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A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

Title:A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)
Author:Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 stars.
David Kingsman is in town at his father’s request to get the local glass factory ready to sell.His father is a domineering, harsh, critical businessman, but he depends on his only son David to take care of the books and add a touch of humanity that his father lacks.David begins to see why the factory was losing money and thinks he can turn it around to make it profitable.His father is adamant that the factory be sold.David has never been able to stand up against his father for long, but he has developed an attachment to Teaville, its people and one in particular, Miss Evelyn Wisely.She is keeping herself at a distance from him, but he has begun to see the real woman in brief glimpses and likes what he sees.
Evelyn Wisely is the only daughter of an older pastor and his wife.The three of them oversee the town’s orphanage, which is the only thing Evelyn has …

The Fix (Amos Decker Series #3)

Title:The Fix (Amos Decker Series #3)
Author:David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Amos Decker is walking in front of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. on his way to work when the guy in front of him pulls out a pistol, shoots a lady walking close by him, then turns the gun on himself, committing suicide.Amos is an eyewitness and his team gets the case to solve.The male victim works as a contractor for various agencies including the FBI, NSA and CIA.The female victim is a substitute teacher at a Catholic school and volunteers at a hospice center.
Amos has also been upgraded to landlord of an up and coming neighborhood building remodel.He and his friend Alex Jamison will be co-landlords and live in the building.It is not in a good neighborhood right now, but hopefully that is going to change.While working on the case, he must also deal with some local gangbangers who are harassing a tenant in the building.As the two victim…

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Review of "True to You"

Title:True to You (A Bradford Sisters #1)
Author: Becky Wade
Pages: 384
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Nora is the main female lead who is a genealogist whose love of fictional novels keeps her in another world.When she is asked to participate in a staged emergency situation by her sister Britt, she reluctantly agrees.As noises are happening and then the sprinkler system goes off dousing people, she isn’t sure what her next move should be.While sitting there a man comes in and picks her up, removing her from the scenario and her heart begins to beat harder.
John seeks Nora out to help him locate his biological family because of a recent diagnosis and time is of the essence.At first, the book starts out in a way that didn’t really capture my attention at all.Plus, it is different from other books I have read written by the author.Now, that is not bad just different and took a little getting used to.
The strongest aspect of Becky’s storytelling is her threads of faith…

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Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)

Title:Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)
Author: David L. Winters
Pages: 208
Year: 2017
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5!
What a phenomenal story! Antonio is in school to become a lawyer and is married with a son who drives people to their destinations to help support his family.His wife is a teacher who supports her husband and shares her life with her girlfriend Marta. Antonio prays for and sometimes with his customers as he desires to do whatever the Lord would lead him to do.
There is a mystery that Antonio inadvertently becomes entangled in.There is also something going on in Congress with a certain bill that people want to pass without many knowing the contents. Within the pages of the book is an enthralling, suspense-filled tale that will keep you reading until the end!The way the author ends the first book makes me wonder if the other books will be centered on characters from this story or if they will be different.
At the end of the book is a sneak p…

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)

Title:A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)
Author:Sarah Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
Annabelle Thorsley is a pampered gentleman’s daughter who now lives with her brother after the death of her father.Her brother, Thomas Thorsley, has tried to get them out of the debt their father put the family business in, but the debts keep mounting unbeknownst to her.She soon learns that her brother has promised a wealthy man marriage to Annabelle to obtain the needed funds to recoup their losses.Annabelle wants nothing to do with the old, sinister and slovenly man so she hatches a plan for her future with the help of Owen Locke, who happens to be traveling with his boss and staying at Annabelle’s brother’s house.
Owen Locke is the gamekeeper on an estate of a friend of Thomas’ and has been traveling to purchase new hunting dogs.Owen sees the conditions that Annabelle must live under and agrees to help her escape.He sees her settled with a r…

Triple Time (Blake Meyer Thriller #2)

