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Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians #4)

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Title:Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians #4)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:331 (ARC)
Year:2017
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Haley Callaghan is a body guard as well as the founder of a local teen center that helps underprivileged kids stay off the streets and out of trouble.After finishing her last case, she heads for home only to realize she is being followed again.She soon discovers that a detective from Ireland has come to the States looking for her with an incredible story.She isn’t sure she believes what he tells her, but she also can’t ignore that it could be true.She also undertakes the protection of a poor family in a bad section of town when she is almost the victim of a mugging.
Haley also meets her friend Quinn’s new partner who has transferred from Chicago.Steve Rothman has been called home by his mother to help care for his dying father.Steve has avoided home as much as possible as the memories of the murder of his 12-year-old brother continue to plague him.He meets Haley and is fa…

The Switch

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Title:The Switch
Author: Joseph Finder
Pages: 384
Year: 2017
Publisher: Dutton
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
I have never read a Joseph Finder novel. I wanted to read this particular book as the synopsis drew my interest.The only drawback in reading the book is the use of taking God’s name in vain, which should never be used at all.The author has a strong plot in the book, strong characters that kept my attention throughout the novel.However, occasionally the word would show up and it was like a distraction that didn’t add anything to the story. Frankly, it was offensive.
The premise of a businessman accidentally getting the wrong laptop at the airport that belonged to a senator was great.From there, the way one character used multiple nefarious ways to regain the computer was intriguing.The businessman wanted to do the right thing before someone besides himself was hurt or killed.
I wondered how far the senator’s assistant was willing to go to attain a higher government position.Plus, the con…

Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3)

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Title:Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3)
Author:Maggie Brendan
Pages:328
Year:2017
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Robert Frasier was married for just two months when his wife died and he lost his farm due to poor crop yield.Right after his wife’s funeral, her sister shows up and drops off his dead wife’s three children for him to raise.He had no idea his wife even had any children!He is angry and depressed and grieving.He has a poor attitude with the children even though he knows it is not their fault.He takes them on the road as he looks for work so they live outside in a wagon, moving every few days as Robert can’t find work.He comes to Bozeman, Montana and hopes his future will be brighter.The town is just beginning to prosper so hopefully he can find work.He gets a job at a local potato farm and meets the owner, a widow named Grace Bidwell.He keeps his distance from her as he now thinks every woman is out to get a ring on her finger.Over time, he learns that Grace is…

The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands #3)

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Title:The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands #3)
Author: Michael Phillips
Pages: 464
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating 5 out of 5.
What an exciting conclusion to the series!The various threads of romance, spirituality, history and how it affected the various family members was truly inspiring to read!The only place that seemed a little tedious for me was the section where letters between family members from Loni’s past became somewhat burdensome to read.Other than that, the whole series was fascinating to see one family’s ancestry and how it was connected through the many generations known by journals and letters left behind by those who came before.
I loved how the author took time to craft a tale with such depth of heart and meaning, plus the many twists and turns in the story to keep me turning pages for hours.Reading all three books in order helped me experience such excitement that sometimes is missing when authors shorten some parts of their tale.Michael Phillips does a fabul…

The Cottage (Secrets of the Shetlands #2)

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Title:The Cottage (Secrets of the Shetlands #2)
Author: Michael Phillips
Pages: 416
Year: 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating 5 out of 5.
The story is of Loni’s inheritance and her learning of the language and people who inhabit a little island called Whales Reef.She has a confusing relationship with an upcoming man who is in the political arena and the people she meets in Whales who are as different as night and day.The people view Loni with an attitude of skepticism, except the island chief named David.
Slowly Loni is beginning to understand the island’s view of her and the nefarious attempts to steal her inheritance by Hardy who is a man from Texas and currently on the island.There is a whole lot of ancestry history being uncovered that surprises Loni.She becomes enamored with the chief, David, as he is so much more than what he first appears.He is more authentic than Hugh, which takes Loni by surprise.
There are many threads, characters and depth to the book than I can convey in a re…

The Inheritance (Secrets of Shetland #1)

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Title:The Inheritance (Secrets of Shetland #1)
Author: Michael Phillips
Pages: 432
Year: 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I read the novel the first time when it was originally published.When I learned there were to be other installments of the story, I decided to wait until they were all available so I could read all three books and see the total sum of the tale together.By the time the third book came out, I knew I had to read book one again as there were so many threads of the novel I was sure I had forgotten most of it by 2017.
I must confess that I enjoyed the novel more the second time through, perhaps it was because I was able to read it without being hurried or because I just wanted to refresh my memory.Either way I again was absorbed in the legacy, land and people of Whales Reef Island where most of the tale takes place.Other times it was fun to travel back to the United States with the main character, Loni, as she was attempting to become attached to her ro…

On Love’s Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3)

