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A Song Unheard (Shadows over England #2)

Title:A Song Unheard (Shadows over England #2)
Author:Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1914 in the autumn.Lukas de Wilde, a famous musician, finds himself playing concerts to raise money for the Belgian Relief Fund.He is now in Wales, but from Belgium originally.His city was invaded by the German Army, with his home being destroyed.During the invasion, he was separated from his mother and sister.He was shot and saved by a friend.He doesn’t know where his mother and sister are now, but is saving every penny to find them and be reunited with them.His father was a famous cryptographer, but he has recently died.Now various factions are out to find his latest and most effective cypher.They think Lukas is the key to this discovery.
Willa Forsythe has the natural ability to play the violin.She is recruited by Mr. V to join the orchestra in Wales, the same one Lukas de Wilde has joined.Mr. V wants her to steal the key to the cy…

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus (How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding)

Title:Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus (How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding)
Author: Lois Tverberg
Pages: 288
Year: 2018
Publisher: Baker Books
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
There are many nuggets of wisdom, knowledge, along with a transparency of the author’s own walk in learning how a Jewish perspective changed her reading and walk with God!The book is written with such simplicity that anyone can read and learn as well as further investigate what is written after each chapter.After reading, seekers of the Lord will be able to search Scriptures listed and answer questions along with viewing a short list of other sources for going deeper in one’s understanding.In the back of the book are listed Appendixes of Books of the Tanak, Thirty Useful Hebrew Words for Bible Study and Bible translations for Word Study.I found these helpful as well as the pages titled Notes by Chapter and Recommended Resources.
What drew me to this book?Well, to be honest, I want to go deeper with…

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Live

Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don't miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna's flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

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The Melody of the Soul (Music of Hope Series #1)

Title:The Melody of the Soul (Music of Hope Series #1)
Author:Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The story is set in Czechoslovakia during WWII.The lead female character is Anna Zadok, a young woman in her mid-twenties who is a violinist.She was studying to become a concert violinist when the Germans invaded her country and forbade all Jews from owning musical instruments.She, her grandmother, mother, father and two sisters live in a small apartment.They have watched as their neighbors and friends have received their deportation notices, which will send them to the prison camp of Terezin, some have been dragged from their homes for failure to report with their notices and some have even been shot by the German soldiers who are occupying their city.Anna and her family are strong Christians of Jewish blood, so they are labeled as Jews.Anna’s parents and two younger sisters receive their deportation notices.Anna begs to go with them, so t…

Shoulders- For King & Country- Lyrics on Screen

A Promise of What is To Come

Title:A Promise of What is To Come
Author: First Fruits of Zion
Year: 2017
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
On the website are the videos for each of the 26 episodes that coincide with the study by the same title.You can purchase the study guide at
The study guide is optional if you just want to watch the video lessons on the website and take notes if you desire.I really enjoyed the nuggets of wisdom and the short trips to Israel to get understanding of the meaning behind various Hebrew words and their usage.I enjoyed seeing the many different sites and places that are beautiful in Israel as Arron taught. The only negative of the videos is the cameraman in Israel was at times not so steady with the camera and it was a little distracting.
I bought the study guide so I pre-read what the lesson was about and so I can share it with my family.The front of the study guide says it best, “…Kingdom-focused and …

Cold Water Author: Samuel Parker

Title:Cold Water
Author: Samuel Parker
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Samuel Parker’s second novel, Cold Water, is a heart-pounding, engaging mystery that captures the mind of the reader from beginning to end.To me, it is a very unique story as the characters have no last names and very slowly and methodically the author reveals the interesting history behind the town’s inhabitants.As I read, I was drawn into the mystery behind Michael’s uniqueness in that it seems wherever he goes death is the result be it nature or sicknesses in others.
Michael grew up in the town of Cold Water and returned after spending time in prison.Readers will get an intriguing look in to what happens to Michael while incarcerated and how the warden deals with him to protect Michael and the other inmates.When Michael entered prison, he was a boy.When he returns to Cold Water, he is a man who just wants to be left alone.But the town’s head honcho won’t let him be, which sets Mic…


