Let’s Talk About Prayer

Today I would like to talk to you about prayer and a book I just read. What are your thoughts and actions on praying? For me, talking to God is an essential part of my life. The more I learn about prayer, the more I realize I do not know about how to specifically pray.

Don’t get me wrong; I know God hears all of the prayers of His children. With the impact of spiritual warfare, I wanted to find out what we as believers could specially pray to help our families, friends, ourselves, and especially God’s Kingdom. My best friend and prayer partner blessed me by sending a book on prayer, and I had many questions answered. If you are like me and want more specific biblically based information on prayer, get “Fire Prayers: Building Arsenals that Destroy Satanic Kingdoms”.

Fire Prayers: Building Arsenals that Destroy Satanic Kingdoms by author and evangelist, John Ramirez, is a powerful book on prayer. This is also a Christian Spiritual Warfare book. It is one every Christian will want to read and keep on their bookshelf for future reference. It is a necessary tool in their arsenal.

Author John Ramirez has a no nonsense, straightforward style of writing. From what I have watched of him, he writes like he talks. He speaks plainly and is easy to understand. Reading his phenomenal new book felt like sitting down with him having an in-depth conversation on prayer. Scripture is heavily quoted throughout the entire book. Personal experiences are told. The author is very sincere in his mission to help others.

Within the first few pages I was totally invested. I wanted to learn more. Obviously author Ramirez knows his Bible and an enormous amount about spiritual warfare. His book had me captivated, and I wanted to keep turning page after page. After reading for a while, I needed to stop and digest everything, but soon I was back reading. There is so much to learn from this enlightening, edifying book. It is powerful information that needs to be remembered and not just read and forgotten.

There are examples of prayers, traps to watch for that Satan uses, scriptures, and vital weapons for believers to use in spiritual warfare. I highly recommend this remarkable book. It would be a great choice for a small group or individual. This will strengthen every reader’s walk with Jesus. It would make a perfect gift for Easter, moms, dads, and grads, or just because someone needs to hear its message. I give it a 5 star rating.

Some Favorite quotes:

“The number one weapon for believers is realizing that the more we live in God’s Word, the more discernment, revelation, and clarity we have against the forces of darkness.”

“Study Scripture and memorize God’s Word. Then, when the devil shows up, use it as the sword of the Spirit against the forces of darkness (Eph. 6:17).”

“We need to ask the Lord to give us spiritual eyes that see Him and spiritual ears that hear what the Holy Spirit is saying.”

The Cairo Curse

The Cairo Curse by talented author Pepper Basham is Book Two in her Christian historical romance mystery series A Freddie and Grace Mystery. Book One is the Mistletoe Countess. I have not read Book One yet and wish that I had. I was a bit confused when beginning The Cairo Curse, but it got easier to follow the more I read. It may be read as a standalone, but I would recommend Book One be read first.

In this novel we join Frederick and Grace in 1914 England as they prepare to take their honeymoon in Italy via Egypt. These two characters are adorable and absolutely meant for one another. I love married couple romance in books, and author Basham is a pro at that. Minor characters are brilliant. I loved Mr. Elliott, Blake, Ms. Sinclair, and all of the others. 

Author Basham has a way of delivering captivating novels. This one is no exception. I was riveted to the story. It had everything I wanted, romance, humor, mystery, twists, inspiration, intrigue, history, and animals. In this case, the animal was a camel! The descriptive way of her writing makes it easy to become invested in the story and characters. Obviously she did extensive research before writing this, and I was able to glean some knowledge from that.

This is a wonderful trip to the land of sand, mummies, and camels that I definitely recommend. I laughed, tried to solve a mystery, and became friends with lovely characters. It gets a 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by CelebrateLit but these are my honest words.

About the Book

Book: The Cairo Curse

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance / Adventure / Mystery

Release date: February 1, 2023

Clue meets Indiana Jones with a fiction-loving twist only Grace Percy can provide.

Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley have already experienced their fair-share of suspense, but when a honeymoon trip takes a detour to the mystical land of Egypt, not even Grace with her fiction-loving mind is prepared for the dangers in store. From an assortment of untrustworthy adventure-seekers to a newly discovered tomb with a murderous secret, Frederick and Grace must lean on each other to navigate their dangerous surroundings. As the suspects mount in an antiquities’ heist of ancient proportions, will Frederick and Grace’s attempts to solve the mystery lead to another death among the sands?

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About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter

Read an Excerpt from the Book!

