Monday, April 24, 2017

A Fragile Hope

Title:  A Fragile Hope

Author:  Cynthia Ruchti

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Abingdon

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

There are times in my life when I start a book that I know is going to tug at my heart strings and I am going to “feel” the story.  Here is one of those stories that sure enough slowly and surely pulls a reader in and the reader cannot help but to continue even when the heart is feeling the emotions certain characters are created to feel or portray.

The author has been one of my favorites for a very long time, and this book just cements it for me.  It wasn’t an easy book to read in the sense I felt deeply about the scene(s) I was involved in, but I also wanted to know how it was going to end.  Not all stories real or otherwise have happy endings.  We all know that isn’t real life, so part of me tried to brace my heart for the ending I thought was coming.  However, what came was so much better than what I anticipated because it was filled with the best touch of heart mixed with wisdom and truth.

I won’t share the ending because while it’s true I don’t want to ruin it for others, it is more about experiencing the story being shared.  The author shares how people shared their life stories with her and some ended well, but others sadly didn’t.  What I loved about the book and really encourage people to read it is for the experience but also the rare glimpse we get into the world of trauma with its ripple effects.  Plus, we get inside the main character, Josiah, hearing his thoughts, emotions, questions, struggling with his faith and in many ways coming awake to the world he closed off, which had dire ramifications he was clueless about.

Absolutely the best novel from this author to date!  When readers are done, I hope they find her other books and enjoy those as well for each is as distinct as one person is from another.

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Cynthia Ruchti's 'A Fragile Hope' Giveaway

When your life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)

Title:  Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)
Author:  Lynette Eason
Pages:  352
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The author’s style of writing suspense and thrillers keeps me on the lookout for her books constantly!  In the first novel of the series, Always Watching, I had a feeling this series was going to be time well spent reading.  Now, in book two, the suspense is ever highly tuned and the mystery of who was after a man who shared so much with others while running a business was an excellent place to start the plot.  In the first book, we meet the four women who come together to build a business doing various tasks including being bodyguards.
In this book, we are looking at the second of the four women whose name is Katie and she has extensive training in multiple law enforcement avenues.  Katie is well versed in dismantling bombs if she can and handling the investigation of suspicions fires.  What makes it hard for Katie to get near a fire or investigate is due to a past experience that has left a scar on her heart and mind.  Now, she either has to learn to slowly walk through her PTSD experiences or allow her fears to keep her crippled.  With the help of a client named Daniel Matthews, Katie just might get to experience freedom.  During her job, her heart just might betray her when it comes to spending time with Daniel and his niece.
Each book in the series seems to just get better and better with the author’s stories being so well crafted in the area of various law enforcement and emergency workers and more.  I love how each woman has issues in life to handle that make them more realistic and easy to be captivated by.  I cannot wait to read the recent book out in the series titled, Moving Target.  So keep an eye out for another review on the author, series and stories!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)

Title:  Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)

Author:  Mary Ellis

Pages:  347

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Beth Kirby and Michael Preston have been sent by their boss to Savannah, Georgia for the agency’s latest case.  Beth has begun to respect Michael now that they have spent some time together and she can see he is willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary to be a private investigator.  They are sent to see if their client, Evelyn Doyle, has an adulterous husband.  Evelyn suspects her husband of forty years is having an affair.  Beth and Michael are given time to sight see while in Savannah as well as track down Evelyn’s spouse’s movements.  They quickly discover that Lamar Doyle is having an affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter.  When they inform their client, they do not get the reaction they were expecting.  Evelyn is upset, but she decides to forgive her husband as Christ has forgiven her of her sins.  Beth is a fairly new Christian and has some trouble understanding this reaction, but the case is solved and they have some free time to enjoy the city…until a dead body is discovered.

Michael has feelings for Beth that are more than friendship, but he knows she is gun shy so he has kept quiet.  He would rather spend the rest of his life with Beth as his friend that not have her in his life at all, which might happen if he reveals his feelings.  Meanwhile, the more time they spend working the murder case together and sightseeing together, the more Beth realizes what a great guy Michael is, but she is nervous to speak up as she thinks she is no good at relationships.  Then, another body is found.

I really enjoyed seeing the personal relationship between Michael and Beth develop.  Beth had a great sense of humor, which I liked, and Michael seems like such a sweetheart!  The mystery story was a little slow in some parts, but I liked the faith focus of Evelyn especially.  Beth’s impetuous nature gets her in trouble, but she has a compassionate heart that leads her sometimes instead of her head.  Michael is much more by the book and thinking things through.  These two make for a good investigative team as their skills complement each other.  So, get a copy and read about some of the sights of Savannah as well as a good mystery with some added romance!