Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh — Review

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

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Synopsis:

Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

My Thoughts:

When I saw Paper Hearts was available for review, I grabbed it instantly! I fell in love with Walsh’s Sweethaven series and have been waiting for something new from her. Paper Hearts is a love story, but it’s so much more. It’s about feelings of unworthiness, self-blame, and failure. It’s about forgiveness, perfect love, and romance. Walsh proves her talent for making characters real and dynamic. Not only did I see parts of myself in Abigail Pressman, but also in each of the supporting characters. While parts of the story were rather predictable, Walsh manages to keep an underlying sense of suspense throughout the book. I appreciate the realness and reverent manner in which the author approaches grief and death. I expected this book to be mostly lighthearted, but I was pleasantly surprised by the heavier storyline. I loved reading about the ladies in the Valentine Volunteers and hope to see more of them in the future. Loves Park is a place I’d love to visit again! Bring it on, Courtney Walsh!

To see the adorable video trailer for Paper Hearts, go here.

Visit the author’s Facebook page here.

*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong — Review

At Home in Last Chance (A Place to Call Home Book 3) by Cathleen Armstrong

At Home in Last Chance is the third book in Armstrong’s A Place to Call Home series. Like the first two, this story is set in Last Chance, New Mexico. Kaitlyn Reed was introduced in the 2nd book, One More Last Chance, as Chris’ sister who dropped off her daughter and took off with her new boyfriend. Kaitlyn has returned to Last Chance in an effort to clean up her life and take care of her daughter. However, she finds it hard to escape her past mistakes in a town so small and seemingly judgmental. Throw in Steven Braden, charmer extraordinaire, and Kaitlyn’s task gets much more difficult. At Home in Last Chance is a story in which you can’t help but care about the characters, and Armstrong adequately avoids predictability. I don’t love the cover, mainly because it’s not at all how I picture Kaitlyn. Despite that, the story feels honest and realistic. Fans of Chris & Sarah will love seeing their story continue in this Last Chance novel. Highly recommended for fans of Contemporary Inspirational Fiction!

Publisher’s Synopsis:

What happens when the life you’re running from won’t let go of your heart?

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.

Author Info:

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. She is the author of Welcome to Last Chance, winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women’s Fiction, and One More Last Chance.

*I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.

The Kindle version of all 3 books in this series are currently on sale on Amazon!! Check them out now!!

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum — Review

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Product Description

ONCE RADIANT SKIN IS YOURS AGAINFoxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum provides you the most effective moisturizing agent on the market today. PERIOD. Only proven ingredients coming together for this clinical strength serum. Enjoy results while giving your skin the nourishment it needs.

• Plump and even skin texture
• Nurture supple and smooth skin
• Provide essential moisture for that natural glow
• Remove wrinkles, fine lines and creases
• Boost elasticity and hydration of the skin
• Protects from UVB rays which lead to sunspots and discolorationYou’re a few drops away from radiant skin. Foxbrim’s unique vegan formulation is perfect for all skin types. Natural moisture that brings back to life tired and visibly worn skin. Achieve that natural glow.

Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum includes:
+ Hyaluronic Acid – Unparalleled in it’s ability to hold in moisture (1000x its weight in water)
+ Vitamins C & E – In concert with Hyaluronic Acid, these essential nutrients enrich and fortify damaged and under-nourished skin
+ MSM – Aids in maintaining youthful and healthy skin
+ Green Tea – Exceptional anti-inflammatory agent with antioxidant properties

For the natural glow, look no further. We encourage you… try Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. If you’re unsatisfied in ANY WAY we’ll provide you a total refund (for every penny!). No Questions Asked. It’s that simple. What do you have to lose?

IMPORTANT FOR YOUR PURCHASE: Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is crafted in small batches. This has made it difficult to meet the high demand. We encourage you to secure your bottle now while it’s in stock.

  • THERE IS NO EQUAL: There is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum promises a fresher, brighter complexion. It’s never been so easy.
  • POTENT, POWERFUL and PROVEN: Stop fighting nature! Let it help you find your ★ BEST SKIN YET ★ Enjoy the powerful blend of high quality natural ingredients as it refreshes worn, aged and ragged skin.
  • ONCE BEAUTIFUL SKIN IS YOURS AGAIN: Turn back the hands of time with a few drops a day. Why wait when it can be yours?
  • ABSOLUTELY PURE: For you that means NO parabens, NO additives, NO fillers. Not Tested on Animals. Nothing you don’t want and everything you need!
  • FOXBRIM PROVIDES YOU A ★ RISK FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE ★ There is absolutely no risk when you order now! Try Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with your results we will provide you a full refund. What do you have to lose?

