Sunday, November 30, 2014

Love Unexpected



Title:  Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope Series Book #1)
Author:  Jody Hedlund
Pages:  352
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
Lighthouses make for some of the best scenic pictures and interesting history.  For me, they are a physical reminder of how God is my strong fortress, mighty tower, hiding place and shelter.  No matter what season of life you are in, a lighthouse can remind you that He is the Light of the World.  He can light the way when storms rage and batter your world, when you cannot see your own hands in front of your face because the fog is so thick or cannot decide which direction to take in life.  I know this is true because of what the Word says about my Heavenly Father and having gone through a painful season in my own life that was unprecedented.  The really neat thing about the story you are going to read is at the end the author shares her research and thoughts along with what the story was hopefully going to remind readers.
Love Unexpected speaks a word of encouragement and hope fulfilled when it seems that the desires of Emma Chambers would never become a reality.  The adventure is of a romantic type and one of danger due to pirates lurking on Lake Heron.  There is a flavor of mystery in the life of the keeper of the light, Patrick, and his 2-year-old little boy Josiah.  Readers will see the devastation caused by the island’s leading gossip lady and a mean-spirited past friend of Patrick’s who tells lies because he cannot stand to see Patrick as the Godly man that he has become .
When storms rage and batter the lighthouse keeper’s home and Emma cradles little Josiah, it really touches the heart.  I love how the marriage of convenience for both Patrick and Emma blooms into something beautiful after going through some rough trials; it was inspiring.  Josiah may be only two years old, but the tale shows just how intuitive kids can be about what is going on in their world and have a way to bring laughter or at times tears.  Readers cannot go wrong with the newest series by Jody Hedlund that mixes flavors of adventure, daring rescues, and budding romance with a mystery!  Fans of Jody Hedlund will grab this novel and not put it down until done and new audiences will find another author to follow after reading the book!
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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Love Without End

Title:  Love Without End (A King’s Meadow Romance Book #1)
Author:  Robin Lee Hatcher
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
A western with a heart of romance and a love for ranch life is what I think of when I hear the title.  Two people older now and with teenagers, find themselves without their spouses.  Kimberly is a city girl who lost her husband and all she owned before moving in with her best friend in Idaho.  Chet was born and raised on a ranch and cannot imagine what made his wife leave and never care to look back on him and their two surviving sons.  Even though Chet knows the loss of their oldest son played a part in her leaving, he knew there was more but never did find out.
Now, on the Leonard ranch, life gets more complete when Nana Anna moves back from Florida.  Anna came to the ranch decades ago with nothing but her horse; she was an orphan.  Now in her eighties she wants to be back where her life was blessed so much and back to riding horses and being part of the ranch life.  The scenes vividly described throughout the tale made me want to pack my bags, find a ranch like the one in the novel where stars are seen against the backdrop of a clear night, and horses nearby to ride to a quiet forest or to look over a hill where the only sound one can hear is the wind.
I have loved westerns for a long time mostly because of the peace and quiet a small town life can bring.  I know it would not be an easy life at all and there would be some things unavailable compared to suburb life, but I could get used to it.  Robin Lee Hatcher has written a story that gives hope, along with showing how prayer is such an intricate part of life and how people have to choose sometimes between better and best like Kimberly had to do.  It was cute too how Chet and Kimberly had similar responses to contemplating marriage again.  The way they thought or their bodies reacted was at times what made me chuckle out loud.  I hope you read this book as next year book two, Whenever You Come Around, will be released.  I can’t wait!
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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The Brother's Keeper

Title:  The Brothers’ Keepers
Author:  NLB Horton
Pages:  408
Year:  2014
Publisher:  NLB Horton
When Camels Fly written by the same author introduces us to a world of espionage, danger and intrigue that centers on the travels of the Madison family.  The Madison family members have diverse gifts and reasons for choosing their particular career paths that take them all over the globe.  We pick up with the Jeff, honeymooning with his wife Becca, when his sister Maggie is abducted again.
Now the parents along with Jeff and Becca agree to meet up and begin to try to locate Maggie by back-tracking her recent excursions.  What makes the novel so intriguing and unable to put down is the constant moving of the plot along with trying to figure out who is for or against the family and the excitement of their discoveries.  The chapters are short, which make for a quick and easy read.  I love too how in this novel the topic of antiquities and how the Vatican may or may not hold one of the relics the family is seeking is discussed.  Unlike the Madison family others are seeking relics for self-promotion and wealth.
After finishing this novel, I was glad to read there is a third installment due to come out sometime in 2015.  While most think of treasure as silver or gold, it is Maggie’s latest discovery that brings out the self-serving characters willing to go to any lengths to keep Maggie quiet.  At the end of The Brothers’ Keepers, the storyline seems to come full circle so I really cannot wait till the third book brings the climax to an end to show readers who is behind all the Madison family has endured so far.
NLB Horton really brings a depth to a story that is enriched with vivid detail of the places they travel, a really an enjoyable part of the novel to me.  There are multiple nations the family travels to with many different people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and careers that both assist or attempt to kill the family.  Many may not know of NLB Horton’s books yet, but I sure hope more become familiar with her unique tales as some of places the author herself has even traveled to!  On the sidebar of this page are book trailers to both of her novels that will capture your attention and draw you into the mystery.
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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Saturday, November 29, 2014

