Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jupiter Winds by C. J. Darlington


Title:  Jupiter Winds
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  300
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
I find out about authors and novels in many ways.  My introduction to C. J. Darlington was through Mountainview Books.  They offer books that are filled with wonderful tales that weave in the essence of a personal faith in God alone.  When I read the synopsis of Jupiter Winds, I was intensely drawn to the book.  As I began reading, I quickly lost track of time and never wanted to stop reading!
The tale is about a family named Alexander whose faith grounded them and helped them discern the growing evil happening on planet earth.  The family had gotten separated by events outside their control that will thoroughly entertain the audience as they read about each family member’s adventure.
The evil pervading earth is by a group named Mazdaar that originally used drones to bring people under submission.  Their ambitions led to them making drones of humans shortly after their death and their evil plans knew no bounds.  Audiences will be entertained by the interaction between characters, twists and turns of the plot along with never ending action and revelations! 
Science fiction has never been one of my genres to read.  I liked some movies in that genre, but reading it was not on the top of my list.  Somehow C. J. Darlington penetrated my guard by writing a fascinating novel that reflects themes like faith, sacrificial living, family, and being alert to danger.  The danger of being complacent in life was another theme that shows the possible outcome of life not lived in one’s faith and obedience to the Lord.
I look forward to reading the other novels written by this author as they look like westerns, but Jupiter Winds just grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go until the very last sentence.  If her other novels are like this, all I can say is she has a new follower and people will really enjoy her books!  Don’t pass up reading this particular story, because if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself glued to it until the very end!
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, January 30, 2015

Valentine Giveaway..Give Books not Roses enter today!








Dear  Reader,

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! The crisp, cool air feels a little sweeter and stores are filling their shelves with greeting cards and candies. But instead of sharing the usual gifts, the way to someone’s heart can be through a story (and maybe a little bit of chocolate). Hachette Book Group is offering a “Give Books, Not Roses” Valentine’s Day giveaway for those of you who want to express your admiration for friends, family, and loved ones.

Love Gently Falling written by Melody Carlson is a romantic novella about the power of Valentine’s Day and how one woman discovers love while at the same time saving her family’s business. Successful hairstylist to the stars Rita Jensen returns to her hometown in Chicago after receiving news that her mother has suffered a stroke. Though Rita must come up with a plan to save her mother’s salon, the oncoming holiday and her undeniable feelings for an old classmate become quite a distraction.

Keys of Heaven is the second book in Adina Senft’s Healing Grace trilogy. Amish widow Sarah Yoder helps her community by creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. She struggles to find love with an Amish man, and she doesn’t know what to do about her attraction to her friend Henry Byler, who has turned away from her beliefs. Sarah’s story will show anyone that romantic love is not the only love that matters.

Valentine’s Day is an internationally celebrated day of romance, dating back to the 5th Century. But today, love touches our lives in so many different ways. Whether you are dedicating the day to your good friends or your life partner, treat them to these wonderful stories of courage, kindness, and love.

Sincerely,


Christina Boys
Editor of LOVE GENTLY FALLING and KEYS OF HEAVEN


Love Inspired Suspense: Plain Peril


Title: Plain Peril
Author: Alison Stone
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense Series
For me this is the third or fourth novel in the suspense series I have thoroughly enjoyed as the stories reach out from the first moment I open the book till I am done!  A young woman returns to attend her sister’s funeral and learning that dressing as if one is Amish is not enough to be considered a part of the community especially when everyone knows different.  Hannah promised her younger sister that if anything ever happened to her she would care for the two daughters who would be left behind.  Soon after the funeral the sheriff informs her that her sister’s death was not an accident after all and with the Amish not wanting to offer any help the mystery of Hannah’s death and her husband’s disappearance weigh heavily on Hannah’s shoulders.
 The sheriff is drawn to Hannah but cannot see himself converting to the Amish beliefs nor his he sure how long Hannah will even stay in the community.  Sherriff Spencer once lived in a big city and now lives in the country in the hopes of leaving behind demons from his past.  What Spencer hadn’t accounted for was the heightened tension in the community due to Hannah’s return or the constant threats to her life.  All Hannah wants is to care for her two nieces and her widowed mother whose life abruptly changed with a medical diagnosis.
The tension in the novel is palatable throughout and between different a couple different characters.  I kept thinking I had figured out who was behind the threatening notes and actions aimed at Hannah but was surprised to learn the real culprit towards the end.  I also enjoyed the budding romance between the Sherriff and Hannah especially with the future so unsettled for Hannah and the girls.  Really enjoyed the mystery, suspense and tension when two different belief systems and way of living of between the Englisher and Amish.  Grab a copy as soon as you can!
My rating is 4 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, January 29, 2015

Fugitive Trackdown


Title:  Fugitive Trackdown (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  Feb 2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Claire Walker begins tracking down a fugitive after her father’s passing and learning the amount of debt owed by the business by bail jumpers.  Claire is very much living unprepared in her new though temporary life as her education as a librarian gives her little real life experience.  Claire’s best friend, Jessica, is a former police officer with her family’s fugitive recovery company a wonderful fit, but Claire just can’t ask her friend to help for reasons readers will discover.
The tracking down of a fugitive leads to a lost romance memory when she is aided unwillingly by Adam, Jessica’s brother.  Adam, a former soldier, has the training and knowledge he uses for the family business, but where has Adam’s faith gone since he last spoke to Claire?  When Claire and Adam are facing a life threatening experience their hearts, hurts and spiritual lives come out in the open.
I enjoyed reading the tension in the story between Claire and Adam because each had a stubborn, individual streak that caused sparks to fly in their friendship.  There is adventure, danger, along with a strong faith message which just filled my heart with joy as I completed the tale.  Don’t miss this great novel when cuddled under a warm blanket!
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.”

