Author spotlight: Sara Davison

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, and the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

CONNECT WITH SARA: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cornerstone message from the collection:

God never promised believers that life would be easy, he promised us that he would never leave us or forsake us. Whatever we are going through, he is with us and we are never alone. I hope and pray that my message encourages readers to remember that they are not alone when they are going through tough times. We often don’t understand why God allows certain things to happen to us or those we love, but we can trust that he is good, that he is sovereign and in control, and that he will never leave us.

Favorite place to read: On a Muskoka chair on the shore of a lake

Favorite book character from childhood: Anne of Green Gables

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “…the mere obeying is also intrinsically good, for, in obeying, a rational creature consciously enacts its creaturely role, reverses the act by which we fell, treads Adam’s dance backward, and returns.” (C.S. Lewis)

Favorite splurge/treat: Really good, high quality chocolate

Favorite character you’ve created: Captain Jesse Christiansen in The Seven Trilogy

Last 3 great books you read:

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Dream vacation: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales – my husband and I are hoping to go

for our 25th anniversary in two years

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I won the science award in eighth grade and several public speaking awards in elementary school – interesting because I now have very little interest in science and would rather do almost anything than speak in public

Plotter or pantser: Plottser? Pantter? Definitely a bit of both. I like a reasonable outline when I begin – for sure I like to know where I’m beginning and where I will end up and as much of the journey to get there as possible, but I also like to leave it open for the story and characters to take me where they will along the way.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : live theatre, road trips, coffee with friends, sleeping in, chocolate, afternoon naps, reading, family gatherings, hugs from my kids, date nights with my husband.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebookprize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

 Where She Belongs
 Pieces of Granite
 Lifelines
 Christmas on a Mission
 Vigilant
 Other Side of the River
 The Third Grace
 Carolina Grace
 The Benefit Package (a devotional)
 Dance of Grace
 When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Grace by Jennifer Hanks: A Review

I love the DiMarco series by Jennifer Hanks! I’m always so excited when I see that a new one is coming.

Grace is no different than any of the others. I was really excited for her story since she’s been slightly in the background of all the others. Having seven brothers will put you in the background. Grace makes her self known in this book.

You meet Tyler a retired football player who causes trouble almost everywhere he goes. He’s living the life when a tragedy forces him to grow up and be a big brother to his younger half siblings. He’s lost. In swoops Grace in full DiMarco fashion.

With Grace comes the whole DiMarco family.

This book is so good about redemption, love, family and breaking out of your shell. It was a fast read for me but I wish I would have savored it.

The DiMarco series is a favorite of mine that I could read over and over again. I seriously can’t wait for Ben’s story!!!

4 stars

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner: a review

“Sweet Home Alabama and The Proposal hasn’t given him much to work with. What was he supposed to do? Try and get them struck by lightning? Pretend he was Canadian and beg her to marry him so he didn’t get deported? She’s probably by him a Mountie hat and a one-way ticket to Niagara Falls.”

I absolutely loved Cadie McCaffrey!!! Bethany Turner takes inspirational fiction to another level. I loved how Bethany Turner took a situation between Cadie and Will and didn’t turn it into a omg I can’t believe she wrote that in the book and made it apart of the story line but not too overpowering.

Will loves Cadie and would do anything for her. Until she doesn’t want him anymore. Will works to get Cadie back because he wants to spend the rest of his life with her.

On the advice on Cadie’s best friend, Will and his friends watch every romantic comedy to give Will a ton of ideas to get Cadie back. He uses them but Cadie smells a rat and doesn’t want to fall for any of his wooing.

Can all of Will’s chick flick watching get his girl back and they live happily ever after? You’ll just have to read it to find out!!!

4 stars

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover: a review

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

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This book literally shattered me. This is my second Colleen Hoover and it’s a gorgeous book. It’s raw emotion and you are taken between now and then with Graham and Quinn and their journey of love, loss and devastation. Can love be enough for them?

A kit to surviving this book:

  1. a box of Kleenexes.
  2. another box of Kleenexes because you will use all the other ones.
  3. Don’t read this book before having to go to work or a social function because you will ugly cry.

I had picked this book up on a whim from the store. I had been wanting to read more of CoHo since reading Verity (I still have PTSD from that book). She doesn’t disappoint and I can see how she is in a lot of autobuys for people.

This book does have triggers of infidelity and infertility.

This book gets all the stars and more!