When Camels Fly

Title:  When Camels Fly
Author:  NLB Horton
Pages:  350
Year:  2014
Publisher:  NLB Horton
Using her research, travels and imagination, the author shares a riveting tale set in the Holy Land with danger leering constantly.  When requested by either an author, publisher or via some other avenue to review a book, I check on Amazon to see what other novels have been published by the author.  Soon, I will dig into book two written by this author titled, The Brother’s Keeper, which continues the story of the travels of the Madison family.
The mother, whose name is Grace, is an archeologist and her daughter Madison is a hydrologist.  Mark stays at the ranch to do the chores while his wife Grace occasionally travels.  Mark is a retired CIA agent and their son, Jeff, works as a newscaster for the BBC.  When mother and daughter are kidnapped, Mark and Jeff travel to the Middle East attempting to locate and rescue them.  But there are other parties who desire the demise of the whole family, and another set of characters who will do all within their power to protect these precious people from harm and even death.
There is so much more going on in the book than I have space here to share with you.  However, suffice it to say that this story packs a whole lot of action, danger, adventure, centered on the Madison family in this author’s debut novel.  The amount of intrigue, discovery, travel and more that happens in a time frame of five days is simple astounding!  When the family realizes they don’t know as much about what each other does or did for a living, well that just makes discovery all the more fun!
If you are a reader and know others who love to read fiction like I have described here, I hope you will consider placing a copy under the tree for a gift!  (The recipient will thank you!)
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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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love



Title:  The Bracelet
Author:  Dorothy Love
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Author Dorothy Love adds the aspect of suspense in The Bracelet, which is not normally evident in her stories.  There is faith, romance, family, love and a sprinkle of mystery that surrounds the Browning Home where Mr. Browning, Ivy and Celia live.  The setting is Savannah during the time right before the Civil War breaks out.
Celia is bothered by articles appearing in the town’s local newspaper which cast a dark cloud over the home by insinuating that murder may have happened there years ago.  Celia remembers little of this time frame as she was just a wee girl, but Ivy, her cousin, remembers more but speaks little of it.  In fact, Ivy seems to keep distance between herself and everyone.
The father is in the shipping business and is known as a man of faith and caring for others around him, especially when hard times befall people.  Since her mother’s death, Celia is the one person her father talks to about the business, politics as well as any and every subject.  Celia gives of her time and resources to a variety of charities while she awaits the man of her dreams, Sutton Mackay who is returning from conducting shipping business overseas.
Celia decides that she must uncover whatever secrets Ivy or her father is keeping from her before she marries Sutton.  This decision is what sparks other devious and dark players to try and deter her from discovering the truth.  What will keep the audience’s attention is waiting for the plans to take affect then watching to see if Celia will indeed be averted from discoveries from the past.  No matter how hard she tries it seems the truth is escaping her grasp right before she is able to find proof.
My Thanksgiving Day was spent lost in the pages of this intense and heart-gripping novel.  At times, I would try to guess how various pieces of the puzzle shown in the tale fit together, or who it pointed to as the possible murderer.  As I read I noticed how at that time people stayed in their social circles or classes without any intention of doing anything or speaking anything other than what was expected.  It was interesting to see how Sutton was planning certain designs of ships when war was just talk and no battles had occurred.  The author writes a very compelling tale that draws the reader’s heart, at times feeling the tension building.  Never was I able to see the how the twists and turns of the plot would bring about the finality of the story.  I was enthralled to see that coming in 2015 the author will have another book coming out that continues Celia’s story.  Oh, I cannot wait!  Grab this inspiring book, curl up with hot chocolate and enjoy getting lost in the pages!
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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Swept Away


Title:  Swept Away
Author:  Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven
Pages:  240
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
This is a tender story of a grandmother who takes care of her only granddaughter after the death of both parents; now, the aging woman has difficulties.  One desire she has is to see her granddaughter, Sara Jane, happily married before her memories become a blur.  So Sari, the grandmother, begins to play matchmaker and her choice is a man she happens upon at the Heritage Festival.  The man’s name is Andrew and he is a handyman who makes beautiful handmade brooms of all shapes and colors.
Sari decides she is going to hire Andrew to do some tasks for her at the cabin that is if she can remember what they are.  Sarah Jane gets upset with her grandmother for just hiring any man to do work around her cabin without checking to see if it is alright with her as soon her work as a teacher will begin again.  What ensues is a tale that provokes some laughter along with tension between all three key characters grandma, Sarah Jane and Andrew.
The quilt grandma is making will reflect her own story depicting various moments and the love of her life, Cade.  The theme of faith is interestingly portrayed by the brooms Andrew makes and how he shares his testimony through the use of colors.  Grandma thinks Sarah Jane is already a believer because she raised her in the church, but Sarah Jane is well aware of how her faith was rocked when she lost both parents, thinking their death was her fault.
Alzheimer’s is presented in a way that I believe those who know nothing about it or have had life experience with it will be touched.  My husband’s parents and then my father each had their own personal battle with it.  Each person had similarities and stark differences.  The decision to sacrifice to become a caretaker is never easy, but Sarah Jane’s desire to care for her only living relative because of her deep love for her grandmother is a very touching reason.
Each quilt book that I have read and reviewed has been unique in many ways and I am glad to have the pleasure of sharing this one with you.  It is heartwarming with moments of laughter and even moments when the characters are frustrated with each other or the circumstances.  I hope people will enjoy reading the book and at the end get a sneak peek into another quilt story titled, Masterpiece Marriage, written by Gina Wellborn.
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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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pound Foolish



