CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams

Title: The Painted Bride

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Haydn Fabrinni, to everyone else, looks like a spoiled rich boy used to getting his way. And maybe part of that is true. Because late one night, upset over rumors of a proposal he doesn’t remember to a girl he doesn’t like, he makes the rashest decision ever.

He challenges a stranger, a woman obviously out to make a buck, to a game of pool, winner take all.

But his all is her hand in marriage. The perfect solution. Until what the two of them have becomes far more valuable than anything else, including the secrets of her past that threaten to tear it all apart.


Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams is the second book in the Best Dressed Series and is as great a read as the first book. This story is about Haydn Fabrinni who is almost the complete opposite of Ludwig, his older brother. Everyone considers Haydn a spoiled younger son and to a certain extent that is true. His life comes screeching to a halt when a woman he has dated announces to everyone that he proposed. Haydn does not remember proposing and while sitting in a bar having too many drinks, he makes a bet with a woman that will change his life forever. Marcy Gregg challenges Haydn to a game of pool and the winner takes all. If she wins, she gets one thousand dollars and if he wins, he proposes marriage and she accepts. Both are experienced pool players and each thinks they will be the winner. One can guess who will win and the rest of the story is about everything that happens after the pool game.

Suzanne did a wonderful job writing this story. At first I was a little turned off by all the tattoos but by the time i was half way through the book I had forgotten about them. All the characters were very well developed and their dialogue was right on target. I felt as if I were friends with the characters for they completely came to life on the pages of the book. All scenes were realistic and I was right in the middle of what was going on and even trying to give advice and cheer for Marcy and Haydn. There were lots of twists and turns in the plot but each one just added more interest to the story and even provided a little suspense. The suspense mainly involved the secrets that Marcy was not willing to share with Haydn but eventually she revealed everything. Some big business wheeling and dealing took place in the story and gave the reader a victor to cheer and a villain to jeer.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a Christian romance with a happy ending.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at

Wednesday Quick Picks

April 23, 2014

Looking for something great to read?

Here are five Quick Picks from awesome Christian authors…

Quick Pick One


When bad things happen, what is your reaction? Do you trust God even when you don’t understand?

There was a dark season in my life when it literally felt like an earthquake had occurred. Everything in my life seemed to be falling apart…my family, my finances, our church. And I asked God the simple question, “Why?” This book is the result of my own search for answers. In the end, God gave me illustrations that I will share with you and brought healing to my heart and my distorted view of Him. I was able to trust Him again, even though my circumstances had not changed.


Quick Pick Two

From the Book:

Home. Had the house in Haldingston ever really felt like one? Yes, at times, with her mother, but since, she had just known fear and then a wall, much like that which surrounded her now. She was reluctant to let people in, even those closest to her. What had Lorenda called the castle? A mortuary. Chills ran up her spine as she stood and quietly walked toward the door of the keep. The wind whipped up and blew Tara’s long dark hair about her face, obscuring her first view of the inside of the castle. With impatience and trepidation, she drew back a moment, pushed hard on the door, and entered the keep.


Quick Pick Three

About the Book

The short story collection Just Like Jonah Wail Tales now has a workbook edition, one aimed at parents, Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders and all those who want to share their faith with 10- to 14-year-olds.

Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook contains eight short stories with modern Jonahs who make bad choices and land in a whale of trouble, just like Jonah. Each of the main characters disobeys God and repents, demonstrating the biblical path to salvation. Their mistakes include giving in to fear, not doing their homework, being selfish, and holding a drinking party when the parents are away,

Through discussion questions and Scripture citations, parents and teachers can teach the lesson of Jonah to this generation with modern examples of misconduct these children experience. They can help avoid having to live wail tales of their own…

Quick Pick Four

About the Book

As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Quick Pick Five

About the Book

“Then I think about my own little desires. The desire that my husband would be completely healed from his disease, and how he is still suffering through this every day. It is all hurting my heart, and then I think about hope…”

Take this four week journey to challenge and renew your thoughts on hope.