Author:Brandilyn Collins
Publisher: Challow Press
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Cara Westling has just left an abusive marriage and is starting over in the new town with her teenage daughter.It has been two weeks since they moved and Cara started her new job as an administrative assistant for the small town’s prominent and wealthy financial planner, J.L. Larret.Cara has no money, but is able to rent a small house and a so-so neighborhood.Her daughter is facing bullying at school and in text messages.Cara initially is unaware of this, but knows her daughter doesn’t like her new school.
Cara is pulled into a coverup of a murder.She is manipulated and bullied into cooperating with the killer as he/she directs the coverup.The police start asking questions and Cara is a nervous wreck.In an attempt to further bind Cara to him/her, the killer offers to pay the tuition at a private school for Cara’s daughter.Cara wants what is best for her daughter and now that she…

Dark Deception (Defenders of Justice #2)

This is another great suspense thriller from Nancy Mehl!I have read most of her books and have found them all to be well-written and exciting with plenty of tension that builds to an exciting climax.The setting in this story is in a small town in Arkansas in the present day.Kate is in the Witness Protection Program and living under an assumed identity.She was the only witness to her sister’s murder six years ago.It is soon found out that her sister was the victim of a serial killer.Tony DeLuca is the Federal Marshal who protected her during the trial all those years ago.Kate developed a crush on Tony, but he kept his distance, thinking she was too young.Now, new evidence has been discovered that might clear the man Kate sent to jail.Tony is sent to bring Kate back for another trial.
In this story, Kate has walled herself off from God and everyone else as she has buried her grief and pain over her sister’s murder.She has put it in a box and won’t open it; it is too painful.Tony DeLuca h…

Fatal Cover-up Author: Lisa Harris

Title:Fatal Cover-up
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5.
This novel is a rich tale filled with action, adventure and most definitely suspense!Talia is a woman who moved to Rome to begin her life anew after tragedy stuck.Three years have passed since the tragic death of her husband who was suspected of being a thief while employed as an officer of the law.Talia couldn’t mesh the man she knew and loved with the many nefarious acts he was accused of while working in uniform.
Now, she meets Joe Bryant who is an FBI agent that has come to Rome seeking Talia as the gun used to kill her husband has also recently been used three years later to take his brother’s life.On top of that, he wants to know if the missing small postcard-sized works of art are in her possession.Digging up memories of the past is one thing Talia doesn’t want to engage in, plus she is now the target of someone who believes she has the very high-priced works of art.…

Fatal Trauma

Title:Fatal Trauma
Author:Richard Mabry, M.D.
Publisher: Abingdon Press
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Kelly Atkinson and Mark Baker work in the ER.Kelly is a nurse and Mark is a doctor.One night an emergency room visit by two drug cartel members will change the lives of Kelly and Mark.Now, they have been marked for death by a drug cartel that has infiltrated Texas from Mexico.The Zetas have vowed vengeance on anyone in the ER when their two members were there.An anesthesiologist and a surgeon are shot.Kelly and Mark have attempts made on their lives, but try their best to stick together and protect one another.In addition, Mark becomes a suspect in a shooting of a female doctor at the hospital whom he is dating.The hospital administrator wants Mark fired to reduce the bad publicity for the hospital.As it seems Mark is getting closer and closer to being arrested fired, and the detectives don’t seem to be looking at any other suspects for the shooting, Mark is in despair …

End Game (Wil Robie Series #5)

Title:End Game (Wil Robie Series #5)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 416
Year: 2017
Publisher: Grand Central
My rating 1 star out of 5.
What happened?How can an author who writes well crafted stories with such detail and believable plots end a series on such a sour note?I have read some excellent books written by the author, but this is the second time in ending a series the author has failed to write an engaging, in-depth and plausible novel. Why is it that the other books were focused on the plot, the in-depth plethora of possibilities and then add such nonsense without having any direction or meaning of a tale?
I don’t like reading books that throw in such sexual stuff and tons of foul language in the first place, and most of the books David has written don’t include this type of stuff.So why does he add a bunch of it to the last book on top of such a weak and directionless ending?
If the author has one Achilles heel, it is not knowing how to wrap up his characters like in the other novels w…

Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

Trace Evidence (The Heir Hunter Series #2)

