Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review of "True to You"


Title:  True to You (A Bradford Sisters #1)

Author:  Becky Wade

Pages:  384

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Nora is the main female lead who is a genealogist whose love of fictional novels keeps her in another world.  When she is asked to participate in a staged emergency situation by her sister Britt, she reluctantly agrees.  As noises are happening and then the sprinkler system goes off dousing people, she isn’t sure what her next move should be.  While sitting there a man comes in and picks her up, removing her from the scenario and her heart begins to beat harder.

John seeks Nora out to help him locate his biological family because of a recent diagnosis and time is of the essence.  At first, the book starts out in a way that didn’t really capture my attention at all.  Plus, it is different from other books I have read written by the author.  Now, that is not bad just different and took a little getting used to.

The strongest aspect of Becky’s storytelling is her threads of faith woven throughout the story.  Those threads are highlighted as they are set against a lifelike situation that is heart-touching for Nora and John.  There is a free novella titled, “Then Came You”, which helps set up the framework for this novel. Finding one’s biological parents was a moving part of the tale and though I can’t relate to how one feels about it, I can see why some are looking for their birth mother in situations as in the book.

I have no idea when the sequel will be out, so be on the watch for it after reading the prequel and then True to You!

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.”

Becky Wade's 'True to You' $100 Giveaway

strong>Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade's new series! Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)


Title:  Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)

Author:  David L. Winters

Pages:  208

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Carpenter’s Son Publishing

My rating 5 out of 5!

What a phenomenal story!  Antonio is in school to become a lawyer and is married with a son who drives people to their destinations to help support his family.  His wife is a teacher who supports her husband and shares her life with her girlfriend Marta.  Antonio prays for and sometimes with his customers as he desires to do whatever the Lord would lead him to do.

There is a mystery that Antonio inadvertently becomes entangled in.  There is also something going on in Congress with a certain bill that people want to pass without many knowing the contents.  Within the pages of the book is an enthralling, suspense-filled tale that will keep you reading until the end!  The way the author ends the first book makes me wonder if the other books will be centered on characters from this story or if they will be different.

At the end of the book is a sneak peek into the next book though no title or date is given.  I plan to watch for it as I really enjoyed this novel from beginning to end!

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.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)


Title:  A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)

Author:  Sarah Ladd

Pages:  328

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Annabelle Thorsley is a pampered gentleman’s daughter who now lives with her brother after the death of her father.  Her brother, Thomas Thorsley, has tried to get them out of the debt their father put the family business in, but the debts keep mounting unbeknownst to her.  She soon learns that her brother has promised a wealthy man marriage to Annabelle to obtain the needed funds to recoup their losses.  Annabelle wants nothing to do with the old, sinister and slovenly man so she hatches a plan for her future with the help of Owen Locke, who happens to be traveling with his boss and staying at Annabelle’s brother’s house.

Owen Locke is the gamekeeper on an estate of a friend of Thomas’ and has been traveling to purchase new hunting dogs.  Owen sees the conditions that Annabelle must live under and agrees to help her escape.  He sees her settled with a relative and can’t seem to stop thinking about her.  She obtains a job and begins teaching Owen’s young daughter at a local school.  Owen has long wanted to purchase his ancestral home and has gotten the landowner to agree to sell if Owen can catch the poachers who are stealing all the game from the land.  Owen knows this is his only chance to become a landowner, but can’t seem to catch the criminals.  He finds some clues and begins to piece the puzzle together while losing his heart to Annabelle.  Can he catch the criminals in the act and gain his land?

I have read the other two books in this series and liked them, but this one just didn’t seem able to hold my attention.  The two main characters couldn’t engage my emotions and the plot was just okay for me.  The faith element was weak for the female lead and just average for the male lead, and I like stories that showcase characters’ faith.  Every once in a while, a reader and an author just don’t click on a particular book and that was the case for this one for me.  I am okay with that and I will read this author’s future writings as I have enjoyed many of her other books.

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.”