A Christmas Promise Book Review

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Christmas Promise
contains three Regency Novellas: The Two Bells of Christmas by Joanna Barker, Promise Me Again by Annette Lyon, and The Christmas Journey by Jennifer Moore.

The Two Bells of Christmas by Joanna Barker shares the story of twins attending a house party. One twin wants to make a match while the other twin just wants to not be a disappointment. One of the twins gets ill on the journey and the sisters decide to swap identities. This story was a fun read. I enjoyed the humor in the story and the stark contrast of the sisters. The sisters in the story were fun and interesting to get to know.

Promise Me Again by Annette Lyon shares a romance between Jacob and Miriam. Jacob's brother despises the match and has expectations for Jacob to rise in society according to his plans. Jacob rebels and plans to elope with Miriam when tragedy occurs. This story was full of twists and turns. Promise Me Again was a dramatic romance. It reminded me a bit of An Affair to Remember. I was very surprised by this one. It's not a typical romance, but I liked the story and found it to be quite the page turner.

The Christmas Journey by Jennifer Moore opens with the main character, Lucy waiting for her father to arrive for Christmas. She's bitterly disappointed when a captain arrives to tell her that her father is unable to come. Lucy decides to set out to London, find her father, and enjoy Christmas with him. This story was surprising and a little suspenseful. The author lets the reader know that there's more going on then Lucy realizes and I had a bunch of wild guesses that all turned out to be wrong. This story reminded me a bit of The Little Princess where a daughter longs to be reunited with her father and makes unexpected friendships along the way. This was a heartwarming romance.

A Christmas Promise is a fun read for the holiday season and a great gift idea for readers who enjoy Regency romance. To learn more about this book, click here

Please note that I received a free ebook to review this book, however this is my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links that help support the maintenance of this blog.


November Giveaways to Enter (low to moderate entry)

Sunday, November 1, 2020


I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.


Hatch Blog Tour, Author Interview and Giveaway

Thursday, October 15, 2020


About the Book: Hatch! is a picture book exploring the animals that hatch from eggs. Colorful, captivating pictures paired with singsong rhyming text make this book a perfect fit for curious babies and toddlers. 

About the Author: Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with
her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works here.

About the Illustrator: Amanda Crawford Brown is an artist in the greater Nashville, TN area. She has been creative her whole life but began working on her art career seriously in 2017. She specializes in watercolor and fluid art mediums but has recently been recreating those mediums in digital format. Creating children’s book art has been a dream of Amanda’s since she was very young! Amanda also makes digital artwork and is a marketing director for a Professional Twitch streamer, has shown her work in galleries and has had award-winning booths at art and craft shows all around Tennessee!

Author Interview: 

Life Is What It's Called  - What inspired you to write Hatch!?

Cassie Hoyt - My three-year-old son is full of questions. We saw a bird's nest one day, and after that, he kept asking which animals hatch from eggs. Hatch! started as an easy rhyme to teach him a few animals that hatch from eggs. I couldn’t find a book with all of these animals, so I decided to make my own. 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you hope kids will gain from your book? 

Cassie Hoyt - I hope that Hatch! will spark curiosity and that the kids reading Hatch! will learn in a simple, fun way.)

Life Is What It's Called - Are there more books in your future? 

Cassie Hoyt - Yes! I am always working on new ideas. I'm very excited to announce that my second book, I Miss You Most, will be out this fall! Love knows no distance. I Miss You Most helps children through the heartache of distance by showing them how to hold their loved ones near. Whether exploring the seas as pirates or twirling like ballerinas, imagination can bridge even the greatest distance. Because time with those you love is the most magical thing of all!

Life Is What It's Called - How would you recommend Hatch! be used in a homeschool preschool setting?  

Cassie Hoyt - Hatch! is perfect for a homeschool preschool setting. The simple, repetitive phrase is catchy, and the little ones will quickly have it memorized. I would recommend reading Hatch! with pauses to allow the children to guess which animal is hatching. Show pictures of each animal featured and pair with questions about the animals and their nests. Video footage of animals hatching from eggs can add to the lesson. There are printable coloring pages on my website, www.cassiehoyt.com, as well! 

Life Is What It's Called - Have you ever seen an animal hatch? 

Cassie Hoyt - I have! A friend of ours had baby chicks we saw hatch. Recently, we have been watching videos of animals hatching. What's your favorite animal? My favorite animal is a dog. We have a small dog named Buckeye! He is very energetic, loves to play with his toys, and barks a lot. 

Life Is What It's Called - What's your favorite animal?

Cassie Hoyt - My favorite animal is a dog. We have a small dog named Buckeye! He is very energetic, loves to play with his toys, and barks a lot.

Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win the Hatch! prize pack.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Hatch, autographed by author Cassie Hoyt,
  • A canvas tote printed with artwork from Hatch 
  • A $100 Amazon gift card for purchasing books to fill your new tote

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A paperback copy of Hatch, autographed by author Cassie Hoyt 

Giveaway begins October 5, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends November 5, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Cassie Hoyt. The giveaway is managed by The Children's Book Review. This post may contain affiliate links.

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