February 1914, Havensbrook

Gunfire erupted from outside, sending Frederick Percy, Earl of Astley, leaping from his chair. The seat crashed against the floor behind him in time with another shot. What on earth! He grabbed the first weapon-like item he could find—his grandfather’s cane—and dashed toward the sound, nearly colliding with his butler moving in the same direction.

“Did you hear the gunfire, Brandon?”

The older gentleman’s brows rose as high as they could go without becoming part of his snowy hairline. “Indeed, my lord. From the south garden, if I guess correctly, sir.”

“My thoughts exactly.” Frederick tapped the cane against the floor and took a step in the direction of the garden door. Then stopped, a sudden sense of dread forming a lump in his stomach. His butler’s response was much too cavalier for an emergency. “Have you seen Lady Astley of late, Brandon?”

“Not since after breakfast, sir.”

“Well, then.” Frederick returned to his office for his own pistol and prayed whatever inspired a gunshot near his home would prove more benign than dangerous. After surviving several near-death experiences over the past Christmas season, Frederick was quite finished with drama for a while. Though drama seemed to follow his new bride in spades.

He met the butler back in the hallway.

“Might I offer an insight, sir?”

Frederick pivoted in his approach to the door and turned back to Brandon. “Insight?”

“Yes, sir.” The man released a deep sigh which pulled his pristine posture into a slight slump. He then sent Frederick a look which somehow inspired a grimace before Frederick even heard the man’s words. “Her ladyship was speaking with Mr. Blake after breakfast, sir.”

“Mr. Blake?” Frederick rolled his gaze heavenward, the tension in his jaw uncoiling into a slight annoyance that manifested in an ache over his right eyebrow. He loved his cousin. There was no man Frederick trusted more. But for some reason, the idea of Blake and Grace together followed by the sound of gunfire did not bode well.

For anyone.

“About pistols, my lord.”

And the answers emerged, along with an increased throbbing in Frederick’s head. “Thank you, Brandon.”

Setting a slower pace, he moved toward the south side of his manor house, another shot reverberating nearer. Within a month since Christmas, his American wife had learned how to drive the car and throw knives, two skills she appeared to excel in more than knowing the fashion of the season or how to address the complicated hierarchy of the aristocracy. His lips almost split into a grin as he recalled her stumbling over addressing the Duke of Westonbridge two weeks ago by calling him “Your Honorable Lord” and then in quick correction, “Your Grace, or at least I hope you are since I fumbled your title so atrociously.”

Of course the duke had fallen under Grace’s spell within five minutes, as everyone else who met her seemed to do since she’d moved to his crumbling Derbyshire estate two months earlier. Well, everyone except the villainess who’d tried to kill them just before Christmas. But that was hopefully a distant story, and their next chapter would be a lovely, peaceful belated honeymoon—he increased his steps at the idea—with a little surprise tagged on for his lovely Lady Astley.

Frederick nodded a good afternoon to the police officer inconspicuously posted near the house so that Frederick’s mother could work out her sentence of house arrest in connection with his father and brother’s deaths. He released a sigh. No, she was no murderess, unless glares and harsh words counted, but she’d harbored information that could have protected others. The law had been gracious with her due to her age and status, merely revoking her freedoms from leaving Havensbrook, so his mother’s life stayed very much as it had since Frederick’s father’s death; however, the added blemish of “criminal” to her reputation ensured she spent her days away from the public eye.

And if the police officer appeared in no great distress over the gunfire, Frederick knew all too well what must be happening.

Just around the edge of the house, a large garden opened to the south, its walls still well intact, though ivy-grown and tangled. Another shot reverberated through the damp air, followed quickly by laughter and his wife’s exuberant exclamation of “I hit it.”

Frederick’s lips pinched into a frown. Why he ever expected his cousin Blake to mind Frederick’s subtle requests was beyond him! The garden gate stood open, welcoming him forward into an even more tangled array of vines and twined greenery, the winter roses, a remnant of the garden’s healthier days, sleeping until spring.

He hadn’t had the means to make things right with Havensbrook before but, with Grace’s wealth and her generous heart, he could now. Another way to make amends for the past, he hoped, though

God had already bestowed on him much more than he deserved.

His cousin stood to the right, hands on the hips of his gray suit jacket, but Frederick’s gaze followed Blake’s focus to the woman in the center of the garden. Her bright auburn hair was twisted up beneath a deep purple hat that matched her coat, both in contrast to her pale skin. Her laughter echoed toward him, so filled with joy and hope. Two things he’d thought lost forever before he’d met her.

