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Christmas by the Sea

Title:Christmas by the Sea
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 176
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Melody’s tale brings forth hope after loss, and joy after sorrow.Christmas by the Sea shares about Wendy who has inherited the summer cabin she visited with her grandparents as a little girl.Wendy is filled with stories and memories she has shared with her son Jackson throughout the years.Now she has inherited the cabin and Jackson can’t wait to see the ocean and town his mother told him so much about during the hard years of his Dad’s fatal illness.
Jackson wants to stay there, and his mother Wendy would love to as well but there are tons of medical bills to pay and she doesn’t think the small town can provide for their needs.Jackson enjoys working alongside a man named Caleb who is a local woodworker and owns his own store selling his unique pieces.
What follows is a very endearing tale that was enjoyable to read.The only other thought I have about the book is I think the a…

Amish Christmas Emergency (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Amish Christmas Emergency (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Pages: 224
Year: 11/2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the benefits of being a member of Reader Services is that I get books to read before they are released to the general public.Love Inspired Suspense stories are exciting to receive each month, they are tales filled with action, adventure, romance and faith.Yet, each book truly is a unique story that captures the heart and imagination of those who read them.They are quick reads and easy to pack because they are small.The variety the publisher offers makes it hard at times to choose just which book to read next!
In this story, readers are drawn into the world of a nurse practitioner named Alexa Grant who cares for her Amish patients with all her heart.Alexa loves her work, her colleagues and the area where she lives.On a day when the weather begins to turn treacherous with ice, snow and wind, a flu epidemic breaks out in th…

The Cost of Betrayal

Title:The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Pages: 334
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Unbelievable!Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more.Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in!The three novellas aren’t tied together, and they are unique and mesmerizing!
Dee Henderson’s story is titled, “Betrayed”, and I enjoyed the plot of a couple, one who works for the FBI while the other is a retired police officer who are at an auction.The couple, Paul and Ann, aren’t seeking anything in particular just enjoying being together without a crisis on their plate.Of course, that is until Ann chooses a box of miscellaneous items to hopefully set up her next painting scene.What it does though has set them on a path of discovery of a murde…

Amish Christmas Secrets (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Amish Christmas Secrets (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Debby Giusti
Pages: 224
Year: October 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Amish Christmas Secrets is the conclusion to the Amish Protectors series.The previous books are Amish Refuge, Undercover Amish, and Amish Rescue.Rosie Glick made a poor choice during her Rumspringaand now her past has not only caught up with her, but it may very well cost her everything!With her life being threatened constantly, she seeks to find a safe place to keep herself and baby boy alive.
Ezra Stoltz is a friend from Rosie’s younger years who comes along to help her when no one else even knows she is back in the area, except for those who want to get their hands on her.Ezra is carrying around a heavy burden that many are unaware of.He has a deep sense of guilt and remorse.Now, as head of the family, he makes the decisions and leads the family, trying to provide for them since the untimely death of his parents.
Between Ez…

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Title:The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond
Author:Jaime Jo Wright
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is set in Gossamer Grove, with two stories running simultaneously, one in the present and one in 1907.In the present, Annalise Forsythe owns a coffee shop and is trying to purchase land to open a food pantry facility as well as offer other services for the homeless.Her competition wants to use the land to build a sports complex and resort to bring rock climbing enthusiasts to Gossamer Grove.A big-name draw to help in bringing the rock climbers to the town is Garrett Greenwood, Annalise’s former boyfriend.They haven’t seen each other in twelve years, and there are definitely old wounds and hard feelings between the two.Now, they are on opposing sides of this land purchase issue.An old man in the community dies suddenly, leaving Annalise his property, which amounts to a small amount of land and an old trailer filled with pictures of Anna…

A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

Title:A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)
Author: Michelle Griep
Pages: 192
Year: 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Press
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The first book in the series is titled, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and coming in the Fall of 2019 is book #3 titled, The Old Lace Shop.
Here is a very heart-gripping story of redemption, love and second chances.The main couple in the books is Mina who helps her father keep an inn and Will who is a law clerk.Believe me when I say there is definitely more than this to the tale in the pages.
I loved the historical setting in London in the year 1853, along with hopes expressed by Mina and her unending love of reading books!Her father doesn’t like her reading, filling her head with the thoughts of romance and more but that doesn’t keep Mina from her books. She has an elderly lady friend who shares her books with Mina and encourages her to read and read.
At a time in history when books were a treasure and not easily procured, it makes me very g…

