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Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels

Love Unfeigned Cover“Sight was no longer physical. She paused, her dark, questioning eyes now on an unmoving search for something unseen and meagerly remembered. What was it, and what had triggered its arousal? She had the sudden urge to call out a name, to get something’s–someone’s–attention, but she wasn’t clear on what name it was that she should be calling.

“She might have stood there for an instant too long if her own attention hadn’t, at that moment, been seized by a vehement shout somewhere behind her, issued by an identifiable, masculine voice she hadn’t heard in years.

Lorraine!”

~ Nadine C. Keels, Love Unfeigned

Synopsis: 

Love to the chords of a classic jazz band…

From the first time Lorraine, a plucky and competitive girl, contends on the playground against Isaiah, an impish boy whose smile gleams in more ways than one, the two of them can’t help knowing each other. Neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining the path to young adulthood, and when the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, grave trauma, and abandonment. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite these two companions in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

 (Synopsis and image via Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Love Unfeigned, a novella, seizes the reader’s attention immediately with the use of words like those shared in the quote above. Nadine Keels, a first-time author for me, writes with poetic vibrancy using words and language in such a way as to entice her reader to come along and keep turning the pages.

The story of Lorraine Tyson and Isaiah James, whom she calls “Braces Boy,” begins in grade school. Isaiah spends quite a bit of time with his friend, Lorraine’s brother, Earl. And the three become a tight little group.

These three childhood friends captured my heart immediately, but more so Lorraine and then Isaiah as they began to show signs of caring for one another.

Lorraine’s character is spunky, not to be challenged by a male of any size or age and willing to challenge anyone that she can do something she believes she can. Yet, there is a hint of a loving and compassionate young woman developing as the story grows. I loved that she called Isaiah Braces Boy when his braces glinted with sunlight the first time she met him on the playground.

And Isaiah was at no loss for loving characteristics. Keels developed her characters richly, and I was drawn into Isaiah’s character as he subtly attempted to let Lorraine know how he felt about her, even before they were old enough to know what romance was all about. Not to be outdone, Isaiah adopted a nickname for Lorraine: “Itty-Bit,” reflecting her small stature.

At points along the way, I had to pause to inhale Keels’ exquisite choice of words, her descriptive scenes and language, and the play she created among the various other players in her story. Keels has definitely been gifted in the craft of fiction writing.

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My Recommendation: 

If you enjoy reading a good love story, one built around a love that cannot be denied, you must read Love Unfeigned. Nadine Keels is a writer to be followed. If this book is any evidence at all of her ability to compete with other writers, Nadine Keels will be on our TBR piles for some time. Don’t miss this book!

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Meet the Author:

Nadine C. Keels, AuthorNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

Spreading hope to her readers and audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books, heard in her dynamic spoken word presentations on both local and national platforms, and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized.

Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories as well as two novels and a novella, Love Unfeigned. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius! A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.

(Bio and image via Goodreads)

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DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK | DISCLAIMER:

Kindle Edition
Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Adult Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance
ASIN: B00F0SDCGG

I received a copy of Love Unfeigned from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own.

One Secret, Four Friends | Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper, A Review Sponsored by Write Now Literary Book Tours

18524878LIVING SEPARATE LIVES
By: Paulette Harper
Publisher: Thy Word Publishing (November 10, 2013)
Paperback:  125 Pages
Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella
ASIN: B00GLF5BW0
ISBN-13: 978-0989969109

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FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Living Separate Lives from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

 

 

Synopsis:

Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny

Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

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My Thoughts:

As I read the synopsis, memories of high school and college friends I’ve left behind by virtue of several moves came to mind. How much have they changed? How much have I changed? Years of experiences in different worlds creates differences of opinion, lifestyle and faith, making all a factor in renewed relationships.

In her book, Living Separate Lives, Paulette Harper uses the premise of four young women, each living apart from three mutual friends. Each woman has established herself in life as she has been able, and each has shared her life with others along the way, either in friendships or marriage.

And each one of them has, at one time or another, had a secret. A secret she might not want these three friends from her past to know.