Yes, God had given him much more than he deserved, and sometimes, he wondered if God had given him more than he could manage.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 23

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 25 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 25

Mary Hake, February 25

Worthy2Read, February 26

Christina’s Corner, February 26

Texas Book-aholic, February 26

Betti Mace, February 27

The Sacred Line, February 27

deb’s Book Review, February 27

Lily’s Book Reviews, February 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 28

Labor Not in Vain, February 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 1

Cover Lover Book Review, March 1

Daysong Reflections, March 1

Hebrews 12 Endurance, March 2

Wishful Endings, March 2

Melissa’s Bookshelf, March 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 3

Simple Harvest Reads, March 3 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Rebecca Tews, March 3

Connie’s History Classroom, March 4

Blogging With Carol, March 4

To Everything There Is A Season, March 4

Cathe Swanson, March 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 5

Artistic Nobody, March 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Where Faith and Books Meet, March 6

For Him and My Family, March 6

Holly’s Book Corner, March 6

She Lives To Read, March 7

Splashes of Joy, March 7

Pause for Tales, March 7

Back Porch Reads, March 8

Blossoms and Blessings, March 8

Through the Fire Blogs, March 8


To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Letters of Trust Review

Letters of Trust by best selling author Wanda Brunstetter is the first book in her Christian contemporary Amish series The Friendship Letters. This poignant novel is about a struggle some people have and its affects on the lives of loved ones besides themselves. The life lessons in this book are timeless.

This is the story of Amish newlyweds Eleanor and Vic Lapp. After their marriage they left Indiana and moved back to Vic’s hometown in Pennsylvania. Eleanor and her best friend, Doretta Schwartz, keep in touch with each other by writing letters. As best friends do, they pour our their hearts in these letters knowing their secrets will be kept confidential.

Life is going well for the newlyweds in Pennsylvania. Vic is working and has a ride there with a friend. His family loves Eleanor. Then, one day their lives change when a tragic accident happens.

The author did an amazing job with this heartbreaking story. The characters were realistic and easy to befriend. I love that some Pennsylvania Deutsch words were used. I was able to understand their meaning through the conversation.

In this novel, the subject matter was deeper and more serious than some of the author’s books and most Amish books. It was presented from both sides which I appreciated. This is a book that has stuck with me for days after finishing it. 

I highly recommend this book. It is perfect for a reading group. There are discussion questions, author notes, and a recipe from the story included at the end. How fun would it be to eat a treat served in the book while discussing it?! I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Barbour Publishing, but these are my honest words.

A Not So Persistent Suitor Celebrate Lit Tour

A Not so Persistent Suitor by author Sandra Merville Hart is Book 2 in her Second Chances Series. The first was A Not So Convenient Marriage. This is a Christian historical novel. Even though this book can be read as a stand alone, reading Book One would be helpful due to the background information provided. It had been a while since I had read Book One and at times I was confused with the characters.

Set in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1880s, this is the story of Cora Welch, twin sister of John. It is also the tale of her sometime boyfriend, Ben Findlay. Both Ben and John work at the newspaper while Cora goes to school to be a kindergarten teacher and works in a sweet shop. One of the things I enjoyed about the book was the unique soda Flavor of the Day at the shop where she worked. 

The author included a lot of history which I appreciated. I love books that leave me with information that I previously did not know. It is evident that she did a lot of research for this novel. There is a strong Christian message which is another thing I love in Christian books. Timeless life lessons were included, also.

The characters were well defined. Some were wonderful with nice characters while others were downright scoundrels. Details help me picture the setting of a few places but were absent in much of the others. There are a few twists and turns that for me were easy to guess. For the most part I did enjoy this book but not as much as Book One. It took me longer to get invested in it and seemed a bit slower.

I would recommend it to lovers of historical fiction. It has a nice message of friendship, redemption, work ethic, and is a sweet romance. I rate it a 3.5. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.

About the Book

Book: A Not So Persistent Suitor

Author: Sandra Merville Hart

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: February 14, 2023

He’s fighting for his career…She’s bent on achieving her own goals…Will their love survive a second chance at happily ever after?

Cora Welch dreams of a future teaching kindergarten, which is in its infancy, and marriage to Ben Findlay, her beau and her twin brother’s best friend. But she returns to college from summer break to learn of Ben’s unwise choices in pursuit of his career—choices that destroy her trust in the man she thought she knew and loved.

Ben is working hard toward his dream to become the best reporter in the city. He’s no stranger to fighting for a goal against all odds, ever since he was orphaned at age thirteen. Even though Cora has captured his heart, he makes the mistake of escorting the boss’s daughter to a fancy banquet to further his career—with far-reaching repercussions. Now he’s hurt Cora and botched his career goals.

