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Devil in the Dust

Title:Devil in the Dust
Author: Cara Luecht
Pages: 308
Year: 2017
Publisher: Heritage Beacon Fiction
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Cara Luecht writes a type of fiction that grabs the attention and heart of readers while developing a truly intriguing story.Here readers read about a small town barely hanging on during a drought that has already lasted three years.Many of the residents who are still living there remember when the grass was green and the wheat fields abundant.Now, when they see a black cloud forming on the horizon, it isn’t for a coming rainstorm but a horrible dust storm that can last for days.
The local merchant’s brother comes roaring into this setting with a new car, clothes and a reason he refuses to state.Randall Mitchell is going after the only girl who is young enough to interest him and she believes that in him she can assist caring for her family because he presents a rich front.What begins to unravel is a man who has come with sinister reasons and a dark secret.Will he …

HaYesod: The Sabbath

Title:HaYesod: The Sabbath
Year: 2017
Publisher: First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ)
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I just concluded my second study from FFOZ, which was a 10-week in-depth Bible study on The Sabbath.The material was extremely enlightening and life changing!I was taught some history, Sabbath practices, and so much more.Like the first study I did with this ministry, I streamed the videos and then worked in the student workbook on the material taught.There was much that touched my heart and I am in awe of all that God has shown me!Now, what that is going to look like in practice I have yet to know, but I am seeking His wisdom so I can follow His leading.
The teachers and materials are not out to bring division or have people leave their churches.No way!In fact, they encourage people to worship where they are though now with a clearer understanding of the Sabbath and how it can be practiced biblically.I found some of the lessons just…

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Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness & Friendship

Title:Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness & Friendship
Author: Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
This book is about two men who came across one another at a store in Benton Harbor, Michigan. One is a white cop and the other is a black man buying groceries for his son.It is on this day (February 8, 2006), that Jameel McGee was arrested for something he didn’t do. Andrew Collins is the cop who arrested him for possession of drugs with the intention to distribute. Jameel is confused and angry about the unlawful arrest. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s not some big-time drug dealer that the cops are after. Collins is convinced that Jameel is a drug dealer and arrests him after finding dope in “his” car. To ensure that another drug dealer is off the streets of Benton Harbor, Collins lies on his report and to the court about Jameel, sending h…

Fatal Trust Author: Todd M. Johnson

Title:Fatal Trust
Author:Todd M. Johnson
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ian Wells is a young attorney who has taken over his lawyer father’s partnership of an estate and trust firm.He has been gradually weaning the trust business as his interest is criminal law.His mother is suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and his business on the criminal law front hasn’t picked up yet and his father didn’t leave his mother too set financially.He is financially strained to say the least.Then, he learns of a malpractice suit served to his firm and he has let the malpractice insurance lapse due to not having the money to pay the premium.He receives a call from a new potential client promising big bucks.He needs the money, but this case seems too good to be true.What is the catch?
With really no choice, Ian takes the case of investigating three individuals who are due to inherit a large trust fund.If they have had no provable criminal activity in th…

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A Pearl in the Sand

Title:A Pearl in the Sand
Author:Tessa Afshar
Publisher: River North (Moody Publishers)
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Rahab is a young girl who at the age of 15 is sold into prostitution to support her family.This marked her as a prostitute from that moment on.After that, she chose her clients with care and kept the number as few as possible.She wanted nothing to do with men, but had to earn a living.When she sees two foreign men trying to enter her city, Jericho, she immediately intercedes on their behalf.She has heard rumors of the Hebrews and their God and the battles they have won.Jericho is next on their hit list and Rahab is confidant their God will give them Jericho.She hides the two men from searching soldiers and discovers they are indeed Hebrew spies sent to check out Jericho’s fortifications.In return for saving them, they promise her safety for herself and anyone in her home when they attack.
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Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)

