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Dark Deception (Defenders of Justice #2)

Title:Dark Deception (Defenders of Justice #2)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany
My rating 5 out of 5 stars!
The first novel in the series is titled, Fatal Frost, which is a great book that sets readers on edge and get them ready for book two!Kate O’Brien’s life is irrevocably changed the night her twin sister is murdered, leaving Kate alive.Kate agrees to testify against the man arrested for the dark deed.She enters witness protection in hopes of starting over and never facing the man again.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Marshals must bring Kate back to the area where her sister was killed to testify again when evidence is thrown out of court and the conviction overturned.Tony’s life as well as Kate’s is ever creeping toward being extinguished by the person responsible for more than one murder.
The twists and turns of locating the antagonist in the book kept me turning pages for hours!Plus, the possible budding romance that isn’t supposed to happen between a U.S. Marshal …

The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1)

Title:The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1)
Author: Steve Berry
Pages: 475 (Hardback copy)
Year: 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
There are now twelve books in the Cotton Malone series and I was introduced to the character and author with book #12.However, now I am going back and starting at the beginning of Cotton’s career and history.The Prologue teases the reader as to what the possible story might be with the Templars in the year 1308 and then jumps forward to present day.
Steve Berry is a well-researched author as he begins his novels.At the end of his books, he helps us understand historical fact from fiction and I love that aspect of his writings.The book for me began a little slow, but that was because the time referenced in the book refers to one I am not well-versed in.Nevertheless, I quickly got caught up into the action, danger, and endless movements of Cotton as he goes about unraveling the problem he faces.
Many different factions and people are after…

The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings) Review & Giveaway!

Title:The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings)
Author: Jennifer Delamere
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the strongest reasons to read this story is to learn about the orphanage George Mueller ran in London.The man would never ask for donations or let anyone but God know what was needed in order to care for the children.Never did God fail to provide in miraculous ways for the orphanage.This is the first novel I have read where this true historical figure is part of the plot.
The story focuses on three girls who are siblings and find themselves orphaned after their father fails to return from a trip and their mother succumbs to an illness. The oldest is Rosalyn Bernay who is about to leave the orphanage and work at the home of a wealthy woman.Her sisters will remain at the orphanage until their age makes it necessary to begin looking for employment and a place to live.
The sisters are as different as night and day; yet, they love …

Dubiosity (Cape Thomas #1)

Title:Dubiosity
Author: Christy Barritt
Pages: 325
year: 2015
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The main two characters in the book it seemed to me were Savannah and Clive. Neither are willing to open up to others about who they really are and why they are in a small town.Savannah came to hide and pay penance for what she believed was her fault.No one knows that except her good friend Marty.Marty is a unique woman who loves conspiracy theories and caring for migrant workers and families.
When Savannah begins to experience unusual events and threats to her privacy, she wants to run, but where will she go?When Marty is hurt, Savannah believes she owes her best friend the duty of doing the job of taking care of others until she is better.However, in the shadows is a nefarious person who believes she is for him alone and plans on taking out anyone who interferes with his plans.
There is quite a bit more to the novel that will keep you turning pages as you get caught in the we…

Disillusioned (Cape Thomas #2)

Title:Disillusioned
Author: Christy Barritt
Pages: 288
Year: 2016
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating 5 out of 5.
In her second novel set in the same small town off the bay as in book one, Dubiosity, we meet new characters Nikki and Bobby Wright.Readers also renew acquaintances with some of other folks in Dubiosity.The action and danger are centered around the brother and sister as Bobby has returned from being held prisoner overseas.His sister Nikki paid the ransom to get him back to the states with the help of her attorney who was supposed to help them get some time to gather themselves before debriefing.
From start to finish the book is always moving along at a pace that kept my eyes on the action, danger and possible romances while dodging bullets and bad guys!Nikki and Bobby know they need help, but who can they trust?Bobby reaches out to Kade Wheaton, a former SEAL like Bobby, and hopefully they can unwind the web of deceit in time to save many American lives before a terrorist organ…

Distorted (Cape Thomas #3)

Title:Distorted
Author: Christy Barritt
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterfall
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
Now, if like me, you have read the books in order Dubiosity, Disillusioned and now Distorted, I hope you are as rocked about them as I am!Distorted really seemed to cap off the series when a young socialite woman becomes a victim of human trafficking.Not only that but Mallory Baldwin knows her parents were killed the same night she was abducted.Now, a year later, with what sounds like a small arms war outside the compound where she is held captive enter Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker and other members of the team trying to take down a drug and arms dealer.Or did they?
Now, two years later, Mallory has been through some therapy and written a book in hopes of helping other victims become victors.When she is about to go on tour, threats begin to surface.Therefore, a bodyguard is hired to make sure nothing happens to Mallory. Grant is the man setting up the PR tour and Tennyson knows he nee…

Distorted by Christy Barritt now available!

