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Eve by Wm. Paul Young

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Title:  Eve Author:  William Paul Young Pages:  320 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Howard Books My rating is 5+ stars. When I started the novel, I wasn’t sure what the purpose of the novel was nor what direction the author would lead readers.  The novel to me is reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ work Chronicles of Narnia with a touch of mystery, biblical people and ending with a finish that just steals the heart of the reader! I don’t know about other people, but I read a lot of books in a year.  Most of them are enjoyable to read and then I share them with a girlfriend.  Eve is like a cinematic movie that calls to reader’s heart and imagination that defies description.  There is a touch of science fiction along with such creativity when describing scenes or the numerous characters.  I couldn’t put the novel down for long because I wanted to not just read the whole novel, but also experience the spiritual side that is a huge part of the work. Not many authors can engage the reader from page one u…

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Title:  The Memory Weaver Author:  Jane Kirkpatrick Pages:  349 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell Eliza Spalding is the survivor of an Indian attack that took place in 1847.  Her parents are missionaries to the Nez Perce Indians, bringing the gospel to them.  Then tragedy strikes when another Indian tribe launches an attack.  Many white people are killed, and Eliza and her family are forced by the missionary board to leave the Nez Perce.  Eliza struggles with depression and flashbacks to the moments of the massacre.  This trauma shapes her life.  She performs certain things in a certain order and imagines the worst thing that can happen because she thinks that will ensure it won’t happen.  She is also dealing with her mother’s death a couple of years ago, which placed her at the age of 13 as the woman of the house.  She cooks, cleans and raises her three younger siblings.  Her father also required her to travel with him as he distributed gospel tracts to other communities. Her father le…

The Bones Will Speak (Gwen Marcey #2)

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Title:  The Bones Will Speak (Gwen Marcey #2) Author:  Carrie Stuart Parks Pages:  327 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Gwen Marcey is back to stretching every dollar and looking for a job as the county law enforcement agency jobs have dried up.  She discovers another forensic artist has taken all the jobs and Gwen is hot under the collar over that!  She lets her dog out for a walk and he brings back a grisly trophy.  The next day, Gwen tries to find out where he made his find and he leads her to a nearby abandoned farmhouse where she has another surprise.  In the midst of working the scene, Gwen is forced to give over her work to her rival as his agency has jurisdiction.  Now, Gwen is out of a job again.  However, she has seen a pattern of two crime scenes and begins her own investigation. In addition to trying to find a killer, her ex-husband makes a sudden announcement that catches Gwen off guard.  Gwen best friend, Beth, helps her research clues into a religious group that m…

Colts VS Titans

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Notre Dame vs Massachusetts

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Pound that gridiron!

Where Christ is Present

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Title:  Where Christ is Present (A Theology for all Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation) Author:  John Warwick Montgomery and others Pages:  288 Year:  2015 Publisher:  NPR Books My rating is 4 stars. When I read the authors impressive lists of accomplishments I sure impressed as well as thinking how the author who also is the editor of these essays, will approach the various topics covered.  John Warwick Montgomery shares a short synopsis of his becoming a Christian and then his journey seeking a home church.  Each essay is written on a topic such as Salvation, Justification, Martin Luther and the Reformation and many more. Each essay is written by a different author who lists both their primary as well as secondary sources when they wrote the essay.  I hope when approach the book it isn’t to find fault with the various authors standings, any denominations mentioned or conclusions drawn.  However, my hope is that you have your Bible beside you to look up Bible Refere…

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (The Pinecraft Brides#3)

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Title:  A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (The Pinecraft Brides#3) Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray Pages:  288 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Avon Inspire My rating is 5 stars. I’m now all caught up with the Pinecraft Bride series only to learn that the fourth and final book, A Christmas Bride at Pinecraft, will be released next month!  The books are very entertaining as well as spell-binding!  The author sets her novels in Pinecraft, Florida at the Orange Blossom Inn with the innkeeper Beverly as really the main and constant character throughout the books. In this novel, a marriage is about to take place between two Amish people who are quite young.  The funny part is when the beagle of the neighborhood decides to be a guest and help himself to the abundance of food all to the surprise of his owner Emma!  Emma is a widow who is raising three girls and Jay is a widower who raised his three sons.  Now his oldest Ben is getting married, but it doesn’t come about without some trails. Beverly c…

