Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Catch // Book Review


Hallo fellow book readers and suspense lovers! Today I'll be sharing my review for The Catch! 

Back of book: 

"After a harrowing attempt on a judge's life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge's wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is in witness protection and the Amber Alert put out for the missing child has put two lives in danger.

Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the men who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

USA Today bestselling author Lisa Harris concludes her thrilling US Marshals series with this breathless tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and ultimately, justice prevailing."

My Review: 

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

The Catch was a awesome conclusion to the US Marshals series by Lisa Harris. I quite enjoyed getting to go along on this final adventure with Madison and Jonas. The plot was exciting and full of plot twists towards the end. The characters were well developed and relatable. I love how the characters are not portrayed as perfect US Marshals, but they do make mistakes even though they are good at their jobs. I finished this book while on a road trip and it was hard to put down. I look forward to reading other books by this author and I'm super glad I got the chance to read this series through Revell Reads. This might be one of my favorite suspense series I've read! 

(P.S. now I've got my sister reading it!)

I hope y'all have been enjoying these warmer days! Have a happy summer! 

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Priorities Change, but this isn't goodbye for good



*crickets chirping... again* 

Hi, hey guys. Probably only a handful of people will see this, but I'm writing this mostly for me.

Four years ago, there was a girl who never skipped a Wednesday blog post. 

She was prompt and organized, her blog was her way to outreach and meet online friends. Four years ago, there was a girl who teased her older sister who had stopped reading due to work, but she was determined to always have time for reading. Sometimes, it feels just like yesterday that I was starting my blog, networking in the blogosphere. Writing for writing contests and doing fun blog tags. Heck, I even did a Q&A video! 

I don't even know where to begin. This blog has such a special place in my heart because it's played a huge role in my story. I've grown so much and changed so much. Because of this blog, I've stepped outside of my comfort zone countless times... Who would have guessed it would have been the reason I had the opportunity to meet online friends!

Priorities change. 

It's weird to think about, but I have two years left of college. This next fall, I'll be starting my Junior year! God has also opened the door to many unexpected things. My summer plans include a few milestone vacations and as much as I'm excited for all the new changes, I've had to put blogging on the back burner. Even reading fiction has slowed down quite a bit (even though I'm still determined it will never stop completely! *winks*) 


Priorities have changed. This isn't goodbye forever, I'll be posting an occasional book review. But for now, I've decided to say goodbye to posting things other than book reviews on Showers of Blessings. 

I'm actually really sad to write this post. Somehow it went from every Wednesday posting like clockwork to not posting for months and I don't know what to blame other than life gets busy and priorities change. God gave me this blog at a time when I needed it. Boy, did I need it. And I look back to see how far He's brought me. If you're reading this right now, if you've read my blog at any time in the last 4 years, I just hope you know how much Jesus loves you. 

I hate change so much but I can't keep up with blog posts anymore. I'm not a author yet but I'm still a writer at heart. Who knows, when I come back to the blogging world, it might be to promote my book! But until then, this blog will be for Revell book reviews. 

I don't know how to end this post other than to say, thank you for reading and following my blog over the years. If you'd like to stay connected, you can find me on Instagram (I don't post that often but when I do, it's like an extension of Showers of Blessings) @brooklyne_elysse and my business page is @windsoffaithco

I truly hope this blog has been a blessing to someone out there. And I know for sure that my story would look a lot different if I hadn't decided to start a blog to share my writing on. I don't regret for one minute all the designing and writing that went into this blog. Each post is certainly not perfect but every one of the 264 posts in this blog have meant something to me and I won't soon forget this little corner of the internet.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV "For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." 

Psalm 16:11 NKJV "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." 

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse :)

*P.S. I had every intention to do a giveaway celebrating 4 years of blogging but I didn't get around to it... I may be doing one on Instagram soon though! 

The Lady of Galway Manor - Book Review

 


Book Review 

Back of the Book: 
"In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy's father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family--descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring. 

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family's jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the "lies" the Claddagh Ring promises. 

Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the "other side" isn't quite as barbaric and uncultured as they'd been led to believe--and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner's fire.

Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel."

My Review:
 

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
What a fun and summery read! The Lady of Galway Manor was a light historical read that had me day dreaming about what it would be like to see Ireland in the 1920s. I loved the descriptions to this book and the characters were great too! The fact that it was centered around a jewelry shop was also unique and I liked getting the behind-the-scenes descriptions to making jewelry. 

