BOOK REVIEW: THE GENESIS BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 6 of 6. Saints and Sinners Series

Publication date: July 28, 2021

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Blurb

A captivating Christian romance series from an Amazon Bestselling author.**


Colby:

Someone is out to destroy me.

I broke free from my bosses, left the darkness behind, and dared to step into the light. But now a nameless, faceless enemy is tearing my life apart bit by bit.

Then the ultimate disaster strikes. It’s a repeat of the incident that plunged me into darkness at age sixteen and set me on a self-destructive path to begin with.

Worst of all, my life is unravelling before the very eyes of the woman whose love instigated my quest for change.


Chloe:

Before Colby, I lived a mostly simple, straightforward life. After him, there’s only confusion.

But thinking I could walk away unscathed was stupid.

Thinking I could forget him was naïve.

Thinking I could settle for a ‘normal’ relationship with a nice, ‘normal’ man after experiencing the whirlwind that is Colby Carter was downright delusional.

But how do I hold on when loving him could prove fatal for me?

I can either fight for what I want or cry for what I’ve lost.

Whichever choice I make, it won’t be easy.

My Review

I lack adjectives to describe how reading this book made me feel.

This book is perfectly well written. The spin in the plot took me by surprise and I love it.

Dayo Benson has her way with words. I am doing my best not to give the plot away. It is so hard but I will keep quiet. You need to read the whole series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A HEART’S FOREVER HOME BY LENA NELSON DOOLEY.

About the Book

Book: A Heart’s Forever Home

Author: Lena Nelson Dooley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 17, 2021

A single lawyer whose clients think he needs a wife.

A woman who needs a forever home…or a forever family…or a forever love.

Although Traesa Killdare is a grown woman now, the discovery that her adoption wasn’t finalized sends her reeling. Especially when her beloved grandmother dies and the only siblings she’s ever known exile her from the family property without a penny to her name.

Wilson Pollard works hard for the best interest of his law clients, even those who think a marriage would make him more “suitable” in his career. And when the beloved granddaughter of a recently deceased client comes to him for help, he knows he must do whatever necessary to make her situation better.

As each of their circumstances worsen, a marriage of convenience seems the only answer for both. Traesa can’t help but fall for her new husband—the man who’s given her both his home and his name. But what will it take for Wilson to realize he loves her? Will a not-so-natural disaster open his eyes and heart?

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My Review

I am still reading the book. Hopefully, I get to drop the complete review on Goodreads.

The characters are interesting and the plot is attention grabbing. I am in the first few pages of the book and I cannot say much. I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities and so little time to read.

About the Author

Lena Nelson Dooley has been an author for 36 years. Her 51st book released in June 2020. Raised in Arkansas, she married a Texan 56 years ago. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades. She is an active member of ACFW and one of the founding members the DFW local chapter. She’s often been a speaker for other writers’ groups and conferences, both as a keynote speaker and a workshop teacher. Her fans love reading her books filled with characters who grip your heart.

More from Lena

I’ve been a lover of history for decades. In college and graduate school, all my elective courses were history. Of course, I chose the countries and eras I wanted to learn about. When I began writing novels, my first one was a contemporary story. After that at least 75% or more of my novels have been historical, all the way from 1805 through the early 20th century.

One of the hallmarks of my historical novels is the authenticity I write into the stories. Because of the amount of research I’ve done over the years, I’m kind of an expert in 19th century history. My characters and their stories are completely fictional, but the other things in the book are mostly true. I search until I find what I need to know or until I reach a complete dead end.

The history of the orphan trains has interested me since I first learned about them. One of them ended in Fort Worth where a pastor and his wife helped find the last orphans a home. A few didn’t get a home, so they took them in. In the 20th century that became an orphanage, then a home for unwed mothers.

A Heart’s Forever Home has three settings—Fort Worth, Texas; Waco, Texas; and New York City. It’s a Marriage of Convenience story and much more. This is another type of story I like to read and I like to write. Finding a different reason for the necessity of the marriage is interesting.

I’d found an event that occurred north of Waco in 1896. It was so bizarre I wanted to include it in a book. It was a perfect fit for this story and became an important catalyst in the story.

