Spotlight and Excerpt: As The Light Fades by Catherine West

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Synopsis:

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

  •  Release Date: September 10, 2019

  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction

  • Publisher: KDP

Excerpt

Liz knocked, then pushed open the front door of the new extension David and Josslyn had just moved into days ago. The sound of total bedlam reached her ears, and she smiled at Mia’s raised eyebrows. The dogs were barking and the kids yelling, and they all came charging in their direction the moment she called out a hesitant hello.

“STAY!” Liz stepped in front of Mia and put up a hand. Diggory and Jasper screeched to a halt on the new terracotta tiles, tails wagging, tongues lolling. But the twins paid no mind and launched their little bodies at her with an exuberance she could hardly ignore. Liz crouched to hug her niece and nephew and shot a side look at Mia, who was hovering by the front door. “You okay with dogs? And kids?”

“I guess.” She didn’t look too concerned. Liz stood and pointed at the dogs. “This is Diggory, that’s Jasper. They’re very friendly.” To prove the point, they both lolloped toward Mia, licking her hands when she attempted to pet them.

“Do the kids have names or just the dogs?” A giggle shot out of Mia. Liz startled at the sound. She wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t been standing beside her.

About The Author

Catherine West

Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE:

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Giveaway Time!

(1) winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card from the author!


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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Catherine’s new book! Good luck if you entered the giveaway!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I am a part of the JustRead Tour for this book. I was sent a copy of this book, however, I was not compensated to promote this book.

Book Review: The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker & Rachelle Dekker

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Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Published: 9/3/2019

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Pages: 336

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.46 Stars


Heidi’s Rating

4 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea: Herbal Tea

Coffee: Decaffeinated Coffee


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
— 1 John 4:18

Why I Chose This Book

First Initial Thoughts

When Grace is just 6 years old her congregation is met by a man named Sylous thought to be an Angel. He told them that the end is near and that they must band together and form a community in the mountains of Tennessee. They must abide to certain rules to keep them safe and pure. They are kept in fear by thinking that what is known as The Fury is just outside the community ready to harm them. No one has seen The Fury in real life but they believe it’s real.

13 years later Grace and the community are still thriving but her brother, Jamie is curious to know if The Fury really exists. Each day he secretly goes outside the red rope that surrounds the community to find out. Once the community finds out Grace and Jamie are shunned out. Do they face The Fury? Is there still a world with people out there? I liked Grace. I liked that she asked questions but she still had doubts about herself and if she should be really thinking differently.

Setting

Ted Dekker does an amazing job in creating a secluded village out in the hills of Tennessee. You immediately get a sense of isolation from the rest of the world. The way Ted and Rachelle describes the village and their rules you can picture what their houses and village looks like. Not only that you get curious to what the rest of the world looks like. Is the world ruined like the town leaders say?

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
— John 8:12

Finial Thoughts

This book reminded me a lot of the movie The Village but the people already knew of the modern world. The rules set upon the village were quite strict and I found quite extreme. I also thought to myself, how can it be that in the hills of Tennessee for over a decade that no one has entered their territory? I would think at least a hiker or someone would have discovered their little town. Also, they mentioned a general store. How were they getting their food if they were cut off from the rest of the world? Were they selling their own goods/food grown?

As tension grows in the community Grace’s Dad and a young boy named Eli appear in town. Grace’s dad is thought to be dead but Rose, the community leader, think Eli is a Fury. She has a strong belief that the world is dead and they are the only one’s surviving. When Grace finds out her dad is alive she starts to question everything.

Speaking of her dad, I thought of the show Supernatural as Grace’s dad was listening to Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas - which was their theme song. Where is Sam and Dean when we need them?! ^_^

I won’t spoil what The Fury was but I will say the meaning behind this story is love. The village believed that they had to earn Christ’s love through their acts. They believed they had to live a perfect sinless life to enter the kingdom of Heaven. However, Christianity is not that at all. Christ taught us that he loves us no matter who we are and what our sin is. He died on the cross so that he can forgive our sins. We do not need to do acts to earn Christ’s love or to go to Heaven. He already loves us for who we are and if we accept Jesus into our hearts we are forever going to be in his Kingdom.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! it’s definitely a unique story and I think this book is perfect to read for this time of year. Please note, there are some gruesome scenes.


You can purchase the book—> HERE


the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I am part of the launch team for this book. Therefore, I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

Book Feature: Dear Grandchild, This Is Me by WaterBrook

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About The Book:

Preserving a family legacy can feel like a daunting task, but this new keepsake journal makes it easy for grandparents to capture memories, wisdom, and stories in one beautiful package.

Being a grandparent is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dear Grandchild, This Is Me--designed for any grandmother or grandfather to complete--will allow grandparents to collect these priceless memories in one heartfelt keepsake.

Special Features:
* Built-in envelopes to stash special, private letters for specific occasions in your grandchild's future.
* A sheet of adhesive photo corners to adhere photographs and special memories throughout.
* Off-the-record questions to prompt fun stories.
* A family tree to track your ancestry.
* Space to share your favorite recipes, or those passed through the generations.
* A world map to showcase your travels.