Title:Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 288
Year: 2011
Publisher: William Morrow Paperback
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I never read the book until I learned that a movie was coming out later this year based on the novel.There was a movie released with many well-known actors and actresses in 1974. Since some friends wouldn’t tell me how the movie ended, I decided to read the book then watch the older version of the movie.I was very glad that the ending was not revealed to me. Agatha Christie wrote an exceptional tale that has a few red herrings, making the process of figuring out who done the deed challenging!
What an exceptional and talented author she was to write a compelling mystery, yet never revealing too much so that the ending came as a complete surprise! The only hard part for me in reading the book were the small phrases written in French that I didn’t know, which made it a little harder to figure out what was happening in a of t…

Window on Mount Zion

Title:Window on Mount Zion
Author: Pauline Rose
Pages: 148
Year: 3rd Edition 2016
Publisher: Vine of David (
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
My interest in reading this book about Pauline Rose was that I was made aware of the history of the 6-Day War in Israel. God gave Pauline and her husband Albert a desire to return to Israel from London for many reasons. Before they embarked on their adventure Pauline was given a vision of planting a flourishing garden in the land where it was quite desolate.While many obstacles came across their path they persevered in prayer and faith, and in God’s time it all came to be a reality.
As I read about this remarkable woman’s heart, faith and work to see a garden planted and flourishing, I was in awe of the One God of Israel.These two people met many different guests and visitors to their home.They welcomed, cared for and loved each person whether their beliefs were the same or not.They lived under constant threat…

The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel)

Title:The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel)
Author:Pam Hillman
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars out of 5 stars.
The year is 1791 and the place is Natchez Under-the-Hill.Isabella Bartholomew finds herself in charge of the crops, the plantation, her recently widowed and pregnant sister-in-law, her injured father who is slowly recovering from burns suffered in a house fire as well as hiring a carpenter to repair the damage done to her home by a fire.She has a good head for numbers and is talented at drawing up potential house plans, but when it comes to business she learns it is very much a man’s world.Therefore, she enlists the help of her new carpenter, Connor O’Shea.He has indentured himself to the Bartholomews in exchange for passage from Ireland to America for his four brothers.
Connor begins work on clearing debris left from the fire so he can begin rebuilding an entire wing of the plantation home.He isn’t thrilled to be worki…

HaYesod: The Foundation

Title:HaYesod: The Foundation
Publisher: First Fruits of Zion
Year: 2015
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The book is a 10-week in-depth Bible study about the Land, The People, and The Scriptures of Israel. On the website, you may stream the videos for a minimal fee or purchase the DVDs of all 10 lessons.What is the study all about?Well, it helped me understand the land of Israel, the Jewish people and how understanding the Bible within the Jewish framework really expanded my knowledge of Jesus.
But that is not all this study did for me; it also helped me understand why I believe what I believe and areas in my belief system that needed correction.For a while, I have been searching for more than just listening to sermons based on topics as I found that I remembered little to nothing shortly after church service was over.Frankly, I was a frustrated Christian woman who loved Israel and longed to go deeper into the truth of the Word of God.
When searching on the i…


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Catching the Wind

Title:Catching the Wind
Author:Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a wonderful story about two German children in the 1940s, who despite their age are able to escape the Gestapo and make it to England where they are separated.Dietmar is a 13-year-old boy and Brigitte Berthold is a 10-year-old girl; they are best friends.Their parents are unexpectedly taken prisoners by German soldiers as they are suspected of harboring Jewish fugitives and are anti-Nazi.Dietmar has an aunt who lives in England and when his mother tells him to run that is where he runs toward with Brigitte in tow.They survive some scary situations with Dietmar acting the protector, telling Brigitte he would search for her and find her if they were somehow separated during their journey.At journey’s end, they are separated and for over seventy years Dietmar has been searching for Brigitte.To aid in his final search as he is now 90 years old, he hires investigative repor…

Enemy Action (The Blitz Detective #3)

Title:Enemy Action (The Blitz Detective #3)
Author:Mike Hollow
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a series that is right up my alley!It is British, historical (WWII era) and police procedural.This is one of my favorite genres and I am glad I have found a new author!This is the third book in the series and while it could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the books in order as there are references made in this book to prior events that occurred in the other two books of the series.
The air raid siren announces the need to take shelter.People head to the concrete bunkers built in the middle of the road that are supposed to be protection from the bombs dropped by the Germans.Tell that to Jack Ramsey who winds up dead in one and not from a bomb, but from a stab wound.He is murdered and discovered by a local 13-year-old boy who is out collecting shrapnel to trade.Not much is known initially about the man, but it is soon discovered th…

