Beauty in Hiding

About the Book

Book: Beauty in Hiding

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Beauty In Hiding

Book 2 in the Beauty in Flight series:

Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in prison if anyone connects those two dead men to her.

Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.

Jack Rossi isn’t sure what to make of his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something’s not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they’re trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.

Derrick, Harper’s ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.

Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If Harper can’t trust Jack with the truth, she may lose more than just this glimpse of true love. She may lose her freedom—or her life.


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My Thoughts

What an adventure! This book takes the reader on a wild ride. The story is well thought through and flows nicely. The characters are written well and seem like someone you may have known or heard about. This is the first book by Robin Patchen I’ve ever read and I was not disappointed in the least! She writes a great story. I love how she included elderly mental health trouble. She writes it with such grace without glorifying it or demeaning it. One of my favorite lines from the book was something like “she covered every emotion with irritation.” I thought this was so profound… I’ve never read anything like this in another book. The depth of clarity of human emotion on the part of the author is so clear throughout the book. She has a great skill in writing emotion. I give this book 4 stars. I definitely want to go back and read the other books in the series.

I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Robin Patchen

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

More from Robin

I was raised in a Christian home. Our parents took my sister, my brother, and me to church every Sunday. They taught us right from wrong, but eventually, kids have to make their own choices. In my case, I chose wrong for a long time.

Don’t misunderstand: I was always a pretty nice person. I wasn’t a thief, and I didn’t kill anybody, but I made a lot of bad decisions. Sinful decisions. I discovered that one bad choice often led to the next and the next until I was trapped in a life of my own making with no idea how to get out.

But God… two of my favorite words in the English language.

God had a different plan, and He pulled me out of the muck and changed my life. He showed me that I was not the person I’d been acting like. He showed me who I was, and He taught me to walk in the truth of my identity.

Harper Cloud isn’t me, not at all. First of all, she tall and blond and drop-dead gorgeous. More than that, her choices are nothing like mine were. But she’s in the same boat I was. Thanks to a series of bad decisions, Harper was in a hole, and she didn’t know how to get herself out of it. She used drugs to quiet the condemning voices and told herself lies to make herself feel better. Someday, she told herself, she’d get her life together enough to go home to her parents. Because she couldn’t go when she was a mess. She couldn’t go until she’d done something they could be proud of.

Thanks to a bad choice in boyfriend, Harper not only didn’t go home, she ended up in prison.

Harper’s story begins two years after she’s released. It’s the story of a woman desperate to be free of her past, clinging to hope when there’s every reason to despair, and desperate to believe what she’s been told about this Savior, Jesus Christ.

Harper will learn about love and redemption and salvation in the course of the three books that make up the Beauty in Flight series. That is, if she can survive the danger that seems to follow her wherever she goes.

Blog Stops

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Through the Fire Blogs, April 14

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Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

Genesis 5020, April 15

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Lights in a Dark World, April 15

Through the Lens of Scripture, April 16

Among the Reads, April 16

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 16

Godly Book Reviews, April 17

Living Life Free In christ, April 17

Remembrancy, April 18

Just One More, April 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

Emily Yager, April 19

Reader’s Cozy Corner, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

Daysong Reflections, April 20

Carla Loves To Read, April 20

janicesbookreviews, April 20

Just the Write Escape, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 21

EmpowerMoms, April 22

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Maureen’s Musings, April 23

Bigreadersite, April 23

A Reader’s Brain, April 23

Real World Bible Study, April 24

The Lit Addict, April 24

Older & Smarter?, April 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 25

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 26

Pause for Tales, April 26

The Becca Files, April 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and the entire Beauty in Flight Series!!Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de7a/beauty-in-hiding-celebration-tour-giveaway


