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Call the Midwife, Series Five (2015)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Call the Midwife

Every time I sit down to watch a new season of BBC’s Call the Midwife, I underestimate the sway it holds. By now I should have long since learned excellence is commonplace. There hasn’t been a time I didn’t sit in awe of what a beautiful and poignant series this is, and yet with each new season, I’m reminded anew at depth and strength of its emotional impact.  

Christmas is again upon Poplar. But there are strict rules and traditions the midwives and nuns of Nannatus House must observe. This means there will be no tree put up until a week immediately preceding Christmas. Already ill, this upsets Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt), who wanders off leaving Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) and Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) sick with worry. Elsewhere, the midwives are all busy with patients and new pursuits. Patsy (Emerald Ferrell) is still working through heartbreak, but has a patient expecting twins, which keeps her and Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) occupied.  

Meanwhile Shelagh (Laura Main) is busy organizing a Christmas program that Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) has learned the BBC plans to film for television! Naturally, this causes quite a flurry of anticipation and excitement in the small village. Trixie (Helen George) and Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) meet with rocky territory when, slowly, a friendship develops between Barbara and the pastor, Tom (Jack Ashton), who happens to be Trixie’s ex-fiancé.
 
TV SERIES REVIEW | Call the Midwife, Series Four (2014) 

Call the Midwife
 
There are so many beautiful moving parts of this series. Not the least of which is its two best assets. The writing (scripting is from frequent BBC talent, Heidi Thomas) and the characters, and by proxy, the actors who portray them with such class and finesse. Heidi Thomas never ceases to amaze me with the scripts she brings full circle week after week. Series five as a whole unit is no different. There are so many connected events and nuances that skipping one episode is something of an impossibility. There’s something about this show, quiet though it is, that keeps us glued to our television the many weeks it airs.  

The nuances the players give their characters, and by equal turn, the journey’s everyone goes on this season is beyond beautiful. I was, and still am, in awe of the way these characters arcs play out. From the challenge facing Dr. Turner (professionally), and a heartbreaking misfortunate befalling Sister Mary Cynthia to the cute albeit bittersweet story Nurse Phyllis Crane experiences, everyone is given a chance to shine even if only for one episode. Then there are my two favorite stories (if it’s even legit possible to choose when it comes to this show) are the darling romantics between Tom and Barbara, and Trixie’s journey. The former gives us many a lovely “romantic moment” (not to mention these two are perhaps better suited than Tom and Trixie?) and the latter is a cathartic experience, both for the audience, and more importantly, Trixie.  

Seeing Trixie spiral so far out of her depth in series four was heartbreak. Watching as she grew into a stronger person because of her weakness was lovely. She has earned so much respect. When this season begins, we’re immediately pulled into so many of these stories, one of which being babies being born with deformities. It’s these cases that tug on our heartstrings most.
 
Call the Midwife

From beginning to end, series five is beautiful. There’s nothing about this series I can think to change. It’s evolved and became next to impossible to nitpick or criticize. It’s real (with the understanding some sense of creative license has been taken), gritty and well portrayed. Series five may indeed be the best season yet, and given how brilliant the earlier seasons are, that’s a high mountain for series creator and the writers to climb. Yet they do, and it all cumulates with tears, and a memorable season of joy.

CONTENT: Some pregnancies are the result of out of wedlock relationships, and there is an episode that deals with the contraceptive pill being introduced. A man brutally beats up numerous women (off camera); prostitutes are involved in some cases. Every episode involves a scene of childbirth, some more intense than others. There are plenty of thematic, more "mature" themes presented throughout.

Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipatory #BookLove

Monday, May 23, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday

As I’m sitting here writing, I’m in a state of surprise to be participating in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme. Why, you ask? Well, this week’s topic just didn’t scream my bookish name. Oh, it’s a great topic, but I’m not much of a re-reader. Not that I don’t want to, it’s just I keep quite busy with new novels, and it's fabulous fun to discover new worlds upon new worlds. But then, as I’m whimsically prone to do, I got to thinking, and decided skipping wasn't an option (this week). Living by Lady Grantham’s famous words (“I’m a woman… I can be as contrary as I want.”), coupled with the fact that this weekly blogging opportunity is among my most favorite, it seemed an ideal situation. 

