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Playing the Part

Title:  Playing the Part Author:  Jen Turano Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Bethany My rating is 5 stars. I would have to say this is one of the best reads of Jen’s novels for me in a long time.  There is a real underlying mysterious plot that runs through the book and in many places the situations are funny.  The main female character is an actress.  Believe me when I tell you the author puts many twists in the storyline.  Even in the epilogue there was a surprise that I never expected.  So well done Jen! The main male character is a reclusive and eccentric man who lives in a castle with a really interesting staff.  Just when you think you understand the complex personalities of some of the characters, in comes a surprise that will keep a reader glued to the pages.  The male character lives in this castle with working cannons that some of his staff just love to set off; it’s funny! There is an elderly woman in the story who loves to play matchmaker; she is a hoot!  Most of the …

A Daring Sacrifice

Title:  A Daring Sacrifice Author:  Jody Hedlund Pages:  224 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Zondervan This is the second young adult novel from Jody Hedlund set in the time of knights and ladies.  The first novel is titled, An Uncertain Choice.  Both novels can stand alone, but there are some characters that appear in both novels briefly.  The two main characters in this story are Lady Juliana Wessex and Lord Collin Goodrich. Juliana Wessex is living in the forest, supporting a large group of peasants with her hunting skills with her bow and arrows.  She and her father had been forced off their land and out of their home by her father’s step brother.  She and her father live some years in peace with her father becoming a blacksmith after having been lord of the manor.  Then, her father decided to lead a rebellion to retake what is rightly his with devastating results.  Her father was killed and Juliana and the peasants had to flee to the forest to live in perpetual hiding from her step uncl…

Dressed for Death (Drew Farthering Mystery #4)

Title:  Dressed for Death (Drew Farthering Mystery #4) Author:  Julianna Deering Pages:  320 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Bethany House Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline have been married for six months now and have been invited to attend a Regency gathering at one of his old school mate’s house, Tal Cummins.  They arrive with Drew’s best friend Nick and his love interest Carrie along with Carrie’s young brother Will to find Tal engaged to Alice.  As the week progresses with all dressed in Regency style and taking part in all sorts of activities.  The story moves along slowly and about one-third of the way through the first death occurs.  The authorities are called in, but Tal asks Drew to investigate on his own to try to find out the answers.  Drew feels the tug of friendship from the past and agrees, even though he really has no clues to pursue. Soon another body is discovered and Drew faces guilt over this death, but Tal continues to press him to put his detective skills to use.  D…

Brush of Wings (Angels Walking #3)

Title:  Brush of Wings (Angels Walking #3) Author:  Karen Kingsbury Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Howard My rating is 5 stars. Brush of Wings is the final book of the series; the previous novels are Angels Walking followed by Chasing Sunsets.    Through all three of the books the characters both human and angelic are the same.  The angels are sent on missions that have to do with the lives of Tyler, Marcus, Mary Catharine and Sami.  Here in the final story the steaks are the highest they have ever been for humanity and the warfare fierce! The steaks are in regards to the humanity globally.  While what Karen writes is fictional it gives readers a unique view into the spiritual realm and warfare.  What is really neat is how the angels take on the form of humankind in order to aid humans in fulfilling a plan God has set forth.  I love how the humans prayed throughout the novels. Angels prayed and praised God at various point in the story which is interesting. Tyler wanted to be a …

Silent Sting Author:Clair M. Paulson

Title:  Silent Sting Author:  Clair M. Paulson Pages:  188 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant Communications My rating is 4 stars. Silent Sting is a very interesting and captivating mystery that draws a reader into a realm that appears to be about bees.  The massive killing of bees is detrimental to the local farmers in the novel and one honey business is losing millions from some unknown cause that is killing their bees.  A grant written and approved allows a professor at a university along with his assistant to investigate the cause of such destruction.  Then, out of the blue, the professor is murdered!  The president of the college and the dean are interfering with the federal investigations, but that doesn’t stop what is becoming a race to locate the mastermind behind the murders.  What appears to be a bee turns out to be a deadly drone and whatever is in the stinger proves fatal within seconds!  The race intensifies to locate what is killing the bee population while keeping the as…