MY REVIEW:

I’ve tried several serums over the past year, and this is one of my favorites. It’s gentle on sensitive skin, feels great going on, and is good for your skin! I wish it had a citrusy scent like Murad’s Vitamin C serum, but that’s something I can overlook. I really like the consistency of this serum, which almost feels like a gel. I have noticed an improvement in my skin already, and I’ve only been using the serum about a month. I like the packaging of this product as well, from the dark bottle to the cute label. If you’re searching for a new serum to try out, look no further! Foxbrim’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is currently $14.50 on Amazon with free Prime shipping. Check it out here.

*I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil — Review

Have you tried Tea Tree Oil? It’s extremely versatile–seriously, it can be used for a TON of things! I recently tried Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (available on Amazon). You can get a pretty big bottle (4 oz) for around $25.

Here are a few things tea tree oil can be used for:
Naturally fight Acne, Toenail Fungus, Lice, Yeast Infections, Skin Tags, Cold Sores, Dandruff, Ringworm, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis, and More.
Use to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste. Stop polluting your home and make all natural Household Cleaners, Detergents, Shower Sprays, Bathroom Disinfectants, and Kitchen Sprays. We recently made a really simple solution to get rid of mold. All you have to do is spray it on and leave it!

Info from the Manufacturer:
Every purchase comes with a FREE eBook 50+ Uses for Tea Tree Oil. We provide you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house. This is yours to keep even if you return the tea tree oil.
We Have the Tests to Prove Our Tea Tree Oil’s Purity and Potency. Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs. We have the Gas Chromatography Report to prove our tea tree oil is 100% undiluted, and without impurities. Find out what the Aborigines have known for centuries about this amazing gift from nature.
Our Australian tea tree plantation has received awards for its industry-leading, conservation farming practices. They have the smallest carbon footprint of any producer of pure and natural Tea Tree Oil. The Australian Parliament has invited them to represent farming operators at a Carbon Farming Incentive forum. They were one of the first producers to be accredited under the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association Code of Practice. The nutrition program for the Tea Tree plants is based on organic fertilizers. When using pesticides (a necessity to ensure the health of the plants) they employ a shield sprayer to minimize any contact with the plant. Whenever possible natural crop protection products are used.

The free eBook comes in so handy. If you’re interested in using essential oils, this is a great place to start! Order your tea tree oil today and start looking through the eBook for ideas. I think you’ll love it!

Here’s the link! Tea Tree Oil

*This post was sponsored by BrandBacker.

Morea Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum With Vitamin C + Green Tea — Review

MOREA Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum with Vitamin C + Green Tea

Product Description

FINALLY: Powerful New Serum Promotes Smooth, Glowing Skin At A Fraction of The Price

This serum is great for busy women who want to pack a powerful punch of ingredients into one product. Also great for organic minded women. Hyaluronic acid is known for its proven ability to reverse the signs of aging. This silky smooth formula is loaded with antioxidants Vitamin C and Green Tea to promote collagen production and protect your skin from UV damage.

What makes this serum better than all the others?
• Instantly plump fine lines while reducing the appearance of wrinkles gradually
• Add intense moisture to dry skin
• Instant glowing complexion
• Improve appearance of dark under eye circles
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Our unique formula is so safe and effective it passed the rigorous standards to be sold at Whole Foods.
• Paraben Free
• 72% Organic
• Cruelty Free
• Airless Pump Bottle Keeps Ingredients Potent
Our serum is handcrafted in the U.S.A. in small quantities for maximum quality.

My Review

I really like this serum! The pump is a nice change from the usual dropper that I find in serums. It dispenses a good amount of product, and it’s easy to push. The serum itself is a little thicker than I’m used to, but I like that it’s unscented. Having said that, I don’t like it as much as Murad’s Vitamin C serum that smells like natural citrus. The product seems to be making my skin look smoother. The packaging is nice, but I kind of wish I could see the product inside. Overall, I’m happy with this serum.