Everything She Didn't Say

Title:Everything She Didn’t Say
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Sometimes I am surprised by the revealing of people, events and more I have yet to learn about in history.Many times, it is the ordinary person living their lives and writing down their memories never knowing that years later someone unearths it again, blows off the dust and engages a new generation into their personal life experiences.
Jane Kirkpatrick reveals to readers a real pioneer of a woman who never knew what her life was going to be like.Carrie Strahorn married Robert Strahorn in love and with hopes of one day being a mother and living life as most women of her time did, taking care of the hearth and home.What Carrie experiences is far from what she ever imagined; it was not easy, and it sometimes broke her heart.
In an era when railroads were beginning to expand westward and competition was stiff, sometimes Carrie and Robert had to travel for miles just to ge…

Ours for A Season

Title:Ours for a Season
Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:338 (ARC)
Year:2018
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Marty and Brooke have been friends since grade school, but for the last several years they have communicated by letters as Brooke moved to Kansas City and Marty lives in Indiana.Marty is Mennonite while Brooke is agnostic.Marty is grieving the loss of a child and a future without the hope of having another child of her own.Her husband, Anthony, owns a construction business and travels to various cities often.He is trying to escape the mournful face of his wife as it has been over two years since the news of infertility was delivered to them after he suffered through a case of mumps.He has grieved the loss of their unborn child but trusts God to help him through the loss.He and Marty have grown apart emotionally, physically and spiritually.They no longer pray together, and only share mundane conversations when necessary.Then, a letter arrives from Brooke addressed to…

Formula of Deception

Title:Formula of Deception
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5
Stunning!Yes, that is the appropriate way to describe this author’s writing of suspense with many twists and turns in the plot.Yet, the ending of this particular story really caught me off guard! A friend of mine has read her earlier works and was telling me time and again how truly amazing the tales were in the novels.I thought I would get to them one day.Well, today is that day!
I was engaged in the story line from the first page and thought for sure I would figure out the mystery and all before the end of the book.However, having never read this author’s writing, I was not in any way prepared for just how the book ended! I loved the look backward into the history of what was going to impact the present and the future!
Murphy Anderson is a character who really was complex and seemed desperate throughout the story line.Murphy wasn’t who she claimed to be, but she needed…

Title: Trigger Warning Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone

Title:Trigger Warning
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 384
Year: 2018
Publisher: Pinnacle
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
When I received my copy, I loved the cover!I am part of the Johnstone book club, which will soon be opening in 2019 to anyone who is interested in signing up.Then, inside the red star are the words “There are no safe spaces”.I knew I had to read this book immediately.So, when I started reading the work of fiction, I almost felt like I was reading from a local newspaper.
A former military man named Jake Rivers returns to college to get his graduate degree, but what he hasn’t counted on is the change in the college atmosphere.Being a bright young man and usually knowing who the enemy he is fighting against, he enters the college scene where political correctness is the only acceptable means of any type of speech or behavior.Those who showed a different opinion like Jake alerted the college professors and other students that he wasn’t going to adhere to …

Dead Drift (Chesapeake Valor #4)

Title:Dead Drift (Chesapeake Valor #4)
Author:Dani Pettrey
Pages:304
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Luke Gallagher left his friends and his country seven years ago.They never heard from him and had no idea where he was or if he was alive.Now, he has suddenly reappeared in their lives.They discover he has been working undercover for the CIA all this time.He now is tracking an evil man the same one he has been chasing for seven years.This man has a terrorist plot that will kill thousands if not millions, and Luke must stop him.Luke also has plans to apologize to Katie for leaving her high and dry with no word, breaking her heart.Luke dreams of a lifetime with Katie but knows he doesn’t stand a chance of getting back into her good graces.He will do whatever it takes though to keep her safe.
Katie Maxwell has never given up on her search for Luke.She has mad computer skills and contacts and has put them to good use.She has discovered Luke is still al…

Stormy Haven (Coldwater Bay Intrigue)

