Enduring Love Review and Giveaway

New Release by Toni Shiloh

Enduring Love FB Banner copy_previewI’m so excited about Toni Shiloh’s new release Enduring Love. This is the third book in the Maple Run Series. I’ve read them all, hoping there is another story. There is! And I’ll be one of the first to grab a copy.

I’d like to introduce Toni and her new novel. She is participating in a Celebrate Lit Tour. Hopefully, you will read my review, the author bio, visit all the tour stops, and purchase your copy today. Be sure to leave a comment.

About the Book

Title: Enduring LoveEnduringLove-high-res_preview

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

Can love really conquer all or will Belle’s past be too much for Micah to handle?

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

5/5 stars

I always enjoy reading novels by Toni Shiloh. Her writing is fresh, captivating, and encouraging. In the Maple Run Series, the first two books Buying Love and Finding Love introduce endearing characters in a charming Virginia town with a family-run diner called the Maple Pit posing as a rendezvous point around good home style food.

Enduring Love is set in this same town and brings the former characters into the life of Belle Peterson, a nurse at Maple Run’s Family Practice. She chooses Maple Run as a place to hide, to start over, and to cultivate a new image without a relationship with any man, not ever again. Her secrets are her close companions.

Micah Campbell, a physician’s assistant at the Family Practice, also wants to avoid any dating relationship. What do they do when an attraction pulls them close?

Fear and secrets hide the elements of trust and forgiveness needed for second chances. Is it possible Maple Run has run out of faith and hope?

I give Enduring Love five stars for believable and imperfect characters in a compromised world who yearn for the opportunity to heal and restore.  Although Enduring Love is part of a series, it can easily stand alone. I encourage the reader to enter this contemporary world and make some new friends.

FTC Disclaimer
Per the FTC regulations, please note that I do receive books for review for free by publishers and authors. I also review books I purchase myself and/or get from the library. Every book review is honest and contains only my own opinions.

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

Guest Post from Toni Shiloh

Hey there, Reader Friends!

I’m so excited for the kickoff of Enduring Love. This is book 3 in the Maple Run series and features the story of Belle Peterson and Micah Campbell. You may remember meeting Micah in book 2 of the series, he is Luke Robinson’s best friend. I tell you, this book has a special place in my heart, one that brought out all the emotions in me.

Belle Peterson is living a life filled with shame and regret. She knows mentally that she’s been forgiven, but can’t reconcile the fact to how a redeemed life should look. And when Micah Campbell walks in her life, she’s certain that she has to stay as far from him as possible to keep from back sliding.

Y’all know our wants rarely meet with reality. I had fun throwing Belle and Micah together in Maple Run. Sometimes to their chagrin but always to my pleasure. J Characters from Buying Love (book 1) and Finding Love (book 2) will make an appearance, rounding out the family that has been created in my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia.

As you take the time to read Belle and Micah’s story, I pray you keep this verse in your mind. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 KJV

God does not want us to live a life of shame and guilt. Once we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us freely. Walk in an abundant life, my friends, and bless others with the grace you so freely received.

Blessings to you,

Toni

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Celebrate Lit Tour

 

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 30

Connect in Fiction, June 30

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, July 1

History, Mystery & Faith, July 1

The Power of Words, July 2

Reflections From My Bookshelves, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Faithfully Bookish, July 3

Texas Book-aholic, July 4

Just the Write Escape, July 5

Carpe Diem, July 6

Bigreadersite, July 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 7

Bibliophile Reviews, July 8

Remembrancy, July 9

Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 9

A Baker’s Perspective, July 10

Janices book reviews, July 11

proud to be an autism mom, July 12

Mary Hake, July 12

KarenSueHadley, July 13

Simple Harvest Reads, July 13

Giveaway

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on this post.  Click below to enter the giveaway. https://promosimple.com/ps/d0f2/enduring-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

Finding something special

 

As I’m writing this, I am at a resort in The Woodlands outside of Houston. Since this is a business trip for my husband, I am alone in the mornings and loving it. I spent the morning by the lake reading an informative, exciting book–Loving Luther–by Allison Pittman about Katharina von Bora, charting her journey from 1505 as a child taken to convent. Anyway, I’m enjoying the water, the sun, the ducks, and the “Me” time. I’m really not concerned about being with just me.

IMG_2093My trip last week revolved around family, lots of people and a special quaint bookstore where I found a perfect surprise. A corner bookstore in Black Mountain, NC where I could have spent a few hours, the same but different from my perch by the lake. And to my surprise, there was a captivating display of the 100 books of the Great American Read. I added two books to my collection of the 100 books–The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole–plus a fun bookmark.img_2365.jpgIMG_2363

Have you read either of these?

I plan on finding many other special somethings on a daily basis for the rest of my summer.

