Monday, October 31, 2016

A Daughter’s Dream Author: Shelley Shepherd Gray

Title:  A Daughter’s Dream
Author:  Shelley Shepherd Gray
Pages:  272
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Avon Inspire
Series:  Charmed Amish Life #2
My rating is 5 stars.
Rebecca Kinsinger is the focus on the second installment in the Charm Amish Life series.  Rebecca works at the family’s lumber mill in the front office.  Lukas is now married to Darla. Rebecca is one of the people Lukas relies on at the mill for her excellent way of handling the men and demands of the front office.  Plus, working with her brother she knows how best to help him without much being said, but her dream is to be a teacher.  When the local teacher who is married becomes pregnant, Rebecca is the one who is asked to fill in for her.  However, Rebecca has a revelation that will affect who will replace the teacher when she has the baby in the spring.
Lilly has moved in with her uncle and grandparents after losing both her parents in an accident in Ohio.  Jacob is now thirty, has never been married or had children, and is learning how to be a father to his niece as she is entering her teen years.  However, what really brings Lilly to the attention of Jacob is when he learns how gifted this young lady is and has to make some decisions about her education.
While neither Jacob nor Rebecca is actively looking for romance, Lilly is a catalyst to try and bring one to the attention of the other.  Both the first book, A Son’s Vow and this second book, A Daughter’s Dream, I think will grab the heart of readers, escaping for a few hours to the small town of Charm.  The author makes the characters, events and situations very lifelike and entertaining to read.  There are moments of laughter and moments of brief tension in the town’s life.
I really am enjoying the series not because they are Amish novels but the story that the author tells readers.  The series in order begins with A Son’s Vow, followed by A Daughters’ Dream, A Sister’s Wish and An Amish Family Christmas.





A Son’s Vow Author: Shelley Shepherd Gray

Title:  A Son’s Vow
Author:  Shelley Shepherd Gray
Pages:  288
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Avon Inspire
Series:  Charmed Amish Life #1
My rating is 5 stars.
Lukas is the oldest of the Kinsinger siblings whose life, along with other families, has irrevocably changed due to a fire at the family’s mill.  Lukas lost his father and now he is the head of the mill and the family.  As a result of the tragedy another resident of Charm has lost her father; however, some of the town folks blame Darla Kurtz’s father for the fire.
Darla and Lukas have been close friends since they were little children and now both have to assume responsibility while trying to deal with their own grief.  Darla works at the local post office to help care for her younger siblings; however, her brother Aaron, who works at the mill, has been different.  Aaron is now an angry young man who, though pledged to marry Hope, is taking his anger out on Darla.
For me, I enjoy Shelley’s tales as they are written so lifelike, meaning characters have real problems, feelings, etc.  In book one of the series, we meet the two families and see the pain they are in and if Lukas can gain enough courage to pursue Darla even though she is not looked on favorably by others in Charm and most certainly not by Aaron!

I was glad I started with book one in the series as the other novels that follow flow from the previous book.  While it could be read without reading the sequels, I couldn’t put this book down as it grabbed my heart and I wanted to see how the families lived after the town’s tragedy.  I hope you enjoy each of the books in the series:  A Son’s Vow, A Daughter’s Dream, A Sister’s Wish and An Amish Family Christmas.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Peace Maker

Title:  The Peace Maker
Author:  Michele Chynoweth
Pages:  310
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Morgan James Publishing
My rating is 5 stars.
Michele Chynoweth has written a brilliant and quite believable modern day fictional story that is based on the Old Testament account of David and Abigail.  Readers will want to read 1 Samuel chapters 8 through 25 to acquaint themselves with the historical true account when they encounter the fictional characters in this novel that bring to life the encounters between an angry, self-centered commander in chief with a man who is after God’s own heart.
Before reading the novel, the author reveals her list of fictional characters that are crafted to resemble the Biblical characters in the Bible.  We meet Chessa Reynolds whose heart of compassion and care for others represents Abigail in the Bible.  We meet Leif Mitchell who is a singer/songwriter and part owner of a horse ranch who is sought out to serve in public office by a wise elderly man.
I found this book to be one of the best I have read based on Biblical people and events in a long time!  Being very familiar with the Biblical account of David and Abigail, I was really intrigued as to how the author took an ancient story and made it so believable in a modern setting.  I have read enough news headlines, especially in the political arena, to see the parallel of Abigail and David’s story in the characters of Darren Richards, Chessa Reynolds and Leif Mitchell.
Darren is crafted to be like the Biblical Nabal, who is a man with a temper and cares for no one other than himself.  Chessa is Abigail’s counterpart in the novel and her heart longs to help the hurting and broken people even though she is married to a mean man who is abusive.  Leif is the character crafted to resemble David, a human who fails at times but whom God restores and elevates so that his life will bring Him glory.
I couldn’t put the novel down until I had completely read the book; there were times I forgot I was reading a fictional book as it seemed so real.  I forgot it was meant to reflect David and Abigail’s real lives as written in the Bible.  I cannot wait to read The Runaway Prophet soon, though it is a standalone and was published before this novel.  I wonder what this author plans to bring her audience next. Whatever it is, I know I will be looking forward to devouring the tale!

