Aloha from Karen,
A few weeks ago I attended the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS). I’ve been going for more than a decade. One convention hall fills with authors, publishers, sales reps, agents, and store owners, and all the newest Christian books and products. It’s an exciting place for anyone who loves books. Many authors sign free copies of their books. I didn’t sign this year but Faithwords gave away a huge stack of my books as I stood and watched them disappear in a few minutes.
A lot happens at this show.
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Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough
Finally it’s here! Jack’s story is a hoot. McDonough let her grow up but she kept her rascally personality intact.
Even jailbird Carly is back—her story though small was important to me from the other books and I’m glad to know what happens with her.
Butch, Jack’s nemesis turns up in an unexpected way as well.
This is the last book in the Boarding House Brides series (you don’t need the others first but you’ll be missing some good reading if you don’t get them!) and it’s sad to let the characters go.
McDonough pulls the personas of her characters through every book and page, you never wonder why did that character do that? It’s not like her or him.
The writing is fun, creative and entertaining.
Sherry Kyle here, writing from central California with some encouraging words straight from
Are you worried about something? Upset? Do you feel helpless? Daniel felt all these emotions when he saw visions of the future. See Daniel 7-10.
Just like Daniel, we can feel afraid when we think about our future. Maybe you’re waiting for your next book contract and are starting to doubt if it will ever happen. Maybe you have a looming deadline and fear you won’t be able to complete your manuscript on time. Or maybe you’re so overwhelmed with life that you don’t have time to write.
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Second Chance Brides by Vickie McDonough is the second book in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.
This book is one of McDonough’s best ever. The cover on the book pulls you into the story. The cover artist caught the essence of the characters, Shannon O’Neil and Mark Corbett translating them into real people for me.
Shannon and Leah Bennett were caught in the Corbett brother’s scheme to find a wife for their cousin. (The Anonymous Bride Book 1) Both have reasons for not returning to where they came from. Shannon is an Irish immigrant and now she’s alone in Lookout, Texas. Leah’s dad tried to sell her to the oldest man in town and she doesn’t want to go back home.
Now both women are searching for ways to support themselves in Lookout.
Shannon and Leah are easy to like, McDonough has transformed them from the needy women in book one to women you want to know.
There is also the subplot of Jack (Jacqueline the boarding house owner’s daughter) it’s been fun to watch her mature through the pages.
Now I am eagerly awaiting book 3, I don’t know what it is titled but I hope it’s about that incorrigible Carly from The Anonymous Bride!
(Please note: Book 3, Finally a Bride, is out, and the review will be posted next week.)
Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives
By Jocelyn Green
The highly anticipated sequel to award-winning Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives is here! As husbands are being deployed multiple times, the women left behind desperately need encouragement and strength to maintain the home-front. Often lonely, frequently overwhelmed by the needs around her, and continually stressed by a unique lifestyle, she needs to be equipped as to how to respond biblically to the daily struggles that threaten to wear her down. Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives is filled with wisdom and insight from over twenty-five Christian wives, representing every branch of the military, and explores how the Bible relates to a variety of topics and issues – including those that arise with post-deployment – encountered in a military marriage.
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