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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Restoring Fairhaven Author: Carolyn Miller on Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Restoring Fairhaven

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Love hurts, or so the songs say, so who wants it?

Taking on her ailing father’s gardening business on Merriweather Island, Samantha Green only wants to escape her ex and to make her father proud.

But Sam gets more than she bargained for when Greener Gardens accepts the job of restoring the gardens of a reclusive writer, Max Fairhaven, whose historical novels about romance and unrequited love litter bookstore shelves and movie marquees all over the world.

Max much prefers the fictional world to the real, and the gardening girl’s interruptions means he’s driven from his writing cave far too often for his liking.

How’s he supposed to craft stories with her distracting him all the time?

Things change when he learns something of Sam’s family challenges, and his admiration slowly kindles. With his secretary’s goading, he’s forced to confront the past, while facing the fact that he needs to change in order to avoid a lonely future.

Gentle pruning and a whole lot of banter forges a friendship between this not-so-Southern belle landscaper and the half-British author. But is their budding attraction enough to grow into a flourishing happily-ever-after?

Restoring Fairhaven is the final “Merriweather book,” but don’t forget to embark on a tour of the next island in this series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

More from Carolyn

I’m a long time lover of gardens, plants, flowers and trees! I’m married to a horticulturalist, who once upon a time worked at Lyme Park, the site of Mr. Darcy’s magnificent Pemberley from the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, and who has also worked at Kew Gardens in England.

Some of my garden and plant highlights include visiting Blarney Castle’s Poison Garden in Ireland, New Zealand’s Hamilton Gardens, Dunrobin Castle in Scotland, Frederik Meijer Gardens in Michigan, the redwoods of Yosemite, California, Butchart Gardens in Victoria Island, Canada, and Jardin Botanique in Montreal, Canada.


I love to post pictures of flowers and trees on Instagram (  and have included pictures of some of these places at my website ( I have incorporated some of the gardens and plants in a number of my historical novels, including the gorgeous gardens at a castle in Scotland where I set Misleading Miss Verity.


I’m so excited to be introducing readers to my new contemporary books, where I can bring some of my love of gardens (& my hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Restoring Fairhaven sees readers introduced to a range of gardening experts who together will bring the gardens of the Independence Islands back to life.

If you’re someone who has enjoyed The Secret Garden, or Becky Wade’s My Stubborn Heart, you’ll be sure to enjoy this story of a reclusive writer and the gardening guru sent to restore his gardens – and his heart.

Happy reading!


My Thoughts

If you have not been reading the Independence Island Series, you are missing out. Restoring Fairhaven by  Carolyn Miller is book 6. While they are all written as stand alones they all tie so well together. In this story we meet Samantha Green. She has taken on father’s gardening business on Merriweather Island. She has escaped a horrid past - and wants to make her dad proud. Samantha realizes that she may have bitten off more then she can chew when the business is going to restore and rejuvenate the garden of writer, Max Fairhaven.  Max is a unique character. He prefers to be lost in his stories creating his characters. It's comical how frustrated he gets when Samantha has to keep bringing  him to reality. Both do not realize that they need each other - both need restoring as the garden does. I love how the story built on this. 
The author has crafted some amazing characters. I was not so sure about Max at first - but he grew on me. I love how Samantha was so determined to prove herself. The author did a great job at building the romance and threw in some humor along the way. I love this series. I love these islands and I want to go and visit. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 16

lakesidelivingsite, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 17

April Hayman, Author, January 17

A Novel Pursuit, January 17

Texas Book-aholic, January 18

Rebekah Reads, January 18

Blogging With Carol, January 18

Inklings and notions, January 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 19

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 20

Mary Hake, January 20

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 21

CarpeDiem, January 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 22

Cultivating Us, January 22

Kathleen Neely, January 22

Livin’ Lit, January 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, January 23

Simple Harvest Reads, January 23 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Older & Smarter?, January 24

Artistic Nobody, January 24 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

For Him and My Family, January 25

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, January 25

Inkwell Inspirations, January 25

deb’s Book Review, January 26

Blossoms and Blessings, January 26

Joanne Markey, January 26

She Lives To Read, January 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 27

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, January 28

Splashes of Joy, January 28

Godly Book Reviews, January 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 29

Daysong Reflections, January 29


To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon prize and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Set a Seal Upon My Heart Author: Sarah Neisen On tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Set a Seal Upon My Heart

Author: Sarah Neisen

Genre: Christian NonFiction/Bible Study

God has a plan for all believers to solidify our faith and draw us deeper into a relationship with Him, and it’s all found within The Song of Solomon.