Winning Cora’s trust again proves harder than Ben expects, especially as they both face struggles of their own. When events spiral out of their control, catapulting them into hardship and even danger, only God can restore their dreams—though the outcome may look far different than either of them planned.

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About the Author

Sandra Merville Hart, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author of inspirational historical romances, loves to discover little-known yet fascinating facts from American history to include in her stories. Her desire is to transport her readers back in time. She is also a blogger, speaker, and conference teacher. Connect with Sandra on her blog,

More from Sandra

I have wanted to write a story set in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the 1880s for several years. It seems to me that it was on my heart to write while I was still working as a Programmer Analyst and writing was but a dream.

Twins Cora and John had been living on their family’s farm before moving to Cincinnati to attend college. John went rogue on me (he does that in Book 3 too h) and got a job at a newspaper working with Ben, and decided not to go to college. Meanwhile, Ben begins to court Cora.

When our story begins, Cora is in her second and final year at the Cincinnati Kindergarten Training School. Kindergarten is still in its infancy in 1883, when our story begins. In fact, the demand for kindergartens grew in the 1870s. There were about four hundred kindergartens by 1880, and the need to train teachers for them was a natural part of that growth.

A training school in Cincinnati was organized in March of 1880. At first, kindergarten students (aged four – six) learned the 3 R’s –reading, writing, and arithmetic. Before long, principals in higher grades complained that kindergartners also needed a basic knowledge of music, drawing, and manual training.

This led to greater training for kindergartener teachers, who learned teaching tools that included games, songs, and handwork.

I imagine that incorporating games, songs, and activities engaged the children’s interest in a new and fun way for them.

Part of my research included The Songs and Music of Friedrich Froebel’s Mother Play by Fro. Bel. Friedrich. Early training schools used Friedrich Froebel’s writing extensively in their training so I mentioned his Mother Play book within the story.

Though demand for kindergartens was growing, most schools didn’t address the needs of these four to six-year-old children by providing a kindergarten class. Cora has to fight for a local school to start a new class to open the fall after she graduates.

Another fun thing about this novel is the places I’ve included that the modern reader familiar with Cincinnati will recognize:

Fountain Square, the Suspension Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Zoological Gardens to name a few.

Follow characters you’ve grown to love in A Not So Convenient Marriage, Book 1 in the “Second Chances” series into A Not So Persistent Suitor, Book 2!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 15

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deb’s Book Review, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 18

Writing from Walsh Mountain, February 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 20

Connie’s History Classroom, February 21

Holly’s Book Corner, February 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 23

Simple Harvest Reads, February 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, February 25

lakesidelivingsite, February 26

Christina’s Corner, February 26

Cover Lover Book Review, February 27

Pause for Tales, February 28

Mary Hake, February 28


To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

The Maid of Ballymacool Book Review

Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel, The Maid of Ballymacool, is a Christian historical mystery retelling of Cinderella. It was enchanting and captivating. I did not want to put it down. Anyone should enjoy this fascinating book.

Set in Ireland, this is the tale of Brianna Kelly, a sweet, hardworking maid. Since she was a wee girl she has worked at Ballymacool, a boarding school for girls. Her guardian, Maureen Magee, an older woman who runs Ballymacool, is never satisfied with Brianna’s work.

It is also the story of Michael Wray. He has been tasked to visit his wayward niece at Ballymacool in hopes of straightening out some issues. When he meets Brianna an immediate attraction is formed for both of them. He was a gallant man, and I loved his helpful spirit.

The author has a lovely way of writing. Her prose swept me off to Ireland where I met many new friends. The characters are realistic and well rounded. I wanted to have a “cuppa” with Brianna and chat for a while. The nanny and workers were charming while the villain was despicable. 

The story contains a mystery that made me keep turning the pages. A twist or two kept things exciting. I was invested early in this unique retelling. Author Deibel is a masterful storyteller, and she knows how to keep readers engaged. Life and spiritual lessons are woven throughout this novel making it a complex and fulfilling read. I loved that many Irish expressions were used and that a glossary was provided to help decipher meanings.

I highly recommend this wonderful book. One can only hope this will be made into a movie one day. It is one of my favorite books, providing me with a new favorite author. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by NetGalley, but these are my honest words.

The Sound Of Light Book Review

The Sound of Light by astounding storyteller Sarah Sundin is a poignant WWII saga that is definitely award worthy. It is a Christian historical wartime, intrigue, romance, suspense that is nothing less than exceptional. This book was a riveting page turner.