Finding Amanda

Title:Finding Amanda
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 268
Year: 2015
Publisher: JDO Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The cover of the book quickly grabbed my attention and when I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this book.Here is a tale about Amanda Johnson who is married to a popular chef and blogger.Amanda’s past that she revealed privately to her husband years later is one she now wants to make known through her memoir.Amanda is a survivor of abuse by her psychiatrist and now that he knows what she plans on publishing, he is coming after her and plans on successfully keeping her this time.
For me, it was very moving story of restoration of Amanda’s heart and her life. There are many twists and turns in the plot along with the feeling of impending, even deathly danger.I was left waiting for it as I kept turning pages.I felt for Amada’s husband as he was reeling from her wanting separation.Remember, this is a work of fiction not fact and doesn’t reflect on the field of the many …

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1)

Title:A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1) Author:Roseanna M. White Pages:429 Year:2017 Publisher: BethanyHouse My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Peter Holstein is a wealthy recluse who spends his time tapping away on his typewriter locked up in his study all day.What is he typing all day?Subversive letters against England and pro-Germany in these days of 1914 when countries are bristling against one another and on the brink of war?That’s what Rosemary Gresham wonders upon first meeting him.He has hired her to organize his extensive library and find certain documents that will prove his loyalty to England.Rosemary has been sent by the mysterious Mr. V to find out if Peter is truly loyal to England or putting words in the King of England’s ear and is really embracing his German citizenship.Rosemary faces a daunting task as she has had no formal education and is a child of the streets who has become an expert thief.She is undercover to earn money for her large family that could feed and clot…

The Soldier Who Killed a King

Title:The Soldier Who Killed a King
Author: David Kitz
Pages: 288
Year: 2017
Publisher: Kregel
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is about Marcus Longinus, a Roman centurion in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. The last thing for this soldier who is tormented by his past to expect is for Jesus of Nazareth to enter Jerusalem on a donkey as a king and perform miracles. He heals the sick and the crippled, he raises the dead to life, and proclaims that the kingdom of heaven has come. While Marcus cannot deny the goodness of this man, he is nevertheless disturbed by Him. For on His entry into Jerusalem, Jesus turns to Marcus and he hears a voice in his head, “I have a future for you”. Marcus feels small and doesn’t understand these words.He fears to be around Jesus and doesn’t want anything to do with Him. However, forces beyond his control are at work. There are those in power who want Jesus dead.The fate of Jesus and Marcus seems tied together and it seems Marcus might be the one who nails Jesus to the…

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Justice Buried (Memphis Cold Case Series #2)

Title:Justice Buried (Memphis Cold Case Series #2)
Author: Patricia Bradley
Pages: 384
Year: 2017
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The series begins with the first novel titled, Justice Delayed that was released earlier in 2017.Now, readers will enjoy book two in the series, Justice Buried that for me was more thrilling than the first novel!The main female character named Kelsey Allen is a woman who has guarded her heart for years, carried pain from her past and turned into one of the best athletic and daring women in her family.
Kelsey’s father disappeared over 20 years ago and is suspected of robbing the very museum of artifacts he oversaw, but did he?She is hired to be an undercover curator at the same museum her father once worked at, but only few people know her true identity.Kelsey was adopted by a man named Sam whom her mother married when Kelsey was very young; therefore, her different last name doesn’t reveal her biological father.
Kelsey loves her sister Sabra and niece Lily who loves t…

Missing Mabel (A Curl Up & Dye Mystery #1)

Title:Missing Mabel (A Curl Up & Dye Mystery #1)
Author:Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
I have read all of Nancy Mehl’s more recent books and was happy to discover she had written this mystery series earlier in her career.The story is set in Wichita, Kansas in the present.Hilde Higgins is a young, single woman with a very interesting and some might say strange job.She is a hairdresser for the deceased.She styles the hair of dead people before their funeral services.Her mother is not happy with her career choice, especially since she quit college to pursue this job.
Hilde is called to one of the local funeral homes for a job, but accidentally goes into the wrong room to discover the body of Mabel Winnemaker, awaiting delivery to the coroner’s office for an autopsy.Hilde is supposed to dress the hair of another woman.Hilde quickly leaves the room and finds the correct body and proceeds to do her job.A few days later she is called …