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, October 28, 2016

Christian's Hope (Northkill Series #3)

Title:  Christian’s Hope (Return to Northkill #3)
Author:  Ervin R. Stutzman
Pages:  339
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Herald Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Readers are introduced to the time period, historical events and people in the first two novels titled, Jacob’s Choice and Joseph’s Dilemma.  We meet the Hochstetler family who were real people who lived during the French and Indian War though not unscathed.  Jacob is the father who owns adjoining farmland with his older children while he still has a couple of younger ones at home.  When the home is attacked, there are a few fatalities in the family and Jacob, Joseph and Christian are taken as prisoners.  Readers will want to read the first two installments to help better understand the setting, family interactions and experiences of both Jacob and Joseph before concluding with Christian’s Hope.
Christian was a young man when he was taken prisoner and remained with a tribe for some time before being forced to return to Northkill.  When Christian returns, while happy to see his family members, it’s the fitting back into the community that he most wrestles with along with meeting his father’s expectations.  All Christian wants is to live his life and be accepted for who he is, what he believes and how he wants to live along with helping others understand a different view of Native Americans.
Throughout the series, I was engrossed in the telling of the fictional part of the story, especially when I would remember that these were real people.  At the end of the book, the author shares what happened with Christian in his lifetime and the development of his faith that reaches into our day.  I could relate to the struggle Christian was facing in that in order to be considered part of the community external changes were expected.   No one wanted to hear his view of what he learned when he was captive as many were still grieving the loss of their loved ones.
In time though, Christian is led to a community of people who love him for who he is and in time Christian decides to make some changes outwardly so people can see the inward change.  I think one of the reasons I love historical fiction is learning the history of the era, people or events that I never knew about.  It’s rare to find such great fictional written during the French and Indian War period which then spans past that time into other known events.  I highly recommend the series as it is very telling of a family’s faith, tragedy, joys and life experiences that are so vastly different than ours today.

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.”  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Joseph’s Dilemma (Return to Northkill #2)

Title:  Joseph’s Dilemma (Return to Northkill #2)
Author:  Ervin R. Stutzman
Pages:  338
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Herald Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Joseph is one of Jacob’s sons taken in captivity when the Indians attacked the Hochstetler family farm during the French and Indian War.  Based on true events and real people this second book focuses on how Joseph deals with his captivity while still with his father and then when he is separated from him.  Joseph is wrestling with his hurt and anger at his father for his not allowing either Joseph or Christian to use weapons to defend their home and lives.  As Joseph is tied up and led away from all he knows, he is a young man filled with sorrow, anger, hate towards his enemies and facing the unknown.
When Joseph is adopted by a Delaware widow to replace her lost son, at first Joseph is deciding to not become adapted to their lifestyle or beliefs.  Joseph fights with all that is in him from not eating the food offered him to having to be forced to have his Amish clothes torn away and then totally different attire placed on his person.
The only spot of light is the Delaware widow’s little daughter that Joseph comes to love and play with for the many years he lives with the family.  In time, Joseph does adapt to the new living situation though their beliefs are confusing and often polar to what he was raised to believe.  Joseph gets opportunities to share what he was taught by his father, and eventually has to decide whether to hold on to the Amish way or adopt another set of beliefs.
I loved how Joseph’s strengths came through the story like his compassion for the little girl and even as he grows older and considers marrying a young woman in the tribe.  The other interesting point in the story is how Joseph comes to understand why his father takes the stand he does and works right alongside others in the tribe, attempting to understand the people.  Again, like the first book in the series, Jacob’s Choice, this one also ends on a cliffhanger so I am glad to have the final installment in the series to read titled, Christian’s Hope.

I hope you take time to read all three books as they are fiction, but there are historical facts included in the tale along with the history of a real family who lived through the French and Indian War.

Jacob’s Choice (Return to Northkill #1)

Title:  Jacob’s Choice (Return to Northkill #1)
Author:  Ervin R. Stutzman
Pages:  350
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Herald Press
My rating is 5 stars.
What a very interesting series!  I absolutely became engrossed first by the story being set during the French & Indian War.  Second, the novel is based on an actual person who lived during this time with the last name of Hochstetler.  In the first book, we read the narrative through the point of view of the father named Jacob and his daughter Barbara.
Here is a story based on a man who is considered a hero among the Amish as he chose to stand firm on his nonresistant stance when facing danger, death and torture.  In the story, we see the family face death, separation from each other and the community, yet holding out hope, both eternal and perhaps a reunion of family members taken captive.
It simply is stunning how Jacob stood firm in his stance even knowing that some if not all of the family would lose their lives.  Whether one agrees with nonresistance or not, the fact remains his life challenges us today where many change beliefs like shifting sand.  Reading the story from the father’s and one daughter’s view was intriguing as it shows how each felt, thought, and lived after the attack.  There is tension between Jacob and Barbara for his beliefs, but Jacob holds firm.  He loves his family, but he loves God more.

What a great series this is so far set in a time where life was precarious even without the attacks occurring.  At the beginning, the author shares facts about the man and his family along with sources to read to learn more about the Native American issues.  The book ends on a cliffhanger so I was glad that I had Joseph’s Dilemma, which is the next book in the series to read right away!  The series ends with the final book titled, Christian’s Hope, so grab the books and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book

Title:  A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book
Author:  Robin Mead
Pages:  96
Year:  2016
Publisher:  FaithWords
My rating is 5 stars.
The pictures are a variety of drawings from simple to complex and single images to multiple ones.  For those looking for a coloring book to span many ages and talents, this is the one to choose!  The pictures themselves are inviting to look at and more so when filled in with color.  I loved to just look at them as it helped me look forward to the holidays that aren’t too far away which is hard to believe!
Coloring can be a very relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon or soon to be cold evening in front of one’s favorite show or sports event.  The pictures can be removed to share or frame to put up on the wall in a home.  So, if you have someone who loves to color or needs a simple craft to help pass time and chase away the blues, this book is the one to give as a gift or just because you’re thinking of that person!

