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Angels Walkking

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Title: Angels Walking Book #1
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Pages: 384
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard
Amazon Link:http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Walking-...
What an exploding work of fiction! Angels Walking, the first book in a new series written by Karen Kingsbury, turns out to be an exceptional and inspirational debut. My curiosity is what drew me to the book; I wondered how the author would portray angels in a fictional yet Biblical way. When I began reading, I knew beyond a doubt that while a fictional piece of work promised an adventure, I was blessed at how Karen weaves in the spiritual reality of warfare that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
I don’t want to reveal too much of the story so as not to ruin your own discovery, but I will share enough to whet your appetite. Two angels volunteer for a mission on earth to help two individuals, Sami and Tyler, meet in order to fulfill the long term plan God has for them. The angels have no clue as to all that the mission will require or the way to do G…

Always Watching

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Title: Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 329
Year: 2016
Publisher: Revell
Lynette Eason delivers again with this new series! I loved the idea of having a company of all women bodyguards; I thought the idea very original. This first book is focused on Olivia Edwards and her story.
Olivia Edwards used to be a cop, but now she runs a company with her partners of all female bodyguards. This particular assignment originally has Maddy as the bodyguard for a local widowed psychiatrist, who also does a radio talk show at night. The psychiatrist, Wade Savage, has a stalker and that is why he has a bodyguard. The stalker quickly escalates her by taking Maddy out of the picture at the beginning of the story. So it is Olivia’s turn in the rotation of the security schedule to now be on duty to Wade and his daughter, Amy.
The moves quickly along with the stalker becoming more and more bold with her actions. More and more people are being injured or killed. Olivia wonders ho…

Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)

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Title:Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)
Author:Deb Richardson-Moore
Pages:286
Year:2018
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
First off, I want to make clear that I don’t consider a 3-star review as a negative review as some sites categorize.I consider it to be an average rating.I would rate this a 3.5-star rating, but most sites don’t allow for half-star ratings.
Branigan Powers has received her assignment to cover a clown sighting, with the clown trying to lure young children into the woods with candy.The clown has made more than one appearance, but so far has been unsuccessful in his attempts to take a child.Some think the clowns are a hoax or the people reporting them are making up the story.Soon, a child does fall prey to a clown and is kidnapped.He is taken from a homeless family, so what is the clown’s purpose in taking him?There will be no payment of ransom as the family has no money.Branigan is on the case and has the help of Malachi, a homeless veter…

When Through Deep Waters

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Title:When Through Deep Waters
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Pages: 400
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachelle Dekker is the daughter of author Ted Dekker.Both write novels that aren’t the norm and usually the reader doesn’t know until later in the book that it is packed with deep spiritual truths.I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the book, but during my travel in the tale the truth punched my right in heart.So as not to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or the story or where God may speak to you, I won’t elaborate further what or where in the book my heart was impacted.
However, in true Dekker fashion, the story drew me in from the start.I could tell it would have the aspect of spiritual warfare in it, but there was more to come. The characters and their battles I would have to say are unusual but no less realistic.I am not sure that everyone can read this book.If they are dealing with any psychological or emotional battles, they will have to decide that for them…

A Contradiction to His Pride

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Title:A Contradiction to His Pride
Author: Leanne W. Smith
Pages: 422
Year: 2018
Publisher: Self-published
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This novel is a sequel to Leaving Independence written by the same author.Reading these novels set on the Oregon Trail in the late 1800s was pure joy and excitement.I was amazed as well as mesmerized by the action, danger and how quickly life could be lost as depicted in the stories.Here, the settlers from the wagon train we met in the first book are now trying to establish their town and lives when a bank robbery turns the characters’ lives in a tither.
During the grieving Corrine experiences after losing a dear friend, she is also wrestling with being a grown up and handling a less than the picture-perfect life she once held dear.A couple of the characters from the town are hunting bank robbers as well as going after James and his group to let them know danger is on their heels.Life is very precarious in these days and the author does an excellent job of sh…

