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Today is the day our son marries his lovely bride!

Today is the day Allen Edward  Johnson joins in marriage to Brittany Christian forever and ever! A movie themed wedding.....

September 30th 2017
We love you kids, God Bless you both on your special day!

We'll be back with more reviews after the wedding

Tonight we gather to practice and prepare for the joining of Allen and Brittany to take place on Saturday the 30th of September!

Love you both! Mom & Dad

Crown of Souls (The Tox Files #2)

Title:Crown of Souls (The Tox Files #2)
Author:Ronie Kendig
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Cole Russell commands a secret Special Forces unit that currently is on leave when Cole is shot by a sniper bullet.There is something unique about the bullet that leads to a familiar shooter.Cole and his unit are then hot on the trail of one of their own.Cole seems to be two steps behind his former friend, Alec King, and the bodies and violence are escalating.They discover that as Alec seems to be wearing an ancient crown, he becomes more and more deranged as well as more powerful.He wants Cole to joint his fight as he insists they are the same type of soldier.Cole recognizes feeling some of the same things Alec does and thinks about joining up with him.His girlfriend and deception expert, Haven, has other ideas and continues telling Cole what a different man he is than Alec.Cole still battles feeling guilty and unworthy of Haven’s love and respect.Can he sa…

The Jefferson Key

Title:The Jefferson Key
Author: Steve Berry
Pages: 480
Year: 2011
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Each book I read of Steve Berry’s is for me a lesson in the nuance of historical events and people.While the book is a work of fiction, at the end he kindly separates the facts from the fiction of his work.I am constantly amazed at the number of events that have escaped my notice or memory that make the novels all the more captivating to me from start to finish.
Cotton Malone reappears here to help locate his boss Stephanie and hopefully take down a rogue intelligence boss who is using her power for her own self-advancement.On top of this situation, the current U.S. President must deal with what is known as the Commonwealth, an organization that has existed from over 150 years and consider themselves beyond the reach of the law.Yet, one President put a kink in the Commonwealth’s dreams when a cipher was created and considered unbreakable.However, two pages of the Commonwe…

Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)

Title:Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)
Author: Janice Cantore
Pages: 432
Year: 2017
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
In the first book of a new series for the author, we meet a young policewoman who is a commander working in Long Beach when she becomes involved in a police shooting.Tess is a second-generation police officer whose father died years prior in the line of duty. Throughout the novel, what entertained me was reading Tess’s various rules she has collected over the years from her dad’s wisdom and her learning experience.
Now, due to the press and a certain blogger who is out to smear Tess’s reputation, Tess must find a police job elsewhere.But who would hire someone with all the bad press and think Tess capable of doing a good job?When Tess relocates reluctantly to what seems like a peaceful and low-key town without problems, quickly morphs into something totally different than Tess expected!
I have read most of Janice’s books over the years and each one is not just en…

Christmas Captive (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Christmas Captive (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Liz Johnson
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Christmas Captive is the 6th book in the Men of Valor series from Love Inspired.The other titles are: A Promise to Protect, SEAL Under Siege, Navy Seal Noel, Navy SEAL Security, and Hazardous Holiday all written by Liz Johnson.Like her other works of fiction, this story is attention-grabbing and heart-pounding action throughout the whole book!
A special wedding is about to take place on a ship that carries only the wedding party.When trouble breaks out, the only ones prepared are the terrorists.Though the maid of honor is a DEA agent named Amy Delgado and the best man is a SEAL named Jordan Somerton, no one on the cruise is prepared for the danger.What makes the now unforeseen mission tougher is that army and Jordan have a past that they either must put behind them or allow to keep them from rescuing a little kidnapped girl and catch those r…

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The Dark Heart (Dinah Harris Mystery #4)

Title:The Dark Heart (Dinah Harris Mystery #4)
Author:Julie Cave
Publisher: Master Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dinah Harris is visiting an old FBI friend, Elise Jones, who is now a detective in a small town.While in town, a body of a junkie is discovered.She has been strangled, but evidence is also found that she might not be who everyone thought she was.Dinah acts as a consultant on the case with Elise heading up the investigation.The many hours of leg work, phone calls and research begin to find the culprit.Evidence leads to the local town pastor as having had contact with the drug addict.Dinah soon discovers he had known the addict while he was in college 20 years before.Then, another woman’s body is also found strangled.She had worked a series of temporary jobs, but was known to move around a lot and not settle down.She, too, was also known to the pastor from his college days.She has multiple passports and social security numbers just like those found in the…

