The Heart of Thornewell

Title:The Heart of Thornewell
Author:Anita Stansfield
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Enid Hawthorne is in shock from her grief.She and her husband have traveled from England to Africa to fulfill her husband’s dream of being a missionary.Now, he has died from a very short illness, leaving Enid alone in a foreign country, friendless and pregnant.Enid does the only thing she can and that is to gather her belongings and leave on foot for the next village and slowly begins her journey back to England.Upon arrival, she has no family or friends to take her in, so she arrives on the doorstep of her husband’s brother, the Earl of Thornewell, hoping he will take her in.Upon arrival, she learns that her good friend, Marie, the earl’s wife, has died a week after giving birth and the newborn child has also died.The earl, Sebastian, is in mourning and seclusion and wants nothing to do with Enid.He blames her for taking his brother away and thus…

Gone (Special Crimes Unit)

Title:Gone (Special Crimes Unit)
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5+ out of 5
Ella awakes tied up and in some container with no windows and not sure what all is happening outside or if someone will come back to take care of her for good.Sam, who saves Ella, is working for the FBI undercover.That is, he was, until now.Together the next days are a mixture of constant threats on their lives, Ella working though her grief of losing her cousin and more people surrounding her to keep her safe.
There are people after both her and Sam.While Sam is trained to face danger, what he isn’t prepared for is how Ella touches the deepest part of his heart.Ella is afraid of opening her heart to Sam as a prior abusive relationship has soured her desire for any future romantic relationships.Ella has been working from home and rarely going out, and now she has no family left. The one bright spot is she is learning that Sam is someone she may be able to have…

Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)

Title:Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: FaithWords
My rating: 5 out of 5
I found a brand-new author who writes such tension filled suspense along with faith filled themes her books are easy to get lost in!In Fatal Mistake, Tara had once worked a government job and had a relatively quiet life visiting her Aunt June’s farm where she grew up.One afternoon Tara enters one of the buildings on the farm and what she finds changes her life forever!
After recovering from being shot and talking with Special Agent Cal Riggins, Tara has much to process about what she has been told about a friend she grew up alongside.However, after what she found in the building, seeing his face filled with hated and his shooting her, she decides taking off without anyone knowing is her best option for staying alive.
Cal has found her, and she must return with him so his team can protect her until they find the man who is responsible for so much death and destruction.…

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

Title:Loving Lieutenant Lancaster
Author:Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Linus Lancaster has retired from his naval service at the ripe old age of 24 years of age.Now that he is back on land, he is bored and at loose ends as to how to fill his time.So, when an invitation to a two-week long house party in the country is received, he quickly accepts.He knows his duty will be to keep his brother-in-law, Adam, apart from the dandified Philip.Once he arrives, his sisters who are also in attendance, begin scheming to find Linus a wife.Linus is not interested in the women they thrust under his nose, but he does meet someone who quickly becomes very important to him.The host of the house party is an older woman in the aristocracy who has employed a companion, Arabella Hampton.
Arabella Hampton is overjoyed with the opportunity to return to the estate of her favorite earl.He has since passed away, but she remembers all the time…

Fatal Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Fatal Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The author is well equipped to write a tale that is engaging with tension filled pages.Thrill seekers should enjoy her books.I know I do!Her novels include: Shattered Haven, Hidden Identity, Mistletoe Justice, Buried Memories,Reunited by Danger and now Fatal Recall. For me, this is the best of the best as a character named Tanner moves to a new home, in a new area and has a new job as a police officer.While kayaking rapids, Tanner hears a scream.When he leaves the water to investigate, his life is about to take a major detour from his original plans!
The lead female character, Tatem, is found unconscious by Tanner, and she has no memory when she awakens in the forest only fear.Tanner won’t leave her side and then travels a unique road while attempting to help this woman regain her memories as well as protect her from constant attempts on her li…

Room on the Porch Swing (An Amish Homestead Novel)

Title:Room on the Porch Swing (An Amish Homestead Novel)
Author: Amy Clipston
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The first book in the series is titled, A Place at Our Table, andnow the author has shared a good tale in the sequel, Room on the Porch Swing.Readers return to Lancaster and the Riehl’s home when two tragedies strike and change the relationships in the community.Even though these happen, the intriguing part is how hope springs forth after a time of grieving.Plus, Laura and Allen have questions about what they feel, and the plans being considered for future.
While parts of the story were sad, I am glad the author didn’t shy away from what is part of real life.The fact that real people experience such deep grief helps the audience know that they can also experience the hope that renews both the heart and spirit.The themes brought forth are impacting such as family, faith, prayer, God and living out the reality of these in life situations.
It does …

The Solace of Water

Title:The Solace of Water
Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts
Pages: 368
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
If you are unfamiliar with this author, it has been awhile since she has shared her imaginative and heart-gripping stories with audiences.My introduction to her tales began with her books titled, A Promise to Cherish, Promise to Return, and Promise to Keep.Now, after a hiatus, the author brings a new tale that will keep audiences turning pages for hours.
The Solace of Water is a deep, riveting tale that encompasses friendships that are unique and during a very trying time of life for three women with diverse lives.Like so much of reality in the world we live in today, the story reflects one of tragedy and yet the beauty that can be born out of the ashes left behind.
What occurs in the book shows us what might happen when life can blindside people and the unlikely rebuilding of lives in such touching ways.The tale takes place in the 1950s in the Deep South with a…