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Justice Delivered

By Patricia Bradley

About the Book

Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

My Thoughts

After I read Ms. Bradley’s previous book, Justice Betrayed, I couldn’t wait for her next book to come out. So when Justice Delivered appeared I knew I had to read it. One of the best things about Ms. Bradley’s books is that they read so quickly. The way she writes, her sentence structure and flow, as well as the content, makes her books so easy to read. The writing is natural and not choppy. I had a 3 hour flight and read nearly the entire book in that timeframe. Another thing I love about her books is that from the first page she grabs you and hooks you and you can’t put it down. I never felt like there were too many characters or too many things I needed to learn to get into the book. I also loved that her books aren’t overly romantic. There are hints and undertones but nothing major. I was left guessing to the end. I didn’t forsee the ending which is a huge plus! I can’t wait for her next book. I will definitely continue reading books by Ms. Bradley.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

For more information visit Patricia Bradley’s website https://ptbradley.com/

Sick of Me

By Whitney Capps

About the Book

Our world is filled with fake facades, from the unrealistic filters used on social media to the “holier than thou” personas seen in certain hypocritical believers.

To combat the fake trends, a new trend has emerged — one that fights the facade with transparency and vulnerability, instead of being filtered or super-spiritual, we’re told to be real and honest. And rightly so. We should be getting real with each other about our junk.

But should we stop there? Should we gather to simply commiserate about our current version of “me”? Is community about more than just feeling understood by one another in our hard places, or does God have actual change in store for us beyond brokenness?

In Sick of Me, Whitney Capps shows us that spiritual growth means being both honest and holy — that we can come to Jesus just as we are, but we cannot stay that way. While virtues like vulnerability, honesty, and humility are desperately needed, we should fight for more. After all, the gospel is a change-agent.

My Thoughts

Love this book! Through the Bible, personal testimony, and stories from others, Whitney Capps debunks commonly held views of what Christianity is or should be. She shuts down self help stating that self help is the opposite of sanctification. Capps says it like it is and doesn’t forgo the ugly. She doesn’t talk in a polite church girl says voice. The book is very logical and flows from one idea to the next seamlessly and with great ease. The reader can understand and follow along as the commentary builds. There are so many takeaways from this book but the main one for me was that we can’t stop at brokenness. We have to let God transform us in and through our brokenness so that we can grown in Christlikeness.

This book is excellent. I would highly recommend it. I received a copy from BH Bloggers program. I was under no requirement to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

For more info visit Whitney Capps website at https://www.whitneycapps.com/

the louder song

By Aubrey Sampson

About the Book

When you’re in the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. You want to tie up pain in a pretty little package and hide it under the bed, taking it out only when you feel strong enough to face it. But grief won’t be contained. Grief disobeys. Grief explodes. In one breath, you may be able to say that God’s got this and all will be well. In the next, you might descend into fatalism. No pretending. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound.

There is a pathway through this suffering. It’s not easy, but God will use it to lead you toward healing. This path is called lament. Lament leads us between the Already and the Not Yet. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope. Lament anticipates new creation but also acknowledges the painful reality of now. Lament recognizes the existence of evil and suffering–without any sugarcoating–while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say.

In the midst of your darkest times, you will discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope–not because lamenting does anything magical, but because God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of renewal and restoration.

My Thoughts

From the very first words of this book I knew it would be a good one… definitely not an easy one but a necessary one… one that would help bring beauty out of brokenness. One that says, you know those ugly feelings you have? Those questions you wrestle with? All that stuff should be laid at the foot of the cross. Bring it to Jesus. He wants the good the bad and the ugly… he wants all of us!

Ms. Sampson clearly, with grace and compassion, lays out what lament is, how it can be done, why it should be done, both for ourselves and for those around us. Through tons of Biblical examples as well as examples from her friends and family and herself, Ms. Sampson explains lament. She bases everything in the Word and through other’s examples paints a picture for the reader of how lament can look in their lives with their circumstances.

But it doesn’t just stop with lament lament lament… it ends with hope! Ms. Sampson encourages the reader that through lament one can move to hope through Christ and eventually God will change their outlook from an inward focus to an outward focus.

I loved the words How, Yet and With. We ask “HOW” questions. BUT (yet) then God! And finally WITH Him we can… I loved the progress wrapped up in these small words. Examples of how this works can be clearly seen throughout scripture! When I don’t know how to lament I can look to scripture for example.

