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The House Across the Street (The Jack Sleuth Series Book #1)

Title:  The House Across the Street (The Jack Sleuth Series Book #1) Author:  C N Bring Pages:  84 Year:  2014 Publisher:  C N Bring C N Bring delights her younger audiences with a story set in Boring, Oregon, around three elementary boys on summer break from school.  During the break, Jack, Kyle and Curly stumble upon a mystery when they deliver cookies to a new neighbor in the area.  Until now Jack’s biggest struggle has been to avoid a bully and his two friends.  With his next visit to the new neighbor who lives across the street from his home, Jack and his friends’ summer is about to be turned upside down!  These three boys embark upon unraveling the web of lies they begin to discover along with meeting an FBI agent who is brand new to the job. Together the three boys and FBI agent will keep young readers turning pages until the conclusion, but don’t be surprised if the story captures the attention of older readers as well!  I enjoyed losing myself in an adventure and mystery tha…

An Unwilling Accomplice

Title:  An Unwilling Accomplice (A Bess Crawford Mystery #6) Author:  Charles Todd Pages:  337 (advance reader’s edition) Year:  2014 Publisher:  William Morrow It is autumn 1918 and Bess Crawford is summoned to London to accompany a wounded war hero as he accepts a medal from the King of England for his meritorious service.  After receiving the medal, the wounded soldier disappears, leaving Bess to face a charge of dereliction of duty.  In order to clear her name and restore her reputation, Bess sets out to find the man.  She enlists the help of the ever-stalwart family friend, Simon. After setting off to track the man through hill and dale, they discover more and more questions about who they are tracking.  Is it even the right man?  How could he possibly just disappear when he was confined to a wheelchair?  What is he up to?  Then, a soldier on extended leave home is found hanging from an iron bridge, murdered.  A witness places Bess’s missing soldier on the bridge around the time…

Fearless Hope

Title:  Fearless Hope Author:  Serena B. Miller Pages:  384 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Howard In 2013, I read Hidden Mercies written by Serena B. Miller, which was my first introduction to this author.  Now I have been blessed to review Fearless Hope, which continues some of the characters introduced in Hidden Mercies though each novel is a stand alone.  Depending upon how a story is written along with the reader’s choice of books, there may be some who would quickly dismiss the novel because it has an Amish or Mennonite flavor.  Yet let’s not be too hasty when the author is Serena B. Miller as I have found her novels rich in depth and quite enjoyable to peruse. As I was reading, it crossed my mind that one reason I enjoy this author’s writing is because her characters wrestle with some of the same battles whether spiritual or fleshly as anyone.  In the book, Hope is a young woman who is a part of a community of Amish who gather to meet in homes twice a month.  Early on a choice her you…

(2014 favorite)...A Noble Groom

Title:  A Noble Groom
Author:  Jody Hedlund
Pages:  368
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
Unending Devotion was the first novel I read introducing me to an author who wrote deeply from her heart and soul.  Since then, I have been awaiting her next work to see the possible growth as an author, as well as the next tale she would tell.  I wasn’t disappointed when I began the story of German immigrants living in Michigan in the late 1800s.  They came to America to begin a new life, no longer in underground mining, but as farmers.  Most marriages were arranged by the father in order to provide for the daughter, whether or not there were feelings of love present.  It was strictly to give a daughter to another family member so the land would remain in the family.
The life of Annalisa Werner and that of her sisters is anything but a fairy tale.  Her one sister is given to a man who recently lost his wife in childbirth; he is a brutal man.  The daughters have no say, no choice in the matter; they…

Chateau of Secrets (another 2014 remembered novel)

Title:  Chateau of Secrets
Author:  Melanie Dobson
Pages:  371
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard Books
Fantastic!  Wonderful!  A definite must read!  These are all words or phrases that briefly describe my opinion of this novel.  The novel has two storylines going at the same time, one set in present day and one beginning in 1940 and continuing until the Allies expel the Nazis from France some time in 1944.  The story alternates chapters between Chloe and Gisele.  While this story is fiction, it is based on a real person’s life and her heroism is to be greatly commended.
Chloe Sauver is engaged to the challenger for Virginia’s governor’s seat.  She has been coached on how to act, what to say and even how to position her body and face when answering questions.  She believes she is in love and that her fiancĂ© loves her in return.  That is until she discovers something about him that causes her to rethink their relationship.  She goes to France to the family castle or chateau to do an inte…

Angels Walking Book #1 by Karen Kingsbury (a 2014 favorite novel)