The Proposal at Siesta Key (The Pinecraft Brides #2)

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Title:  The Proposal at Siesta Key (The Pinecraft Brides #2) Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray Pages:  288 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Avon Inspire My rating is 5 stars. We are introduced to characters in the first book titled, The Promise of Palm Grove along with a wonderful B & B.  The setting is sunny Florida in the small town of Pinecraft that is close to the ocean along with a wonderful, close knit, Amish community.  The Orange Blossom B & B is operated daily by Beverly.  Recently she hired a young lady named Penny Troyer to care for Michael Know while he recoups after surgery. Trouble begins to brew when Beverley’s unhealed heart is hurt when she thinks she views an improper moment between Michael and Rachael.  Now, after taking time to pray, she is confronted by the owner, Eric, as he learns about owning this business he inherited.  On top of this, Tricia comes to surprise her Aunt Beverly, running away from an embarrassing situation at home. There is romance blooming with a n…

The Promise of Palm Grove (Amish Brides of Pinecraft #1)

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Title:  The Promise of Palm Grove (Amish Brides of Pinecraft #1) Author:  Shelly Shepard Gray Pages:  288 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Avon Publishers My rating is 5 stars. The story started a little slow for me as it was building the foundation, which I am sure builds into the next two sequels.  After a short time, the plot and climax took off as the women in this small B & B in Florida began having personal issues though not with each other per se.  One of the main characters is Beverly who was to have inherited the B & B from her aunt when an English man comes stating he has inherited the business that Beverly has built. Three young, Amish, single girlfriends come from Ohio for a two-week stay.  One of them is engaged to be married to her friend’s brother.  There are Sara, Mattie and Lorena who stay at the B & B to have time together before Lorena is married.  However, Lorena is having second thoughts about being engaged because of the lack of any type of feelings she has f…

Colts vs Jets

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Go Colts!

Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech

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Supporting ya all way, looking for you to win!

Mistress of Tall Acre

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Title:  The Mistress of Tall Acre Author:  Laura Frantz Pages:  400 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell This story begins during the Revolutionary War.  Seamus Ogilvy is a general under George Washington’s command.  He gives eight years of his life to the war, and when he returns home, he find he must take his young daughter, Lily Cate, from unwilling relatives in the middle of the night to bring her home.  During the war, his wife dies and is buried in Williamsburg not their home of Tall Acre.  His wife was unhappy with him being gone so long and with country life so had moved to Williamsburg to live with her sister.  Upon the war’s end, Seamus is faced with a mountain of work at Tall Acre that in eight years of absence has accumulated.  He is also facing a potential custody battle from his wife’s sister who wants his daughter for her own.  If he were to marry, which he has absolutely no desire to do, he could show that his daughter would grow up with a mother and deflect the lawsuit. So…

Luther and Katharina

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Title:  Luther and Katharina Author:  Jody Hedlund Pages:  387 (ARC) Year:  2015 Publisher:  WaterBrook Press This is a fictionalized account of the love story between Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora.  It begins in the years 1523 and takes place in Germany.  There is much political unrest due to the spread of Martin Luther’s beliefs that go against a lot of the prominent Catholic teachings of the time.  He has been excommunicated as he is a former monk, been branded a heretic and has been threatened with assassination.  He is a wanted criminal, but in his home town he is safe.  The peasants revere him as he has given them hope in a new way of seeing God.  He encourages people to read the Bible and pray for themselves and not to depend on a priest to do that.  He has encouraged monks and nuns to marry.  He has said he will never marry as his work for God would suffer.  In the story, the Catholic Church uses corporal punishment on those monks and nuns who leave for the “world”, bu…

Falling Like Snowflakes ( A Summer Harbor Novel #1)

