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Macy Author: April McGowan

Author: April McGowan
Pages: 262
Year: 2014
Publisher: WhiteFire
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What a unique story that unfolds within these pages!There are a multitude of heart-touching interactions between the main character, Macy, beginning with her husband and family.Macy is abandoned in a diner when her husband leaves her because she has refused to relinquish the life growing inside her.My heart was pulled as I read what happened with and to Macy as she begins trying to build a life with nothing to her name.
The novel points out how women in abusive marriages can slowly find a new life until they are able to decide what the future may hold for them.Macy, while not physically abused, was certainly emotionally abused, as well as having her mother’s hand in her marriage along with how controlling Macy’s husband was in keeping her from knowing anything outside of what he revealed.
The theme of struggling with believing in God during these times while learning to forgive by showing j…

Christmas on the Run (Mission Rescue)

Title:Christmas on the Run (Mission Rescue)
Author:Shirlee McCoy
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Carly Kelley is on the run…literally.She is begin chased by a man while out on her morning jog.She has kept to her normal routine recently, even though she has felt like she is being watched.Just as her text warned, she has not talked to the police or told anyone about the threats issued to her, her young son and her best friend via text.She is a restorer and designer of antique jewelry and her skills are in demand for an unknown criminal to be put to illegal use.Carly is desperate for help and discovers her deceased husband’s brother lives nearby.She decides to risk contacting him for help.
Dallas Morgan has watched the female jogger who has run by his house for the last few mornings and is curious why she comes up to his porch, but doesn’t knock.He soon finds out and it is a lot more than he could imagine.He quickly realizes Carly needs his h…

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Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)

Title:Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Author:Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Colin Flynn and his two best friends meet every other Saturday to catch up on their lives and share a meal.One Saturday he tells them about his latest case.His two friends immediately sense a reticence about Colin regarding a suspect.They grill him and he finally admits he is attracted to the suspect, an attractive art teacher.Colin tries not to show his friends too much of his feelings, but they know him too well and see through his apparent nonchalance.Colin must keep a professional distance during the case.He doesn’t think Trish is guilty of any crime, but he must find proof to clear her as well as find the true perpetrator.
Trish Bailey is a young, widowed, art teacher who has moved in with her mother to help her after her mother sustained serious injuries in a car accident.This accident also took the life of her father and her husband.Trish’s parents are …

Deadly Proof

Title:Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Author:Rachel Dylan
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Kate Sullivan has just been named lead counsel in a huge case with several defendants suing a large pharmaceutical company.Their drug to treat migraines also causes brain tumors.The lawsuits allege that the company knew the drug caused brain tumors, but released it to the public anyway.Kate is pitted against her friend, Ethan, as he has been tapped to defend the company.As prep work begins on the case, Kate hires a private detective, Landon, to investigate leads provided by a potential whistleblower.However, the whistleblower is found murdered before any information can be discovered by Landon. Kate is the only one who met with the whistleblower and has been told to dig deeper because there is more going on than just this one drug.
As the case progresses, Kate faces personal attacks and Landon begins to serve as protection for her as well as to investigate.An…

Alpha and Omega by Kutless

Music Review: Alpha and Omega by Kutless
Album producer: BEC recordings
Release year: 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Alpha and Omega is a great album by the music group Kutless. It is filled with songs of worship, giving praise to God and encouraging others to be spiritually uplifted in times of darkness. The songs remind us who God is and what He has done for us and what He continues to do for us. How great and mighty is He who will fight our battles, shows us that in our weakness He is strong. And no matter how lost we are, He is there with arms open wide. He is love (track 6).
I would recommend this album to others for its encouraging songs. When the night seems to be at its darkest moment, Jesus is there to shine the light and lift us up from the mud and filth of our sins. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the Savior of mankind. It is a great album that I hope will encourage others to continue to be faithful in their walk with the Lord. I also hope this album will speak to some of …

