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10.30.2015

Book Review: River of Grace

River of Grace by Susan Bailey (5 star review)



River of Grace
Creative Passages Through Difficult Times

written by Susan Bailey

192 pages // published in 2015 // non-fiction // Christian life




My Review...

5 Star Rating


Susan Bailey shares about the trials and triumphs in her life in her new book River of Grace. She tells how God's mercy has shown her a greater kind of essence, once she let herself glide along with His unending grace.

A running theme that you learn all throughout this book is how creativity and spirituality go together, hand in hand. Susan illustrates this time and again. Susan pauses to personalize the reading and ask you how you can create new life in your surroundings as you allow the river of grace to run through you. In each chapter, she takes time (and allows you to take time) to reflect and focus on your emotions, thoughts, and defining events in your own life. If you take a few moments to perform the suggested activities, and allow creativity to lead the way, you will be blessed with fresh insight and positivity.

For people struggling with grief, this book shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Freely, the author doles out the pain she encountered on the deaths of her parents, and how greatly her life changed under those circumstances. She then dispenses the successful tools and mental thought process behind obtaining victory over death. Triumph is available to anyone! This is not a story of how to get over grief fast -- but how to deal with it and give your afflictions to the Almighty. You will get through your time of sorrow, and when the grief cycle has ran its course, you will become a more complete person.

Susan Bailey is an accomplished researcher of all things pertaining to American author Louisa May Alcott (Little Women). Myself, also being a reader of Miss Alcott's books, found joy in the way that Susan Bailey shares about her favorite authoress. Miss Alcott's books, which all exude child-like happiness, wedged themselves into Susan's soul and allowed her to identify parallels and discover herself again. It's funny how words that were penned over 100 years ago still create fresh currents in our minds and hearts; it can happen to any of us.

And here's something else I gleaned: Susan and I are both Christians; Susan is a Catholic and I am not. Our religions may differ in actuality, but the similarities are so close. We both believe in God, and that's what counts. In fact, I never realized how closely that Protestant and Catholic Christians are... (You may wonder how I didn't realize this fact growing up -- as I do myself!). My point here is that Susan's writings will touch the reader, whether you believe the same way or not. I know she greatly affected me.

"The river of grace is in constant motion and only when I submit to that motion will I discover the many blessings that lie in the present moment. The longer I am in the river, the richer my life becomes..." (Susan Bailey, River of Grace)

Lovely book. Many a person could benefit from reading it. It can guide you to a discovery of healing and of breaking free from darkness.

Find the flood of God's mercy that flows within, by reading River of Grace by Susan Bailey.

Thanks to the author and Netgalley for the free review copy.



River of Grace releases today, Oct. 30th!! Buy your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble in either paperback or e-book format.






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10.15.2015

The Sound of Silver // RELEASE DAY!

It's release day!

The second novel of my new favorite series is being released TODAY, October 15th! Rachelle Rea's second novel The Sound of Silver is now available to buy & read!

Being specially privileged (blessed indeed!) to receive an advance copy from the author, I've already enjoyed the pleasure of reading The Sound of Silver myself -- so if you haven't seen my review of her new book, please read my (5-star!) review of it. Book #2 of the Steadfast Love series was just as amazing as Book #1 (The Sound of Diamonds)!

Available as a paperback and ebook!

Why don't you add it to your Goodreads reading list? (or Christmas wishlist!)

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Cover reveal for The Sound of Silver

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The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor...

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth's searching hearts ever sing the same song?


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Rachelle Rea, debut author Author Bio // Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

Visit her website and blog at Inspiring Daring.

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The Sound of Silver is now available!

What can you do?

ADD THE BOOK to your Goodreads TBR list
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ORDER THE BOOK on Amazon.com
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Find Rachelle Rea online!

RachelleRea.com // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads // Amazon




Grab your copy of The Sound of Silver NOW!




10.14.2015

Cover Reveal! The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea

The author of MY FAVORITE SERIES OF 2015 (this means the lovely Rachelle Rea, by the way...) is ready to reveal the cover of her 3rd book -- it releases in February! The full trilogy will be complete in just a few short months from now...

