Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt — Review

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a story about first love, lost love, and forever love. Being that it’s a destination wedding novel, I expected a pretty lighthearted story. It was actually much heavier than I anticipated! Vogt’s characters are realistic, flawed, and people you want to root for. She layers in the character backgrounds really well. Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a mixture of romance and suspense, and it’s very much women’s fiction. Not to be missed!!

Publisher Info:

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VkD0s8

About the author:

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel,Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).
Visit Beth online:  websiteFacebookTwitter

The Story Behind Crazy Little Thing Called Love — from The Litfuse Blog

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We asked Beth Vogt to tell us the story behind Crazy Little Thing Called Love.Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?

There were two sparks for Crazy Little Thing Called Love: the first was the whole idea of young love and a couple eloping. I know people who were high school sweethearts and got married, and their marriages are still going strong. The second was the realization that we’ve all made mistakes and wishing we could undo those mistakes.

How long did your book take you to write?

I use The Book Buddy, a work-text developed by author Susan May Warren, and take about two weeks to develop my characters, my plot, and my spiritual thread. Then I take a month to fast draft the story before I rewrite it. All told, the process for the initial draft I sent to my editor took about 10 weeks.

How long was the editing/publishing process?

From start to finish – which includes my first draft, second edits, copy edits, and galley edits – one year.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

There’s so much I could say to aspiring writers. Find a mentor. Invest in writers’ conferences. Join My Book Therapy (author Susan May Warren’s writing community). Most importantly, stay grounded in who God says you are. The publishing business can mess with your head.

What’s your next book or project?

There are two more installments in the Destination Wedding series in 2016: another novella and another novel: Almost like Being in Love.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Radha Beauty Peppermint Essential Oil – Review

Radha Beauty Peppermint Essential Oil

My family has been using peppermint oil for years. We put it in the windows to keep ants out, on cotton balls placed strategically to deter mice, in the laundry for scent, diffused throughout the house for freshness, and much more! So obviously I jumped at the chance to review Radha’s Peppermint Oil, which comes in a large 4 Fl oz bottle at a pretty great price (currently on sale for $12!!). The blue glass bottle comes with a dropper, which is definitely necessary when using essential oils. Radha’s Peppermint Oil is 100% pure & natural and premium therapeutic grade. My family is really careful about which essential oils we apply to skin or take internally, and I wouldn’t use Radha Beauty’s oil for either of those. Maybe it’s just that it’s cheaper, but I prefer to only use this oil around the house and in laundry. It has a strong peppermint scent, but the scent fades fairly quickly compared to some of my pricier oils. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up for use around the house! Keep reading for info from the brand.

  • PREMIUM PEPPERMINT OIL – 100% Pure & Natural Essential Oil Therapeutic Grade- The best Peppermint Oil on the market produced through steam distillation of fresh leaves. This versatile oil can be used in oil diffuser, household cleaning & much more! 4 ounce bottle!- GREAT ROOM REFRESHER!
  • PREMIUM QUALITY PEPPERMINT OIL -Scientific studies suggest Peppermint Oil is know to relieve headaches, migraines, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea and much more! Great to mix with carrier oils such as Radha’s Fractionated Coconut Oil to relax and soothe sore muscles. Another benefit is that it has a pleasant aroma and opens the sinuses and bronchial tubes for easier breathing, which results in deeper relaxation.
  • AMAZING AROMATHERAPY EXPEIRENCE- Add a few drops of Radha Peppermint Oil into your oil diffuser to inhale the ultimate serenity while refreshing the room with the crisp scent of Peppermint Oil. This spectacular scent will also open your airway and fill you with an invigorating fresh, renewed feeling.
  • – WORKS OR YOUR MONEY BACK – Our Guarantee: We back our products up with a LIFETIME hassle-free money back guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. There is absolutely no risk to you when you order now! If you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked (you do not even have to return the bottle). Our #1 priority is to make sure our customers are completely happy.