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.” 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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SHAKEN by TIm Tebow

Title:  Shaken (Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms)
Author: Tim Tebow
Pages:  224
Year:  2016
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating is 5 stars.
Shaken is a really good book. The theme of the book is that no matter how tough our trials in life are, God has a plan.  Throughout the book, Tim Tebow has provided examples of how God has used him and others to impact and save lives.  Tebow talks of his own trials and what he has had to face when his career was spiraling down.  People criticized him, looked down on him, told him he couldn’t do jack by being a quarterback (because that was his biggest dream in the NFL).  Tebow felt disappointed, like he let down himself, his family, friends, and fans.  But amidst all that, Tebow turned to God, Scripture and loved ones for encouragement and support.  He has had to remind himself that no matter what happens in life, God has a plan to utilize his gifts for the benefits of other people.  God has done this, even though maybe not in the way that Tebow planned.  Tebow has come to the realization that other people and circumstances do not define who we are, but it is how God sees us and who He made us to be that defines us.  Really the bottom line in Tebow’s book is the questions “who are we when life doesn’t seem to go our way?”
There are ten chapters in the book and what really stood out to me were chapters seven, “Who said normal is the goal?”, eight, “Stand up” and ten “What matters most”.  They are about what more we can do that is outside of “normal”, standing up for something bigger than ourselves, and realizing that it’s not the little things (that seem big), but the big things (that seem small) that matter.  What I like about the book are the examples that Tebow provides of people who are going through struggles in life, whether it’s physical, mental, or spiritual and how they impact the lives of others positively (and Tebow himself has drawn inspiration from these people).  I think this book will inspire people to endure life’s trials and maybe impact them in a way that leads them to God.  So I would recommend this book to others for its inspirational values, spiritual direction, and motivational chapters that speak of finding whose we are in life and who God has made us to be.

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.” 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Targeted for Murder (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:  Targeted for Murder (Love Inspired Suspense)
Series:  Wilderness, Inc.
Author:  Elizabeth Goddard
Pages:  224
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 stars.
Hadley Mason lives in a studio apartment while painting her subjects, hoping to break into the art world. While taking care of a neighbor’s place, she comes home to find her door open.  Did she leave it that way?  As she enters, her name is called and in the darkness sits….well, better not tell you the good parts coming up!  Let me share with you, however, that this novel takes off quick in suspense and action without really letting up.  In fact, they only increase the further one reads into the book.
Love Inspired suspense books are written extremely well, grabbing the attention of the reader from the picture on the front cover!  Once I pick up one of these to “quickly” read, it isn’t because I read fast, but the story grabs me as soon as I start.  Plus, I cannot wait to read where the tale is going so I don’t feel like I can wait to another time to finish the book.
If you love clean, suspense, faith-filled with some romance, these types of novels are for you, especially if you don’t have oodles of time to read.  Enjoy this one by Elizabeth Goddard because it truly rocks!

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.”

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Waves of Mercy

Title:  Waves of Mercy
Author:  Lynn Austin
Pages:  379
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Bethany House
My rating is 5 stars.
The story mostly takes place in Holland, Michigan in 1897. The audience will read about Anna Nicholson in 1897 as well as with flashbacks to the past the life of one of the city’s founders.  It is the city’s 50-year anniversary and the town council has asked all the “old-timers”, the people who originally settled in the area, to write about their memories of that time.  Geesje de Jonge is one of the old-timers.  She is at first reluctant to write her story as there are so many tragedies in her life, but receives encouragement and decides to write her story.
Her story begins in the Netherlands in 1845.  She tells of her life in the Netherlands and how she fell in love with a soldier billeted in her home during a fight between Separatists and the government church.  Due to religious persecution, her parents decide to move to America when she is seventeen.  Geesje is heartbroken to leave her soldier behind, but he has eighteen more months to serve in the military before he is discharged.  They make plans for him to join her in America.  Geesje and her parents and her friend Maarten leave for America.  They face tragedy after tragedy on their journey and trying to survive in this new country.  Geesje has had to make difficult decisions throughout her life and writing her memoir is painful, but cathartic for her.
Anna Nicholson is a young socialite from Chicago who has just had her engagement broken by her fiancé due to religious differences.  She has come to Holland for time away and to regain her footing.  She has many questions about her past as she is adopted and many questions about God.  She meets a young man, Derk, who is in seminary school, studying to be a minister.  They strike up a friendship and talk about God, marriage and faith.  Derk suggests she talk with his Aunt Geesje as she has always been a strong woman of faith and maybe could answer her questions better.  They meet and both of their lives will be forever changed.
This is one of those books that touched my heart in a way I’ll not soon forget.  The grief and sorrow and hardships Geesje endured in her life were astounding.  Even though she got angry with God, she made the conscious choice to cling to him more as each tragedy entered her life.  Her husband Maarten was a man after God’s own heart.  Standing outside of their burned down business and home, after losing everything but the clothes on their backs, he praised God.  I am a fan of Lynn Austin’s God-given ability to write such touching stories that show our human frailty, but always point out God’s sovereignty and love for us.  No matter what trials we face, believers never face them alone.  God is always with us.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Nothing can separate us from His love.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson

