What Blooms From Dust by James Markert *Review+Book Tour*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me copy of this book and for having me on this book tour!

From the second I started reading this book I had a southern twang voice in my head narrating as I read.  I loved that this book sucked me in to the Dust Bowl era and Midwestern vibe.  Slow moving but filled with hope and forgiveness I gave this book 3.5 stars.

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The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!

Starting off with a bang, I was immediately drawn into the danger surrounding Shauna and her family with a murderer on her tail.  I wanted to know who the killer was and why they were killing.  However, although the beginning pulls you in the rest of the book is a little disjointed and didn’t always feel convincing at times.  I rate this mystery 3 stars.

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak *Review*

Thank you so much Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me a copy of this beautiful book for review.  Smart and important this book touches on topics that heavily impact all of us every day.  I give this moving story a solid 4 stars!

“Never believe anything you haven’t seen with your eyes, heard with your ears, touched with your hands and grasped with your mind.”

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Book of Judas by Linda Stasi *review*

Thank you so much Forge Books and Get Red PR for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I give this thriller a 3/5 star rating!

A new adventure in Alessandra Russo’s life has her investigating the Gospel of Judas and some of its lost pages that have now come into her possession.  Linda Stasi writes about a well known mystery and brings it to new life in this fictional thriller.  A cross between The DaVinci Code and National Treasure, I was left wanting to know about the real mystery behind the Gospel of Judas.  While the story fell a bit flat for me, I enjoyed reading about such a unique topic and I was definitely intrigued to see what would happen to Alessandra along the way.

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The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce *Review*

3 our of 5 stars, thank you Brandy for sending me a copy of your book in exchange for an honest review!

This book was such a great summer read, coming in at just over 220 pages, I was able to finish this up while hanging out at the pool.  It was a really cute story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  Romance, friendships, and Texas heat made this a quick easy read perfect for any contemporary romance fans!

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The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass *Review*

3 stars out of 5.  I don’t have many words for this book other than strange and different.  It becomes clear right away that this book is about a very strict, cult like, religious family.  I was immediately intrigued because I sometimes hear about strict religious people who really have gone too far in what they are practicing, but I haven’t read many books where that topic is the main focus.  I was appalled and slightly disturbed at the things that happened with this family and what they practiced.  However, it did make you understand that this was a situation to get out of and it was believable that this probably does happen to others in real life.  I enjoyed the growth of the main character as she navigated what was real and what had been taught to her by her father, but I lacked a connection or any vast amount of emotions to any of the characters .  I also found the ending abrupt and a little disappointing.  There were still many questions left unanswered which is slightly annoying since this is a standalone book.  I wouldn’t consider this a mystery or thriller at all, but it has its moments where I was left wondering just how will the characters make it out of their fathers religious life, and will they even want too?  Finding out what happens to them ultimately is what kept me going, but I do wish there had been more answers and more emotional connections to the characters.

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