Set in 1943 Denmark and Sweden, this is the story of Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt. When the Germans invade, he takes on the identity of a shipyard worker at his family’s business so that he can secretly carry messages to the Danish Resistance in Sweden.  He wants to aid in the war efforts and has taken on the persona of a laborer to escape suspicion.

It is also the tale of Dr. Else Jensen, American physicist, who works at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen. She and Henrik stay at the same boarding house and an attraction begins. Else’s best friend Laila, is Jewish. She works for the resistance and asks Else to print flyers at the Institute’s mimeograph to help.

The characters were so expertly composed that they seemed real. They were brave, caring, and heroic. They joined together to help get people to safety. It was easy to become invested in their story. Their growth as the story progressed was touching to read. The chemistry that Else and Henrik had sizzled. 

I love the author’s style of writing. It is easy to follow and keeps me interested. From the details in the book, it is evident that much research was done for this project. The author even intermingled some Danish words throughout the story. She also included a glossary at the back with pronunciation guide. I learned a few things, which is always a bonus when reading a fiction book. Another thing I loved was the inspirational message and element. 

My emotions ran the gamut as I read this story of hidden identities, escaping from the Gestapo, and rescuing innocent people. It has some complex plots with twists and turns, and is absolutely captivating. I found it to be thought provoking and pondered it many days after finishing the book.

This would make a great book club selection. There are discussion questions as well as author notes after this based on actual events story ends. I highly recommend this breathtaking book. It gets a 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided via Net Galley but these are my honest words.

A Life Reclaimed Celebrate Lit Tour

A Life Reclaimed by author Olivia Ray is Book 3 in her Secrets of the Queens Series. This is a Christian historical mystery and the final book in the series. It is an excellent ending to the Secrets of the Queens, but it may easily be followed as a standalone.

Set in medieval times during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this novel is rich in secrets, history, political intrigue, mystery, danger, faith, and love. This is the story of Anne Howell, trying to escape another arranged marriage. It is also the story of Thomas Armstrong, who has been shipwrecked. 

I had a hard time getting invested in this story. Perhaps it was because I had not read the previous two books. After a few chapters, I was all in. The author has a nice style of writing that brought the people and struggles of that era alive. She has written characters that are well developed and deep. They are realistic and believable. Their conversations sound authentic for the time period.

The plot has some twist and turns and made me want to keep turning the pages to see what might happen next. The mysteries were secrets that needed to be told. I loved watching the characters mature in the character and faith. 

There are life lessons to be learned as well as a faith message included in this novel. It is a lovely story of forgiveness, faith, love, and second chances. Any lover of this time period or mysteries will adore this series and book. I recommend it and give it a 4 star rating. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.

About the Book

Book: A Life Reclaimed

Author: Olivia Rae

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 28, 2022

Book: A Life Reclaimed

Author: Olivia Rae

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 28, 2022

A Scoundrel, A Spy, and A Secret. Will She Ever Learn the Truth?

Desperate to avoid a second loveless marriage, Anne Howell hides out in a cave on the Welsh coast. If she can get to England, she should be safe from her stepfather’s long reaching hand. She thinks her prayers are answered when she rescues a shipwrecked sailor, Thomas Armstrong, who agrees to help her, claiming he has ties to Queen Elizabeth I. Though she fears he may be an accomplished liar, she has no choice but to trust him, especially when a secret from her past puts spies on her trail and threatens to destroy her future.

Upon learning his true mother was executed in place of a dethroned queen, Thomas Armstrong sets out to find the cowardly monarch and avenge his mother’s death. Broke and in debt, he is finally on the verge of reaching his goal when his ship goes down in a storm and he ends up owing his life to the honest and forthright Anne Howell. He fears his quest is finished – until he learns there are those who would pay handsomely to have Anne in their possession, enough to clear his debt and enable him to pursue the revenge he seeks. But in helping Anne he has lost his heart, and now faces a devastating choice – remain loyal to his goal of avenging his mother or follow his feelings to an uncertain future with Anne.

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About the Author

Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories.

Olivia is the winner of the Book Buyers Best Award, Angel Award, New England Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill Award, the American Fiction Award, and is a gold and bronze medalist in the Illumination Awards.

More from Olivia

I’ve always been drawn to English history and back in 2009, I was blessed to visit London with my daughter. We immersed ourselves in the area’s rich history by going to museums, visiting Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Temple Church, and so much more. Of course, a tour of the city wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Tower of London. There I learned about the tragic and short life of Lady Jane Grey, who was the queen of England for nine days.