 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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dads: Which man is right for your daughter?

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch in Crime
Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
by
Cathy Elliot


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.

A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott



Title:  A Stitch in Crime
Author:  Cathy Elliott
Pages:  240
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Fiction can be fun to read when the subject is light, entertaining with just enough of a mystery.  A Stitch in Crime is one of those books because it also brings to it a small town feel.  The name of the local group of quilters, which I won’t spoil for readers by naming, was quite unique to be sure.  What was even more intriguing were the different characters lives and interactions, which I am sure can easily be seen in reality.
The quilting arena is far more than I ever knew it could be, with the various names and styles of quilts.  The one involved in the story is of historic value and someone in the community thinks it holds monetary value as well, so when the local museum puts it on display behind glass and locked nobody anticipates it being taken.  Through many different twists of the plot the author leads the reader on a chase to figure out whom the culprit or culprits are and if the quilt is retrieved.
The recent installment in the Quilts of Love Series is a perfect way to spend an afternoon under a warm blanket on a cold day.  There is romance, mystery, reverie, laughter, and friendship among other ingredients for the story.  My favorite part was seeing if two women who grew up together, grown apart through time, would be able to move above the past and pain so the friendship could be redeemed.  The love of a young woman for the older generation be they neighbors or relations was really touching as it reminds us all that people have value and need not be left unloved.
My rating is 4 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.”

 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, January 27, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom


Title:  Like a Flower in Bloom
Author:  Siri Mitchell
Pages:  368
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
Siri Mitchell shares with us a very unique tale about botanists, expectations of women during the Victorian era and finding one’s purpose.  Those few topics alone create a story which at times was really fun to read and other times caused me to imagine myself living during that era in England.  Today women enjoy the freedom to choose from many options and open doors where they blossom.  In the novel, Charlotte descends from a long line of male botanists whose published works were highly valued.  However, she soon learns that if she submits any writing in her own name it is declined.  She decides to resubmit her work using her father’s name.
When her uncle decides it is time for her to enter society, Charlotte is beside herself as she has no knowledge of expectations or the way one handles conversation in polite society.  Charlotte depends upon another young female neighbor to help her learn about society when she would just as soon remain alone, illustrating her father’s botany works.  The men Charlotte meets are at times very comical and in trying to figure out her mistakes or what her uncle is trying to tell about gowns, her father’s new assistant attempts to help bridge the gap in Charlotte’s understanding.  Mr. Trimble, the assistant, is viewed negatively by the young lady because he has usurped her place with her father and now the feeling of loss is new to Charlotte.
There is so much more to the delightful tale in Like a Flower in Bloom, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to read it.  These novels that go back into a different period of history are very enlightening, especially when the author shares her thoughts outside the purview of the book.  The neighbor lady who assists Charlotte is a comical character at times in the tale and other times quite clueless to the man she thinks so adores her.  The rector was depicted as a man who loved the Lord and took time to write and deliver a sermon which hit many hearts; he drew his illustrations from what others were saying.  I think that this revealed how we need the strength of others to complete the tasks the Lord gives us.  Just in case you think you might not want to read it because science isn’t one of your favorite topics or strengths, be assured you will enjoy the novel as the author herself was being stretched to read science material.
Siri Mitchell writes with a heart to share the love of God and the understanding that He made us and knows exactly where we fit best in His plan.
My rating is 4 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.”

 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

Monday, January 26, 2015

At Home in Last Chance


Title:  At Home in Last Chance
Author:  Cathleen Armstrong
Pages:  304
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
The story began in Welcome to Last Chance, continued in One More Last Chance, now continues with At Home in Last Chance.  The novels focus on a small town that closes up at night; people don’t lock their doors and know each other’s business.  The characters readers met in book one are continued to be enjoyed through all three novels.  In each book, one character is the center of the writing as each learns how to live again when they felt as if they were beyond one more chance.
In this latest installment, we are following Chris’s younger sister Kaitlyn who we met early in the books.  She has abandoned her daughter Olivia to her brother’s care so she can take off to live.  Kaitlyn is a single mom and a very young woman who feels as if she can’t enjoy living if she always has to take care of her daughter.  Now, she finds herself once again in Last Chance, working for her brother in his diner and trying to regain the trust of her daughter.  Kaitlyn is a hairdresser by trade, but without a salon in the small town she is waitressing and hating every minute of it.
During her work time, Olivia goes to school and Elizabeth’s after school hours until either Chris or Kaitlyn get off work.  Kaitlyn meets Steve who has grown up in the area, served in the military, but whose past mistakes are shared with Kaitlyn as a way to warn her to stay away from him.  However, as they begin to spend time together, Kaitlyn and Steve begin to see that no matter how others view them, learning the truth of their lives from each other opens hearts. 
There is a lot more to the novel than I am sharing with you; it is entertaining while reminding us not to take gossip as gospel!  The romance, adventure and faith of the story make for a quick reading, but not a story to forget anytime soon.  I don’t know if there will be more stories from the author centered in the town of Last Chance or not, but do enjoy all three books as they are outstanding!
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.”