Title: Pound Foolish (Windy City Neighbors Series #4)
Author: Neat & Dave Jackson
Pages:  332
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Castle Rock Creative, Inc
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Pound-Foolish-Dave-Jackson/dp/0982054491/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

For the story to be thoroughly enjoyed in Pound Foolish, I highly encourage reading the other novels of the series in order Grounded, Derailed and Penny Wise before starting the latest installment Pound Foolish. Each of the novels has two tenets  that run parallel the tales introduce various people in the small suburb of Chicago and each novel focuses on one house and the characters lives inside their homes and also community interactions.
For me this novel was the best of the best thus far!  The focus is on the Singer family highlighting marriage, faith, childrearing and accountability themes to name a few.  One thread which really was encouraging for me to read about was how important it is for believers to be willing to meet with others to pray, bear their soul, encouragement and when necessary exhortation to return to listening to God for example.  Another thread strongly placed before the audience was how a husband and wife need to work together, pray together or listen to one another with an open heart.
When Greg falls prey to false teaching it really begins to tear apart the very foundation of is marriage, and causes Nicole to stumble in her thought life.  As I read the story I saw how easy it is for anybody to erect walls between themselves and their spouse or friend especially when there are unresolved issues.  Yet the authors encourage readers by showing how there can be resolution and reconciliation in the way the players humble themselves before God which leads to changes in their thought life, actions and beliefs.
I read through the novel in short order to see how the writers were going to end the tale the time was well spent.  Another thread which draws reader’s hearts in is the need to be aware of false teachers, and that means reading the Word in context and spending time checking up on what is being taught to see if aligns with the whole Word of God not bits and pieces.  Enjoy this wonderful Windy City Series they are awesome!
My rating 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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Fearless (The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown


Title: Fearless (The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Author: Eric Blehem
Pages:  288
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
 Navy Seal Adam Brown grew up in Arkansas whose life was lived with a born fearlessness of danger, injury, Adam through 100% of himself behind whatever he did wherever he went. Both the highlights and the lowlights are on the pages of the pages of the book not to bring attention to himself but to Jesus. Adam left instructions should he be killed in combat that people know both the skeletons in the closet as well as his accomplishments in his life.  I knew going into the book that I would tear up even though Adam is in heaven, no one can read about his family without feeling sad for what they have gone through and maybe yet going through.
The transparency with which the man’s life is set before readers is amazing and may leave people speechless but above all it will leave them with hope.  When folks read how Adam battled his own demons with his faithful wife Kelley beside him, and became a shining example it will remind us we are still surrounded by a cloud of witnesses as the Book of Hebrews states.  Like the men and women in the Scripture you will see the dark part of life Adam lived through, to the heights of serving his country, hometown and family.
When everything around may state there is no hope or evil is making advances, this book will silence the naysayers who say there is no hope or God.  I learned a lot not just about the man but this particular branch of service along with the high price families pay for our nation!  There are many who need to be reminded that the freedoms enjoyed have come at a high price.  Plus the freedom we enjoy can also be used to bring compassion, help and salvation to those lost in the darkness.  If you have a person who loves biographies or military people, this one should definitely be a gift for them under the tree.
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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Happy Thanksgiving!



May you truly enjoy the day with family, friends, food, football or other activities!
Remember to give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spin by Darcie J. Gudger

Title:  Spin (Guarded Book #1)
Author:  Darcie J. Gudger
Pages:  364
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
Hilarious, heartbreaking and honest are just a few words I can say about this great book from Darcie Gudger.  The story has a contemporary setting and is about a teenage girl in high school, facing bullying from just about everyone and her journey toward forgiveness.
Kisrie Kelley is in high school now, but has been tormented by Wendy Wetz since kindergarten.  Wendy has harassed, bullied, humiliated, and physically hurt Kisrie so Kisrie has long since stopped telling her parents or anyone else in authority about the bullying.  No one seems to be able to do anything about it.  Wendy always seems to be able to wiggle out of being found guilty of the deed.  She often enlists others to do her dirty work, so she can never be blamed.
Now, Wendy has received a bad grade on an English paper that threatens to lower her GPA.  Wendy’s dream is to win a beauty pageant and win a scholarship to college so she can escape the terrible home life she must endure.  Wendy’s revenge starts a chain reaction that has horrible consequences for several people.  Kisrie must decide what she will stand for and Who she will let guide her in the midst of the very worst time of her life.
This book is achingly poignant as well as laugh out loud funny.  The author knows her teenage subjects well and depicts the characters accurately and embodies them with personalities readers can identify with.  I didn’t like Kisrie’s mother; I found her to be cold and showed favoritism toward her younger daughter.  I know that is a reality in some homes, so it was right that she be portrayed that way.  The journey Kisrie goes through is painful and not just in a physical sense.  She must wrestle with some very difficult issues and emotions as a young teenager.  I found this book very entertaining and hope to read more books in the future from this author.
My rating is 5 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, November 25, 2014