Hidden Figures

Title:Hidden Figures (DVD)
Year: 2017
Studio: 20th Century Fox
My rating 5+ stars out of 5!
The year this movie takes place in was the same year I was born.Recently, when John Glenn passed away, I remembered some of his life’s story.I can’t say whether I was taught more in school and forgot or as I get older I pay more attention. John Glenn was not the only hero that day.The movie tells so much more than women fighting for their “rights” as it tells more about the women who, with grace and fortitude, wouldn’t allow the times to define them.
These women were aware of the racial division at the time and about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was reaching out to bring about change for anyone whose civil rights were trampled on or ignored. The brilliance of the women who worked at NASA wasn’t just in their mental abilities; it was what they taught their children and with grace how they carried themselves.These women weren’t focused on themselves as they were more focused on helping American’s r…

The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller)

Title:The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller) Author: D. P. Mitchell Pages: 352 Year: 2017 Publisher: Create Space My rating 5+ out of 5 stars. Wow!I’m still trying to catch my breath and still my beating heart!What an adventure into a world where it is at times hard to identify the good guy from the bad.There is mystery, intrigue, intelligence agents, terrorists and maybe an artificial life form. You will have to read to believe! Jack Crockett is a man of many talents and a fierce warrior.His first mission is to go in and rescue a hostage, Gabriele.Jack has no idea just who he is rescuing.Then, in time, due to attacks that weren’t foreseen, a small group decides that something must be done to stop the threat of losing America and their freedoms. The President who comes to power is one that is frightening. I can’t wait to see if the author is going to have the small group find a way to take down the evil trying to pervade the nation.There isn’t a moment that lacks as tension builds and da…

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

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Bread of Angels

Title:Bread of Angels
Author:Tessa Afshar
Pages:400
Year:2017
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Lydia is the teenage daughter of a merchant who has perfected the art of making purple dye for textiles.He is not too successful as a business man as he prefers to spend his time perfecting his art instead of managing his accounts.As a result, Lydia and her father are not financially secure.Their products are of excellent quality and the competition seeks her father’s formulas for dye making.In an underhanded plot, her father is branded a criminal and they are forced to leave the land generations of their family has inhabited, the only city they have known and not practice the only trade they know.
By chance, Lydia meets a young, homeless, Jewish woman who she befriends.They become best friends and Rebekah begins to tell Lydia about God.Lydia heretofore has only known Greek or Roman gods.As Lydia and Rebekah try to survive in a new city in a trade with few wo…

An Amish Summer

Title:An Amish Summer
Author: Shelley Shephard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelley Irvin
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas written by some of my favorite authors. Each story is its own individual story.The titles of the novellas are A Reunion in Pinecraft, Summer Storms, Lakeside Love, and One Sweet Kiss.
The reunion is where four Amish young people go to Pinecraft on vacation after originally meeting at a wedding six months prior in Pinecraft.The neat twist in the story is that Sherry and Graham’s idea of a reunion might come with a huge surprise for the whole group!The second tale is about Arianna’s courting with Jesse, but her brother Tobias’ action may just cost her the future for which she has been preparing.In the third story, two sisters, Esther and Sarah, are in turmoil with each other over a young man who has been working for their father.In the last novella, Jacob and Martha have been …

Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)

Title:Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)
Author: Aaron Eby
Pages: 80
Year: 2017
Publisher: First Fruits of Zion
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
First, let me say this isn’t a “how to” book; it struck me as being a “why to” book.The more I am learning about the Jewish culture and thought process, the more I am aware of how much deeper I have yet to grow in the Lord.Unlike western culture that tends to compartmentalize life, the Jewish life is interwoven with spiritual life in all aspects.It really is a wonderful way to live and think that is 180 degrees from what I have known to date.
In this short book, Aaron Eby shares eye-opening and heart-impacting truths about Jesus, Jewish life and prayer.It showed me how life-giving prayer can be instead of just repetition and lifeless.I was touched to learn what the Jewish women use for prayer and how they live to pray.When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, we now can gain deeper insi…

A Riveting Novel by Christy Barritt

DISTORTED coming to readers June 20th!

Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)

Title:Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)
Author: Diane Capri
Pages: 528
Year: 2016
Publisher: AugustBooks
My rating 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
Willa Carson is the main character in this story.She is a federal judge and married to an entrepreneur who runs a 5-star restaurant in Tampa, Florida.The story is quite interesting as it deals with a Supreme Court nomination, a retired general, murder and her court caseload.The intricacies of the novel really kept me in suspense as Willa’s husband is accused of murdering the general for political reasons.George’s personality is really different than Willa’s; yet, they have a strong marriage and strong friendship.Willa knows she cannot get involved or she puts her job as a judge in jeopardy, but she also thinks like a lawyer who wants to advocate heartily for her client.
George’s nickname for his wife is Mighty Mouse, which I just love because Willa always wants to come in and save the day.Willa has very little patience for her boss or for people who s…

Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)

Title:Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)
Author:DiAnn Mills
Pages:416
Year:2017
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Tori Templeton is a special agent with the FBI.She has recently lost her young brother to cancer.Her brother had a deep faith in God, but Tori is struggling with grief and God.Now, she is called upon to investigate a murder with a possible terrorist link.She may have a conflict of interest as the victim is her best friend’s husband, Nathan Moore.Her partner, Max, isn’t sure if she can do her job professionally without letting her feelings skew her viewpoint.Tori is determined to maintain her focus and do her job, but she must also deal with her best friend’s grief over losing her husband.The handsome landscaper, who is a friend of the victim and his family, might just be able to help her solve the case.
Cole Jeffers has left law enforcement after a traumatic event.He now owns his own successful landscaping business.With this friend murdered…

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)

Title:Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)
Author:DiAnn Mills
Pages:390
Year:2016
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
FBI Agent Alex LeBlanc is called to the scene of a murder at a small private airport near Houston, involving a downed quadcopter stolen from the U.S. Army.Quadcopters have been used by terrorists to bring down planes.Alex must find out who the dead man is, how the quadcopter is involved and exactly why a volunteer airport ranger, Stacy Broussard, has blood on her shirt.As Alex gathers clues and asks endless questions in his quest for information, he begins to see Stacy as more than a volunteer airport ranger and full-time veterinarian.Before he knows it, she has crept into his heart.However, she comes to a relationship with an adopted 12-year-old son.Is Alex ready for this kind of relationship?
Stacy Broussard is 35 years old, works a lot and volunteers in the few spare hours she has.She also has come to love her next-door neighbor, Whitt.…

With This Peace

Title:With This Peace
Author: Karen Campbell Prough
Pages: 346
Year: 2017
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Ella Dessa is a woman whose story we learn in Karen’s first book, The Girl Called Ella Dessa followed by Within the Candle’s Glow.I highly recommend you read each book in order as Ella’s character goes through many experiences that change her heart and life before we read about her again in this novel set in the year 1847.
Ella has a tender heart and her life has been rough.Life during this time is harsh, especially as she moves from Georgia to Florida with her husband and two children.Indians are but one obstacle to avoid, along with alligators and rattlesnakes.Ella must carefully navigate new waters of various encounters with people in a land where people aren’t physically close but danger lurks with the wildlife coming close to the ones she loves.
In the novel, Ella must decide if she can endure one more heartache.Her friend Luke helps her navigate the w…

Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

Title:Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)
Author: Diane Capri
Pages: 316
Year: 2014
Publisher: AugustBooks
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Due Justice introduces to audiences the main character of Judge Wilhelmina (Willa) Carson as a federal judge in the Tampa Bay area.We get bits and pieces of Willa’s past throughout the novel.She is married to a man named George who owns and runs a very famous restaurant on the first floor of the building where they live.On the second floor, the judge and her husband reside with two dogs who are supposed to be guard dogs, but are more like fun-loving puppies to all who come in the door.
Willa, at least to me, is a unique character with strong convictions and a Mighty Mouse complex.Her husband attached that Mighty Mouse name to her because she always wants to rush in where fools shouldn’t because she wants to fix a problem.However, in this story, Willa is beginning to see that she cannot save all even though she tries very hard.I like her ability to re…