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Aloha Rose

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Title:  Aloha Rose (Quilts of Love Series) Author:  Lisa Carter Pages:  247 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Abingdon Kai Barnes is an ex-soldier, living in Hawaii.  He has retired from the military, suffering from PTSD.  He lives on the family ranch and is trying desperately to get the family out of debt.  The last thing he needs is to play tour guide to a young woman who may or may not be related to his foster family.  Kai is very protective of his family and wonders exactly what this woman is up to.  He finds her to be stubborn, compassionate, feisty, and pretty and maybe someone he could love, if he was looking for love, which he most definitely is not! Laney Carrigan was left on the doorstep of her adoptive parents’ home when she was just a few months old and wrapped in a quilt with Hawaiian flowers on it.  Her father posts the picture on the internet and the next day a response is received.  So Laney flies to Hawaii to meet her birth family.  She doesn’t expect a tall, dark and handsome…

Path to Freeedom

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Title:  Path of Freedom (Quilts of Love Series) Author:  Jennifer Hudson Taylor Pages:  228 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Abingdon Press Flore Saferight is an 18-year-old Quaker midwife who has been asked to go on a mission.  The mission could be dangerous as it involves transporting slaves from a slave-holding state to a free state.  Her sister will accompany her, but to her distress, her childhood nemesis, Bruce Millikan, has also been asked to go along.  Flora wants to follow God’s will, but does it have to involve the one person she can’t stand to be around?  Flora initially refuses the mission, but is encouraged to pray about it.  She does and is convicted that she must go.  She reluctantly agrees to go and sets out on a journey that will change her life. Bruce Millikan has grown up and changed from the bully he was as a young boy.  He sincerely regrets his teasing of Flora when they were children, but doubts she will ever let go of her grudge against him.  He seems to always put his …

God's Not Dead Movie Review

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Title:  God is Not Dead Format:  DVD Year:  2014 Publisher:  Pure Flix Entertainment For awhile now we have been hearing about the movie God is Not Dead, which now many can view at home via rental or DVD.  I visited the movie’s website, listening to the clips of various interviews with those who played a role in the movie.  As I listened, I didn’t sense either way whether I would agree with the movie or not because He isn’t dead, He is risen!  Then, I came upon a FaceBook posting from Answers in Genesis by Dr. Georgia Purdom on August 5th 2014.  After reading her post, I watched the movie last night. There are some reasons I enjoyed the movie such as the realistic settings various parts of the movie portrayed.  Some people are out to discredit Christians any way they can while others mock or quickly push aside a belief in God as a crutch.  One female character gets shocking health related news.  The professor is angry at God and cannot understand how He let his mother die when he beg…

With Every Breath

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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…

Miracle in Dry Season

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Title:  Miracle in a Dry Season Author:  Sarah Loudin Thomas Pages:  304 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Bethany Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Season-Sarah-Loudin-Thomas/dp/0764212257/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408691151&sr=1-1&keywords=miracle+in+a+dry+season+by+sarah+loudin+thomas For me, the novel was hard to get caught up in at first, partly because I like to try and figure out where the author is leading a reader, especially a new author.  Part of the reason it seemed to take awhile for me to get lost in the story was having just buried my father earlier in the week.  Once I got further into the tale, it took hold of my heart and I stayed up all night reading till I finished the whole book. The tale reminded me of many biblical teachings such as a prophet is told to marry a harlot to show Israel in a real way what God was working in the hearts of His people.  Later on in the book, I saw themes of complete forgiveness, discerning the real intentions of a…

Here to Stay

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Title:  Here to Stay Author:  Melissa Tagg Pages:  368 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Bethany Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Here-Stay-Melissa-Tagg/dp/0764211331/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403630084&sr=1-1&keywords=here+to+stay+melissa+tagg Readers are going to enjoy the contrasting lessons two main characters represent in this tale, one is Blake and the other is Autumn.  The place is Whisper Shores, Michigan, a small town that relies heavily on tourist seasons to run their respective lodging places.  Blake and Autumn’s families have had a long standing feud that only grew in intensity when tragedy struck, inflicting pain in both families.  Now Autumn is handed her families’ inn to run all on her own, but her heart yearns to travel to other countries and experience adventure.  Blake isn’t welcomed warmly when he returns after a long absence, but the man that returns is not the same man who left.  Blake was sure God led him to return home, but after a while he isn’t …