A Powerful Secret (The Worthington Destiny #2)

Title:  A Powerful Secret (The Worthington Destiny #2) Author:  Kevin Leman & Jeff Nesbit Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell Sean Worthington is the main focus of this story, but his family plays a big part in the events as well as they are so close to one another.  Will has just removed himself from the senate race in New York because of some incriminating pictures involving Sean and a terrorist bomber as well as Will’s mother’s secret threatened to be made public.  This happened in book one of the series, A Perfect Ambition. Now in this book Sean finds out his mother’s secret and drops off the grid for two weeks whereby his family thinks he is dead, but he is just taking time to process this information and form a plan on how to proceed with his family and his career.  He had thought about throwing his hat in the ring to run for governor of New York, but with this new information that won’t be possible.  He also thinks he might be ready to settle down with someone and h…

A Fool & His Monet (A Serena Jones Mystery #1)

Title:  A Fool and His Monet (A Serena Jones Mystery #1) Author:  Sandra Orchard Pages:  336 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell Serena Jones is an FBI Agent working in the art crimes area.  She has been an agent for about a year and still works closely with her mentor, Tanner.  Her best friend is in charge of security at the local art museum in St. Louis and makes a startling discovery.  Two paintings have gone missing from inventory, but no one knows just when the paintings were stolen.  Serena takes on the case and begins questioning all the museum employees.  She sets her eyes on a particular suspect and soon thereafter events begin to get more personal and escalate. As her investigation leads her to a John Doe in a local morgue, she also is dealing with her mother and aunt who are trying to get her married off.  Tanner and the superintendent in her apartment building, Nate, are two potential suitors that Serena kind of likes, but isn’t interested in getting married right now.  She is…

Bride of a Distant Isle

Title:  Bride of a Distant Isle (Daughters of Hampshire #2) Author:  Sandra Byrd Pages:  384 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Howard Annabel Ashton is a 24-year-old teacher called home to take a trip to London with her cousin and his wife to view the World Exhibition put on by King Albert.  Well, it isn’t her home, but her cousin Edward’s as he never lets her forget.  He treats her as a servant sometimes or says harsh things to her, but Annabel tries to see the good in him as if he were a brother.  Annabel has been told all her life that she was born out of wedlock, her father was unknown and that her mother died in an insane asylum.  She has never felt she belonged anywhere as people looked down on her due to the circumstances of her birth as well as her mother’s insanity.  She is also Catholic when most everyone else in England isn’t, which causes some friction.  She thinks her trip is only for a couple of weeks and then she will return to school to teach, but she quickly learns that her co…

Talon: Combat Tracking Team (A Breed Apart #2)

Title:  Talon:  Combat Tracking Team (A Breed Apart #2) Author:  Ronie Kendig Pages:  352 Year:  2013 Publisher:  Barbour Aspen Courtland is a former Air Force JAG assistant who wants nothing more than to find her missing twin brother, Austin.  He served in the military and went missing on a mission.  He has been missing so long he has been declared dead, but Aspen refuses to believe it.  She has brought his military war dog, Talon, home to heal as he suffered from the separation from Austin.  He is a beaten down dog and acts depressed.  Aspen has been working with him for months and he seems to be slowly recovering.  Enter Dane Markoski or Cardinal as his boss calls him. Cardinal has been given the mission of finding Austin and protecting Aspen and Talon.  He is a trained spy, but doesn’t feel right manipulating Aspen and playing on her fears.  He tries his best to keep his distance from her emotionally as he feels he is unworthy of her affections and his past will scare her away if…

The Calling (Seer Novel #2)