MOVIE NEWS | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

So, here we are. We’ve arrived at today’s Top Ten Tuesday post epicness. Because BOOKS.
 
Broke and Bookish May 24th Topic

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

Instead of going the traditional route (since I don’t reread as I already explained), I chose to feature books that are poised to be my favorite kind of reads. Or in other words, below are ten reads I’m 99.9% sure I’ll adore. Apologies in advace if everything here and on out is scattered. This will, again, be a rush job. Let’s get started on the bookish fun.
 

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | This one looks fierce. 'Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads
 
2. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof | Cannot wait to read the lovely Joanne Bischof's next release. It looks beautiful, sounds amazing, and I'm excited. (*hint*) Watch for a giveaway closer to its release! #IndieBooksBeSeen Amazon | Goodreads
 
3. The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron | A novel set in the circus scene? Yes, please! Amazon | Goodreads
 
4. The One by Kiera Cass | I've read books one and two in this 'Selection' series, and have as yet to read this third and final (of the original series) book. I'm excited to finally read it (because I heart The Selection and The Elite) as well as they  two "spin-off" novels. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | I've eyed this one for a long time now, and still, I've not read it. The fact that it's a Beauty and the Beast inspired re-telling leaves me excited (plus that new trailer for the live-action adaptation), so someday, perhaps I'll read it. Now's your chance to hype this one if you were a fan. Amazon | Goodreads
 
6. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Loved 'Amy and Roger.' Looking forward to another unexpected bit of bliss from this contemporary author. Amazon | Goodreads
 
7. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry | I've never read one of Katie's novels, but see them on Booktube all the time. Add in the fact that I'm a contemporary reader through and through, and I've got to wonder: why haven't I? Amazon | Goodreads
 
8. Of Dubious and Questionable Memory by Rachel McMillan | Love Rachel's easy-going style and "cozy mystery" feeling. This June 2016 novella promises to be amazing. Amazon | Goodreads
 

 
9. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin | This one is next on my TBR. It has that 40s style done to perfection, plus its hero isn't bad to gaze at either. Not to mention the fact that I already know the story inside will be lovely. Amazon | Goodreads
 
10. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | How cute does this one look?! (In stores July 2016.) Amazon | Goodreads
 

Tell me, which of these have you read, loved, hated or felt differently with time? What are some of the books your feelings have changed for? Whether good, bad or ugly, I’d love to know. Comment down below with all of your bookish thoughts. Plus, feel free to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links, I love meeting new bloggers, and would be glad to visit. 

As always, thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
 

Movie News | Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

A very good morning to you, readers. Today, I'm writing with some exciting upcoming film developments. What are they, you ask? Well, as you'll remember, I've already gushed, fangirl-ed and loved sharing about the cast line-up for Disney's (2017) live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. If I could were to drop any sense of comporting myself as a "professional," this blog post would be a string of incoherent excitement. As it is, I'm managing to remain composed. For the most part.

CASTING SCOOP | Beauty and the Beast



Why this excitement? Today, over a year after I posted said casting news, Disney dropped its first trailer for Beauty and the Beast, which is (as of now) set to release March 2017. Below you can see the trailer (just in case you haven't yet). I think it's absolutely smashing. It gives away nothing, but tells so much, all captured within these all too brief frames, but what is here looks gorgeous. I like that Disney is keeping this as "under wraps" as they can. This makes the anticipation all the greater. Let's have a look again at the cast, and detailed information.

Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson
 
Beauty and the Beast
 
Beauty and the Beast Dan Stevens
 
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017. - Disney Movie Trailers (via YouTube)
 
Have a peek at the trailer
 
 
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What do YOU all think? The comment section is now yours. Have thoughts? Want to gush or rant?
Sound off below. I'd love to chat this one up with you.
 
Happy Monday, friends.
Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.
 