Title:Stormy Haven (Coldwater Bay Intrigue)
Author: Elizabeth Gooddard
Pages: 224
Year: September 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A former law officer from Miami is now running a lodge on the East Coast.Her name is Jonna Strand.Joanna was injured in the line of duty and decided to redirect her life into another venture, hoping to heal from the trauma.Her former boss hires his nephew to keep an eye on her without her knowledge.Ian keeps showing up to save Jonna when she least expects it and their attraction is a powerful motivator for Ian to keep Jonna safe from all threats.
I started this book on a quiet afternoon and then finished within a couple of hours.The novel is very engaging.Readers will enjoy the faith, romance, suspense and mystery with each page they turn!If you haven’t read the book, you can as it releases September 2018.So, purchase it and enjoy!Then, consider sharing it with family, friends and neighbors or any one you know who loves a good bo…

Lethal Legacy (Love Inspired Suspense) Author: Carol J. Post

Title:Lethal Legacy
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 220
Year: September 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I love to read that is very true!Books that are exciting, suspense filled, filled with faith themes and lifelike characters are some of my favorites.Here is one of my favorite authors. I have read all the books she has written to date.Lethal Legacy is her latest set to release next month and I cannot wait for you to read the exciting, nail-biting adventure that awaits!
Andrea is the main character in the story who has lost her parents and has no siblings.She is slowly working through her grief and the loads of paperwork, files and such at each of her parents’ various homes.One place was a cabin that only she and her father visited.When Andrea arrives, she is attacked, and the place has been ransacked.Plus, Andrea meets for the first time in years her childhood friend and sweetheart who is on the local law enforcement squad.
What readers will enjoy is the myst…

The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)

Title:The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)
Author:Susan Anne Mason
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The First World War has just ended and Grace Abernathy eels that it is now safe to leave her home and mother in England and travel to visit her sister and newborn son in Toronto, Canada.Her sister’s husband was killed in action during the war.She makes the journey and arrives at the address of her sister’s last letter only to find the house empty.She is directed to the local church for information about her sister.Upon arrival, she is informed of her sister’s death.Her sister had begged Grace to take care of her son if anything should happen to her and not to let her husband’s wealthy family to raise her son.Grace made a promise to her sister and she aims to keep it.She discovers that indeed the husband’s family has taken in the baby and the husband’s brother has been made legal guardian of the child.Grace is desperate to see the…

Arms of Mercy ( An Amish Mercies Novel #2)

Title:Arms of Mercy ( An Amish Mercies Novel #2)
Author: Ruth Reid
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5
Catherine Glick is the main female character in book two, which is the sequel to the first book, Abiding Mercy. Catherine is an older single lady in the Amish community.She knows her biological click is ticking, and she wants children.So, in a moment of weakness, she asks the young man she has been seeing for years, but his response is not what she expected.On top of this disappointment, she loses her job at least until spring at the local Amish restaurant.
Catherine lives with her brother, his wife and their children, but she feels like she needs to do something to move forward with life.Her decision sets her on a path that brings more than she bargained for including a former Amish man she thought she would one day marry.After a couple of harrowing experiences and thinking the worst is behind them, they board a bus in the hopes of eventually reaching Flori…

Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel)

Title:Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel)
Author:Ruth Reid
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The leading character in the story is Faith who was taken from her home when she was six years old. She remembers nothing of her former life.For years she has lived with an Amish couple and older sister, believing this has always been her family until one day the past and present collide!
Before this moment, Faith was wrestling with her tenuous relationship with her sister, running a restaurant since her parents’ accident and falling in love.Now her future is a blur of activity and change in an English world with parents she doesn’t remember.Plus, Faith has no idea why her Amish parents or boyfriend haven’t written to her at all.
The novel is rich with faith when there seems to be nothing good occurring.Plus, we see how Faith is trying to please her biological mother, but it goes against everything she has ever been taught.On top of that, there are legal rep…

Thief of Corinth

Title:Thief of Corinth
Author:Tessa Afshar
Pages:400
Year:2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ariadne has been living with her mother and grandfather.Her mother shows Ariadne no affection and her grandfather is forcing her to marry a horrible man.Her parents are divorced, so Ariadne decides to leave and live with her father to be free of her unhappy home life and an awful marriage.One night she sees her father sneaking out of the house and decides to follow him.She sees him enter the home of a wealthy man and wonders what he is up to.Then, she is surprised to see her father running full tilt, being chased by the homeowner’s guards.She helps him escape and soon discovers her father is stealing from the rich men of Corinth as their wealth was obtained from corrupt practices.She likes the adrenaline from being in control of her life, so she teams up with her father and becomes a thief.
Someone discovers their secret and begins blackmailing them, cutting short her feeling of f…

