Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hidden in the Stars

Abingdon Press (September 16, 2014)


Robin Caroll


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?


Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden in the Stars, go HERE.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kindle HDX Giveaway and Live Webcast Event with @MaryConnealy!

Tried and True, Book One in the Wilde at Heart series.

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

MY REVIEW-I am a lover of historical fiction, but also comedy type books. And Mary Connealy fits both in her novels. This one is actually my favorite out of all her books!! It is the first one in a new series but I just love it:)

The plot of this series is three women who have at some point been in disguise. The heroine of this one was in the Civil War as a man. Nobody ever discovered that she wasn't male and now she has gotten the benefits of being a soldier but the land agent wants to take that away. Needless to say, he also falls in love with Kylie from the beginning so that makes things hard. Oh, and the whole reason she wants to get done and head back east conflicts with him wanting to get away to a secluded mountain area and live like a hermit. Their first meeting is quite funny and I love the part where he is waiting for her brother to appear. It is a typical spunky heroine who feels like she can do just about anything and don't need no man!! But Aaron quickly tries to dissuade her from that feeling.

Another excellent story from Mary and my favorite by far!! Can't wait to read the rest of them about Kylie's sisters!!


Don't miss the first book in Mary Connealy's Wild at Heart series. In Tried & True, Mary is back with her signature humor and heartfelt story-telling.

Mary's celebrating by connecting with readers during a live webcast event and giving away a Kindle HDX.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX

  • Tried & True by Mary Connealy

  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 23rd. Winner will be announced at the Tried & True LIVE webcast event on September 23rd. Connect with Mary for an evening of swoon-worthy book chat, fun trivia, laughter, a sneak peek at the next book in the Wild at Heart series, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

    So grab your copy of Tried & True and join Mary and friends on the evening of September 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Awesome #Giveaway of $100 Plus!! #PocketSousChef

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    **DISCLOSURE: No compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    A Film for the Whole Family! Releasing Tomorrow! Hero DVD Review & #Giveaway!

    A father’s broken relationship with his family fills him with determination to win back the son he left behind.  Reaching out through the game they both love, he deliberately forms a baseball team designed to reconnect both fathers and sons, transforming their town in the process.  The story shows how one good man can lead change in his community for the common good.

    MY THOUGHTS-It isn't often that I give full approval on a film now a days. I have seen way too many that I have problems with or I can't give it 5 stars. Hero is a movie about a father who has been absent in his families life until one day something tragic happens. So he returns, only to find a very bitter son who thinks his father deserted them.

    The filming is done very well and doesn't look like some that I have seen. Looks professional and the acting was excellent as well. The biggest part of this to me were the lessons involved that would be great for any family to learn. We see a man who failed his family when they needed him the most, and he knows it. Sometimes his attitude was great and other times it wasn't. His son, who isn't a little boy but a young man, has a lot of trouble when he sees his father there for the other boys on the ball team but he remembers him not being there for himself. It is a hard situation to deal with but I loved how it was worked out. Everything isn't all rosy and they have rough patches to overcome. I like the outlook portrayed in that ball isn't the whole goal, but the lessons that can be taken away from the game.

    I think my favorite character would be either the older coach(always there with words of wisdom, even for the father) or the youngest little boy on the team. His father is in prison but he wants to help his son. There are so many layers to this movie and I was close to tears once. Needless to say the whole family enjoyed the film including the little girls. So this isn't just for the guys! There is one time that a term is used that we don't use in our house, but it wasn't anything major. Otherwise great for the whole family!!

    Now, any of you interested in winning a copy for yourself? Be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter form! One copy to a winner in the US ONLY. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 9/29.

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Raina's Choice by Gilbert Morris Book #Review!

    When a mysterious stranger, Ty Kincaid, arrives in her town from Mexico, headed for Arkansas by way of the riverboats, Raina Vernay s mind starts churning a plan to escape her brutal brother-in-law and locate the father she s never know. Ty just might be her ticket to Indian Territory and freedom. . . . Then Ty lands himself in jail, and Raina has to wonder if this wanted man is any use to her. She needs a hero. Can she find him in Ty?

    MY REVIEW-Gilbert Morris is one of those authors you expect to be around forever. You grew up reading his books and yet he still has new books coming out. And his newest one, Raina's Choice, is the third book in the Western Justice series and while I have read some of his newer ones, this one I think was really good.