Compromised Identity

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Title:Compromised Identity
Author:Jodie Bailey
Pages:220
Year:2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan is a trained Army Medic.She has not had enough time between missions overseas, so her battalion ships out without her.She is left behind to act as a liaison between service men and women and their families, helping with insurance matters, housing, medical care, etc.Her laptop was stolen two weeks ago and when she enters her office her she discovers someone trying to steal her new laptop!She gives chase, but comes up against greater odds of 2:1.She is facing a life-threatening situation when out of the blue someone barrels into one of the criminals and chases them away.Enter Staff sergeant Sean Turner.His mission is to protect Jessica and ferret out the reason why her laptop, as well as those in other battalions, have been stolen.
Jessica refuses to allow Sean to sideline her and wants to be an active part of the investigation.She won…

My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)

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Title:My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Each novel that is added to the “My Heart Belongs” series seems to be a gem, but this one truly takes the cake!The novel is fiction, then add a mystery in the mix, a possible romance that was off then well maybe on again, and history and you have the makings of a winner!The author took great pains to research the history of the place, persons and time period.We, the readers, get to learn what she learned while preparing for the book at the end of the story though I am sure they aren’t all her notes!
Madeline is part of a family that holds on to the secrets entrusted to them by others, and a certain business is known only by word of mouth.Madeline loves being a reporter, chasing down stories or answers to any questions that stir her interest.Now she is teamed up with someone from her past by an older woman who had hired Madeline for …

No Safe Place (Witness Protection #1)

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Title:No Safe Place (Witness Protection #1)
Author: H. L. Wegley
Pages: 250
Year: 2018
Publisher: H. L. Wegley
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I have read all this author’s books, and here is the best yet!Right from the dedication the author shares his heart and hopes for those who read this particular story.Then, when I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.I went all the way to the end, finishing the book in one sitting!Everywhere in this action-packed thriller is mystery, danger, faith, romance and hope.There is definitely a touch of realism in the book as one character is disowned by her parents because she is a Christian.Plus, part of the plot includes a prodigal’s journey in returning home to his Heavenly Father’s arms.
Matt is young man who made some serious mistakes in the past and now seeks to live life as he knows he should, but the past is catching up with him.The men after him are playing for keeps.Since he ran into Miranda while jogging one day, her life is now in danger too!How c…

Formula of Deception

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Title:Formula of Deception
Author:Carrie Stuart Parks
Pages:310
Year:2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Murphy Anderson may have misled the detective as to her experience working with police as a forensic artist, but she needs the money.She has studied YouTube, so how hard can it be?She is a good artist and puts those skills to work drawing the scene from the details given her by a dying hunter.He claims he was hunting on a deserted island and came upon the bodies of five men.Murphy asks key questions to help her draw the men and the one man whom the hunter remembers his face.While at home, Murphy receives a letter telling her the man who murdered her sister has escaped jail.She is certain he will come after her now.Murphy works up her sketches and calls the detective the same day so they can return to the hunter to fine-tune any changes.Upon arrival, they find disaster has struck.
Murphy now is constantly looking over her shoulder in fear.She is taken to the desert…

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Winning Miss Winthrop

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Title:Winning Miss Winthrop
Author:Carolyn Miller
Pages:320
Year:2018
Publisher: Kregel Publications
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Catherine Winthrop is in for a change of circumstances.She has lived in the manor house all her life, but with the recent death of her father and no male heir, the manor passes to a cousin.Catherine and her mother will be moved to the ill-kempt dower house.With the reading of the will, Catherine discovers how ill-prepared her father left her, her younger sister and their mother.They are poor.Her mother refused to ask for anything from the new Lord Winthrop and won’t let Catherine do so either.The new master of the manor just happens to be the one person Catherine never wants to see again.The man who broke her heart two years ago.She had thought he returned her feelings of love and they would marry, but instead she received a note from him ending their relationship.How could he treat her so cruelly?
Jonathan Carlew, or Lord Winthrop now, had no idea he would inhe…

Our Father Abraham (Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith)

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Title:Our Father Abraham (Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith)
Author: Marvin Wilson
Pages: 395
Year: 1990
Publisher: Eerdmans
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
In the journey of discovering the Jewish roots of my Christian faith, I have read many books.Some were very helpful and other books weren’t for various reasons.However, Our Father Abraham is a gem because the author takes great pains to explain various topics in a way that can be easily comprehended while also leaving the reader wanting more.At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions that give people an opportunity to cement the information learned while also exploring the topic in the Bible.Other books may have a few discussion questions, but the author here gives each chapter over 20 questions.Plus, at the end of the book, there are footnotes that point to other sources for further study and contemplation.
What makes reading the book enjoyable is, of course, the material and having an opportunity to discuss the material …