Title:  The Calling (Seer Novel #2) Author:  Rachelle Dekker Pages:  441 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Tyndale My rating is 5+ stars. As I finished with book one titled, The Choosing, my heart was thumping and I thought if this is book one, what will book two be like?  I am not sure I have the words to really express the wonder of the spiritual truths woven in the story that will call you, even beg you to keep reading!  In this work of fiction, which is continued from book one, The Authority is still controlling a small segment of the remaining population in Washington D. C.  However, now there is a new leader of the group and he is a ruthless, demented man who will stop at nothing to capture whomever he views as a threat. The further one progresses in the story, the higher the tension, suspense and wonder at thinking what more the author has in store for her readers.  The Seers keep trying to go and save those taken by force to be used for experimentation aimed at erasing memories.  More …

Tyndale's Q & A with Author Rachelle Dekker

Q&A with Rachelle Dekker Author of The Calling About the Author . . .



The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. The Choosing is her critically acclaimed debut novel. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at rachelledekker.com.


 1. The Calling is the second book in The Seer Series. Does it pick up right after The Choosing leaves off? No, a year and a half has passed when we rejoin the characters in The Calling

2. This book is written from Remko’s perspective. Did you face any challenges writing from a male point-of-view? There was definitely a looming pressure as I started to write the book. As a woman writer, I wanted to make sure Remko felt masculine and authentic, so…

: The Choosing (Seer series #1)

Title:  The Choosing (Seer series #1) Author:  Rachelle Dekker Pages:  448 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Tyndale My rating is 5+ stars. This is a story with punch that awakens the heart and soul of every reader!  Carrington is the female lead who believes she is unlovable, imperfect and worthless.  Of course, it doesn’t help that her mother has been having her recite the six rules that govern the community after a period called the Ruining.  In order to please God, people are forced to follow rules, live in what is basically a caste system and the worst is being separated forever from their family. Remko is a city guard who Carrington recognizes early on as a man who has a tender heart and an unfulfilled need in his heart.  There is a lot going on in the story that will keep you up reading till the end; it is intense to the max!  What is portrayed is spiritual warfare that happens over each soul and how one must choose to be free in Him, loved by Him and cherished by Him.  The villain in t…

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream Series #2)

Title:  A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream Series #2) Author:  Susan Anne Mason Pages:  400 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Bethany My rating is 5+ stars.  When Irish Meadows the first book in the series was released, I read it with a voracious appetite!  Now, having just completed A Worthy Heart, I am not exactly sure what to write.  You see it really is so good and entertaining with suspense, mystery, faith and romance it defies my ability to write a review, but I will make an attempt. There are two families that are central to the novel’s suspense and romance:  One family lives in America and the other family lives in Ireland.  In America, the Montgomery family has various business ventures that have obtained success, but not all is happy in their home.  In Ireland, the O’Leary family has Ryland now joined by his brother Gabriel and their sister Maggie.  Some of the O’Leary family has chosen to remain in Ireland.  There are hints that a war may be brewing with Ireland being pulled into the …

Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice #2)

Title:  Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice #2) Author:  Janice Cantore Pages:  400 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Tyndale My rating is 5 stars. The Cold Case Justice series begins with the novel, Drawing Fire where we are introduced to three main characters.  One is Detective Abby Hart who lost her parents in a fire that destroyed their restaurant.  Next meet a retired cop named Woody who is helping Abby get used to working at the level and intensity she does, along with teaching her his on-the-job wisdom.  Now meet Luke who is a private investigator, widower and a single father to a little girl named Maddie. In the latest novel, we find all three characters working together at various times and for various reasons.  Like when Woody and Luke both sign up for the new federal task force dealing with cold cases.  Readers will also become engrossed in Abby’s conundrum as she is engaged to a missionary named Ethan, but finds her heart unsure whenever Luke is around. Janice Cantore writes some of …