I’m what’s called in the industry a seat-of-the-pants author, more or less. I do have the complete outline of the story in my head. When I sit down to write, I know where I’m going, but I don’t have every single scene plotted out as some authors do. And I pray… a lot. During the time I’m writing a book, God drops ideas into my thought processes. Not just while I’m writing, but other times, too. That’s the exciting thing about writing. This keeps it fresh for me.

When you’ve finished reading this story, I hope you’ll let me know what you think of it. I really like getting reader feedback.

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BOOK REVIEW: FRACTURED LIGHT BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 5 of 6. Saints and Sinners Series

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Publication date: June 11, 2021

Book Blurb

A captivating Christian romance series from an Amazon Bestselling author.**

Chloe Campbell knows all my secrets—except one.

So far, none of my dark secrets have succeeded in turning her against me. But this one will. Which is why I must tell her.

After she survives a near-death experience instigated by my evil bosses, I’m done with letting her think there’s hope for us. I need her to forget about me and protect herself. That’s why she needs to know the truth.

When I tell her my final secret, she’ll realize that I’m nothing but a big, fat dead-end. And she’ll walk away. Which is exactly what I want.

They say lasers are only effective because the light is hyper-focused. Well, my darkness fractures all light and even God can’t help me.

But with my life coming crashing down and my bosses pulling out all the stops to make sure I never break free from them, maybe I’m finally getting desperate enough to seek Him.

My Review

Wow! Book 5 gave me the edge of the seat feeling. The suspense was so deep, I could not resist grabbing Book 6.

That plot was intense and I love the progression. No boring moments at all.

Well done, Dayo Benson!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at https://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: IRREDEEMABLE BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 4 of 6. (Saints and Sinners Series).

Publication Date: February 26, 2021

Publisher: Gracetide Press

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Book Description

Colby:

Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future?

That is complete bull. Chloe Campbell is so saintly and perfect, I’m terrified to even look at her. She has no past.

The phrase innocent as a dove comes to mind. She’d probably never done a single thing wrong—until she met me.

Right now, we’re stranded in LA, sharing the only hotel room we can get, and trying to ignore the electric chemistry that hums between us.

She’s hurting, which makes her thinks she wants me, but I know it’s just her pain talking.

Besides, I don’t want her getting entangled in the colossal mess that is my life.

I don’t want to break her heart.

And I definitely don’t want to fall in love.

Chloe:

Colby Carter is a devil with an angel’s face.

My head knows that but my heart doesn’t. It keeps telling me he can change. So when he asks me to put him in bootcamp and help him turn his life around, I pull out all the stops. I get him reading books, attending church, and even going on a weekend prayer retreat.

But as Colby slowly opens up to me and lets me in on some of his deepest darkest secrets, I begin to realize that maybe he’ll never break free from his problems. Maybe there are some people who are just too broken to be healed.

Maybe the man I love really is irredeemable.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review


I enjoyed reading book 4 of the series.
The action keeps getting better and better. The intrigue and suspense drew me in. I couldn’t resist each page.

Colby and Chloe are loveable. I cannot wait to read more in the final two books in the series.

Dayo Benson, you have all my stars in this review.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine

About The Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: UNHOLY GROUND BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 3 of 6: Saints and Sinners

Publication date: January 14, 2019

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Description

Saints and Sinners is a reality TV show like none other…

Chloe:

What happens when you take a sheltered Christian girl and lock her in a house with a random mix of self-professing sinners?

Especially when one of those sinners is Colby Carter, a man whose soulful brown eyes have tripped me up before.

The whole aim of the show is to turn good girls bad and make nice boys nasty. But I’m determined to stand strong and do Christians everywhere proud. Any kind of failure will not only get me evicted but will lock me in a personal prison of shame.

That cannot happen.

Colby:

They think I’m just a dirty sinner. They don’t know I’m simply trying to survive.

Saints and Sinners is supposed to be my ticket to freedom. But the danger I’m trying to escape follows me into the competition.

It seems I’ll never get free.

I never used to care so much about freedom, or cleaning up my life. But now I have an incentive. She has an electric smile and a penchant for inserting ‘Jesus’ into every other sentence.