 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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stitch in Crime


Title:  A Stitch in Crime (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Cathy Elliott
Story Length:  215
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Thea James owns and operates an antique store in Larkindale.  She is also co-chairperson of the town’s first quilt show.  One of her close friends, Mary Alice Wentworth, has agreed to be one of the judges for the show.  The Wentworths have been a leading family in town for generations.  Mary Alice donated one of the family’s valuable quilts to the local museum.  The quilt will be on display for the show as well.  It has long been rumored that the quilt is the key to finding treasure.  At the soiree, an event held just days before the show opens, Mary Alice is injured and her diamond broach comes up missing.  Also, one of the pre-eminent experts in quilts and textiles in the state, who had agreed to attend the soiree, doesn’t show up.
Thea as co-chairperson is left to solve the squabbles and in-fighting among her committees as her other co-chairperson is no help at all.  She is left on her own to make everything run smoothly.  Her best friend also has been treating her in a petty and mean manner, so she is dealing with that relationship on top of her other stress-filled days leading up to the show.
I thought the premise for this story was a good one; however, the execution of the same fell short in my opinion as an avid mystery reader.  The sentences were choppy and disjointed and hard to follow sometimes.  The story was slow moving as well with not a lot of action or suspense.  There wasn’t enough background on the characters to develop any connection with them for me.  I have read other books in this series and enjoyed them, but for me this was not one of my favorites.  I did like some of the witty puns in the story, the Mary Alice’s strong faith and Thea’s relationship with her Uncle Nick, as well as her generosity.
My rating is 3 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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Sinner's Garden


Title:  The Sinners’ Garden
Author:  William Sirls
Pages:  401
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
This is another fantastic book by William Sirls!  If you haven’t read his first book, The Reason, you’re missing out on one of the best books I’ve ever read.  This second fictional entry is also exceptional.  This book is set in Benning Township, Michigan.  A flashback begins the book as the prologue then, 11 years later, the story begins.  There is also an author’s note and reading group guide in the back of the book.
Gerald Ripley, or Rip, is an ex-con released from prison a couple of years ago.  He found God in prison and now tries to live as a God-fearing man.  He still has struggles with his temper, but he knows it and is “working on it” as he tells others.  He is extremely close to his nephew, Andy and spends a lot of time with him.  Andy’s father is out of the picture, so Rip is in every sense a father to Andy.  He teaches Andy about God and takes him to church, but Rip tries to model Christ for Andy.  While out by the canal one day they discover a beautiful garden right next to an old abandoned factory.  It is mesmerizing in its beauty and both want to see it up close, but something stops them from getting too close.
When Andy begins quoting Scripture via his iPod, this family’s lives take unexpected paths.  Judi, Andy’s mother and Rip’s sister, is mired in depression and self-pity and has been for several years.  Everything bad in her life and Andy’s is her fault in her mind.  Heather, Judi’s best friend, is a cop, but still struggles with her father’s murder.  Heather is a Christian, but doesn’t know if her father is in heaven.  She still wants to find the murderer as well.  Both women experience an Andy iPod moment where he speaks Scripture to them.  Heather is also on the trail of a masked man who instead of stealing from people is leaving behind gifts.  Who is that masked man?  Who ever heard of someone leaving a gift in the middle of the night?
This author has the God-given talent to write a story that will touch your heart, make you think and make you feel.  The story shows that God is real, that He does care about His children and never leaves them alone.  He wants desperately to have a relationship with each of them, but only if they choose Him.  He will never force the issue.  We must listen to hear His voice and not let the noise of the world keep our attention from Him.  The character of Rip was just great.  He had such a great sense of humor!  He knew he had made some poor choices in life, acknowledged his sins publically and then tried his best to live a life of service as God wanted him to live.  Rip really showed the transforming capability of God.  The characters of Andy, Heather, Judi and Pastor Whelan also were well-developed and easy to understand and get into their skin so to speak.  There is so much more to the story than can be written here, so please grab a copy to read for yourself.  You won’t regret it.  I am so looking forward to the next book to see what unique way God will be revealed.  Don’t miss this author’s fantastic books!
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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Love Gently Falling



Title:  Love Gently Falling
Author:  Melody Carlson
Pages:  160
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Center Street
Melody Carlson shares a tale with readers about a young woman who works hard and looks like she has achieved success, so why does Rita still feel empty?  Then Rita receives a call that her mother in Chicago is in the hospital.  With the help of a roommate, travel plans are made and by that evening Rita is back in the cold of Chicago from her warm California condo.  What starts as a hard couple of days concerning her mother actually starts Rita down memory lane when she assumes responsibility for her mother’s failing hair salon.
Now, let me assure you that I have not divulged much of the story.  It is the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” as there is a lot more readers will discover!  I sat down one afternoon simply enjoying this story of a young woman who finds enjoyment in being back in Chicago helping her family.  The author writes in such a way that the interaction between characters is engrossing with easily believable situations and redemption.  It took me a couple of hours just to curl up, read and thoroughly enjoy the novel!  I hope you enjoy reading your own copy too!
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, January 22, 2015