The Midwife

Title:  The Midwife
Author:  Jolina Petersheim
Pages:  400
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
As in her first novel, The Outcast, the author is able to draw in the heart of the reader while delving into the story.  Sometimes when I look at the stack of books I am blessed with reading, the choice of my next book can be really hard when faced with many wonderful books or unknown authors I want to discover.  As is my practice, I wait to see which one the Lord would have me read and then share with you.
I loved Jolina’s first novel and when I could, I obtained The Midwife earlier this year.  What I knew to expect would be a wonderful tale, but what I didn’t know was how I would be impacted by the book.  While I have never been a surrogate mother, I have been blessed by having two sons with my husband of over 26 years.  Just being a woman would be enough to read this novel, allowing it to touch your heart and hope for the best outcome for the characters.
While I cannot tell you how it ends because I don’t want to ruin it for you, what I can say is that it will truly cause your eyes to mist.  It will speak to your heart when you read the author’s true life experience when she was writing this novel.  Both the novel and author are a testament to how the Lord can mend broken hearts in ways we cannot see and bring joy from pain.  The novel is truly inspiring, enjoyable, and one to share with your friends or family.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking about the The Midwife and perhaps also read The Outcast, which I also think is exceptional!  The novels are stand alone books that can be read in any order, but don’t miss these wonderful stories!  I cannot wait to see what comes next from the pen of Jolina!
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, November 24, 2014

Wonderful Lonesome


Title:  Wonderful Lonesome (Amish Turns of Time Book #1)
Author:  Olivia Newport
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Barbour
I would have to say that this is not a typical Amish read to me; it is very different from several authors I have sampled thus far.  The setting is a town called Lonesome in the state of Colorado where twelve Amish families have come to a land with high expectations and hopes.  Abigail is the oldest daughter of one of the families who is very firm in her resolve to see the communities’ inhabitants not give up because of drought or lack of a minister.
Abigail has collected various pieces of fabric from each of the twelve families to put together a quilt as a symbol of hope for the Amish people.  However, there are some hard realities that test Abigail’s resolve along with her fierce determination to stay true to her Amish faith.  The ending of the novel seems quite ingenious to me as I continued glued to the very end of the tale.  I found similar examples of how the Amish community comes together to celebrate, mourn or care for each other as I have read in other stories.
While I view the Amish as a community from which we could learn from, it was refreshing that the author didn’t paint a surreal picture as some other novels I have read.  The author crafted the people as if they were people we meet in our everyday lives.  The audience will see the struggle just to survive, both externally in the community as well as spiritually.  I won’t tell you the ending, but it will be interesting to see what you readers think of Olivia Newport’s new series.  I found her novel a compelling and intriguing read from start to finish.
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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Sunday, November 23, 2014

If You Follow Me


Title:  If You Follow Me (The Dunbridge Chronicles #3)
Author:  Pam Rhodes
Pages:  255
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
Neil Fisher is back as the curate in training at Dunbridge.  He is now engaged to Claire, but that comes into question when the father of her son returns to England.  Neil is still reeling from Margaret’s refusal to return to her duties, leaving Neil to carry the heavy load of doing two jobs while still supposedly in training.  He is extremely busy with church events, activities and parishioners lives and has a grueling schedule.  This drastically reduces the amount of time he spends with his fiancĂ©e, Claire.  She understands why his schedule is so crazy right now, but she still needs his reassurance that getting married is what he really wants.  He also must contend with his mother, who has moved nearby and continues to try and direct his life how she thinks it should go.  Readers are treated to catching up on the lives of the people of Dunbridge from the two previous books as well as Neil’s spiritual growth as the leader of a congregation.  Soon though Neil’s training time will end and he must choose a new diocese in which to lead, or will he stay in Dunbridge?
This is another wonderful story of life in the village of Dunbridge with all the eccentricities and foibles people have.  There are some wonderfully funny moments, some heartwarming moments and some that will bring a tear to the eye.  I would have rated this story higher, but for the derogatory term used to describe one woman, the acceptance of homosexuality in one sidebar to the story, and the fact that the main character, a vicar, is engaged to and then marries a woman who is not a Christian.  The latter two points go against Scripture.  I so enjoyed the rest of the story, but my enjoyment was lessened by these points in the story.
My rating is 3 stars.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

No Greater Valor (The Siege of Bastogne & the Miracle that sealed the Ally Victory)