Title:Trace Evidence (The Heir Hunter Series #2)
Author: Diane Capri
Pages: 302
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Michael Flint is an heir hunter introduced to readers in the first book of the series titled, Blood Trails.In this novel, we read an exciting tale about Michael’s latest hunt. Michael needs to locate the biological father of a little boy who needs a transplant.Victoria Beaumont finds the best for her son, her last hope to get what her son needs before time runs out.
While that may sound like a simple plot, trust me, the author does an amazing job of drawing readers into super-twisted avenues of intrigue that captivate readers’ imaginations!Later, in the novel, the author utilizes the use of flashback to carefully and slowly reveal what happened to the boy’s father years ago.
Like the first novel in the series, this second one was such a gem to read!There were heart-pumping thrills, and this reader’s heart was pulled in by the dire need of a litt…

The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)

Title:The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 318
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
On a quest to locate his wife and children, Blake Meyer is running on fumes and not sure who he can trust.In this installment, the multitude of threats and dangers ramps up with internal trouble at the FBI, Blake’s family situation and his foes are constantly on his tail.Blake is trying to remain one step ahead of his foe, though the way the author has penned his story it keeps readers guessing just exactly who these foes are.
The tale begins in book one, 30 Days Hath Revenge and continues in book two titled, Triple Time.Here is a spell-binding series that keeps an audience wanting more and highly anticipating the next book in what is to eventually be a five-book series.C. Kevin Thompson writes with believable characters, an intricate plot and heart-pounding, intense action and thrills!
Each book begins where the former book leaves …

Across the Blue

Title:Across the Blue
Author: Carrie Turansky
Pages: 352
Year: Feb 2018
Publisher: Multnomah
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The time frame is early 1900s, a time when the life of a young woman was under the direction of her parents.Young women would attend parties and balls with the hopes of meeting their future mates.Of course, the hope was the man would be of status and renown.When I started reading Across the Blue, I quickly became entranced with the main family in the novel, the Graysons.The father was prominent as his three newspaper enterprises grew, which took the family from struggling to high social status and financial security.However, it also put pressure of different kinds on the wife and the two daughters.
Isabella is the first born with a desire to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a journalist, which at the time was unheard of.Her father and Isabella also share a love for aviation, which was just starting to come onto the scene.With financial help from the Grayson fami…

The Empowered (A Trevor Black Novel)

Title:The Empowered (A Trevor Black Novel)
Author: Trevor Black
Pages: 464
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
After reading book one titled, The Occupied, I really wasn’t sure how the author could make a sequel more thrilling, but he accomplished that and more!The Empowered is a spine-tingling tale of the continuing encounters between Trevor Black and the unseen spiritual realm.Beginning with the prologue and throughout the book, never is there a dull moment for readers.
The Empowered has cranked up the level of Trevor’s encounters with demons in the here and now along with showing the need for knowledge and tons of prayer on Trevor’s part.Trevor makes a decision to keep being open to the calling God has given him to help others understand what he sees as being real and not something to play with or quickly dismiss.
In the sequel, a lot of the action takes place in New Orleans.Trevor has a tough job trying to find the killer and the leader who is using dark spirits t…

The Occupied (A Trevor Black Novel)

Title:The Occupied (A Trevor Black Novel)
Author: Craig Parshall
Pages: 448
Year: 2016
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Before reading the recently released sequel, The Empowered, I needed to reread what occurred to the characters and plot line in book one.I am really glad that I did because I had forgotten what a well written story this is!The main character is Trevor Black whose life has been realigned after falling apart as consequences from choices made by himself and other minor characters.
While there are times when Trevor sees demons, and experiences their power or sees how they possess people, that isn’t all there is to the book. Trevor is a disbarred lawyer who tries to explain to a judge why he can’t represent a client because he sees a demon while visiting the client.He is on a journey that actually started in his childhood.I think the author paints a good picture of how what happens when we choose to open ourselves to the spiritual realm when one isn’t careful what …

Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations

Title:Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations
Author: David Rudolph & Joel Willitts
Pages: 336
Year: 2013
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
The book holds essays that cover a variety of topics with all of them of short duration, making for easy reading and conversations with others.I was looking for a book that would help me understand Messianic Judaism without being bogged down with academic terminology or linguistic studies, though those have their place.
Understanding Messianic Jewish thought and life is a tough undertaking when one sees the host of books written and various conclusions of authors.The best part of the essays for the most part is the helpful introduction into a people with a long history and deep roots.There were essays that were very insightful, some that I frankly had no clue what they were putting forth and others that were frankly empty.
I do think this book would help anyone seeking to understand with a good …