But my enemies are close.

Maybe, for me, freedom will only ever be an illusion.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

The series got deeper and more interesting. Chloe and Colby are battling with their inner minds over themselves. I promise not to give out spoilers but the Saints and Sinners series are the best books I have read so far in 2021.

I can’t wait to find out more in book 4. The books in the  series are 6 in numbers and I am about to start book 4. What a way to go for me!

I highly recommend these series if you are looking for a book rich in suspense, drama, action, faith, romance and all the goodness of a well written novel.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine and honest.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at https://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF ANGELS BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 2 of 6: Saints and Sinners

Publication date: November 30, 2018

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Description

How do you choose between dangerous freedom and peaceful slavery?

Chloe: Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you. And then multiply it by ten!

Somehow, my family has found out about Colby, and the shame of what I did is unbearable.

Mom orders me to return home and she puts me through bootcamp: all-night prayer meetings, bible lectures from Nana, the works.

Now, I no longer trust myself.

Can the girl who made such a horrendous mistake just last week really be hearing from God this week?

And would God really tell her to go to LA to participate in a reality TV show?

Mom and Nana think not.

Colby will be in the show. We’ll be locked in a mansion for a month with a bunch of other people. I’ll be out in the world all on my own with nobody to keep me in check.

I should stick to the safety of what I’ve always known. Maybe I should even marry the pastor dude that my family wants me to marry. But I think I’m going to listen to these stirrings in my soul.

I risk embarrassing myself and angering the people who love me.

But it’s possible that this could be the beginning of an exciting adventure with God.

Colby: What I fear most is exactly what I need.

I didn’t expect that one week with Chloe to mean so much. Neither did I expect her rejection to hurt this bad.

What she discovered about me is just the tip of the iceberg. She has no idea just how crazy things really are.

But things are going to change.

The dread of my family finding out what I do has kept me in captivity this long.

I’m done hiding.

It’s time to break free.

If Chloe and Colby can just make it to LA, everything might change.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

I am so hyper excited at reading this book. I read it within two days and I can’t wait to read book 3.

The suspense and intrigue in this book was so much, I couldn’t help reading word for word. The plot was playing like an action movie in my mind.

Chloe and Colby are my two favorite characters. I love seeing their scenes and I wanted to shake Chloe to grow up.

Dayo, you have won my heart with this series.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions in this review are honest and mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: HUSBAND AUDITIONS BY ANGELA RUTH STRONG.

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: 17 August, 2021

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Book Description

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

My Review

The book cover and title are eye catching.

Reading through this book, you will find yourself wrapped in emotions ranging from laughter, suspense, interest etc.

I love how this book carried Christian themes without being preachy.

Meri and Kai are two absolute characters you would love to watch out off.

This is the first time of reading Angela Ruth Strong books and her writing prowess is great.

The 101 ways to get a husband that was included at the back of this book was so cute. I am sure somebody will find it useful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Angela Ruth Strong is an expert on Write that Book, blogs on Inspyromance.com and How to Write a Novel, and is the founder of IDAhope Writers. She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Angela lives in Meridian, Idaho, and can be found online at angelaruthstrong.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A WINTER BABY FOR GIN BARREL LANE BY LINDSEY HUTCHINSON.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication date: 24th August, 2021

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3wWp5Qa

Book Description

Dolly Perkins and Jack Larkin have grown up in the notorious gin palaces of Birmingham.
It’s a world of happiness and friendship, but also violence and poverty. Now that Dolly runs the Daydream Gin Palace on Gin Barrel Lane she can finally control her own destiny, but sometimes fate still plays its hand. 

Keen to expand her empire, Dolly and Jack take on a new pub, but they are in for a shock when a foul smell in one of the bedrooms turns out to come from a body hidden in the wall. 

As the police hunt for their suspect, rumours abound, spread by the local urchins – happy to be used as runners for a little bit of food and a coin or two. 