Bringing Maggie Home

Title:Bringing Maggie Home
Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:337 (ARC)
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
This is one of those novels that tells a story through flashes of memories in the past with a return to the present day.The three main characters are Hazel, Margaret Diane, and Meghan.They are three generations of family.Hazel is the grandmother, Diane her daughter and Meghan her granddaughter.Every summer Meghan would spend several weeks with her grandmother, but now that she is a grown woman she hasn’t seen her for a few years.Due to a car accident in which Meghan broke her ankle and needs to take time off from work to recuperate, so she decides to spend the time with her grandmother.When she arrives at her grandmother’s door, she is surprised (not happily) to find her mother there with her four dogs!Diane and Hazel have a very contentious relationship.They love each other, but they don’t get along.Their arguments put Meghan in the middle, feeling like she must…

Blown Away (Curl Up & Dye Mystery #2)

Title:Blown Away (Curl Up & Dye Mystery #2)
Author:Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Hilde Higgins and her boyfriend Adam are due to attend the funeral of one of Adam’s friends from their ministry Clowns for Christ who was accidentally electrocuted while working on a house.The members of the troupe are attending in full dress as clowns.Adam asks Hilde to stop by the gravesite before the service to make sure the deceased member’s clown hat is atop the gravestone.What Hilde discovers is not a hat at the head of the grave, but another dead body in the hole for the grave!As information is gathered about the crime, Adam becomes the prime suspect.
Hilde and her next-door neighbor, Gabe, are determined to clear Adam’s name.Along the way, Hilde must come to terms with her feelings of abandonment by her father as it is causing her some doubts about Adam.Hilde also has her best friend wanting to attend church with Hilde for the first time a…

Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)

Title:Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)
Author:Don Brown
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow, what a thrilling story!The setting is modern era Korea, both North and South.There have been rumors circulating that the North Koreans have a prison camp where they are still holding American servicemen from the Korean War.These prisoners have been held captive for sixty years!If the rumors are true, then Commander Christianson “Gunner” McCormick plans to rescue them no matter the cost.
Gunner comes from a wealthy family, but he doesn’t flaunt that and is a member of the U.S. Naval Intelligence branch of the service.His U.S. Marine grandfather went missing during the Korean War, leaving a hole in the life of his mother as she was only five years old when he disappeared.He is presumed dead, but in his memory Gunner vows to rescue these captive servicemen.His mother taught him to memorize Scripture every night while growing up, and the one that…

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Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)

Title:Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)
Author: Lisa Harris & Lynne Gentry
Pages: 350
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space Independent
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What a heart (no pun intended) gripping story has been written by these two gifted authors! Just wait until you read in the back of the book what spurred this novel to be written!If a little bit of graphic descriptions of body parts and blood bother you, please try not to let that keep you from reading this tale with a very surprising ending.
The story is staged both here in the United States and Africa, telling about organ donation and procurement.Along with that storyline is another about pharmaceutical testing of medicines and ultimately about greed with its consequences.Remember, this is fiction even though as I read the book I could envision all that was described as taking place.Here is a very good way of giving us insight into what parents of children or adults go through when needing an organ replacement.
I felt for the doc…

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Rule of Law

Title:Rule of Law
Author: Randy Singer
Pages: 480
Year: 2017
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
For Randy Singer, this story is his best ever in my opinion!I really enjoy legal thrillers and suspense type tales and what adds an extra boost to this book is how it also involves politics, the military and much more!The book may look daunting because of the number of pages; however, the action happens so fast you’ll be hard pressed to turn the pages quick enough!
The question as well as others that propels the tale is did the U.S. President send in the military fully knowing it was going to cost each serviceman their life?Did a couple of the key cabinet members or intelligence community keep information from the President that she needed to know?Once Paige, a girlfriend of one of the young men and a Kristen now a widow receive information from someone calling themselves the Patriot, Paige, who is a young lawyer, is burning with more questions than answers.
The material that the Patri…

Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3)