Amish Sweethearts

Title:Amish Sweethearts (4 Amish Novellas)
Author: Amy Clipston
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Amy Clipston is just one of my favorite Amish authors because her stories are so well written that I feel as though I am there viewing the action as it occurs.The four novellas in the book are titled, “A Home for Lindsay”, “Love and Buggy Rides”, “Where the Heart Is”, and “Love Birds”. Before each story there is a small family tree to help readers understand where the characters are in the bigger picture of family.
There is, of course, romance but also action, intrigue, wonder and delight as each unique tale comes to life in the mind of the reader. I am not able to point to one being my favorite over the others because each one is special and shows a particular theme the author is highlighting.One of the tale’s theme was forgiveness and showed just how difficult in can be sometimes to believe we are forgiven by God and/or others we may have wronged.
The book d…

Across the Blue

Title:Across the Blue
Author: Carrie Turansky
Pages: 352
Year: Feb 2018
Publisher: Multnomah
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The time frame is early 1900s, a time when the life of a young woman was under the direction of her parents.Young women would attend parties and balls with the hopes of meeting their future mates.Of course, the hope was the man would be of status and renown.When I started reading Across the Blue, I quickly became entranced with the main family in the novel, the Graysons.The father was prominent as his three newspaper enterprises grew, which took the family from struggling to high social status and financial security.However, it also put pressure of different kinds on the wife and the two daughters.
Isabella is the first born with a desire to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a journalist, which at the time was unheard of.Her father and Isabella also share a love for aviation, which was just starting to come onto the scene.With financial help from the Grayson fami…

Isaiah’s Daughter (A Novel of Prophets & Kings)

Title:Isaiah’s Daughter (A Novel of Prophets & Kings)
Author: Mesu Andrews
Pages: 400
Year: 2018
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 5+ out of 5.
Mesu Andrews shares with her audience a brilliant woven tapestry of a story of the prophet Isaiah, his family and the kings that ruled Judah at a time when life was precarious.Hezekiah is a young prince when the tale begins, his father King Ahaz known in the Bible as a wicked king sacrifices Hezekiah’s older brother to a false god.Hezekiah is in shock and no one seems to be able to bring the young man out of his catatonic state.In a desperate move, the queen brings him to the prophet’s house in the hopes someone can help, and God uses a young girl who is just as broken as Hezekiah.
As time progresses, we watch as Hezekiah grows up along side the young girl known as Ishma, which means “desolation” as they sit under the tutelage of Isaiah along with other members of nobility.The story told in the book while a novelization is captivating, heart wrench…

The Fix

Title:The Fix (Memory Man #3)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 480
Year: 2017
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Amos Decker is a man whose mind works like no one else’s; he can and does remember everything, but that’s not all.Readers can first meet this unique man in book one titled, Memory Man followed by the sequel The Last Mile.Now with The Fix, readers who love the mystery and trying to figure out what Amos Decker is involved with definitely lose sleep!Also, before I share more know that in April 2018 Amos Decker will make his next appearance in the novel, The Fallen, so catch up before it comes out!
David Baldacci has written a very intense story that quite literally starts with a bang! From there, the tension only rises in the book along with a host of other characters that are trying to unravel a possible spy ring that has existed for decades.But who is a part of the spy ring?Is it someone inside the many government agencies or is it someone who has contract…

Dead End Author: Lisa Phillips

Title:Dead End
Author:Lisa Phillips
Pages:284 (large print edition)
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Nina Holmes is running out of time.She has recently retired from the CIA and is about to embark on a new career teaching at a local college.She has a few short weeks to find the man who murdered her mother and bring him to justice.Her mother was a congresswoman thirty years ago and Nina tries to access her file via the local federal courthouse.She is given the runaround, but she won’t give up.As she leaves the courthouse, she runs into Wyatt Ames.Wyatt is a federal marshal and his partner is the husband of Nina’s best friend, so they know one another.They speak briefly and Nina goes on her way only to be almost killed by a hit-and-run driver.Nina is okay, but this is only the beginning of a series of events that will progressively become more and more dangerous, not just to Nina, but to those close to her or the murder investigation.
Wyatt Ames has me…