Here you’ll discover a treasure of intimacy with our bridegroom Jesus. Have you ever asked yourself ‘Is there more?’ Maybe you’ve wondered how the Bible really applies to your life. This Devotional Study will answer those questions and more.

In this book you will:

Discover the truth of God’s great love and promises for your life.

Connect with Jesus daily and experience peace and joy.

Identify yourself as a disciple of Jesus and learn how to share your testimony with others.

Learn how to follow God’s will and purpose for your life.

Fully embrace your role in the kingdom to bring glory to God.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Sarah Neisen is a graduate of the New Day School of Ministry and Co-Founder of Discipleship Training Ministries, SSM. Along with her husband Lee, they seek to teach and encourage believers in their identity in Christ so that the Good News may be preached throughout the world with signs, wonders, and miracles.

She is a regular speaker at churches in the river valley region of Minnesota and a guest speaker at local women’s groups and retreats. Sarah and her husband have one son whom she homeschools. They live on a farm in south-central Minnesota with a plethora of chickens, ducks, cows, and other animals.


More from Sarah

In the spring of 2007, 3-year-old in tow, I entered a small independent Christian bookstore which would impact the direction of my life more than I thought possible. The owner introduced herself, and in the following 2 years, introduced me to an extravagance of books written by individuals who spoke directly to my heart.

I had felt for some time I was at a crossroads in my life. I was content in my Christianity, content in my church, content in my marriage, but reading the word I knew there was more to life than contentment. The waves of circumstance continued to rock me and I felt as though I had been living on ever-shifting sand.

After a time of slowly reading the books the owner Ms. Mary handed to me, I began to understand just what was missing. My Redeemer had more for me, and I needed to follow His lead. One Sunday morning, my husband approached me and informed me we were going to attend ministry school together. I was not amused. We lived on a farm with many animals, and I home schooled our son. There was no time to attend classes every week. I couldn’t find time to read more books, do more bible study, or seek God more than I already had time for.

Grudgingly, I attended the first week, but I heard the Father say I was to continue and understand the plan He had for me. In the end, it wasn’t the Father I was learning about, it was the Father I learned from. I now approached Him with a greater excitement and joy. He was no longer distant, he was closer than anyone, and He knew me and still liked me.

Looking back is always easier than looking forward because we see God’s moves in hindsight rather than by faith. Now in ministry, I witness so many people floundering where I once was on shifting sand. In my heart, I know the answer is discipleship.

Jesus tells all believers to become fishers of men, but it’s His intention we make disciples. Believers who are not only saved but who are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word to follow the plan and purpose for their lives.

This is why my husband and I formed Discipleship Training Ministries. We pray all who follow this study would come to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ and all would be further equipped to do those works appointed them.

2 Timothy 1:9 [For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness; not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” AMP

My Thoughts

I have never read through Song of Solomon. This is an in depth study of Song of Solomon. This study is not something that you can breeze over. It goes in depth and deep throughout this book. I took a ton of notes and God spoke to me so much while reading through this. It is broken down into four parts and eight chapters. Each devotion opens with a verse, then a breakdown of the verse, then some thought provoking questions. These were my favorite. The devotion took you to other parts of the Bible to relate everything on the devotion. There is also a prayer and an activation - on how to apply it. This has been one of my favorite devotions that I have gone through. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program --- all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 21

deb’s Book Review, January 22

Spoken from the Heart, January 23 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 23

For Him and My Family, January 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 26

Texas Book-aholic, January 27

Inklings and notions, January 28

Artistic Nobody, January 29 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 31

Godly Book Reviews, February 1

Through the Fire Blogs, February 2 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 2


To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a basket of items including, a copy of the book signed by the author, a Bible Journal notebook, a Colored Pen Set, a Mug, Coffee, and a bookmark!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp touring with IRead book tours


Book Details:

Book Title:  Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category:  Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  216 pages
Genre:  Children's Non-Fiction
Publisher:  Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date:   Nov 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.