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Title:  Falling Like Snowflakes ( A Summer Harbor Novel #1) Author:  Denise Hunter Pages:  352 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson My rating is 5 stars. The cover surely doesn’t capture the really wonderful tale written inside.  I hope the sequel coming out in 2016 has a better cover that conveys the story more accurately.  Inside is a story that includes themes like overcoming fear, trusting, relying on the Lord and romance to name a few.  The main characters are a woman and her very young son who change their names and looks in order to stay safe and alive.  When her car breaks down, she walks into a small town looking for a job.  While she is eating, she decides to go to the restroom and while in the restroom her bag is stolen.  Now she has neither money nor any belongings, but she’s alive.  She is not sure how safe she is after witnessing a murder. If I tell you her name that would give away a little of the book so I will wait for you readers to discover who she is when you ope…

Winning the Teacher’s Heart (The Donnelly Brothers)

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Title:  Winning the Teacher’s Heart (The Donnelly Brothers) Author:  Jean C. Gordon Pages:  219 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Harlequin Love Inspired Jared Donnelly has returned to his home town after being away for fifteen years, riding the motocross circuit after some troubled and tough teenage years.  He has an idea for helping troubled youths as well as helping the local economy, but will his idea get shot down by the town council?  Upon his return, he runs into an old crush of his from high school, Becca Norton.  Once he spends some time with her, he realizes he still has feelings for her. Becca Norton is a high school teacher and divorced mother of two children.  Her finances are not in the best shape so she is forced to work at the church day care over the summer to earn extra money.  The pastor’s wayward brother has returned home with plans to build a motocross school with a racetrack practically in Becca’s backyard.  Becca secretly had a crush on Jared in high school, but never to…

Captive (The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero)

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Title:  Captive (The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero) Author:  Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly Pages:  272 Year:  2015 Publisher:  William Morrow My rating is 5+ stars. Before I even knew the book existed, I saw a clip of the movie Captive.  When I finished reading the book, I felt a few emotions deeply in my heart.  The first is that God is a redeemer, and while some people were killed by the assailant, there is hope that more will come to know Him.  The second is that our world today shows us the devastating results when a person or persons take a life of a loved one.  The third is that we all need to be prayer warriors for those who serve and are the front lines of defense so others can live peacefully.  Finally, my personal heartfelt thanks for the honesty with which this novel was written and the hope that families and friends of the four victims allow God to redeem their lives. One impacting aspect of the book is that after many years of failing treatment centers and…

Mail Order Cowboy

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Title:  Mail Order Cowboy Author:  Laurie Kingery Pages:  279 Year:  2010 Publisher:  Steeple Hill Books Milly Mathews is a young woman who wants to get married, but has very few options in her hometown so she creates a group of other like-minded women.  They decide to place an ad in the newspaper, inviting men who are interested in marriage to begin corresponding with the group.  The ad meets with immediate success as the first man arrives in town without even answering the ad!  The man in question is Nicholas Brookfield and his curiosity is piqued by the ad.  He wants to meet the woman in charge of placing the ad.  He meets Milly, but before they can get beyond a brief introduction Milly is called out to her ranch due to an Indian attack. Upon arriving home where Milly lives with her sister Sarah, they discover the barn has been burned down, their livestock stolen and their only experienced ranch hand injured.  The two women are at a loss as to what to do, but are determined not to…

Colts vs Bills

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Go Colts win!


Notre Dame vs Virginia

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Go and Win!