Title:  The Rector:  A Christian Murder Mystery (The Solo Ladies Bible Study #1)
Author:  Michael Hicks Thompson
Pages:  370
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Shepherd King Publishing LLC
My rating is 5 stars.
The joy of reading a story by a new author at times defies description and here is such a case in point!  I love mysteries, especially those that have me thinking about clues and trying to deduce who the culprit or culprits may be.  Sometimes I just enjoy the adventure of the mystery along with the tension that builds at times subtly till the conclusion.
Michael Thompson has written a wonderful mystery that really engaged my whole being and more so with each page I turned.  There were clues that weren’t clues, but were used to throw me off course and other times he would reveal something I never saw coming!  The author’s main character is a lady named Martha who writes and publishes her own local newspaper as well as running a local boardinghouse in her home.
What seems like a really neat man who cares about his parish, Pastor Cain, boards at Martha’s place for a while.  However, events come about where he leaves the community and the bishop sends another pastor to look after the small flock.  Now, at first glance, a reader might be fooled into thinking it isn’t very exciting or perhaps just an average mystery novel.  Yet, nothing could be further from the truth let me assure you!
I became enthralled into the slowly woven web craftily put forth by the author that centers on a church which seems to have a problem.  However, the problem it has might surprise you or maybe not.  Either way the excitement builds chapter by chapter until the conclusion has you turning pages faster than ever to see what happens next!
The novel is filled with various themes, and at the end of the book is a list of books Michael suggests for further reading and some of them are very good, having read them myself.  So, if you’re looking for a suspense-filled, cleanly written, engaging novel, look no further!  If you know of others who would just love to read, discuss or perhaps a book club looking for its next book, share this one!  Then, seat yourself down for a wonderful, exciting time lost in the pages of a thriller!

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.”

Nortre Dame Football Bye Week



A week to rest up Irish!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Black Friday (A Johnstone Novel)

Title:  Black Friday
Author:  William W.  Johnstone
Pages:  384
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Pinnacle
My rating is 5 stars.
What a captivating and heart-pumping novel about a fictional terrorist attack in a mall in the USA.  While this was totally fictional it brings to the forefront why we must stay vigilant of America’s enemies.  The story takes readers into various characters’ lives that will soon become entangled while shopping at stores the day after Thanksgiving.  The action really seemed realistic and so did the cost of fighting those who were attempting to take out many lives.
One of the reasons I love Johnstone novels is the American patriotism that is so clear and touching throughout the story.  The characters that unknowingly met and united against the terrorists ranged from a wheelchair bound vet from WWII to a young man who had no direction in life but trouble.  Another character was a vet who had served three tours overseas before being injured and having an honorary discharge.
I thought the interagency fighting between various government people was intriguing and perhaps a reflection that sometimes politics becomes the focus instead of pooling resources to fight.  The story also included people who lived in America, yet sold their patriotism and souls for money.  If novels that describe the loss of life and the threat danger bother you, please still read the book.  Why?  I believe the author focuses on the best of America and Americans overall.  I believe the portrayal of everyday people coming together to fight tyranny is exactly spot on!

I loved, too, the thought that while some characters lost their lives in the fight, in the end more were saved because of the bravery of others.  I hope this reminds you of those lost on 9/11 because they were brave and saved lives by paying the highest cost.  Those who survived 9/11 need to know we will never forget and I for one will never forget this novel as it reflects the best of America and Americans!  God Bless the Johnstones for writing a great novel and God Bless America!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Slender Reeds (Jochebed’s Hope) Author: Texie Susan Gregory

Title:  Slender Reeds (Jochebed’s Hope)
Author:  Texie Susan Gregory
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Shiloh
My rating is 5 stars.
Jochebed lived during the time of the Hebrews’ captivity in Egypt under Pharaoh Ramses reign.  Married to Amram she gave him three children:  Miriam, Aaron and Moses as recorded in the Old Testament.   Read the actual account in the Bible in the book of Exodus, beginning in chapter 2 to learn the true historical account.
What I found fascinating about this fictional novel was life viewed through Jochebed’s eyes.  While this is not a retelling of her life’s story, it is really intriguing to go back in time and consider how Jochebed may have felt, what she may have experienced and lived.  Much of what is presented I thought quite plausible as life was a day at a time existence and their lives were owned by a ruthless Pharaoh.
As I read, my heart was tugged as to what Jochebed may have felt, especially in the way God led her to let go of Moses in the hopes that he would live after Pharaoh had decreed death to male babies born to the Hebrews.  The mother/daughter bond is so touching and how the mother passed on their history as she wove baskets was a stroke of genius on the author’s part.
I also found it gripping how the author had Jochebed struggling with faith, life, and marriage while raising a family during extreme times.  Life was precarious and never guaranteed as it always depended on the decree of the ruler and living so close to the Nile.  I wonder if all the Hebrews did hang their baby baskets from a rafter in order to protect them from scorpions and snakes that would enter homes at various times.  Either way, I couldn’t put the novel down; I was pulled in from start to finish.  The friendships presented, the fragility of childbirth, the clashing at times between the women all were woven so well as to be lifelike.
The ending is really touching and it shows how God can redeem relationships as He redeems hearts!  I cannot wait to see what comes next from the pen of this author!  Read Slender Reeds and share the tale with other friends!

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.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Finding Sarah, Finding Me (A Birth Mother’s Story)

Title:  Finding Sarah, Finding Me (A Birth Mother’s Story)
Author:  Christine Lindsay
Pages:  233
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Whitefire Publishing
My rating is 5 stars.
So far in 2016 I have read many books.  Most of them have been good and a few haven’t, but that doesn’t diminish my love of reading.  When the author asked me to read and review this book, having read her fictional stories, I jumped at the opportunity.  What I hadn’t counted on was such a transparent, heartfelt, true story about the many different roads traveled by Christine in her life. 
In the heart-gripping hope-filled book, Christine shares her life over a couple of decades, looking for the daughter she gave up for adoption and coming face-to-face with her own heart.  It didn’t matter that I had never experienced this road; I was drawn in by the desire of a birth mother wanting to meet her daughter as an adult.  What I think Christine encountered was truly something she never expected on her journey and that was God’s plan and timing for the encounter.
It is hard to put into words really what I read in the book.  It’s a very open look into a woman’s life and her honesty is truly amazing.  Christine puts it all out on the table for readers to view and see not just what people went through, but ultimately what God was working in many hearts.  I think of the Scriptures that tell us He knows the number of hairs on our heads or has our names engraved on the palm of His hand.  He knows us so well and He is faithful.  Christine knows even deeper how God can truly work all things for good.  It’s true that life doesn’t look like what Christine thought it would, but when she looks back and sees what God did and is doing.  Wow!
All proceeds for the book are going to Women and Children’s Initiative with GAIN.  Please read this amazing testimony and share the hope within the pages with any of your family or friends.

