Grace Awards Summer Book Bash ~ day three
Wow! Summer reading has never been this exciting. What fabulous novels and suuper talented authors.
DWF, Divorced White Female by Carol McClain
On hot days on sunny beach, what better way to cool off than with a laugh-out-loud read set primarily in winter in Malone, NY (the setting of the notorious escape from Clinton Correctional Facility this summer)? Cheryl Chandler had her own brush with the law when her son befriended a drug dealer. Now, he’s finally settled—saved and dedicated to Christ, and no longer a problem. Hopefully. Her philandering ex-husband is married to his sexy secretary, so she’s in the market for a man—any man so long as he’s hot. The problem is—rural Malone has no viable men. Should she find one, he’s probably heard about her whacked-out teenagers. Furthermore, she’s got a toddler, the consequence of trying to save her marriage. Her family has the answer to her problems: online dating. They sign her up. Her hopes rise. But nothing is what she thought it should be, and the reader will be turning pages to catch up with her crazy life.
ANNABELLE’S RUTH, , Book One, Kinsman Redeemer Series, by Betty Thomason Owens
Ready to soak up some sunshine and lose yourself in a touching romance? In the summer of 1954, Connie Cross and her mother-in-law, Annabelle leave sunny California behind, and travel across country on a Greyhound bus to West Tennessee. When the two newly-widowed ladies land in the small town of Trenton, Tennessee, they find it difficult to support themselves. Desperate, Connie goes to work in the fields, picking cotton, where she catches the eye of one of Annabelle’s closest cousins, Alton Wade. Compared to Southern California, 1950’s West Tennessee gives Connie culture shock—like stepping back in time. Will Connie adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, and racial tension? One reviewer says, “This beautiful story is told gently and thoughtfully…Readers of women’s fiction will enjoy this one.” Inspired by the Book of Ruth. ANNABELLE’S RUTH, is book 1 in the Kinsman Redeemer series from Write Integrity Press.
AMELIA’S LEGACY, Book One, Legacy Series, by Betty Thomason Owens
Romance, suspense, a mysterious murder…sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon at the beach. Nancy Sanderson is determined NOT to live the life Grandmother Amelia planned for her. After all, it’s the “roaring twenties” and anything goes, right? She sets her cap for the rowdy Nate Conners, who is more than willing to play his part. But when her plans collide with reality, she finds herself headed down a very different path, straight into the arms of her Grandmother’s choice. Robert Emerson means to protect Nancy at all cost, but he has underestimated the wily Nate. As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom? One Amazon reviewer says: This is much more than a girl-meets-boy story. It is a story of family love, faith, and forgiveness with an ample dose of suspense mixed in. Perfect summer read!
DEAD RINGER by V. B. Tenery
Tuck this one into your beach bag! From an Amazon review: “DEAD RINGER grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let go! What a great story! Every free moment I had, my nose was in this book. I couldn’t put it down unless I had to. From Mercy’s abduction to her exoneration, this is a story with so many unexpected twists and turns it will keep you hanging on right to the end! And come meet the characters…from Thomas, the misguided, but loving father, to Fergus, the inflexible, stubborn Scotsman, to Daniel, the sweetest, bravest little boy you’ll ever meet. Don’t miss this one! It’s a treasure!”
DOWNFALL by V. B. Tenery
Try this one for some sizzle in your summer reading. Chief of Police Matt Foley has a new bride and the most complex case of his career. A prominent couple prepares to retire, when an assassin’s bullets retires them permanently. And he doesn’t stop there. As the investigation pushes forward, layers of deceit, greed, and bitterness are peeled away, and two families, connected by marriage and murder, face the exposure of their darkest secrets. It’s just another difficult case until Matt finds his wife caught in the killer’s cross-hairs.
HARD COUNTRY by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe
Whoa! A cool summer mystery! CJ McNamara is jerked out of her Maine comfort zone and flying to the Reumann Ranch to rescue big brother from a murder charge. Brother Johnny’s gone underground, leaving her to find the real killer. As the body count rises, she knows she’s rubbing elbows with the murderer, but once it gets out she’s Johnny’s sister, it’s hard to tell if any cowboys wear white hats anymore. Her brother’s scheme to find that one piece of evidence that’ll put away the real killer gets him killed, putting CJ in the crosshairs. She’s compromised her faith and failed to save her brother — the only thing left to lose is her life. But she’ll go down fighting and before her back is against the wall, CJ might just find one cowboy out there who’s got her back. Maybe the good guys aren’t all dead yet … at least not in Texas.
A WOMAN LIKE ME by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, it’s never enough? Your heart seams are coming unglued by the relentless demands of a busy life. You resort to “if onlys” – if only I lost some weight – if only I could ditch this job and move on to a real career – if only my husband, kids, friends would really SEE me…A WOMAN LIKE ME is a story about every woman – our tears, our battles, our failures and our faith. Whether you’re a daughter having mother-daughter issues, a wife having husband-wife strain, a mother having mother-child conflict, a woman having sisterhood-friend clashes, or a woman staring loss, depression, guilt, and loneliness in the mirror — it’s in there. A WOMAN LIKE ME is 365 days woven in strands of ordinary moments, life-changing opportunities, and gut-wrenching self-revelations – life we all share as sisters.