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Book Blast: Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation by Amy von Borstel

Book Blast: Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation by Amy von Borstel


Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation
By Amy von Borstel

About the Book:

If you knew that your prayers could change the lives and futures of your children or grandchildren, would you pray regularly? Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation is a hope-filled resource for those desiring a life of prayer and for those seeking God for miracles.

In the Prayers of a Mother’s Heart eBook, there are several personal stories that reveal the power of prayer, a collection of heartfelt prayers that address a wide range of concerns many mothers have for their children, along with over ninety-five Scriptures, simple guidelines for preparing the heart for prayer, a chapter on prayer journals, and a chapter on the importance of generational blessings.

Be inspired by Prayers of a Mother’s Heart to begin trusting that Jesus truly holds the answers to the challenges in your children’s lives. Jesus promised He would do the impossible if only we would believe (Mark 9:23).


Amy 2014Amy von Borstel is a passionate follower of Christ, a wife and mother of two—one adult child and one teen. She attributes her twenty-eight year marriage and happy home to the love of God and living a life of faith-filled prayer. She’s been a writer since she was a little girl, writing poetry and keeping journals as a way to find peace and rest in her soul. Her first published short story, A Divine Hair Appointment, was released in the 2013 Thomas Nelson book, When God Makes Lemonade. She is passionate about helping orphans and seeing people find abundance through an intimate relationship with Christ.

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It’s All in the Cross!

It’s All in the Cross!

In the
Is set
What I
It is the blood of redemption of the Christ Who came to save
To lift us above a life of sin, to keep us from an eternal grave.
In the
At the foot of the cross
is where I’ll be.
Will you meet me there
on bended knee?

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website,

CrossReaders Book Review: The Story Shell by Gloria Repp

CrossReaders Book Review: The Story Shell by Gloria Repp

Title: The Story Shell

Author: Gloria Repp

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

A treasured shell has disappeared.
Huge tracks lead to danger, and Leeper is gone.
Can Pibbin solve this mystery . . . alone?


The Story Shell by Gloria Repp is the second book in the Pibbin series and is just as delightful a story as the first book. As the book opens, Gaffer is preparing for his birthday party to be held that night and unlike most birthday parties, the birthday person gives gifts to all his/her friends. However, there is a big problem, Gaffer’s story shell is missing. He always has the shell beside him when he is telling a story. Pibbin comes to visit Gaffer and learns that the shell is missing. When he looks at the porch, he sees very large prints on the floor and begins to wonder what animal made the prints. Pibbin begins his search to find the shell and the story is about all the adventures he has trying to locate the lost shell. He faces danger in several places but there is always a friend ready to help him out of danger and also to help in the search. With help from an unexpected source, Pibbin is finally able to retrieve the lost shell. Not only is Pibbin searching for the lost shell, he is also trying to find his good friend Leeper who has been missing for quite some time. Leeper is found and rescued from a young beaver who was keeping Leeper for a toy. With Leeper and the shell both back where they belong, Gaffer has a wonderful birthday and delights everyone with the story he tells with the shell on the floor right next to his chair.

Gloria does it again in this second book about Pibbin. The personality of each animal was very skillfully developed and they almost took on human traits, the baby animals acted pretty much like baby humans and the old animals sometimes acted like grumpy old men or women. The wide range of ages in the animals added to my enjoyment of the book. At one point Pibbin said he “felt so small that he could hardly move or even think.” But this did not stop him from continuing to search for the story shell and for his friend Leeper. The dialogue of the animals was so realistic that I could almost forget that I was reading about animals. Gloria has the knack for making the little frogs and other animals come to life. This book also contained colorful, fun illustrations and in my opinion this added greatly to the story and I am sure that any young child would really enjoy the pictures. Since everyone was preparing for the birthday party, there was lot of cooking being done. My favorites were red bug cookies, dried beetle bars, and sweet and sour slugs. The slugs were Gaffer’s favorite.

I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages. It was written for young children but as a seventy-five year old, I enjoyed it very much and I don’t even like frogs.

Thanks to the author, Gloria Repp for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at