What a Girl Wants (2003)

Friday, May 20, 2016
What a Girl Wants

Every once in a while, I review a film that I "grew up" on, and it gives me #AllTheFeels. One such movie is What a Girl Wants. I first saw this one years ago during my teen years, and continue to love it to this day. My mother and I recently enjoyed a re-watch (after years of none) of it, and I think I speak for the both of us when I say, we're still enamored with its contemporized version of a fairytale.

There's something about this movie that continues to outlast those that have come since (within its pool of peers). From the heartwarming antics and complexities of the father/daughter relationship to the journey of "finding" oneself (and of course, the sweet romance doesn't hurt), this one is pure sunshine from beginning to end. Plus, I know many of us consider this one a favorite simply for Colin Firth.

Naturally, since I had a review due with Silver Petticoat today, I thought it the perfect avenue and chance to share some timeless fangirl feels. If you experience some of the same opinions as I of this one, comment down below with your thoughts. I've love to read them all.

What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants (2003) – A Contemporary Fairytale with Colin Firth

Regardless of being part of the millennium era of filmmaking, some films earn their place as a “classic.” What a Girl Wants is one such film (for me). Though it’s been many years since it came out (it released in the middle of my teen years making any re-watch of this a trip down memory lane), What a Girl Wants has resolutely weathered the storm. Some of the movies I once loved I’ve since grown out of; this isn’t one of them. What a Girl Wants has a staying power akin to that of The Princess Diaries. Fortunately, that’s not the only similarities to be drawn between these two films.

What a Girl Wants introduces us to 17-year-old Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes), a native New Yorker who grew up in Chinatown. Since she was born, it’s always been Daphne and her mom, Libby (Kelly Preston), a childhood Daphne has documented through a collection of photos. But that doesn’t mean Daphne has stopped dreaming of the day her father (growing up she repeatedly heard the romantic story of how her parents met) might find her. Daphne somehow believes that if she meets her father, she will finally know who she is. Continue Reading ➡

 

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

Dressed for Death

About the Book:
Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery, book 4
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5 

When Julianna Deering released Murderat the Mikado, I was certain we’d see the last of proper English gentleman Drew Farthering. Sad as it was, I was resigned (in a good place) to this because the story ended in a wonderful kind of way. Much happiness was mine (and likely many other readers) when the author announced there’d be not only one additional novel, but two. That was a happy day indeed. The first of those two novels released a couple of months back, and this story is the result of that winning announcement.  

Married life is good for Drew Farthering and his American bride, Madeline. For their sixth-month anniversary, Madeline ropes Drew into attending a regency house party hosted by the parents of Drew’s school chum. Needless to say, the idea of dressing in frills and 100-year-old costumes doesn’t appeal to Drew, but for Madeline he’s willing to do anything. With his best friend, Nick at his side, Drew’s knack for mystery again flairs up when the fiancée of his friend, Talbot Cummins, dies under mysterious circumstances.

Was it an accident or murder? Further complicating things is the arrest of Tal’s father, Mr. Cummins, a man Drew once respected now accused of dabbling in the drug trade, which leads Drew into a mystery that tangles deeper than he’d ever imagined.
 

As always, revisiting the world of the dashing Drew Farthering is a rare delight. No secret has been made of my crush on Drew, and I’m not about to start now. (I don’t mind saying the #WeHeartDrew hashtag should be a trending thing.) Set in the 1930s England, these novels are about as period authentic as I’d ever be able to imagine this era being. From the crisp, elegant language (including Drew calling Madeline “darling” *insert all the heart eye emojis*) to the settings, and afternoon tea, everything is spot-on lovely. 

If you enjoy visits to yesteryear, no one does historical escapism quite like Julianna Deering. If you were worried that a fourth book would get caught in a rut (because of the same setting/characters), you’ve nothing to fear. Everything is shaken up because of the trip into Regency era playacting. Plus, there are lots of Jane Austen references, which is always a bonus, right? In short, this novel is a delight from beginning to end. It does take its time in setting up the mystery (meaning there's a lot of purposeful and conversational sleuthing for clues rather than "action"), but it's never a boring journey.
 
