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Storming the Black Ice (Pacific Rim Series #3)

Title:Storming the Black Ice (Pacific Rim Series #3)
Author:Don Brown
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is the third book of the Pacific Rim Series, and it introduces some new characters.All the books in the series could be read as standalone stories.The setting begins in Antarctica with an Argentinian officer uncovers petroleum sources previously discovered, but kept secret by Great Britain.Great Britain and Chile come to a secret accord to develop and share in the profits as they both share overlapping territory in this region.However, now that Argentina is aware of this accord, they join with Venezuela to fight against Britain and Chile.Britain asks the U.S. for help.
Meanwhile, submarine commander Pete Miranda has been thinking about retirement from the Navy.However, his superior asks him to stick around for one last mission that should take approximately six months, perhaps a year to complete.He will be training Chilean sailors on how to man a …

A Casualty of War (A Bess Crawford Mystery #9)

Title:A Casualty of War (A Bess Crawford Mystery #9)
Author:Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Bess Crawford is once again called on to help a soldier in need.This time the soldier, Alan Travis, claims that a soldier in a British uniform tried to kill him, a British soldier himself and not once, but twice.The soldier looks very much like Alan’s cousin.Alan suffers a head wound that causes the aid station to doubt his claims.He is returned to active duty after being cleared by the Base Hospital.When he is returned to the aid station with a bullet wound in his back, claiming the same soldier tried to kill him again, the authorities investigate his claims.It is discovered that the man Alan claims tried to kill him is dead.Now, the hospital staff begins to doubt his sanity and perhaps the first wound to his head was more serious than they thought.He is transferred to a mental hospital until he can be further evaluated.Bess feels responsible…

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Frontier Destiny (Preacher: The Epic Continues)

Title:Frontier Destiny (Preacher: The Epic Continues)
Author: William W. Johnstone
Pages: 568
Year: 2017
Publisher: Pinnacle
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
First, let me say I cannot wait until another book like this is released!I loved reading 40 Guns West followed by Blackfoot Messiah.Preacher is a mountain man who avoids towns and prefers to be out in the wilderness.He knows the mountain range like the back of his hand. He is known by many tribes and names.While some are friendly towards him, others at least respect his ways.Preacher is a no-nonsense man and cares little for those who harm others, rob, cheat, steal or are in his neighborhood bringing destruction to the beauty of the wild.
While he is very different from his siblings, he loves his parents.Once in a while, he visits them in town though not for long.Preacher’s siblings think he is crazy and have really very little understanding or tolerance of the man.Preacher refuses to fit anyone’s mold but his own.I like that while he also …

Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy #3)

Title:Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy #3)
Author: Mary Connealy
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
To really enjoy this story, please start with the first book in the series, No Way Up followed by Long Time Gone as the characters and plot are continued from book one all the way through to the final, Too Far Down.Mary Connealy’s finale in this series kept me up through one whole night so I could read the book in one sitting. That’s how exciting and adventuresome the Cimarron Legacy series is, and you don’t want to miss out!
The excitement began for me from the first page until the last.Throughout the book, it never let up!With many characters’ actions ongoing along with the threats to the ranch while at the same time the parents being in a different state and experiencing troubles there, makes for engaging a reader from the get-go.I couldn’t read or turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen, or where the danger was going to come from next!

12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Book #1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas)

Title:12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Book #1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas)
Author: Michelle Griep
Pages: 192
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Like a well-woven Dickens tale, Michelle Griep has amazingly accomplished a well-crafted tale with the flavor of a mystery.The characters are various and few, but don’t let that fool you as what happens the moment one starts reading the book is before too long you just must keep reading! The story is set in the year 1850 which helps also bring atmosphere to the tale being told.
The lead female is a young woman with a broken heart, living with her aunt near the poverty level. This picture of her current situation is opposite to where and how she once lived.The lead male is to be married a year by now, but instead he is cold, starving and beaten in a cold jail cell in London.Out of nowhere envelopes are timely hand delivered to specific individuals with various promises if they remain for the 12 days at the manor. Who …

