Friday, November 17, 2017

Picturing Christmas By Jason F. Wright

Fresh out of college and about to start her dream job as a photographer in New York, Aubrey is sure her life is picture perfect. From the moment she sets foot in the city, though, everything starts to crumble around her. With family problems back home, a complicated relationship, and an unforgiving city all around her, this Christmas, all Aubrey really wants is to find the real meaning of the holiday.

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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is also regular columnist for Fox News, TheBlaze, The Deseret News and the Northern Virginia Daily. Articles by Jason have appeared in over other 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes.

He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The Wednesday Letters (2007); Recovering Charles (2008), Christmas Jars Reunion (2009); Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (2009); The Cross Gardener (2010); The Seventeen Second Miracle (2010); The Wedding Letters (2011); The 13th Day of Christmas (2012); Picturing Christmas (2013); The James Miracle: 10th Anniversary Edition (2014); Christmas Jars Journey (2015); and, A Letter to Mary (2016) and the upcoming children's novel, The Lost Carnival (2017).

Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on faith, the joy of service, the Christmas Jars movement, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country.

Jason is from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, while researching Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family westward from northern Virginia to the Valley.

Jason is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls, two boys and a 110-pound Goldendoodle named Pilgrim who thinks he's a lapdog.                

My Thoughts...

I loved this Christmas book. It is not about a perfect family or people that have the prefect life. It's a book about real life and how not everything is perfect.
I was not so sure about Aubrey's parents and I struggled with her relationship with them. But I can't wait for you to read this book and find out if Aubrey finds the true meaning of Christmas.
I true Wright fashion as with all of his books, in my opinion this book was way to short. I wanted to stay in New York a little while longer.
This was a 5 star book for me a side from the fact it was way to short.
I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Renegades By Thomas Locke

Twins Sean and Dillon are using their transit abilities for good--but not everyone sees it that way. Arrested and imprisoned by a clandestine group within the highest reaches of the Human Assembly, Sean and Dillon are forced to choose sides between those who wish to serve and those who seek to rule.

At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability--a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest.

The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.

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Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in 22 languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Recruits, as well as Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series and Fault Lines, Trial Run, and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

My Thoughts...

Book two in the Recruits series.
This is no my usual type of book I like to read, but for something a little different to change this up a little bit I read it.
I was not really thrilled with it although my husband enjoyed it.
I suffered through it an I have to say although it is different is was an okay read once I put my mind to reading it.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. Give it a try if you are in a reading rut, you might like it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vanishing Point By Lisa Harris

During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies--number six--Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him--or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

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Bestselling author LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent almost fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (Proverbs 31:8)

When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at

My Thoughts...

This is the final book in the Nikki Boyd series, We are finally going to get to find out how it ends.
I won't spoil it for you, but you are going to want to read this dynamic ending to this series.
Are ready to dive in and find out what happened to Sarah,  Nikki's sister? Don't miss this ending.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to her your thoughts on this ending.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Place At Our Table By Amy Clipson

Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.
Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.
Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?
The first book in the Amish Homestead series, A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.

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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at or on Facebook at

My Thoughts...

This is book one of An Amish Homestead series.
Any Fire fighters wives out there? You may enjoy this one. 
Love going to Lancaster County to visit? You may enjoy this quiet little community then.
Romance fans may enjoy this one. If you are new to the Amish genre this would be a good place to start, One of Amy's books.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Noelle By Greg Kincaid

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.

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GREG KINCAID, author of A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker, is a practicing lawyer in Kansas who helped to start the Changing Lives Through Literature Program and has served as the chairman of the Optimist Oratory Contest for the past seven years. The father of five children, he lives on a farm in western Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife and two dogs.

My Thoughts...

I loved the first three books in this series, while they can all be read as stand alones. I liked them read in order that's just me. I loved the McCray family. They felt like family and I really loved Mary Ann's antics.
This  like the first three is not just for family loving folks it is for all of us canine  lovers.  And you are sure to fall in love with Elle who can't stay out of trouble and  is always being told No, Elle all over town.
I gave this book 4 stars. I hope you enjoy it this Christmas season.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Austen Escape By Katherine Reay

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues—particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.
But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.
Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

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Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries -- who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. Katherine’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Lizzy & Jane and the The Bronte Plot – all contemporary stories with a bit of "classics" flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago.

My Thoughts...

I love Jane Austen and anytime that I get to read an Austen redo as I call them I will gladly do it.
I loved the way the story flowed and the imperfect characters it was not like a fairy tale. It was like reading real life.
I recommend this book to Austen fans and those who like a contemporary remaking.
I gave this book 4 stars and can't wait to read the next book that Reay pens.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Wedding Dress By Rachel Hauck and Staying Stylish By Candace Cameron Bure

Candace tells how she Nourishes her spirit in her new book Staying Stylish. One of those in her self care section of her new book is reading. She gives a list of some her favorite Non Fiction Books And a list of some of her favorite Fiction books. The whole list is great but one stood out to me because it is on my list of favorites as well.  I am a huge Rachel Hauck fan. And The Wedding Dress happens to be on Candace's list  also.
I wanted to tell you if you have NOT read The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck yet I would grab a copy now to enjoy before Candace's books comes to a bookstore near you on November 21.

Here is a link to get Rachel's book to find out why it is on Candace's list of her favorites.

Also today only you can pre-order Staying Stylish By Candace Cameron Bure for 50% off at Barnes and Noble. Grab a copy while it's on sale why not get a few extra copies for Christmas gifts or Hostess gifts.