's love.'  The characters were all very well developed and definitely bringing the reader  a believable as well as a relatable read that made one  could feel that they knew these people as there was an 'importance of prayer, scripture, forgiveness, restoration, being able to move on for a healthy relationship and finally a HEA.' I will be looking forward to the next story that will deal with Skylar's best friend  Zavia and Zyon's brother Xavier in 'Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me.' 

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review 2017-09-12 15:06
The Imam's Daughter by Hannah Shah
The Imam's Daughter - Hannah Shah

This one was heart-breaking, but I couldn't stop reading it! Kudos to the author for speaking out, especially on the subject matter and of a culture that most of us don't understand.


Synopsis: She lived the life of a devout Muslim in a family of Pakistani Muslims in England, but behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home. At sixteen, she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she gathered the courage to run away. Relentlessly hunted by her angry father and brothers, who were intent on executing an honor killing, she moved from house to house in perpetual fear to escape them. Over time, she converted to Christianity and was able to live and marry as she wished. Hannah found the courage to live her live free from shame, free from religious intolerance, and free from the abuse that haunted her childhood. This is a remarkable true story of how a young girl escaped a life of torture...a story you won't forget!



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