Fire of the Raging Dragon (Pacific Rim Series #2)

Title:Fire of the Raging Dragon (Pacific Rim Series #2)
Author:Don Brown
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Stephanie Surber is serving as a junior naval officer aboard a submarine tender that suddenly is embroiled in a conflict involving Taiwan and China.Her ship is the first on the scene of the conflict that began when China invaded a small island manned by Taiwanese forces.China took over the island because of the natural gas abundancy.Taiwan sends forces to retaliate and the U.S. sends the closest available naval forces to intervene in the hopes of preventing escalation to war.Stephanie’s ship is sure to see action.The only problem is Stephanie is removed from the ship so she won’t face danger as her father is the President of the U.S.
Gunner McCormick returns from book one and in this tale, he is advising on the relationship between China and Taiwan, where various U.S. forces are positioned and he is sent to retrieve the President’s daughter.However,…

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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: Legacy of Grace #3)

Title:The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides:Legacy of Grace #3)
Author:Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ben Kemsley is a sea captain who is recuperating at his sister’s house in Brighton after a knee injury sustained during a ship wreck.He was a hero as he managed to swim for help while injured to save the survivors of the wreck.The Prince Regent even mentioned giving him a monetary reward in the newspaper.Ben hasn’t seen a cent of a reward and doesn’t have much to offer a future wife, not that he is looking for a wife.He is drawn to the cliffs on a dark, stormy night.Once he arrives he sees a woman slip and fall over the cliffside.He manages to grab her wrist and pull her to safety.She quietly and quickly thanks him, then runs off.
Clara DeLancey is depressed.The earl she thought she had an understanding with, though not formally engaged, has married another and left her humiliated in the eyes of society.The actions of…


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The Serpent's Grasp

Title:The Serpent’s Grasp
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 500
Year: 2017
Publisher: Hallway Publishing
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
For three days, I couldn’t look at anything else; I was glued to the novel!I’m not a fast reader by any means, but I sure love a good book.What’s a good book?Well, for me it’s one that is written to entertain, thought provoking, action packed, suspense filled and one wild and crazy ride!Here is such a novel by C. Kevin Thompson!
The story uses many aspects including military, intelligence agencies, science community, fascinating and clandestine characters, etc.At the beginning and throughout the novel, we are introduced to both the broken side of humanity and the hope that God alone can bring to peoples’ lives.There is a touch of romance in the book, but mainly it is the search for truth about a possible sea monster that for some reason is beginning to become extremely aggressive.
The author does a fantastic job of showing how one’s belief system whether creatio…

Bringing Maggie Home

Title:Bringing Maggie Home
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What a challenging story to write, I thought as I read the synopsis before even getting the book.How can an author take a genre such as cold cases, family rifts, faith, and more to come up with moving book?I don’t know how Kim did it but she succeeded beyond my imagination!
I placed myself with in the novel whether I was the mother, grandmother or daughter.In any case I could understand the feelings expressed, words said and the healing that needed to be attempted after 7 decades of secrets.Not just secrets but guilt, and we see how unreleased guilt can destroy or bring difficulty not just within the person carrying the guilt but others within that character’s sphere of life.
I thought of the movie The Shack as I read it which made imagining the scenes more realistic for me.One of the reasons I read Kim’s novels is because as a reader one might conclude how the book will…

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)

Title:When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)
Author:Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Henry Lapp, the bishop for the local Amish community, is a widower.As a result, he eats at a local diner often.He develops a friendship with one of the young waitresses.He notices that she always seems wary and looking over her shoulder to see if someone is watching her.He asks what is wrong and she eventually confides a little of her suspicions to Henry.Henry once again uses his amazing drawing talents to recreate scenes from the diner and others to help discover commonalities and perhaps what this young waitress was afraid of.
Henry is also an avid birdwatcher and goes to a federal nature refuge to watch cranes.On one of his treks, he discovers a dead body.Since the body was discovered on federal land, the FBI is involved.Henry is the number one suspect in the crime from the get-go according to the agent in charg…