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris



Title:  Hidden Agenda (Southern Crimes #3)
Author:  Lisa Harris
Pages:  304
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
This third and final chapter in the Southern Crimes Series tells readers Michael’s story.  It is still set in Atlanta mostly, and characters from the prior two books in the series make appearances in this story as well.
Olivia Hamilton and her brother Ivan have always thought their father a mystery.  Now, with Christmas around the corner, they have made their annual trip to his small island off the Georgia coast.  They have known their father was a rich real estate mogul, but what they soon discover is that he is much more than they could have ever imagined.  Someone has been sending Olivia, who is a reporter, text messages about secret dealings her father has been involved with as part of a drug cartel.  Can these messages really be true?  Ivan discovers a man being held captive on the island.  Ivan and Olivia must decide if they should rescue this man or not.  He could be on the island to hurt their father, but maybe he is on the island to be hurt by their father.
Michael Hunt has been working undercover for the last eight months and is about to come in with evidence to end his case and allow him to return home.  His family has believed him to be dead during this time.  He has missed them so much, but this case will bring down so many criminals and save many lives.  He prays for God’s guidance and help when he is put in extreme danger.  He then faces four days of running for his life, not knowing who he can trust and having other lives depend upon his decisions.
There is plenty of action and tension in this story to keep any reader glued to the pages.  The romance element in this particular book fell flat for me, but it didn’t detract from the suspense of this well-written novel.  My favorite book in the series is book two, but this one is a worthy effort to wrap up the series.  I am anxiously waiting for the next series or novel put forth by this talented author.
My rating is 4 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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winds of Freedom


Title:  Winds of Freedom (Kate Neilson Novel #2)
Author:  Rebecca Carey Lyles
Pages:  366
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Perpedit Ink
The characters first introduced to us in book one of the series, Winds of Wyoming, continue in this story that mainly focuses on Amy a friend of Kate’s from their days in Patterson Prison.  There are several threads that run through the story such as human trafficking, Alzheimer’s, running a ranch and companionship.  Faith is the most forthright theme in the story as characters learn to pray and believe that while circumstances are dark, God is with those in the brothels.
Kate is trying to emotionally recover from learning she will never have children the normal way, but God is working on Kate’s heart.  Kate found a box that has pictures and such from her childhood that was found in her aunt’s attic and brings both anticipation and wariness about the contents.  Laura, who is Kate’s mother in-law and widowed now for two years, chooses to begin a friendship with the man whose daughter tried to bring ruin to the Whispering Pines ranch last year.
I hope what little I shared above tantalizes you to read both novels which are set in Wyoming.  The action and danger some of the players face will keep readers turning the pages for awhile to see how it concludes.  I cannot imagine those whose lives have been upended and destroyed by sex traffickers not just around the world but here in the states as well.
These novels are a great gift to those who like the western genre, romance, hope and adventure that is uniquely crafted in these stories.  The highlight for me was how the author shows older Christians are needed to help guide other Christians or can be effective prayer warriors.  My husband and I have lost his parents and my father to Alzheimer’s, which is treated lovingly in the book and depicts how much attention our loved ones who suffer with this need.  I love how Kate’s husband Michael is a Zane Grey fan and a bison rancher.  I just cannot imagine those big shaggies on a ranch!  It added humor for me to the books.
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.”

 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

Winds of Wyoming


Title:  Winds of Wyoming (Kate Neilson Series, Book 1)
Author:  Rebecca Carey Lyles
Pages:  416
Year:  2012 
Publisher:  Stonehouse Ink
Some time has passed since I read this novel so before reading the sequel, Winds of Freedom, by the same author I curled up to read and refresh my memory of the tale.  The main female character is Kate Neilson who after losing both her parents and brother was shifted from foster home to foster home.  Though she was placed in homes she never felt like the people really cared, loved or wanted her to be around.  When the system failed to take care of her, Kate embarked on a road of self-destruction that finally led her to prison for five years where she earned a college degree.  Now, Kate is leaving Pittsburgh to live and work on a ranch for her required internship.  The ranch that hired her is called Whispering Pines, and it is here that Kate’s past would crash into her present possibly irrevocably negatively impacting her future.
Laura and her son Mike run Whispering Pines Ranch since the death of her husband the year before and her oldest son years ago.  Mike has his own past that hinders him in growing spiritually and allowing others to be friends.  Mike’s nemesis is a woman named Tara who refuses to live in reality, believing a life filled with lies that she created long ago in her high school years.  Her father has been hassling the Whispering Pines owners by attempting to bully them into selling their land.
Winds of Wyoming is the author’s first novel that is set in Wyoming among a few small towns.  I enjoyed getting lost in the tale of a young woman who dreamed of a brighter future, but lost in the darkness of her past.  Whispering Pines is the recipient of trouble and weird occurrences since it opened its door for the new summer season.  There is a person who has but one goal in mind and that is to make Kate belong to him alone and pay her back for what he views as wrongs done to him by Kate.  How the novel ends is really awesome and delightful, giving readers the sense of hope and redemption.  Readers will also understand the power of past mistakes no longer holds them when shared with those who love them and stand by them.  Grab a copy to give as a gift to the reader in your family or friendship circle!
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, January 20, 2015

