Friday, April 17, 2015

Loved it! "Finding Me" by Kathryn Cushman

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about the book....

What would you do if you learned your life was a lie? 

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction. 

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

my review....

Kathryn Cushman returns in fine form with her latest novel, "Finding Me". All the best things I love about Cushman's writing are again present, as readers will encounter strong characterization, lots of plot twists, and a tale with such emotional depth that you will no doubt be reaching for the Kleenex. I simply couldn't get enough of the character of Kelli, whose entire world is rocked to its core upon the discovery that her father and stepmother were keeping life-changing secrets from her. Watching her journey of discovering the truth about her past and about who she is was fascinating to behold, and had me contemplating how I would respond in similar circumstances. How would I be able to forgive my parents if they acted like Kelli's did? How would that change how I felt about myself? Cushman has done such an admirable job of making her characters come to life that I wanted to step into the pages and give Kelli a hug and a little bit of hope that the ending is coming - and we all know that books have happy endings, right? No book such as this could have a perfectly resolved ending, but its realistic portrayal of Kathryn's life and of blessings in the midst hardship made the ending all the sweeter.

Readers are sure to close the pages of this novel feeling uplifted and encouraged, with the knowledge that God can redeem even those situations that seem hopeless. "Finding Me" is one of those books that will be waiting on my shelf until I can have the chance to again revisit these characters and this intriguing plot that kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and award it a high recommendation and 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Kathryn Cushman

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author ofAngel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her website at

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kindle Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Author Chat Party with Colleen Coble

Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust? Find out in book two, A Heart's Obsession, of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series. When Sarah Montgomery’s father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother’s will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

Celebrate book two in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge (blog tour coming in mid-April)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!