One thing that bothered me was some of the hard words she used. I don’t think we should demand anything of God. I think we have to be careful how we approach God. Other than that though I loved this book and give it 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Aubrey Sampson is the director of discipleship and equipping at Renewal Church in the Chicago area. A speaker, writer, and church planter, Aubrey offers an incredible perspective in the midst of trying experiences. She is the author of Overcomer, writes for Propel Women, and is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Aubrey is currently earning her master’s degree in evangelism and leadership.

For more information visit her websitehttp://www.aubreysampson.com/

Or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aubsamp/

Courting Mr. Emerson

By Melody Carlson

About the Book

When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Though she does find the obsessive-compulsive man intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause–and finds herself falling for him in the process.

A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around–which to him seems like all too often. He’s not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them.

But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

With her signature heart and touches of humor, fan favorite Melody Carlson pens a story of two delightfully eccentric characters who get a second chance at life and love. 

My Thoughts

I’ve read another book by Melody Carlson so I was excited to see her newest book. I’ll admit I didn’t read the back cover, I just went off the author… which might not be a good idea for me in the future. There wasn’t really a problem with writing style. I felt like it was easy to read and the writing carried the reader through the text nicely. However, I just felt so disconnected from the characters and their situation from the get go. I think this book would be well received by someone in a different life stage from me, a mom with elementary aged kids. I had a hard time getting into the plot and found myself getting distracted easily. I’m sure this is just a plot preference issue. The writing is well crafted. But I found the young people full of irritating drama and the older people just meh. I’m sure if I had read the back cover better I would have realized this book might not have been in my preferred genre but it was nice to give it a try. I will pick up Melody Carlson’s future books, and read the back first, because she does write lovely stories.

I received this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Almost Home

By Valerie Fraser Luesse

About the Book

With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

My Thoughts

I felt relaxed the entire time I read this book. It has a lyrical pace that is great for the setting. If you can picture what it would be like to read something that has the feel of sitting out on a huge porch with a sweet tea on a summer afternoon, that’s what this book feels like. Lovely cast and setting. I love how the characters become so intertwined and they form a wonderful community together. Beautiful descriptions and writing style in general. The book has a reflective feel to it. That being said, I did find it a little hard to stay engaged. I would have liked just a little bit more action. I found it confusing that the first half of the story was kind of left by the wayside when the story moved to the 2nd half. I wonder if the story would have progressed better and kept more solid to the end if the stories would have run concurrently instead of back to back. I gave the book 3 stars. It was a nice story to read once… but it’s not one I would read a 2nd time.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible

About the Gospel Transformation Study Bible

The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible is designed to help readers see Christ in all of Scripture, and grace for all of life. It features book introductions, gospel-centered study notes, and a series of all-new articles—written by a team of over 50 pastors and scholars. This content explains passage-by-passage how God’s redemptive purposes culminate in the gospel and apply to the lives of believers today. Readers will be challenged to see how the message of the gospel transforms sinners from the inside out. 

  • Book introductions
  • Over 375,000 words of gospel-centered study notes
  • Introduction that outlines specific uses for the Bible
  • Updated design and typesetting based on the original ESV Gospel Transformation Bible released in 2013
  • Includes 5 new articles on topics such as the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the gospel in the Old Testament, the covenants, and more
  • Concordance
  • 80,000 cross-references
  • Ribbon marker

My Thoughts

This Bible is excellent. I would highly recommend it.

Aesthetically speaking, all the blue colors are so pleasing to the eye. It is quite thick and a little heavy. But I did feel that the text of both the Bible and the notes were good sized. Easy to read. Sometimes the notes can be so small. The notes in this Bible are a better font size.

The notes are more collective in nature. They seem to be more in summary of several verses instead of a note for every verse. Which at first I was a little nervous about. I typically like notes on each verse specifically. However, after reading more and more of the notes, I found it better. I can better understand the text as a whole instead of picking a verse here and there. The notes help bring the verses together and help the reader get a more well rounded view of what is happening. I love to use this Bible along with other Bibles that have verse by verse notes. It has greatly increased my understanding of passages I’m reading. I can clearly see how each part of the Bible speaks to the gospel. This Bible has helped with that.

I received a copy of this Bible from Crossway. I was in no way required to write a review. All thoughts are my own.