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The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

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Title:The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)
Author: Michelle Griep
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The first two books in the series are written by other authors with book #1, The Mayflower Bride written by Kimberley Woodhouse followed by The Pirate Bride written by Kathleen Y’Barbo.Each book is a stand-alone story, though they follow a particular family line.Each is uniquely written in a way to capture the heart and imagination of the readers.In this third book of the series from Michelle Griep, I found myself a bit more involved in the story whether it was because of the romance, danger, intense moments or the faith of some unusual characters I can’t say for sure.I only know that I truly was lost in the story as it was also filled with a couple different mysterious scenes that I wasn’t sure how they were going to be played out in the book.
Many times, I felt as if I was there viewing the action, danger, conversations and more.It ca…

Primary Suspect (LIS)

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Title:Primary Suspect (LIS)
Author: Laura Scott
Pages: 224
Year: May 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Laura Scott has written a very captivating tale of a nurse who is suddenly thrust into running for her life when she walked in on an attempt to murder a patient named Mitch Callahan. When ER nurse Dana Petrie entered the room, it was simply to thank Mitch for attempting to save her husband who was fighting a fire with Mitch three years prior.What she got was knocked down by an assailant, Mitch helping her up and asking for her assistance in escaping the hospital!That happens in just the first few pages of the story!
What follows is a pulse-racing tale of attempting to stay under the radar until the assailant can be identified and caught.However, somehow the person(s) continue to find them no matter what Mitch or Dana do to remain ghosts.Mitch’s brothers lend help, but somewhere there seems to be someone listening in to confidential conversations or findin…

Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2)

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Title:Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2)
Author: Rachel Dylan
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
When you start reading this story, be prepared to be unavailable until the end!In the story, we meet a seasoned prosecutor who witnesses a vicious crime and is the only witness to the perpetrator.At first, it sounds like a simple or somewhat straight forward tale, but don’t believe it!What I found inside was a very suspense filled thriller that had me turning pages until I was done!
The first book in the series is titled, Deadly Proof and I so enjoyed that one that I highly anticipated Rachel Dylan’s next book.Yet, the author exceeded all my expectations and hope for a legal thriller!One of the main characters is Sophia Dawson whose legal practice is in white collar crimes after being in another division for the prosecutor’s office.When she starts to investigate boxes of paperwork and begins trial preparation after the criminal trial as a witness, what follows …

12 Strong Movie (DVD)

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Title:12 Strong Movie (DVD)
Year: 2018
Studio:Warner Brothers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The older I get the more I realize there are many things in time that do slip into my memories, and there are new things to learn all the time.The movie 12 Strong is a reminder that if we have forgotten 9/11, then we need to remember.We need to talk with those younger who were here at that time and those who were not.We need to take them to the site and the museum where memories are told, and our past doesn’t fade.
Here is the link to the museum: https://www.911memorial.org/museum
What the movie shows is an action that was decided upon by the President of the United States that was classified until recently.Now we can know more about what our first response was and the men who carried out the mission.It is a very moving story.It is also helpful to enlighten the audience to what those men were facing when they got there, and how by the grace of God they all came home.
I highly suggest that many see th…

Lily of the Manor

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Title:Lily of the Manor
Author:Anita Stansfield
Pages:272
Year:2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Lily Broadbent is a wealthy widow who has adopted 11 orphan children.She would pray before entering an orphanage as to whom she should adopt and leave the rest to God.She needs of a tutor for her brood and Frederick Woodstone needs a tutoring position.He journeys to Broadbent Manor, hoping to get the job and to start immediately so he doesn’t have to pay another night’s rent at the local inn as his funds are rapidly dwindling.He meets Lily and is struck by her very different appearance.She puts him at ease and lets him know she is used to getting looked at.He and she strike up an instant rapport and he is hired on the spot.He begins the next day with Lily observing his methods of teaching as well as discipline for her children.She is most impressed with how Frederick interacts with and encourages her children.
As the story progresses, Lily and Frederick spend …

The Wounded Heart (An Amish Quilt Novel)