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.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Babylon Code

Title:  The Babylon Code (Solving the Bible’s Greatest End-Times Mystery)
Author:  Paul McGuire & Troy Anderson
Pages:  400
Year:  2016
Publisher:  FaithWords
My rating is 4 stars.
The Babylon Code by Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson is an interesting book filled with end-times data and discussion.  The book is very thorough, and it is quite obvious the authors did a lot of biblical and historical research in writing this book.  The book is a bit repetitive with some of its points, although I would say this is a problem with editing, but it doesn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of the book.  The authors definitely have attempted to bring some scholarship to the realm of conspiracy theories and biblical prophecy.  Prophecy accounts for one third of the Bible, and McGuire and Anderson have done an excellent job putting together an interesting end-times narrative.  The authors have shown that the book of Revelation isn’t something that Christians need to fear; rather it is a book of hope and possibilities that is worth the time and effort exploring.  I wouldn’t necessarily agree with their interpretations, but I applaud their work and attempt to weave the narrative into a plausible tapestry.
Anytime I read a book of this nature I try to keep in mind that the only completely truthful book is The Bible.  Any information or points of view shared by the authors must be looked at through the lens of the Bible, which is what God has revealed to mankind.  I believe there is much He has chosen not to reveal because of His mercy, remembering we are dust.  If God were to tell us more than He has, I don’t think we would understand it still because of our limited minds.
Please keep in mind God alone knows all and is complete Truth, and any human author is subject to debate while His Word, His Being is not.  Feel free to glean the nuggets of the truth you find and set aside or do further research on anything that you find difficult to understand.

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The Candidate

Title:  The Candidate (The Newsmakers #2)
Author:  Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Pages:  335
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 stars.
Erica Sparks is a tough, ambitious journalist who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.  She will risk offending people, stepping on toes, even her very life in her tireless efforts to bring the truth out in the open before the American public.  This dogged approach has led her to risk her life before as seen in book one of the series, The Newsmakers.  In this second book, her nose for news leads her to pursue a conspiracy plot to gain control of the White House.  Erica is also now dealing with her daughter living with her as she has gained custody of Jenny.  Jenny faces adjusting to having a celebrity mother, going to a private school with wealthy peers as well as her mom being gone a lot for her job.
As Erica’s rating dip below #1 in viewership, her boss demands she get a lead story to catapult her to the top again.  The presidential race is heating up, so Erica decides to do in-depth interviews with the candidates.  Tragedy strikes before Erica can interview all the candidates, but once she meets Mike and Celeste Ortiz she knows something strange is going on.  She has a gut instinct about this couple that something is very off about them and her gut is rarely wrong.  The woman in charge of Celeste’s company and Celeste’s best friend, Lily, also adds another ruthless and weird dynamic to the relationship between Celeste, Mike and Lily.  As Erica digs deeper, more people in her life die.
This is a good secular story, so I’m wondering why it is published by a Christian publisher and marketed toward a Christian audience.  There is nothing about faith or Christianity in this entire book.  Just a note to readers, in the prologue there is a risqué scene between Celeste and Mike.  There is a great deal of emotional and psychological manipulation at work between Celeste and Lily.  Their relationship is disturbing as Lily is a psychopath who thrives on being in control, and Celeste worships her, depends on her and will do anything Lily says.  Also, the character of Becky, Erica’s personal assistant, was especially creepy!  The mind games were multi-layered and involved many of the characters.  The writing was well done and the book moves quickly, keeping readers engaged from beginning until the end.  I thought the plot plausible and some of the events that happened in the story could have been pulled from any headline in any major city, which added realism.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

A Day and a Life

Title:  A Day and a Life (The Hawk & the Dove #9)
Author:  Penelope Wilcock
Pages:  221
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
My rating is 5 stars.
Brother Cedd has gone missing.  He is a novitiate; therefore, he has not taken his final vows to become a monk.  One morning it is discovered that he has left without leaving word of where he is going or when or if he will return.  Brother Clement is devastated as his eyesight is failing and he has come to depend on Brother Cedd to eventually take over his position in the scriptorium.  Brother Theodore is worried that he has lost a novitiate from monastic life and that Brother Cedd has returned to the world.  Abbot John is concerned as well that he has lost one of his sheep so to speak.  Brother Thomas is sent by Abbot John to William de Bulmer’s home with supplies to help see him and his wife through the upcoming winter.  When Thomas arrives, he is surprised at what he finds.
Brother Cedd has been struggling with feeling insignificant and that he has nothing worthwhile to contribute to the monastic community.  He has wanted to be a monk his whole life, but now that he has experienced that life with other monks and seen that each of them have a job and contribute to the fellowship and life of their small community; he wonders what he can give.  He has no special skills; he doesn’t have wit; he isn’t particularly smart.  Has he truly been called to be a monk?  God places people in Brother Cedd’s path to guide him, but He leaves it up to Brother Cedd to choose the direction.
As I began reading this final book in this wonderful series, it was with fondness and sadness.  Fondness in revisiting with old friends I have come to know over the life of the series in each book and sadness that this will be the last visit to St. Alcuin’s.  This book focuses on one day in the life of the monastery and one life as lived by the inhabitants of St. Alcuin’s.  The series contains truth for the spiritual life as well as for the life here on earth, even though it is a work of fiction.  Our main source of truth should always be the Bible, but this series depicts human frailties and struggles in how to deal with living in a community, being individuals as well as united, the idiosyncrasies of people, their bad habits, their opinions, their mercy, their grace and compassion, their love for one another and living a Christ-like life.  I have treasured each book in the series and recommend them to all to keep for generations.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4)