But rumours can be dangerous, and as one of the worst winters on record covers everything in snow, Dolly and Jack have to fight for the lives they have made for themselves, and for the urchins that they have come to think of as family.  Will the arrival of a new baby on Gin Barrel Lane bring the promise of new hope, or will the long-awaited thaw uncover new secrets and new tragedies…

The Queen of Black Country sagas is back on Gin Barrel Lane with a rip-roaring, heart-warming, page-turning story of family, friendship and beating the odds. Perfect for fans of Val Wood and Lyn Andrews.

My Review

What an interesting book.

At first, I thought Dolly was too free with the way she was spending money but that is fiction.

I like Dolly beautiful heart and Jack, what a character.

The plot was okay with the right amount of suspense and action.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Lindsey Hutchinson is a bestselling saga author whose novels include The Workhouse Children. She was born and raised in Wednesbury, and was always destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the multi-million selling Meg Hutchinson. Lindsey’s first title for Boldwood was published in February 2020.


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BOOK REVIEW: BROKEN HALO BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 1 of 6

Publication date: October 15, 2018

Publisher:Gracetide Press

Book Description

What do you call a knight in shining armor if the knight is a woman?

Colby:

I’m trying not to stare at this blonde knockout when I get robbed.

I don’t expect the blonde to chase the thief, blast him with pepper spray, and retrieve my money.

And that’s how I met Chloe Campbell.

The last thing I need is my lady knight thinking she can save me in other ways. I certainly don’t want to start believing that she can.

She’s everything I want in a woman, but she must be missing some vital self-preservation instincts because she thinks she’s in love with me.

I’m a stark sinner whose future is a big, fat black hole.

If she was like many girls her age, she would have heard of me. I’m pretty famous among that demographic.

But she has no idea who I am.

Chloe:

Colby is a bundle of secrets packaged as a drop-dead gorgeous, ‘he belongs on movie screens’ man.

I have every reason to walk away and forget that we ever met:

1. He’s out of my league.
2. He doesn’t seem to want anything to do with me.
3. I’m engaged. To a pastor, no less.

This feels like a disaster waiting to happen.

But it might be just what I need.

Falling from grace was never Chloe’s plan. Finding his way back to God was never Colby’s.

Could God be trying to get their attention?


A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

Dayo has done it again. I thought Crystal series was the best but this one totally blew my mind.

How Dayo Benson can weave Christian themes in this novel without sounding so preachy is a talent on its own.

Her descriptive prowess is unbeatable. I am yet to meet an author like her, this is not an exaggeration.

Reading Broken Halo, the first book in the Saints and Sinners series is so addictive. I am currently about to read the second book and I will be sure to drop my reviews.

Colby and Chloe are the principal main characters in this plot. Their stories are so interesting, I always look forward to reading them page after page.

I am not going to give spoilers but this book deserves 20 bright stars from me.

The book cover is so beautiful. I could imagine Chloe better through the cover.

I received an ARC of this book. This review is voluntary and is my honest opinion.

About the author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: THE MERSEY ANGELS BY SHELIA RILEY.

Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publication date: 10th August, 2021

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Book Blurb

The Mersey Angels


1916 LIVERPOOL


Following the death of her father, Ruby Swift, and husband Archie finally move back into Ashland Hall.


As the Great War rages, fathers and sons take the King’s Shilling and head off to fight the unknown enemy, not knowing what horrors lie ahead.


With Ned Kincaid in the Navy, Archie signs up to the volunteer constabulary and nurses Anna Cassidy and Ellie Harrington enlist to do their bit for King and Country.


Soon the true casualties of war are being brought home in droves, Ruby converts Ashland Hall into an auxiliary hospital for wounded servicemen.


It’s not long before the true cost of war is brought closer to home and Anna and Ellie enlist in the British Military Nursing Corp and soon find themselves in the battlefields of France in search of the truth.
But they soon discover more than they bargained for…

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3cfGsUl

My Review

The book “Mersey Angels” by Sheila Riley is a book full of adventures, courage, war, determination with a little touch of romance.

The characters in this book were fun to read with. I admire Ruby, Ellie and Anna.

Going further in this book, I personally felt the war was dragging for too long and I got bored at some pages.

The book cover is captivating enough and the title was well explained in the plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a new saga trilogy for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years. She still lives in Liverpool.

Her new trilogy began with The Mersey Orphan in September 2019.


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