Friday, June 11, 2021


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Unsolicited Press (March 16, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages

34-year-old Angie Dugan struggles with many things--anxiety, her career as a social worker in a retirement home, and her difficult family. Her biggest struggle, though, is finding love. When she meets Matt, she's swept away by his attention. As issues from his past come up she wonders if she can trust him. Should she break it off, or give him another chance? In the end, all she can do is listen to her heart, and evaluate what she wants most.

"An outstanding, unsentimental portrait of family, love, and unavoidable hardships." KIRKUS 

"Anne Leigh Parrish does it once again. In A Winter Night, she brings her signature wisdom and wit to the world of Angie Dugan, a retirement home social worker who spends her days caring for others while yearning to be cared for herself. Part social commentary in the spirit of Jane Austen, and at moments romantic comedy in the vein of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, A Winter Night is ultimately a poignant and powerful novel that delves deep into the meaning of trust, understanding and forgiveness. Anne Leigh Parrish proves the rare writer who can make readers laugh hard while taking them on a serious journey--and this is a journey upon which readers most certainly wish to embark."Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter's Last Day.

"The author's spare, vibrant prose dives deep into the emotion of each moment. Angie is an interesting character because she is so real. She is not exciting, not gorgeous, not very sure of herself, and not always likable. Her inner narrative is authentic to her past life experience; this is what resonated with me most while I read. Angie's anxiety, self-doubt, and desperate hope for the new relationship she has begun with Matt sometimes manifest as harsh words to the people she cares about the most; she worries that she doesn't know how to love. At the same time, she spends most of her life caring for the people around her. The author does a fantastic job narrating the voice inside Angie's head. This inner dialogue-sometimes sarcastic, sometimes scared, occasionally kind-is what brought the book to life for me." HannahReads, Online Book Club


A Winter Night by Anne Leigh Parrish is a novel about Angie Dugan, a social worker working with the elderly in a senior living facility. The novel explores her thoughts, her current situation, anxieties and trust issues. She is embarking on a romantic relationships and learning to trust and discover herself within this rlationship.

Though we are in the midst of summer reading, this book reminded me of how I long for the cool winter nights and activities related to the winter season. The winter season in itself is like a character in this novel, as well as, creating this atmospheric read - one that brings the sense of coolness/chill rather than the warmth of sunshine.

A fantastic character driven story.

About the Author

Anne Leigh Parrish is the author of Nell's Dream; Maggie's Ruse; The Amendment; Women Within; By the Wayside; What Is Found, What Is Lost; Our Love Could Light The World; and All The Roads That Lead From Home.

Saturday, June 5, 2021



The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar

Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary

Through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village.

Saint-Malo, France: August 1939. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry, Antoine is called up to fight against Germany. As the war rages, Jocelyn focuses on comforting and encouraging the local population by recommending books from her beloved library in Saint-Malo. She herself finds hope in her letters to a famous author.

After the French capitulation, the Nazis occupy the town and turn it into a fortress to control the north of French Brittany. Residents try passive resistance, but the German commander ruthlessly purges part of the city's libraries to destroy any potentially subversive writings. At great risk to herself, Jocelyn manages to hide some of the books while waiting to receive news from Antoine, who has been taken to a German prison camp.

What unfolds in her letters is Jocelyn's description of her mission: to protect the people of Saint-Malo and the books they hold so dear. With prose both sweeping and romantic, Mario Escobar brings to life the occupied city and re-creates the history of those who sacrificed all to care for the people they loved.

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The Librarian of Saint-Malo is a sweeping story about the beautiful French coastal town of Saint- Malo and how the small community is affected by the German occupation.

The story is centered on Jocelyn, the courageous woman and a librarian who is also a newlywed whose husband Antoine was called to serve and protect France. In a series of letters to a famous author Marcel Zola, she recounts her story and the suffering her town is going through with the food shortages, the treatment of the Jewish people, and other deplorable acts by the Nazis. Jocelyn’s unflinching bravery in this gut wrenching historical fiction novel is the heart of the story.

