Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: April 10, 2021

Book can be purchased on Amazon

Book Blurb

Hannah grew up in foster care. Her mother had passed away, and her father had abandoned her. She had deep self-esteem issues and was always fighting for her survival. When she left the home at 21, she met and fell in love with a rich, young man who showered her with a lot of care and concern.

But things begin to go downhill when she became pregnant with his child. She was abandoned yet again by the man she loved. Hannah vowed to herself that she will do whatever it takes to protect her baby. At the same time, she hardened her heart so she will not be hurt again.

During the lowest period of her life, she met Joshua. He was older than her, established in his career, a godly man who was active in church ministry. From the moment he laid eyes on her, Joshua was drawn to Hannah. He saw an innocent girl who was lost. He wanted to protect and take care of her. Joshua was sincere to her and kept relentless pursuing her. But Hannah was too broken to receive the love and care that she was receiving from him. She kept withdrawing herself away from him but, he never gave up on her.

Will there be a happily ever after for Joshua and Hannah? Can Hannah get past her brokenness to receive love in her heart again?

My Review

A Scandal of Grace. A book about second chances and redeeming love.

What a beautiful and interesting novel.

I love the characters in this book especially Joshua and Hannah. While reading the book, I was touched compassionately with Hannah’s story.

This book has lots of lessons to glean from it. The Christian themes in the book had lots of messages to the reader.

I love the author’s descriptive prowess. The setting is in Singapore and I enjoyed reading the book.

Any marriage we think is picture perfect had its trying time. Reading this book taught me a lot. You don’t give up on a marriage that easily without both couple working hard to make it work.

I love the progression of Hannah’s life in this novel. The balance and reality was perfect.

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

About the Author

Based in Singapore, Shivon Gunalan is passionate about empowering women to find their identity. A visionary by nature, she enjoys connecting people to build community. Her desire is to nurture other women to be bold, and to achieve their full potential of who they are.

Shivon is interested in working with women who have suffered traumatic experiences, abuse or feelings of condemnation. She wants to help these women find their emotional & inner healing, so they can be liberated.

As an author, Shivon found her calling in recreating biblical stories to fit the modern context. Her first book “A Divine Connection (2020)” was based on the story of Issac and Rebecca, while her second book, “A Scandal of Grace (2021)” was based on Hosea and Gomer.

She felt that a woman can only find their true worth and self-esteem when they encounter the love of God. She uses the books as a tool to showcase God’s love to the readers through the lives of her characters. She is currently working on her third book titled “Own Your Crown.”

She is also active in her YouTube Channel “The Living Room” which features the inspiring stories of brave women talking about women empowerment.

Shivon spends most her free time reading, travelling, going for walks, hanging out with her friends. Her favourite authors include AW Tozer, Matt Batterson, Sharon Jaynes, among others.

Shivon Gunalan social media platforms





Hello, everyone.

How is the reading going? I have been busy with responsibilities and reading too. Some book reviews will be posted soon by God’s grace.

While I was browsing through the net, I saw some book photos and memes online. They are not mine and neither do I own any rights to them.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Photo credit to the sources: Facebook and Google.

I so much love this picture. Imagine living in a library?
This picture reminds me of myself “The Book Chic”.😊
This photo is so beautiful. Source: Facebook.

P.S. I am on Goodreads in case you want to see my books on the Goodreads shelves. I am Excel Andy on Goodreads. You can connect with me.

Photo credit from Free Photo Library on WordPress.

Which picture is your favorite and why?


Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Series: Waters of Time Book 1

Publication date: June 1, 2021

Publisher: Revell

Book Blurb

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That’s exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father’s quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He’s left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he’s crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian’s rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.

My Review

I read this book in a sitting. Jody Hedlund has won my heart with this great book. I finished this book around 1:06am on a Saturday morning. it was worth my sleepless hours.

There are so many lessons to glean from this book.

I love the time crossing era and permit me to crush on Will. Oh my gosh! Jody Hedlund has great descriptive prowess.

This book deserves 10 stars! It is so perfect!

The characters are awesome. The plot is great and the suspense was just gaining momentum page after page. I couldn’t sleep until I read to the last page.

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

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.


Genre: Historical Sagas

Publication date: April 10, 2014

Publisher: Harper Collins

Book Blurb

1962. Confident, bright, and popular, Maggie Wheaton lives with her loving, wealthy parents in a close-knit Cambridgeshire village. But, just days after her sixteenth birthday, her world is destroyed: An accident kills both her parents, and then she suffers the ultimate betrayal when she learns a life-changing family secret.

