Title: Beautiful Star
of Bethlehem (A Christmas Novella)
Author: Lori Copeland
My rating is 5+ stars.
What an exceptionally touching tale so relevant to the
current issues of loving and caring for people with memory issues. The main female character named Arlene has
been married for years and is now on the way to meet her first grandchild with
her husband. Suddenly life takes a
jolting, heart-ripping twist and life for Arlene and her family is forever
Throughout the novella, Arlene has moments where she
remembers events, people and her faith though sometimes the thoughts fade as
quickly as they come. Now, her sons and
their families are under tremendous stress from grief and long term care for
their mom. Through the fuzzy moments
come words of wisdom, love and care of a mother, friend and grandmother when
crisis come to her attention.
Depending on your life experiences, the hope of this novella
might really touch your heart d…
Title: Voice in the
Wilderness (Against All Enemies #1)
Author: H. L. Wegley
Publisher: H. L. Wegley
My rating is 5+ stars.
Reminiscent of events both here in America and abroad, Voice in the Wilderness seeks to awaken
our nation through the medium of fiction.
Like John the Baptist who was a voice crying out in the wilderness or
Queen Esther who was reminded by her uncle about being born for such a time as
this, both are examples that challenge us to look beyond ourselves. The novel is so enthralling I simply had to
finish the story before crawling between the sheets.
In the tale, two bright young people are thrust into a world
of espionage, tyranny, treason and more shortly after the opening of the book. From that point forward there is also danger
lurking though not always identified by the two young people, Daniel and
KC. Daniel authored a blog that sought
to encourage and educate his audience by sharing the truth of what he saw
happening in America.…
Title: Deadlock (FBI
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Bethany Sanchez is new to the
violent crimes division of the FBI. She
feels she has much to prove. She is a
by-the-book, rules lover agent. Her new
partner, Thatcher Graves, likes to work on instinct or hunches. So right off the bat their investigation
styles clash. Bethany thinks the
partnership will never work out, but Thatcher thinks they can play off each
other’s strengths and weaknesses to be an unbeatable team.
As they begin to investigate a
possible serial killer’s victim, their differing styles cause conflict
initially, but as more killings happen they begin to see the value of the
other’s style. They spend hours together
going over the case, conducting interviews and reading reports. Bethany also must deal with an escalating
family issue that threatens her family, her partner and even herself. Does she have what it takes to survive in the
1. How did you become interested in writing? I can’t remember when I wasn’t in fiction mode. Before I could hold a pencil, I created stories. After I could hold a pencil, I wrote stories. The power of the written word intrigued me then as now—the sound of words, the look of them on the written page, the ways words are used to entertain, inspire, and encourage others. 2.What can you tell us about the setting of this novel?Deadlock,a romantic suspense, is set in Houston, Texas. My city. My home. Familiar
landscapes add more authenticity. 3.Who are the main characters? Special Agent Bethany Sanchez steps into the violent crime division of Houston’s FBI. She’s a bit of a perfectionist, and her own worst critic. However, she has reservations about
her new partner, the same man who put her brother in jail. To make matters worse, he has a reputation of getting the job done, no nonsense, and a
Title: The Dog that
Saved Stewart Coolidge
Author: Jim Kraus
My rating is 5 stars.
One never knows what a story is like until reading begins
and the end is reached. I chose this
book partly because I am a dog lover and also because Jim Kraus is a new author
to me. As I completed the novel, I was
amazed at how subtle some of life’s toughest issues were handled by a young
man, woman and a dog they named Hubert.
Of course readers will acknowledge the use of anthropomorphism
throughout the story, but it really aids us in understanding the message of
hope. Stewart is a college grad who
could only find a job bagging at a grocery store. Lisa’s college training was in communications,
but currently she is working in a coffee shop. Hubert is a beautiful black and white dog who
loves to frustrate the grocery store manager when he sneaks in, grabs a chew
bone and escapes without being caught!
The scene is in a small town where all sorts of ec…
Title: When Love
Returns (The Zimmerman Restoration Series #3)
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Readers are introduced to a new set of characters and a
heart-thumping plot in the Zimmerman Restoration series that begins with When Mercy Rains, followed by When Grace Sings. The conclusion to the multitude of themes in this
trilogy is in the final book, When Love
Returns, which has a very powerful message.