Later that day, I found a postcard that displayed the famous painting, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche. My mind started racing and the seeds for the Secrets of the Queens series took root. I wondered what would’ve happened if Lady Jane Grey had lived. A Life Reclaimed, the third book in the Secrets of the Queens, is not about Lady Jane Grey per se, but it follows the story of a young man whose life has been changed because of her escape from death.

I hope you enjoy my tale of mystery, intrigue, and love as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, February 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 10

Worthy2Read, February 11

Texas Book-aholic, February 12

deb’s Book Review, February 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 15

For Him and My Family, February 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 16

Betti Mace, February 17

Cover Lover Book Review, February 17

Connie’s History Classroom, February 18

Holly’s Book Corner, February 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 19

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 20 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 20

Pause for Tales, February 21

Blogging With Carol, February 22


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize of a themed gift box!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Ellie’s Escape Celebrate Lit Book Tour

Ellie’s Escape by author Linda Shenton Matchett is a Christian historical romance. Part of the Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides Series, this is Book 27. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

This is the story of Miss Ellie Wagner. She was jilted at the altar and decided to start over as a mail order bride. It is also the story of Julian Sheffield. He is a bank employee with a bright future. The bank president has one recommendation though and that is that Julian find a wife.

Filled with adventure, danger, history, humor, and a very light romance, this is a quick read. The plot is fairly predictable, but the author has penned some nice characters. They are realistic and down to earth. There is a nice faith element woven throughout the book as well as some life lessons. The story drags in a few parts, but for the most part goes at an even pace.

The storyline was nice, but I was left wanting more. More details on how the relationship was progressing. Something more about daily life so I could become invested. I just did not feel connected to the characters. There is an epilogue at the end which puts a nice bow on the story.

I would recommend this book. It was entertaining and easy to read. It gets a 3.5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest opinions.

About the Book

Book: Ellie’s Escape

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 25, 2022

She’s running for her life. He needs a trophy wife. They didn’t count on falling in love.

Ellie Wagner is fine being a spinster school teacher. Then she witnesses a bank hold up and can identify the bandits. Fellow robbery victim Milly Crenshaw happens to run the Westward Home & Hearts Matrimonial Agency so she arranges for Ellie to head West as a mail-order bride. But her groom only wants a business arrangement. Can she survive a loveless marriage?

Banker Julian Sheffield is more comfortable with numbers than with people, but he’s done well for himself. Then the bank president tells him that in order to advance further he must marry in six weeks’ time. The candid, unsophisticated woman sent by the agency is nothing like he expected, but time is running out. When her past comes calling, does he have what it takes to ensure their future?

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About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame). Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

One of my favorite tropes to use in a story is the proverbial “fish out of water,” so when it came time for me to brainstorm the idea for Ellie’s Escape, I made a list of situations that would be uncomfortable for my protagonists (see what we writers do to our poor characters?).

As a result, I sent my female protagonist from the crowded city of Boston, Massachusetts (population 362,000) to the remote reaches of Gunnison, Colorado (population 888) where because of its location in the Rocky Mountains is one of the coldest places in winter in the United States. Compared to Boston’s elevation of 141’, Gunnison’s elevation of over 7,700 feet had to seem dizzying to my poor girl. The research into Gunnison was very fun, and I was able to use my boss as a subject matter expert because he’d lived there for several years before moving to New Hampshire. I gave my painfully shy male protagonist a gregarious mail-order bride that he doesn’t quite know what to do with.

Here are a few fun facts about Gunnison:

  • The Gunnison River drops an average of forty-three feet per mile through Black Canyon which is SIX times more than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
  • Standing at 2,250 feet from river to rim, Black Canyon’s Painted Wall is the tallest cliff in Colorado, and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
  • The town is named for a man who only stayed for three days – explorer John W. Gunnison who was searching for a route for the transcontinental railroad.
  • A little-known site for gold and silver mining, Gunnison and the surrounding area produced a reported 130,000 ounces of gold.
  • Gunnison residents isolated themselves during the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. All highways were barricaded near the county lines, and train conductors warned passengers that if they got off the train in Gunnison, they’d be arrested and quarantined for five days.

Comment and name a fun fact about where you live for your chance to win the grand prize.


Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 8

For Him and My Family, February 9

Betti Mace, February 10

Vicky Sluiter, February 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 12

Christina’s Corner, February 12

Book Looks by Lisa, February 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 14

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

deb’s Book Review, February 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 18

Connie’s History Classroom, February 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 20

Mary Hake, February 20

Holly’s Book Corner, February 21


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

The Revelation of Israel: God’s Plan is Our Destiny

The Revelation of Israel: God’s Plan is Our Destiny by author Rachel Baxter is a non-fiction Christian book. It is a reference or study guide for the Bible and end times. This is a book that is meant to be read slowly and digested piece by piece. If it is read quickly, much of it will be lost.