The Lost Heiress

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Title:  The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1) Author:  Roseanna M. White Pages:  448 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers The time period for this story is 1910 and the place is Monaco to begin with and then moves to England.  There is a lengthy cast of characters to follow, but the author provides a helpful list.  The story takes place among the aristocracy of British society. Justin Wildon, Lord Harlow is a young, handsome man in his mid-twenties with a future title of duke awaiting him.  He is best friends with Brook Eden and has been since she was five years old and he was twelve.  He has taught her how to shoot a gun, ride astride instead of sidesaddle, and many other activities most upper class English people would consider unladylike.  He has spent much of his time in Monaco as that is where his father has lived since leaving England years ago.  He has just returned from a trip home to England where he discovered Brook’s true identity.  As a baby she was found …

That the World May Know

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Title:  That the World May Know Teacher:  Ray Vander Laan Pages:  256 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Zondervan My rating is 5+ stars. Here is a teacher who brings to the forefront a historical and a deeper understanding of the Bible; however, there is more.  Ray reminds us of how the ancient people were living and what God is calling us to become for the world.  When I searched for more of the DVDs, I was glad to know there are many more along with Ray Vander Laan ministries.  When I viewed the first lesson, I was simply amazed at being taken back to the land and listening to the expounding of the Bible.  For me, it made it come alive and with deeper understanding.  Like any person we tend to approach the Bible from an American point of view, but when we do, we miss the real heart of God.  There is more than one lesson on the DVD and the Discovery Guide helps viewers understand more and makes this a very useful tool for any small group. I wonder how I ever missed the ministry of Ray Vander…

Undercover Bride (Undercover Ladies #2)

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Title:  Undercover Bride (Undercover Ladies #2) Author:  Margaret Brownley Pages:  320 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press Maggie Cartwright is 26 years old and has just answered an ad for a mail-order bride.  Her husband-to-be is the number one suspect in a train robbery that happened two years ago.  The Pinkerton Agency never gives up on a case and has been working this case for two years.  Now, with Maggie on the scene, they hope to finally wrap this one up.  Maggie has created a fictional past in her letters to Garrett Thomas during their previous months of correspondence.  She has arrived in the Arizona Territory under the pretense of marrying Garrett, but what she is really been assigned to do is learn where he has hidden the money from the train robbery and who is partner in crime is. She moves in with the family, searches the house and begins taking care of Garrett’s two young children.  As time progresses, she finds no evidence of the money anywhere and begins to care f…

Last Chance Hero

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Title:  Last Chance Hero (A Place to Call Home #4) Author:  Cathleen Armstrong Pages:  288 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell My rating is 5 stars out of 5. This series begins with a novel titled, Welcome to Last Chance, followed by One More Last Chance, then continues with At Home in Last Chance.  In each novel, there are down home characters who find what their heart is searching for through interaction with eclectic town’s people.  Each novel focuses on a main person who is usually new to the town and learning how vastly different a small town is compared to bigger towns or city life.  Some aspects of small town living are endearing and others can seem somewhat frustrating to the newbie’s in town. Here we meet a man named Andy who came back home to coach the local high school football team he played on years ago.  Readers are also introduced to a new doctor, Dr. Jess, who will be practicing in Last Chance.  She is a very driven woman who has no clue what some home town quirks are nor …

The Final Reville by Amanda Flowers

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Title:  The Final Reveille (A Living History Museum Mystery #1) Author:  Amanda Flower Pages:  336 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Midnight Ink My rating is 5+ stars out of 5. The Civil War is a time in our history that has been the setting of many tales shared though various mediums.  Amanda Flower weaves a mystery during a weekend filled with various activities from this time period along with those who reenact the battles.  During the weekend of this event on Barton Farms, a murder or two has been committed.  Now, the living history is in danger of possibly losing its benefactor and the director has become a suspect and a victim!  Plus, the director is a single mom with a 5-year-old son who unexpectedly meets her ex’s fiancée.  The chief of police is an intriguing character to me and at times I even thought he was a part of the problem and not doing his job. Living history museums really aid the visitor in the feel of living in the timeframe and not in the present.  My husband and sons ta…

The Pursuit of God (Updated Edition)

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Title:  The Pursuit of God (Updated Edition) Author:  A. W. Tozer Pages:  128 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Aneko Press My rating is 5 stars out of 5. When I read the title and author, I was drawn back in my mind to the day I married my husband in a church.  It was the very church where Tozer preached to people.  There are other writings of Tozer that are also rich in teaching and if possible read about Tozer’s life.  Tozer was a man who sought hard after God and in this book he challenges all to live a life fully and completely for God. Some of the chapter themes were convicting as I read and realized God was speaking to my heart about where He is working.  Other times I was challenged in my thoughts or comforted emotionally.  There is always room for the believer to grow in becoming more Christ like and this book is one where words of exhortation are delivered without apology.  Prayers are given to aid the person in asking for the Lord’s help, hand or voice. Nothing replaces the Bible; h…

.Notre Dame vs Texas

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Go Notre Dame!