A Saintly Killing



Title:  A Saintly Killing (Faith Morgan Mystery #3)
Author:  Martha Ockley
Pages:  234
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
Faith Morgan has begun to feel at home in her role as vicar at St. James Church in Little Worthy.  She has been there for about a year now and formed friendships.  She is up to her ears right now planning the 900th anniversary of St. James.  Amidst the myriad activities planned, an artist has been awarded a commission to supply a painting of the church for the memorial booklet to be distributed at the celebration.  The artist is found dead in her studio, and Faith is again embroiled in solving a mystery while still trying to hold things together for the celebration.  Also, she has to help her sister decide what to do with their mother and her living arrangements as her mother’s Alzheimer’s is beginning to make itself more and more evident.  Faith is also brought into contact with Ben Shorter, her former boyfriend, as he is the lead on the murder investigation.  No stress for this woman, right?  I did like how the author included Faith’s struggles toward certain people, the stresses of life and her subsequent prayers for God’s guidance.
There were about three swear words in the book for which readers should to be aware.  There was also one scene where Faith states that it isn’t her job to question someone’s morality, which I disagree with.  I think it is part of a pastor’s job to guide and point out to his flock when they stray from Scripture.  That being said though these two issues didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the mystery aspect of the book, which was well done.  I am enjoying watching Faith and Ben’s interaction and how her reactions and thinking have changed and continue to change somewhat as she is now a vicar and not on the police force anymore.  I continue to become more and more enamored of the congregation of St. James and look forward to the next installment in the series to see what the “regulars” are up to next.
My rating is 4 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

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Evangelism Study Bible


Title:  The Evangelism Study Bible (NKJV)
Pages:  1564
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Kregel
The first few pages are dedicated to a List of Features that correlates subjects and Scripture references from each book in the entire Bible.  When readers go to those pages, an article is inserted right near or by the Scripture that contains the subject matter.  Please remember to use discernment when reading anything written by man as only the Bible’s words are 100% without error.  There are cross references located between the two columns of the Word on the pages.  The additional footnotes are again commentary written by man and not necessarily accurate.
Please take a minute to read the Preface before proceeding further in the book to gain an understanding of the way this version is put together and the aim of the editors.  The way this book is laid out is to aid others in sharing the Gospel or for seekers to learn truth when alone or in a small group.  At the end of each article is a simple prayer to help aid new believers or seekers in learning how to communicate with the Lord and asking for His help or guidance in growing to be more Christ like.
One review I had read said that the reviewer could give a better rating due to the perspective theologically speaking of the authors who wrote the articles or footnotes.  The fun and challenging task for one and all is to compare Scripture with Scripture by using the cross references.  Scripture is sometimes best grasped without reading the thoughts or interpretation of others.  No matter who you are God will speak to you and show you His Truth if you seek with all your heart.
The aim of the Bible is to help the body of believers share the good news without fear, and that is a kind aim.  However, our greatest help in sharing is relying on the Holy Spirit to speak through us, and He wants you to learn how to be more effective by deeply abiding in His Word.  I firmly believe it is okay to say to someone that you don’t know the answer to their question, but can get back to them after you spend time researching.  People are more open to that than may be generally known.  It shows others that we don’t know it all, but know the One who does.
For me, I would have preferred an NIV version because it is more “user friendly” in our society.  However, no matter the version, bear in mind that it is abiding in Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to the heart of another.
My rating is 4 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, January 18, 2015

The Truth bu C. N. Bring


Title:  The Truth (Celia Kelly #3)
Author:  C.N. Bring
Pages:  292
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bad Day Books
This is another fantastic novel by CN Bring!  This time Celia Kelly is called to take a look at a bomb site as the culprit is someone from her former case involving the Pact.  Celia begins to track him and involves her steadfast SEAL team as well.  There are many ins and outs involved with a lot of the characters from the prior two books making appearances in this third one.  It was like a family reunion as I read about these familiar characters and got to know a little bit more about their lives, their characters and their personalities.  There were a few new characters introduced, too.  Celia’s personal life takes a decided upswing.  Her secretary Gwen is involved in the investigation, voices her usual sense of humor and is game to do just about anything to help Celia.  Georgie, Celia’s assistant, is also in protection mode where Celia is concerned and is willing to go to jail for it.
Celia is brought back to the same question, “What happened to the $20 million recovered from the Pact?  Who took it?”  As she investigates she becomes suspicious of someone she knows, but really doesn’t want to believe this person could be responsible for so much death and destruction.  Was the bomb site really the target or is there another target that the team is missing?  Can she find out the answers before it is too late? 
I read this book in a day because I absolutely could not put it down!  I just had to discover what panned out, who was guilty, who was innocent and who was left standing when everything was over.  However, at the end of the story, things are not really over because there is at least one more book in the series.  Cliffhangers abound…drat!  I am really enjoying getting to see how some of the military works.  I’m not familiar with anyone in the military, but I admire their strength, courage and dedication as depicted in this story.  Celia continues to live her faith daily for all to see, which is such an encouragement to see.  There is tons of action, deception, plots and suspense.  I highly recommend this series and will definitely be waiting on pins and needles for book four in the series to be released.
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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The LIE by C. N. Bring