Within these pages you'll find a place to answer questions that speak to a grandchild of any age from the simple questions about favorite things to deeper questions about childhood memories, identity, and faith. This book will be a tangible way to keep a loved one close at all times.

  • Genre: Family/Inspirational

  • Publisher: WaterBrook

  • Publiished: Aug 20, 2019

  • Pages: 80

Book Trailer

Inside The Book

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There are positive quotes spread within the book. Each quote is colorful and beautiful. I especially loved this one!

There are numerous pages where you can attach photos. Perfect to attach those trendy small Polaroid photos! You will also find little paper pockets to insert little things like letters, quotes, etc to look back at a later time. I especially loved this one - because you can insert something in the pocket that will remind you of good times when you are experiencing tough times.

dear grandchild this is me

In the back of the book you will find a family tree. This is a great way to document your family and look back on when you’re older.

I absolutely loved these little questionnaire and fun activity sections. Grandchildren can learn more about their Grandparents and gain some wisdom. And not to mention all their yummy recipes! Who else had a Grandma that made amazing cookies and bakery goods?!

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

I hope you enjoyed learning more about this adorable book. It would make the most amazing gift this holiday season! Please share with the grandparents in your life!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to feature on my blog. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Book Review: Until The Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

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Synopsis:

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother's death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah's father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

  • Genre: Biblical Fiction

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

  • Published: 7/2/2019

  • Pages: 352

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.73


Heidi’s Rating

5 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea

Moroccan Tea

Coffee

Turkish Coffee


The mountains will fall to dust before I will ever give up on my daughter.
— Amitai

Why I Chose This Book

I am part of Connilyn’s launch team and therefore I had the chance to review her latest book in the Cities of Refuge series. So of course I took the chance!

First Initial Thoughts

First off, it was so nice to come back to the city of Kedesh and catch up on all the characters from the previous two books. It just made my heart swoon with all the news. Love book family reunions!

Rivkah was a little girl in the previous book, Shelter of the Most High. Now 5 years has passed since the last book and she is now a young woman. Recently widowed to Gidal, son of Moriyah, due to Jewish law she is to marry Gidal’s brother Malakhi. Malakhi use to torment and tease Rivkah as a young girl and Rivkah does not want the marriage to happen. She goes to any length for this marriage to not happen. When all else fails she flees with Nessa, a girl she recently met to Leish. I thought Rivkah to be a naive and selfish girl in the beginning but I held out for her. She was young, stupid, and we all do stupid things when we are young.

Malakhi is just 16 years old when he is betrothed to Rivkah. He is just a boy. However, he has held a secret torch for Rivkah for many years. He teased Rivkah as a young boy because he held a secret crush against her. When he became betrothed to Rivkah he was enthralled and enamored. He was ready to take care of Rivkah and be her husband. However, when she flees Kedesh he is devastated and his heart is shattered. At 16, do we know what love really means? I found him to be a naive boy in an unrequited love. And honestly, I think he had some growing up to do first.

Setting

But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.
— Malakhi

Final Thoughts

Five years have passed since Rivkah has fled Kedesh and the marriage with Malakhi. She is now a slave in Edrei working as a scribe. A skill she acquired as a youth and is very good at. Her master, Samil created a 7 year contract with her and has no intention of letting her go as she is very valuable to him.

Malakhi is ordered by Rivkah’s father to bring her home. I found it interesting that they found her within weeks when I am sure it was much harder to find someone back in that time period. They must have had good old fashioned investigative skills! There, Malakhi becomes Samil’s head construction worker to help her escape the city. However, Rivkah does not want to leave Edrei because she thinks it’s impossible due to her contract and relationship with Samil.

As the weeks progress their relationship deepens and I think honestly, that is what they needed. They both needed to grow up and mature a little, and be apart to see the real truth behind their relationship. Malakhi, just swoon. He waited for Rivkah to return to Kedesh and never pledged himself to another after she left. Now that is true love!

For being the third book in the series, this was just as good if not better than the last two books. I absolutely adored the love between Rivkah and Malakhi. I was rooting for them the whole way!

Rivkah really grew up in this series. I think at the time of her betrothal she was deeply depressed due to her mother’s death and not to mention her late husband. It was probably too much for her to bare. So I could see why she fled- she needed time to heal and grieve. Also, she did certain acts later in the story that really stood out to me and made me admire her.

I also enjoyed getting to know all the new characters in the series. There are some relationships in the book that just made me smile - and a few surprises along the way (no spoilers!). I am excited to see if they reappear in the next book in the series and catch up to where they have been.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! Fans of this series will absolutely adore the third installment. Also, I think any Biblical fiction fan will enjoy this book.




You can purchase the book —> HERE

You can read my review of the first book in the series, A Light On The Hill —-> HERE

You can read my review of the second book in the series, Shelter Of The Most High —-> HERE

The fourth book in the series, Like Flames in the Night is set to come out 3/3/2020. You can pre-order it —> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile


Please Note: I am part of Connilyn’s launch team for this book. Therefore I was sent a copy of the book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.