Title:Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3)
Author:Sandra Orchard
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
This is the third book in the Serena Jones Mystery series.Serena works for the FBI as an agent in the artistic crimes division.On this adventure, she is with her parents on the way to a wedding of her dad’s best friend.Upon arrival, said friend has just been found dead.Is it murder or an accident?Serena is upset over the death as she spent many summers with Uncle Jack and has lots of great memories.She can’t let his death remain in limbo as to whether it was accidental or not.Unbeknownst to her, the two men vying for her affections, Nate and Tanner, show up separately to help her solve the case.As Serena asks questions, more questions pop up.She also is dealing with two men who seem interested in her one minute, then turn cold the next.Her Aunt Martha is also active in seeking out clues, which adds some funny moments into the story.Of course, everything gets wrapped …

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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

Title:My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma
Author: Andrea Boeshaar
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1816, the place Middletown, Virginia where McAlister Albright has now bought property to build a home.Once he was a sea captain and now he wants to be on land with desires to start afresh from his past.Here is where he meets his nearest neighbor named Lily who lives with her aunt and two brothers in their home since her father’s passing.
Sounds like a love story waiting to happen, right?Well, not all is what it seems to be as Mr. Everett, who is definitely a mean man; yet, what he lets others see of him is not even close to the “real” man.With pure genius at work, Andrea leads readers into a deeper mystery veiled in the story that will keep people turning pages until the very end.
I really enjoyed the story with its climax, unique set of characters, and adventure always occurring in the pages.In the novel, there was neve…

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Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4)

Title:Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4)
Author:Carrie Stuart Parks
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Gwen Marcey has finally gotten a full-time job, although she is on probation for four weeks until she can earn her first paycheck.She volunteers to take a case that really doesn’t appear to need a forensic artist, but is eerily like events from Gwen’s past.She arrives in Idaho at the Nez Perce Reservation to begin helping the local police force in a double homicide.Two parents of been brutally murdered and their 4-year-old daughter has gone missing.As Gwen works the case, she begins having flashbacks of memories from her own childhood and thinks that maybe what happened in her past could be linked to what is going on now.This is a hard sell to the local police chief.When Gwen starts to follow leads on her own case instead of the double homicide case, the chief lets Gwen’s boss know that she has missed some interview appointments and is distracte…

We Have Not Forgoten the Fallen nor the family & Friends

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Deadly Proof

Title:Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice Series #1)
Author: Rachel Dylan
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany Publishers
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What an exciting and provocative new book by author Rachel Dylan where legal courtroom battles will capture not just your mind but your heart as well.When an up-and-coming bright lawyer is tapped for lead counsel to take on a pharmaceutical company allegedly responsible for knowingly putting people at risk with deaths having occurred, Kate Sullivan finds herself being a walking target.Strange things happen to her materials, as well as between her and the opposing counsel who was a friend in college and more!
The most intriguing legal thriller to come out in a long time!People like me who get into reading legal thrillers aren’t going to want to pass this book up!I learned so much about what it takes to prepare for big cases and the multiple people it takes to put legs to finding answers.I love how Rachel paints such a vivid portrait of the pharma …

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Miss Leslie’s Secret

Title:Miss Leslie’s Secret
Author:Jennifer Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Conall Stewart has arrived home from fighting a war only to find his home destroyed and his family gone.No one seems to be able to locate them.With no place to live, Conall migrates to a small village and rents a home.He relishes being back in Scotland and being part of a community.He has dearly missed his homeland.His eye catches Aileen Leslie, but she keeps her distance from him.He employs her young son with various odd jobs.Conall quickly develops an affinity for young Jamie and sees that he is a hard worker who takes pride in a job well done.He also begins to consider Aileen as a friend and perhaps more.
Aileen Leslie came to the village about eight years ago.No one knows her past, except Mrs. Campbell her next-door neighbor who arrived with Aileen.Aileen is a beekeeper to support herself and her son.She will not accept charity, but as Jamie spends …

Reunited by Danger (Cedar Key Series) Review

Title:Reunited by Danger (Cedar Key Series)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5.
Have you ever gone to your high school reunion and been surprised by how some people have changed and the choices they made brought a different result to their adulthood?Right from the beginning, in the final book of the Cedar Key Series, readers will be hooked and drawn in when at a reunion one classmate is discovered dead outside.That is just the beginning of six people who were close during high school and now are slowly but surely being eliminated one by one.It all starts with a Facebook invite to the party by what turns out to be a deceased classmate.
Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyon are collaborating to find the killer before anymore classmates disappear.However, one of the people the killer is after is Amber herself.Amber is a local police officer who initially isn’t afraid for her life, but when the killer ups the ante, Amber’s thinkin…

