Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Promise to Protect


Title:  A Promise to Protect (Logan Point #2)
Author:  Patricia Bradley
Pages:  331
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
Ben Logan has been made acting sheriff after his father, the elected sheriff, is shot in the line of duty and then suffers a stroke, leaving him unable to perform his job.  Ben had wanted to be a U.S. Marshal, but has decided that he belongs in Logan Point and that he wants to be sheriff permanently.  He still suffers occasional panic attacks around some children sometimes when he has flashbacks of the day Tommy Ray drowned while Ben was in charge of the scout pack.  Ben hasn’t let go of the guilt of this tragedy even though it happened three years ago.  Most people tell him it was an accident and that he did everything he could to save the teen, but Ben runs into the boy’s father sometimes and he never lets Ben forget his culpability in Tommy Ray’s death.  Now, his old girlfriend from ten years ago has returned to town and he begins to wonder what happened to kill their romance.  He also watches as her brother dies in his arms after being shot by an unknown assailant.  He has distanced himself from God, using work as an excuse.  Can Ben get his life back on track with God and solve the case?
Leigh Somerall has returned to Logan Point to fulfill the terms of a loan agreement that allowed her to finish medical school.  She must stay for a year and then she is free to leave.  She has moved with her son during the summer and hopes she can avoid Ben Logan at all costs.  She lives with her brother until she receives notification of his murder.  Who would want to kill him?  She is forced to deal with Ben now on a daily basis as he promised her brother he would protect her.  After a series of increasingly dangerous attempts on Leigh’s life (or is it Ben’s life?), Leigh has a tough decision to make for her future as well as that of her son.  Can she trust Ben not to let her down like she thinks he did ten years ago?
There is action, humor, love, tension and drama in this suspenseful mystery.  I thought the plot easy to follows and the pages kept turning quickly as I wanted to find out who was responsible for all the difficulties happening to Leigh and Ben.  I was a little put off by Leigh’s character at the beginning as she had a chip on her shoulder, but as the story progressed I began to like her more and more.  I’m looking forward to the next book in this suspense series.  This is one you won’t want to miss!
My rating is 4 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Destiny by Don Brown


Title:  Destiny
Author:  Don Brown   http://donbrownbooks.com/
Pages:  462
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
Three men, three countries and many readers will get to journey and discover what holds them all together.  As I read, I couldn’t imagine the many families who lived through the beginning of WWII.  For me, the novel brings to the forefront the many lives affected during the war, along with afterwards.  Walter is mailman in a small town and recently married when the war is brought to the shores of the United States on December 7th by the Japanese.  Heinrick is a married man with two young girls who works at a factory in Germany when he joins a group who seeks revenge for the assignation of a government official.  Darwin is a young man who longs to be an actor and wants to simply enjoy the pleasures of the stage and success.
The action takes place on several continents and readers get to follow the journey of these three young men.  Never did these three young men ever think their lives would take the course they have due to the war.  It also brings them to a place where they consider their eternal destination as battle rages around them along with seeing death constantly stare them in the face.
Now, on the eve of the Normandy Invasion, each character is very aware that death may truly await them, so they place their thoughts on paper.  Will these last words change the hearts or minds of not just their comrades, but more so the enemy they are fighting against?  Part of the tale focuses on their families they leave at home and how they try to deal with the fear they may never see their loved ones again.  How do the wives keep going while raising children without worrying constantly about their loved ones?
The audience will truly fall in love with each story these characters share.  At times, readers will get a glimpse of how a particular character is thinking or feeling, which brings a point of view to the story that otherwise wouldn’t be revealed.  I loved how Walter works through or talks through the issues of his heart or his thoughts.  I believe the author makes these characters leap off the page by the description of the scene set for the characters to act out.  I lost myself very easily in the fictional tale mainly because it seemed so real or at the very least a possible way of an outcome to a problem.
Don’t miss reading Destiny as it is the prequel to the Jag novel series written by Don Brown!  Very well done!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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.”

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Mercy



Title:  Finding Mercy (Mercy Medallion Series)
Author:  Michael Landon, Jr & Cindy Kelley
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  David C. Cook
The novel that introduces the audience to the characters and story line was released in 2013 and titled, Traces of Mercy.  Set during the Civil War, a young woman poses as a Confederate soldier until wounded and carried to a local doctor where her secret is discovered.  When she wakes up, her memory is completely wiped out and her life begins at the exact moment of waking up.  Nothing she does jiggles her memory and when she is staying in the care of nuns they name her Mercy.  Mercy’s adventures begin to expound in this second novel, Finding Mercy, picking up where Traces of Mercy ended.
It was hard to wait another full year to see how the authors were going to either wrap up the story or share another installment.  The tension begins to really climb when Mercy along with her companion Elijah find out her true home, name and family.  Since Mercy still cannot remember anything, what brings family problems to a boil is that Mercy’s heart has changed along with her viewpoints on slavery.
These kinds of novels are so enjoyable because they take historical events, people or places and set them in various situations.  Women disguising themselves as men in order to serve in the Civil War wasn’t new to me, but the fact women were in prison during the war was revealing.  After the novel, the authors include historical information that brings further clarity to those who lived at that particular time.
To see how far someone would go to help another is compelling more so when it is during a time in our history when slaves were viewed as less than human.  Using this backdrop, the authors show us how God reaches out to bring people close to His heart.  Once again I could read the desperation people lived with as food supplies diminished and how hard it was to bring comfort and hope even after the fighting was over.  Well-crafted, exciting, captivating and adventurous are words that make these novels a must read for one and all!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Finding Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
by
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson. 
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Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she's from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Finding Mercy, go HERE.