Love at First Note

Title:  Love at First Note Author:  Jenny Proctor Pages:  Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc. Emma Hill is a concert violinist who has left a fairly prominent job in Cleveland to return home to help take care of her mother who has MS.  She now gives music lessons and plays part-time with the local symphony.  She has no prospects on the dating scene, but that doesn’t stop everyone from trying to set her up with nephews, grandsons, brothers, etc.  Then, a new neighbor moves in across the hall.  He happens to be a famous pianist, young and single.  Emma thinks he is gorgeous, but usually gets tongue tied when first meeting a man.  She holds true to form and embarrasses herself.  She vows to avoid this man at all costs to prevent further mortification on her part. Elliott Hart has moved from L.A. to work on his upcoming album.  He has writer’s/composer’s block and needs to get away from the fast pace of a big city to concentrate.  He needs no distractions and his next …

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Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture)

Title:  Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture) Author:  Angela Hunt Pages:  320 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Bethany My rating is 5 stars. My husband and sons went to see the movie Risen in the theatre; I will see it when it comes on DVD as theater seating is uncomfortable for me.  So when I saw the book being offered for review on Bookfun.org, I asked for a copy to read.  The joy of being able to converse with my guys about the movie scenes and scenes from the book was fun; it’s a great family activity we do. In the novel, the chapters switch between the Roman Tribune Clavius and a young Jewish widow named Rachel.  When authors use this means of telling a story, it tends to enrich the reader’s understanding of what is occurring by using two points of view.  Here it helps to see the Roman activity, thoughts and life compared to a widowed Jewish woman making bread and selling it in the market place as a means to take care of her needs.  When these two lives meet and become in…

The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates #1)

Title:  The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates #1) Author:  Fiona Veitch Smith Pages:  319 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Lion Fiction Poppy Denby has received a letter from her disabled aunt, asking her to come live with her in London as a paid companion.  Upon her arrival, Poppy learns that her aunt has no need for a companion, but wrote that letter just to appease Poppy’s father.  Her real motive was to get Poppy to the big city of London to give her the opportunity for a career, which she knows her father would never agree to.  She has an interview at a newspaper, gets a job as an editorial assistant and is sent out to confirm some facts on a story after the untimely death of another reporter. As Poppy follows up with her sources, she uncovers more and more information relating to her story as well as several other possible supporting stories.  However, her questions gain the attention of an unwanted assailant, putting Poppy’s life in danger.  Poppy refuses to give up on her story, co…

The Goodbye Bride (A Summer Harbor Novel #2)

Title:  The Goodbye Bride (A Summer Harbor Novel #2) Author:  Denise Hunter Pages:  336 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson My rating is 5 stars. The Callahan brothers are in a pickle with the ladies.  Mainly, it is Zach who is still in love with Lucy though she left seven months earlier.  Zac was really brokenhearted when out of the blue Lucy calls and asks him to come get her like it was just yesterday.  Lucy woke up in a wedding dress, with a lump on her skull in a totally different state than where Zac was living.  Problem was the last seven months she has no clue what happened and doesn’t even remember being engaged to a man named Brad.  Zac doesn’t want to go through that heartache again so he distances himself from her.  Beau, his older brother, was miffed that Zac went to rescue her.  When his brother serving overseas found out, he was beside himself with frustration as well. The series begins in the first book, Falling Like Snowflakes.  For readers to truly appreciate the …

Fire & Ice (Wild at Heart #3)

Title:  Fire & Ice (Wild at Heart #3) Author:  Mary Connealy Pages:  336 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Bethany My Rating:  5+ stars. There is a lot of emotion and tension throughout all three books of the series as the main storyline is how three sisters disguise themselves as men in order to fight in the Civil War.  In my opinion, the novels would be much more enjoyable if they were each read in order beginning with Tried & True, followed by Now & Forever before the series concludes with Fire & Ice. Each novel is written by the same author who really has a way of bringing some surprises to readers somewhere in each book and sometimes more than one!  Here the story focuses on the eldest of three daughters of a widower who is less than a stellar father.  The daughter’s name is Bailey.  Her father, Cudgel, has the sole focus of building a dynasty though all three of his girls, though he masks it by saying it was for his son Jimmy who he lost in the war. What is so enjoyable a…