Title:  Angels Walking Book #1
Author:  Karen Kingsbury
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Walking-Novel-Karen-Kingsbury/dp/1451687478/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408094478&sr=1-1&keywords=angels+walking+karen+kingsbury
What an exploding work of fiction!  Angels Walking, the first book in a new series written by Karen Kingsbury, turns out to be an exceptional and inspirational debut.  My curiosity is what drew me to the book; I wondered how the author would portray angels in a fictional yet Biblical way.  When I began reading, I knew beyond a doubt that while a fictional piece of work promised an adventure, I was blessed at how Karen weaves in the spiritual reality of warfare that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
I don’t want to reveal too much of the story so as not to ruin your own discovery, but I will share enough to whet your appetite.  Two angels volunteer for a mission on earth to help two individuals, Sami …

A Frontier Christmas

Title:  A Frontier Christmas
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Pinnacle
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Christmas-William-W-Johnstone/dp/0786033606/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414913498&sr=1-1&keywords=a+frontier+christmas
This is a simply heartwarming story set in the west with characters that I am familiar with, being a fan of Johnstone books.  However, whether you are familiar with the characters or authors matters not as readers will be engrossed not just in the budding romance between Meagan and Duff, but the action with increasing tension will keep you glued to the book!  A Frontier Christmas is the fourth book in the series Western Christmas Stories that also includes A Lone Star Christmas, Rocky Mountain Christmas and A Big Sky Christmas.  Each book can be read as a standalone or grab all four and be prepared to be entertained for hours!
The Johnstone’s Western Christmas Stories will capture your …

A Big Sky Christmas

Title:  A Big Sky Christmas
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  416
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Pinnacle
J. A. Johnstone has authored, The Big Sky Christmas, with as much heart as the previous tales titled, A Rocky Mountain Christmas and Lone Star Christmas.  Each novel is thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable with a mix of adventure and romance.  Here, in the latest Christmas book, A Big Sky Christmas, readers are introduced to characters with a true moral or spiritual compass and others with evil intent along with a host of surprises in the story line.
In the fictional tale, Johnstone uses flashback as a way to tell the story of a set of elderly twins and their experiences growing up on a wagon train bound for Montana.  McAllister is a mountain man whose years were originally filled with locating those who took the life of his beloved wife Katie.  When a brawl causes the original wagon master to sit this trip out, McAllister feels duty-bound to lead them safely t…

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

Title: A Rocky Mountain Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Publisher: Kensington
A Rocky Mountain Christmas is the latest in Johnstone’s writing repertoire, taking place during the Christmas holidays. Some of the characters from the previous book, A Lone Star Christmas, continue to develop in this story. Here, the story enlarges to include a corrupt judge and a rancher accused of murder being taken on a train to go to jail along with another convict.
Rebecca is now an older woman, but was 6 years old at the time of a train accident that would change her life forever. She was the daughter of a senator and his wife. Her parents were going to a speaking engagement when an avalanche changed every passenger’s plans. Rebecca is now being approached for an interview before her flight leaves. The only reason she agrees to participate in the interview is due to a delay in her flight. Her only condition for the interview is that she be allowed to tell …

A Lone Star Christmas

Title: A Lone Star Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone
Pages: 336
Year: 2011
Publisher: Pinnacle
Since I was a little girl, westerns have been the one genre I knew I could best use to identify who I was. Whether it was watching westerns on TV, a movie, reading non-fiction as well as fiction, I always wanted to know more about the West with a passion. Recently, with my sons having become men, I joined the NRA, took a class, and bought my first firearm. I am also a member of SASS. Even though I don’t attend anything, I learn a lot from this group. I knew a few western writers growing up though because of my Nana I knew more about Louis L’Amour and his books. Growing up and watching my parents get her the latest novel or seeing her read those books are memories I will always remember. When Nana died, I was blessed with her entire collection of westerns that included a few Luke Short books and some others. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I came across the name of William W. Johnstone…

Friend Me by John Faubion (2014 Favorite)

Title:  Friend Me Author:  John Faubion Pages:  335 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Howard Books Wow!  That is the first word that came to my mind as I finished reading this great suspense thriller by John Faubion.  The first chapter will grab readers’ attentions and the rest of the story will keep them captive until the action-packed conclusion.  The story is set in Indianapolis, Indiana, and could be taken right from our own newspaper. Scott and Rachel Douglas are a young, 30-something couple with two small children.  Rachel is a stay-at-home mom, trying to lose the extra baby weight, keep the house up, look after her children and keep her man happy.  She misses her best friend who died of cancer two years previous.  She is skimming the Internet when she sees an advertisement for a company that offers a virtual friend.  She decides to check it out and soon has her new/old best friend in her life again via computer technology.  Scott sees how much this pleases Rachel and decides maybe he sh…

With Every Breath (Favorite of 2014)