Annabeth was a fun main character. Her role was the optimistic one, she always saw things through different lenses. Her view of the world around her was refreshing and even though she was naive at times, she always put others above herself. I definitely enjoyed watching her character grow and I admire her thoughtfulness and faith in God. Stephen was a bit stubborn at first, but his character grew on me. One of the side characters that I will mention is Stephen's dad, Seamus. He was a hoot, his antics and wisdom found a great balance. 

Towards the end of the book, the plot fell a bit flat for me, the excitement wasn't that exciting and the reasoning behind the climax didn't feel valid to me. Despite this, the historical details, fun characters, and cool setting made this book worth the read! I'd recommend this book to historical fiction lovers! 




Thanks Revell Reads for a complementary copy of this new release! 

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse



Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Sunrise // Book Review


Hello friends! It's time for another book review! Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for this one, so I'm just getting around to posting it. 

Back of the book blurb: 

Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he's headed home to the destiny that awaits him.

That's not all that's waiting for Dodge. His childhood best friend and former flame, Echo Yazzie, is a true Alaskan--a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. Most of all, she's living a life Dodge knows could get her killed. One of these days she's going to get lost in the woods again, and his worst fear is that he won't be there to find her.

When one of Echo's fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. Plus, there's more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .

Will Dodge be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?

Sunrise is the first explosive volume in a new nail-biting series from USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren.
    My Review:
⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒

This was my first book by Susan May Warren. Although the storyline and characters fell flat for me, I was amazed by this book's vivid descriptions! The gorgeous cover paints a picture of the setting, but this authors descriptive writing style really brings the scenery alive! 

The characters each had dramatic backstories and getting to see how each overcame their past was nice, however, I couldn't relate to either of them and I felt like the drama was drawn out.

I really liked the names in this book, Echo, Dodge, Peyton, Idaho, Colt, etc! Even the dogs had unique and interesting names!

Sunrise just didn't grab my attention and there was no substance to the story. However, there were scenes that tried to make it exciting. I appreciate the effort made to give this story Christian themes. There was main themes of love and how love doesn't run away. But also there were themes of forgiveness and starting fresh. 

Overall, this book is a nice story of finding what matters most. It has unique characters (with unique jobs) and for a contemporary book, it gives some quaint, small town Alaska vibes. (Small towns are the best!) The descriptions are stunning and yet the plot felt overused and dull to me. I'd recommend this book to someone who likes a bit of drama, animals (dogs, bear, chickens, etc), and mild adventure. 

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What was your last 2 star read? Have you read any books by Susan May Warren? Do you like sled dogs or Alaska? (I think it would be such a cool place to visit!)

Comment below! 

Many blessings,
Brooklyne :)

P.S. Keep your eye out for a giveaway happening soooonnn! 


Monday, February 28, 2022

Happy 4 Years of Blogging!!

Friendsss, I can't believe its been four whole years! *throws confetti* 

Today marks 4 amazing years of running this blog and to celebrate, I'm throwing together this quick post to say that I'll be officially celebrating in a couple weeks.... I know, this means I'm a terrible blogger, but as I sit down to write this, I'm recovering from a snow skiing wipe out and trying to wrap up my last school week for this sub-term. Life has been full of busy schedules and scrambling to meet deadlines so I have had next to none time to actually write blog posts. Hints my absence... 

But I just HAD to post on my 4 year blogging anniversary and I promise to post a more official celebratory post soonnnnn! 

But until then, I hope y'all are staying warm and I've missed interacting on this little corner of the internet. 

Posts coming: 

-photo dump

-Never seen before snippets off my earliest writing!!

-a giveaway? (vote in the comments if you think this is a fun idea!) 

-Book review and maybe a lil' life update 

I'm excited for spring break, and hopefully in that time I'll be able to write up some posts to celebrate 4 years of Showers of Blessings (I literally can't believe it's been that long!) 

Thanks for reading my blog over the years and I know it hasn't been tons active lately, but yeah... some other priorities have gotten in the way. *facepalm*

When did you find my blog? What's been happening around the blogosphere while I've been away??

Many Blessings, 

Brooklyne :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Where is my worth?

 

*pretends no one noticed I didn't post last Wednesday*

Hallo! Today's post is on a topic I'm very passionate about: health. My health journey has been such a roller coaster and I've just started sharing more about it because I believe it is something that everyone struggles with at one point in their life. As I continue with my fitness journey, I'm reminded so many times of lessons about identity and worth. So today's post is reflecting on some of those thoughts! 