Author Baxter has obviously done extensive research and devoted much time in writing this thought provoking and edifying book. Divided into eight chapters, it begins with a forward, dedication, and introduction. It concludes information about the author and a reference table. The author has a pleasant style of writing. As I read, I felt like I was in a discussion with a knowledgeable friend. She reveals revelations from God as she was writing as well as guidance from the Holy Spirit. The first being that she start with the book of Zechariah.

This is a book about end times and why Israel is important. It is about God’s promises and Jesus’s triumphant second coming. The author explains her perspective of how the ten tribes of Israel’s Northern Kingdom were scattered all around the globe and how God is calling them back to Himself. She discusses God’s prophecies affecting the nation, Israel, as well as their fulfilment, historically and into the present time. It is a fascinating book.

The author’s thoughts are supported by scripture and are credible. I definitely will read and savor this edifying book again. It is still swirling around in my mind. I wish I had been part of a discussion group for this. It would be nice to chat with others who have read it, also. This is one book that I will definitely keep around for future reference.

I highly recommend this to everyone that wants to delves deeper into their Bible. There is so much information to glean from it. The author mentions that she has a website for this with more references, which include pictures and maps among others. It gets a 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.

About the Book

Book: The Revelation of Israel

Author: Rachel Rebecca Baxter

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Release date: January, 2022

In the Revelation of Israel, God’s plan to regather His people from all 12 Tribes of Israel is unveiled.  He promises to, again, raise up the Josephs, so that His lost children from the 10 Tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel may know who they are, be provided for, and protected through the Tribulation, which is nearly upon us.

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About the Author

Rachel Baxter has a professional background in engineering, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA.  Rachel currently works in the field of business process consulting with over 20 years of experience.

Rachel grew up in the Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, and married.  She was born again and spirit-filled in 2014 when she received inner healing through a ministry called One Whole Heart in Omaha, Nebraska.  She now serves as an elder and volunteer for this ministry.  Rachel also serves her local church in various capacities.

Rachel is married to Garrick, and they have 4 children from elementary to high school age.  Rachel led a Christian school and homeschool coop called Valor for 5 years.  This was a missional spirit-led school where every day began with worship, and the children were taught to hear and follow the voice of the Lord, as Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and follow me!” Rachel continues to have a heart for Kingdom youth education.

When she was baptized in the Holy Spirit, Rachel began to have dreams and visions from the Lord.  He began to speak with her about the days that are ahead, the time before   Jesus returns, so that she could write them down and release the prophetic words for those who were willing to hear.  Rachel has received several angelic visitations.  (A primary purpose of an angel is to be a messenger.) An angel of the Lord came to Rachel to tell her that she was, “Called to see that which was coming upon the Earth and to tell others what is coming.”  This book is an act of obedience to that call.

More from Rachel

It’s been a year since I co-labored with the Lord to write this work.  I have used it myself on a weekly basis as a reference.  There is so much insight here that is beyond me.  The Lord, in His glorious wisdom, is able to make the complicated and mysterious – clear and beautiful when He takes His truth and allows us to absorb it into our bones.  This is the essence of a revelation!  The Revelation of Israel is God’s story of His plans written before time began.  It starts with a people under Father Abraham who were meant to know their God.  Those people fell short in every way and were scattered across the earth.  We know that Jesus came to redeem God’s people to Himself through His atoning sacrifice – but the story of God does not end there.  God’s story has continued the last 2,000 years and is about to be fulfilled in the last seven years of tribulation on the earth that culminates with the return of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah at the last trump!

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6

Splashes of Joy, February 7 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 7

Texas Book-aholic, February 8

Spoken from the Heart, February 9 (Author Interview)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 10

deb’s Book Review, February 11

Guild Master, February 12 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 14

A Reader’s Brain, February 15 (Author Interview)

Vibrant Wings by Valerie, February 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 16

Artistic Nobody, February 17

Blossoms and Blessings, February 18 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of a $100 Amazon gift card with copy of book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Rachael’s Decision by Molly Jebber

My Thoughts

Rachael’s Decision is a Christian historical Amish romance novel by master storyteller, Molly Jebber. This is book six in her Amish Charm Bakery series. Even though it is book six, it may easily be read and followed as a standalone book.

Set in the quaint town of Charm, Ohio in 1915, this an incredibly engaging tale. It is the story of Rachael Schlabach, whose fiancé was killed in an accident. She was injured and left with a limp from that tragedy. Rachael has been helping widower, Nathan Waller, with his children and household since he lost his wife. Even though he is not ready to begin life with another woman, Rachael is very fond of him and his children.

