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Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)

Title:Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)
Author:Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 stars.
Oh my, has Lisa Harris written a great suspense-filled, tension-inducing thriller with this second book in the Nikki Boyd series!This book centers around a woman, Lucy, who goes missing amidst the death of her husband and several other people.Lucy’s husband worked for a pharmaceutical company, but had hired a private detective to get information proving the company is producing counterfeit drugs and putting them on the market to sell to people as if they were the genuine drug.Who is after Lucy and why are they willing to kill to find her?Nikki and her partner Jack are tasked with finding the woman while the local officials handle the murders.However, one lead after another seems to result in death and Nikki is no closer to finding Lucy.
During her investigation, Nikki struggles to keep her true feelings from Tyler, best friend’s husband.Her best friend, Katie, was killed in a bo…

The Chapel Car Bride

Title:The Chapel Car Bride
Author: Judith Miller
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Judith Miller weaves a very engaging tale of a traveling preacher and his daughter who go by train to small towns to share the gospel.Not only do they share the gospel, but Hope teaches the young children Bible stories and helps the women and children in small towns.Hope’s father is also a skilled carpenter and helps build or restore homes or churches in the areas they visit. If there is too small a congregation, they hold services in their chapel that is part of the railroad car they live and travel in.
Luke is a God-fearing young man who senses God’s call to become a preacher in the mining town where he lives.When he first lays eyes on Hope, he is drawn to her but knowns they come from two totally different lifestyles. Then there is a young man named Kirby whose father owns the mine. Kirby is not responsible and always in trouble so his father figures time working in a mine…

Restoring Love (A Contemporary Novel)

Title:Restoring Love (A Contemporary Novel)
Author: Jennifer Slattery
Pages: 324
Year: 2017
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Jennifer Slattery writes novels that I believe are born out of real heart for people in all types of life to experience God’s transforming love. I have read each of her novels and each are unique, bringing out different aspects of faith as it intersects with the characters’ experiences.Here is another exceptional story that draws readers into situations that can be seen or read about anywhere.
Basically, the novel reveals how God can take broken lives, hearts and spirits and restore with love, hope and faith.Angela is one of my favorite characters who though she has lots of questions and doesn’t understand a lot of what it means or looks like to be a Christian, continues to put herself out there for others.Angela is not a young woman nor is the man she meets named Mitch who has some his own baggage he brings into the relationship.
Hope is what …

Dead End (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Dead End (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Lisa Phillips
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Nina Holmes lost her mother by the hand of an assailant that has yet been brought to justice.Nina also lost her father.She served in the CIA before having to retire from injuries.Now, before she begins her new job as a teacher of economics in the fall, Nina is devoting her time to solving her mother’s cold case.Will there be a cost to opening the case files?
Nina trusts only her also retired covert op friend Sienna and is learning to trust Sienna’s husband who is a U.S. Marshall, but his partner Wyatt she holds at a distance.Nina’s life now has a bull’s eye on it as an assailant begins making multiple attempts on her life always seemingly one step ahead of her.The story is high octane suspense as it’s a race to protect Nina and other girls against this person’s constant attempt to take life.
Along the way Nina is beginning to understand how the year…

Sudden Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Sudden Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Lisa Phillips
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Sudden Recall is best read prior to Dead End as the two main female characters carry over from one book to the other plus their experiences as CIA ops.In Sudden Recall, the story revolves around Sienna and her loss of memory that seems of such importance to both the CIA along with nefarious people.US Marshall Jackson Parker has some personal vested interest in keeping Sienna alive.While Sienna cannot remember much of Jackson’s feelings for her, they haven’t change even when she has no idea who he is or if he once meant anything to her heart.
Nina is Sienna’s best friend and they have shared quite a life together, both personally and professionally.All may not be truth in Sienna’s world and she has no idea who she can really trust.In Dead End, readers will enjoy the continuing revelations about Nina and Sienna as well as what their futures hold…
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Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)