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Holding my breath, I waited. Waited for the numbers to register across the little screen and measure— my worth. They registered after a seemingly eternity of suspense and I released that breath which apparently didn’t do me any good to hold in. The numbers didn’t lie, but oh did
I believe the lie I thought they told about me. Those numbers screamed lies I too willingly believed. Lies that told me a little scale could measure my worth. They measured the level of effort I put into my health. They measured a lot more than they should have. And I let them. I wrote down those dreaded numbers and for a season, that person let herself be defined by them. Not anymore. 

Something I’ve been learning over the course of two years... when I place my worth and identity in myself (how well *I* do in college, how many friends *I* have, how *I* look, or what earthly things *I* have), I miss out on the freedom of walking in Joy. 

Sure, I might find happiness when the scale says I can be happy, but what happens if I’m disappointed in myself for not measuring up to my own standard? I might be happy when I get a good grade, but what happens when I get constructive criticism and start to doubt my ability? I might be happy when friends reach out, but what happens if they don’t? I might be happy when I buy something new, but what happens when the newness fades?

When I define myself by these things, the happiness is short term and dependent on my circumstances. 

What happens when I put my worth in who Jesus says I am? This!!!! This is where the Joy is found!!!! 

Who I am is not what the scale says I am. 
Who I am is not my grades.
Who I am is not how many friends I have. 
Who I am is not what things I own.

Do you want to know who I am? 

I am chosen. 
I am redeemed.
I am a child of God.
I am so so loved. 
I am fearfully & wonderfully made. 

This is who I am and my worth is not dependent on my performance, popularly, or possessions. (Sermon notes)

Next time you await the condemnation you know you’ll feel on those scales once those numbers teeter across the screen... try saying out loud, “I am a child of God and my worth is not defined by this number.” Speak the truth out loud and don’t allow the lies to tell you otherwise. 

Remember, scales are a tool. Not a means of measuring your worth!

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Do you want to see some more health related posts on this blog? Should I post more about working out, weight training, cardio, plant based lifestyle posts, etc? 

Comment below! 

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Life Flight // Book Review

 


Good morning, friends! Today I have another book review and a mini book photo dump for ya! Down in the comments, I want to know what you have been reading and what was the last book you brought on a trip with you! *winks* 

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Back of the book: 

EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient--and a serial killer on the loose--tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield's help. But she's not out of the woods yet.

In the ensuing days, Penny finds herself under attack. And when news reaches Holt that he may not have gotten his man after all, it will take all he and Penny have to catch a killer--before he catches one of them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason is back with another high-octane tale of close calls, narrow escapes, and the fight to bring a nefarious criminal to justice.

My Review: 

⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Let me first start by saying how epic and intriguing the cover design is! It definitely fits the suspense genre... but ya'll probably want to hear my thoughts on the actual book, not just the neat cover design. I read this book FAST. I tend to do that when I have 24 hours worth of car time and a couple days of vacation ahead. Reading books on trips is one of my favorite things, so I was excited to dive into this one. 

The characters. 

EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton was a awesome main character! Her story was unique and with each chapter, the reader gets more glimpses into her past. Her bravery and quick thinking were especially admirable. I also liked how she was honest and up front. Very authentic. 

FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield was another great character. Only a few times I was underwhelmed by his character. He seemed good at what he did and trusted his instincts.

I really appreciated the side characters in this book! Penny had a group of best friends with similar backgrounds and I loved how they all came together, had each other's back, and were equally capable at their careers.

The plot. 

Wow, was the plot full of surprises! It was fast-paced and intense. The serial killer villain was exactly that-- a villain. I was rather disturbed by all the background information given about his motives and this is a huge reason why I docked off a couple stars. 

Concluding thoughts.

This book was a great way to pass the time on a road trip. It was exciting and suspenseful, the message was good, though not as deep as I would have liked. The writing style, fantastic! The characters were well developed and the climax was suspenseful. I'd recommend this book to those who like the suspense genre and are okay with the villain being a psychopath. (There was just a little too much details for my liking in that department.) Content warning: I definitely wouldn't recommend this book to those sensitive to or triggered by hostage situations.

Overall, this was an exciting book to take to the beach and I look forward to reading more books by this author! 

**Thanks Revell Reads for a copy of this new release! 

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I hope you enjoy this lil book photo shoot from the beach! 



^^ hiding from the sun with my book :)


^^ The blue towel really makes the cover pop!





Have you read this one? Would you rather read on a plane or in the car? What book are you currently reading?? Comment below!

Many Blessings, 
Brooklyne Elysse