Learn About the Brand

Growing up in an Indian home in South-East Asia (Singapore), I (Rebekah Letch, Co-Founder of Radha Beauty) was constantly bathed in oils. Oil baths were part of my regime growing up. As a kid, my mother would adorn my hair and skin with different oils and create natural mixtures using spices and oils from turmeric, coconut, argan, lavender, peppermint etc which left my skin insanely soft, supple, blemish free and radiant. I would always get compliments on how healthy and radiant my long hair and skin were. Over the next 10 years, I worked with some of the world’s best makeup artists as a professional ballet dancer and model. However, I noticed that after each session, my face would either break out, or get really dry and flaky. The more I learned about the toxic chemicals in most cosmetics, the more I wondered: did beauty have to be bad for us?
I couldn’t accept that. I wanted cosmetics that embodied luxury and conscience — cosmetics that were sexy and fun, high quality and organic, effective and good for Mother Earth.

In 2014, I started Radha Beauty a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world. Radha Beauty embellishes beauty with the earth’s most natural oils and our natural skin care line. Our products are Cruelty Free and Not Tested on Animals. We believe that beauty does not have to be bad for us, as in our industry today, harsh chemicals are used in most beauty products. Our professional-level performance and luxe feel beauty line embodies luxury and conscience using high quality and organic ingredients which are effective and good for Mother Earth.

Radha Beauty Peppermint Essential Oil is available on Amazon.

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

OZ Naturals’ & goPURE Naturals Youth Eye Gel Reviews


OZ Naturals’ Super Youth Eye Gel

goPURE Naturals Youth Glow Eye Gel

I’ve been trying both of these eye gels. They have pretty similar ingredients, packaging, and appearance. They both feel nice going on skin, but I haven’t noticed any big change in terms of wrinkles or fine lines. Regardless, I like using eye creams/gels, there’s something soothing about it, like being pampered! If you’re looking for strong wrinkle fighting results, these may not be right for you. Both products claim to solve various eye problems, so either could be worth a try if you have dark circles, puffiness, etc. It’s worth noting that the OZ Naturals gel can be used as an all over face treatment. I’ve tried several OZ Naturals products and been pretty satisfied with all of them. goPURE Naturals is newer to me, but I like their approach and ingredients. Both products are available on Amazon for less than $20! (Links below) Read on for more information about the products.

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OxyRub Pain Relief Cream — Review & Coupon

OxyRub Pain Relief Cream

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To learn about the product and the science behind it, start reading here. If you just want my review, skip to the bottom!

What is it?

OxyRub pain relief cream rubs away pain—right on contact!

OxyRub works within minutes to:

– Dissolve arthritis pain in knees, hips, fingers, and wrists
– Relieve tense, painful back, leg, and neck muscles
– Cool and soothe stubborn bursitis pain
– Take the throbs out of bumps, sprains, and bruises
– And so much more…

Pain is the single most common reason that patients seek medical care—and yet, there have been shockingly few truly effective solutions. NOT ANYMORE. Now, not even the worst chronic pain can stand up to the pain-relieving power of OxyRub. Whether you’ve been fighting arthritis pain for ages or just suffer from aches and pains after a round of golf or an afternoon in the garden, OxyRub pain relief cream can eliminate your pain—quickly.

OxyRub combines the pain-relieving power of menthol with a patented, proprietary oxygenated essential oil into a soothing, pleasant-smelling cream.

How does it work?

OxyRub’s secret lies in a patented blend of menthol, emollients, and oxygenated essential oil in a soothing, non-greasy cream that’s absorbed into the skin in seconds with NO burning or irritation!

linical studies prove OxyRub has twice the pain-fighting power

In a double-blind, randomized, controlled head-to-head study, OxyRub pain relief cream was put to the test against a leading, mainstream menthol-only cream. After 8 days, users reported their acute pain decreased by an impressive 27.8% compared to just 13.7% in the menthol-only group. That’s more than double the effectiveness of one of the top mainstream pain creams!

Users also reported a 59.9% improvement in mobility and flexibility compared to just 34.4% in the menthol-only group.

Many users reported relief in as little as 30–45 seconds…with increased pain-relieving power over the next 30 minutes and lasting for hours at a time. Plus, OxyRub continues to work better the longer you use it! And you can apply it as often as you need it.