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Title:The Wounded Heart (An Amish Quilt Novel)
Author: Adina Senft
Pages: 320
Year: 2011
Publisher: FaithWords
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The author Adina Senft writes very compelling and heart-moving stories.The Wounded Heart is one of her older series though she recently finished the series, and I will share a review on in the near future.The main character is a widowed woman who is running a successful business her husband started but who was killed in a buggy accident after being married to Amelia for 10 years.
Amelia runs the business and is sole proprietor while her sons are in school or at the grandparents’ house.The grandparents are Amelia’s parents who farm close by and help her with the care of her two young sons. Amelia’s parents never seem to let up trying to match make as her year of mourning draws to an end as well as two of her best friends when they meet to work on a quilt.
What is shared above is but a teaser to a much deeper and heart-grabbing story mixed with faith, rom…

Firing Line (The Blitz Detective #4)

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Title:Firing Line (The Blitz Detective #4)
Author:Mike Hollow
Pages:317
Year:2018
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
It is the fall of 1940 and the city of London is experiencing the bombing blitz from German air strikes practically every night.Residents are seeking cover in their Anderson shelters or subway tunnels.There are volunteers on night watch to look for fires and such to report to officials and wardens to search for violators of curfew and other regulations.One such warden is heading out to get information for a superior about a bombing when she passes a home with a bright light shining out a window without any blackout material.This is against regulations, so she knocks on the door to tell the person to put out the light or cover the window.She gets no answer.It is against regulations for her to break in, but firemen can do so.She snags a fireman from a nearby bomb site, one who had been combating a fire started by an explosion, and takes him to the home.He br…

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)

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Title:Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The Defenders of Justice series begins with Fatal Frost followed by Dark Deception before ending with Blind Betrayal.In Blind Betrayal, we meet up with U. S. Marshals Casey Sloane and her partner who are tasked with getting a witness safely to Washington D.C. to provide evidence against a dangerous man who runs a drug cartel.Before Casey and her partner can even start their journey, a bomb goes off in the main marshal’s office.Now, without a way to contact her boss or know the status of the friends she has there who are also her co-workers, she must discipline herself to focus on her mission.
However, danger increases as miscommunication happens. People are found dead that weren’t near the bomb site and the boss is in surgery fighting for his life.Without secure phones, Casey isn’t sure who to trust and her partner feels they are on their own when a FBI ag…

No Place to Hide (Love Inspired Suspense) Author: Lisa Harris

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Title:No Place to Hide (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 224
Year: July 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
If your looking for a quick read with action, mystery, intrigue, foreign lands, romance and faith, look no further as this book is for you!Lisa Harris writes gripping tales of harrowing near misses and antagonists on the tail of those out to bring them to justice.Here is tale that gripped my heart as a young woman is looking to hide in a foreign land until she can locate evidence to convict those who murdered her father.
It has been months since she has been able to rest or walk down the street without constantly looking over her shoulder to see if danger is lurking in the shadows. Now, a man from her past has been sent to extract her and bring her to safety.The problem is she won’t leave until she obtains the proof.As the story develops, the dangers and intensity mount along with a growing desire to see the person who committed the a…

The Fallen (Memory Man Series #4)

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Title:The Fallen (Memory Man Series #4)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Grand Central
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
What an incredible, heart-grabbing, mind-blowing mystery!Amos Decker, along with his partner, is supposed to be on vacation at her sister’s place.Jamison understands Decker’s uniqueness and has a great platonic working relationship with him.While they are there Decker observes some rather disturbing sights in a house that he runs to investigate. Jamison knows there goes the vacation as she refuses to sit on the sideline while Amos chases down leads.Plus, within a short time, the mystery embroils her sister’s family when her husband is killed while at work.
Jamison’s 6-year-old niece loses her father on her birthday and that just grips the heart of Amos in so many ways.If you have followed the Memory Man series, you know how this touches Amos very deeply and makes him face some of his own personal losses again.Readers familiar with the uniqueness of how…

Witness Undercover Author: Debra Cowan

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Title:Witness Undercover
Author:Debra Cowan
Pages:218
Year:May 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Laura Prentiss has made some poor choices in her younger years that have forced her to enter the Witness Protection Program as a witness with evidence of a federal crime.Her ex-boyfriend was convicted and sent to prison on charges of human trafficking and drug running based on her evidence.He vowed to get even, so she was left with no choice but to leave behind her family, job and friends to start over in a new city with a new name and new life.She has just learned that her father needs a bone marrow transplant or he will die.She is the only match for a donor, but can she get back home unnoticed?Her aunt’s security company sends a body guard for her.Soon after the attempts on her life begin.Her protector is Griffin Devaney a former Navy SEAL.He is carrying a load of guilt over his last mission as a SEAL that had devastating results.He has grown far from God, b…

