The Golden Braid


The Golden Braid
written by:
Melanie Dickerson


The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?


My Review

Once upon a time there was this beloved author who took all of my favorite and not so favorite fairy-tales and spun whole new adventures for my pure enjoyment. 

Once again Melanie has taken a familiar fairy-tale and created something wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters in her latest novel. I love how she always thinks of things that take the story to a whole new level. The Golden Braid is full of adventure, intrigue and of course…romance! The author brilliantly brings characters and setting alive on the page in vivid color! If you love fairy-tale retelling…don’t you dare miss this!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Melanie Dickerson is the author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.


The Splendor of Ordinary Days Giveaway


The Splendor of Ordinary Days
written by:
Jeff High

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict.

After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.

At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.

As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.

 My Review

With all the charm that makes me love authors like Karon and Gulley, Jeff High is quickly making his way to the top of my favorites list!

The setting, the characters and the story make this novel come to life in my hands. It truly feels like an escape to another place and time. A place, not without problems, but a place where hope, love and neighborly kindness are still in style. 

If you are a fan of small town fiction, with unforgettable characters and heartwarming story, don’t miss this!!!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in open-heart surgery. He is the author of the Watervalley novels, including “More Things in Heaven and Earth” and “Each Shining Hour.”



Just Show Up



written by:

Kara Tippetts & Jill Lynn Buteyn

It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.
In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.
My Review

I was so touched by Kara’s story, I loved reading her blog posts and I prayed and grieved for her family when I heard of her passing. 

Through her books Kara was able to reach out and touch people’s lives and now, even though she’s gone…she’s still making an impact.

Just Show Up is so wonderful because it’s often in life’s most difficult trials that we feel so helpless. How do we minister and reach out to those who are suffering? Kara’s book will show readers why it’s so important to be a friend and what that really looks like.


☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆


The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
Read Kara’s blog.
Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of “Falling for Texas,” an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.


The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

THE FINISHING SCHOOL: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned
written by:
Valerie Woerner

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?


In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.
After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

My Review

I just LOVE Valerie’s debut book!
Her practical guide to everyday life truly covers everything from keys to experiencing joy to ways to make daily prayer happen.
With everything im juggling in my daily life right now, Valerie’s book is a breath of fresh air…so helpful and so encouraging!
Its like the best advice from one of your best girlfriends. I enjoyed that Valerie includes her own stories.
The Finishing School reminds me of what is really important and how to incorporate the best stuff in practical ways.
If you’re ready for refining, refreshing, renewal…you’re ready for The Finishing School!
Includes homework and recommended resources.

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.


A Heart’s Home Giveaway


Journey of the Heart: Book Five
Colleen Coble

Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

My Review

I cant believe this series is over!
I have absolutely loved every single moment. These stories have kept me enthralled and entertained. I have enjoyed keeping up with the characters and what was going on in their lives.
I’ve enjoyed getting the chance to explore Coble’s historical writing style- I LOVE it and look forward to exploring her other books in this genre.
I loved that these books were short in length and I was able to be quickly drawn into a great story with lively characters.
If you enjoy historical romance or just a great escape of a book…..dont miss this!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



One grand prize winner will receive:

☆ Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series
☆ A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout
☆ A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen’s favorite recipes and group discussion question



COLLEEN COBLE: USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor.


Until My Name is Known by Sonya Contreras


Sonya Contreras

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?
See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.
Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth

My Review
I absolutely LOVED this book!
I am a fan of Biblical fiction and Contreras has penned a real gem!
I love the rich imagery and life-like story telling…history comes alive on the page in this wonderful retelling of the story in Exodus.
I love that the author used different viewpoints to tell this beloved Bible story.
Good Biblical fiction always brings me back to a hunger for the Word of God and thats exactly what this did for me…..dont miss it

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Growing up with five sisters, Sonya Contreras asked God many questions, even when she did not like His answers. Graduating from Cedarville University and Institute for Creation Research with a Masters Degree in Science Education did not stop her questions. Marrying her best friend and homeschooling their eight sons, she found that dreams do come true, in spite of unanswered questions. Trusting God, Who knows all answers, she shares questions that matter weekly at


Anything by Jennie Allen


ANYTHING: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul

What if you told God you would do anything . . . and he took you up on it?

In the years since the initial release of Anything, God continued to stretch Jennie Allen and her faith because of the courageous prayer of surrender that she and her husband, Zac, prayed, “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Previously caught in the dizzying haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie went on to begin living out the adventure God had written for them-to include becoming the founder of IF: Gathering, an organization to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation to live out their purpose.

Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters.

This newly revised edition is updated throughout to include a new introduction and an in-depth Bible study component for those who have been wanting to lead a study on this topic.

Join Jennie on an adventure to discover your anything, those things that actually mean nothing until you know the God truly worth giving it all up for. And when you do, that will change everything.

My Review

Anything…not a complicated word.
An indication of our willingness.
But turn that word into our hearts cry to God, and it changes everything.
Jennie Allen shares her own story of ‘Anything’ and the amazing display of God that followed…
But the story doesn’t stop there, because she invites and encourages readers to go on their own personal ‘anything’ journey with God.
Anything may seem totally frightening to you…after all, we much prefer things that are safe, things that make us feel comfortable and happy, BUT if we cling to those things and never have an ‘anything’ moment with God, we will miss out on His best for our lives. We will most certainly look back over our life and regret that we did not give God our all.
Grab a copy of Anything and begin your own journey of surrender…sure, some people may call you reckless, crazy, weird- but I dare say, God calls you courageous.
Awesome 8 week Bible study included!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Jennie Allen is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe. She is the author of Restless and the Bible studiesStuck and Chase, and is the founder and visionary of IF: Gathering. Jennie is married to her best friend, Zac, and they have been blessed with four children.