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Title:On Love’s Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3)
Author: Liz Johnson
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The other books in the series are The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet.I think to really appreciate the tale it is helpful to read the first two books as the character’s story continues to develop with each book.
In this story, we meet Natalie who formerly lived on the island and left for a time and is now returning to be married per her future husband’s desire.Natalie left in hurry years ago as she tired of the whispers of gossip and the way she thought people thought of and about her.Now, a grown woman, she feels like she did years ago and cannot wait to be married and leave the island along with her past to never return. However, her plans don’t quite go as she had envisioned, starting with her fiancée returning to Nashville to help take care of a problem with recording a record for an artist.
Throughout the book it touched my heart to …

My Daughter’s Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)

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Title:My Daughter’s Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)
Author:Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
Pages:397
Year:2017
Publisher: Harvest House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
After meeting Nicole in book one and reading about her continued trouble with addiction in book two, now readers get to hear her story in book three of the series.She has just completed her first year of college successfully.She has been substance free for the whole time and has no intention of going back to her former life.She is healthier than ever and with summer approaching she is going to live with her sister and intern at a local ranch that uses horses for rehabilitative therapy.However, before she can begin her summer break, she decides she must share a secret she has kept at her grandfather’s request since she was six years old.The secret sheds a little light on the mystery of the disappearing dead body that has plagued Nicole, her sister and her two cousins for years.As the four cousins come together once again,…

"Searching for Irene" Review & Giveaway

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Title:Searching for Irene
Author:Marlene Bateman
Pages:268
Year:2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars.
I always like to read a good mystery and this was a good one!I was unfamiliar with this author, but when the chance came to review it, I jumped!The story is set in the 1920s in Virginia.Anna Coughlin is in her mid-20s and has something not many women have…a college degree.She works as a financial advisor of sorts, preparing tax documents, payroll records and estate planning.Her younger sister, Irene, works for the same firm.A few months ago, Irene accepted a live-in position to get all the paperwork in order for taxes at a wealthy estate in Virginia.She writes to her sister frequently, but the letters stop coming and Anna begins to worry.She finds out that her sister has disappeared.A search was undertaken at the time of her disappearance, but all that was found missing from her room was a suitcase.Mos…

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Maude’s Mooring)

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Title:My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Maude’s Mooring)
Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Maude Welling is the main character in the story.She is expecting to inherit an inn on the island.The inn has been in the family through her mother’s side though her father doubted she could run it without a husband.When her childhood friend returns to the island and she expects to become engaged to him, imagine her surprise when he returns with a friend!
Maude is a very independent, head-strong woman who sets her course with little thought of how it will impact her or anyone else.When a young wealthy man shows up on the island, Maude begins to be drawn to him, but doesn’t really understand what she is feeling.There are many other interesting characters in the story that bring depth to the book.It was very fun and exciting to read!
I hope you grab a cold soda and relax as you enjoy a wonderful tale from author Carrie Fancett Pagels!
Disc…

The Cover Story (A Branigan Powers Mystery #2)

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Title:The Cover Story (A Branigan Powers Mystery #2)
Author:Deb Richardson-Moore
Pages:280
Year:2017
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 5 stars.
News reporter Branigan Powers is looking forward to the Christmas holiday as her nephew and niece are coming home from their respective colleges.Branigan’s niece, Charlie, however is involved in a serious car accident that leaves her in the hospital.When Branigan first visits her niece, she tells her that an old-fashioned style hearse ran her off the road and that her passenger, Janie Rose, seemed scared even before they left campus to drive home.A death results from the accident, causing devastation to a family.Curiosity and a need to find the truth drive as well as being assigned to do a story on the accident, drive Branigan to begin searching for answers.
She is led to the town’s local college where she makes some startling discoveries with the help of a local homeless man, Malachi Martin.Malachi wants the truth too because he has watched Charl…

A Letter from Lancaster County (A Novel)

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Title:A Letter from Lancaster County (A Novel)
Author: Kate Lloyd
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harvest House
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Two sisters are on their way to visit with an aunt they haven’t seen in years after the death of their mother.Angela and Rose are as different as two sisters can be and unfortunately, they don’t currently enjoy a close relationship.What was really intriguing to read was their inner thoughts about how they really felt about each other among many other topics.Angela has a marriage that is less than satisfying and Rose is a single woman who truly is a unique character.
Through their time with their aunt readers will enjoy seeing the adventures they have, the talks, walks, and interactions with their aunt and others in Lancaster County.As I read further and further into the novel, I was captured by the tale woven not just about the women, their experiences and such but about their spiritual life or lack thereof.
It was fascinating to see how in the story the…

His Guilt (The Amish of Hart County #2)