No Less Days

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Title:No Less Days
Author: Amanda G. Stevens
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Amanda has written a unique story that begs the question, “Would anyone want to live forever”?Her main character, David Galloway, has lived many lifetimes with many memories both good and bad.He wonders if he is the only one to have done so.David is a former soldier and thinks like one, but his faith is deep including the seasons of wrestling with God.David owns a bookstore that carries antiques, first prints and a whole range of genres, but nothing compares to his personal library at home.The problem is no one is close enough to David, by his choice, for them to really know him and he thinks he prefers it that way.Yet, one story is about to turn his whole world upside down and challenge his faith, worldviews and the wall around his heart.
When my husband saw the book, he thought it was sci-fi, but it really isn’t.I found the story inside very well written, engaging a…

The Post (Movie)

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Title:The Post (Movie)
Year: 2017
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
As I sat and watched the movie, I felt like I had stepped back in time to the days of Nixon in office and what occurred to bring shame to the nation during his presidency. The brave people and owner of The Post did something that truly was costly and frightening, but press on they did! I remembered learning how Gerald R. Ford video taped his speech to the American people to be seen later once things in Washington were somewhat contained.
President Ford led our nation through a rough time to bring her back to what she stood and stands for today.I found it ironic that in the movie the characters were willing to go to court and fight, so the story would get out to the American people after being buried for three decades!To learn that prior presidents had kept information from the American people didn’t surprise me, but to have lied to the people was something that took my breath away.
Now, I look at to…

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

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Title:Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 346
Year: 2018
Publisher: Create Space
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This whole series is so worth reading! They excel at suspense and grabbing the heart of the reader, pulling them into the plethora of happenings in the book. The series has a total of four books that can be read as stand-alone stories though I found reading them in order helped enhance my understanding of the plot and characters.
The titles in order are: Convenient Lies, Twisted Lies followed by Generous Lies, which comes before this final novel I am sharing my thoughts on today.Robin weaves such a well-crafted plot that brings the reader into the story from the first page, and then keep turning the pages with all the twists and turns in the plot.I felt like I was right there observing what was happening around me even though I was reading the book.
Time flew by quickly and I was unaware of what was going on around me because I was lost in the pages!Right th…

Who the Bishop Knows (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #3)

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Title:Who the Bishop Knows (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #3)
Author:Vannetta Chapman
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Harvest House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Henry Lapp and Emma Fisher are attending the annual rodeo in their small community of Monte Vista, Colorado.It is the state’s oldest professional rodeo and a source of entertainment for those from miles around.The Amish and English both attend and enjoy the event together.Before the professionals take the stage, it is amateur hour for those who aspire to join the professional circuit.A young Amish man, who is still enjoying his Rumspringa, has his sight set on this career, but someone has another idea in mind.As Jeremiah Schwartz leaves the shoot to tackle a steer, he is shot.Henry hears the shot, but has been waiting in line for hot dogs.He is unable to use his remarkable gift of drawing an exact recreation of the scene at the time of the shot as he wasn’t watching the rodeo.
The local authorities know about Henry’s ability, but this …

God’s Book of Proverbs (Biblical Wisdom Arranged by Topic)

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Title:God’s Book of Proverbs (Biblical Wisdom Arranged by Topic)
Author: B & H Editorial Staff
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: B & H Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a very unique way to arrange the Proverbs that are handy to find words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs that focus on many topics.The Bible version used is the Christian Standard Bible that is very easy to read and helps to meditate on the topic.Readers are encouraged to be mark key words, and can write notes and thoughts that God brings to mind.
I believe this would be a very useful tool for lay counselors and mentors, pastors, professional counselors and new believers or even seekers of the truth.The small compact size makes carrying around the book quite handy when a person finds a few minutes or hours to read the Word of God in their daily life.
I am thinking the verses are just a beginning place to start understanding Proverbs by topic, but I hadn’t seen this format done before and found it a handy bo…

Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5)