Bess Crawford mystery: A Duty to the Dead

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Title:  A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mystery #1) Author:  Charles Todd Pages:  329 Year:  2009 Publisher:  William Morrow Bess Crawford is a young nurse, serving the wounded British soldiers of WWI.  One soldier, upon realizing he was dying, has entrusted her with a message to be delivered in person to his brother after the soldier’s death.  Bess has been putting off this trip, but after her hospital ship is sunk and she abandons ship, she comes to terms with the fact that she is avoiding her duty and is honor-bound to deliver the soldier’s message.  She arrives at Owlhurst, delivers the message to the soldier’s brother, but soon discovers there is much more to the message than she was told.  She begins to delve into the past of the soldier’s family to see justice done.  While at Owlhurst, her nursing skills are put to use on more than one patient.  Bess is always ready to lend a hand with her practical skills, but runs into a brick wall when she tries to unearth the truth. Time…

In the President's Service: Fatal Addiction

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Title:  In the President’s Service Series, Book #4:  Fatal Addiction Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Addiction-Presidents-Service-Episode-ebook/dp/B00LYA6FWC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0GZJ3ETNCG6NR11JE03D Author:  Ace Collins Format:  eBook Year:  2014 Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via www.bookfun.org Readers are introduced to one of the main characters, Helen Meeker, in the first book of the series In the President’s Service: A Date with Death.  Set in the beginning of WWII, Helen Meeker returns after audiences are introduced to her in the novel, The Yellow Packard.  Helen is woman who works inside the FBI, but also has direct access to FDR as she fights to uncover the multilayered threats to the President and her country. In this installment, Helen’s survival of a sure demise has caught the enemy off balance.  As Helen contemplates her latest action packed detail, more q…

Counterfeit Lies By Bob Hamer & Oliver North

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Title:  Counterfeit Lies Author:  Oliver North & Bob Hamer Pages:  336 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Threshold Editions Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Counterfeit-Lies-Oliver-North/dp/1476714355/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407301662&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=counterfier+lies A couple months back I decided to read a novel written by Bob Hamer called Targets Down.  I ran across the author and his writings while a friend and I looked for novels to read.  Most of the time we are asked to review books for authors or publishing companies, but I felt drawn to read this one.  Both authors have military experience and have gone to great pains to research the latest tale, although most of those who helped couldn’t be named.  When I finished the book, I was reminded how we can be encouraged by the many unknown men and women who live lives on the edge in order to protect this nation.  To them I say thank you and God Bless! There is so much I could share about the suspense-filled, milita…

Tracy Higley's latest novel: Awakening!

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Title:  Awakening Author:  Tracy Higley Amazon Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Awakening-Tracy-Higley/dp/0990600505/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1406768301&sr=8-2&keywords=tracy+higley Pages:  366 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Stonewater Press Fabulous!  Readers will quickly become engaged in the story of a young woman name Kallie who has worked hard to earn a position at a museum with her specialty in Minoan history.  Judith, her boss, is a woman who pushes Kallie to become more than just a woman who hides behind her desk.  Add in the mysterious male character of Demitri who asks her to go on a trip searching for a relic that might unlock the language of ancient peoples. Kallie has been seeing a psychiatrist because of her blackouts and her repressed past, which at times causes problems in her life.  When Kallie begins to journal, she writes a story from the perspective of a character she has named Chloe who lived with her family as a princess on an ancient island.  This is …

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

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Title:  In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale Book #3) Author:  Sarah Sundin                 www.sarahsundin.com Pages:  416 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Revell This trilogy begins with book one titled, With Every Letter followed by book two, On Distant Shores and concludes with In Perfect Time.  Each novel focuses on a group of nurses who help take care of the sick and injured that are being evacuated to other hospitals.  Through these works of fiction the author brings to light the lives, work and heroics of women nurses during WWII.  To learn more, please visit www.legendsofflightnurses.org In the final book, Kay is highlighted as she begins to think about her future once the war has come to an end.  Her desire to be a chief nurse is thwarted when she is confronted by her lack of leadership, both on the field of war and off.  Kay begins to rethink her life when Roger Cooper shares his heart and testimony about his walk with the Lord.  Throughout the story readers will enjoy the ten…