Copper Country (A Copper Island Novel #2)

Title:Copper Country (A Copper Island Novel #2)
Author: Kristin Neva
Pages: 286
Year: 2017
Publisher: The Christmas Tree House
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The series begins with the novel titled, Snow Country where we meet a wide variety of characters.The author writes from her personal knowledge gained as she was raised on Copper Island.That enhances her ability to describe scenes that are riveting.I believe too that with the firsthand experience of living on that island she can place her characters into situations that are captivating for readers.
The uniqueness of the story continues with the way the old Finns language is used as well as some of the unique foods that are favorites served in the book’s café.One of the main characters is Amiee Mallon who has come from a family where her father abandoned her, her only sibling is a brother who doesn’t care about their parents and her mother has let herself go.Amiee though feels responsible for her mother even though her mother doesn’t take ca…

Vanishing Point (A Nikki Boyd Novel)

Title:Vanishing Point (A Nikki Boyd Novel)
Author:Lisa Harris
Pages:307 (ARC)
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Most this novel takes place in the past with just the last quarter of the book taking place in the present day.This story focuses on a serial killer that has left a string of dead girls, but no clues.The first case occurs in 2002.The task force is formed spearheaded by Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert.Time goes by and then another body is found or another girl is reported missing.The count gets to six with the team no closer to finding the killer.One of the missing girls is Nikki Boyd’s sister.Garrett and Jordan have been dancing around their feelings for one another, but in the end, they both go their separate ways in 2006.Garrett changes jobs while Jordan continues working for the FBI.
A decade passes with no missing girls and then the pattern starts up again.A young girl’s body is found and Garrett and his old team are reunited to finally try to put an…

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Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3)

Title:Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor #3)
Author:Dani Pettrey
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Declan Grey and Tanner Shaw will now be working together.They have met before and gotten on each other’s nerves.Now, they must work together to try to discover any information they can about a suspected terrorist plot that is to happen sometime, somewhere in Baltimore.As they question people involved with transporting weapons and people involved in the plot, people begin to be silenced…permanently.Tanner and Declan themselves become targets with their lives threatened.While working the case, the two spend lots of time together and let their guard down.They begin to see the real person beneath the work persona everyone else sees, and they begin to like each other more and more.
While trying to stop this plot that could kill thousands, Declan also learns that his old coach is suspected of embezzling money from his clients as he is a financial advisor.This is the…

A Time to Stand

Title:A Time to Stand
Author: Robert Whitlow
Pages: 416
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
This is a riveting page-turner that packs a punch of truth and faith set in a tale that could easily be taken from newspaper headlines of today!Robert Whitlow’s novels have been a favorite of mine for many years and I look forward to whatever he writes. This novel really puts the bar high, setting this novel apart from his other works.Why? The author takes readers behind possible headlines and society issues to learn and consider the way individuals are impacted by violence, job loss, work politics and how we can live out our faith.The living out of an individual’s faith on both sides of the case involving a police action shooting in the story shows just how tough it can really be.
What Robert Whitlow also shares in the book is a powerful way to bridge two opposing sides in a way that glorifies God.Adisa is the main female character who is a lawyer and a brilliant one, too…

Gathering the Threads (A Novel: The Amish of Summer Grove #3)

Title:Gathering the Threads (A Novel: The Amish of Summer Grove #3)
Author:Cindy Woodsmall
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The series begins with Ties that Bind followed by Fraying at the Edge before concluding with this book.I highly suggest reading the books in order as the story develops on many fronts with differing characters plus it is quite enthralling to read.I found myself caught up in the story of Arianna and Skylar’s predicament as well as how it was impacting the community and families.
The author did a wonderful job by including a recap of the story from the first two books in the series to help remind readers what has occurred in the plot up to this point.I found including that very helpful, especially when time has elapsed between books for those who are voracious readers to be reminded of what happened as well as who the players are in the story.
The author really kept me suspended as I kept reading to try and learn what the final decisi…