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From Fields of Promise

Title:From Fields of Promise
Author: Rebekah Colburn
Pages: 370
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I love reading historical fiction, though I have a few favorite timeframes, events, and authors I enjoy.What about you?Well, let me introduce you to an author who wrote Fields of Promise where two characters from two prior novels, On Grounds of Honor & For the Cause of Freedom, become the central players in this tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War.Other characters from the books mentioned above also make appearances, but the story’s central focus is on Mariah and Isaac.
Mariah became a widow shortly before the war ended, and Isaac came home to find that his wife had acted in an unseemly way while he was away.Both have broken hearts and a future that holds no promise.They own nothing and are dealing not just with broken hearts but ghosts from their pasts that crop up often, causing them to relive painful memories.
While Isaac is there to help Mariah save the …

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For the Cause of Freedom (My Brother’s Flag #2)

Title:For the Cause of Freedom (My Brother’s Flag #2)
Author: Rebekah Colburn
Pages: 400
Year: 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What a heart-grabbing tale filled with action, adventure and fraught with danger.The bigger picture is dealing with whether a fractured family can be made whole again when two brothers served for different sides.What happens to the human heart and soul when families are torn asunder due to vastly different beliefs and decisions made in the heat of the moment?
The story focuses on the younger of two brothers, Charlie, and his adventures or misadventures as he serves for the cause he believes is just.In the background, is mention of some historical facts that are woven in the tale.However, the author really centers her attention on a single family that is really a snapshot of what was happening all throughout the nation in this time of war.
Can faith really make stone cold hearts that refuse to forgive, melt and forgive never to recall the pain o…

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On Grounds of Honor (My Brothers Flag #1)

Title:On Grounds of Honor (My Brothers Flag #1)
Author: Rebekah Colburn
Pages: 332
Year: 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Whether it is referred to as The War Between the States or the Civil War, this tale is captivating.If you love to read historical fiction, this book is one you’ll enjoy!The characters’ family name is Turner with the father, two grown sons and a large farm in Maryland.The Turners work hard each day from sunrise to sunset when the growing rumble of war edges closer to intruding upon the family’s life.
The Turner sons, Jeremiah and Charlie, have opposing views about the War.Their father urges calm, taking no part in dividing the family let alone the nation.However, soon it becomes apparent that the family can no longer live day-to-day as if the war is somewhere far away.Jeremiah is married to Clara and soon enlists.Clara must learn how to live without her husband, trying not to fear losing the love of her life and keep the home fires burning.
Charlie ha…

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The Gift (The Amish of Hart County #3)

Title:The Gift (The Amish of Hart County #3)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:248 (ARC)
Publisher: Avon Inspire
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Susanna Schwartz and her family are excited to be living on their own farm for the first time ever.Her father had to work for an Englisher on a farm until they could save enough money to buy their own farm.They have had to leave their Amish community in Ohio and move to Kentucky, but they are looking forward to making new friends as well as celebrating Christmas in their new home.Soon after the move in, Susanna has a buggy accident when her horse is spooked by some gunshots fired too close to the buggy.The shooter is not caught and she begins to think maybe a hunter had some shots go astray.She learns that the local community isn’t very friendly toward her family.The circumstances of the family who had lived on the farm previously and had been forced to sell their home are made known to her.She meets one of the sons of that family, who she…

Love Held Captive (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story #3)

Title:Love Held Captive (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story #3)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
In this third book of the series, readers have the romances of Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe presented.The story is set in Texas in the year 1867, just a couple of years after the end of the Civil War.All the main male characters in this series fought for the Confederacy.
Ethan Kelly is now a gambler after the war, refusing to return home and take over the vast Kelly family ranch.He is haunted by the memory of a woman who had her home raided by Ethan and a small band of soldiers during the war, taking the last of everything she had.He knows he acted ungentlemanly to say the least and longs to make it right, but how?He doesn’t even know her name.He returns to his rooms at a hotel to find that very woman in his room, shaking in fear.
Devin Monroe has spent most of his life around men with little experience interacting with ladies.One parti…

Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery)