Maggie has no choice but to go and live with her appointed guardian, her mom’s dear friend Ruby Riordan, in the seaside town of Southend, where she sets out on a deliberate path of self-destruction.

Will Ruby be able to save Maggie from herself, or is it all too little too late?

My Review

This book tells of Maggie’s story. This is the third book in the series.

While reading this book, I wanted to reach out to Maggie and shake her by the shoulders to behave and stop being rude to Ruby and Johnnie.

Marie Maxwell writes well. Her writing style is so clean and the words are easy to understand.

I am glad to read all three books in this series. Ruby, Gracie and Maggie were characters I was glad to visit again.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Marie Maxwell is a pseudonym for Bernardine Kennedy. 


Genre: Historical Sagas

Publication date: April 25, 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins

Book Blurb

A gripping saga, richly evocative of the period, featuring the gutsy and determined Gracie.

Set in the late 1950s and starting off where Ruby ends, Gracie tells the tale of Ruby’s best friend and her trials and tribulations to overcome her past.

Gracie meets Shaun, a local Southend boy who is besotted by her and knows nothing of her past. They marry quickly and quietly with Gracie determined not to invite her family, a pregnancy follows soon after. But when Gracie’s scheming sister comes to stay, she discloses Gracie’s secret to Shaun. Gracie was pregnant once before and gave the baby up for adoption. Shaun is furious and Gracie is turned away, left abandoned with a baby once again.

A hard-hitting, gritty drama that will appeal to fans of Katie Flynn and Dilly Court.

My Review

Gracie by Marie Maxwell is the second book after Ruby. The story focused on Gracie, Ruby’s friend.

It was nice to read on what happened to Gracie. This time, she had the centre place.

I enjoyed this book as I got to know more about Gracie’s life, her marriage, her baby and even her complicated love life.

You need to read this book in order to fully grasp the plot.

I am off to read Maggie. The third and hopefully the final book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Marie Maxwell was born in London and after living here, there and everywhere, now lives happily by the sea in Essex.

Ruby and Gracie are part of her gritty series of charismatic post WW2 women. Maggie will follow shortly.

She has written seven other books under the name Bernardine Kennedy and information on Marie and Bernardine is available at:


Genre: Historical Family Saga

Book Blurb

Set in the aftermath of WWII and based in Southend this gripping saga is richly evocative of the period and show the true grit of our heroine Ruby.

After having lived peacefully in Suffolk as an evacuee, 15-year-old Ruby Blakeney is bought back to reality when her brutish brother Ray comes to take her to the East London suburb of Walthamstow.

Far from being welcomed home with open arms, she is back to being treated as a drudge by her widowed mother and subject to a tirade of taunts from her two brothers.

Things get worse when she finds herself pregnant and thrown out on the street.

Forced to give up her baby Ruby makes a new start for herself in Southend, but finds she can’t escape her past.

My Review

Give me a historical saga book and watch me go on an adventure between the pages.

Marie Maxwell is a new author to me and her book Ruby is so perfect. I read this book within two days.

Ruby as a character is so interesting. I really followed her scenes back to back.

This saga is a must read if you need something exciting in your life.

The plots, the characters, the turns, twists, suspense and action were incredible.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Marie Maxwell is a pseudonym for Bernardine Kennedy. 


Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publication date: November 1, 2010

Publisher: Headline UK

Book Blurb

A baby rescued from the snow. A wealthy family’s tragic secret. A girl determined to make her mark.

A heart-warming saga of love, ambition and jealousy. The ebook No.1 bestselling author of No One’s Girl, Mothering Sunday and The Little Angel, Rosie Goodwin, weaves her magic yet again in The Ribbon Weaver. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Nadine Dorries.

One winter’s night, Molly Ernshaw rescues a baby from the snow and changes two families for ever. The tiny girl grows into a gifted young woman and, encouraged by her neighbour’s son, Toby, she dreams of moving beyond ribbon-weaving to designing the hats and clothes the ribbons adorn. When her talent is recognised by Samuel Forrester, the owner of famous hat factories and shops, Amy’s flair leads her to London and then Paris. But Samuel and his family are haunted by the past and his troubled daughter-in-law is consumed with jealousy. As secrets are revealed, Amy is caught between two worlds and she must choose where her heart truly belongs.

My Review

This is such a charming book by Rosie Goodwin.

I enjoyed each page in the book. The characters were loveable especially Amy, Molly, Bessie, Nancy and Toby.

There are so many themes to glean in this book but the greatest is love.

The book cover is beautiful and the title piqued my interest.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author


NovelistRosie Goodwin has worked for social services for many years both as a foster carer and a Placement Support worker. She has four children and lives in Nuneaton in Warwickshire with her husband and her four dogs.