A high-quality source for pain relief

OxyRub harnesses the soothing power of menthol (a proven OTC pain reliever) in combination with an “essential oxygen oil” for fast-acting, long-lasting pain relief. This exclusive combination of ingredients provides joints and muscles with relief from aches and strains and even the pain of arthritis.

In a double-blind, randomized, controlled head-to-head study, OxyRub Pain Relief Cream was tested against a leading menthol-only pain cream. By day 8 of the treatment, acute pain in OxyRub users had decreased by double that of those using the other pain-relief cream. During the study, limitation of activity decreased by 59.9% for OxyRub users, compared to 34.4% for the menthol-only group.

Essential Oils & Ancient Practices: How oil, oxygen & sunshine soothe skin

In the 1950s and ’60s, Professor Pierre Baranger—a member of the Pasteur Institute’s scientific team—traveled throughout India studying the healing powers of chaulmoogra oils. These oils were known throughout the East for their exceptional restorative virtues, including relief from joint, muscle, tendon, and even bone aches.

Upon further study into the healing qualities of chaulmoogra, Baranger became perplexed as to why modern doctors in the mainland cities weren’t using the oils. Local healers informed him that it was because modern doctors didn’t know the secret to properly preparing the oils. To truly harness its natural healing powers, the oil first had to be exposed to sun and open air for 20 years. Using all he had learned from the medicine men of India, Baranger was able pioneer a process that replicates 20 years of oxygenation in just 3 days. This allowed him to introduce these powerful soothing oils to the West.

Dr. Pergolizzi was first introduced to the benefits of oxygenated oil while traveling through Germany. During his time abroad, he spoke to an Olympic trainer whose athletes were rubbing oxygenated oil onto their muscles to relieve aches and pains. This inspired Dr. Pergolizzi to learn more about oxygenated oil, the history of its use, and how he could best incorporate it into his own pain-relief treatments.

Dr. Pergolizzi’s OxyRub utilizes the therapeutic features of vegetable oil via oxygenation and sun exposure.

What’s in it?

nutrition

How is it used?

Simple: Just rub the cream on the area you’re experiencing pain.

Who is Healthy Directions?

Our business originated in the newsletter division of Phillips Publishing International (PPI) more than two decades ago.

In 1985, PPI began expanding its newsletter offerings to include natural health–related titles that featured advice from alternative medicine doctors. These included the 1991 launch of our flagship letter, Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing, and the acquisition of Mountain Home Publishing and the newsletter Alternatives, both owned by Dr. David Williams.

The health advice was well-received, and readers began calling to find out where they could buy the nutritional products recommended by our physician editors. We helped point them to safe, appropriate sources, and then began working with the doctors to formulate their own supplements.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2004, the business was sold and officially rebranded as Healthy Directions. Today we are proud to be a leading health publisher and direct-to-consumer retailer of doctor-formulated nutritional supplements and skincare products, dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives. Healthy Directions provides expert guidance and advanced nutritional supplements from America’s most knowledgeable and highly respected integrative and alternative health doctors including Julian Whitaker, MD, Dr. David Williams, Stephen Sinatra, MD, Susan Lark, MD, Aaron Tabor, MD, Richard Wurtman, MD, and Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr., MD.

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Does it work?

Short answer: YES! I was pleasantly surprised by this product. While the information about the product kind of reads like an infomercial, the product itself WORKS. I’ve been pleased with every Healthy Directions product I’ve tried, so I really shouldn’t have been surprised. My family used OxyRub for muscle relief pain. It worked as well as brand name muscle rubs. We loved that OxyRub utilizes healthier ingredients. If you’re looking for a ‘better-for-you’ approach to pain relief, definitely check out OxyRub. It’s pricey, but if you’re super strict about ingredients, this may be what you’re looking for.

Where do I get it?

Amazon – Use code SAVEOXY2 to save 20% off your first purchase of OxyRub (1 tube – 4 oz.) sold by Healthy Directions on Amazon. The seller must be Healthy Directions for the coupon code to work.

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

Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer — Review + Coupon!

Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer

What is it?