Title:  With Every Breath Author:  Elizabeth Camden Pages:  360 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Bethany House Kate Livingston needs a better job.  The year is 1891 and her work at the census bureau has been outmoded, reducing her to clerical work where she can’t use her mathematical mind.  She sees an ad for a statistician applies for the job and heads off to the interview.  Little does she suspect that the man, who she will be working for, provided she gets the job, is her old nemesis from high school, Trevor McDonough.  He ruined her chance to go to college by winning a scholarship over her.  He challenged her intellectually in the past and with this new job will challenge her present.  Now, as she works with him every day, she finds she wants him to continue challenging her for the rest of her life.  However, she learns something about him that makes her wonder if they can ever be together as a married couple. Trevor McDonough, who now goes by Trevor Kendall, has dedicated his life and ca…

Sons of God's Gnerals

Title:  Sons of God’s Generals Author:  Joshua Frost Pages:  152 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Destiny Image Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org After I read the book, it seemed like a good idea to visit online stores to read feedback before writing my own.  What I find most interesting sometimes about others’ feedback is either statements without any thoughtful reasons why someone liked or disliked a book or what appears to be feedback without discernment.  Now feedback on any book or product is completely subjective as anyone who writes reviews knows and that people can agree or disagree with what is posted sometimes responding to the person.  I desired to read this book because I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to do so, and when I do, I am prayerfully reading the book.  I constantly ask the Holy Spirit to show me what I can glean or need to ignore and if I feel conviction I stop reading to ask forgiveness.  The reason I sh…

Triple Threat (Pure Genius #4)

Title: Triple Threat (Pure Genius Series #4) Author:  H. L. Wegley Pages:  274 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Harbourlight Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Triple-Threat-H-L-Wegley/dp/161116382X/ref=la_B00B1XMR56_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416220106&sr=1-1 Unlike the other three prior novels, this particular book focuses attention on Katie, Lee and Jennifer’s adopted daughter who is now in writing her dissertation for her doctoral degree.  Katie picks up from where Jennifer left off in one sense with her computer software design.  Now Katie begins to discover terrorist attempts on Jennifer’s and the Katie’s young siblings lives.  However, that isn’t all she discovers and asks a fellow student to join her after he helps Katie save her family.  Now Josh is helping Katie not only with developing software to write his dissertation, but also becomes more embroiled in the danger as Katie forges ahead to uncover the plot to attack America again! Katie’s faith is firmly cemented yet she stil…

Moon Over Maalaea Bay (Pure Genius #3)

Title:  Moon Over Maalaea Bay (Pure Genius Series #3) Author:  H. L. Wegley Pages:  240 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Harbourlight Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Over-Maalaea-Pure-Genius/dp/1611163250/ref=la_B00B1XMR56_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416220106&sr=1-2 Yes!  The couple waiting for their courtship to end, now has gotten married, arrive at their honeymoon destination and while waiting for their hotel room to be ready step out for coffee and then…Jennifer is kidnapped.  Now he must call Jenn’s grandpa and their soon to be adopted daughter with news he cannot bear to speak; Jennifer is gone! When God brings Katie and Grandpa to the islands to help Lee locate Jennifer, Katie learns the difference between revenge and loving her former captor.  Lee is beside himself as all the stops are pulled by the government agencies to help rescue Jennifer, but how much help are they really?  Plus it is some people bent on revenge for what Jennifer did to break up their ring of stealin…

On the Pineapple Express (Pure Genius #2)

Title:  On the Pineapple Express (Pure Genius Series #2) Author:  H. L. Wegley Pages:  282 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Harbourlight Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/On-Pineapple-Express-H-Wegley/dp/1611162971/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=00ZVZWEH3FEPHSPT48XB Lee cannot believe that Jennifer is out to locate a long shut down loggers mill because she is believes that she is hearing a child’s cry. On top of that both are at risk for getting killed by a powerful storm on the peninsula if not by those who have kidnapped the girls.  The main leader of the ring on the land is Trader who Jennifer discovered through using her latest computer program to pick up cell calls.  Both Lee and Jennifer risk their lives and possible future as man and wife to locate the girls before they are taken to a ship off shore and sold into slavery. Jennifer is caught by Trader and taken to the place the other girls are held as captives, but Trader is wrong about Jennifer’s age, thinking she is like the others…

Hide and Seek (Pure Genius #1)

Title: Hide & Seek (Pure Genius Series #1) Author: H. L. Wegley Pages:  272 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Harbourlight Books Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hide-Seek-H-L-Wegley/dp/1611162033/ref=la_B00B1XMR56_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416219957&sr=1-4 The first snowy weekend brought an opportunity for me to curl up and read four books by H. L. Wegley of the Pure Genius Series.  One benefit I gathered from reading them in order and in a short time span between the novels was to see the overarching plot carried through each separate story.  Some time back while randomly surfacing an online bookstore I saw this title and author for the first time, so I wrote the man inquiring about his books.  As God orchestrated it I didn’t hear immediately back from him which was good considering at that time I was trying to recuperate after eight years of caretaking. When he contacted me, the first thing received was an apology for having taken so long, and then came the opportunity to read, …

Wisdomantics is a fun board game! Enter for a chance to win the game for your home!

