Never Say Goodbye

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They say time heals all wounds. But he was finding it a poor painkiller.

 

Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.

 

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

 

In this sophomore novel featuring beloved characters from Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy explores themes of grief, hope, and second chances in a story that touches both the heart and spirit. 

Since the moment Sarah Grace Grzy first announced she was releasing a second book, I was on the edge of my seat for more information. Sarah Grace’s Instagram is one of my favorite accounts, and I love Live Without You, so I was beyond thrilled when I heard that Never Say Goodbye‘s release date was just days before yours truly’s birthday.

Because that meant someone would buy the book for me. they didn’t, and I forked over my own money but that’s besides the point.

I was honored to be able to join this tour, and write my own review of this story, so if you’re ready, I am.

I started the book, unsure of what to expect. I knew it was about Tyler (one of my favorite characters from Live Without You) but I wasn’t sure what was going on, the exact plot of the story, or how long it was after Live Without You.

I finished the book in one day.

That should be a testament to how amazing this story is. It took me two pages to be sucked into the tale, and it took four hours for me to finish the tale and give all the characters hugs.

Sarah Grace deserves a long round of applause from everyone. Not only from her remarkable story, but also for how much work she’s put into this launch, this story, her Instagram, and just connecting with readers. We need to take a moment of silence to thank her for all of this.

*moment of silence*

Now onto the actual review. I must say, I was a little hesitant about Alyvia and her dad. Just. Hmm. Dad abandonment issues with a young adult? But the tale is perfect, which was astonishing, especially with all that was going on with Tyler and Murrae.

Seeing Ezra and Piper as parents about melted my heart, to be honest. 😍

The pacing of the story was smooth, I was immediately drawn into both Tyler and Alyvia’s problems, and all the little kiddies in the story made it so much better! Plus, the beautiful little bookshop felt like home with such vivid descriptions. I could picture everything, down to the crockity old customer.

The romance was super sweet, but never anything to make you uncomfortable. (Not giving any spoilers here, I promise. 😇) It was easy to understand both Alyvia and Tyler’s motivations, their fears, and their desires, and ah, I was totally cheering both of them on.

The tragic events never seemed unrealistic. It was just like, well, that’s life. It’s full of its ups and downs, and sometimes it feels like it when it rains, it just pours. So overall, I would rate this story five stars.

It surpassed my expectations, and that is hard to do, m’friends.

Now, you’re asking who Sarah Grace Grzy is? Well, let me inform you.

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Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other. A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. Sarah Grace inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.


Where can you buy this lovely work of art?

Amazon

Barnes and Nobles

Book Depository

Indie Bound

If you’re interested in the giveaway, check it out here.

Comment below if you’ve read Live Without You, and tell me if you’ve already pre-ordered Never Say Goodbye, or if you’re planning to order it.

~~Amie~~

The Dressmaker’s Secret (Book Review!)

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WARNING: If you are not familiar with The Dressmaker’s Secret, this review might spoil something…

*squeaks*

If they knew who she was, they’d never accept what she’s become.

Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.

Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?

 

Genre is Christian historical women’s fiction. Era is 1870s (Victorian). Setting is England (London, Kent, Yorkshire).

I wasn’t really excited about this review until like, a few minutes ago when I finally finished reading The Dressmaker’s Secret. (Here’s an Amie secret. She procrastinates, and doesn’t finish reading books she’s supposed to review until the day of, or the day before the actual review.)

I’ve read the previous edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret twice at least, and so I was kinda like, okay? Because through the first half of the book, everything is very much the same, just…better wording? XD I mean, as writer’s grow, they’re able to take out telling, and write better. But then I got to the second half and *holds onto my chair so I don’t fall off* WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

The whole Ivy and Alice world has been utterly and completely changed. I am…blow away. And I need Ivy Introspective as soon as humanly possible. But I should actually get onto some useful information, correct?

Alice is the same girl that we all love. Just as stubborn, as funny, and as lively. I was so happy to see that her character hasn’t been changed in the least. (I’m kinda hoping that as Kellyn rewrites the books, she’ll change who Alice marries, because I’m a firm Alice and Kirk shipper. XD) I loved seeing her explore her world over the two years that the book covers. I can’t remember if Ivy was as insignificant in the previous drafts as she seemed in this draft. I thought that she was there more as someone for Alice to compare herself to in previous drafts, but I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Miss Claire Chattoway. *shakes head slowly* I honesty don’t know what to do with her. Part of me wants to ship her back to France. XD The other half is like, “WELL. She was trying to take care of her girls.” I cannot imagine the trouble she must have gone through. *shakes head* Still. XD I’m not sure if I would like her.

ALSO, HOW COULD SHE BE MEAN TO MRS. KNIGHT. Mrs. Knight is a Southern-born, tea-drinking teddy bear! *hugs Mrs. Knight protectively* And she loved Ivy and Alice, so what right did Clair have to be slightly frosty to her? No right at all, thank you very much for agreeing.