The power of retinol without the harshness—Visibly reduce the signs of aging for more luminous, brighter skin

Trilane® Retinol + Vitamin C moisturizer gives you everything original Trilane® Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Squalane offers, plus age-fighting and skin-renewing antioxidants to leave your skin smoother, more even, for a more radiant, youthful glow.

– Smoothes and evens out skin texture
– Speeds turnover of skin cells
– Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
– Protects your skin from environmental damage
– Diminishes brown spots
– Minimizes and unclogs pores
– Gentle enough for everyday use

How does it work?

From Healthy Directions:

Science and Quality

Retinoil-5™

Retinoil-5 contains a unique combination of 5 ingredients that give you the wrinkle-fighting power of retinol without any redness, irritation, or flaking.

  1. RETINOL erases wrinkles and smoothes skin. The superstar of skin renewal, retinol works on a molecular level to speed up cell turnover, revealing fresh, new skin cells and glowing skin beneath. Clinical studies1 show retinol works to:
  • Reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fade away brown spots
  • Boost skin-plumping collagen
  • Smooth the skin texture
  • Shrink unsightly large pores

Retinoil-5 provides retinyl palmitate, a precursor to retinol that’s blended together with retinol to give you all the benefits without the harshness of pure retinol!

  1. VITAMIN C helps retinol work better! This powerhouse antioxidant helps protect against the aging effects of the sun and free-radical damage. And it helps clarify and brighten skin for a more even skin tone. Plus, research shows that vitamin C helps retinol work better!So you get even more age-fighting power, but still none of the irritation or redness.
  2. POMEGRANATE hydrates and calms your skin. This superfood is packed with micronutrients, antioxidants, and phytosterols that not only work on the inside of your body—but work like magic when applied to parched or aging skin. Its sterols increase skin hydration and its fatty acids calm and soothe skin.
  3. LICORICE brightens and evens out skin tone. The root of licorice (which contains glycyrrhetinic acid) when applied topically helps soothe irritated, inflamed skin and acts a skin brightener to help even out skin tone. It’s also known for its ability to help fade dark spots.
  4. CUCUMBER rejuvenates and “cools” skin. This favorite summer vegetable has been used for hundreds of years as a facial treatment and remedy for skin irritation thanks to its cooling effect. Its high alkaline level also helps improve your skin’s pH and neutralize acidity.

Aloe vera

A 2-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study suggests that freeze-dried Aloe vera extract improves skin hydration.2

Squalane

Squalane is naturally found in your sebum, a critical substance in the skin’s outer layer that keeps your skin moist, soft, and free from wrinkles. The trouble is squalane levels peak in your 20s, then start to decline.  It’s one of the reasons we lose that dewy, luminous look, especially after age 40 when squalane levels really start to run dry.

When you lose squalane, your skin loses elasticity, gets drier, and becomes more prone to wrinkles. But when you replenish your skin with squalane, it’s like feeding your skin its own natural moisturizer.  Squalane has been used as an ingredient in topical creams and cosmetics for several decades.3

Jojoba Esters

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical study, researchers evaluated the skin application of jojoba esters. The results showed a decrease in dryness, roughness, and flakiness in just 30 minutes; reduced fine lines in one hour; and visibly improved skin firmness in 5 hours.4


1Randhawa M, et al. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Mar;14(3):271–80.
2Dal’Belo SE, et al. Skin Res Technol. 2006 Nov;12(4):241–6.
3Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Squalane and Squalene. pg 41.
4Schwartz S, et al. International Research Services, Inc. Final Report. May 8, 1995.

What’s in it?

Uses: Trilane® Retinol + Vitamin C contains a proprietary blend of gentle, yet effective, 100% natural anti-aging ingredients to speed cell turnover and leave your skin radiant

Directions: This product is an all-natural formula and some slight settling of ingredients may occur. If this happens, shake gently to combine before applying.

How is it used?

For best results: After cleansing, apply generously to face and neck in the morning and evening.

Who is Healthy Directions?

Our business originated in the newsletter division of Phillips Publishing International (PPI) more than two decades ago.