Title:Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery) Author: Donn Taylor Pages: 312 Year: 2017 Publisher: Lamplighter Mysteries My rating 5 out of 5 stars. The first book in the series to read is Rhapsody in Red.Book two in the series is titled, Murder, Mezzo Forte.The series is about a quirky kind of professor of history who ends up involved in solving murders.Preston has a sidekick who is also a professor although in a different area of study named Mara.Both Preston and Mara have personal histories that affect a possible romance or future together. The one thing Preston keeps doing in this installment that I laughed at was always having a ham sandwich and coffee when at home; this character evidently can’t cook.A good friend of Preston’s committed suicide. At least that is the ruling and what he is told when he comes to the university to teach a summer course.However, that never set well with Preston and while teaching, he meets with the widow and she asks him to look in to her husband’s d…

Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)

Title:Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)
Author:Mel Starr
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Master Hugh de Singleton now narrates his tenth chronicle for readers.Once again, readers are transported to the village of Brampton, England in the 14th century.Hugh is tasked once again with solving a murder in his role as bailiff for Lord Gilbert.This time murder visits someone Hugh knows from the village, someone he has worked with before.
In searching for clues, Hugh must make many trips to Oxford as well as a local abbey.More and more thefts are begin committed in the area, as well as murder.Hugh chases down clues related to a group of well-dressed young gentlemen as well as a group of poorly clad scholars or priests in ragged black robes.Are either group connected to the crimes, or is there another criminal at work yet to be discovered?
In addition, Hugh visits his father-in-law while in Oxford and discovers him close to …


Author: Brandilyn Collins
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Stonewater Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
In this fictional story, a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter moves to a small town to begin their lives over after being shattered by divorce.Cara begins working for a man who owns his own business, making investments for them, preparing taxes and more.Barely there two weeks and Cara’s life is about to take a twist that boggles the mind as the man she works for will intimidate her to do his bidding. The man is J. L. Larrett.The town believes is an upstanding citizen and wonderful family man.J. L. knows everyone in town and therefore he begins to bully Cara into doing his underhanded actions or face the consequences.
What Cara never sees coming is the cunning and deceiving way her boss soon entraps not just her but also her 13-year-old daughter Riley.So begins the rollercoaster ride for Cara, feeling more and more of her life coming under her the control of her boss wi…

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Miraculous Signs

Miraculous Signs: The miracles and miraculous authority invested into the twelve validated the message by proving that the power of the kingdom was present with them. In the Messianic Era, sickness and disease will be subdued, the dead will be raised, and Satan and his evil servants will be bound in chains.

Many Sparrows

Title:Many Sparrows
Author: Lori Benton
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
If you have never read any of Lori Benton’s novels, now is a great time to start!Her newest novel grabbed my heart and attention from the first words all the way through till the very climactic conclusion!Lori Benton brings together threads of Scripture, faith, romance, action and adventure plus more to weave a masterpiece that was worth waiting for!
Set in the prerevolutionary times in the Ohio and Kentucky lands, readers will be instantly drawn into a story when a family enters territory that is set to explode with an Indian uprising.There is palpable tension between the wife and her husband which only escalates when he leaves to find help after their wagon breaks down.Soon, it becomes apparent that Philip isn’t coming back to Clare, who is near her birthing time, and their small son Jacob.
When the pangs of birth begin, much sooner than she thought, she goes to a place to give bi…

Seaside Secrets (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)

Title:Seaside Secrets (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)
Author: Dana Mentink
Pages: 219
Year: 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
As a reader, do you ever look for something to read that is quick but exciting to read? I enjoy the many different stories and authors in the Love Inspired Suspense books.These books include romance, action, adventure and more.They are small enough to carry around and short enough for when a quick read is all one desires.I picked up Dana’s book recently from my personal library collection as the picture and the series, Pacific Coast Private Eyes, is about a diverse family who endured tragedy and came from various careers to keep their father’s company operating.
In this installment, we read Navy Chaplain Angela Gallaher’s story about serving overseas and coming home on leave to see if her shattered life and faith can be restored.While in the town of Cobalt Cove, taking time to face her personal struggle with PTSD, she meets Dr. Dan Blackw…

