Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Her Best Catch by Lindi Peterson

Lindi Peterson's Her Best Catch is a first person Christian romance. Now, I usually don't read first person, but this has a romance in the story line, and I LOVE romance.

I started reading this book on Christmas night while I was trying to put my son to bed. Using my SuperNanny techniques, I was waiting for him to get out of bed so I could promplty put him right back in the bed. Since my little man likes to get out of bed on the minute, every minute, I had to be patient, but ready.... So, I'm standing at the kitchen counter, near his bedroom, Her Best Catch open and my book mark ready to be placed in said book as needed.

An hour later, my little man is asleep and I'm thinking I'll read one more chapter.... One more chapter turned into I'm half way through the book. I can't stop now!!!

I liked the main character, Allison Doll. She's a little snarky, in a nice way and I didn't feel she realized how attractive she was to Ashton Boyd, the relief pitcher for the Braves who happens to visit her Sunday School class. Our hero, Ashton Boyd was a guy I wanted to know more about. What was his story? I mean, a hunky relief pitcher just shows up in Allison's Sunday School class one day and all of the sudden, he's calling her and wanting to talk about the Sunday School lesson? Pulleeze, there's got to be something dark in his past. Then, he shows up at her place of business in his Jag and takes her to lunch. Ohhh, he's gonna break her heart. Don't get in the Jag, Allison! Don't do it... But she does... and I've gotta find out what happens next... Plus, Allison's trying to plan a party for her mother's 50th birthday and Allison's dealing with the budding relationship of her two best friends who now are known to Allison as Trelvet (was Trent and Velvet pre-relationship days). No Spoilers here... You'll have to read the book to find out how everything comes together.

And I did find out how everything ended.... when I finished the book four hours later.


I was very satisfied, and had gotten attached to the characters. I hated for the story to end. I'd somehow come to care about Auditor Allison Doll, with her little ponytail her Mom wishes she wouldn't wear and her glasses. I wanted to know if Ashton was going to break her heart or not, just like her friends said he would.

Haven't we all been there at sometime in our lives? Suddenly, Allison represented every girl at that single point in her life when it seems everyone else has someone. She represented my family member, my best friend. She represented me at one time, except she had the confidence to say what she wanted and I didn't obtain that until I was well into my 30s...

This story made me laugh and it made my heart ache at times for Allison's situation. It made me say "Oh, No!" I sighed at some of the tender love scenes. There is a lot of God talk in this book. There's a lot of prayer. God is important to the characters. For me, it wasn't out of the ordinary. I find I'm sending up prayers to God every hour - Hey, He's there, He hears us, He loves for us to talk to Him. I think your comfort level with the "God talk" in the book will depend on your own walk with Him. But this book is purely for entertainment. Not preachy... it's simply a book about a Christian woman who's secure in her walk. Her Best Catch was one of these stories where you truly like the character and you want it to keep going. It's a light-hearted story with fun characters. I give this debut by Lindi Peterson five stars!!! Loved it!

About the Author:
Along with being one of my best pals, this chick is a great motivator. She's sensitive to others feelings and she's David Crowder's biggest fan! What else about Lindi?  Well, you can find her at www.lindipeterson.com.  She's president of our Georgia ACFW Chapter. She blogs on Monday's on www.thefaithgirls.com.
Lindi definitely believes happy endings are just the beginning. She lives out her real life romance with her husband in Georgia. When she's not writing, she loves to read, bowl and spend time with her family.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Family for Faith by Missy Tippens

Today I wanted to share a book I read recently that I really enjoyed. First of all, if you are looking for a story that is short in quantity but not lacking in emotion and story, you can always find it with Harlequin's Love Inspired line.

Missy Tippen's book, A Family for Faith, is an emotion packed story about parents watching their kids grow up and letting go. It's a story about taking second chances at love. I liked how Missy addressed the issues that sometimes come up with divorced couples and a child who clings more to one parent than the other. The interesting part here was instead of the child going toward the mother, Faith's son had bonded more with his father during his teen years. I couldn't help feel a pull for Faith, because knowing how it is to love your children so much, then have a separation form is tough. Moms and Dads still love their children even if they don't see the child daily or if something has happened to put a wall between them. I found myself really rooting for Faith to find happiness.

Gabe's daughter Chelsea was really cute and likable. The author portrayed this teen girl as fun and loving and trying to speed the growing up process. She tried to do things like her mom, and that made it hard since her mom had passed away several years before. Chelsea's dad, Gabe, still held on to his wife's memory. Gabe rang true for me in the way of character because he was an overprotective father, just trying to do right by his child. Add to the fact he was a police officer which increased his protectiveness. Gabe was a lovable hero and it really tugged at my heart strings that he still loved his deceased wife so much. You just wanted him to have a second chance!

The characters were deep, multi-faceted and were easy to bond with. That's important for me when investing in a story. Missy did a great job in telling this story of these two families and of the romance between Gabe and Faith. I hope you'll consider picking this book up. It's been my favorite of all of Missy's books!

About the Book:

When Faith Hagin sees widower cop Gabe Reynolds every day in her coffee shop, she can’t help but feel for the struggling single dad. She’s raised a teenager of her own—and sadly, knows what not to do. But thanks to his matchmaking preteen daughter, Chelsea, the whole town’s praying for Gabe to find a wife!

Even though Faith thinks she’s content being just friends, spending time with him and Chelsea starts to feel like a fresh start at having a family. And their love may be the answer to everyone’s prayers.

Visit Missy and check out more of her books on her website at www.missytippens.com 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Comfort & Joy - Scentsy Scent of the Month

I must share the scent of the month from Scentsy with you. Check out the video:

If you are interested in ordering see my website: https://christysmith.scentsy.us - order from my Launch Party :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Did I Notice Your Book?

Anyone for a writing experiment?

I'm participating in the Did I Notice Your Book Blog Hop which began with Ciara Knight 
This is the first time I've participated in this and I'm looking forward to the response and seeing how this works!
With all the new tools out there to monitor book sales and blurbs mentioned about their books, we are highlighting a new book each week. I’ll post it in the morning. If by the end of the day that author finds her book on this post I want her or him to tell us how they discovered it; word of mouth through the close network of writers, a Yahoo group mention, or through some new fangled Google tool.

Now, how will I choose this book each week? It will be a book that caught my attention. As a reader, I will keep an eye out for something that either provoked me to read the blurb, look at the author’s blog, or purchase said book.

Before I reveal my choice I want to clarify that this author has no idea that I’ve chosen his/her book!

The book I noticed is Gifts of Grace by Lynn Bulock

 When Carl Brenner saved a struggling widow and her small children from spending Christmas in a cold, ramshackle farmhouse, he'd had no idea how his lonely life would be forever changed. The storekeeper may have given Grace Mallory a fresh start and renewed her faith in God, but she made his house into a home.

One filled with laughter, singing and the best home cooking in all of Missouri. And now Carl prayed for God's gift of grace once more. For how else would he ever find the key to unlock Grace's precious heart?

I noticed this book on eHarlequin.com. The story interested me because it is the classic story of a woman in need, being rescued and hopefully a happily ever after for all. 

You can buy Gifts of Grace at eharlequin. Click here.

What do you think? Does this kind of story interest you? Would you read this book?


There are thirteen of us participating in DINYB Blog Hop!  Check them all out:

Historical Fiction - http://emerylee.wordpress.com/

Grand Central Station: www.ciaraknight.com