If you like Marple, Grantchester or any cozy British mystery series, this one is dripping with snazzy British charm. From the accents (which you can totally "hear" because this is that well written) to the art deco cover design that is perfection, you're sure to enjoy Drew's latest adventure. It's one not to be missed.  
 
BOOK REVIEW | Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
 
 

Synopsis: Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder.

Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal's father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what's going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, does so reluctantly, not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear. – Goodreads 

Coming Next from Julianna Deering:  Drew and Madeline go up to Yorkshire to investigate mysterious happenings at Bloodworth Park Lodge. - Goodreads, 2017 

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. My apologies to the author, and the publisher (sorry, Amy!) for the delay in publishing this review.

Giveaway | Julianna Deering's Dressed for Death


Hello, happy readers! Tonight I am finally posting all of the fun stuff I've been meaning to post all day long. Various delays (read: the busyness of life as we're all dealing with) prevented these happy events from happening. Fortunately, I'm finally getting around to that. Since I'm terribly late publishing a review for the fabulous Julianna Deering's novel Dressed for Death, by way of making up for that, I've chosen to host a little giveaway (for a copy of the book). If you'd like to know my feelings about the book (hint: it's all good), you can read the just published review. If you've not read these books yet, I simply have to ask and state: (a) why not?! and (b) wait no longer.

BOOK REVIEW | Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

If you've not read the books, you can also choose from the first three books in the series. However since Julianna's fourth novel is the spotlight, I'm highlighting it below with Amazon and GR links to the earlier three books. Let's get started. First up? A book synopsis, links and all that jazz.

DRESSED FOR DEATH

Dressed for Death
Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder.

Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal's father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what's going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, does so reluctantly, not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear. - Amazon

Amazon | Goodreads
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Rules of Murder, Amazon | Goodreads
Death by the Book, Amazon | Goodreads
Murder at the Mikado, Amazon | Goodreads

And now let's get the rule details out of the way.

The giveaway(s) is open to all readers. The prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted (when applicable U.S. readers might have a paperback option). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends May 28th.

Tweet any of the following "shareables" (if you use this as an entry, make sure to enter them in the Rafflecopter widget):

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Mystery and Mayhem Tour | 5 Things with Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey + Giveaway

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Mystery and Mayhem Tour

Good morning, awesome bookish peeps and readers. Today, I have the honor of being one of the tour stops for authors Lynette Eason's and Dani Pettrey's latest novel, Sins of the Past (a novella collection also co-authored by Dee Henderson). Unfortunately, I have not yet read this collection, but I DO anticipate reading it once my review TBR slows. You can learn MORE about this fabulous books along with the Mystery and Mayhem tour, and meet the other tour participants by visiting Bethany House's tour page.

Before we hear from Lynette and Dani (they're sharing "5 Things" you didn't know about themselves and/or their novels), let's find out more about the book (and scroll down the page to find the next clue!), plus enter the Kindle giveaway below.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with "Shadowed," introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason's "Blackout" delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?
Amazon | Goodreads 
https://bethanyfiction.com/2016/04/26/sins-of-the-past-mystery-and-mayhem-tour/
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5 Things You Don’t Know About Dani Pettrey and her novels… 

1. I write all of my first drafts long hand.  

2. The McKennas’ last name was originally McTeirney, but I quickly found it didn’t sound right for the family so I changed it. 

3. I don’t plot out my stories. I begin with two characters, a premise, and start writing. I love seeing how the characters come to life and where the story goes.  

4. I’ve never actually been to Alaska, but I would absolutely love to go.  

5. One of the McKenna siblings is based loosely after my husband. Can you guess which one? And both of the sisters are loosely based after my daughters.
 
Thanks so much for sharing these "five facts," Dani and for stopping by Finding Wonderland. I admire you writing your first drafts longhand! I complain if I have to write a single 400-hundred word count book review long hand! - Rissi
 
MEET THE AUTHOR
 
Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of Cold Shot, the first book in the
Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShattered, StrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Lynette Eason and her novels… 

1. …writes standing up most of the time. 