    The book opens with two men in a Mexican prison. They haven't done anything wrong, but got stuck in the wrong place during a revolution. One of them expects to die, while the other is hanging onto the assurance that God is in control and will get them out. Ty Kincaid is the one who is just waiting to die. He is ill and the Mexicans don't care, they just work the prisoners until they give out and then bury them. But his friend Jim has bribed the guards to help them escape. Which happens but at the expense of Jim's life.

    Raina is the heroine. Strong and yet vulnerable she is constantly fighting off her brother-in-law. He is such a jerk and I really wanted to slap him. Raina has tried running away from him once already but the sheriff caught her and brought her back. She is forced to help wait on tables at the saloon when a young man wanders in who is different from the rest. Yep, you guessed it:) Ty is the man who is polite and kind to her. But he also gets put in jail when the corrupt sheriff arrests him. So Raina boldly offers to help him break out of jail if he will help her escape her brother-in-law.

    The storyline is really good and I loved how the escape and romance isn't the whole book. We see Raina as she searches for her father along with a lot of history. That is one of my favorite parts of Gilbert Morris books is the historical figures we get to meet. Love the western theme! Another excellent book from Gilbert Morris!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    “Love & Cupcakes” Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party from @BetsyStAmant!

    Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

    At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

    But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

    As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

    The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

    Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/AZIVZ

    MY REVIEW-This was my first full-size novel by Betsy St Amant that I have ever read. And I have to tell you, I AM HUNGRY FOR A CUPCAKE! The recipes and all the baking Kat does has me drooling. I am so glad that Betsy included a recipe in the back for the Raspberry Lemonade Torte Cupcakes. Definitely going to be trying these out:)

    The whole plot for this story was a good one. Two people who have known each other forever, best of friends, but they both want more and are afraid to bring it up or it will get weird. Kat is a baker in her aunt's cupcake shop but wants more from her life. She is a jazzy baker, always experimenting with new concoctions and most of the people love it. But her family doesn't see the use in going outside the lines of plain ole vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The team coach is Lucas. He also happens to be her best coach and he thinks the world of her. Always there to encourage her and help eat her new cupcakes. But when he signs her up for a baking contest without telling her, things go from good to bad. He doesn't want her out of his life but he wants to encourage her to live out her dreams. And she thinks he is pushing her away from him.

    The book is overflowing with lessons and teaching all wrapped up and mixed in so sweetly you don't even realize it until it is over. I really fell in love with Lucas. His life hasn't been a joy ride and what he sees as helping Kat often sees as controlling. I think they both learned and grew together. There was one spot that I felt pushed the boundaries a little when Kat and Lucas are in a hotel room. Nothing happens but it almost does, and I felt this could have been changed a little bit. One of those kissing moments that leads to more. Darren and his text messages were a great addition to the book. He is smart and has a lot of wisdom. Overall a good book that I was immediately pulled into. Wonderful story!


    Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.


    Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party!
    One winner will receive:

    • A brand new Kindle

    • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

    Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!

    So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Dolphin Tale 2 Releasing Friday + #Giveaway! #DolphinTale2 #HomeschoolDay2014 #WinterHasHope

    I personally have not seen Dolphin Tale 2. Nor the first one:) But I have it on my watch list after reading up on it. Sounds like a really good inspirational film that teaches minor lessons that impact children in a big way. And for me, this is a big part in the entertainment we put in front of our young people. Sure I want them to have a good time and laugh, but I also enjoy when a program or a movie reinforces what is taught at home.

    Dolphin Tale 2 will be releasing on Friday the 12th. Yep, tomorrow!! I can't wait to see how it turns out! And did you know, there is a homeschool curriculum based on this film? I had no idea it was this big or that people who homeschool had taken such an interest in it. We homeschool and use a specific course, but I would be interested in seeing how this one is.

    So is anyone wanting some Dolphin Tale 2 swag?? I have a pack to giveaway to one of my readers!! You will receive the same items I did. A t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses. But not just any old shirt and glasses. These are all Dolphin Tale themed!! How sweet is that? This giveaway is for US only and ends 9/26. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    CFBA Tour for Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

    This week, the

    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

    is introducing

    Thief of Glory

    WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)


    Sigmund Brouwer


    Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.