Title:  No Greater Valor (The Siege of Bastogne & the Miracle that sealed the Ally Victory)
Author:  Jerome R. Corsi
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Each book covering any historical event or person can never quite contain all the material available, the various views or the contested aspects of an event.  I read a couple of different reviews of this book before writing my own as I was curious as to how others viewed the material and whether they agreed or not.  Suffice it to say that books are sometimes downgraded in rating for what they don’t contain or for how they were written.  Each review is an opinion and I understand that, but I would love to see people point out the positive aspects of rich, historical, nonfiction writing like No Greater Valor with the understanding it isn’t meant to be the final word on this particular historical event.
No Greater Valor should be a on the shelf of anyone who loves either history, military or WWII in particular.  The way it is presented, I believe, is to show how much our forefathers who served during this time had a faith that gave them strength and courage when fighting, suffering through the elements or any number of other reasons.  We owe a debt to those who served during this war as we do all our service men and women due to their willingness to lay down their lives for America.
Hitler and his regime were evil and cruel, and the fight of the allies was as much spiritual if not more so than physical.  Corsi points out various leaders sharing what they brought to the war front along with the oral history that was written down for future generations.  In our age of “instant”, we should be reminded of how life wasn’t as instant and people took time to share their stories orally so we could learn from them long after their passing.
What a trip through history the author took to highlight this particular battle in December 1944, along with the outcome.  As most will never forget 9/11, neither should we forget those who have served and are serving, along with the stories that have yet to be told.  I find it quite fascinating to hear a person’s point of view, who was there and lived to tell about the experiences.  Whether you agree with the author or what he presents really isn’t the focal point.  God is the focal point in this one of many battles that took place overseas.  I hope you consider giving a copy to the history person in your family or friendship circle to enjoy, and a copy for your personal library at home to pass on to the next generation.
My rating is 5 stars.
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Ties that Bind (Book #3) authored by C. J.Darlington

Title: Ties that Bind
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  402
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
Sometimes when life seems to throw a curve, besides reading the Bible for comfort, I love to escape into the fictional world created by an author.  Ties that Bind is the final book in this western trilogy which centers around two sisters previously introduced to us in Thicker than Blood & Bound by Guilt.  Christy is the bibliophile while May loves being outdoors and ranching.  We are now introduced to an episode in their parents’ lives of which the two sisters knew nothing prior to their parents’ deaths.  Now, out of the blue, a young woman shows up at May’s ranch asking for a job, and the co-owner Ruth gladly hires her.
When tragedy strikes the ranch, the new girl begins a downward spiral, and Christy knows better than May how to help Brynn Taylor overcome her addiction.  There seems to be more to Brynn’s past which audiences will enjoy discovering as they read the tale.  As time passes, May is the first to learn about their missing half-sister, but never in her wildest dreams could she imagine who it turned out to be.
For me, this was an absolute stunning way to cap off the stories, characters and themes I read in the previous two books.  One aspect of the characters I like was how they, like real people, had to wrestle with problems, forgiveness and more.  I loved how faith was held up as the one and only way to walk through hard times, or even when one fails, God is shown for his loving and forgiving character.  No character in the book desired to become a believer or give up their self-destructive ways which also lends to the authenticity of how humans choose.
All three novels are amazing, encouraging, and faith-filled along with dramatic, pulling readers further into the tale until the very last page.  There is so much more to the novels than I have revealed here, so please grab yourself a set, ask for them as gifts or give them as gifts because they are amazing books you will read over and over again!
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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Friday, November 21, 2014

Bound by Guilt (Book #2) by C.J. Darlington

Title:  Bound by Guilt
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  402
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
The first novel in the series, Thicker than Blood, sets the stage for the continuation of the main characters in Bound by Guilt, May and Christy.  The sisters have experienced the loss of both parents in a car accident plus May has feelings of abandonment when Christy took off without explanation after the funeral.  Now readers see in Bound by Guilt the intensity notched up by focusing on a teenage girl who has felt rejected all her life.  Roxie is now traveling in an RV, living a less than stellar life.
Page after page shine of God’s love, forgiveness and provision as readers delve deeper into the tale.  I can say that the depiction of foster situations and group homes in the story is pretty close to reality in some though not all homes.  There are some good foster parents/homes and some group homes should be held up as models for others to emulate.  Please know I used to work in the social work field and group homes.
What readers will sense is the fervor of the action that increases as a murder is committed along with the theft of expensive rare books.  Roxie’s character insecurity and search for a love that won’t abandon her is really heart gripping.  Christy was engaged to the young man who was killed, and the way she works through her emotions to forgive the perpetrators is astounding.  Abby is a policewoman and the sister of the victim.  She is rough around the edges with many questions.  Her past is littered with brokenness.  It is hard for Abby to control her anger and emotions, especially when dealing face-to-face with the accused.  I liked how the author leaves her open minded by not making a decision for or against God.  Real people are like this too.  They need time, and it is work that only the Lord can do.
Audiences are just going to want to get comfy and read all the books in the series one after the other. The order is Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt then Ties that Bind.
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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

