Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble

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Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
– from author’s website


This book was different than any other romantic suspense book I’ve read. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about why because it would give things away. I’ll say this though, that things aren’t as they seem. At first, I didn’t really like it and was frustrated about not getting the point of view of the one character and the characters were oblivious or making excuses for things. But once I figured out what was happening, I was excited to see how it would end and how things would be revealed to the characters. Some of the Irish wording and phrasing made it a little harder to get into but made it more authentic. I found it an interesting story that was very different from anything I’ve read. The romance was different from what I was expecting and was as big of a focal point as I thought it would be. I enjoyed the suspense as normal in Colleen Coble’s books.
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Alive in the Spirit by A.W. Tozer

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Is the Holy Spirit Active in Your Life?

Many people look to extraordinary experiences as evidence of the Holy Spirit. But what happens when the experience ends? How can we be filled with the Spirit every day in the ordinary things we do?

In never-before-published material taken from A.W. Tozer’s sermons, Alive in the Spirit answers these questions and, in a balanced perspective, explores what the Spirit’s involvement in your life should look like.

Many talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit, but few accept God’s conditions. Tozer lays down these requirements in his trademark bold and wise way. Though every Christian has the Spirit, not every Christian is filled with the Spirit. Knowing the difference will change your life.
– from publisher’s website


This book was a little different than I was expecting. I found that it was more a call to be alive in the Holy Spirit than a practical guide to reach it. In the later chapters, it gave a few practical steps, but it was more a call to revival instead. It was more philosophical but was fairly simple to understand. Some of my favorite quotes from the book were:

“We will never get anywhere unless the Holy Spirit has the authority to convict us so that He might bring us into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and a steady walk with Him” (p. 84-85).

“I have endeavored to point out that there are certain gifts and talents, but there are some that come like fruit, and the tree does not cultivate the fruit; the farmer does” (p.140).

“Some people have not wept an honest tear for anybody in distress, but they will weep while there is somebody sitting at a desk somewhere in the studio making believe they are in trouble” (p.171-172).

I really enjoyed the book because it made me think about how I live and what I think about the Holy Spirit. It was thought-provoking and challenging.

8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS by Fiona McCulloch

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition in women. It affects 10-15% of women worldwide, causing infertility, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, hirsutism, acne, and hair loss.

PCOS is a condition that varies from woman to woman – each experiencing her own unique presentation. There are numerous women who have been told “You can’t have PCOS – you don’t fit the typical description!” or “Just lose weight, and you’ll be fine”. This book will dispel those harmful myths and dive deep into the science underlying the mysteries of PCOS.

“8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS” is a natural medicine encyclopedia for PCOS, including the newest research and discoveries about PCOS and detailed information on treatment options.

In this book, Dr. Fiona introduces the new concept of 8 key health factors that must be addressed for restoration of health in women with PCOS. 8 Steps to Reverse your PCOS will give you the tools to identify which of the 8 PCOS factors are present in your body through quizzes, signs and symptoms, and key lab tests.

You’ll be empowered to be the heroine of your own health story with the help of this unique, step-by-step natural medicine system to heal PCOS. – from author’s website


For those who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or have the symptoms of PCOS, this is an excellent resource. It is very informative and fairly easy to understand. She uses some medical language but explains what she means in a way most people will understand. Dr. Fiona McCulloch addresses every aspect that affects women with PCOS and gives steps that work to improve symptoms and explains how it helps with the symptoms. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and because of how informative and easy to understand it was, I bought a copy so I could refer to it in the future.