Well researched and beautifully written, historical fiction lovers cannot miss this heart wrenching book that will inspire readers. Pick this one up now!

About the Author

Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 1
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 2
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Thursday, June 3
Review at Hallie Reads

Friday, June 4
Review at Nursebookie

Saturday, June 5 Review at Reading is My Remedy
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Monday, June 7
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Wednesday, June 9
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, June 10
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, June 11
Review at Impressions In Ink

Sunday, June 13
Review at A Darn Good Read

Monday, June 14
Review at Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, June 16
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


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Libarian of Saint-Malo

Thursday, June 3, 2021

June 4, 2021 A Summer of Second Chances


A Summer of Second Chances

Does first love deserve a second chance?

Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.

But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?

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Oh this charming and heartwarming book is such a delight to read. First the community of Dapplebury, a mall town that is just the perfect setting for these characters that I just adored reading about - Ava and Henry. The story is full of surprises, a bit of everything in this lovely story with just the right amount of emotional pull, drama, and of course the romance. 

A lovely story about second chances, friendships and the village community that was uplifting and endearing read. I highly recommend getting lost in Thomas' writing for a lovely cozy read you wouldn't want to miss. 

I am ready for more of Carol Thomas' writing. This was more than wonderful.

Author Bio – 

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too much tea and working on her next book.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021 THE ROAD TRIP By Beth O'Leary - BERKLEY PUB

Publisher : Berkley (June 1, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 400 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593335023

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.
What if the end of the road is just the beginning?

Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven’t spoken since.

Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. The car Dylan was driving is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland—he’ll never get there on time by public transport.

So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into a space-challenged Mini and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart—and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.


I had been a huge fan of Beth O'Leary's writing from her debut, The Flatshare to this heartwarming story that I loved, The Switch, I found both stories just completely enthralling, heartwarming, and immersive. The Road Trip has been one of my most anticipated reads, and it sure did not disappoint. 

In The Road Trip we have Addie and Dylan who met and fell in love in a French Villa where Addie was working as an on-site caretaker for the summer for her friend Cherry, and Dylan was one of the guests of the villa. But their relationship ended two years ago and neither had kept in touch or had seen each other, until the fortuitous accidental meeting. Dylan literally in an accident rear ends the mini Addie was driving. Fortunately, the damage to her car was minimal while Dylan's car had to be towed. They found that they were all off to Scotland for Cherry's wedding and to get there on time, they had to all carpool and make the road trip together to Scotland. In the car were Addie and her sister Deb, Dylan and his friend Marcus, and Rodney whom they met in Facebook who was also invited to the wedding. 

The motley crew of characters sure made this read a delight and crazy funny. But what I enjoyed the most were the flashbacks to the time in France when Addie and Dylon first met as the THEN chapters, and the wonderful way O'Leary weaved this second chance romance where they both were able to work out their relationship as the NOW chapters. 

In O'Leary's beautiful style with charming characters and dialogue, I found this book both heartwarming, funny and just overall a lovely read. 


Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work. You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

06.01.2021 THE ESSENCE OF NATHAN BIDDLE By J. William Lewis @greenleafbookgr @tlcbooktours


The Essence of Nathan Biddle is a timeless coming-of-age tale that, as novelist David Armstrong observed, “is like discovering The Catcher in the Rye all over again.” Protagonist Kit Biddle is a rising prep school senior who finds himself tangled in a web of spiritual quandaries and intellectual absurdities. Kit’s angst is compounded by a unique psychological burden he is forced to carry: his intelligent but unstable Uncle Nat has committed an unspeakable act on what, according to the Uncle’s deranged account, were direct orders from God.

The tragedy haunting his family follows Kit like a dark and foreboding cloud, exacerbating his already compulsive struggle with existential questions about the meaning of his life. When the brilliant, perhaps phantasmic, Anna dismisses him, Kit quickly spirals into despair and self-destruction. But when his irrational decision to steal a maintenance truck and speed aimlessly down the highway ends in a horrific accident and months of both physical and emotional convalescence, Kit is forced to examine his perceptions of his life and his version of reality.

