Tuesday

~To Win Her Favor~



This book review is for the novel "To Win Her Favor" by Tamera Alexander.

I have read other books by Tamera and have always been entertained but what really drew me to wanting to read this novel in particular is the fact that it is about horses. It has a beautiful horse on the cover of the book and lets be real here, sometimes a good story of a girl and her horse are exactly what the day needs!


The first few pages of the book really had me interested and curious as to where the story would lead. That is usually the mark of a good read ;)

I say that this one is no exception and is not only interesting because of the historical things behind it but because it is well written and easily kept me entertained and engaged with the story and the welfare of the characters.


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Maggie is a stubborn Southern Belle with a determined streak a mild wide. When her beloved dad asks the unthinkable of her to marry a total stranger, logic and reason fight for domination over emotion.

The man in question is Irish through and through and thought he was done with horse racing of any kind for the rest of his life.

But a life altering proposition offering him Maggie's hand in marriage in exchange for possibly everything he dreamed when coming to America might just be too tempting to pass up.

Two unlikely people linked together, both trying to make a dream a reality. But how truly different are those dreams and will they find a middle ground in the end together or take their separate dreams? Will Bourbon Belle win the richest race? Will Cullen love racing again and perhaps even love Maggie???
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Let me know if you read this one and what your thoughts on it were!


Jenny




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere. 

Wednesday

Georiga Aquarium: Fun Times and Beautiful Fish!



So I had the pleasure of rode tripping it to the Georgia Aquarium with my hubby, sister and brother-in-law. We had a fun filled day and got to enjoy the beauty of spectacular underwater worlds.

One thing that I will say is that even going on a weekday, this place is PACKED. I highly recommend that every group that goes makes sure they have more than one cell phone and that they have a game plan for seeing the exhibits. As crowded as it gets I think it would be easy to miss something.
And there are so many cool things I don't think you want to risk that!
I will also note that there is a cafeteria in the aquarium so food is plentiful. I would make sure that you carve out at least half a day for your visit. And if you like souvenir pressed pennies be sure to have enough change for the machines!

They have so many different exhibits from touch pools, to dolphins, to whale sharks!


But let me tell you that my FAVORITE exhibit at the Aquarium was by far in the Tropical Diver by Southwest gallery.

It is one of the largest living reef exhibits in any aquarium in the world and it is spectacular.

It is the most relaxing, mesmerizing exhibit we found in the entire place. I could have easily stayed sitting or standing in front of it for an hour. It is so peaceful and beautiful. It is equipped with thousands of fish, a pacific coral reef and even an overhead crashing wave!

Living Reef! Check out the wave!





 Some of the pictures that we captured on this visit are just beautiful! Don't delay and check out the Georgia Aquarium for yourself!!

You can purchase tickets HERE!




I am curious about my readers and whether you have ever been here? If so, what was your favorite part? Comment below and let me know! Also don't forget to check out the gift shop on your way out!















Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary ticket to see the aquarium in exchange for my review. All opinions given are my own and they are sincere.




Sunday

Betting on Hope

This book review is for the novel "Betting On Hope" by Debra Clopton.

Well come on now, who doesn't love a good story packed with a handsome cowboy, lots of horses and a will they overcome or won't they? story!

Debra brings you all of that and more in her new novel. I also love the cover art and back that they used for the book.

The yellow on blue really makes it stand out.

Debra's style of writing really helps the story to come alive. I could almost picture myself standing there beside Maggie as she overcomes the discomfort that her latest interview subject causes in her.

I have always had a love of horses so having them featured defiantly helps the appeal of a book for me anyway :)

If you are looking for a new fiction read then I recommend picking up "Betting On Hope"!


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Maggie Hope is an advice columnist who never cared if she met a cowboy or took even one long look at a horse. But in doing a favor and filling in for her co-worker, a cowboy and horses are exactly what are about to enter her world.

Throw in a meddling town, nerves that are not made of steel and a whopping secret, will Maggie find true happiness with the champion horse trainer named Tru?
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Hope you are finding time to read!
Jenny



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere. 

Thursday

New Novella by Rachel Hauck! Check it out!

"Fire" up the romance in the new year with Rachel Hauck's newest book, A Brush with Love, by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway! And be sure to catch a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released How to Catch a Prince!
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 One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway only runs for a week, 12/30 – 1/5. Winner will be announced January 6th on Rachel's blog.
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Monday

The Daughter of Highland Hall

This book review is for the novel "The Daughter of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky. It is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series.

So if you have been following my blog and book post even a tiny bit you should know by now that I really love historical fiction. This book fits nicely into that love for me.

I enjoyed it so much that I started looking for another book by Carrie to read next.

She is so descriptive in her writing that the struggle her characters go through really resonate throughout the book and help them seem like real people and not just beautiful fragments of our authors imagination.

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Katherine Ramsey is about to come out in society. The pressure is on to find a wealthy handsome husband and secure her future. Her home has been passed to an older male cousin since women are not allowed to inherit and unless she marries she is destined to remain under her relatives thumb.

However, one thing after another seems to be at play to keep Katherine from making a successfully splash of a debut. A handsome man who is not the ideal candidate for a suitable mate, an overbearing Aunt who is controlling her every move and a family scandal that could rip apart not only Katherine's reputation but that of her entire family.
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Check it out for yourself and prepare to settle in for a nice read!

Jenny




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere. 

Thursday

This book review is for the lovely novel "When I fall In Love" by Susan May Warren.

Let me just start off by saying how much I love the cover art for this book! It is so cute and summery it really does a good job of making me excited to pick up the book and see what kind of world awaits between its pages.

Susan is always a good story teller and this book is no exception.

So be warned, I'm thinking that not only will this book make you hungry but will make you itch to sink your toes into that amazing Hawaiian sand!

The book is not all sunshine and rainbows (pun intended) though as both our main characters have their own personal struggles. I like, though, how Susan threw them both out of their comfort zones and just maybe something beautiful can come from that.



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Grace Christiansen loves to cook. Ask anyone who even knows her a little and they will probably rave about her kitchen skills. And her family has just the thing to help her kick it up to the next level...a surprise trip to Hawaii for a cooking retreat!

Leading man Maxwell Sharpe may be a star on the ice but the kitchen is where he warms back up.
Cooking is a passion and a distraction from his life on ice. A three week annual cooking vacation in Hawaii is just what he needs.

What he doesn't know is that a certain beautiful fellow chef may be what he needs even more.
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Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!
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  One grand prize winner will receive:
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!


Make sure to get your entry in to win! And my personal recommendation is to check out the other books in the series to read about the other Christiansen siblings!
I have really enjoyed every single one that I have read and look forward to hopefully more adventures about them!


Jenny



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive one. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere. 

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