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams #1)

Title:  The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams #1) Author:  Liz Johnson Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell My rating is 5+ stars. The Red Door Inn is such a heart-grabbing, blood-pumping and attention-riveting tale set on Prince Edward Island.  A woman is running away from her father when she discovers he is using her tragedy for his own financial gain.  The woman’s name is Marie Carrington.  When down to her last few dollars, she meets an elderly gentleman at the ferry station named Jack who is building a B and B on the island. Jack asked his nephew Seth to come and work on renovating the house, especially when his life is in bits and pieces after his fiancée leaves him high and dry.  Now Seth plans on protecting his heart as well as making sure no one takes advantage of Jack’s giving heart and nature.  Seth views all women as though they are like his ex-fiancée, which really upsets Marie. The tension between Marie and Seth builds at times and other times there are ten…

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The Moses Chronicles: Deliverance, Volume 2

Title:  The Moses Chronicles:  Deliverance, Volume 2 Author:  H. B. Moore Pages:  288 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc. This story picks up right where book one, The Moses Chronicles:  Bondage, left off.  Moses is trudging through the desert when he is captured by a nomadic tribe, becomes their slave for a while, wins their respect and after some time is sent on his way.  Then, he arrives in Midian where he meets Zipporah and her sisters while they are watering their sheep at a well.  Some men from another tribe try to intimidate the women, but Moses leaps to their defense.  He is taken to the Midianite camp to meet Jethro, the leader of the camp and lead priest. Moses picks up the desert lifestyle, determines he likes it and will stay with the Midianites.  He offers to train the men in Egyptian warfare and fighting techniques so that they may defend themselves from raiding from other desert tribes.  He and Zipporah develop a friendship that blossoms into romance,…

The Moses Chronicles: Bondage, Volume 1

Title:  The Moses Chronicles:  Bondage, Volume 1 Author:  H.B. Moore Pages:  256 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc. This is a story about Miriam, the sister of Moses, as she ekes out a living as a slave to the Egyptians.  She is twenty-five years old and is a weaver by trade.  She lives with her parents so she can take care of them as they age and has pretty much given on getting married.  There aren’t many available men her age and the ones that are smell bad, have a temper or want to change her.  Her brother Aaron and his wife live close by and he tries to keep tabs on her.  She sneaks away from the work place early some days so she can catch a glimpse of her brother Moses as he is raised by his Egyptian mother, Princess Bithiah.  As the story begins, Moses is eighteen.  The last contact Miriam had with him was when he was three years old.  She stays hidden on her forays so he doesn’t ever see her as no one outside her family knows the fate of Moses and as a slav…

The Cairo Code

Title:  The Cairo Code Author:  Glenn Meade Pages:  592 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Howard My rating is 3 stars. Other novels by Glenn Meade that I have enjoyed were Brandenburg and The Romanov Conspiracy, so when I learned of The Cairo Code being released it piqued my interest.  The author has a very gifted way of writing historical fiction with suspense, tension, mystery with multiple plots occurring simultaneously.  While it might sound as if a reader might get lost in the maze of plots, the tale is crafted so well that the action moves at a brisk pace with returning frequently to other action so as to keep characters fresh in the reader’s mind. The Cairo Code was originally published as The Sands of Sakkara published in 1999.  Originally, having owned The Sands of Sakkara, I was hoping that the author not only wrote more action and suspense into the book, but also removed the foul language.  In The Cairo Code, there are very few uses of foul language, and while there are no explicit s…

