Monday, April 21, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson (Lone Star Brides #1)



Title:  A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides #1)
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany House
To one and all I am happy to share with you this review of Tracie Peterson’s 100th book.  Congratulations to the author!  Here is a brand new series that begins with the introduction of two characters, Marty, who is a young widow living in Texas and Jake, living in Denver, but born in Texas.  Jake’s highest dream is to return to his beloved place of birth, but he has to work in a bank to save money to purchase a ranch.  Marty is a young woman who without forethought or prayer answers an ad Jake places for a Texas wife, both parties agreeing it is in name only.
The setting is the late 1800s, and there is a mystery along with the romance and how Jake and Marty are struggling in their faith due to deep heart wounds.  To make it seem safe, both appear to put boundaries on their relationship.  Will it indeed work to protect their hearts from further devastation?  In the tale, other characters are introduced that are of a mixed fashion.  For instance, a couple of the high society people don’t care a whit about those less fortunate.  While others like Jake’s servants seem to be examples of faith and trust as they have learned to hold loosely to the things of this earth.
My favorite novels by Tracie are her Alaskan series which now share a place in my heart with this new series.  I wondered the further along I read if the conclusion was going to end up with the story being developed to a point like a well-wrapped gift.  While I won’t tell you how it ends, I can share that I thought it was a great ending!
I loved how no matter what station in life mankind has here on earth the soul questions and the deepest of heart longings know no boundaries.  The characters are like a reflection of many people we might know in any society.  The heart longs to be loved and not rejected; more so, within all hearts God wants us to know Him individually.  When life rips away the ones we love or things we hold dear, how do we react or respond?  As you are introduced to some of the interesting characters in the novel, don’t be surprised if one of them might remind you of someone.  I loved this book and can’t wait for the next novel to be released in June 2014 titled, A Moment in Time.
My rating is 5 stars.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Simple Faith



Title:  Simple Faith (Peacemakers Series #2)
Author:  Anna Schmidt
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
In the continuing story of Anja, Beth and others first introduced in All God’s Children, the audience will be captivated by the way locals help downed airmen to safety.  The network of characters brought to life on the pages will remind people of other acts of bravery done to help during times of war.  The Gestapo is always on the heels of the main characters, attempting to keep them from leaving Germany.  Not only is the Gestapo presence more visual to locals, the risk of dangers grows exponentially with each attempt to return men to their homeland while keeping the locals from being caught.  Even with the main characters from the first story having to obtain new identities there are no guarantees that they will ever be safe.  Plus some dark sinister man has infiltrated the escape route used and as the safe houses begin to be torn apart by the Nazis, time becomes even more crucial to moving people before they are caught.
In book 2, the tension builds as readers might find themselves wondering who the antagonist is and who is not.  Lives are at stake as well as the future welfare of Germany once the way is over, with most people knowing that their lives and country has been forever changed.  Again, the author reveals a couple tenets of the Quaker faith as the tale climaxes and will be completed in book three to be released this summer.
While some author’s books can be read as stand alone, the Peacemakers series isn’t one of them so please read All God’s Children first so you can follow the developing tale.  The tension, love, faith, romance and description of scenes capture the imagination from the first to the last page.  Personally, I cannot wait to see how the author wraps up the series.  I have enjoyed the books very much!
My rating is 4 stars.
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All God's Children



Title:  All God’s Children (Peacemakers series Book #1)
Author:  Anna Schmidt
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Barbour
One of the most fascinating benefits of reading this particular series is the way the author shares various facets of the Quaker faith.  Another draw to the series is the time frame and setting of the book which is WW II in Germany written in a way that adds suspense and tension keeping my attention to the progression of the tale.  While I am not of the Quaker faith, I do appreciate the fact that the characters wait for direction before making a decision.  The “inner light” is repeated in the books and I don’t agree with this at all!
With that being said, there are some good reasons to read and enjoy the story.  Watching the romance develop between two people of two opposing nations plus the way they each handle the stress of the war is compelling.  Beth has come from America to help her aunt, uncle and cousin handle the trials of the nervous problems of her aunt.   The aunt becomes at times unable to cope or function in everyday life so someone has to care for Beth’s cousin who is a child with some challenges.  I cannot imagine living in the midst of a war area, hearing the constant barrage of bombings or gunfire.  The warning sirens that call people to bomb shelters at all hours must have been like living on pins and needles along with the continuing hardship of food or other necessities while living In Munich Germany. 
I think it is good to read historical novels that remind us of the high cost of so many across the globe during war.  Plus, it reminds me to be thankful and content with what I have seeing that materials things can vanish so fast.  The heart is touched by the characters that have to battle and maintain some semblance of order when chaos is rampant all around.  When going through trials though don’t look inward because the answer isn’t there, look in the Bible and to Jesus the author of our faith.
My rating is 4 stars.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

In the President's Service #3: Blood Brother



Title:  Blood Brother (In the Presidents Service #3)
Author:  Ace Collins
Pages:  103 (e-book Only)
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
Ace Collins could and does make this story build with intensity and suspense, introducing new twists and turns in the plot.  Now in the third installment Helen Meeker is severely wounded and not expected to live even if the doctors can find someone with her B- blood type.  The Third Reich is using humans for guinea pigs in order to be able to build super soldiers who would heal completely at a remarkable rate when wounded.  Helen is in need of a miracle as evil seems to be progressing on the war front.  At the White House, the discovery of a mole infiltration sets everyone under a microscope until he or she is removed.
Not all of the characters are working for the benefit or destruction of a nation as some are using the chaos war brings for selfish benefit.  As I read the tale, it kept me guessing as to what was happening not only because of characters’ actions or words, but sometimes it was what the author wasn’t revealing that happened to certain players.  The sacrifice called upon by the president in the story wasn’t happening overseas or on the home front, but in ways many people didn’t know of in this fictional plot.
I don’t want to spoil the series for you, but one thing I will say is when a new major turn of events happens that puts the very foundation of American government at risk, I sure was surprised!  I never anticipated or thought of that angle to the plot; it was not just amazing, but in my opinion raised the climax of the episodes up several notches.
All I can say is don’t miss reading In the President’s Service #1, Dark Pool #2 or Blood Brother #3 and anticipate further episodes coming soon!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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