C. J. Darlington's wonderful novel: Thicker than Blood

Title:  Thicker than Blood
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  400
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
The novel opens up with action from the first sentence until the very end, increasing intensity along the way with twists and turns in the plot!  May is raised by her Aunt Edna after the death of her parents.  Her older sister Christy hasn’t been around for years, and May has no clue where she lives or works.  Christy works for a bookstore that sells rare and collectible books they usually get through estate auctions.  May works on a ranch, which suits her to a tee.  The ranch is in danger of foreclosure, which May prays about often believing God will act but not knowing how.  Christy is struggling with the same addiction that cost her parents their lives.  May wonders about Christy’s whereabouts and what she ever did to make Christy angry.  Christy thinks May would never want to know her or see her as she feels May would be greatly ashamed at the choices Christy has made in her life.  Neither sister is right.
While May’s ranch and home are heading into foreclosure, Christy is fired from the bookstore when her controlling boyfriend talks to the owner’s father.  One sister has become a Christian while the other has discounted religion as a whole.  These are just a couple of snapshots of the tale that will tantalize readers in the novel.  There is action, adventure, revenge, redemption, life and death along with finding out truth from lies.
I have read another C. J. Darlington novel called, Jupiter Winds, which received a five-star rating from me.  I am reading her series that actually began her fictional journey!  The other tales in the series are Bound by Guilt & Ties that Bind, which I will be reading and reviewing next.  Thicker than Blood brings to the forefront issues like alcoholism, abuse, and the estrangement in the relationship between the two sisters.  However, the bigger picture is how the Lord can touch the heart of those who seek Him and totally change the life of one who has lost everything and seems to have nothing.
I cannot wait to start the next novel in the series to share with you, as I am sure they are just as breathtaking as Thicker than Blood.  With the holidays around the corner for the booklover in the family, wrap these up for under the tree as the reader will thoroughly love them!
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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Susie's Hope Movie Review




Title: Susie’s Hope   (www.SusiesHope.com)
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Green Apples
My first thought when asked to review the movie was it would probably make me cry as I am a dog lover.  The other thought that crossed my mind was concern of whether it would make animals appear more important than human life.  It is with the greatest joy that I get to say that yes it tugged my heart but no, it doesn’t elevate animals above human lives.
The reason Susie’s Hope exists is due to the way God took a terrible tragedy that happened in Donna Lawrence’s life and made good spring forth.  I don’t want to reveal so much that it takes away the reason this movie exists.  I will share that God gave mankind the responsibility to care for what He created, including animals.  While I agree sometimes it seems that various organizations or people appear to care more about animals than people, this is not one that does.  In fact, the movie takes great strides to help the audience understand what may lie behind animal cruelty and how we can help change laws so that people who break them are stopped before they raise the bar of violence and take it out on other human beings.

The movie doesn’t show morbid pictures or blood and gore; however, it does show the place where animals are cremated without the animal in there, but the fire is going and ashes exist.  I think that for really young children that might upset them, but each parent must make that determination.  However if it is shown, it will make for a great opportunity to have family discussions and even perhaps lead to some kind of action as a family project.  I cannot wait to show my guys this movie then share it with another family who has older kids and will glean much from the movie as well.  Please buy the DVD, and have a meaningful time talking about it with family and friends.
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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A Frontier Christmas


Title:  A Frontier Christmas
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Pinnacle
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 imagination, heart and emotions that run a wide range with each book.  A Frontier Christmas tells the story of small towns preparing for Christmas and coming together to fight against those who would trade life-giving medicine for money when one town is quarantined with diphtheria.  The small town has but one doctor who runs from one bedside to another in a race to save lives.  When Duff learns who the men are who have taken the medication, he enlists the help of old friends Smoke & Matt Jensen along with his ranch partner Elmer.
When I began reading, I instantly fell in love with the characters and the story because I love westerns!  Even if someone is not a fan of westerns these Christmas tales remind us of what is most important along with sacrificial giving without a second thought in order to save lives.  Readers need to remember there are a couple of swear words sprinkled lightly in the book, but hardly noticeable with a story so stunning and fast moving as shared here for the audience.  Many other western writers have come before and left stories for generations to enjoy long after they are gone; the Johnstones are no different.
I hope you read all four wonderful tales in this series and share them with others who love the world of imagination sparked by a good book!
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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jen Turano's :A Match of Whits

Title:  Match of Wits
Author:  Jen Turano
Pages:  352
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
Since this book was the fourth one in a series and having not read the previous ones, it seemed kind of long.  I appreciated the pig Matilda and some of the funny lines that would unexpectantly crop up between characters, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of action to the story.  I realize it is a romance mainly between Agatha and Zayne, but outside of them there were parts without much to keep me glued to the pages.
Both Agatha and Zayne appeared self-centered and perhaps that was the author’s intent to have readers come away disliking that character trait.  I wonder too how a female author can write about the internal thoughts and struggles of a male character and while not always completing the thoughts in the novel, the audience couldn’t help but complete them.  Brothels could have been shown more for the disgusting and oppressive businesses that they are instead of seeming to be acceptable in the book.
All reviews no matter who writes them are subjective in nature.  Some loved this book and others not quite so much.  While I appreciate the opportunity to read another novel, it just seemed to lack the adventure and intensity that I want to captivate my attention when I open a book.  I loved the humorous parts because I love to laugh and would rate the book higher if there was more adventure than there seemed to be.
I hope the author keeps writing, but adds more action, adventure and intensity in her future novels.
My rating is 3 stars.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