Saving Amelia

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Title:  Saving Amelie Author:  Cathy Gohlke Pages:  464 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Tyndale Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via www.bookfun.org If I could show the author my thoughts on the novel in an action, it would be to stand and applaud.  Seriously, I have read many books over the last couple of years along with a friend of mine and very few of the novels were less than what we hoped.  Some of the novels we read were pretty much okay, nothing bad, but not above a 3 star rating.  Here is one of those rare gems that left me breathless. What steals my breath during the story that takes place during WWII in Germany is the reminder of how heartless the whole belief system was that Hitler promoted.  The evil words and actions were not as pronounced at first so many people in the tale didn’t see a problem with the ideology pervading their lives.  Yet, as time goes on, more characters in the book begin to realize that what was excuse…

The Last Witness by Glenn Meade

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Title:  The Last Witness Author:  Glenn Meade Pages:  432 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Howard Books Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Witness-Thriller-Glenn-Meade/dp/1451611870/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407516314&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+witness+glenn+meade When I began reading this latest work of fiction by Glenn Meade, there came a time in the novel I wasn’t so sure I wanted to read further.  However, after reading the author’s note, realizing it wasn’t just fiction but also based a nameless woman’s experience, I felt compelled to keep on turning the pages.  The farther along I got in the work, the more I had to sit back and ask myself why I never knew anything like this was happening.  I was in college at the time this story takes place, but I don’t remember the events placed on a time line shared before readers ever get to the writing.  So I asked myself, ”Why don’t I remember any of these events or the brutality of what transpired overseas in beginning of …

A Family for Christmas

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Title:  A Family for Christmas (Texas Grooms #3) Author:  Winnie Griggs Pages:  220 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Love Inspired Historical Chance Dawson thinks he has the next greatest invention for the housewife.  He has taken a loan out from the bank to make his dream come true.  Now he has learned that his father has taken partial ownership in the bank that holds his loan and is coming to town to check up on his investment as Chance sees it.  Chance has always felt like the black sheep of the family and not capable of living up to his father’s expectations.  He has forged a new life for himself in Turnabout, Texas and considers it his home.  He has taken an interest in Eve Pickering and her young friend Leo.  He has offered them a place to stay with his widow friend Dotty moving in as a chaperone for propriety’s sake.  He sees some of his own insecurities in her and longs to show her how to have some fun in life and not work all the time.  Chance thinks she just might be the woman for h…

The Bride Next Door (Texas Grooms #2)

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Title:  The Bride Next Door (Texas Grooms #2) Author:  Winnie Griggs Pages:  280 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Harlequin Love Inspired Historical Everett Fulton longs to return to the big city.  He was a reporter in Philadelphia, but was fired from his job due to Everett’s reporting on a fictitious story that had devastating consequences as Everett didn’t perform due diligence in confirming his sources information.  Everett is now in Turnabout, Texas, publishing a small town gazette twice a week.  His stories are much more mundane in his eyes and he has put out the word in some of the bigger cities that he is interested in employment as a reporter.  Everett is a stickler for propriety and neatness.  He never lets his guard down and doesn’t like to talk about his childhood.  His new next door neighbor, Daisy Johnson, sometimes tries his patient and sometimes irritates him, but the more time he spends in her company, the more his attraction for her grows.  She has a strong faith that he miss…

Handpicked Husband (Texas Groom #1)

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Title:  Handpicked Husband (Texas Grooms #1) Author:  Winnie Griggs Pages:  282 Year:  2012 (previously published in 2005 as Lady’s Choice by Dorchester Publishing) Publisher:  Harlequin Love Inspired Historical Regina Nash is faced with a choice.  She either marries one of the three men her grandfather sent as suitors or she loses her nephew.  Her grandfather thinks she needs to have a husband in order to raise a child as well as to look after her.  She is living in the small town of Turnabout, Texas while her grandfather resides in Philadelphia.  She wants nothing to do with marriage and likes her independent life just the way it is.  However, she will do whatever it takes to keep her nephew so she reluctantly signs the contract brought by her father’s man, Adam Barr.  Too bad Adam isn’t putting himself forward as a potential suitor as she thinks he would make a good father.  She has known Adam for about seven years and had a crush on him when she was a teenager.  Now, she has a st…