A new man, Caleb Yutzy, comes to town and visits the bakery. When Caleb sees Rachael he is immediately smitten with her. Rachael is now caught in the middle between two men.

This is a lovely story with adorable characters. Nathan’s two children are typical kids, and liven up the story. The author has a sweet way of telling stories. I was invested within the first few pages and did not want to quit reading until I had finished the entire book. The faith message is heavily sprinkled throughout the story. There are life lessons included, also. Expect a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

I highly recommend this book. It is a poignant tale of romance, friendship, redemption, and has the delightful treats of a bakery. I really enjoyed it. It gets a 5 star rating from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my own honest words.

About the Book

Book: Rachael’s Decision

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Romance

Release date: January 24, 2023

 In 1915 Ohio, anyone entering the Amish Charm Bakery is greeted by the sweet warmth and delicious fragrance of cinnamon and vanilla wafting from freshly baked cookies and pies. And newcomers to this Amish community will find friendship on the menu, too—and perhaps for a lucky few, even lasting love . . .

Rachael Schlabach’s first chance for a husband ended in a tragic accident that left her with a limp. Though happy to work in the beloved Amish Charm Bakery, she hasn’t abandoned her romantic dreams, but she has focused on a widower with two adorable
kinner she would love to raise as her own. Then handsome, single Caleb Yutzy arrives on the scene.

Caleb is eager to court pretty, warm-hearted Rachael, and tells her so. But their frank conversations reveal a truth that dashes her hopes—Caleb very much wants kinner, the one thing Rachael can’t give him. Even when Caleb assures her it’s no matter, she can’t bring herself to be so selfish. Yet love is beyond all planning, and with faith Rachael and Caleb may discover the lifetime of love they were meant to share . . .

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About the Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning author of Amish Historical Romance. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten lists, USA Today’s HEA, featured in live video on Naples News, many media outlets across the U.S. You’ll find her books on most stores the first three months of their release across the U.S, UK, Canada, and more. She’s been interviewed on television, and she’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, other women’s professional organizations, and she offers presentations on writing, agent or no agent, publishing, and marketing.

She also speaks about the Amish lifestyles and traditions. She says the most rewarding part about writing stories is meeting wonderful readers who become friends through social media and at her speaking events. Please visit her website: for a full list of her books (and options of stores to buy them), speaking events and recipes. Her book, Liza’s Second Chance, is being made into a movie for Sony/Pureflix.

She loves God, her family, and friends and Florida sunshine. She says yes to swimming, the beach, golf, and time with her family and friends, and no to coconut, onions, and skydiving!

More from Molly

Rachael in Rachael’s Decision has a limp. You’ll be surprised why when you read the story!

Rachael’s Decision is the sixth book in my Amish Charm Bakery Series. Each book can be read as a standalone. But if you read them in order, you’ll recognize how their lives intertwine. You’ll remember the sheriff and Dr. Harrison, and why they matter, and you’ll fall in love with Charm, Ohio.

Liza’s Second Chance

Ellie’s Redemption

Hannah’s Courage

Maryann’s Hope

Magdelena’s Choice

Rachael’s Decision

I loved writing this series in a bakery setting, except I gained weight just reading about the desserts and found myself craving cakes and cookies. Rachael has an interesting past, and she has a loving heart. You’ll want to laugh with her and root for her. You’ll love Caleb, and you’ll root for him, too! This book has twists, turns, and it’s full of surprises.

The most fun I have is meeting readers like you who I consider friends through social media, at conferences, and that I’ve met at Amish talks, Amish Girlfriend Getaways, and many other places. If I wasn’t writing and speaking, I would’ve never meet people like you. That’s what keeps me writing. Thank you so much for your interest in my books.

My daughter, Misty, had a little girl, Jolene, and she’s keeping me busy, and she’s so much fun. Some days, she on my lap and we write together! Thank you for joining me here today! I hope you’ll connect with me on Facebook!

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, February 3

Texas Book-aholic, February 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 5

Simple Harvest Reads, February 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Lighthouse Academy, February 6 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 7

For Him and My Family, February 8

deb’s Book Review, February 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 9

Holly’s Book Corner, February 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 10

She Lives to Read, February 11

Older & Smarter?, February 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 12

Cover Lover Book Review, February 13

Connie’s History Classroom, February 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

The Avid Reader, February 15

Girls in White Dresses, February 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 16


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize of a $75 Amazon gift card and copy of Rachael’s Decision!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click the link below to enter.