In 1985, PPI began expanding its newsletter offerings to include natural health–related titles that featured advice from alternative medicine doctors. These included the 1991 launch of our flagship letter, Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing, and the acquisition of Mountain Home Publishing and the newsletter Alternatives, both owned by Dr. David Williams.

The health advice was well-received, and readers began calling to find out where they could buy the nutritional products recommended by our physician editors. We helped point them to safe, appropriate sources, and then began working with the doctors to formulate their own supplements.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2004, the business was sold and officially rebranded as Healthy Directions. Today we are proud to be a leading health publisher and direct-to-consumer retailer of doctor-formulated nutritional supplements and skincare products, dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives. Healthy Directions provides expert guidance and advanced nutritional supplements from America’s most knowledgeable and highly respected integrative and alternative health doctors including Julian Whitaker, MD, Dr. David Williams, Stephen Sinatra, MD, Susan Lark, MD, Aaron Tabor, MD, Richard Wurtman, MD, and Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr., MD.

Does it work?

I was actually already a fan of Healthy Directions before trying this product, and I didn’t realize their connection to this moisturizer until I sat down to write the review! If anything, Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer made me love Healthy Directions even more. I expected a serum, but this product is kind of a serum-moisturizer hybrid. It’s less cloudy and oily than most serums, but it’s not as thick and creamy as a typical moisturizer. The product is actually fairly runny and looks almost like perfume in the bottle. The packaging feels nice and expensive, which is always a plus for me. I love a glass bottle! Luxurious packaging makes using beauty products feel more like pampering. The pump is very functional–it’s sanitary (keeps bacteria out) and helps control how much product is dispensed. However, it seems to shoot out of the pump sometimes, which can be an issue. This moisturizer feels amazing going on the skin, and it takes a few minutes to sink in. If you’re going to follow it with a cream, make sure to give this product time to sink in completely. It leaves my skin looking fresh, dewy, and clean. I can’t speak for how well it works on wrinkles, but my mom has tried it a few times and is impressed with the results. Her face looks a little firmer, and she loves how the product feels going on! It does seem to be helping my dryness, and I’m not having flaky skin near as often. I’ve very sensitive to scents in beauty products, and there is little (if any) scent to this one. I notice a faint minty smell when applying, almost like vapor rub, but it’s not too strong and quickly disappears. Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer is a little pricey, but one bottle will last you for awhile. And it could potentially replace several products in your beauty arsenal. If you’re interested, check out the coupon code below!

Where do I get it?

Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer is available on Amazon. Save 20% off your first purchase of Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C sold by Healthy Directions on Amazon.com. Use code SAVERETC Promotion code expires 12/31/15. Make sure you choose the one sold by Healthy Directions!!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3FY3GE

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

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub — Review

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

What is it?

THE SEA SALT BODY SCRUB: Made with Real Dead Sea Salt – 100% Pure and Genuine for an infusion of 21 Minerals Essential to Proper Skin Function. Great Exfoliator and Moisturizer.

Works Great in The Shower or Bath – Also a Great Hand Exfoliator to use in the Sink or Foot Scrub

How does it work?

THE BENEFITS: Fine Grain Dead Sea Salts Exfoliate the Top Layer of Dead Skin Cells to Reveal a New Younger Looking Layer of Radiant Skin. Deeply Moisturizing Oils Infuse Skin With Luxurious Hydration that Lasts All Day

Exfoliate and pamper body with this Salt Scrub that combines Dead Sea Salt and minerals with natural, moisturizing Oils. Gentle and reviving, the scrub exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a younger layer of skin. While smoothing and stimulating the skin, this relaxing body scrub will gently buff away dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth, supple and refreshed. Scrubs help circulation and are a wonderful way to invigorate your skin. The abrasive action of the salt will remove dead skin cells and open pores, allowing them to breathe. A vigorous scrub not only softens, stimulates and cleans the skin but also makes it look lighter.

How is it used?

Lightly massage on skin. Rinse.

Who is Adovia?

Adovia Mineral Skin Care has been producing skin care products for ten years with thousands of satisfied customers and a proven track record. Our formulation experts specialize in hair & skin care products made from Dead Sea Mud and Dead Sea Salt. Our products are 100% CRUELTY FREE and Never Tested on Animals.