Title:  The Cautious Maiden (The Everstone Chronicles #4)
Author:  Dawn Crandall
Pages:  305 (ARC)
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 5 stars.
Violet Hawthorne is from a respectable family, but after the sudden death of her parents her brother turns the family inn into a brothel.  Violet gratefully accepts a job at the front desk at the Everston, a local vacation retreat/hotel for the wealthy.  She lives at the hotel as well and enjoys her job, but has no social life.  No one wants to associate with her because of her ne’er-do-well brother.  She meets Vance in her capacity as an employee at the hotel, which his father used to own.  Now Vance’s brother-in-law, Dexter, owns the hotel.  Violet thinks Vance attractive, but has heard the rumors about the love ‘em and leave ‘em Vance Everstone.  In her spare time, she writes and illustrates children’s books for her own pleasure; she shares them with no one.
Vance Everstone is indeed the man his reputation claims him to be.  At least he was before he gave his life to Christ.  Now, he is in the midst of trying to learn all about his father’s business ventures, live a Christ like life and protect Violet from her brother’s schemes.  Violet has no idea the depth of her brother’s offenses toward her.  His family is amazed and thrilled at the new man Vance has become.  Vance is not looking to get married soon, but circumstances might make him change his mind.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series!  It is definitely on my keeper shelf for future generations or I might re-read them myself they were so good!  The writing is descriptive, the characters realistic and easy to get involved with and the interesting plots.  The two main characters in this story are so likeable.  In prior books in the series, Vance is a vain, shallow, callous and selfish man.  After a family tragedy, Vance takes a long look at how he has been living his life and doesn’t like the man he has become.  He turns his life over to God and grasps His transformative life power.  Vance is a new creation and tries to live as Christ would have him.  What a changed man!  I loved Violet’s innocence and Vance’s protectiveness of her as well as Vance being aware of temptation when he was around her.  His being seen reading his Bible or researching Scripture several times made him that much more respectable and admirable to me.  I am so looking forward to what this author has in store for readers next.

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The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles #3)

Title:  The Captive Imposter (The Everstone Chronicles #3)
Author:  Dawn Crandall
Pages:  280
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 4 stars.
This is the third book in this series and tells Estella Everstone’s story.  The setting is the beautiful countryside of Maine in the year 1891.  Estella is the youngest of the Everstone children and often feels invisible.  Men court her for her social position and substantial inheritance, not for who she is as a person.  She has always kept to herself and been quiet.  She has no close friends.
After a tragedy at her brother Will’s wedding, her other brother, Vance thinks it would be safer for her to go into hiding until things settle down.  Estella doesn’t want to be sent off all alone, but her brother insists.  She is hired as a lady’s companion and they travel to one of her father’s hotels, Everston.  This hotel is Estella’s favorite and she one day hopes to own it.  She meets the man who manages the hotel, Dexter Blakeley.  He is distant and gruff, but she is attracted to him nonetheless.  She is still trying to get over a broken heart as well as using a false identity, so she tries to not make any attachments.
She soon finds herself spending time with Dexter at the urging of her employer and discovers there is much more to this man than she initially thought.  He finds Estella, or Elle her undercover name, irresistible.  He is so thankful she is not one of the many spoiled society women who vacation at his hotel.  Dexter preaches to the hotel guests on Sundays in the spring, summer and fall.  When he preaches, Elle takes his word to heart and grows in her relationship with God.  Can this wonderful man of God so full of compassion really have feelings for Elle?  She has changed nothing about her person or character other than her name, so surely he won’t hold her social standing and money against her when she tells him her true identity will he?

The vivid descriptions of the scenery and Blakeley mansion made me want to see this area of the country.  Dexter’s willingness to help women in desperate situations with his own time and money was commendable.  Although there were certain aspects of Estella’s character that I could identify with, such as desiring to be alone more often than most people, I didn’t connect quite as well with these two main characters as I did in the first two books.  The story was still very much worth reading, and I look forward to book four in the series, The Cautious Maiden.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Home on the Range

Title:  Home on the Range
Author:  Ruth Logan Herne
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Multnomah
My rating is 5 stars.
Home on the Range is the second book in the Double S series.  The first book is titled, Back in the Saddle. In the first novel, we are introduced to the Stafford family who own a ranch.  The elder Stafford is in ill health when we meet him and greatly aided by his housekeeper who has something in her past only she and Mr. Stafford know.  In the first novel, the story focuses on Colt who was at one time in the finance world of Wall Street and now returns to the farm dejected and demoralized.
In Home on the Range, Nick is the main character.  He is a single father, raising two little girls who are quite a handful and have totally opposite personalities.  Nick has been the head honcho directing all the activity and responsibility on the ranch.  He finds his greatest challenge is balancing that of being a single Dad with taking care of duties that tend to intrude upon his time with the girls.
Nick is introduced to a female family therapist who is a recluse as a result of a tragedy, but who tries to help the girls come to terms with the mother who abandoned them at such a young age.  Ruth Logan Herne tells audiences a very rollercoaster of an emotional tale that is quite believable.  As I read, I can see in my mind’s eye the different scenes occurring.  All in all, the story will tug on your heart in both making you laugh and perhaps creating a lump in your throat.
I am pretty certain a 3rd book will be forthcoming from the author focusing on the last son of the elder Stafford named Trey, but we shall see.  Whatever Ruth Logan Herne shares with her audience it will be worth the wait!

