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Garden of Madness

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Title:  Garden of Madness Author:  Tracy Higley Pages:  376 Year:  2012 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Tiamat is the youngest daughter and princess of King Nebuchadnezzar.  She was married at a very young age and her husband has just died.  She is now 21 years old and doesn’t want to marry again.  She thinks she will now be free to do as she likes.  Her mother soon dispels that notion by telling Tia she will marry again and soon.  She will be married to her mother’s cousin, a Mede, to form an alliance between Babylon and Media.  Tia wants no part of this and tries to think up different plans of thwarting her mother’s plan.  Her mother is very cold toward Tia and always concerned with appearances and duty.  Tia literally runs from responsibility.  She has her own training room where she runs sometimes.  She feels free when she leaves the palace and enters the city full of people.  The murder of one of her father’s faithful noblemen causes her to begin asking questions about his murder.  Th…

Eyes of Justice

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Title:  Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat Series #4) Author:  Lis Wiehl with April Henry Pages:  292 Year:  2012 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Allison Pierce, federal prosecutor, has had her wayward sister living with her and her husband for almost a year now.  Lindsay is finally going to try to open a business of her own.  Allison agrees to co-sign on the loan from the bank.  While at the bank, Allison goes to the restroom and while there something terrible happens.  This on top of the recent death of someone very close to her just about breaks her, but she clings to her faith in God.  She wants justice to be served and will not let the guilty go unpunished.  As more information comes to light, Allison wonders if what happened at the bank was just a cover-up for something else.  Is she safe in her beloved city of Portland? Nicole Hedges, FBI agent, has resumed her relationship with Leif and is status post breast cancer surgery.  Along with Allison, she vows to see justice done no matter th…

Death by the Book

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Title:  Death by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery #2) Author:  Julianna Deering Pages:  316 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers The setting is early 1930s in the little village of Farthering St. John, Great Britain.  Drew has asked Madeline Parker, his American girlfriend, to marry him, but she has asked for some time to be sure that marriage to him is the right thing for her.  Drew has decided that he needs to make some changes to his will to benefit Madeline, whether they marry or not, and requests a meeting with his lawyer.  When he arrives for the meeting, he finds his lawyer murdered.  Thus begins another murder mystery where Drew acts in an amateur capacity with the local law enforcement personnel.  Before any headway is made on this murder, another murder is committed at Drew’s country club out on the golf course! As Drew continues to investigate, more murders occur and they continue with the same theme, but Drew is no closer to figuring out who the murderer is…

It Had to be You

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Title:  It Had to Be You Author:  Susan May Warren Pages:  480 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Tyndale Publishers Susan May Warren really nails the heart with love and grace when characters in the novel begin to understand how they are viewing themselves, and when what they do in their lives becomes the standard to which they measure their hopes, fears, triumphs or failures is the dawning of a new day. Jace is known as the NHL Blue Ox team’s bad boy.  The more he fights instead of scoring, the happier the fans.  Eden thought writing obits was a meaningless job when all she has ever wanted to be was an honest reporter. In reality, our lives tend to mesh and we gather our identity through another person’s life or whomever we tend to idolize.  The Christiansen family isn’t depicted as perfect Christians, but has its own problems, hopes, dreams, failures and triumphs.  With each page, readers will be able to identify with various characters with different life situations.  Sounds like reality do…

Gatehaven

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Title:  Gatehaven Author:  Molly Noble Bull Pages:  246 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Creation House The year is 1784, and the setting is mostly England, but some of the story takes place in Scotland.  Gatehaven is the creepy home of the Earl of Northon where young women have entered, but never come out.  Where are they?  Is there really a gateway to the underworld in this house? Shannon Aimee is a young girl whose head is turned by the earl.  He has proposed marriage to her, even though she is a farmer’s daughter.  She travels to England with her best friend, Ian Colquhoun, who is to be an assistant to the vicar.  Upon arrival, Shannon is treated terribly by the earl’s family and the earl himself.  Privately, he still keeps her affection with sweet words, but makes excuses for his family’s behavior and puts off announcing their engagement.  Is he really the wonderful man she fell in love with?  Was that just an act to gain her regard?  What about the strange meetings held at Gatehaven on …

Guest review of "A Melody for James"

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Title:  A Melody for James (Song of Suspense #1) Author:  Hallee Bridgeman Pages:  301 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Olivia Kimbrell Press James Montgomery has survived a devastating, heartbreaking event that changes his life forever.  He now travels months at a time to London and when he is home in the U.S., he is locked away working in his office on his computer.  He works to forget.  If his mind is busy working, then he can’t remember what happened and thus won’t feel the pain and sadness.  It is in this frame of mind that he happens upon Melody Mason.  He is instantly attracted to her, but thinks it is too soon and that he shouldn’t be.  He wants to see her again, but circumstances prevent that until four years later.  When they meet again, the attraction is stronger than ever.  She makes him feel alive again.  He has also found God and is growing ever stronger in his faith.  He is an entrepreneur who owns his own very successful business. Melody Mason has just discovered something te…

Review of "Saving Mr. Banks" Movie

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Title:  Saving Mr. Banks Publisher:  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Year:  2014 Format:  DVD When I first heard the title of the movie along with the actors and actresses appearing in the story, my heart was drawn to the movie.  So one night I sat in my home and watched it, knowing that the movie was sharing with the audience the story behind the Mary Poppins movie originally made in 1964.  That movie won five academy awards, which in that era I am sure was astounding, along with propelling Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke into the home of many viewers. I watched the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, which flashes back into the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers’, childhood.  Like the various pieces of a puzzle we are shown the woman who so long ago and who still does today touches us with the hope for redemption.  P. L. Travers had a hard childhood, but also had an amazing imagination that helped her cope with a reality that was less than stellar.  Along with her, we are given a pe…

Summer of Joy

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Title:  Summer of Joy (Hollyhill Series #3) Author:  Ann H. Gabhart Pages:  352 Year:  2008 Publisher:  Revell Don’t let the cover to the book deceive you into thinking that this book has a boring, uninteresting story because that is not true!  In fact, I loved it as it takes all the elements from the first two novels in the series and brings them to some surprising conclusions.  We are introduced to Hollyhill and David Brooke first with The Scent of Lilacs, followed by Orchard of Hope, which adds depth to the plot and prepares readers for the suspense-filled ending! I was not expecting all the action the last novel came with, the twist and turns of the plot along with a mystery male character.  Jocie is starting high school, and she is writing her eye witness accounts in a journal.  She not only writes about events and people that have come into her life, but also thanks the Lord and adds prayers.  Jocie is a prayer warrior.  She believes God and asks things with childlike faith, kn…

Orchard of Hope

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Scent of Lilacs

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Sadie's Secret

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Mark of Evil

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