Buried Memories (Cedar Key Series) Review

Title:Buried Memories (Cedar Key Series)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What an intense and mind-blowing story!I have read the prior three novels in the Cedar Key Series: Hidden Identity, Shattered Haven and Mistletoe Justice with each being an exciting tale.However, the author outdoes herself with this story from the start.Some of the characters return from the other books and the action takes place mainly in Cedar Key, but what captured my attention was guessing if the main character, Nicki Jackson, really saw her mother murdered or not.
Throughout the book, Nicki is being stalked, threatened, and a victim of vandalization of all she owns because someone thinks she can identify the man who took her mother’s life 20 years ago.The nightmares return of that night when the Nicki learns the case has been reopened.Her best friend from her broken childhood is back from serving his country, Tyler Brant, and he wants to keep…

Mistletoe Justice Review

Title:Mistletoe Justice (Cedar Key Series)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 224
Year: 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The Cedar Key series includes prior books titled, Hidden Identity and Shattered Haven. While each book in the series is a unique story, the place and characters continue throughout.Reading all the stories isn’t absolutely necessary, but I know I enjoyed each book more knowing what occurred in other novels.
Carol J. Post takes readers on an adventure in this book when Darci Tucker who formerly owned her own store now works for a man who is turning out to have dubious business transactions.Darci needs the job to support her and her autistic son Jayden so Darci tries to ignore what she is sensing, but soon it seems that ignoring the danger isn’t going to make it go away.Her boss is doing something on her computer during off-business hours and when Darci discovers what is happening, the tension skyrockets!
Conner is one of the mechanics working there…

Hidden Identity Review

Title:Hidden Identity (Cedar Key #1)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 218
Year: 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Megan is living in Cedar Key and hoping no one can find her.When she helps rescue a senator from a plane crash she becomes the center of peoples’ unwanted attention.Megan is trying to live a life free from her past and all the fear she carries around with her daily.Now that her face is on the news, she knows it is only a matter of time until the past catches up to her, and just may kill her.However, she does have some protection and the attention of a police officer, Hunter Kingston, along with the help of some of his fellow officers.As time goes by though the line between protection and attraction is getting blurred.Just how many times can Megan continue to guard her heart, and stay alive another day to enjoy the friends she is making?
This is a riveting suspense-filled story readers will enjoy for the action and also for the possibility of a relatio…

Shattered Haven Review

Title:Shattered Haven (Cedar Key Series)
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 216
Year: 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
In this installment of the Cedar Key series, the focus is on finding the stalker who is relentlessly terrorizing Allison.She has come to Cedar Key to start her life over and leave the shame of her past behind.So, Allison sails customers around various points on Cedar Key which helps supports herself.She loves the freedom sailing brings!Now, the well-built wall she has around her heart is in danger of crumbling when she meets a former police officer named Blake from Dallas.
But wait there is more to the story!Carol J. Post has crafted a tale that will bring readers into the adventure and keep them turning pages until the very end.I love her writings as she brings faith, romance, mystery and a touch of danger all together.I quickly got caught up in the story and wondered how it was all going to come to a climax and then conclusion.Carol does an exce…

Carol J. Post's Cedar Key Series books & blurbs

Allison Winchester's old Victorian house contains a valuable secret code, one that someone is dead set on uncovering. After her house is ransacked and her life is threatened, she has no choice but to accept the protection of injured ex-cop Blake Townsend. Allison never thought she'd trust a man with secrets again—and Blake is as much a mystery as the man who is stalking her. The lawman vows to shield her from the dangerous criminal. But can Blake and Allison decipher the mysterious code before their island safe haven becomes their ultimate resting place?
When Meagan Berry is caught on camera rescuing a senator, she knows her cover's been blown. After faking her death, she's spent months keeping her identity hidden from an abusive ex-fiancé. Now he's on her trail in remote Cedar Key, Florida. Officer Hunter Kingston knows Meagan's running from something, but he can't imagine anyone wishing harm on the pretty artist. Then an intru…