Fraying at the Edge (Summer Grove #2)

Title:Fraying at the Edge (Summer Grove #2)
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Pages: 352
Year: 2016
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The first novel in the series is titled, Ties that Bind, which introduces us to two families from different worlds, the Amish one and the English one. Two women brought up in different societies with polar-opposite type parents, expectations, understanding of the world and so much more.Through each chapter the questions of the soul and heart for Skylar and Ariana get deeper, more complex and without quick resolution.
Skylar is learning not to live dependent on drugs and learning who she is without them as well as who she is on the inside.What is Skylar made for and what is in her future?Those seem to be just a couple of the questions Skylar has ruminating within her.Ariana is glad to see the café booming, but no longer is sure of who she is when she notices herself acting, thinking and talking differently when she returns to Summer Grove.
The author…

Ties that Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove #1)

Title: Ties that Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove #1)
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Pages: 352
Year: 2015
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
In Ties That Bind, readers meet with a surprising start that ends up entwining two families.One family is the Brennemans who are Amish and at the midwife’s clinic giving birth to a set of twins, a boy and a girl.Also, there at the clinic is a woman named Brandi who is an English woman who unexpectedly went into labor and needed help, eventually ending up at the local hospital. Sounds like a quiet beginning to the tale until you learn other details such as they were giving birth at the time the clinic caught on fire!
Twenty years go by and the Amish mother, Lovina, who has had some doubts whether her daughter was hers or Brandi’s finds herself caught up in a mystery due to the blanket she was working on when her babies were born.What follows is an ever-deepening story not just of Ariana or Skylar’s possible mix up, but the ripple effects th…

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If We Make It Home (A Novel of Faith and Survival in the Oregon Wilderness)

Title:If We Make It Home (A Novel of Faith and Survival in the Oregon Wilderness)
Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Pages: 272
Year: 2017
Publisher: Kregel
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is a powerful story about four women who were college buds.When they left college, they let their relationships fade.Now, decades later, they come back for a reunion that holds surprises and life lessons they will never forget, that is if they live through it.Each of the four women is unique and different in personality, life experiences and more.Hope used to own a small coffee shop on the campus, but her daughter does now.Ireland is a college professor who is asked to take sabbatical.Jenna, whose triplets have left the nest, and she has no idea what to do with herself except to stay inside the house and eat.Finally, Vicky by all appearances is successful, has a wonderful husband and family.However, appearances can be deceiving.
Ireland, Jenna and Vicky, together with a quirky guide they aren’t too sure abou…

Jeremy Camp: The Answer

The Answer Music Video:                                                                                                                                                                                        Title:The Answer CD Author: Jeremy Camp Year: 2017 Publisher: Sparrow My rating 5 out of 5 stars. The Answer was a very enjoyable CD to listen to. Its central theme is looking to God and trusting in Him throughout life’s struggles and roadblocks. We all experience misery, loss, pain, and sometimes we have trouble looking in the right places for answers to questions like, “Why did this happen?Why did I lose someone that I love? Who can I turn to in this time of grief?” We all have questions like that and too often we turn to the addictions of this world in an effort to fill that hole in our hearts. Jeremy Camp’s song, The Answer, is about turning to Jesus when we feel alone in the midst of our suffering and hu…

Lady Jane Disappears

Title:Lady Jane Disappears
Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Pages: 416
Year: 2017
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Aurelie Harcourt is a young woman who has an uncanny way of telling stories that entertain and teach at the same time.Aurelie learned that from her father who she stayed with in debtor’s prison because she had nowhere else to go.Aurelie had her father’s family, who she eventually had to stay with after her father’s demise in prison.However, she finds herself not only a stranger among family, but undesired as well.
The author weaves a very heart-gripping story of this young woman’s desire to find out what happened to her mother while trying to “fit in” to the family when they don’t even want her in the house.The other members in the house may or may not really be who they appear to be, especially regarding the woman they look at as an intruder.
As Aurelie walks throughout the mansion, she comes across a room that has clues in it as to who her mother may have been, but…