Title:Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 336
Year: 2016
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5+ out of 5.
Being an avid reader is such a blessing as I come across authors whose other writings I have read and liked; such is the case with Lynette Eason.This series is showcasing four women who have various experiences in law enforcement including military, federal, state or local. In the first novel, we are introduced to the team as well as focusing on Olivia Edwards who assumes the role of bodyguard for Wade Savage when one of her partners is critically injured by an as yet unknown assailant.
What rush I got the further into the story I moved with increasing danger, action, adventure, possible romance and fragile faith that centers around Olivia’s constant work to keep Wade alive.Wade has a stalker who is upping her game plan and the inability to capture this person is causing havoc in Wade and his daughter, Amy’s, life.Olivia, along with her team, decides to bring in ext…

A Fragile Hope

Title:A Fragile Hope
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Abingdon
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
There are times in my life when I start a book that I know is going to tug at my heart strings and I am going to “feel” the story.Here is one of those stories that sure enough slowly and surely pulls a reader in and the reader cannot help but to continue even when the heart is feeling the emotions certain characters are created to feel or portray.
The author has been one of my favorites for a very long time, and this book just cements it for me.It wasn’t an easy book to read in the sense I felt deeply about the scene(s) I was involved in, but I also wanted to know how it was going to end.Not all stories real or otherwise have happy endings.We all know that isn’t real life, so part of me tried to brace my heart for the ending I thought was coming.However, what came was so much better than what I anticipated because it was filled with the best touch of heart mixed with wisdom and …

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Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)

Title:Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2) Author: Lynette Eason Pages: 352 Year: 2016 Publisher: Revell My rating 5 out of 5 stars. The author’s style of writing suspense and thrillers keeps me on the lookout for her books constantly!In the first novel of the series, Always Watching, I had a feeling this series was going to be time well spent reading. Now, in book two, the suspense is ever highly tuned and the mystery of who was after a man who shared so much with others while running a business was an excellent place to start the plot.In the first book, we meet the four women who come together to build a business doing various tasks including being bodyguards. In this book, we are looking at the second of the four women whose name is Katie and she has extensive training in multiple law enforcement avenues.Katie is well versed in dismantling bombs if she can and handling the investigation of suspicions fires.What makes it hard for Katie to get near a fire or investigate is due to a past exp…

Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)

Title:Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)
Author:Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Beth Kirby and Michael Preston have been sent by their boss to Savannah, Georgia for the agency’s latest case.Beth has begun to respect Michael now that they have spent some time together and she can see he is willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary to be a private investigator.They are sent to see if their client, Evelyn Doyle, has an adulterous husband.Evelyn suspects her husband of forty years is having an affair.Beth and Michael are given time to sight see while in Savannah as well as track down Evelyn’s spouse’s movements.They quickly discover that Lamar Doyle is having an affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter.When they inform their client, they do not get the reaction they were expecting.Evelyn is upset, but she decides to forgive her husband as Christ has forgiven her of her sins.Beth is a fa…

The Elusive Miss Ellison (legacy of Grace #1)

Title:The Elusive Miss Ellison (legacy of Grace #1)
Author:Carolyn Miller
Publisher:Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This story takes placed mostly in a small town in England in the year 1813.Lavinia Ellison is the daughter of the local reverend.She is used to speaking her mind and is independent and intelligent.She spends her days helping the poor in her town, playing on the pianoforte and helping around the house.She lost her mother in an accident several years ago.The accident involved one of the peerage in town.Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury is new to his title after the death of his older brother.He has come to his country home to put it in order.After he arrives, he begins to realize the sad state of his estate’s affairs thanks to his brother’s spending on other things.He entrusts his steward to see to the repair of tenant homes and planting of fields.After too much time, he finds out his steward is robbing him and not spending the money as Lord Hawkesb…

Sandpiper Cove (A Hope Harbor Novel)