A Bouquet of Love

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Title:  A Bouquet of Love (Weddings by Design #4) Author:  Janice Thompson Pages:  352 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Revell Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Bouquet-Love-Novel-Weddings-Design/dp/0800721551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407117687&sr=8-1&keywords=a+bouquet+of+love As tough as it is for authors to say good-bye to characters they have come to know so well when writing a series, this is one series that is hard for me to close as well.  From the first book through the last I have fallen in love with the characters, themes and wonderful laughter that bursts out when I come across a funny scene in the novels.  Here is the sequence of reading the previous stories in the series:  Weddings by Design, Icing on the Cake and The Dream Dress before ending the series with A Bouquet of Love. Here the main character is Cassia Poppas a young Greek woman who loves Julie Garland movies and music.  When she is moved from California to Texas as her Dad makes a major decision to move the …

Enemies Among Us by Bob Hamer

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Title:  Enemies Among Us (A Thriller) Author:  Bob Hamer Pages:  323 Year:  2010 Publisher:  Fidelis Enemies Among Us is the third novel for me to review from the pen of Bob Hamer.  Recently, I reviewed Counterfeit Lies, which he coauthored with Oliver North published in June 2014.  The more I read of this genre from various authors, who have had real life experiences in the field, the more grateful I become for the work many men and women do to keep Americans safe.  Not only have those who are on the front lines fighting to keep Americans safe but their families as well, so again my thanks to those who serve and their families! The tale takes place in Los Angeles where undercover FBI agent Matt Hogan is on the front lines fighting to track down terrorists who are making plans to bring about destruction and death.  Matt is volunteering at a clinic that helps care for children brought to the United States for medical assistance unavailable overseas.  Matt is attempting to seek proof th…

Prelude for a Lord

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Title:  Prelude for a Lord Author:  Camille Elliot Pages:  343 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Zondervan Bayard Terralton, Lord Dommick, has returned from war against Napoleon, but the fighting inside him continues.  He suffers from what today is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  He travels to Bath, England to protect his sister from an unwanted suitor and to ensure her reputation is intact before she has her first season in London in the spring.  Two of his three best friends travel with him, with the third still fighting Napoleon.  The four friends form a musical quartet that became famous before the war with Napoleon.  While escorting his sister to social events in Bath, he encounters Lady Alethea Sutherton.  At first he thinks she looks familiar, but can’t remember her specifically.  She soon sets him straight, but also needs his help tracing the provenance of her violin as someone is trying to steal it from her.  If Bay can solve the mystery, his family’s reputation will be restor…

Creston Mapes new novel: Sky Zone

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Title:  Sky Zone (Crittendon Files #3) Author:  Creston Mapes Pages:  444 Year:  2014 Publisher:  David C. Cook Jack Crittendon is in a bind.  He is working part-time on the security force at the local athletic arena.  He desperately needs a full-time job as his wife is 8 months pregnant with their third child.  She has had to go back to work full-time to support them after his job as a reporter at a local newspaper ended when the newspaper folded.  He has made friends with one of the security crew, Brian Shakespeare, who is a former Marine and now is obsessed with preparing for an imminent terrorist attack.  He tries to get Jack interested in this, but Jack is hesitant to respond favorably.  They are both working one night as the arena is hosting a presidential hopeful candidate’s speech as well as a Christian music star. While getting the schedule for the evening’s events from his boss, the crew is alerted to a possible security breach.  This occurs shortly before the event is sche…