In the meantime, here's the cover reveal for book #3, The Sound of Emeralds!
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Cover reveal for The Sound of Emeralds

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What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together...

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?


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Book 3 now has my favorite cover design in the Steadfast Love series. >>> It's the English countryside manor in the background, that draws my literature-loving heart to it.

What do you think?

The Sound of Diamonds The Sound of Silver The Sound of Emeralds
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Rachelle Rea, debut author Author Bio // Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.

Visit her website and blog at Inspiring Daring.


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The Sound of Emeralds will be released February 2016.

What can you do until then?

READ BOOK #1 in the STEADFAST LOVE SERIES:
>> The Sound of Diamonds <<
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READ BOOK #2 in the STEADFAST LOVE SERIES:
>> The Sound of Silver <<
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ADD BOOK #3 to your Goodreads shelf:
>> The Sound of Emeralds <<
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Find Rachelle Rea online!

RachelleRea.com // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads // Amazon






10.02.2015

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: The Sound of Silver // BLOG TOUR

The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea (5 star review)



The Sound of Silver
Steadfast Love series, book #2

written by Rachelle Rea

300 pages // published in 2015 // YA & adult fiction // Reformation era




My Review...

5 Star Rating


Rachelle Rea's second book, The Sound of Silver, is absolutely perfect. It's cozy-time-in-your-nearest-book-nook PERFECT. The story is set at a steady pace of things to laugh at and to cry over, as we watch our favorite heroine and hero (that's Gwyn and Dirk, if you somehow missed Book 1!) try to keep their love afloat amidst the daily turmoil.

In the mid-1500s, a religious war wages on between the Catholics and Protestants all throughout Europe. Within this dramatic time period, our story unfolds in England as the two lovers are torn apart by matters now uncontrollable; matters of murder, double-crossing, and tender devotion. How can Gwyn and Dirk's love survive or ever progress under such hardships?

This book has such a sweet and fragile romance (or perhaps a couple of romances, but I shouldn't tell more), that the reader can't help but root for. The underlying spiritual themes are fantastic with Gwyn and Dirk's faith in God and hope for each other being the only elements still holding them together...

"I drew a deep breath. I had an old soul, Anders said. I was wise. Then why had I done such a despicable thing to the man I loved? I was not wise. I was foolish. The most foolish girl alive." (Chapter 18, The Sound of Silver)

Rachelle Rea's writing style is faultless. Time and again, I just couldn't get over how well her characters spoke in the language of the time -- the phrasing of a sentence giving the reader more insight into the story. And although the vocabulary retains the right kind of time authenticity, there's no Shakespearean terminology, I promise (it's still in the English we know and love!).

It was also such a pleasant surprise for me that many of the characters from Book 1 (The Sound of Diamonds) returned for the sequel -- Captain Tudder, Reverend Joseph, and others. Each of these were endearing the first time I met them, although I hadn't expected to see them again quite so soon. Miss Rea fleshes out her characters well, making you want to learn more about these people that come alive from her writing.

"Sometimes God calls us to walk in circles, eh? Like the Israelites of old around the Jericho wall." (Chapter 25, The Sound of Silver)

Readers who enjoy historical fiction will love The Steadfast Love series. Buy the books for birthday or Christmas gifts this year. You won't be disappointed.

The suspense of waiting to hear how this trilogy comes to an end is overwhelming for me -- but of course, I wouldn't want Book 3 to come too soon, because then I'd have nothing more of this series to look forward to, no?

The Sound of Silver hits a shelf near you on October 15th.


Rachelle Rea, debut author Author Bio // Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

Visit her website and blog at Inspiring Daring.


The Sound of Silver will be released on October 15.

What can you do until then?

ADD THE BOOK to your Goodreads TBR list
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PRE-ORDER THE BOOK on Amazon.com
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READ BOOK #1 (if you haven't yet!)


AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF... Rachelle is giving away free copies of BOTH The Sound of Diamonds & The Sound of Silver! HOW EXCITING IS THIS?!

To get your name entered in the drawing, visit Rachelle's blog today!


Win both of Rachelle Rea's books!





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