    A boy coming of age in a time of war…
    the love that inspires him to survive.

    For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

    Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

    When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.


    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    SheerCover #FlawlessFinish Cosmetics #Review @SheerCover

    I am not the type of girl who often wears makeup. I always wear some lip balm or gloss, maybe some blush and on occasion I will go all out to put on the whole deal. But I think after trying out the new SheerCover I received, I just might be wearing this all the time:) Check out my review but also make sure to enter the contest that ends tonight!!

    I received several products for review. I think the foundation might be a tad bit darker than I normally wear but in all, I was impressed with how it turned out:) Take a look at the pictures and then see my thoughts below.

    As you can see from the pictures, the foundation is for sure darker than my normal skin color. I am pretty pale and light while this darkened me up some. But the makeup was super easy to apply and one thing I liked was the booklet they sent with tips, how-to pictures, etc. The products themselves worked great. I used very little bronzer/blush and the products for your eyes work wonders! I love how long it made my lashes. People often comment that my lashes are long but this really gave them length. I think my favorite product out of them all was the conceal trio. I struggle with acne a lot so I often have little spots. This covered them quite well and I was amazed at how easy it was to conceal.

    Overall these were great products! I loved working with this wonderful company and for those of you who wear makeup, I would urge you to check them out. Also, SheerCover is having this amazing giveaway where the winner received a year's supply of makeup! Be sure to go enter as it ends this evening!

    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    alternaVites Vitamin Stick #Review & #Giveaway!! #99HealthyDays

    How many of your children take vitamins? In our family we often do, not as regular as we would like, but the children always have a problem finding a vitamin they enjoy. That is why I was surprised when I found these multivitamins that the girls not only enjoyed, but asked for!!

    The flavors are delicious(I tried one myself), it is super easy to take and I love that they are sugar free!!

    As you can see from the picture, this is a powder that most children will look on as fun. I think next time I am going to sprinkle it in the yogurt. The little booklet they sent has smoothie recipes on the back I can't wait to try:) So if you have picky children, check out alternaVites!!

    Does your child take a multivitamin? Maybe they don't like the taste of chewable vitamins. Or you don't like the fact that those gummy vitamins are sugar coated. alternaVites will solve all these problems! Plus they are also gluten free!

    Rich Vitamins was founded in an effort to eliminate any and all excuses as to why many people do not take vitamins. So many people opt not to take vitamins because they forget, they taste bad, they’re hard to choke down, they’re full of sugar, or they contain artificial ingredients or food allergens.

    Any vitamin, no matter how good, can’t help if you don’t take them! So they set out to provide solutions to all these problems with a daily multivitamin that’s easy to take, delicious, portable, potent, and sugar & allergen-free. That’s when alternaVites Kids was born.

    alternaVites Kids is a delicious powder that you sprinkle directly on your tongue where it melts in your mouth. So no more chalky chewables or sugary gummies that can stick in between kids’ teeth! As an option, you can also mix it into yogurt, pudding, smoothies and shakes, so it’s versatility gives you many ways to take it (with our without your children even knowing!)

    The daily dose stick packs make it easy for travel or taking on the go, so no more forgetting! And the comprehensive formula is sugar, gluten and allergen-free, making alternaVites Kids a great choice for kids with food sensitivities.

    Unlike many other kids’ vitamin products, alternaVites Kids:

    • Is truly delicious! Available in two awesome flavors: strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy.

    • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)

    • Gluten- free*

    • No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives

    • Vegetarian

    • No GMO ingredients

    • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish.*

    • Certified kosher (OU)

    • One per day

    • Endorsed by pediatric dentists
    • *However, we encourage all parents of children with food allergies or sensitivities to consult with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before use.

      And now, that alternaVites Kids is available at Walmart, it’s more convenient than ever to give your children a great daily multi to help fill in the nutritional gaps their diet may be missing.

      Tag alternaVites on, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you see alternaVites at Walmart. Use hashtag #99HealthyDays and we will pick random winners of more Celebrity Gift Bags! Take a selfie in the store, in your cart or your receipt to share!

      As a company, they strongly believe in supporting charitable causes and giving back. That’s why Rich Vitamins is proud to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a Partner in Hope and other cancer charities focusing on research, treatment and prevention, as well as Vitamin Angels, an organization that helps at-risk populations gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.