Writing has always been one of the main loves of her life, and her first novel was published by Headline in 2004. She has since written a number of classic, contemporary and historical sagas. Rosie is now rated amongst the top 100 most borrowed library authors in the UK. She now writes full time and some of her books have been translated abroad.


About the Book

Book:  To Save A King

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Christian Royal Romance

Release date: May 8, 2021


A modern-day fairytale of rescue and hope from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Growing up in small town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone had big dreams. So she headed to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But dreams have a way of becoming nightmares. When she returns home twelve years later, she’s limping through life and harboring a dark secret.

Running a rescue ranch and raising her friends’ orphaned daughter is her sole mission now. All the while she’s well aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. He had the perfect life as heir to the revered House of Blue, the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland, and married the love of his life. Then tragedy changed everything. Is there any way to be saved from a life of grief?

When he finds himself in Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he catches up with a good friend–country music great Buck Mathews. He has no intention of joining the 4th of July fun until he’s cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone.

The disastrous race leads to a quick friendship. They are easy and comfortable around one another because love is absolutely not an option.

John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife while Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

When trouble in Lauchtenland calls the prince home, he realizes how much Gemma has rescued him. Saved him and restored his hope for his role as future king.

For Gemma, falling in love with the prince must be quenched. If it weren’t for her past, she’d give him her heart in a second. How could she risk bringing her shame to the House of Blue and the world stage?

However, she’s not the only one who can rescue and heal the wound. If she saved Prince John, why can’t he save her? And when he tries, will she have the courage to say yes to the best role of her life?

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Three more of her titles are under film contract.

Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

In the real world, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

One of the biggest challenges in a series is keeping the reader interested. Even more of a challenge is writing in a trope like royals.

I never set out to write a second royal series. With five stories in the Royal Wedding Series, I thought I’d explored the topic to my satisfactions.

Yet when readers asked for more, and when I found myself in a season to produce my own stories, another royal series seemed like the perfect fit.

But can I be honest? Really honest? Come close. I’ll tell you a secret. Closer…

Royals can be a bit boring. At least to write. You laugh but I’m serious.

What do we really know of their day to day lives? They attend national functions, patron charities, represent the nation on walkabouts around the world. They are ambassadors with no real political agenda. They champion causes.

But what exactly do they do with their days? What are the inner workings of palace life? What are the real expectations? Do they call the queen “her majesty” when talking among themselves? When talking to her? Are they as formal as it seems on television?

Yet royals are the most documented people in history. So there is a lot to glean from when I make up my worlds.

But at the end of it all, they key for me in writing royal characters is to make them real, everyday people. The prince is the kind of chap you want to chat with over tea. The heroine is the sort of girl you’d love to see become a princess. Maybe even see a bit of yourself in her.

In To Save A King, Crown Prince John is trying to emerge for a year of grief. Gemma Stone is desperate to escape her past.

Gemma’s story has some what of an edge to it. In her attempt to achieve her goals, she walked a path she never thought she’d walk when she was a girl growing up in Hearts Bend, Tennessee. And it proved her undoing.

While we may have never faced a past like Gemma’s, we can all relate to personal betrayal of our values from gossip to immorality. I hope Gemma’s story reminds us the nearness of love and forgiveness.

On a lighter side, I recently learned British society has moved away from chap and bloke, replacing it with the American term “guy.” Isn’t that funny. Louise Lee, my narrator, said it was funny to read those words in To Love A Prince since there were more her parents’ generation. Ah, the signs of a more global society.

Well, I didn’t care if they have gone out of style for young people. I used them anyway. I like them. Maybe we should adopt “chap” and “bloke” over here. What do you say, guys?

I hope you enjoy To Save A King, book two in the True Blue Royal series and find your heart cheering on broken, wounded characters to a happily ever after worthy of a prince and princess.

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 18

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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 19

Simple Harvest Reads, May 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bizwings Blog, May 19

Mamma Loves Books, May 19

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The Sacred Line, May 20

Daysong Reflections, May 20

Through the fire blogs, May 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 21

Artistic Nobody, May 21 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
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About the Book

Book:  Sword of Trust

Author: Debbie Lynne Costello

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance Medieval

Release date: March 15, 2021

Deirdre Mackenzie has spent her life hiding from her father and hating the English. However, when she is caught stealing from an English laird, his unexpected kindness begins to melt away her hatred and strums lonely heartstrings longing for love.  Bryce Warwick can’t believe the boy his men caught is actually a young woman. After several attempts to lure the truth from her, he determines she is as deceitful as his late fiancée who nearly cost him his life. But the woman is the least of his worries with the turbulence brought on by threats of another border war and by King Richard’s distrust of the nobles. With the boundary in unrest, Bryce entertains a Scottish chieftain unaware it is Deirdre’s father, seeking peace for his people. Fearful that her father will discover she is alive, Deirdre steals Bryce’s signet ring, hoping a missive from the laird will keep her father away. But when the ring is used instead for treason, she realizes too late she’s been betrayed and Bryce will hang for the crime. With old wounds that need to heal and adversaries who could end their chances at true love, both must learn to trust in a way they never knew possible.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Reading through the pages of this book, the scenes were taking shape in my head like a movie.