MOREA Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum is available on Amazon.com.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Old Factory Candle Gift Set — Review

Old Factory Candle Gift Set

These candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

Below are the list of Themes and their related fragrances.
Fall Harvest
Pumpkin Spice
Cranberry
Autumn Leaves

Happy Holidays
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Gingerbread

Winter Wonderland
Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Romance
Rose Petals
Champagne
Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean
Lemongrass
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Spa Day
Cucumber
Lemongrass
Green Tea

Vacation
Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

Coffee Shop
Coffee Bean
Hazelnut
Chai Tea

Man Cave
Straight Razor
Leather
Mahogany

High as a Kite
Cannabis
Incense
Bag O’ Cookies

New Born Baby
Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

I ordered the Fall Harvest Old Factory Candle Collection, and I absolutely loved it! The packaging is sturdy and looks nice enough to give as a gift. I kept the box to store the candles in when they aren’t in use. These candles provided good burn time–they lasted much longer than I expected! Pumpkin Spice was the unanimous favorite in my household, and Cranberry came in second. We actually didn’t love Cranberry at first, but it really grew on us! Autumn Leaves was our least favorite, but we like it enough that it will get used. The only issue I had with these candles was that the labels were switched on 2 of them when they arrived, but it was pretty easy to figure that out. These candles would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the holiday season, but also consider them for housewarming or hostess gifts throughout the year. Old Factory candles come in SO many scents, there’s a candle for every occasion!

Old Factory Candle Gift Sets are available exclusively on amazon.com. They are sold out of several collections right now, but keep checking back. They are currently on sale for $25 and Free Prime Shipping!!

I received this product for free through Tomoson in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I like, and all opinions posted here are my own.

Winter Brides (A Year of Weddings) — Review

Winter Brides by Denise Hunter, Deborah Raney, & Betsy St. Amant

Winter Brides is a collection of three novellas from the Zondervan series ‘A Year of Weddings.’ Winter Brides contains the stories from December, January, and February.

Info from the Publisher:

Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three winter weddings . . .

A December Bride by Denise Hunter

When Layla O’Reilly and Seth Murphy make their engagement public, she knows it’s only to convince a major client that she’s high-society enough to work for his agency. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, but she’s never given him the time of day. For Layla, this romantic illusion is the chance to save her career. And for Seth, it’s the chance to finally win her heart.

A January Bride by Deborah Raney

Novelist Madeleine Houser arranges a temporary office in a local bed and breakfast to escape the distracting renovations on her own house. Although she’s never laid eyes on the inn’s owner, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them as they leave daily notes for each other, and before long, Maddie finds herself falling for her mysterious host—a man likely many years her senior—and a man she’s never even met.

A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant

History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—wearing the same dress passed down for generations of women in her family, all women with histories of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. When thrown unexpectedly together for a wedding months later, Allie and Marcus discover their own story might be far from over.

My Reviews:

A December Bride:

I always fall so easily into Denise Hunter’s stories! This is the first in a series called A Year of Weddings. Each novella will be written by a different author. A December Bride focuses on Layla. The story starts with her scramble to find a date for a wedding–but not just any wedding. Her ex is marrying her cousin, and it still stings. She ends up going with her ex’s former best friend, Seth. Things get tricky when Seth offers a lie about his and Layla’s relationship, and that’s when the story really starts to take off. Hunter has created a realistic tale with heart and holiday spirit. An easy read for a cozy evening!

A January Bride:

Several years ago my mom gave me a book with a cat on the cover. I was blown away by how much I loved the story inside! That book was Playing by Heart by Deborah Raney. When I started reading A January Bride, I thought, “This seems way too familiar. I think they may have ripped off that book with the cat on the cover.” After some research, I discovered A January Bride is in fact an updated, expanded edition of Playing by Heart!

A January Bride is the story of Maddie Houser and Arthur Tyler. The whole book revolves around simple misconceptions. I really enjoyed the story. My only criticism is that the last chapter should have either been an epilogue or labeled as some amount of time later. It would be implausible for the events to take place at that exact time. The author didn’t tell us how long it was between chapters, which I’d be interested to know. This is a fun read. I’d recommend it to fans of christian romance.

A February Bride:

I enjoyed this novella. I give it 3.5 stars. I think it’s hard to fully develop characters and tell a deep story in a novella because of the short length. However, St. Amant did a great job of it. I felt like I really got to know Marcus and Allie, while Hannah and Julie were strong supporting characters. The story was a little predictable, but it was still enjoyable. A February Bride is a short, sweet, easy read. When the story begins, Allie has just left Marcus at the altar. The women in her family have terrible track records when it comes to marriage, and Allie thinks she will ruin Marcus’ life by marrying him. Marcus’ sister, Hannah, gets engaged a few months later and asks Allie to be her maid of honor. Of course this leads to all kinds of awkward situations for Allie and Marcus. I’d recommend reading this on a lazy afternoon when you’re yearning for a good story. Don’t forget to check out the other books in the A Year of Weddings series!

Winter Brides is available now in paperback and digital form! It’d make a great gift for the Christian Fiction fan in your life!!

*I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.