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The Bound Heart (The Everstone Chronicles #2)

Title:  The Bound Heart (The Everstone Chronicles #2)
Author:  Dawn Crandall
Pages:  304
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 5 stars.
Meredyth Summercourt has been waiting for six years for Vance Everstone to return home from Europe to marry her.  Her eighteenth summer she was smitten with Vance, who was a few years older than she.  They had known each other forever, but she decided she wanted more than friendship.  She thinks Vance returns her feelings, but when he doesn’t offer to marry her after an incident that could ruin Meredyth he leaves her wondering.  She clings to the promises she made to him that she would wait for him until he returned.  She has rejected every suitor since then.  Her good friend Lawrence or Lawry Hampton has returned from Washington.  He has been gone for two years and they fall back into friendship easily.
Lawry has returned with one purpose…to court Meredyth.  She has no idea of his strong feelings for him, but he trusts God to set things right.  What follows in the story are various situations where Lawry and Meredyth find themselves alone together, offering them ample opportunity to further their friendship and turning it into a romance.  Lawry wonders if Meredyth still has feelings for Vance.  She is holding herself at a distance from him, but he is not sure why.  Lawry also has a secret of his own.  He has funded and opened an orphanage in Washington and plans to return there to live permanently to oversee things.  While back in Boston, he rescues a little girl, Wynn, from winter on the streets of Boston.  Readers will fall in love with this adorable little girl; I know I sure did.

There is so much more to this story than I can write here.  It delves into feelings of unworthiness, shame, guilt, love, compassion and much more.  Lawry is steadfast in his constant love for Meredyth and has been for years, waiting for her to realize it.  Meredyth can’t get past her guilt.  She longs for the One who can take away her shame and guilt, freeing her.  The characters in this story I could easily identify with and had an emotional stake in the outcome of the story.  I’m looking forward to book three in the series, The Captive Imposter.  I’ve found a new author whose books are definitely going on my “keeper” shelf!  This is a sweeping romance that will get your heart involved for sure.

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles #1)

Title:  The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles #1)
Author:  Dawn Crandall
Pages:  315
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 5 stars.
Nathan Everstone is a wealthy bachelor who has just returned from a two-year adventure out West.  He left abruptly and everyone thought he would marry Nicholette Fairbanks upon his return.  She certainly thinks so.  However, Nathan has returned a changed man and has no intention of marrying Nicholette.  He has his eye on another heiress, but she wants nothing to do with him.  He can’t understand that as he usually has no problem charming women and gaining their attention.  He is determined to win her hand and she is just as determined that he won’t.
Amaryllis Brigham is practically a spinster at the age of 25.  She has no desire to marry, but upon being kicked out of music school she arrives at her wealthy aunt’s home and soon discovers she is heir to lots of money.  There is only one catch…in order to gain the money she needs to marry within one year of leaving music school.  Amaryllis doesn’t like all the parties and social gossip that goes on in “polite” society.  She was raised on a horse farm for fourteen years and longs to return there to start her own music school, but she can’t do that if she is broke.  Nathan Everstone seems to be everywhere she turns and he is getting under her long-held defenses.  Can she sell herself in marriage to gain her dream of a returning home and starting a music school?

This was one fantastic story!  I was pulled in from page one until the end.  The characters were likeable and I was emotionally invested in the outcome of the story.  Nathan now relies on God and His will for his life whereas before Nathan did whatever he pleased with no thought to anyone or anything other than himself to those who saw him publically.  Those who knew him best always saw the good in him, but since his return from Washington they have seen a different man.  His pursuit of Amaryllis was admirable.  He didn’t give up because he believed God wanted them to be together and that he was following God’s will.  Their romance was just a joy to watch unfold.  Great job Dawn!!  I’ve already started reading book two in the series, The Bound Heart, as I couldn’t wait to read Meredyth’s story.  Stay tuned for that review right here soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

High Speed Holiday (Roads to Danger)

Title:  High Speed Holiday (Roads to Danger)
Author:  Katy Lee
Pages:  224
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 stars.
The setting is a small town where a single mom with her young son is attempting to become the Chief of Police.  The town council put her on a two-year probation period.  Now it’s winter and her son is in a racing league for young teens when she notices a man.  She approaches him.  She notices he goes down in the snow, which is turning red at the same time her son is in an accident during the race. What does she do?  Help the man who was shot or her son?
The man is known as Ian and shortly thereafter his past is revealed.  One family is shocked to learn who he really turns out to be.  In the meantime, the Chief is constantly dodging danger and death while trying to protect her son or Ian.  Years back the Chief made a vow to never open her heart again to love, but is that about to change with Ian?

