The Key To Everything

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The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse is a new historical fiction book. I really enjoyed this story set in Georgia and Florida. A fifteen year old boy embarks on a bicycle journey from Savannah to Key West like his own father did at his age. This was a really sweet story about a young boy as he discovers what he wants for his own life. The characters were great and Peyton made a lot of friends along the way. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac and Almost Home, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.

 

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Eliza Starts A Rumor

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen is a new book that I enjoyed.  I really liked the characters in this book about a group of women when their lives intersect due to an online billboard for women in their town. There is drama, romance, and friendship all mixed in to make this a great read. Thanks to Berkley via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:
Jane L. Rosen is an author and screenwriter whose critically acclaimed first novel, Nine Women, One Dress, has been translated into ten languages. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters.

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That Summer In Maine

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That Summer in Maine: A Novel by Brianna Wolfson releases on  June 23, 2020. I read this book in a day while on vacation. I enjoyed the storytelling of this book how the past was told through letters. Two teenage girls find out that they are biologically sisters and spend a few weeks visiting their shared biological dad in Maine. The story shows an honest look at the mother and daughter relationship and what families can look like. Thanks to MIRA via Netgalley for this early review copy.

About the Author:
Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.

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Red Sky Over Hawaii

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Red Sky Over Hawaii: A Novel by Sara Ackerman is a new historical fiction book set during WWII in Hawaii. The story centers around the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and what happened to the German and Japanese inhabitants of Hawaii. I have read a lot of WWII fiction and this one showed a part of the war that is often overlooked and the setting in Hawaii was unique. Thank you to MIRA Books via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:
Sara Ackerman writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. She believes that the light is just as important as the dark, and that the world is in need of uplifting and heartwarming stories. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories.

 

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The Last Train To Key West

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The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton releases on June 16, 2020. I loved this historical fiction book set in Key West over Labor Day weekend in 1935. This fictional story is told around a true event that happened in Key West.  The story is told from the perspective of three women and how their lives intersected. I am a fan of this author and really enjoyed this latest book. Thanks to Berkley Publishing via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:
Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, she grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a master’s degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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Warfare Prayers For Women

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Warfare Prayers for Women: Securing God’s Victory in Your Life by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock is a new Christian non-fiction book about prayer. There are over two hundred prayers based on certain topics. Each prayer topic also contains scripture verses to read with it.  Not all topics will apply to every woman, but there is something in there for everyone. This book will make a great resource to use in your everyday prayer life. Thanks to Chosen Books for this review copy.

About the Authors:
Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 31 books, with sales exceeding one million copies. Having served several years with Aglow International ministry, Quin is available to speak on her book topics. She lives in Florida; her website is http://www.quinsherrer.com.

Ruthanne Garlock, an author and Bible teacher, has co-authored 20 books with Quin Sherrer and written two missions biographies. With a ministry background in 35 nations, she teaches for seminars and women’s groups. Ruthanne lives in Texas; her website is http://www.garlockministries.org.

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Stories That Bind Us

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Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner is a new Christian historical fiction book set in the 1960’s. I really enjoyed this book about a young widow as she unexpectedly cares for her estranged sister and nephew.  The story was well told during this time period and discusses topics of race, infertility, mental illness, and loss. The story flashed back to her childhood to give a well rounded perspective for the story. I loved everything about this book, especially the characters. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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Talking With Your Kids About Jesus

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Talking with Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain is a new Christian non-fiction book for parents. This would make a great resurce for parents to use when discussing Jesus and the Bible with their kids. Each chapter covers a certain topic and offers practical ways to share it with your kids. The book consists of thirty different topics to discuss with your family. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Natasha Crain is a national speaker, author, and blogger who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. In addition to Talking with Your Kids about Jesus, she has authored two other apologetics books for parents: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side and Talking with Your Kids about God. Natasha’s articles have been featured in the Focus on the Family magazine and the Christian Research Journal, and she’s been interviewed on radio shows across the country. She has an MBA from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, Natasha lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She writes at http://www.natashacrain.com.

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This Is How I Lied

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This Is How I Lied: A Novel by Heather Gudenkauf is a new thriller book that I really enjoyed. The mystery unfolds over two timelines to uncover who killed Eve. A teenage girl is found dead and twenty five years later some new evidence is found to open up the case again. The detective assigned to the case was the victim’s best friend and she is now determined to uncover the truth of what really happened. This book was told by several different character perspectives and had some good twists. Thank you to Park Row Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound. Heather lives in Iowa with her family.

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Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

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Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish: A Novel by Bethany Turner is a new romance book that I really enjoyed. This story is set around two chefs on a cooking competition show. The enemy to lovers story was well done and was told from each perspective of the two main characters.  I loved the setting with all of the cooking and each chapter was titled using cooking terms. The book went back and forth between Nashville and New York City and the food scene in both locations. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

 

 

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