Title:Triple Time (Blake Meyer Thriller #2)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 432
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars!
The action, adventure and over the top suspense continues as Blake Meyer intensifies his attempts to save his family and the country on several fronts.Blake Meyer is a man trying to hold himself together so he can attempt to locate those who are enemies of his family and America.Blake’s internal conflict is off the scale as he tries to think as a soldier, agent and father.The author does a superb job of giving readers clues that might tell us more about Blake as he is complex and much is yet to be revealed.
What happens to his family for me was hard to read as it grabbed my heart and placed it in my throat.Nothing is told in a way that would cause readers to close the book; it’s a very clean novel.It’s just the idea of abduction and human trafficking that can be read from everyday newspapers that made the tale more real at least for me.
The possible …

30 Days Hath Revenge (A Blake Meyer Thriller)

Title:30 Days Hath Revenge (A Blake Meyer Thriller)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 408
Year: 2016
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars!
A couple of years ago C. Kevin Thompson wrote the beginning of this series with a different publisher.The story started and ended on a cliffhanger that was beyond description as it was written so very well!Now, here is, in my opinion, an even better start to the Blake Meyer thriller series.Blake Meyer has been with the FBI for a long time and is looking forward to a desk job prior to retiring.Blake’s wife and children cannot wait either for him to come home in the evenings to spend time with them.
Now a threat is looming on the horizon or is there more than one?Is there a mole in the government or more than one?How come a captured person of interest knows Blake’s name plus threatens his family?Throughout the story there are veiled antagonists and some unveiled, but who is the one who has pulled all these enemies togeth…

The Joshua Covenant

Title:The Joshua Covenant
Author:Diane/David Munson
Publisher: Micah House
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Bo Rider and his family are sent to Israel for Bo’s job.His cover is that he is working for the State Department, but he is really still working for the CIA.His mission is to uncover a mole within the embassy who is passing critical and sensitive information to the Palestinian group Hamas as well as spies for Russia.Bo is bored with his undercover desk job, but that soon changes as he foils a bombing attempt.He reconnects with his friend from a prior mission, Mossad Agent Judah Levitt.Judah tells Bo some fascinating information that gets Bo to thinking about how to catch his mole.
Then, Bo and his father are skiing when another bomb goes off.Bo and his family are sent home as Bo has become the focus of an internal investigation as someone is trying to frame him as the mole!Bo hates sitting and not being in action, but it gives him more time with his family.The discove…

Fatal Illusions

Title:Fatal Illusions
Author:Adam Blumer
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 4.5 stars.
Marc and Gillian Thayer are a married couple with a teenage daughter.Gillian is suffering from depression as she had stillborn twins six months ago, but she has gone back to her calligraphy work as she tries to get back in to life.She still struggles with grief and it seems her husband isn’t having such a hard time with the situation.He is a counselor at a local church.One of his clients, however, becomes infatuated with him so he ceases counseling her.The client has other ideas and just knows that Marc loves her.She takes things to an extreme measure that leads Marc and his family to leave town.
While in their new home, Crystal Thayer, Marc and Gillian’s daughter, tries to get involved in the community by joining the stage crew of a local theater production.Crystal has a wonderful voice and has sung in many musicals and church events.The lead for the play be…

Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch #3)

Title:Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch #3)
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Multnomah
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
In the final book of the trilogy, the author treats her readers to a story focused on Trey Walker Stafford.Trey has been traveling the country, but now his uncle needs a lifesaving operation and Trey could be the match.Trey’s uncle instructs him to help a local farm family out to pay a long overdue debt, and what comes out of this just might be a budding romance between Trey and Lucy.
Lucy is a single mother who has been running the farm.Her past has caused her to build a wall around her heart.Trey’s past has some brokenness in it that causes him to be reluctant to open his heart to Lucy.Both are searching for peace, forgiveness and a better future if they are willing to let go of their pasts and begin life anew.
Some of the best parts of the novel are reading with bated breath to see if these two main characters are going to risk love and a possible…

The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel #4)