In this exquisite bildungsroman, calamity leads to fresh perspectives and new perceptions: it focuses Kit’s mind and forces him to confront the issues that plague him. Readers will empathize—and celebrate—as the darkness lifts and Kit comes to terms with the necessity of engagement with life’s pain, pleasure . . . and absurdity.

An intelligent, clever, and captivating tale, The Essence of Nathan Biddle soars in the spaces that exist between despair and hope, darkness and light, love and loss. Beautifully written, profoundly moving, and resplendent with characters destined to remain with you long after the last page is turned, The Essence of Nathan Biddle is unforgettable.


The Essence of Nathan Biddle is a bildungsroman of sorts, set in the 1950’s Alabama, as Kit narrates his life as a high school senior who is coming to terms with the unspeakable tragedy that in his Uncle Nat’s derangement, credits as God’s idea. With this horrific incident looming over his family, he spirals himself into depression and ends up convalescing after getting involved in a harrowing accident.

This character driven story is brilliantly told through the eyes of a brooding teen trying to find the meaning of his life, understand the grief and loss he has suffered, feel love and acceptance, all the while trying to successfully navigate his remaining high school years when everything seems to be against him.


Alabama native J. William Lewis is a former lawyer who lives in Shoal Creek, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Born in Chickasaw, Alabama, Lewis grew up in Mobile. He graduated from Spring Hill College (A.B., magna cum laude, English and Philosophy) where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and recipient of the Merihl Award. While in college, Lewis served as editor-in-chief of the literary magazine The Motley. Lewis received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

After a clerkship for the Honorable Walter P. Gewin on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lewis practiced law in Birmingham for over three and a half decades.

Presently, Lewis serves as executive officer of his family’s investment company, Seaman Capital, LLC, and related companies.

He has been married to Lorraine Seaman Lewis for more than half a century.

The Essence of Nathan Biddle is his debut novel.

Thank you @tlcbooktours for having me in this tour

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

05.26.2021 IT IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT: Creating Something Great from What You’ve Been Given by Justin McRoberts @tlcbooktours

Publisher : Thomas Nelson (June 1, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 208 pages
ISBN-10 : 0785239804

Justin McRoberts dares you to move beyond “it is what it is” thinking and become an agent of love and redemption in your household, neighborhood, and workplace.
“It is what it is”—a common phrase you hear and maybe even say yourself. But the truth is that there is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence that simply is what it is. Justin McRoberts invites you to embrace a new mindset: it is what you make of it.

With warmth, wisdom, and humor, McRoberts shares key moments from his twenty-plus years as an artist, church planter, pastor, singer-songwriter, author, neighbor, and father, passing on lessons and practices learned about making something good from what you’ve been given rather than simply accepting things as they are.

Thought-provoking but actionable, It Is What You Make of It declares that love doesn’t just win, mercy doesn’t just triumph, and light doesn’t just cast out shadow. Rather, such renewal requires the work of human hands and hearts committed to a vision of a world made right (or at least a little better). When we partner with God in these endeavors, we love the world well and honor the Creator in whose image we are made.

We will not be remembered for who our parents were or where we were born or what our socioeconomic circumstances were. We won’t be remembered for our natural talents and strengths or the opportunities we were given or the challenges we faced. In the end, each of us will be remembered for what we made with what we were given.


