First Impressions are everything

Today we are going to look at the newest novel from the The Jane Austen Series by Debra White Smith. First Impression is a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I have not read Pride and Prejudice, but this book made me want to find a copy to see what the original novel was like.

When we meet our characters, we are at Mrs. DeBloom’s house with her nephew, Dave Davidson and his friend Calvin Barclay,  a young lawyer Eddi Boswick, and few other significant individuals preparing for the play of Pride and Prejudice. Dave and Eddi despise each other until the forces of nature bring them together.  (Literally, a tornado approaches and they get stuck in it.) But things become more and more complicated when Mrs. DeBloom assigns Dave and Eddi opposite leading roles of Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Dave Davidson has a secret past and he does not want anyone to know of the secrets he carries, that’s why he moved to this little town of London, Texas. But Eddi Boswick may be the end of all that. She is a very suspicious individual and knows Dave is hiding something big. However, the worse part is that since the tornado, Dave can not stop thinking about the only woman that will not throw herself at him. He’d marry her right now, if she’d just give him the time of day. Will Dave come up with the courage to speak to her and get his feelings out in the open?

Eddi Boswick cannot stand Dave Davidson. She considers him as an arrogant rich man, who cares little about anyone else but himself. Eddi’s sister’s, Linda’s, new boyfriend Rick Wallace, confirms her suspicions with some examples from his childhood with Dave. However, Rick is very good at deception. Will Eddi continue  to believe Rick and his squeaky clean behavior or will Eddi try to hear out Dave before, she jumps to anymore conclusions?

I don’t want to go into anymore detail because I don’t want to ruin the suspense, but this book was very addicting. I’d love to pick up more of the series actually. The writing was amazing and it made you realize the First Impressions are everything, and to not jump to conclusions or to judge a person by there looks. Look at a person’s heart, because that is truly who they are. I think we, as people, in the current world we are in need to look more at people’s heart and quit judging other for their opinions or what they appear to have, and this book made me realize too many people judge a book by it’s cover.

Here are some places you can find the book:

Walmart: $14.00 Paperback

Amazon: $4.99 Kindle; $14.00 Paperback

Barnes and Noble: $6.49 Nook; $14.00 Paperback

Christianbook: $4.99 ebook; $12.49 Paperback

I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book for my honest opinion and to receive a complimentary copy. This book was awesome and I can’t wait to share with you my next book coming up in a week. I’ll see you all next time.

Happy Reading!!

The Life Handbook

Today we are going to review a new self-help advice guide. The College Girl’s Survivor Guide by Hannah Seymour can be used for reference to any level in life. The author clearly writes that the book can be read in its entirety or for the reader to jump to what is relevant in their life right now.

When I sat down with this book, I was not sure if it would apply to me in my life right now. I’m in my mid-twenties and have finished college a while back, however, I found some of the topics in this book really interesting. I read the first four chapters, as instructed in the introduction of the book then jumped around to relevant topics. Many of the topics in the book talk about relationships, friendships and how to handle it when your friends leave you, dating, sex, sexual assault, how to deal with roommates and your differences and so much more.

Although this book is written in a Christian perspective, it is far from narrow  minded and can apply to even secular people’s perspectives. I found this book very intriguing and it gave me some food for thought. I can’t say it gave me peace, only God can settle my soul, but it gave me some ideals to think about and consider with issues I have been currently having in my life.

I want to thank FaithWords publishing for giving me the complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed jumping around and this book will be a book that will stay on my shelf for quite a while. If you are interested in grabbing a copy, you can head over to one of these local retailers:

Walmart: $14.21 Paperback

Amazon: $14.21 Paperback; $9.99 Kindle

Christian book: $11.99 Paperback

Barnes and Noble: $15.20 Paperback; $9.99 Kindle


I can’t wait to share with you my next great read. It is spin from Pride and Prejudice. I can’t wait to share it all with you.  Until next time, Happy Summer and happy beach reading.

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

Hello, folks today we are going to review my latest read: The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

This book was full of endless adventure and more. It kept me at my seat and it was very well written.

When we start the book we meet a young, captive Native American girl, Mercy Lytton and her best friend and Ranger Captain Matthew Prinn. Matthew and Mercy are commanded to take the French traitor Elias Dubois to a fort in Boston over stealing gold. Mercy has been taken on in the military as a scout due to her keen eyesight. Mercy carries a lot of pain and heartaches. Due to this, she feels that God abandoned her.

Elias, Mercy, Matthew, and Rufus Bragg (the Captain’s son) are in charge of traveling through the New York forest. The group pose as a family with Elias and Mercy, as husband and wife. The trek becomes very dangerous and complicated. They run into many dangerous situations and eventually have a to bury the gold due to an Indian invasion and fight against the French. (What I believe is probably related to the French and Indian War) 🙂 It becomes a brutal fight and our travelers meet other individuals as well, which causes more issues for the group. Elias shares his faith with Mercy.

Elias and Mercy are constantly at each other’s necks, but there becomes a fondness toward each other. Will Mercy get past the fact that Elias is a traitor and show compassion? Will Mercy let go of the hurts and listen about the God Elias Dubois speaks of?  Will Elias reveal the secrets he holds and who he really is? Will they survive their journey to Boston without being killed and caught in the middle of a raging battle? You’ll have to grab a copy for yourself.

Here are some retailers where you can find this book:

Amazon: Kindle: $8.52; Paperback $8.97

BarnesandNoble: Paperback $9.69; Nook Preview: FREE

Walmart: $8.97 Paperback

Christianbook: $8.79 Paperback

I want to thank the publisher, Barbour Publishing, for the opportunity to read this great book. I didn’t have to write a review, but I enjoy my books so much, I just have to. I really enjoyed this book and the historical details were awesome. It was written well and made me want more. I was constantly thrilled to sit and read this book. A five star recommendation for sure.

I hope to see you again very soon with another book. Have a great July 4, and I’ll see you next time.

Happy Reading.