A Rebel Heart

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Title:A Rebel Heart (The Daughtry House Series #1)
Author:Beth White
Pages:384
Year:2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
This story is set in the South in the year 1870.The War Between the States has ended five years prior and Reconstruction underway.Selah Daughtry is the eldest of three sisters and feels the weight of responsibility keenly.Her father fought in the war, but was captured, taken to a Confederate prison, escaped and has not been heard from since.She doesn’t know whether he is dead or alive, but either way life continues and she needs help keeping the family plantation from falling down around her.Her youngest sister has been sent to life with her grandmother, but Selah and her other sister, Joelle, remain to try their best to make ends meet.Selah travels by train to seek a loan from a bank, but is denied that avenue.She doesn’t know what to do when Levi Riggins appears with a plan to save her home.
Levi Riggins is a Pinkerton Agent, working undercover to try to…

A Rumored Fortune

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Title:A Rumored Fortune Author: Joanna Davidson Politano Pages: 416 Year: 2018 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Lady Jane Disappears is the first book and now we get the sequel titled, A Rumored Fortune.These are just excellent books! Plus, there is a teaser for another book I suspect that will come out in 2019!The novels are a continuing tale focusing on Tressa, who is a daughter caught between her parents’ loveless marriage and fighting.Tressa is a woman of unique character whose faith is an example of wrestling through tough issues of the heart, and the actions of others. When Tressa meets the man her father hired to care for the vineyard, she is stunned by his looks, the way he tends the vine and how multi-faceted his character.When Tressa returns to her home, she notices the various looks of the people in town, the many who show up on her doorstep to demand payment for bills along with others who are coming to her because they believe her father’s fortune is in her possessi…

Leaving Independence

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Title:Leaving Independence
Author: Leanne W. Smith
Pages: 368
Year: 2016
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The Oregon Trail was a means of expansion west after a time when the country had been torn in two and people were looking to start fresh.Abigail Baldwyn thinks she is a widow with four children and no way to pay on her home as the death benefits she requested from the War Department were not coming.Abigail was shocked to learn that perhaps her children weren’t fatherless, and she may not be a widow after all!But, with few options before her, she sets out to meet up with her husband, even though he doesn’t want her to bring the children.
Abigail’s father wants nothing to do with her since she married a man who fought with the Union and he lost a son who fought in the Confederacy.Her two brothers don’t feel the same, but there is little they can do to help her out.Abigail gives Mimi her freedom papers as her maid is remaining in the area to help care for her sick sis…

Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2)

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Title:Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:320 (ARC)
Year:2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Blake MacCallum is a Deputy U.S. Marshal who has been assigned protective duty of a judge who is trying to get a bill passed to make jail time longer for those convicted of human trafficking.The judge has received death threats, so until the bill is presented for a vote, which is in a week, the judge is guarded 24/7 by U.S. Marshals.Blake has added tension to his duties as someone has kidnapped his teenage daughter, Rachel, and threatened to kill her if Blake doesn’t kill the judge before the bill is voted on.Blake can’t just kill the judge, can he?But if he doesn’t, he has no doubt Rachel will be killed.What is he supposed to do?
Chloe and Hank are at the scene of a semi accident when a startling discovery is made.There is a secret compartment in the trailer that is transporting women to their “buyers.”One of the women is wearing a shirt that belongs to C…

Secrets of the Secret Service

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Title: Secrets of the Secret Service
Authors:Gary J. Byrne with Grant M. Schmidt
Pages: 304
Year: 2018
Publisher: Center Street
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


This book gives insight into the Secret Service that is tasked with protecting the President of the United States; its history, successes and failures, and its uncertain future. Author Gary Byrne (former member of the USSS) brings to light why the Secret Service is failing as an organization. He provides a detailed account of incidents of unprofessional conduct such as verbal abuse, threats, sexual misconduct (including extramarital affairs), cover ups and so forth. He explains why these are causing employees of the Secret Service to quit, leaving the Service understaffed. Employees are not valued like they should be. When an employee does wrong, they are not disciplined or even fired, but can keep their jobs and retire with full benefits. The leadership is proven time and time again to be incompetent and fails to fix the internal pro…