A Rebel in My House

Title:A Rebel in My House
Author: Sandra Merville Hart
Pages: 250
Year: 2017
Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Sandra Merville Hart’s novel is gripping from beginning to end!The first novel she wrote is titled, A Stranger on My Land, both stories take place in the historical timeframe of the War Between the States.When I finished reading her first novel, I couldn’t wait until she published another story.The tales she writes touch the heart and soul of readers in a unique way that defies words.
A Rebel in My House is a novel that brought tears to my eyes and that’s saying something.The detailed scenes and the characters seemed so alive to me that it was as if I was there witnessing what was occurring at the time.Sarah Hubbard is a single woman making her living as a dressmaker in Gettysburg when a stranger knocks on her door and requests aid.As time goes on it seems the danger is increasing near her home from the war so Sarah goes to live with her sister and ni…

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In Our Hands (The Battle for Jerusalem)

Title:In Our Hands (The Battle for Jerusalem)
Author: Erin Zimmerman
Year: 2017
Publisher: CBN
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Recently, I had been reminded of the Six-Day War in Israel by hearing about the movie, though it didn’t come to a theatre in my area, and through some articles in magazines.To realize it happened 50 years ago when I was 6 brought me up short as I don’t remember being taught in school about what occurred in another nation.
When my husband and I sat down to watch this docudrama, we were not sure what we would hear or see.What we did learn was an amazing testimony of how God miraculously brought confusion to the enemy, some of the Jewish people back to Jerusalem and the legacy the soldiers left behind!The cost in lives was high, but when we listened to the soldiers who fought or their children retelling what they knew, it touched out hearts!
We learned it wasn’t something to just listen to and then go on with life; it really made us aw…

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3)

Title:A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3)
Author: Susan May Warren
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The series includes two other outstanding books titled, Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. The characters from these novels continue in this third installment.Gage Watson is the man who had it all:fame, wealth and notoriety until he lost it all. Now, he serves on a rescue team known as PEAK. Everything is going along smoothly for Gage until some people try some very dangerous stunts and a woman from his past makes an appearance.Ella Blair is a senator and is one Gage has mixed emotions about. Ella herself carries guilt for her part in Gage losing so very much.
Now, they are on a mountain seeking to locate her brother and a friend who decided to go on a closed mountain side to try and ride the snow trail as Gage did years ago.What happens I will leave for readers to enjoy discovering as well as meeting a few new people in the novel that I hope the author brings to her next Mo…

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Searching for Irene review Plus!

Title:Searching for Irene
Author: Marlene Bateman

Marlene Bateman Sullivan grew up in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other cozy mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner
Pages: 272
Year: 2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating 5 out of 5.
The novel gripped me from the first page all the way till the surprise ending I never saw coming!I kept turning pages and trying to figure out who was responsible for Irene vanishing.Ana, being the oldest, comes to take her sister’s place without revealing whether she had or didn’t have a connection to Irene.The head of the household, Lawrence, nee…

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The Captivating Lady Charlotte

Title:The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Author:Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1814 and Lady Charlotte Featherington is presented to the Queen of England as part of her debut in society.She wishes to marry soon and her eye is captured by a young man at her “come-out” ball.Her parents, however, want her to marry a duke.Charlotte wants to marry for love.Her father is a well-placed aristocrat and will not be denied what he wants and that is for Charlotte to marry the widowed duke.Can she ever love this man?Is this what God really wants for her?
William Hartwell, the Duke of Hartington, is a widower.His first wife betrayed him by breaking her marriage vows with the scandal known throughout society.Now, all he wants is for his current wife to love him, not out of a sense of duty but because she truly loves him from her heart.But can he trust her with his heart or will she betray him as well?As they both struggle with their …