Ironically, and through a set of circumstances surrounding the life of one of the four, these women come together for a weekend of renewing friendships and the unfortunate discovery of one secret. Or is it the fortunate discovery of one secret?

I’ll leave it to you decide when you read Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper.

My Recommendation: 

Readers of Christian fiction will likely enjoy this book. Those looking for a shorter read than some other books will find this one easily completed in one sitting or over a weekend. My only complaint lies in the ending which, for me, fell rather flat. However, overall, Ms. Harper has written a pleasant book about friendships, faith, and the choices we make.

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Meet the Author:

IMG_7028Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

Buy Links

Amazon e-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLF5BW0

Amazon paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Separate-Lives-Paulette-Harper/dp/098996910X/ref=sr_1_4_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384373404&sr=1-4&keywords=paulette+harper

Barnes & Noble paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/living-separate-lives-paulette-harper/1117391317?ean=9780989969109

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Sources: Images, synopsis and author’s bio narrative were supplied by Paulette Harper.

ON FRIDAY  I will be sharing another favorite library with you. One a bit more modern than the last one, but not brand new. 

Cover Reveal | Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper (Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour)

Today it is my privilege to be hosting the cover reveal for Paulette Harper Johnson’s new book, Living Separate Lives. 

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Living_Separate_Lives_FINAL frontTitle: Living Separate Lives

Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny

Author: Paulette Harper

Publisher: Thy Word Publishing

Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella

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ISBN-13:  978-0-9899691-0-9

Releasing: Nov 5, 2013 e-book and paperback

About The Book

Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

Banner 2About The Author

PaulettePaulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

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Excerpt

“Stop preaching to me. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’ve had enough of your self-righteousness.” The words continued to cut Jordan’s heart; words that she never heard before coming from the mouth of her husband, Eric. “You knew how I was before we got married.”  His tone deepened with every word.

Standing in front of the sink, Jordan was frozen and motionless in the middle of the kitchen. She held the dish towel in one hand and a plate in the other. She turned and faced Eric, whose eyes were cold and hard.  The verbal blows kept coming.  Her mouth opened wide, but no words could be formed when he uttered the deadly words, “I want a divorce.”

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Powerful on Many Levels | Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

REDEEMING LOVE
by Francine Rivers
Published: 1997
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: WaterBrook Multnomah

Synopsis: 

California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does … the One who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

(Source: Redeeming Love)

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My Thoughts:

Francine Rivers is a prolific and powerful writer. I have read several of her books, but none touched me like the story held between the covers of Redeeming Love.

Not only is Redeeming Love based on one of the most powerful stories in the Bible, the marriage of Hosea to Gomer, a prostitute, but Rivers has developed characters rich in courage, strength and humanity. The dialogue and scenes are lush with the history of the California gold rush and the families who followed their men into this strange and often unforgiving desire to strike it rich.

Central to the story is a five-year old girl, Sarah, later called Angel, sold into child prostitution and used body and soul for the needs of ugly and brutal men. It isn’t surprising that she grows hard and bitter. And it isn’t surprising that she doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “love.”

Enter Michael Hosea. A man of God. A man who realizes that God has called him to marry Angel, but the battle is in convincing Angel. The stumbling blocks she presents to God’s plan in Michael’s life are treacherous and often mean-spirited, but his patience never seems to wear thin.

Others work against Michael’s attempt to finish the work God has placed in his hands, and still others can see the peaks and valleys Michael and Angel walk through are making a difference for both.

I’ll stop here because I want you to enjoy Redeeming Love as much as I did. A lengthy book at 461 pages, the story will grasp your heart and you will read until you know the outcome.

Congratulations to Francine Rivers on writing a spectacular book!

My Recommendation: 

Redeeming Love is for fans of Christian fiction and romance. Although rich in its story line based as it is on Hosea’s story, there are scenes which might be unsuitable for young teenage girls. I would suggest a parent reading it first.

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You can read an excerpt and view the book trailer here.

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Meet the Author: 

Francine Rivers Copyright Elaina Burdo

Francine Rivers
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Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.

Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life. For more information visit Francine’s website, http://www.FrancineRivers.com.

(Source: Redeeming Love)

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I received a copy of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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