Title:  The Lie (Celia Kelly #2)
Author:  C.N. Bring
Pages:  272
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bad Day Books
This second book in the Celia Kelly Series will entertain readers and leave them wanting more!  This story takes place approximately two years after The Pact, book one in the series.  The SEAL team with a new addition is reunited with Commander Celia Kelly on another mission.  This mission is compromised and results in the kidnapping of an important American official.  The team is sent in for a rescue attempt, but encounters resistance.  How did this kidnapping happen?  Why was the official sent ahead of schedule?  Is the Pact responsible?  At home, the new guard is installed in The White House as President Bailey is no longer President of the United States.  Commander Kelly will miss him and is not a big fan of his replacement.  Celia also discovers that the $20 million recovered during the last mission never arrived in Washington, D.C.  Where is the money now?  Why is intelligence just now being informed of the money being stolen almost two years after it was recovered?
There are a couple of subplots going on at the same time as the one mentioned above, involving the newly elected President of the United States, which keep the story moving at a quick pace and has readers with their thinking caps on.  The new family in The White House is not close and has secrets from the past that will emerge.  Several people die during the course of the story, some of them are the “good guys”.  Just when it looks like one of the criminals might walk away without facing punishment for his crime, a shocking end takes place.  As in the last book, the question of whether Celia’s husband is alive or not is again addressed, but not answered…rats!
There are many surprises in this installment as well as lots of action, political maneuvering and spy/intelligence intrigue.  Commander Kelly remains true to her strong faith and lives her faith daily as an example to her colleagues.  There are some big questions left unanswered in book two, but maybe those will be answered in the next book, The Truth, due to be released soon.  I can’t wait for the next book!  If you like excitement and adventure, then this series is definitely for you.  Don’t miss this fantastic read!
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

Friday, January 16, 2015

To Save Her Child

Title:  To Save Her Child (Love Inspired Suspense Alaskan Search & Rescue Book #2)
Author:  Margaret Daley
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Before I share my thoughts on this novel, let me share with you that I didn’t read the first novel and still enjoyed the tale immensely!  I love to read Margaret Daley’s novels that capture my attention from the first page until the very last sentence.  To Save Her Child is set in Alaska, which is a state I long to visit and have read many inspiring stories set in wilderness of Alaska.  The tale is about a young single mother named Ella who is raising her son alone due to a divorce she had to seek because of the abuse in the marriage.  Another reason for her divorce was her ex-husband’s illegal business dealings that put the whole family in serious danger. 
Ella is extra careful to keep to herself and thoroughly check out any place where her son is getting an education or being cared for while she is at work.  Ella’s job is to help administrate the office of search & rescue any time the need arises plus daily operations or training sessions.  When her own son along with two of his friends are missing after playtime, Ella immediately begins to think her ex has found them and she must move on again.  During the search, Ella meets Josiah and his SAR dog Buddy who come alongside to help locate the three young boys.  Josiah helps Ella through this trial and more as readers discover their adventures.  There is romance, danger, redemption and learning to trust someone with the deepest heart secrets when the risk of doing so could lead to further hurt and devastation.  The novel was outstanding and very enjoyable.  I loved reading it more than watching TV, and I think others will too!
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, January 15, 2015

Charles Todd's: The Confession




Title:  The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge #14)
Author:  Charles Todd
Pages:  344
Year:  2012
Publisher:  William Morrow
Inspector Ian Rutledge receives a visit from a man who confesses to killing another man five years prior.  Ian likes the confessor, but has his doubts as to the truth of his confession.  On his own time, Ian goes to the small village where the murder allegedly took place.  He is met with open hostility and leaves the village thinking something is not quite right there.  He does some more digging with no real results.  Then, two weeks later, the man who confessed to committing the murder is himself found murdered.  Now, there is an official case headed up by Rutledge.
Upon returning to the village, he again meets with resistance everywhere he turns.  He is led down many different avenues, but always seems to wind up at a dead end.  There are other unsolved murders in the past of some of the villagers, but are they related to his current case?  He believes that they just might be.  He knows he is missing one vital piece of the puzzle and then he’ll be able to solve the case.  Can he catch the killer before he kills one last time and makes good his escape?  Timing is everything.
Once again, the writing team of Charles Todd delivers an excellent mystery!  There were many twists and turns in the plot that left me baffled about the killer’s identity.  The tension built by skillful writing was palpable and left me quickly turning page after page.  The vivid descriptions of the scenery put me right there in my mind as if I were in the story myself.  With each novel in the series, I am enjoying getting to know Inspector Rutledge better and how his mind works to achieve justice in his mind.  I hope to read the next book in the series within the next few weeks as I bet it will be another winner!
My rating is 5 stars.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Inspiring & Intriguing Novel: Soul Painter by Cara Luecht


Title:  Soul Painter
Author:  Cara Luecht
Pages:  288
Year:  2014
Publisher:  White Fire Publishing
What an epic tale!  At first glance it seemed like there wasn’t much to draw the reader’s eye to the page, but how deceiving that turned out to be!  The further I progressed in the book, the deeper I was drawn to what was happening in Chicago in the late 1800s where the author sets the stage.  Miriam is the main female character of the novel.  She is living alone above a warehouse where her father once ran a business.  By all accounts she is a hermit, refusing to interact with society or even enter a church as the last time she was in the local cathedral was to attend her mother’s funeral.
From her window on the second floor, Miriam watches children and then takes paints their faces on the canvas of her picture, perhaps even what she feels how their future might turn out.  Miriam is not always sure what her paintings mean exactly just that until she puts what is within her on canvas she can think of little else.  Her groceries are delivered; she has s solicitor take care of her money and though society calls her many names, she refuses to interact with anyone.  One night she ventures out to stare at a statue of the Virgin Mary, and she is touched by a woman on her ankle.  As Miriam decides to care for this woman in her home, even calling the physician, she has now turned a corner in her life from which there is no retreat.
Now let me assure that is just a teaser, because the author writes a fantastic tale of mystery, suspense and intrigue.  I enjoyed discovering who Miriam was, why she detached herself from her heritage and then found hope through ministering to women cruelly treated by an unknown assailant with the help of the local priest.  While the locals in the story refuse to help or notice that many women of ill repute have gone missing or are found beaten and more, there are two women who begin to help Miriam shed her cocoon and reenter society.
The internal battle Miriam engages in and how she begins to blossom for more reasons than I have revealed was just spell-binding.  I found great encouragement in the story as the themes of breaking free of fears, finding romance, and willingly placing herself at risk to catch a murderer and embark on a new life beyond words.  The antagonist is a character that embodies evil and even his chilling presence affects those he interacts with or intimidates.
The novel, Soul Painter, is one novel that readers should grab a copy of and get comfortable before entering the world within the book.  You might even want to share the story with those friends and family who are always open and looking for a great tale to get lost in during the cold nights.
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, January 13, 2015