A Dangerous Legacy

Title:A Dangerous Legacy Author:Elizabeth Camden Pages:339 Year:2017 Publisher: Bethany House My rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Sir Colin Beckwith has come to the United States from Britain to improve Reuters subscriptions and hopefully marry a rich heiress to infuse his crumbling estates, Whitefriars, with much need cash to make repairs.He also supports 90 tenant workers on his estate.He knows he is marrying for money and not for love, but he is determined to carry on the family legacy and lands.He meets Lucy and soon wants her to be in his life permanently, but she has no money to provide as a dowry so they go their separate ways.That is until she learns of an assassination plot and reels him into the fray. Lucy Drake has fought her wealthy relatives all her life.A 40-year-old lawsuit has cost her just about everything.She works as a telegrapher for the AP, which is housed in the same building as their competitor, Reuters.To keep tabs on the case, her brother has installed a wire that allows …

Generous Lies

Title:Generous Lies (Hidden Truth #3)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 386
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Generous Lies is the third installment in the Hidden Truth series.The first two novels are Convenient Lies and Twisted Lies.Robin Patchen’s stories are very riveting with a mixture of adventure, danger, mystery and a touch of romance. Here, a former FBI agent, Garrison, and his son are in a small town while his son recovers from a mixture of drugs he took at a party.At the same time, a young man’s father has given him a mysterious package to hide until the time for delivery.
When these two events collide, the party and hiding the package, tension ramps up when undesirable repercussions occur.Aiden, who is recovering from his drug affects, now faces the only real choice he has, which is rehab.Garrison, who has been talking with Samantha, who owns the cabins on the lake where they are staying, are falling hard for each other, but their pasts are causing some obst…

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Giver of Wonders

Title:Giver of Wonders
Author: Roseanna M. White
Pages: 321
Year: 2017
Publisher: WhiteFire
My rating 5+ stars out of 5.
I read the synopsis of the novel when trying to decide which novel to pick up and read after just completing a book.Before reading Giver of Wonders, I went to the back of the book to read the author’s note, which I like to do to see why the story was written.With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for this book to be published and read by many people.Some are tired of the commercialism of the times, which the author is as well and that propelled her to look for a fresh perspective.Giver of Wonders is the result of her search, and I thank her for sharing this wonderful and inspiring tale with audiences.
The tale was written to share the truth, set in fiction, of a man known by many as Saint Nickolas or Santa Claus.Readers are propelled back in time to a faraway place where tension between the Jewish people and Hellenists was real where living as a b…

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Rescued Hearts

Title:Rescued Hearts
Author:Hope Toler Dougherty
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What an exciting story! First, readers meet a woman out on a bike ride named Mary Wade.The next thing you know she is kidnapped.From that point on, Mary tries to start a business, heal from her encounter, try not to like the detective who rescued her and so much more!Believe me, at the end of the book, I thought the story was over only to find out there was a touch of genius I had yet to discover in the plot!
Mary is trying to find her way in a world where parents are encouraging her.She is danger or pain, needing to learn to rely on God more and that’s hard for Mary.Plus, when the man she is smitten with can’t make up his mind as he argues within himself for and against a relationship with her, well that sure doesn’t help quiet the insecurity in Mary’s heart.
Add to that an experience with a hurricane, a teenager asking Mary hard questions about God, and more …

The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon (His Earliest Outlines & Sermons Between 1851 & 1954 Vol. 2)

Title:The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon (His Earliest Outlines & Sermons Between 1851 & 1954 Vol. 2)
Author: Christian George (editor)
Pages: 576
Year: 2017
Publisher: B & H Academic
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I came to know and love Spurgeon’s writings mainly through my son who loves reading and contemplating what those who have gone before us have left behind for us.The volumes of Spurgeon’s outlines, sermons, the pictures and introduction by the editor give us glimpse of one of those who is among the “great cloud of witnesses” as Hebrews 12:1 states.Charles Hadden Spurgeon wrote constantly and left for those who are here to carry the mantle of sharing Christ with the world a wealth of wisdom!
To see the pictures of writings in his own hand of what he learned from the Word of God and preparation of sharing with others is staggering.In a day where so much is instant, quickly said, noted or texted and then forgotten even quicker, these volumes remind us to take time to leave be…