Down and Dead in Even

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Title:  Down & Dead in Even (Down & Dead, Inc. Book #2) Author:  Vicki Hinze Pages:  52 (electronic) Year:  2014 Publisher:  Magnolia Leaf Press I became hooked on this author’s series when the first novel came out titled, Down and Dead in Dixie, which I found to be completely enthralling!  As I checked the author’s website, I saw this short story was coming out soon.  When it became available, I purchased it.  I am not a fan of electronic reading for a couple reasons:  (1) My eyes aren’t able to read for long on any device; (2) I think it unwise to be dependent on a device, and (3) I love the feel of a book in my hands that is always available to read. In this very short story, readers are introduced to a set of twins who have very different lives and personalities.  Christine is a strong independent woman, successful and single; she is able to face any situation straight up, speaking whatever is on her mind.  Caroline is trapped in an abusive marriage; she has tried unsucces…

A False Mirror

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Title:  A False Mirror (Inspector Ian Rutledge #9) Author:  Charles Todd Pages:  371 Year:  2007 Publisher:  William Morrow Inspector Rutledge travels to the small town of Hampton Regis in this ninth story in the series.  He is pulled off of an active case at the request of a former soldier Rutledge served with during WWI.  This soldier is now in a spot of trouble, having taken his former fiancĂ©e hostage.  He will only talk to Inspector Rutledge with his demands.  Inspector Rutledge races to town to prevent any further trouble only to find himself face-to-face with a soldier who Ian feels let his fellow soldiers down.  Ian has never particularly liked Stephen Mallory, but won’t convict him of a crime without proof.  Mallory demands Rutledge find the evidence to prove him innocent before he will let Felicity go.  Felicity is now married to someone else, but Mallory has moved to Hampton Regis to be near her.  He has been known to watch her house, even though he thinks he is doing this …

Blind Sight

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Title:  Blind Sight Author:  James H. Pence Pages:  404 Year:  2003 Publisher:  Tyndale Thomas Kent is a former pastor, who has given up on life as well as God.  He lost his family in a tragic accident and now just wants to die.  He receives an enigmatic email followed by a very brief phone call with a pleading message to its listener.  Thomas decides he will obey the message from an old acquaintance and heads for the airport to pick up the package as requested.  What he realizes once he arrives at the airport amidst rapidly declining weather is that the package is two children.  Why would his college acquaintance send his children to Thomas?  Thomas has so much guilt and grief about his family’s accident he doesn’t want to deal with these young, 10-year-old, twin children.  As soon as he leaves the airport building, someone approaches the children and tries to take them.  Thomas thwarts that move and soon his world as he has known it is turned upside down. He discovers someone reall…

Dead Man's Rule

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Title:  Dead Man’s Rule Author:  Rick Acker Pages:  314 Year:  2005 Publisher:  Kregel Publications Ben Corbin is a young attorney who has left a big name law firm to start his own practice.  He has been in business six months and has discovered he has no trouble attracting clients, but he does have trouble collecting his fees from them.  He is in the middle of prepping for a trial when a former client recommends him to Dr. Ivanovsky, a former Russian biological scientist.  The good doctor has paid $5000 to a certain small-time Russian drug dealer for the contents of said drug dealer’s brother’s safe deposit box.  The drug dealer’s brother is dead, but used to work for the CIA and KGB as well as smuggling on the side.  The doctor tries to get into the safe deposit box, but the band won’t let him as the necessary paperwork isn’t signed, transferring ownership.  Dr. Ivanovsky tries to get this from the drug dealer, but now the drug dealer won’t sign and claims he was never paid any mon…

In Perfect Time

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Title:  In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3) Author:  Sarah Sundin Pages:  410 Year:  2014 Publisher:  Revell Roger Cooper has his life lined up.  He is going to put in his 1000 flight hours required by the Army during WWII, return stateside and audition as a drummer for a big band.  He is a good drummer and practices whenever he has time between missions.  He thinks the only two reasons to date are to have fun, which can lead to trouble, or to lead to marriage, which he isn’t interested in right now.  So when Kay Jobson shows an interest in him, he doesn’t reciprocate.  That kind of woman is looking for fun, the kind of fun he isn’t going to participate in.  However, during a vulnerable moment, Roger sees himself in Kay as she searches for truth.  He gives her his treasured Bible and a friendship begins.  Over the course of the next several months, they serve together on some flights and have some deep conversations.  Their friendship develops into love as Roger sees the ne…