Heaven Sent Rain


Title: Heaven Sent Rain
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Pages:  334
Year:  2014
Publisher:  FaithWords
Heaven Sent Rain is a story that captures the heart and tickles the imagination.  The tale is written with a flavor of mystery.  Readers will find themselves captivated by the character of Jonah and his dog, Downmutt.  The central female character is Dinah Taylor who loves to lose herself in research and discovery all to help others gain better health, but the role she must fill is that of CEO along with all the administrative responsibilities.  Dinah’s life seems orderly and her condo’s furniture, walls and décor is all white with nothing out of place.  Her routine never changes until she meets Jonah.
There is a vet whose lives with a menagerie of pets, loves to paint, sketch and draw.  His artwork of various animals is displayed on the walls of the waiting room in his practice.  Garrett publishes a weekly cartoon with animal characters for fun; though the newspaper would love to run it daily, Garrett declines.  For Garrett being an animal doctor is what he is meant to do, and the cartoon is for fun as he doesn’t want his love of drawing ruined by the pressure of having to produce something every day of the week.
Now that is basically the foundation of the story.  What readers will discover is the deep faith in God that both Garrett and Jonah possess, but something in Dinah’s past keeps her from being close to God.  Lauraine Snelling does a wonderful job of slowly peeling back the history of Dinah’s younger years to reveal why she is who she is as an adult.  By slowly showing Garrett’s younger years, which are different than Dinah’s, he is seen to have an event in the past that keeps him guarding his heart from loving any woman.  I couldn’t help but fall in love with the little boy character of Jonah and his mother, who appear to live so poorly and yet are rich beyond description in a way few people understand today.  This is a great novel that reminds us of Who is more than we will ever understand this side of heaven, but cannot truly live without in our daily lives.  Don’t miss reading Heaven Sent Rain!
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, January 12, 2015

Trails & Targets



Title:  Trails & Targets (Dangerous Darlyns #1)
Author:  Kelly Eileen Hake
Pages:  328
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Greyson Wilder is a bone picker.  He and his partner travel the west to gather up the bones of buffaloes, take them to market where the bones are sold for money.  He has quit his job as a Chicago police officer after the death of his wife and unborn child.  He has carried a grudge against God since that time and withdrawn from people.  He agrees to his partners request to barter with the wagon full of women in the town of Tallgrass, but then they will leave town.  One thing leads to another and before Greyson knows it he has agreed to stay and help plant spring crops while his partner takes the bones to Chicago.
Bea Darlyn has been in the role of mother since the age of nine.  She is now twenty and longs for a family of her own, but only if she is married to the right man.  She learned her lesson when her former fiancé wanted her to move to Oregon after their engagement was announced.  She could never leave her family with her father being so ill.  That engagement ended a couple of years ago.  With Bea’s expertise in firearms and Irish heritage, she and her sisters are at odds with the mostly German town folk as their weapons skills are deemed unladylike.  Now Greyson Wilder has entered Bea’s life and she is attracted to his good looks, but even more to his good character.  He has told her he will be moving on to Canada and has no intention of staying in Tallgrass.
I have enjoyed this author’s previous works better than this one so I’m not ruling out reading the next book in the series, but this one is just so-so.  I probably will read book two to see if it is an improvement over the first one.  This book isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either.  The characters felt flat to me and I didn’t make a connection with either of the two main characters in this first story.  The second book, Slings and Arrows, will focus on the character of Ariel.  If I had to choose a favorite character, then she is the one I liked the best so I hope her story is more interesting.
My rating is 3 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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Persecuted





Title:  Persecuted (Based on a Daniel Lusko Film)
Author:  Robin Parrish
Pages:  317
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany House
John Luther is the head of Truth Ministries.  He is a man whose only goal is to preach the gospel to spread God’s word.  He is based in Washington, D.C. and has political supporters.  When asked by an old friend and politician to back a new bill, John is adamant in his refusal.  This bill goes against what the Bible teaches about the one way to God and would lead people to believe there are multiple paths to God and salvation.  John is diametrically opposed to this and will not agree to support this legislation.  As a result, his life is turned upside down.  He loses his job, his family, his purpose in life of preaching the gospel.  All of this happens because he would not support the bill and remain silent, but instead standing in vocal opposition to the bill.
As the story progresses, John is on the run.  He finds help from an old priest in a downtown church as well as the priest’s assistant.  John is left with two choices:  He either throws himself on the mercy of the police in which case all evidence proving his innocence will likely be buried or he can find the proof of his innocence on his own and bring it to the public’s attention.  John has always been a fighter and refuses to go quietly away.  He will do whatever is necessary to prove his innocence and thereby protecting his wife and daughter by freeing them from guilt by association with him.  Along the way he also realizes he has been spending too much time in the business of ministry and neglecting his wife and daughter.  He vows that if he survives this injustice he will spend more time with his family.
This was a fantastic book!  I read it in a few hours as I couldn’t put it down.  There is plenty of suspense, action, tension and political intrigue for any reader.  If readers think something like this could never happen in the United Stated, then they better think again.  While this is a fictional story, I can easily see this happening in reality.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist or anti-government, but I can see the evidence of my right to practice Christianity being limited or attacked with ever-growing frequency.  This novel and the film it was based on are a call for Christians in the United States to wake up!  I commend the authors of the book and the maker of the film for being bold and taking a stand for truth at a cost to themselves, for not being silent.  Please get a copy of this book to read for yourself, then pass it along to your friends and encourage everyone to see the film too!
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