No Safe Haven...A Must Read

Title:  No Safe Haven
Author:  Kimberley & Kayla Woodhouse
Pages:  352
Year:  2011
Publisher:  B & H Books
Written by a mother and daughter team, No Safe Haven, is a journey into the dangerous and beautiful wilderness of Alaska.  Jenna is the mother of a young girl named Andie who has a rare medical disorder that can put her very life in danger in the blink of an eye.  What may startle some readers is that Kayla, one of the co-authors, does have the disorder the character Andie has in the tale where they cannot feel pain or regulate their body temperatures.
The action starts from the first words on the page and only increases until the very end of the book!  Jenna’s husband Marcus is killed.  He had been in the Army, but lately his actions were leaving Jenna with an unquiet spirit.  Andie just had a major operation when her father was killed.  Now, a year later, Jenna and Andie are flying into Alaska ready to start the lives anew.  However, the plane has been badly sabotaged which leads to one scary ending by crashing into the side of a mountain.  When Andie wakes up first, she begins to check her mom and minimize the effects of the severe cold temperatures and the coming snow storm.
Those who are after Marcus’ computer program mean business and aren’t afraid to remove anyone who attempts to keep them from locating their prize.  Not only is the writing exceptional, but so is the input of the disorder from which Kayla Woodhouse suffers.  Knowing some of what real people with this rare disorder go through along with their loved ones was an eye opening experience.  I loved how Andie’s faith was bold, open, and unafraid, and her dependence on God amazing.  The mother-daughter bond depicted throughout the novel is heart-touching.  I loved how the authors show that the love of God shown before others can melt even the hardest of hearts.  The one character named Cole really was resistant to hearing about God for a long time in the novel.  When you read the book, see what cracks the hard veneer of this Army man.  Another book the mother and daughter have collaborated on is Race Against Time and I plan on reading this soon!
Here is another wonderful novel to wrap and give to your avid reader this coming holiday season!
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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Forever After by Deborah Raney

Title:  Forever After (A Hanover Falls Novel, #2)
Author:  Deborah Raney
Story Length:  387
Year:  2011
Publisher:  Howard Books
This second book in the Hanover Falls Series takes place just a few months after the first book, Almost Forever, ended.  The two main characters in this story are Jenna Morgan and Lucas Vermontez.  Jenna is the widow of Zach Morgan, who was killed in the fire that took place in the first book.  Lucas Vermontez is the lone survivor of that same fire that took the life of his firefighter father, Manny Vermontez and his best friend Zach Morgan.
Lucas has been in intense physical therapy for almost a year after the fire that crushed his legs under a concrete beam.  He has had to learn to walk again and still uses a cane much of the time.  He longs to be back at the station, but fears his life as a firefighter is over.  He has never wanted to do anything else.  He has struggled with depression over the last year and has had his faith in God severely tested.  He has learned though that God is in control and wants only the best for him.  Lucas has always found Jenna attractive, but she was his best friend’s wife so he never acted on his thoughts.  He bumps into Jenna at the local coffee shop and they begin to spend time together, but is she really the woman God wants in his life permanently?
Jenna Morgan is at the end of her rope.  She is in serious debt, a young widow who didn’t love her husband as much as he loved her and is now forced to move in with her in-laws.  She grew up poor, but ever since marrying Zach has had a taste of the life money can buy.  She has never had to work, but her money has run out and her future looks grim.  She thought her mother-in-law was her best friend, but now she is not too sure.  She has based her worth on her position and possessions, but Jenna is learning through her association with Lucas and his family that there is much more to life than stuff.  She wants the peace that Lucas and his family have, but isn’t sure she can trust in God like they do.
This is a worthy continuation of the story begun in book one.  I really liked reading about Lucas and his faith after everything he had been through and his having a strong faith-filled family to support him when the going got tough.  I thought his looking for God’s guidance in all things very encouraging too.  I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy, After All, which I will read and review soon.
My rating is 4 stars.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Christmas Cat

Title:  The Christmas Cat
Author:  Melody Carlson
Pages:  176
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
Readers don’t have to be cat lovers to enjoy the story Melody Carlson shares in her newest novel, The Christmas Cat.  While cats are a part of the story, they actually provide an excellent way to bring other themes to the forefront.  One of the themes I loved is the way the human heart is made for relationships.  God in his infinite wisdom made humans to be caretakers, and in this story, a young man is tasked with an unusual way to provide new homes for his grandmother’s cats after her passing.
Another theme is learning what God’s plans are and realizing the joy obedience brings in fulfilling His calling for our lives.  In the novel, Garrison works hard at finding a job after returning from working as a missionary overseas.  When he gets the call telling him he is hired is right when Garrison finds himself in the middle of settling his grandmother’s estate.  Deep in Garrison’s heart is a yearning to do one special job, but without funds Garrison cannot see a way to make the dream come true.
I don’t want to say anymore about the story for fear I would reveal too much!  All I can say is that this is an encouraging, lighthearted and meaningful tale you won’t want to miss.  Frankly, it is an easy and quick read, making it ideal for people with full calendars to enjoy.  Please grab a copy, read and share the magnificent book with family and friends!
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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Friday, November 14, 2014