Title: Wisdomantics Board Game Year:  2013 Publisher:  Kingdom Games Enterprises Official website: http://wisdomantics.com/index.html First let me say this is a game that can be played and enjoyed by all ages.  There are a couple of ways to play.  One is to use the board and cards along with the DVD to compete in completing Solomon’s Temple with three different colored tiles.  The other way is just using the DVD.  Paper and pen are used when two teams or individuals compete when answering questions correctly making a hash mark to keep score.  I loved using the DVDs alone as well just to test my own knowledge and remember the Word. It really doesn’t matter whether players are familiar with the NKJV or not; the fun and excitement is thrilling!  In fact, if players are not used to reading the NKJV on a regular basis that just adds challenge to think which words or phrases would be chosen to complete the sentence.  In time, I wouldn’t be surprised if people would find themselves memorizi…

The Red Door by Charles Todd

Title:  The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12) Author:  Charles Todd Pages:  344 Year:  2010 Publisher:  William Morrow Ian is the victim of an attempted robbery.  The robber goes on to kill someone else during another robbery, leaving Ian the only one who can identify the robber.  Ian begins to work this case, but is soon pulled off the case to investigate the disappearance of a well-known author.  He questions the family and sends out constables to search London and the surrounding areas to no avail.  After a few days, the man reappears with an explanation for his absence that Inspector Rutledge is loath to believe, but then he is sent to Lancashire to investigate the death of a woman found lying in her doorway.  Upon asking around the village, no one can think of a motive to kill this woman whose son died at a young age and whose husband went missing during WWI and never came home.  Everyone liked her and can’t think who would harm her.  However, a witness soon appears stating …

Hawk (Quiet Professionals #2) by Ronnie Kendig

Title:  Hawk (The Quiet Professionals #2) Author:  Ronie Kendig Pages:  363 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press Once again, Ronie Kendig has hit one out of the ball park!  This is an action-packed, tension-filled story that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.  This story picks up not too long after book one, Raptor 6, ends.  The Special Forces team is still in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, and an unknown enemy has now made them a target for elimination as well.  Brian Bledsoe or “Hawk” has an intelligent mind, but he downplays that whenever he can.  His father was very smart and never let anyone forget it.  His father thought himself above the law, but found out how untrue that really was when he was arrested and sent to prison when Brian was fifteen.  That troubled relationship with his father has colored his life and his choices.  Now, as he faces disciplinary action, he wonders why he is even in Afghanistan or what his purpose is.  He is drawn to Fekiria Haida…

Diane & David Munson's Newest Novel: The Embers of Courage

Title:  Embers of Courage Author:  Diane & David Munson Pages:  336 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Micah House Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Embers-Courage-Diane-David-Munson/dp/0983559066/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417155654&sr=1-1&keywords=embers+of+courage The authors refer to their novels as “factional fiction”, taking history then weaving a tale including interesting places, people or events unearthed through research.  Embers of Courage to me was one of the highlights of my reading experiences in a long time, which is saying a lot for someone who reads many books within a single year.  However, lest you think I accomplish the number of books a year alone, let me reassure you I have a wonderful friend and partner who, though unknown to many, is a critical part of this blog ministry. What fascinated me so much was the use of flashback with the current story line that at times alternated between the two.  Let me share with you that it makes for compelling reading…

Meet Authors Diane & David Munson

Q & A with Diane & David Munson Friday, November 28, 2014 What is the most rewarding part of being authors? Being authors is really like any other job. We face deadlines that must be met, even when we don’t feel like writing. We work overtime. We sometimes have to cancel vacation plans. But, the best part is that we get to work together. No workplace conflicts here. For us, it means we travel together for research and events, and for us that’s such a blessing. In the end the highlight is learning from readers they’ve found our books inspiring, and our writing encouraged their walk with God. While we love to read positive reviews, it is most rewarding to see readers’ faith being deepened because of the writing. Are there tasks that can challenge either of you when writing a story? Unlike some co-authors who split up tasks, we both do research and write those scenes with which we feel most comfortable.  Our thrillers include aspects of our exciting careers and true events. This may …