“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).

Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on and hardcover on

Author Holly Sharp

Meet the Author:

Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

More From the Author:

Holly A. Sharp, three-time award winning author of Dream It & Do It shares her perspective on “reading recess.”

As parents juggle distance learning whether it is full time, part time or simply sometimes, it leaves us all asking how to keep kids motivated and maybe even…. exceeding.

This idea of “reading recess” helps kids take a break from staring at their screen all day. According to a 2016 study out of Carnegie Melon, small, but frequent breaks actually make it easier for elementary school kids to focus on the task at hand.  

In talking to parents in this situation, I have found that short stories are an excellent way to allow kids to take a break from screen time or to have something to do if they are a “fast finisher”. Dream It & Do it is a collection of 100 short stories about modern day role models. Each story features a different career path. These stories make for a great “reading recess” as each story is only 2 pages. 

There are a lot of ways that parents can use this book.

What about as a discussion tool over dinner? If kids are using the short stories during the day as a way to take quick breaks or when they finish before other students, use the book as a discussion starter over dinner. Who did they learn about today? What did they like about the job they learned about? Could they ever see themselves doing this job?

What about as a supplement to what kids are currently learning in school. Discuss what topics they are learning and read stories together at bedtime that relates back to the subjects that kids are studying. Help them to see how the subjects they are learning about today, lead to the real-world careers that people are doing today.

What about a as a way to generate activities for kids to do after (or during) school. Each story ends with a suggested activity that kids can do to learn more about that specific career. 

Each book covers careers in the arts, sciences, technology, service, business and product development. There is certain to be one job that might start inspiring your child to not just have a dream, but to go out and do it.

My Thoughts
What an inspirational book. The author writes in the introduction "Any dream can be creative if you use problem solving and imagination". This book is geared toward all. Especially for kids of all ages, genders, ethnicity and backgrounds that have big dreams and are unsure where to start. There are so many different stories about different career options. My 9 and 7 year old spent so much time going through this and discussing what dreams they had. I love how I even learned about different dreamers and how they turned them into a reality. My wish is to put this book in all K-12 libraries. 
I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours -- all thoughts are my own. 

Tour Schedule:
Jan 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 6 - Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 7 –My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review / guest post
Jan 7 - Chit Chat With Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 8 –Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 - Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight
Jan 15 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 15 –We've Got Pockets – book review
Jan 18 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Jan 19 - The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Jan 20 –Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight - giveaway
Jan 21 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 - Reading Authors Network - book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – One Frugal Girl – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Christmas Promise By Janice Carter on tour with Prism Book Tours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Christmas Promise
By Janice Carter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216 Pages
January 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas season…

Is perfect for new beginnings

After a tragedy seventeen years ago, author Ella Jacobs never wanted to come back to Lighthouse Cove. Not to the whispered rumors, the judgment or even to Ben Winters, the boy she loved. Now she’s returned in time for Christmas—and some much-needed closure. But old flames burn bright. Can Ella find her way back to Ben…or will the secrets of their past extinguish their love for good?

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About the Author

Writing has been a passion for Janice Carter since elementary school but her second career after teaching began with the publication of a Harlequin Intrigue, many years ago. Since then, she's been very lucky to be able to do what she enjoys most - writing about the connections between people, their families and the places where they live. And of course, love is always at the heart of those connections.

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My Thoughts

A Christmas Promise by Janice Carter is part of the Heartwarming Harlequin line. This means that while it has romance, it is not overly implicated. It is a sweet romance. This book is the second in the series - however I was not lost at all. I was able to follow along. The author did a good job of making sure that all the history was recapped. In this book - we see main character Ella Jacobs return to the coastal town of Lighthouse Cove. She returns after 17 years after a tragedy chased her and her family out of town. Ella and her best friend were accused of having something to with a classmates drowning. Now she has returned and runs into Ben. He still harbors hurt and anger.

This book is a second chance. It's a book of redeeming friendships. The author has written some realistic characters. The description of the town is so real that you want to go visit it. I enjoyed this book.

I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours -- all thoughts are my own.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

Three winners will each receive print copies of His Saving Grace and Her Kind of Hero along with a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open to US/CAN)

Ends January 27, 2021


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