For me, it took awhile to remember where the story left off as well as
where the situations with characters were when book two ended in When Grace Sings.
I believe the overall theme the author took pains to bring
out in the books wasn’t just restoration, but repentance as well as redemption.
These themes are reflected to us in a
plethora of ways through the lives of the various Zimmerman family members and
a few close friends. There are also the
issues of unwed mothers, adoption, forgiveness, meeting the birth mo…
Title: Streams of
Mercy (Song of Blessing #3)
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Readers are introduced to the town named Blessing along with
various characters in the first book titled To
Everything a Season followed by the sequel A Harvest of Hope. Now we
have the third installment which continues to take us back to Blessing and the
characters we so love. Like real life
there are changes in people’s lives and the town along with joys and sorrows.
In this novel, the town is wrought with trouble when a
circus train stops due to illness of the performers. The doctors learn that it is diphtheria and
now must quarantine the town and train.
I was really touched when a character I had come to enjoy in the story
succumbed to this disease. I think the
author does a wonderful job of showing how Christians mourn and take one day at
a time when tragedy strikes.
People in the community are from various countries so t…
Title: Valley of
Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3)
Author: Lynne Gentry
Wow! What a great trilogy of books that Lynne
Gentry has written! I would advise
reading the books in order, beginning with The
Healer of Carthage, then Return to
Exile and finally ending with Valley
of Decision. The story continues
throughout each book, so if readers don’t begin with book one they will be lost
as to the history of the cast of characters.
Book three begins with only a day
passing in Carthage, but thirteen years have passed in the present time. Maggie feels extreme guilt and shame for
forcing her mother to leave her father when she got so sick with typhoid in
book two. She misses her father and
wants to reunite her father and mother.
She takes off for the past without telling anyone with the intention of
bringing her father back to the present.
However, once she arrives in third century Carthage, she discovers life
in this time has not change…
Title: The Hardest
Thing to Do (The Hawk & The Dove Volume 4)
Author: Penelope Wilcock
Publisher: Lion Fiction
The brothers of St. Alcuin’s are
back in this fourth book, preparing for the new abbot’s return. Brother John is now the Abbot and has
returned after a year’s training in Cambridge to take up the position of leader
of St. Alcuin’s. He doesn’t feel up to
the task of filling Father Peregrine’s shoes.
As he begins his service, he is overwhelmed with the details and never-ending
duties of his office. He still has the
heart of a healer and sometimes wonders if he has made the right decision is
In addition to all his new
responsibilities, an enemy of Father Peregrine’s shows up at the doorstep of
the monastery seeking admittance. This
throws the brotherhood into division as to how to proceed with this newcomer in
their midst. Some want to refuse him
admittance while others plead to show mercy and the love of Christ to him. Can …
Title: Promise to
Keep (The Promise of Sunrise #3)
Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts
Publisher: Howard Books
Esther Detweiler has had to take
care of herself for a long time as her Amish community will attest to. She has become as proficient with pots and pans
as with a hammer and nails. Her father
died when she was young, her mother soon after, and her best friend died four
years ago and now the grandmother who raised her has died. Esther is now 34 years old, a spinster. She has been raising her cousin’s daughter,
Daisy, for the last four years while Daisy’s father has been fighting in
WWII. Daisy is very special to
Esther. In fact, Esther loves her like
her own daughter. Daisy is deaf, but
Esther has worked hard to learn to communicate with her and to teach Daisy how
to communicate in return. Now, the only
person left whom she loves will soon be leaving as her father, Joe, will be
returning home as the war has ended.
Joe Garrison left to fight the wa…
I’m Elizabeth, a blessed child of The King. I’m a middle-born daughter, military officer’s wife, homeschooling mama, writer, closet DIYer, and, dare I say it, Downton Abbey addict. May I also mention that I love both my history and my coffee rich.
I am formerly Amish and my heritage is very dear to me and thankful to be so accepted among my still Amish family. I can still speak PA Dutch, too! You can learn more about my Amish family in my first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl.