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Title:Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5)
Author: Susan May Warren
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The astounding thought about this series is that from book one through book five, I have never lost interest.The author writes exceptionally well as to keep readers like myself wanting more!Usually, writers keep to stand-alone books or maybe a short series of novels, but here is an author who defies the usual.Book six will be out later this year to conclude the series.
If you haven’t been aware of the series, here is the order in which they need to be read as it is a continuing story line from book to book. The titles are Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, A Matter of Trust, Troubled Waters, Storm Front and in November 2018 the final installment titled, Wait for Me.
Each novel focuses on a couple of the characters and their unique situations that might conclude in the book or go on to the next one.In this novel, we see the beginning of the story between Ty and Bret…

Taken Author: Lisa Harris

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Title:Taken
Author:Lisa Harris
Pages:218
Year:2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
This is a story about a woman whose sister is murdered and niece kidnapped.Kate Elliott doesn’t live in the city, but out in the “burbs”.Nothing in her life has prepared her for the sudden death of her sister.She now is determined to find her niece, but has no idea who is on her side and who might be practicing deception.She refuses to leave the case in the hands of the authorities and pursues her own agenda to find and rescue her niece.The police make it known that Kate needs to keep her nose out of the case and leave the investigating to the authorities.Kate disagrees much to the annoyance of FBI agent Marcus O’Brian.
Kate is able to track her niece to Paris and Marcus, an agent with the FBI, goes with her as he is trying to discover a diamond smuggling ring with military weapons as part of the deal.Unexpectedly, Kate is grabbed off the street and Marcus rescues her.A ransom …

A Loyal Heart

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Title:A Loyal Heart
Author:Jody Hedlund
Pages:305
Year:2018
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is another wonderful medieval romance with knights, castles and a damsel in distress.Okay, so maybe this damsel courts distress as she is adept at wielding a sword and wearing armor and enjoys a good fight.Lady Olivia is the oldest of three children and her father is an earl.Her father has always preached that loyalty to family comes first.As a young child, Olivia held her father’s favor and love in her view.When her baby brother was born, her father spent less and less time with her.Olivia felt the loss keenly.Now, her father is living at another of his homes while Olivia and her younger sister Isabelle live at Ludlow Castle.With her father away, the castle is vulnerable to attack.Lord Pitt attacks the castle because her father has not paid a debt Olivia thinks, so she and Isabelle are captured and held for ransom.Instead of sending a ransom, her father secretly …

Deadly Additive: A Jeb Sledge Mission

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Title:Deadly Additive:A Jeb Sledge Mission
Author:Donn Taylor
Pages:316
Year:2012
Publisher: Harbourlight Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Kristin Halvorsen is in the middle of a remote Colombian village in pursuit of the story of her career.What she finds instead will be the story of her life and may be a life cut short by the guerillas who control the area.She has seen something she wasn’t supposed to and now she has been kidnapped by said guerillas.She and her friend from college, a rich daughter of a powerful businessman, have traveled to Colombia together and now her friend’s father must pay a large ransom to free them.What happens next, they don’t expect and soon they are fleeing for their lives in the dense countryside of remote Colombia where whoever has the most guns wins.Can she make it back to civilization to tell the world her story?
Jeb Sledge is an independent contractor who performs tasks or missions for people with money who can afford his services and need things done qu…

My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Millie’s Resolve)

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Title:My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Millie’s Resolve)
Author: Rebecca Jepson
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Each novel in the “My Heart Belongs” series is a stand-alone with unique tales, characters, faith and romance.The books in the series are as follows: My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas; My heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains; My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho; My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island; My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley; My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah; My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York; My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California, with the latest being My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Each book is published by Barbour and written by various talented authors.Therefore, readers can pick any of the above titles and delve right into a wonderfully captivating story.I should tell you that two more books will be added to the series this summer and winter.
In the ta…

The Kremlin Conspiracy

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Title:The Kremlin Conspiracy
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Pages: 480
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
For me, Joel Rosenberg’s novels have been not just entertaining thrillers, but also thought provoking!If you haven’t read any of his writings, you truly are missing an author who weaves threads of various characters’ views along with action, intrigue and mystery to carry the reader away into a world full of suspense!
In the Kremlin Conspiracy, the author slowly introduces readers to the land of Russia, politics, military and the characters who inhabit the story that is beginning to be unveiled.The story flips from that to what is happening here in America to a man known as Marcus Ryker.He excels in military engagements and eventually ends up in the Secret Service.Markus also marries, begins a family and meets a man by the name of Oleg who he crosses paths with later, but I am getting ahead of myself. Plus, I can’t review everything or what would be left for the reader …