And Mr. Parker? I loved*cough cough* liked Mr. Parker immensely. I have no idea how someone can make…Well, is he supposed to be the villain or not?! Because if he’s the villain, he’s an extremely likable one. But he might not be a villain, and this could be a story without a villain.

I don’t know, I’m just rambling at this point. 😂

Of course, I’ve been avoiding talking about Mr. Knight, simply for the reason that he wasn’t my favorite character, and I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you that haven’t read The Dressmaker’s Secret. Basically, I don’t really like Mr. Knight. Simply for the reason that Alice doesn’t ever like him until suddenly, she likes him. But you’ve skipped a few months, so it’s hard to understand why she likes him? So that is all I’m going to say about Mr. Knight.

OVERALL, The Dressmaker’s Secret left me mind blown. Like, how. HOW!? Totally gets five stars, like Kellyn’s books usually get. I mean, IT’S SO GOOD.

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So please, go enter this giveaway, and purchase The Dressmaker’s Secret!

And if you would like to find Kellyn, here’s her links!

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/kellynrothauthor/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/kellynrothauthor/

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/kellyntheauthor/

WEBSITE: http://kellynrothauthor.com/  

NEWSLETTER: https://kellynrothauthor.com/newsletter   

AND WITH THAT, I shall leave y’all to enjoy your Saturday. Toodles!

~~Amie~~

City Sparrows (Book Review)

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In pitiful settings, is there any hope for redemption? Does anyone care about a dirty child and her woes?

This book was a lovely tale about God providing for His children, just as He provides for the sparrows. I enjoyed it so very much, especially how the author weaved so many different lessons into one book. And Nelly was so very cute!

An inner city kid, named Zetta, is struggling to keep herself and her sickly, older brother alive, while her mother spends all their money on drink. A pastor’s daughter battles to keep her younger sister alive, and somehow, God crosses their paths.

It was such a neat story, and I really enjoyed how much the sparrows meant to Harry, and just Harry as a whole was an awesome character. It was very intriguing to see how his character arc/part of the story. But if I’m being honest, Lillian was probably my favorite character.

There was just something about her spritely happiness that was contagious. But in my humble opinion, Margaret had the best character arc, and it was delightful to see her devotion to Nelly. I could definitely relate, since I am an older sister.

I also enjoyed how much of it took place in a hospital, and it was just neat to see a small glimpse at what healthcare looked like in 1871. (Yes, I’m obsessed with health related topics.) And basically I’m a fan of any book with a happy ending, and the ending was quite happy, so overall I’d give it four stars out of five.

You can get City Sparrows here.

~~Amie~~

More Than A Second Chance: BLOG TOUR!

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Hullo! Today I’m so happy to be able to be apart of another blog tour! This time for Lisa Ren’ee’s book, “More Than a Second Chance.”

It also means I get to review another book. *cracks knuckles* So why waste time? Let’s hop into this review.


I’ll be honest, I was really surprised by the book. I signed up, not sure what to expect after the last book I review without knowing the author. So I almost didn’t sign up for this blog tour, but now I’m glad I did!

Star review: Four stars. 

Content warnings: It talks about drugs, pregnancy out of wedlock, and abuse, but nothing in huge detail. So it talks about hard topics in a Christian light, showing how God works through sin, shame, and pain in the lives of His children.

I already said I went into this without any expectations, and much hesitation. But I quickly became interested in the lives of Cassie and Chris, and what I loved the most about this book was that is wasn’t only a “mushy gushy romance.” It also dealt with Cassie’s work with troubled teens, and lots of cooking. XD Not to mention the struggles of daily life, the desires of the flesh, and awesome family members.

And the last scene? *insert heart eyes* It makes the book 100% times better, I loved it so much.

Honestly, there wasn’t anything I saw in the book to critique, I enjoyed the excuse to stop writing myself in order to read it. Definitely a good book for a cold, rainy, Saturday when you have nothing else to do.

(Also, Lisa has one of the best author bios ever. XD)

Author Bio

Lisa Ren’ee is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia. With an Australian theme, she wrote the Single Again series featuring More Than a Second Chance and Acres of Promise, to encourage women to heal past wounds and to dare trust again.

Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.

The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects, public speaking, and are on the pastoral team at their church

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FACEBOOK

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WEBSITE

One person will win an eBook copy of More Than A Second
Chance by Lisa Renee.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

And that is all for today, folks! Go enter that giveaway, you won’t regret it.

Also, my email list has decided to be giving me trouble, so please check out my post about my NaNo project on my other blog here, and if you’re interested in my YouTube channel, check it out here. (I post every Saturday. And today the video is…interesting, to say the least. XD)

Toodles!

~~Amie~~