What inspires you at home or on vacation?

Summer Escapades

IMG_2057I’ve recently returned from my first summer getaway with my family. Destination–Chatham, Virginia. I started in Louisiana with my parents, meeting two sisters in Mississippi. The journey took us two days through Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Our favorite stops were Nanahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and Black Mountain. Shopping and eating along the way are always a JOY. But for this vacation, my baby sister and her family at the end were the real high point, the whole purpose of the trek. Spending four days in charming Chatham with family cultivated many more Martin memories.

My next venture is a road trip this week with my husband on a business trip to The Woodlands in Texas (Houston area). I plan to catch up on sleep, reading, editing, and pool-side laziness. A few good meals and new friends combined with husband time will be nice.

My big summer exploit will be a 20-day road trip in France with my daughter. We’ve rented a car, mapped out our destinations, practiced our French, saved our money, and prepared for some awesome adventures as we wind through France, touching Andorra, Monaco, Italy, and Switzerland. I’ll share more of that journey as it progresses.

Do you have any summer escapades planned? Please share! 

Upcoming Reviews

IMG_1978Recently, I took a step to review a book every month to six weeks as part of a bloggers team. I’m so excited. I have the opportunity to read novels by brand new, experienced, or award winning authors. I choose the books that interest me from a variety of genres. Although I tend to gravitate toward the historical, I enjoy all kinds of good, clean novels. Presently, I’m reading a contemporary eBook, a fantasy YA, and a very long historical novel. Since I will be posting my reviews on this site, I will try to vary the genres. IMG_1994

So this is what will happen. I sign up for a certain date to post my review. On that day the post will include information about the book, an author biography, an author interview, my review, a giveaway opportunity, and a list of other bloggers on the book tour. You will have the chance to  enter the giveaway at each blogger spot.

I hope you will enjoy spending time with some new and some familiar authors as you consider reading some interesting novels.

My first review will be on June 30. Hope you stop by this site and comment and enter for a chance to win a novel, a gift card, or other prizes.

Challenge On

I love challenges, except for the physical ones. I’m not going to swim the English Channel or hike the Matterhorn. But, I do like the extra work to achieve a goal–either my goal or one presented to me for consideration.

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I’ve accomplished and achieved a few in my years. Tell me it can’t be done and game’s on. For example: “You cannot graduate from college in three years with a triple major.” Why not? So, I proved it and did it. I will admit my husband-to-be was waiting at the finish line since my father had a “rule”–“You must finish college before I pay for a wedding.”

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Another one I said to myself: “You won’t be able to finish writing a novel.” Challenge accepted–in two years I wrote six novels. Yes, they needed to be edited and parts rewritten later, but the goal was accomplished.IMG_0697

In the spring I had a few female students discussing a book they were reading for an AP English class. The name: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. “You wouldn’t like it, Mrs. Gray.” Oh really? That sounded like a challenge to me. Why not? “It’s about things you probably wouldn’t like.”  Yet a high school student was reading it? To me that said the book is not historical Christian fiction. The students’ simple comment posed a challenge.IMG_1866

I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale starting today. It made the 100 books in The Great American Read list on PBS. Here it goes, page one: We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.

What challenges have you accepted?

My summer TBR list

IMG_1865Happy summer! Well it is summer to me since school is out. I want to share the books I plan to read on my extensive list. Perhaps you will share some of yours.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I would never have chosen this one on my own. But the AP students are reading it, so it sparked my interest.

The Tethered World by Heather L. L. FitzGerald. A new realm with trolls and dark dwarves awaits the reader.

Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry.  This is the sequel to Healer of Carthage where a 21st century doctor finds herself in a 3rd century Roman world. Will she stay or return to the future?

Loving Luther by Allison Pittman. Katharina von Bora weaves her life with Martin Luther in a way that changes the world.

Mary’s Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley. The story of a girl who loses her mother and has to grow up quickly in the 1800s in Oregon.

The Raven Saint by M. L. Tyndall. Book III in the Charles Towne Belles Trilogy, early 1700s.

Also, I will be reading a few eBooks.  I hope you have an exciting list of books that gives you a little time to escape.

Happy Reading!

 

My Top 13 Great American Reads

Last week I shared about The Great American Read PBS. I hope you took the time to check out the list and take the  Quiz. I’ve read 51 out of the 100 books. Some I have never heard of before and some I just have no interest in reading. It will be interesting to see as I watch the PBS series if I change my mind. The first episode is Tuesday, May 22 on PBS.

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I’m sharing my top 13 (I couldn’t trim it to top 10.) I don’t know how I will pick my number 1. Let me know how your list compares to mine.

These are in alphabetical order, not in rank.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Have you read any of these? What are your top 10 from the Great American Read list?IMG_1161