Title:Sandpiper Cove (A Hope Harbor Novel) Author: Irene Hannon Pages: 352 Year: 2017 Publisher: Revell My rating 5 out of 5 stars. Irene Hannon writes many different types of stories from mystery, suspense to ones with a more romantic focus.The Hope Harbor series is of the more romantic type with some of the same characters we met in Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane and her newest, Sandpiper Cove.Each book I so enjoyed as I could imagine the scenes painted in the novel via words, and some of the unique people who live in this fictitious town. In her newest story, we meet a man who has come to the harbor hoping to start fresh after his prison experience.While in prison, the town pastor visited Adam Stone and showed him God’s unconditional love for him. One of the town residents employs him, but the one thing Adam finds ministers to him is an injured dog called Charley, and making various things with wood.Now he has been the victim of vandals and in one case the dog was hurt as well.When Lexi, the …

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Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)

Title:Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)
Author:A.H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 stars.
Deputy Michael Keane is called to the scene of an accidental fall down the stairs by a local realtor at an old Victorian style mansion.The owner has been transferred to a senior care home and her executor’s son is trying to sell the house out from under her.The realtor had come to appraise the house and ran into someone unexpected there.What the surprise visitor doesn’t know is that a local teen is hiding up in the tower room of the house when the accident happens and hears everything.The teen leaves the scene, but then receives an alarming telephone call.Michael has his suspicions about the “accident”, but has no proof that it was anything other than just that…an accident.This brings back memories for the owner of years ago when her sister died the same way in the same house.This has always been ruled an accident, but the owner claims she knows who killed …

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3)

Title:When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3)
Author:Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 stars.
When Tides Turn is the third and final installment of the Waves of Freedom series from author Sarah Sundin.The other two books in the series are Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm.This third story takes place beginning in July 1942 and ends August 1943.The two main characters in the book are Dan Avery and Quintessa (Tess) Beaumont.Dan is the older brother of Jim, one of the main characters in book one and Tess is the best friend of Mary, the other main character in book one.
Dan Avery has decided to be a career Navy man for as long as the Lord allows him.He has also determined that women are a distraction from his firm resolve to work his way up the Navy ladder to become an Admiral one day.He will not marry or take time away from his career, working seven days a week.He is coerced to go on a few outings when his brother is home on leave and finds Tess a distrac…

Among Wolves (Disciple-Making in the City)

Title:Among Wolves (Disciple-Making in the City)
Author: Dhati Lewis
Pages: 192
Year: 2017
Publisher: B & H Books
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
In all honesty, this is a challenging book to read and at times it might make some people uncomfortable; that isn’t bad. In fact, in this context, it’s very good.The author is very transparent about his life, experiences and more so his heart.He shares how God taught him to see the world and those around him as He sees them.
The greatest challenge in any congregation is getting folks to participate in active disciple-making.Why? Of course, there are a host of reasons and some of it we Christians need to own up to.For instance, many times we make being a Christian seem like all fun and games perhaps easy without helping convey the cost of being a follower.
In the book, the author shares principles he has learned and some of them the hard way.Dhati Lewis shares ideas of how local congregations can walk though some steps and help others come alongside …

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Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

Title:Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart
Author:Jennifer Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars.
Sarah Whitaker has lived in New South Wales penal colony for ten years now.Her father first bought her homestead some twenty years ago.He was a free man as are more and more of the people arriving in town.He was killed ten years ago, leaving Sarah all his property and possessions.Sarah has had to learn the hard way not to trust anyone or they will take advantage of you and hurt you.She has trusted and been betrayed several times.She has a deep fear and hatred of the aborigines as they killed her father.She also trusts none of the convicts who work for her, serving out their sentences.She meets her new neighbor, Daniel Burton, quite by accident and quickly learns he has bought the land she has repeatedly asked to buy right out from under her!She isn’t surprised that the government sold it to a man, but she sure is angry.
Daniel Burton find his new neighb…