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Path to Freedom



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 foot in his mouth when having a conversation with her.  He wants her to know that his feelings for her have grown into something more than friendship.  His Quaker roots have led him on some missions to free slaves and this mission proves to continue his passion.  He only hopes that he can survive having Flora along without saying something he can’t take back or repair.  His future with Flora he commits to God, but he sure hopes God grants his wish.
I normally am not a fan of quilt-themed fictional stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  I liked the Quaker influence, the well-defined characters and the importance of faith in God presented.  The romance between the two lead characters was great and I loved their teasing interactions.  I definitely will consider reading more books in this series.  This one was short and easy to read, so don’t miss it!
My rating is 5 stars.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Final Trimester By Diana T. Benson


Title:  Final Trimester (The Quigley Triplets Series #1)
Author:  Dianna T. Benson
Pages:  434
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Ellechor Publishing House
Dianna T. Benson has a knack for writing great suspense thrillers and has done so again with Final Trimester.  The story is set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the present day.  The main characters are Jodi Duncan and Nate Quigley and of course the killer.
Nate Quigley is a detective with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.  His wife and son died two years ago in a plane crash.  He feels guilt over the state of his relationships with both at the time of their death, but he doesn’t know what to do to get better.  He blamed God at the time of the accident and has been far from Him since.  He responds to a murder scene and one of the paramedics who respond to the scene, Jodi Duncan, keeps at him with questions about the manner of death of the victim.
Jodi Duncan has been a paramedic for 14 years and loves her job.  She also volunteers as a host for foster children when needed.  She longs to be a mother to her own child.  She responds to the scene of a victim, but can’t let go the manner of death.  She keeps questioning why and how this happened and keeps after the detective, Nate Quigley, to investigate.  They begin conversing more frequently, but both know they are in no position to begin a relationship.  Jodi has kept her distance from men and God for a long time and filled her life with work to ease her pain of the past.  Soon other victims appear and the investigation expands.  Jodi keeps pushing for answers and catches the eye of the perpetrator.
This plot will keep you riveted to the pages until the very end.  There is great suspense, tension and anxiety to keep the action-minded reader glued to their seat.  Both Nate and Jodi have kept God at arm’s length for some time and begin to realize how much they need God to fill the empty place in their hearts that can’t be filled with work, other people, children or anything else.  The characters were well-developed and I could relate to them right away.  I can’t wait for the next book!  Don’t miss this one!
My rating is 5 stars.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ted Dekker's: A. D. 30




Title:  A. D. 30
Author:  Ted Dekker
Pages:  432
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Center Street
When I opened the book and read “My Journey into A. D. 30” written by the author, I have to say my heart resonated with what he wrote.  Ted Dekker writes very transparently in this section.  Let me give you a sample to help you capture the heart set forth, “For ten years I dreamed of entering the life of Jesus through story, not as a Jew familiar with the customs of the day, but as an outsider, because we are all outsiders today.  I wanted to know what He taught about how we should live; how we might rise above all the struggles that we all face in this life, not just in the next life after we die.” (pg V)  Well, how did that just impact you?
Readers who are familiar with the writing of Dekker might be surprised when discovering a very unique writing that is unlike what the author has shared before.  As a reviewer it is difficult to even know how to capture how the story touched my heart, emotions and mind.  Truly I am at a loss for words, but in a good way!  As I viewed the tale through the eyes of the main character named Maviah in ancient times and a vastly different culture, it captivated me even more due to the way she experiences life along with her meeting Yeshua.
No matter how long one is a follower of Jesus, also known as Yeshua, this story will hopefully introduce you to a refreshing way of being a follower along with a few of his teachings.  I could understand how a couple of side players weren’t sure about the man or mystic as they understood Yeshua, and how easily His teachings are far grandeur than the box we tend to put them in.  Ted Dekker reminds us that no matter whom we are, our job titles, where we live, etc… when it comes right down to it, we are all seeking Him.  Nothing in this life can even compare to what awaits us in heaven as well as how we live each day drawing close to Yeshua.  The novel reminds us that all the apps, journals, gadgets, books, etc… are but a tool to help us or remind us that we are encountering a Person not just reaching a goal or crossing off our reminders to read the Bible on our To Do Lists.  Even then we need the Spirit to lead us or draw us to Him in a way that defies description or anything else man might conjure up.  When you sit and read this story after reading Ted’s heart in the “My Journey into A. D. 30”, I hope you experience a refreshing encounter with Yeshua!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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