The author writes well and I am so glad I am on the blog tour for this book.

The suspense, the intrigue, the action, the words and even the style of writing were just too perfect!

You can’t help falling in love with Lord Bryce. The characters in this book are likeable.

I love historical fiction and this book has the perfect balance of fiction and Christian themes.

I highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction especially the middle ages. You will go back in time to history of knights, Lords and a damsel in distress.

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

About the Author

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon’s #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 4 horses, 3 dogs, a miniature donkey, and 6 peking ducks.

More from Debbie Lynne

It is my desire as an author to draw my readers into my story so they feel invested in the hero and heroine and part of their journey, whether it is set in 19th Century Charleston, South Carolina or 14th Century Northumberland, England. One of the ways I love to do this is with professions, hobbies, and cooking. In Sword of Trust my heroine, Deirdre has become quite proficient with a bow and arrow. She’s had plenty of practice and is driven to be the best, perhaps to prove to herself because she is a lass in lad’s clothing. The long bow was a popular weapon in the Middle Ages and was used in battle in The Hundred Years’ War. But the bow was not just a weapon of war, the bow was also a weapon for food. And Deirdre loves to hunt with a flat bow. In her excitement she runs into a wee bit of trouble with the king. Some trivia for you: Because of its elasticity, the yew tree was used in making the long bow. Even after fire arms were introduced the long bow continued to be used for battles. And due to its popularity, by the end of the sixteenth century, mature yew trees were nearly extinct in Northern Europe.

Unfortunately, I can’t really give you instructions on bow making or lessons on how to shoot accurately. Instead, I’m going to share a recipe for the medieval treat, gyngerbrede. In Sword of Trust, Bryce gets his cook to make gyngerbrede. He fills a bag with them and takes them north to the Scottish borderland to hand out to the children. Sweets have been loved for thousands of years. Today we know that sugar is bad for us. Regardless of that, we still crave the empty calories. Some things never change. Here is a wee bit of fun trivia for you. During the first century in some countries, sugar was only used for medicinal purposes and thought to heal many ailments.



1 loaf of wheat bread, grounded into breadcrumbs

1 cup of honey

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp black pepper


In a medium to large pan, bring your honey to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the foam that collects on the top and sides. Add your cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Stir well. When your spices are mixed in the honey begin adding your bread crumbs one cup at a time. Mix well and then knead it thoroughly. You can divide your dough up into quarters to make it easier to work with and roll out. Cut them into 1” squares. Dust the squares with a mixture of one part cinnamon and two parts sandalwood.

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Mary Hake, May 5

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Tales of Sisi Excel

Tales of Sisi Excel💓

Sisi Excel went to a wedding recently. She was enjoying herself with the wedding activities.

The MC (Master of Ceremonies) of the day was doing his best to liven the atmosphere as people were sitting on their chairs waiting for food.

The MC decided to share recharge cards (airtime) for the people who will participate in his quiz.

Meanwhile, Sisi Excel was pressing her phone and chatting with her friend.

The MC asked a question that was familiar to Sisi Excel. Sisi stood up in front of the wedding guests to answer the question with all the confidence she could mustered.

Could you believe the MC cancelled the answer? It was obvious even to the blind man that the answer Sisi Excel gave was the correct one for the quiz.

Sisi could not back down without a fight. She vehemently told the MC that her answer was right and why was he rejecting the answer?

The MC replied by informing the whole wedding guests that Sisi Excel cheated because she googled the answer from her phone.

Never in Sisi Excel’s life has she seen such a public false accusation.

Sisi told the MC to stop calling her a cheat because she never cheated and she was chatting with her friend online not googling the answer.

The embarrassment was too much for the MC. He had to call the DJ(Disc Jockey) to play some music to diffuse the atmosphere.

The music went on for some time and Sisi Excel forgot about the MC who rejected her answer.

Towards the end of the wedding, this same MC came to Sisi Excel’s table and told her he purposely rejected her answer so he will not give her the MTN recharge card of 200 naira.

Sisi Excel’s reaction⬇️
So because of MTN 200 naira recharge card, you are doing like this🥴