I so enjoy the Love Inspired Suspense stories as they quickly ramp up the action and catch the attention of readers right off the bat!  There is so much going on in the tale, but I never felt lost or bored as I kept turning pages to see who the antagonist turned out to be.  Plus, I wanted to see if Sylvia was going to keep her job and/or open her heart to love.  Katy Lee did a great job once again in the series with a high octane thriller that I hope you read and become engrossed in as well!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mary,Chosen of God

Title:  Mary, Chosen of God
Author:  Diana Wallis Taylor
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Whitaker House
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
As most readers can discern from the title, this book is a fictional account about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The story starts with Mary as a young girl and goes on to cover approximately fifty years of her life.  Readers will see Mary’s love of friendship with Joseph turn to the love of a man and woman.  She is soon betrothed to Joseph, but is visited by an angel of the Lord.  During this visit she learns of her cousin, Elizabeth’s pregnancy and is told to go visit her.  Mary is also told of her joyous task of bearing the long-awaited Messiah.  Mary is in wonder as to how this can happen, but obeys and thanks God for His giving her this responsibility.
When it becomes obvious that Mary I pregnant and unmarried though betrothed, Joseph wants to break off their betrothal.  A betrothal in that time was much more binding than an engagement in this day and age.  However, Joseph receives his own heavenly visitation from an angel and he also obeys God’s command to take Mary as his wife.  The town gossips I’m sure had a field day and I’m sure some shunned Mary or talked poorly about her.  She, however, remained devoted, compassionate and merciful.  She was such a godly example at such a young age in the story.
I liked the details included on Mary and her family’s many journeys, whether they were fairly short by our standards, or longer journeys.  The descriptions were vivid and helped me picture in my mind’s eye what the area might have looked like almost 2000 years ago.  I also relished the descriptions of the Jewish holidays/celebrations, way of life and culture and how Jesus lived through these events.  The gospel message was present well and consistently.  As a mother, I can imagine the hurt and agony she felt as she watched her other children turn against Jesus and then the final moments of his precious life.  I admired her devotion to God in her everyday life as well as in crises.  Something that I certainly can put into practice!
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Experiencing God Through His Names

Title:  Experiencing God Through His Names
Author:  Sheryl Giesbrecht
Pages:  112
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Bold Vision Books
My rating is 4 stars.
When I received the book and saw how short it was, along with the chapter titles, I decided I just wanted to sit and read to discover what was shared.  As I read each chapter, I would discover a nugget of truth that caused me to pause, meditate and consider how the name would affect my view of God.  Each chapter will help people learn how to take the name of God and use it in prayer.  The number of days in the book is 31 so people can use it repeatedly every month.
Whether someone is new to prayer or knowing the various names of God that reveal various aspects of His character, the book can be a tool to aid in one’s spiritual walk with the Lord.  Perhaps, like me, you might want to read it and discover the nuggets of truth God has for you and allow those nuggets to draw you near to God.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Message of the Twelve

Title:  The Message of the Twelve (Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets)
Author:  Richard Alan Fuhr, Jr. & Gary E. Yates
Pages:  384
Year:  2016
Publisher:  B & H
My rating is 5 stars.
A timely commentary if there ever was one!  Why?  So many focus on the New Testament to the exclusion of the Old Testament; some don’t understand the Old Testament and there are those who struggle through reading let alone studying it.  The reason I wanted to read this book was twofold:  one is because, “All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV).  The second reason is that being curious I wanted to read, learn and hoped to use what the authors said as a means of growing in my walk with the Lord.
Right from the Preface readers will be able to glean nuggets of truth in the easy manner of the presentation of the material.  I would recommend reading the sections that they are teaching from in the Bible before reading the commentary.  I found it really encouraging when reading the Preface to learn the authors’ purpose in writing The Message of the Twelve, which was “We have written this overview of the Book of the Twelve for students, Pastors, and all who seek to understand this neglected segment of God’s Word…….Yet, the message of the Twelve is extremely relevant, and its material, while challenging is quite approachable with a little direction.” (pg. XIV-XV).
Here is commentary that is written with the academic community in mind, but more for the everyday person seeking to understand what the Word of God is saying and what it speaks to their hearts today.  I found that making time to read and study the Word with such aids as this book really helped me grasp the message of the Word.  We don’t have to have doctorates to read or understand the Word, God used ordinary, and in many cases, unlearned men to be His vessels to speak the Word and then to write the Word.
Thankfully, we now have another tool to help us see that while these twelve books are in the Old Testament they are just as chock full of meaning today as they were way back when.  I appreciated the purpose and hard work the authors put into the message the commentary contains so I can expand my understanding.  Plus, above all, with The Holy Spirit indwelling believers we have the best Teacher of all to lead us into all truth.  I can’t recommend this commentary enough.  In the coming year (2017), perhaps you can gift this book to someone you know or ask for it when people want to know what you want to see under the tree!

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Notre Dame vs North Carolina State

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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Date with Danger (A Novel)

Title:  A Date with Danger (A Novel)
Author:  Kari Iroz
Pages:  256
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Covenant Communications
My rating is 5 stars.
What a gem of a novel!  Kari Iroz is a new author whose main female character is a 25-year-old, single, Mormon woman with a quick sense of humor.  Jacklyn Wyatt is a student at a college working a job at the mall when she is approached by the FBI!  Jacklyn or Jack as the character prefers to be called is asked to go undercover because a woman is missing.  The missing woman’s features are similar to Jack’s plus she belonged to the same cyber-dating site.  One of Jack’s sisters signed her up for this site so Jack has no working knowledge of who has contacted her for dates.  The FBI gives Jack some dossiers to review so she knows who she is meeting and so the adventure for Jack begins!  There is humor laced throughout the novel that made me burst out laughing many times, which enhanced the novel’s attraction even more.
The story is filled with danger, action, humor, romance and some references to the Mormon faith.  While this reviewer doesn’t hold to the beliefs espoused by the author, it is nevertheless a clean mystery with all the other elements previously listed.  The main male character is the FBI Special Agent Damon Wade who, at first, creeps Jack out, but wait until you discover how he does so!  This is a great book I think many will enjoy for the entertaining story!

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