      Now for the giveaway! I have 2 Celebrity Gift Bags.
      A celebrity gift bag (the same ones they give out at Pre-Emmy and Academy Award Events) which includes an adorable convertible tote bag, 2-month supply alternaVites Kids (1 box each flavor), Activity Booklet, Picture Frame Magnet, Pen ($50 value). Enter below on the Rafflecopter form.

      This information is brought to you by alternaVites and SavingYouDinero.com

      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Saturday, September 6, 2014

      Upcoming Holiday Gift Guide Event!!

      Hello readers!! I am planning and organizing for my Holiday Gift Guide that is starting mid October. I have several companies already signed up and many more interested. This year my event will run from mid October to early December. There will be plenty of giveaways and lots of fun products to win, or even purchase:)

      I have a question for you all. Do you have any products or companies you are interested in seeing? If so, leave a comment and I will see about getting them involved!! I am excited about this and I know you all will be too!!

      Companies, I am interested in featuring any family friendly products so if you want your product reviewed or introduced to my readers, use that "contact me" button up there and send an email!

      **DISCLOSURE: The photo was used from FreeImages.com and sh0dan  Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Friday, September 5, 2014

      CFBA Tour for Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

      This week, the

      Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

      is introducing

      Driftwood Tides

      Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)


      Gina Holmes


      Gina Holmes is the founder of  Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW  bestseller. Her sophomore novel,  Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


      He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.
      When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

      Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

      If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.

      MY REVIEW-This is probably the first book I have ever read by Gina Holmes. And I am now a dedicated fan;) Driftwood Tides follows the story of Libby, a young woman who unexpectedly finds out that she is adopted, and the life she has known over the last 24 years is not really true. All this comes right before her wedding so things are thrown into chaos as she tries tracking down her birth mother.

      I found the characters to be oh so flawed but so very true to real life. Holton has turned to the bottle ever since his wife died and we see some moral issues that are portrayed as realistic. I don't agree with the decisions made but I also know how young people are and what goes through the mind of a teenager. I found Caroline(Libby's adoptive mother) to be harsh but I also was drawn to her for some reason. I guess behind all the anger and sharp tongue you see the silent need to be loved and to be needed. Rob is Libby's fiance and I went from liking him to disliking him and then liking him again.

      This was a wonderful book that makes you think. I get tired sometimes of reading a romance book that doesn't really give strong lessons. This one had some great lessons in it but it wasn't preachy. Excellent book!!

      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Thursday, September 4, 2014

      Making Marion by Beth Moran Book #Review

      She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood. Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancĂ©e Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs? Including a large cast of memorable, colorful characters, Making Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.

      MY THOUGHTS-When this book came in I had such high hopes for it. I enjoy a good clean comedy now and then and who could resist the Robin Hood theme? But after about 5 chapters I was pretty upset over things I found inside. I know this book isn't being marketed as "Christian" but I would expect it to be clean. And that is not what I found.

      The plot sounded really interesting, even now it is a fun theme with the heroine finding her Robin Hood. Marion Miller has had a hard childhood and she stumbles upon a campground while looking for Sherwood Forest. The owner of this campground, Scarlett, gives her a job, even though Scarlett knows she has trouble in her past. I really liked Scarlett. A sweet southern belle who knows what she wants and gives of herself to a lot of people. Marion is a very troubled woman and at times I liked her but at times I also got fed up with her. Rueben(the Robin Hood prince) is a likable man. The secondary characters are really well done. One of my favorites was Valerie. What a sweetheart!

      So, the plot was good, the characters were interesting, but I cannot put my stamp of approval on this book. In chapter 4 there was a somewhat descriptive account of a woman's chest. As in very descriptive. Then at the end of chapter 4 I was kind of shocked as Marion and her escort for the night return to the van(trailer) and she hears a noise inside. Jake goes to investigate and the door is opened on a couple in the middle of something. Yes, you guessed it. There is just enough written to know what is going on and way more than I wanted in my book. At this point I skimmed the rest of the book. I found several swear words including some that I never expected. Even if this book isn't Christian, it isn't clean either.

      I hate doing a review like this because the book was interesting. But I have a line and this book crossed it. Maybe someone else will enjoy it and be able to overlook these things, but for me it was too much.

      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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