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Title:His Guilt (The Amish of Hart County #2)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:268
Year:2017
Publisher: Avon Inspire
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Waneta Cain and Mark Fisher work together at a local nursery.Mark has returned after a two-year absence to his family’s home after the death of his father.Mark’s younger brother has been gone from the Amish community for ten years, so Mark lives alone.Mark is having a tough time being around most of the community because they still believe he is guilty of attacking a young Amish woman two years ago, even though the police declared him innocent.He is now back and people seem to fear him or hate him.Waneta Cain is no exception at first.He knows she is afraid of him, so he keeps her at a distance.He would like her friendship, but he will make it on his own if he must.
Waneta Cain is afraid of Mark at first, but quickly realizes she has found him guilty of a crime he didn’t commit so she extends the branch of friendship.They begin a tentative friend…

The Lincoln Myth: A Novel (Cotton Malone #9)

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Title:The Lincoln Myth: A Novel (Cotton Malone #9)
Author: Steve Berry
Pages: 512
Year: 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
What an interesting that starts with Lincoln in the White House and the wife of a General under his command who personally delivered a message from her husband.From there the author builds a complex web of threads built by each character’s action, words and interaction with others.Sometimes I couldn’t tell if the character was telling the truth or attempting pass on false information without getting caught.
It’s a maze of trying to figure out how the White House, LDS, Cotton Malone, Cassiopeia and more players who are all attempting to get a hold of secret buried for centuries and known by few.Not only that there is clashing of those seeking what they believe to be gold but their motives are as vast as the ocean.When I read Steve Berry’s latest novel The Lost Order I enjoyed it immensely and now I am getting to know the regular characters in thi…

The Road to Paradise (A Vintage National Parks Novel #1)

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Title:The Road to Paradise (A Vintage National Parks Novel #1)
Author:Karen Barnett
Pages:344
Year:2017
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Ashford Brayden, or Ford to most everyone, can’t believe he has to spend his summer babysitting a senator’s daughter who thinks she knows nature!Ford meets Margie Lane and realizes she has lots of book knowledge, but no practical hands-on experience.Why must he be saddled with her?He reluctantly takes her on hikes and tours of the park and slowly realizes her faith guides her life and she sees God at work in every aspect of life.He is still doubting a God who would take his father’s life in an avalanche that happened two years ago.Margie’s zest for life begins to impact Ford and he comes to want to spend more time with Margie, but could a park ranger and a wealthy senator’s daughter actually have a successful relationship?
Margie Lane has wanted to be a park ranger since she was a young girl, but in 1927 in Washington state that is unhea…

The Separatists (A Newsmakers Novel #3)

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Title:The Separatists (A Newsmakers Novel #3)
Author:Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Pages:340
Year:2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Erica Sparks is back in her third book of the Newsmakers series.This time a powerful woman from North Dakota is proposing secession from the United States.She plans to fight the local senator for his seat as he is up for re-election.If she wins, her public political agenda has avowed secession in a nonviolent manner.Her private agenda, however, is something much more dangerous.Erica is tasked with covering the story and interviewing this woman who is not what she appears to be.
Erica has also come up with an idea for a new television show that focuses on one issue per month.The secession of North Dakota will be the first episode.Erica also sees her marriage of 18 months floundering and failing.She is at the peak of her career and works untold hours.Her husband is languishing in his consulting business and longs to re-enter the world …

Grounded Hearts Review and Giveaway

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Title:Grounded Hearts
Author: Jeanne M. Dickson
Pages: 348
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The story takes place in Ireland during WWII when Ireland at that time was neutral.When a plane crashes and the injured pilot ends up at the door of a midwife, Nan O’Neil, she risks all to care for him.As the story developed, I got lost in the well described scene of an Irish town and the personal history of Nan O’Neil.The tale gripped my heart as she faced her worst fears and had to decide to risk loving again or captivity for the pilot whom she helps get well.
Some of Nan’s friends were just a hoot and brought laughter at times in different places of the book.There were scenes filled with danger and suspense as well as the constant threat of another local man who helps look for the pilot they know should be in the area.I found myself rooting for Nan to face her past and experience the peace she truly longed for and wanted as …

Dragon Seed Book Review (Study Guide included)

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Title: Dragon Seed Book Review (Study Guide included)
Author: Marty Machowski
Pages: 160
Year: 2017
Publisher: New Growth Press
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This is a story about a young teenager named Nick who is going through a rough time as his father passed away from cancer. Since the funeral, he has become a rebellious son toward his mother. He argues with her, is disrespectful to her, goes out to parties late at night, claims to be his own boss and doesn’t submit to his mother’s authority. He does not realize that he is listening to lies from a hidden enemy.This enemy is bent on sowing dragon seeds of pride into his heart, hardening it to keep him from seeing the truth that spiritual warfare is going on in the world and he is powerless to fight it without help. Out of desperation, his mother hands him a book that contains his family’s dark secret. Nick reluctantly agrees to read the book and is soon drawn to the story.He quickly discovers the family secret and learns about the real enemy…