Bees in the Butterfly Garden

Title:  Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Author:  Maureen Lang
Pages:  399
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
 The main character in this book is Meg Davenport.  She has spent most of her life at an exclusive bordering school in Connecticut.  Her mother died when she was very young and her father sent her away to school so he wouldn’t have to bother with her so Meg thinks.  Her father visits her about two times a year accompanied his “assistant” Ian.  She excels in most everything at school, especially horticulture.  In her younger years at school, she would try to escape in order to get to her father, but she would always be caught.  After her last attempt at age 14, she comes to believe she must accept her life at school as her father doesn’t want her anyway.  He only has time for Ian.  She is jealous of the time Ian has with her father.
 Now at age 18, Meg receives a not from Ian letting her know that her father has died.  She attends the funeral with initial plans to return to school.  Duri…

Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)

Title:  Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)
Author:  Cindy Thomson
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
Reading is such a sweet endeavor and a blessing to be sure, especially when discovering a new author.  Annie’s Stories is the second book in the Ellis Island series with the first book being, Grace’s Pictures, published by Tyndale in May of 2013.  Losing myself in the pages of the tale was a rich and rewarding experience.  The story is rich, robust, historical, reminding the audience of what others might have experienced before us, both the good and the bad.  The best part was learning even more about the book written by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, along with how novels and illustrations were meant to teach virtues and character traits.
Annie is of Irish descent whose father loved storytelling, which I learned is a tradition steeped deeply in the Irish culture.  Annie’s father dies, leaving her as she views her life all alone with no money to speak of or futur…

Against the Tide

itle: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Pages: 362
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany House
Elizabeth Camden has written a very creative story with an interesting premise and plot. Against the Tide is a story about fighting against the opium trade that was so pervasive in the city of Boston in the late 1800s as Boston was one of the biggest ports where ships unloaded all sorts of cargo. It is also the story of a romance between two people, one who will do anything to have a life together and one who will do anything to keep the other safe, which means a life apart.
Alex Banebridge is very handsome and charming. He also is pressuring certain politicians and those who support them to pass legislation making the import and sale of opium illegal even in pharmacies where it was sold under a different guise as a cure for headaches, rowdy kids, toothaches or whatever else might hurt. Orphanages and parents were given their children opium unknowingly, and it was legal! When Alex was six years o…

Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)

Title:Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:288
Year:2018
Publisher: Avon Inspire
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Sadie Detweiler approaches the man who has been courting her and tells him she is expecting his baby.He denies that he is the father and wants her to get an abortion or else she will damage his reputation among the Amish community of which he wants to be leader of.Sadie can’t believe his suggestion.She tells her parents of the pregnancy, hoping they will talk to his parents and a marriage will be agreed upon.Instead, she finds herself disowned by her father, put on a bus to an uncle in Kentucky whom she has never met and alone with first-time motherhood looming in the future.Sadie arrives at the home and tries her best to stay invisible.She can sense something is going on in the household as the tension is almost unbearable sometimes.She is scared and alone until she meets Noah.
Noah Freeman is an Amish EMT-in-training.He has been on the job for …

Yuma Prison Crashout (A Hank Fallow Western #1)

Title:Yuma Prison Crashout (A Hank Fallow Western #1)
Author: William W. Johnston with J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 364
Year: 2018
Publisher: Pinnacle Western
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an exciting read!The author does a masterful job placing the story in a federal penitentiary at a time when prisons were rotten places to be.The main character is a former law officer, a U.S. Deputy Marshall, now serving 10 years in prison.To learn why he is in prison, you’ll find the answer in the pages of the book.Hank Fallon is the man’s name and he is working in the laundry room, ignoring the attempted prison breakout, with all the noise of gunfire and blood.
Hank once had a wife and daughter he adored, but something devasting happened to them that the author keeps readers in suspense about.The only thing on Hank’s mind is to do his time then go find out what happened to his family and who did it.He is a changed man now, a hard man.Due to his heroic deed of saving the warden of the prison from certain dem…