After All (Hanover Falls #3)

Title:  After All (Hanover Falls #3)
Author:  Deborah Raney
Pages:  348
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Howard Books
This third and final story in the Hanover Falls series focuses on Susan Marlowe and Peter Brennan.  Susan lost her husband in the devastating fire at the homeless shelter that she ran that took place in book one.  Peter Brennan was the fire station chief tasked with bringing her the news of her husband’s death.  The story begins approximately 18 months after this event.  Susan has started up another shelter, but is having trouble making ends meet financially at the shelter.  She is also having trouble with some of her volunteers keeping their commitments to the shelter.  She calls the fire chief of her husband’s old station to see if someone can stop by to check the new smoke detectors that have been installed at the shelter.  The chief himself shows up to do the checking and then he and Susan go out for coffee.  A friendship develops and soon Susan realizes she is ready to move on with her life after her husband’s untimely death, but is Pete the right man for her?  She keeps running into the female fire investigator from the fire that killed her husband and something about her seems familiar to Susan.  Susan begins to wonder if she really knew her husband.  She seems to run into her whenever she is with Pete.  Where has she seen this woman before?
Peter Brennan has been divorced for 2 years and isn’t sure whether he is ready for another serious commitment to a woman.  One woman he meets is very attractive and makes him feel like he still can attract the opposite sex.  The other woman stirs his heart and he enjoys being with her more and more.  He has distanced himself from God since his relationship with his ex-wife soured.  His time with Susan becomes more and more necessary to him.  He has a choice to make, and he soon realizes it is no contest as to whom his heart belongs.  Now, can he trust God to guide him?  There is something strange going on with his fire inspector colleague, but he doesn’t know what.  Is she stalking him?
This was a very enjoyable conclusion to the series.  The book took a different turn that what I was expecting and I liked how the author took that path in the story.  The characters had to wrestle with anger, guilt, shame, doubt, faith, love and forgiveness.  It is so hard to forgive when we’ve been wronged so terribly as Susan.  We can’t do it on our own; we must have the help of God.  I look forward to reading more from this fine author.
My rating is 4 stars.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lost Legacy (Treasure Seekers #1)


Title:  Lost Legacy (Treasure Seekers #1)
Author:  Dana Mentink
Pages:  218
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
Make sure to fasten your seatbelt before even opening the book, because as soon as you do the adventure takes off and doesn’t let up until the end!  There is danger, mystery, action, grief, forgiveness, anger, and oh so much more going on that it is truly a fun tale to read and share with a friend or family member.
Brooke walks into an office seeking help in locating an unsigned missing painting by famous artist that is rarely known in the art world.  When she is at first turned down by those she seeks help from, upon leaving the building, Brooke spots a woman who has been following her.  She waits for a cab and the next thing she knows she is being pulled out of her chair as the first floor windows in front of her shatter, leaving the woman who was following her dead.
Now, if that little tidbit doesn’t get your heart racing, I am not sure what will as from that point on the tension in the story builds and is off the charts.  There is more than just Brooke’s mystery to solve as she wonders who killed the unknown woman who was following her just moments after seeking help.  The plot thickens, and who knows which of the characters is guilty of what crime.  The police want to know everything, but can they be trusted with information?
If you’re looking for a quick read that will keep your attention, then look no further!  When you finish this book, there are two more in the series, Dangerous Melody and Final Resort.  Bon Appetit!
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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dreaming on Daisies (Love Blossoms in Oregon #3)

Title:  Dreaming on Daisies (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Book #3)
Author:  Miralee Ferrell
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  David C. Cook
I found it interesting that the author began collecting Zane Grey novels, which I am familiar with through my Nana collecting Louis L’Amour novels, when she was a teenager.  One way to look at this was how one author impacted and inspired another author a generation later.  Also, being familiar with how westerns were and are written and doing her research has allowed Miralee to write very compelling tales.  The other books in the series are Blowing on Dandelions, Wishing on Buttercups, Forget Me Not (novella) and ending with Dreaming on Daisies.
Miralee is also a counselor who includes some of the issues she has helped others cope with and work through in developing her female character.  Out of all the novels in this series this one seemed to be the best of the best.  The characters were challenged in their faith, wrestled through some tough issues with the themes of hope, forgiveness and restoration brilliantly apparent.  Not only is the truth about how adults are faced with paced mistakes revealed, still growing in their faith and learning how to have close connections with their adult offspring is also portrayed.
I felt the intensity of the novel very gripping of both my heart and mind.  At times I could feel myself cracking a smile and then imagining the pain of certain characters in various scenes of the tale.  While it is true that one could read this novel as a standalone, I think the audience would garner a much deeper appreciation if all the books were read in order.  Either way Marilee has done a fantastic job of seeing both the human life and the spiritual life too.  The raw emotion depicted in different parts of the tale helps lend credibility, I believe, to how God works in the midst of our pain or sorrows.
Kudos to the author for sharing an inspiring novel with us once again!
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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