'In this amazing book, McRoberts does what all great artists do: he invites us into the transformation that he's been willing to do first. That transformation is the hard, vulnerable, and life-giving work of not letting things just be as they seemingly are, but performing the alchemy of turning it into creative gold. The journey of learning how to do this is essential, and McRoberts is the best of guides.' --Scott Erickson Author of Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now

'Justin McRoberts is a consummate storyteller, and through story It Is What You Make of It imparts its gift--to remind us that we are made in the image of the Creator, that we are beloved works in progress with infinite opportunities to make more of what we have and who we are.' --Cameron Dezen Hammon Author of This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession

'Throughout the years, Justin's words have deeply resonated with me, and this book is no exception. With humility and honesty, Justin opens our eyes to see the often forgotten truth: we are beloved children of God, created by a God who created us for more than we can imagine. Throughout these pages, we are beautifully reminded that our time on earth deeply matters, and this life is not for nothing but most certainly for something. If you're looking to be inspired and encouraged, this book is for you.' --Tanner Olson Poet and author of I'm All Over the Place

'Most books on creativity are forgettable, and most books on purpose feel derivative. It Is What You Make of It is neither of those. Justin McRoberts has written an original, memorable book that will change the way you understand meaning and imagination. His stories and insights are more than regurgitated truisms; they are birthed from the experiences of a person who has spent years doing the hard work of actually creating. This book weaves together humor and advice, peppering each page with practical wisdom that any creative can incorporate into their own life rhythms. If you believe the world as it exists can be better and more beautiful--and if you feel called to help midwife that future--then you can't afford not to read this book.' --Jonathan Merritt Contributing writer for The Atlantic; author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch

'With humility, humor, and hard-won hope, Justin invites us all to take an honest look at how our experiences (even the cringeworthy ones) spark our creative spirits and shape our souls. It Is What You Make of It is like hanging out with a friend who manages to ask deep questions while making you laugh (and rethink some things) along the way.' --Kayla Craig Author of To Light Their Way; host of Upside Down Podcast

'Justin's ability to convincingly insist that there truly are no dead ends is both wondrously and painfully inspiring. It springs forth hope, even in the places I didn't want it to grow. Sometimes, to hope is to hurt, and It Is What You Make of It refuses me the permission to lay down my dreams and simply settle into what is. It calls me forward to keep reaching for what could be and to resist giving in to that sinister temptation that I am nothing more than a helpless victim in this dance called life. I think it will do the same for you.' --Mike Donehey Songwriter and author

'Justin McRoberts is one of the most prolific and gifted creators I know. It Is What You Make of It is a generous, heartfelt exploration of creativity, art, and the human experience. I was surprised by Justin's honesty in this book, and his clear desire to help us--to help me--become better artists and better human beings. Highly recommended.' --Matt Mikalatos Author of Journey to Love

'I find myself audibly saying 'Yes!' to so much of Justin's work, and this book is no exception. It Is What You Make of It is a call to move beyond simply allowing life to just 'happen' to us. Justin invites us to ask the question, What are we willing to do to make our life an adventure of creation and cocreation? Each story will challenge you to ask, What if there is more? What if each failure and success is moving us beyond just saying 'it is what it is'--and into 'it will be what we make it'? This book is a memoir, a challenge, and a divine invitation.' --Sarah Heath Speaker, pastor, author of What's Your Story?, and podcast cohost

'It Is What You Make of It' is a must-read for creators who feel stuck and uncertain of their next move. Justin McRoberts uses his familiar humor-filled tone to pull artists out of performance-based performance and into the understanding of transformational art (and life) making with and for others. 'If good art is hospitality (and it is), this book sets the table.' --Joy Ike Singer, songwriter, creator


Justin McRoberts latest book, It Is What You Make of It: Creating Something Great from What You’ve Been Given is a phenomenal book that made an impact on the way I am able to see the world in a way to make the best of what I have rather than simply accepting something and taking it as it is and saying, “it is what it is”.

I enjoy the practical advice coming from life lessons that is interspersed with humor and wit in an easy to read book. I feel that the advice is sound and completely actionable and also very inspirational.

This book will make for a great gift to our new graduates facing the world, or to friends and families that need a little boost, positivity, and motivation in their lives.

I am so grateful to have read this book and I encourage you to do so as well. This is quite a transformational read that resonated with me, and I hope it does for you as well.


I am the author of three books. A celebration of relationship entitled “CMYK: The Process of Life Together,” (2012) a look at my creative process, called “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff” (2014) and a reflective prayer guide, entitled “Prayer: 40 Days of Practice” (2016). I have also recorded 15 musical project since 1999.