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Title:  Miriam Author:  Mesu Andrews Pages:  384 Year:  2016 Publisher:  WaterBrook Press My rating is 5 stars. Miriam is Moses’s older sister mentioned in the Old Testament six times; she has been a Biblical figure of interest to me for years.  How would you envision Miriam feeling when Moses returns after four decades to lead the Israelites to freedom?  Mesu Andrews draws us in to ancient Biblical times to imagine the people who lived and suffered in Egypt prior to the ten plagues and the mass exodus. As readers go further into the tale, it is easy to become enraptured with the action and scenes as they occur on the page.  For me, I often wondered how the Hebrews felt as they suffered right along with Egyptians for a couple of the plagues, but then God made a distinction between those He called His own and the Pharaoh’s nation. Lest we think the Jewish people were ready and accepting of Moses, the fictional writing includes scenes that remind us of the man God called and how he was…

A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin

Title:  A Reluctant Melody Author:  Sandra Ardoin Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Heritage Beacon Fiction My rating is 5+ stars. Sandra’s first novel, The Yuletide Angel, was my introduction to a new author and a wonderful work of fiction.  Now she has expanded her storytelling talents with this new novel, bringing back a character from her first novel named Kit and giving readers a redemptive story filled with hope.  Kit is now a man on a mission along with his ministry partner named Ben.  Both Kit and Ben have had their own personal struggles with alcohol and have been redeemed by the grace of God. Starting in Pittsburgh by opening a home to minister to men seeking to be free from the pull of liquor, Kit is in North Carolina with the hopes of opening another home for men desiring a fresh start.  What Kit doesn’t expect to happen is to meet the woman he left years earlier or the amount of cruel gossip that flows from several peoples’ mouths. Sandra Ardoin again has written a tale…

Saints & Sailors (The Dunbridge Chronicles #4)

Title:  Saints & Sailors (The Dunbridge Chronicles #4) Author:  Pam Rhodes Pages:  272 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Lion Fiction Neil Fisher has the bright idea to take a Christian cruise, visiting landmarks of famous saints of the early church.  He has invited members from his current church family at Burntacre as well as members from his 3-year stint as curate at Dunbridge.  The all comes together for a nine day cruise.  While on board, a praise choir is assembled by none other than the author herself!  I thought that was a clever twist of the author, putting herself in as a character in the story.  As the cruise gets underway, readers are treated to lovely descriptions and faith-filled moments as we visit some of these historic sites.  The relationships between various people unfold, making for a book I couldn’t put down. I liked everything about this story with the exception of the homosexual interaction between two minor characters in one brief scene.  There were no graphic detai…

Annabel Lee (A Coffey & Hill Novel #1) written by Mike Nappa

Title:  Annabel Lee (A Coffey & Hill Novel #1) Author:  Mike Nappa Pages:  368 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell Trudi Coffey is a private detective, running her own agency after graduating college with an English Literature degree and a love for Edgar Allan Poe writings.  She used to be partners, running the business with her ex-husband, Samuel Hill.  Trudi is still struggling with forgiveness as she is a Christian; she also struggles with still loving Samuel even after he betrayed her so terribly.  Then, an older gentleman comes into the office looking for an old friend of Samuel’s, Leonard Truckson.  Trudi contacts Samuel and the mystery begins with Trudi and Samuel back together at least for the duration of this investigation, searching for two valuable emeralds Truck allegedly stole.  Their lives are at risk as they get closer and closer to the truth. Annabel Truckson is eleven years old and lives with her uncle known as Uncle Truck.  They live on a farm in the middle of nowher…

Mind of Her Own by Diana Leshire Brandmeyer

Title:  Mind of Her Own Author:  Diana Leshire Brandmeyer Pages:  352 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Tyndale My rating is 5 stars. Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility This is a mesmerizing tale of Louisa, who is a wife, mother and a very unhappy woman.  As the story begins, she is currently disengaged with family matters and her husband is on the couch.  The time to make dinner comes and as she is reaching to grab something from the top shelf, it falls and she awakens in the hospital.  Then the tale really takes off and concludes on a note of hope that deeply warms the heart of readers. One of the qualities I liked about the book was never really seeing the twists and turns in the plot.  It has the flavor of a mystery with the characters lifelike in the way they think, act and interact in a family unit.  The husband, Collin, basically has lost his first love for God and…