  • THE GUARANTEE: Buy Risk Free with our 1 YEAR 100%, Unconditional, No Questions Asked, Money Back Guarantee! We are so confident that you will love these exfoliator sea salt scrub that if you are not satisfied please contact us for a complete refund.

Does it work?

I like this body scrub. I have super sensitive skin, but this one doesn’t irritate it. I feel a slight tingle when applying it, but that quickly subsides. The ocean scent is pleasant and stays on skin for a bit. This scrub left my skin noticeably softer and smoother. It can be used in the shower or bath on body or as a hand or foot exfoliant. It can be a little messy at times, and be careful if it gets in the bottom of your shower. The oils can make it pretty slippery. Apart from that, it definitely turns a normal bath or shower into a spa-like experience!

Where do I get it?

Amazon – Seller: goPure Naturals

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Do you have a favorite body scrub? Let me know in the comments!

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson — Review

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor is the collision of three generations of stories. The setting jumps back and forth between the past and present, which is noted by the date on the past sections and a different font used for each time-frame. The story starts with Maggie and later moves to Libby, but much of the book is viewed through the eyes of Heather, our present-day main character. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say this is a story about history repeating itself. It’s also a tale of secrets–from family, from others–and what happens when they come out. I enjoyed this story very much. There’s a definite twist that the author lets us in on late in the story, but well before the characters pick up on it. This book is a mystery of sorts, mainly of family heritage and a suspicious death. It’s not super intense, which I actually liked. It’s interesting and realistic and sheds a light on how people with disabilities were viewed in the past. Libby likely falls somewhere on the autism spectrum, but no one knew that in her time. The author paints a picture of what life was like and mentions how different things are today. It’s ultimately a story of family and forgiveness, how truth can heal wounds. There are a lot of moving parts, which took some getting used to. Early on I had to keep looking back to remember which character was which. That being said, I’m very glad I read Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, and I hope you’ll read it, too. The book is extremely well written and includes beautiful descriptions of gardens and manors. I strongly suggest you read the author’s note after finishing the story, as I found it informative and a nice conclusion to the book. Highly recommended for fans of inspirational fiction, family sagas, and mild suspense.

Publisher Info:

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1HuCCkT

About the author:

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indianawon Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.

Find Melanie online: website, Twitter, Facebook

The Story Behind Shadows of Ladebrooke Manor — from The Litfuse Blog

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We’ve asked Melanie Dobson to tell us the story behind Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor. Read our interview with Melanie to learn more!


Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?

Researching and writing a novel is a little bit like working on a puzzle—I find pieces of inspiration from all sorts of places and then try to fit those pieces together to create a story. For Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, I was inspired by a number of things: the manor homes and gardens in England, the process to restore damaged artwork, the beauty and migration of butterflies, parents who fight for their autistic children, unique, talented kids who don’t always fit into society’s box of normal, and most of all, by the power of God to redeem and restore broken relationships.

What was the hardest part about writing your latest novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?

Middles have always been my greatest challenge. I start writing a novel excited about the beginning, and I have a fairly good idea of how the story will end. Weaving together all the threads in the middle is hard for me though. I’ve learned to press on, and then come back and edit once I’ve written the last chapter of my book.

What do you love most about your main character?

My main characters are four generations of Doyle women, and one man—Walter Doyle—who loved all of them. Walter and each of these women are crucial to the story, but I’ll pick Libby sinceShadows of Ladenbrooke Manor revolves around what happened to her. I love Libby’s creativity, her desire for relationships even when they are difficult, her loyalty to Oliver Croft, and her passion to paint beautiful butterflies.

When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor was my exploration of God’s light shining through the shadows of life, along with the beauty and power of His restoration through generations. The story is ultimately about transformation — how even in the hardest situations God can weave together a story of hope and redemption and create incredible beauty from the ashes of our lives. When readers finish reading this novel, I hope they are inspired to see God working through the shadows in their own life.

What are you working on next?

Right now I’m writing another novel set in England, and I’m editing a magical middle grade series that I wrote with my daughters.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Side Note: IT’S OFFICIALLY 5 MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!