2.  ….doesn’t cook much, but has every local takeout place programmed in her phone. 

3. …is grateful her husband cleans house and does the laundry and doesn’t care that she doesn’t do it. 

4. …has a background in teaching Special Ed so had to attend the Writers’ Police Academy several years in a row to learn more about law enforcement. 

5. …has a Masters degree in Deaf Education and is fluent in American Sign Language.
 
Thanks for sharing these fun "five facts," Lynette, and for visiting Finding Wonderland. How fascinating to learn you are fluent in ASL. There was once a time when I thought about learning more about the deaf and pursuing learning about sign language. - Rissi
 
MEET THE AUTHOR
 
Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice Series, the Deadly Reunions series, Hidden Identity series and the newly releasing Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).
 
Lynette can be found at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.
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And now, for the UNIQUE clue exclusive to Finding Wonderland.  

MYSTERY AND MAYHEM UPDATE: This clue was mailed to Lynette. No return address, but the postmark was Minneapolis, MN (decoy or real?). The stamp was, oddly, a purple snowflake. Maybe the kidnapper bought too many stamps in December and realized he or she didn’t have enough friends to mail Christmas cards to? “Not the kidnapping victim” was written on the envelope. (Please don’t give away which character you eliminated from the list of potential victims so other readers can enjoy the fun! If you want to know what the Mystery and Mayhem tour is all about, go here.)
https://bethanyfiction.com/2016/04/26/sins-of-the-past-mystery-and-mayhem-tour/

What do you suppose all of these clues are adding up to mean!?

GIVEAWAY  


And now let's get the rule details out of the way.

The giveaway(s) is open to all readers. The prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends May 24th.

Tweet any of the following "shareables" (if you use this as an entry, make sure to enter them in the Rafflecopter widget) and feel free to use the graphic:

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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

About the Book:
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Litfuse
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 
 
 
It seems only yesterday I was having all the swoony gushing thoughts (and would later review) for the cover art Until I Found You sported. (All of which was most likely chronicled in one of my “Cover Candy” posts.) It is then impossibly difficult to believe that Someone Like You is Victoria Bylin’s third novel with Bethany House. Charming in the sweetest of ways, the story waiting to be discovered inside its pages is one of hope, a bit of adversity, love, and working in the laughs, there's plenty of unexpected chaos. Before I get into a few more details of the books quirks, here’s a more detailed look at the story.

College sweethearts Zeke Monroe and Julia Dare never expected to meet again let alone someday work together. But some five years later, fate
Someone Like You Victoria Bylin
has other ideas. In the years they’ve been apart, both Zeke and Julia have changed, and both of them are surprised to find the spark that once drew them towards each other is still simmering. As they find themselves working together (she in her capacity as an event planner, and he as a resort manager), what neither one of them realize is the choices they made in those five years may cause too many obstacles to permit them a second chance… 

Someone Like You has an infectious joy I didn’t expect as I read this novel. As I began reading, it became clear that there were going to be tearful moments full of emotionally charged spiritual issues facing these characters. Add in a troublesome ex on the verge of being emotionally abusive and a young boy in need of a strong male figure, and this novel was certainly in for its share of “tough” subjects. Julia and Zeke have to learn not only how to again trust in their love for one another, they also have to learn to become strong people as individuals because of their statuses as a new Christian and a Christian fallen out of step and sync in their Christian walk, respectively.  

As I read this, I was constantly reminded of the Hallmark film All of My Heart. Why I don’t know since the storyline was completely different though I suspect the likening had something to do with Ladybug. If you’re considering what that ambiguous statement is in reference to, well, you’ll simply have to read this one. Until then, Someone Like You is a sweet little romance that’s an easy (pleasant to read) novel to enjoy. The epilogue gives the novel an unexpected sense of completion and the characters keep the novel grounded in realism, which is a must, something anyone who likes contemporary fiction will tell you. 
 
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Synopsis Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.

Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he's surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together? - Goodreads


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