Monday, June 8, 2015

Coming Attractions and a Book Review








Coming Attractions

It's hard to believe that the year is nearly half over! To celebrate summer, I have a few special guests lined up. Here's a sampling:

Next week, Alex J. Cavanaugh stops by to share his thoughts on first drafts and outlines. Alex never fails to offer inspiration and great info.

We'll also find encouragement from Terri Tiffany, who visits in July for the Meet the Blogger post. Terri's debut novel, The Mulligan was released in February. 


Book Review

I have the privilege of being an influencer for Jody Hedlund's latest book, Hearts Made Whole. If you are a fan of Jody's work and/or historical fiction, you just might enjoy this story. :)


Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund      


The second in the Beacons of Hope series, Hearts Made Whole is an engaging story that leads the reader on a lively journey of adventure and restoration. Caroline Taylor tends the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan as she and her siblings mourn the loss of their father. It is 1865; Caroline is doubtful that the Lighthouse Board will allow her, a woman, to remain as keeper. Her doubts are confirmed when the district lighthouse inspector informs Caroline that he’s hired a man to replace her.


Despite the fact that Civil War veteran Ryan Chambers knows little about tending lighthouses, he is hired as Caroline’s replacement. Ryan is looking for a fresh start, preferably in an isolated profession, so the lighthouse position seems a perfect fit. Or is it? Horrific memories of war relentlessly pursue him, causing Ryan to seek solace by unhealthy means.


Their first meeting is a bit awkward, but Caroline and Ryan form a friendship once they begin to understand each other. As she considers her future options, Caroline agrees to show Ryan how to tend the lighthouse. Their relationship is complicated somewhat by Caroline’s would be suitor Arnie. 


This story offers an assortment of intriguing scenarios, from impending danger and loyalty, to love, heartbreak, and sorrow. There are surprises galore, and Ryan and Caroline must decide where their faith lies and in whom they can trust. About the time I thought things were settling down within the story another calamity arose, further testing their mettle. It kept me guessing. I like that!  



I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Hedlund artfully paints each scene through realistic characters and authentic action and details that complement an engaging plot. Her writing possesses a richness and depth that fully surrounds and immerses the reader.  I was drawn into the story immediately (and then had trouble putting the book down). This intriguing tale of love and redemption leaves the reader with hope and a smile. I cannot wait until Book 3 in the series comes out!





I received this influencer copy from Bethany House free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


What are you reading this week?

Happy reading and writing,

Karen

19 comments :

  1. Awesome you helped Jody. This sounds like a great read, especially since I live in Michigan. And I'm looking forward to Alex's post next week.

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  2. Sounds like a sweet story.
    Who is this guest of yours on Monday...?

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  3. Natalie,
    Jody is one of my favorite historical authors - love to help her as I can. You are always a great help to writers on your blog. :) I'm looking forward to having Alex visit too!

    Alex,
    It is a sweet and exciting story. Yeah, who is this guy anyway? Thought I'd go out on a limb and see what his writing is like. lol Looking forward to having you stop by!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  4. Sounds like a sweet story.
    Looking forward to reading about your guest.

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  5. I look forward to Alex's post as starting an outline for next project. Very timely! And always love reading Terri. My book club has done 2 of Jody's books, and she even skyped in with us for our meetings. I will have to look at this one for our next read! Currently I am reading The Light We Cannot See, by Andrew Doerr. It was 10 years in the writing, and so far an excellent read especially for those interested in WW2.

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  6. Kelly,
    It is a sweet story! It also has adventure and a mystery too. That was a nice surprisee.:)

    Lynn,
    I am glad Alex's post will help you.He knows his stuff.:) A skype visit with Jody sounds like great fun!:)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  7. This book sounds right up my alley. Thanks for posting the review!

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  8. I've never read a Jody Hedlund book. Is this a good place to start?

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  9. Jody's books are always so good. Thanks for the review!

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  10. I love Jody's books. They are extremely well written. Wonderful review, amigo. I can't wait to see what the captain has up his sleeve. xoxo

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  11. Lisa,
    You are welcome. Hope you enjoy it! :)

    Diane,
    Yes, this is a good place to start. Jody writes great historical fiction. :)

    Susie,
    I agree, she does! You are very welcome! :)

    Robyn,
    I have to agree with you; she is one great writer! :) Thanks a bunch. Yes, Alex's post is going to be good!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  12. I'm interested in reading Jody's books. I've heard good things about them.

    Great lineup in blog posts.

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  13. Thanks for the review of Jody's book--sounds like a good read. And look forward to your guest interviews--I've read Terri's "The Mulligan" and it is very good!

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  14. I like the looks of the coming attractions, Karen. And, yes, the year is zipping by! Love the review, too.

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  15. Medeia,
    She is an excellent writer. If you do read them, you'll have to let us know what you thought. :)

    Kenda,
    I haven't read Terri's book yet but I have heard good things about it. Thanks for the input! :)

    Susan,
    I do too! lol Looking forward to having some fun visitors.:) Thanks a bunch! :)

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  16. Looking forward to seeing my two favourite blog buddies on your blog: Alex and Terri are awesome peeps.

    Jody's new book sounds like a nice read. I bought one of her books for my Kindle. Waiting to read it.

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  17. Great post, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to meeting them.

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  18. Hi Karen -

    I've got two books in progress: Jody's new book and an Ace Collins book. Both are excellent.

    Have a great week,
    Susan :)

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  19. Rachna,
    I am looking forward to the posts too! Hope you enjoy Jody's book! :)

    Nas,
    I think you will enjoy meeting them both. They are wonderful writers! :)

    Susan,
    Jody is an excellent writer, I agree. You have a good week too!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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