I create in order provide language for the process of faith and life. My passion is for you to live generously and well with those you're given to as well see you faithfully make good work in your world.

For that same reason, I deeply enjoy teaching, storytelling and songwriting, which I’ve done for nearly twenty years. Whether I’m leading a workshop on the creative process, sharing songs and stories or inviting folks to engage in the fight against global poverty, I value every opportunity to encourage, challenge and inspire as a creative.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

5/25/2021 The Audacity of Sara Grayson: A Novel Hardcover – May 25, 2021 AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Publisher : Post Hill Press (May 25, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 400 pages
ISBN-10 : 1642937827

What happens when the world's greatest literary icon dies before she finishes the final book in her best-selling series?
And what happens when she leaves that book in the hands of her unstable, neurotic daughter, who swears she's not a real writer?

Sara Grayson is a thirty-two-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother--a world-famous suspense novelist--Sara learns that her mother's dying wish is for her to write the final book in her bestselling series.

Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can't fathom writing a book for thirty million fans--not when last week's big win was resetting the microwave clock.

But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother's shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find--secrets that threaten her mother's legacy and the very book she's trying to create.


“You know what it's like when you discover a new writer whose witty and wise voice makes your heart sing? That's Joani Elliott for me. …I stayed up too late turning pages. I loved it.” -- Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around

“Joani Elliott has written an enjoyable, funny, page-turning novel about the ups and downs of a woman's quest to find herself and the family she thought she knew.” -- Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners

“From the moment I began this debut novel, I knew I was in for a treat. The Audacity of Sara Grayson is a rich tale…with dramatic twists at every turn. A compelling read!” -- Susannah Marren, author of A Palm Beach Wife and A Palm Beach Scandal


Joani Elliott believes in the magic of stories, a good cup of tea, and the power of living a creative life. She has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. She lives with her husband and two daughters near Salt Lake City, Utah. For book club resources, virtual author chats, and more, visit

Author Q and A

Q: Which character in The Audacity of Sara Grayson mirrors your own personality and personal philosophy?  

A: I’m going to say Sara Grayson, not because we’re so alike personality-wise, but because there are aspects of her writing journey that definitely mirror my own. We both faced a lot of self-doubt and we both had to take a deep dive into the craft of how to successfully write good fiction. Also, for Sara, writing becomes a way back to life and in many ways, writing created an inspiring rebirth for myself. 

Q: What can your protagonist “Sara Grayson” teach readers about taking chances and living courageously? 

A: I hope Sara Grayson teaches readers about the power of creative courage. I’m convinced there is a yearning in each of us that desires to create. What that looks like and how that manifests itself is different in all of us. When we express ourselves creatively, we risk exposure. It requires vulnerability, which calls for courage. I believe we become our most alive selves when we honor this yearning to create and give it expression. When Sara begins to honor this in herself, transformation begins. I believe it can be same for all of us. 

Q: How has writing The Audacity of Sara Grayson changed your life? 

A: Writing this book has taught me how to really and truly love writing fiction. I thought I would take a break from university teaching, write a book, and go straight back to teaching. I still love teaching and I will go back at some point, but right now all I want to do is write books. This experience has also changed how I see myself. I am a writer. I am a storyteller. I am an artist.  

Q: In writing and publishing your debut novel, what lessons have you learned? 

A: I’m learning to be patient with the process of bringing a story to life. I’m still practicing this. It is a process predicated on small and simple things. It’s showing up day after day, doing the work, and trusting that this process can ultimately create a story I can be proud of. The truth is that any great accomplishment is born from a series of small moves, small practices and a fierce commitment to them.   

Q: Are you working on a new book and will it genre cross like this book? 

A: Yes. I’m already working on my next book. It’s book club fiction like Sara Grayson and it will definitely genre cross as well. I once heard that authors should write the kinds of stories they want to read. Well, I love stories about women who have to dig deep to dig themselves out of their own challenges and I love it when these stories are woven with threads of mystery and romance.