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton :review

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Review:

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton is the perfect follow-up to Next Year in Havana. You learn about Beatriz’s story and you find out how leaving Cuba and losing her brother shaped her into the woman she became. You also get a peek at the Perez family life after they left Cuba. You laugh, you cry and you feel for Beatriz. You learn about her espionage days and receive a history lesson along the way.

I love how Chanel weaves in actual events that were happening during that time and how the Perez family were integrating into American culture. I fell in love with the Perez family in Next Year in Havana and loved When We Left Cuba one can only hope that Chanel will continue to let us into the lives of the Perez Family.

Like I said your heart will break for Beatriz as she tries to figure out who she is and you will have to wait to read to see if she receives her happy ending.

PS…Chanel, please write more about the Perez family!!!

There is a Rafflecopter giveaway for the tour for a $100 Amazon Gift Card, Lilly Pulitzer palm tree necklace and earrings set, When We Left Cuba coffee mug, Besame cosmetics vintage-inspired lipstick, signed When We Left Cuba recipe cards, and signed When We Left Cuba bookmarks. The giveaway will run from April 7th-20th. 

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos: A Review

 

After thinking about this book more and trying to figure out how to properly rate and review it. I decided to give it just 3 stars rather than 3.5.

This is a good debut by Joanne Ramos.

I love the idea of The Farm which is Golden Oakes and it is a surrogate farm whose occupants are mostly immigrants and clients are mostly the rich and wealthy. They strive to have good “hosts” (flashbacks to Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host) and to keep them on strict schedules. The book jumps between 4 points of view. Almost one too many although as the book climaxes, you see why there are 4 points of views.

Jane and Reagan are the hosts who tell their stories, Mae is the director of the whole project and then you have Ate(Jane’s cousin) who you find out is a recruiter for Golden Oakes. Mae actually reminds me of the director from Nine Perfect Strangers and that sort of had me having PTSD flashbacks to that book. (Nine Perfect Strangers was a “WTF, did I just read?” for me). I will admit it would have been nice to have gotten a glimpse at the Client’s point of view.

The story picks up and right when you get to some juicy things about Golden Oakes and the Hosts and Clients it just falls off the face of the earth. I was really enjoying the book until I got to the end. Also the ending is a little interesting though you want more there. I think 50-75 more pages of the book and it would have been a homerun for me.

The Farm is available May 7th.

Thank you to Random House for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting: A review

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Meet Cute is so cute!

It follows Kailyn and Daxton as they reconnect after law school. Well…Kailyn is Daxton’s biggest fan until after law school. Tragedy happens when Daxton’s parents tragically killed in a car accident leaving Daxton to take care of his thirteen year old sister. Kailyn is appointed the conservator of his sister’s trust and they are forced to reconnect.

As Daxton is navigating trying to figure out a teenager, Kailyn creeps back into his life and they have a “meet cute” moment.

This is a great rom com and is so stinking cute. Will Kailyn become Daxton’s biggest fan again? Will Daxton figure out how to take care of a teenager?

I guess you will just have to read it! It comes out April 9th.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the advance e-galley.

4 stars

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting: A review

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So I’ve taken some time to really mull over writing this review. Why do you ask? Because this book was deep for me. I know it’s a rom com and it’s suppose to be light and fluffy but the factor of Ethan’s dad having a stroke ran deep for me.

Over a year ago, my family’s lives were turned upside down when my mom had a stroke and it was decided I’d be her main caregiver and take her to her appointments, get her ready for bed and up in the morning and dressed, and I manage all her meds. My dad does a lot but the majority of her care falls to me.

When I read the first couple of chapters, I didn’t know if I was going to get through book with Ethan’s dad having a stroke. It brought up memories of initially when my mom had the stroke.

Otherwise I thought the story was the cutest! I loved Delilah and Ethan! I loved that Ethan was a hockey player. It was a great rom com and just what I needed to get me out of my book funk. I was able to breeze right through this book in one day. It does have a lot of sexual tension and sex of course.

It’s all good. I loved it and it was a good Bookstagram made me buy this book moment.

4 stars.

Ban this Book: a review

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I think anyone and everyone who has thought that a book should be challenged or ban should read this book! You can’t let one person ruin it for everyone else.

Amy Anne and her friends saw the need to stand up and fight for what they wanted. Books are the gateway to our imagination. Books help the mind to grow and learn and to take you places that you never thought you could go.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of my most favorite books. I love how the author used it to centralize around the banning of books from a school library.

The craziest thing about reconsideration forms is that most the time people don’t want to fill them out because they don’t want to take the time.

Read the book…you won’t regret it!