Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hope’s Design (The Daughters of Riverton #2)

Title:  Hope’s Design (The Daughters of Riverton #2)
Author:  Dawn Kinzer
Pages:  378
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Morningview Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
In the first novel in the series titled Sarah’s Smile, we meet an interesting cast of characters who live in the small town of Riverton, Wisconsin in the early 1900s.  We meet the antagonist, Rebecca, whose heart being filled with broken dreams spews ugly words toward Sarah because of Sarah’s heart-breaking past.  Now Rebecca is a totally different woman and Sarah is married with a child on the way when Hope comes to the town to put space between her and her former fiancée.
Hope is an only child and when her parents travel to a distant land.  For her safety, they encourage her to leave New York with very few people knowing her destination.  However, after some time has passed, her ex-fiancée shows up at her job to continue the harassment he began in New York.  Hope’s dream is to become a designer and see women glow when they feel beautiful wearing her dresses.  She desires that women see that they have inward beauty too and carry themselves with more confidence.
Ben has a secret and only his family knows what it is and why he won’t let anyone see what he creates.  Ben and Hope meet on the train as they are both heading to Riverton and their first encounter isn’t exactly one of laughter or friendship.  As I read the book, I really began to imagine the scenes playing out in my mind.  The author does such a fantastic job of showing how God, faith and friendship can make a world of difference in a person’s life.
Reading how Hope overcomes her fears, past, and begins to understand how God knows best how to fill her life with joy, love and faith, she is then able to rest in His plans.  Hope wants the best for all the people whom she encounters and who have embraced her since she moved to Riverton.  Here is another example of a story at its best for when a reader is done, he/she is left wanting another tale from the writer perhaps focusing on another character from the town of Riverton.  Read and enjoy both Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design as they are very enjoyable works of fiction!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sarah's Smile (The Daughters of Riverton #1)

Title:  Sarah’s Smile (The Daughters of Riverton #1)
Author:  Dawn Kinzer
Pages:  394
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Morningview Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dawn Kinzer writes a story that moves the heart of readers, and folks she is a brand new writer!  In her debut novel, we read about a friendship between Sarah McCall and Peter Caswell.  Sarah is a lone child who is raised by her maternal grandparents after her parents apparently abandoned her after dropping her off at their home.  Now she is an adult and has had her heart broken by many people and her hopes are dangling by mere threads.
Peter returns to his hometown as a widower with a young 4-year-old daughter in tow.  Peter, who always wanted to become a pastor, returns to take over leadership of his home church.  Peter’s life has been anything but easy as readers will discover; there is more to this character than meets the eye.  Peter’s lifelong friendship with Sarah turns into a rollercoaster ride when he returns home and begins talking with her.  Readers will ride the coaster as there seems hope that romance may be blooming with Sarah as well as ride a quick, downward, heart-dropping disappointment as obstacles come in their path.
Many characters in the novel are easy to identify with.  I loved how the small town atmosphere comes through poignantly in the book.  Wait till you reach the end and see where the author got her idea for the story; it’s pretty amazing!  I plan on reading book two of this series titled, Hope’s Dreams, which has also been published and I am expecting another wonderful tale.  As soon as I finish, I will share a little bit about the book with you.  Until then, really enjoy Sarah’s Smile as it is outstanding! 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Blaze of Glory


Title:  Blaze of Glory
Author:  Major Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky
Pages:  379
Year:  2010
Publisher:  B&H Publishing Group
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
While there is no series title to the four books that are written by this author duo, the books are sequential in time.  There are several characters that carry over from book to book.  The missions are vastly different in each book, but a lot of the characters remain the same.  They should be read in order beginning with Certain Jeopardy, Blaze of Glory, Fallen Angel and then Hide and Seek.
In Blaze of Glory, a new member is added to the team, Jerry Zinsser.  Jerry is a decorated hero from his last mission where only two of his team survived their mission in Somalia.  He was responsible for saving the other team member.  He has fooled the army psychologists into thinking he is ready to return to duty.  However, he is suffering from PTSD and having suicidal thoughts.  He returns to his former mission in his head at any time and can’t tell what is real and what is in the past.  This poses a problem when it happens on his current mission and his team leader, Eric Moyer, must decide whether to return him to base or continue their mission.
Their mission is to find out who is behind the recent increase in female suicide bombers.  There have been bombings in several major European cities, all committed by young female bombers.  They discover that someone may be trying to kill the President of the United States while on mission.  Soon they come face-to-face with an armed bomber within striking distance of the President of the United States as well as several other world leaders.  There are other bombers converging on the same location.  How can Moyer and his team stop them all?

If you like military action, suspense and tension-filled moments, then this book is definitely for you!  I couldn’t put it down.  The short chapters make the story pass quickly and the exciting plot will keep you glued to the book.  The characters of this Special Operations Team are loyal to one another to the point of being willing to die for each other.  The sense of humor and camaraderie between the men is really fun to read.  While their missions are secret so only a few know about them, the soldiers know that they are doing their duty for their country.  Thanks for your dedicated service to all the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces of the United States.  Hooah!