Title:The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel #4)
Author: Amy Clipston
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating 5 out of 5 stars!
The end.Those words are the hardest to read in this series as I have really enjoyed the characters and each one’s tale woven with heart and faith.The first three books in the series are The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket and The Cherished Quilt.In each book, the focus is on a daughter of Leroy and Mattie Fisher with a snippet of the parents’ past that none of the daughters knows.For years Mattie has been able to keep the past in the past, but now she knows it is time to tell her story to her daughters as they are grown women.
I found Mattie’s story really compelling, especially the fact that Leroy though tempted to give up on Mattie many times, pursued her with such a deep love.While he does give her time without any contact from him, what it shows Mattie is how much she does truly love Leroy.The tale shows too how grief has no time lim…

Pursued (Nikki Boyd Files #3)

Title:Pursued (Nikki Boyd Files #3)
Author:Lisa Harris
Pages:311 (ARC)
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Special Agent Nikki Boyd is on her way home to Tennessee.She is flying on a plane when they encounter some turbulence.The woman in the seat next to Nikki strikes up a conversation and tells Nikki she is afraid.Before they can continue their conversation, more turbulence strikes and it is discovered that the man next to this woman is dead, then the plane takes a nose dive.After getting off the plane, Nikki notices that the woman has accidentally left her watch in her seat.Nikki tries to find her to return it, but doesn’t see her.She asks for her name of a flight attendant and told that no one was sitting in that seat.There is no record of the woman being on the plane.A mystery begins that will take Nikki on a harrowing journey in the next 24-48 hours.
In addition to this, Nikki is to meet Tyler at the airport.He has returned from overseas just a few days ago after a 3-month contrac…

The Good Book

Title:The Good Book Author: Deron Spoo Pages: 400 Year: 2017 Publisher: David C Cook My rating 4 out of 5 stars. The Bible is more than “the good book”, which is what it was referred to where I grew up, like something real but without power.Perhaps many still look at it this way; I don’t know.What I do know is the Bible is the only truly inspired, accurate and infallible Word of God. The author picks and chooses specific chapters of the Bible that he then writes about with a couple of reflection questions afterwards. Some of what the author wrote might help new Christians get a sense of what God is saying and how it impacts your life. It is meant to help people know God, it is a starting place, then people can explore the many chapters left in the Bible that has so much to feed on. I don’t think the author meant to write the book as a shortcut to deeper studies or reading through the whole Bible, so I hope readers don’t use this book in that manner. If you use this book, consider it as a laun…

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My thoughts on Robin's novel titled "Twisted Lies"

Title:Twisted Lies (Hidden Truth Book #2)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 388
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space
My rating 5+ stars out of 5.
Robin Patchen continues her characters’ stories with the book, Twisted Lies that focuses on Nate who we met in book one, Convenient Lies.From what Nate experiences in the first tale, we now find him packing up to leave New York and his job to return to the small town where he grew up.While he has physically healed from his horrible experience, PTSD is making his life hard.On top of that, Nate believes he is not a hero or much of a man, but a coward.While many tell him that those beliefs are lies, Nate just cannot seem to break through and understand how others see him.
While packing to leave, he becomes entangled in a way he never wants to become ever again!Now, Leslie wants him to help her locate her sister, Marissa, who he helped run from threatening danger that was dogging her steps as well as the authorities who couldn’t or wouldn’t believe her to be …

My review of Robin's novel: Convenient Lies

Title:Convenient Lies
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 394
Year: 2016
Publisher: Create Space
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
There are authors who can tell a good story and there are those who tell a story in such a way it leaves readers wanting more. Readers can tell too if a book isn’t worth reading.Robin Patchen is more than a story teller!In Convenient Lies, she drew me into a world where secrets were kept for a variety of reasons, and lies were told as easy as turning on a light switch.When the main female character, Reagan McAdams, searches out and finds the truth, her world begins spinning out of control.On top of that her newborn son is the one thing that will make her “husband” continue chasing her around the globe until he retrieves his only heir.
So, Reagan goes to the one person she believes will help her take care of a baby while being on the run.What Reagan doesn’t expect is her past catching up to her at the same time.Who can she trust?I found myself constantly reading and turning p…