Sunday, March 19, 2017

Home by Ginny Yttrup

What happens when we just “check out” of life?  Maggie has hit a brick wall in her writing and it seems to have spilled over into her marriage as well.  In her mind, the daily struggles are happening more and more and Craig doesn’t seem to be able to pull her out of her funk.  Craig is struggling with a sharp downturn in work and finances which are leading to some heart-wrenching decisions.  With Maggie off on a self-imposed retreat to meet her writing deadline, Craig feels as if he’s battling on his own.  Can their marriage survive this time in the wilderness or will all of this be too much for them to overcome?  No sense in worrying about it, just go BUY THIS BOOK!

This book is another great example of why I enjoy any book by Ginny Yttrup.  She writes from the first person perspective, but alternates each chapter with a different character.  This gives you some great insight as the story unfolds into not only the character interactions, but also what they thought and intention was for those interactions.  Her characters are not fake, as they seem to be just like me or anyone that you know.  I guess that’s what makes you feel so committed to their situation and hoping that everything turns out for the best.

Is this a "guy's book"?  This doesn’t have any major suspense or action scenes, but it does show you a man who’s willing to fight for his wife and the life that he knows God intended him to have.  With that being said, then yes, this should be a book that every guy reads.  

Connect with the Author:
Ginny's Website
Ginny's Twitter Feed

About the Author

The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Through the tumultuous years of my childhood, I lost myself in the stories I read. There, in the world of fiction, I escaped the trauma I faced and found a place of safety and rest. Now, I’m the one writing stories I hope provide a place of comfort for others.
Although, I have written about other issues I’ve struggled with, like body-image and weight (Invisible). Regardless of the issue I’m writing about, I work to identify emotions I’ve dealt with and then assign those emotions to my characters. As women, we feel things, even if we’re thinkers. So I work to make my characters emotionally layered, conflicted, yet infused with hope and sometimes, humor. Just like us.
I love spending time with my two young adult sons, Justin and Jared, my daughter-in-love, Stephanie, or with the small circle of dear friends who enrich my life in so many ways. If I can spend time outdoors or gathered around a food-laden table with those I love, it’s even better. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Murder is No Accident by Ann Gabhart

Oh how I’ve missed you, Hidden Springs! That warm feeling when you see a friend that you haven’t seen in a while and just know that you’ll going to enjoy your time together.  That’s how I felt when I found this book in my mailbox.  Once again we are transported to the small town of Hidden Springs and the cast of characters that call this town home.  (This is the 3rd book in the Hidden Springs series).  Deputy Keane has his hands full in the main story plot as not one but two bodies have been found in the local mansion.  To make matters worse, there may have been a witness who now will need protecting to ensure she’s not the 3rd victim.  As in the previous books, there are additional interactions that keep the pace of the story from ever bogging down (Go ahead and make a commitment to Alex, would you!).  Murder!  Mayhem and definitely a book that needs to be read, so what are you waiting on…. Go BUY THIS BOOK!!!

Is this a "guy's book"?  Not every book has to blow things up to be enjoyed by men.  This is one of those books that keeps your interest, allowing for us guys to puzzle over the guilty party right to the very end.

About The Author

Hi, glad you could stop by to get to know me better. I’m a country girl, born and raised on a farm in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky. I know you’re thinking horse farm, but no, not out my way. Mostly cows on the farms around here. My grandfather did have a big old workhorse when I was a little girl. My family grew tobacco and corn. We had a few milk cows, some hogs and sheep, but mostly beef cattle. I grew up working on the farm and enjoying the woods and animals. My roots go deep in the land, and I now live on a farm just a mile away from the farmhouse where I was born and raised.

I started writing when I was ten and have been writing ever since. My first published writing (personal experience pieces, youth stories, and poems) was in church periodicals like Home Life. My first novel, A Forbidden Yearning, was published by Warner Books in 1978 and was a historical romance about the settling of Kentucky. Since then I’ve published over twenty-five other novels for adults and young adults. Some of the early titles are out of print now but still floating around out there as used books.

You can connect with Ann Gabhart at the following locations:
Ann's Web Page
Ann's Facebook Page

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”