My three book series with Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a dream come true. The series is titled The Promise of Sunrise. In this series you will live through World War 2 from an Amish perspective and experience their unique struggles as conscientious objectors during wartime. What happened if one of their members …
Title: The Imposter
(The Bishop’s Family #1)
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
How I so enjoy a good story, don’t you? The
Imposter weaves a wonderful tale about loss, love, redemption, and so much
more. In the story, we read of two men
who really couldn’t face the truth in their lives while having no problems
pointing out the faults of others.
However, they didn’t stop there and the pain caused repercussions in
many lives. The various characters are
created with strengths and weaknesses along with living life well and making
Seeing the pastor honestly not know how to deal with a
couple of issues, but praying with uplifted hands under the stars was for me
the best. I could just imagine seeing a
person lifting both hands and giving the burden to Jesus, then walking away a
whole lot lighter than when they began praying.
More than a few people in the community had things to repent of and then
Title: A. D. 33 (Book
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 5 out of 5.
Ted Dekker is an author who never ceases to amaze me with
the stories he shares with all of us! A.
D. 33 is the sequel to A. D. 30 where we meet again with Maviah and Saba who
are learning what it really means to follow Yeshua. They are also learning what His teachings
mean and how He means for them to live out the truths compared to what they
thought they meant. We enjoy the action,
battles, intrigue and how the disciples possibly acted or spoke around the
I felt as I read how sand would feel when different
characters were racing on camels to battle or to another city. The scene of the arena really stole my breath
as a person was chained to a pole, bathed in blood and the lion enters. Whew!
It was like being a spectator and wanting to yell for a savior or to the
king or queen to spare the life. How Ted
Dekker brings the various aspects of the Lord…
Title: Murder at the
Courthouse (A Hidden Springs Mystery #1)
Author: A.H. Gabhart
Michael Keane has returned to
Hidden Springs, Kentucky after serving in Columbus on the police force. Upon his return, he begins work as a deputy
for the county sheriff. He likes being
back home in his own small town that was founded by his ancestors. He hopes one day to raise his children here. His Aunt Lindy still lives in the family
home, but has assured him once he marries she will move out and into an
apartment. She strongly hints that she
hopes that will be soon, with the right girl of course.
Then the town gossip stomps into
the sheriff’s office, which is located in the courthouse, complaining of a drunken
man sitting on the courthouse steps.
When Michael goes to investigate, he finds much more than he bargained
for. With an unidentified body found
dead on the courthouse steps, rumors begin flying. However, one person is hesitant to say much
Title: A Lesson in
Hope (Hope #2)
Author: Philip Gulley
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 4 stars.
I’ve never read any Philip Gulley books so I did look at
some of his previous books as well as what other readers thought. Some of the reviews weren’t clear enough for
me to know whether the reader enjoyed it or not, plus it would have been
advantageous for me to have read the Harmony Series to understand the main male
character, which I haven’t done.
As a Quaker Pastor, Sam definitely is in many situations
that are hard and challenging as are many pastors. Sam is supported by his wife Barbara. His parents drop in for a visit and his brother
then decides to introduce the woman he is dating. The background characters are various,
intriguing and can be found in any church.
Sam doesn’t seem to me to be held by convictions of a pastor as he is of
what others think he should or shouldn’t do.
The story really places a heavy concentration in what or where S…
Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher: Revell, a
division of Baker Publishing Group
Bonnie S. Calhoun’s Lightning
picks up where Thunder left off. Selah Rishon has transformed into a novarium
or enhanced human. She grows in power
and skill as she continues to find out more about her biological father and his
people. In the meantime, Selah discovers
that her mother, little brother, and step-father have disappeared, and she
embarks on a journey back to the mountain to find her family and to find out
all she can about what she is becoming.
The evil that is in the mountain threatens to destroy Selah and her
family, but she must do all that she can to rescue them before it may be too
late. At great personal cost, she
survives to begin a new journey to the west where she must find the Third
Protocol that will complete her transformation.
With action and peril throughout, B…
Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”
She loves to write with body count, blood, or blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!
Her latest series is a YA dystopian with Revell titled Stone Braide Chronicles. The first book Thunder published in 2014. The second book Lightning published Oct 2015. There are also two FREE e-book short stories. Tremors is the prequel to Thunder, and Aftershock (short st…