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Secrets She Kept

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Title:  Secrets She Kept Author:  Cathy Gohlke Pages:  416 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Tyndale My rating is 5+ stars. Cathy Gohlke wrote an exceptional tension-filled novel with mystery, intrigue, courage and so very much more.  Cathy’s other novel I have read is Saving Amelie, which is another riveting tale set in the WWII historical timeframe.  In her newest endeavor, the author crafts a heart-ripping redemptive story as one woman in America longs to learn her true ancestry after her mother’s passing. Hannah is invited to Berlin to visit a grandfather she has never met or known about and learning about his past just about breaks her heart.  Yet, in the end, we learn a bigger story that has happened and who is the true Savior of mankind.  I so enjoyed hearing about Cathy’s travels and her experiences when she was researching this tale, including in her trips with various family members. Some stories reach out and keep your attention because of characters and the action described in the …

Center of Gravity...very disappointing

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Title:  Center of Gravity Author:  Laura McNeill Pages:  314 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Ava Carson has married the man of her dreams, but he has turned into the man of her nightmares.  They have been married for about three years and have one child together.  She has adopted Mitchell’s 8-year-old son from his previous marriage that ended with his first wife’s death approximately five years ago.  As the relationship has progressed, Mitchell has become more and more controlling.  Ava has been making excuses for him because his job is stressful or he is just a perfectionist.  She now is beginning to realize how controlling and manipulative he is.  If he can’t control her, then he will not be in a relationship with her.  As a child custody battle ensues, Ava never dreams how far Mitchell will go to get his way.  With the children’s lives at stake, Ava will do anything necessary to protect them. Negatives:  First off, this is not a Christian book even though it is marketed by a…

Until the Harvest

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Title:  Until the Harvest Author:  Sarah Louden Thomas Pages:  304 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Bethany My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. The story is set in West Virginia in the year 1975 on the eve of 1976 when a family is devastated by the sudden death of Henry Phillips’ father.  Now Henry, his sister Sadie and his mother Perla have to learn how to live without the man they loved.  Sadie is a librarian in Ohio where she returns to after the funeral.  Perla is trying to get Henry to return to college to finish his degree though Henry wants nothing to do with school. Margaret and her younger sister Mayfair help Henry’s grandmother on the farm and with the house work.  However, Mayfair has a special gift that she shares with whoever is in need.  She is also a diabetic who suffers from hypoglycemia after she aids a person.  There are many more heart-touching characters and scenes the author crafts together to draw readers to a story that shows the love of God and family.  In the tale, there i…

Counting on a Cowboy (A Four Hearts Ranch Romance #2)

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Title:  Counting on a Cowboy (A Four Hearts Ranch Romance #2) Author:  Debra Clopton Pages:  320 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson My rating is 5 stars. Betting on Hope is the first book in the series where we are introduced to the Monahan family and their ranch.  Since Maggie’s column brought Wishing Springs into focus by mentioning how there are several single cowboys, Abby decides her life needs to change as Maggie’s column suggests.  Now in Wishing Springs, Abby is starting to fall asleep behind the wheel when she slams on the brakes in order to avoid hitting a bull.  She then swerves to avoid hitting the cowboy standing off to the side.  Well that cowboy’s name is Bo and after Maggie ends up in a ditch, he runs over along with one of his brothers to see if she is hurt.  From there, the tension between the cowboy and Abby begins to climb!  Bo’s and Abby’s pasts collide on the ranch as well as their feelings for each other and then to complicate things a baby is just dropped of…