Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Most Noble Heir












Title:  A Most Noble Heir (A Novel)
Author:  Susan Anne Mason
Pages:  368
Year:  2018
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
Have you ever read a book where you felt you knew how it was going to end, but read on because how it would happen really captured the imagination?  Well, for me, this book did just that!  What really cemented the book as a treasure to me was reading the letter to readers by the author after finishing the tale.  The story is set in England in the late 1800s where a young stable hand named Nolan Price is about to have his life turned about by the unexpected!
Another main character is Hannah who works in the kitchen and has been in love with Nolan since they were both 14 years of age.  However, relationships between house staff were not encouraged.  In fact, both Nolan and Hannah could have lost their positions had they been found together.  What begins to turn Nolan’s world upside down is the secret his mother reveals to him and the Earl of Stainsby before her last breath.
The long-withheld truth sends both Nolan and the Earl on a path that will either forge them to become better men or tear their hearts out even more than life has already done.  These two men aren’t the only two who are impacted by the secret being revealed, but Hannah and a host of others readers will meet as they turn the pages of the novel long into the night.
I really was easily captured by the story as it reveals the heart of Nolan, Hannah and the Earl along with some unique background players.  Each time I started reading I couldn’t wait to find out how the action, adventure, intrigue, and the highly climactic ending were going to play out.  Susan Mason writes from the heart that includes her knowledge gained as she researched a time that revealed aspects of life of that era.
I hope readers will take advantage of reading a romantic novel with threads of faith, hope and perseverance.  Consider sharing the book with family or friends, or tell them about it so they can get a copy for their own personal library.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Yuletide Jeopardy


Title:  Yuletide Jeopardy

Author:  Sandra Robbins

Pages:  216

Year:  2013

Publisher:  Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Alex and Grace became friends at the age of ten, but now they can’t stand to be in the same room together.  They remained friends until college when they began dating.  Their senior year in college Grace received an opportunity for a job away from Memphis.  Alex loved Memphis where they both grew up and didn’t want to leave.  Grace chose her job and they broke up, leaving them both bitter and angry with each other.

Grace has now moved back to Memphis to help her mother take care of her father who was shot in a drive-by shooting, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  During his recovery, her father turned to Jesus as well as his wife and Grace.  Grace is working for the local TV station as a news anchor.  She receives a phone call from the police asking her to go to the Memphis-Arkansas bridge as there is a man threatening to jump unless she shows up.  What Grace doesn’t know is that the man has also asked for Alex to show up.  Grace arrives and the man turns out to be the father of a boy she dated in high school.  The man claims his son was murdered twelve years ago and had not committed suicide.  He asks Grace and Alex to discover the truth.  Grace promises to do so.

As Alex and Grace are forced to work together, they agree to try to be friends.  An anonymous caller sends them on a chase for clues.  The more clues they get, the more the danger to Grace and Alex increases.  Attempts are made to scare them and then to kill them.  Who is behind these attempts?  Was there really a murder 12 years ago or was it suicide?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Security Detail (Large Print) Author: Lisa Phillips


Title:  Security Detail

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  282 (large print)

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Kayla Harris and Connor Thorne have known each other for years.  When they first met, he was a rookie Secret Service Agent assigned to protect the President’s rebellious teenage daughter…Kayla.  She had a crush on him and he liked her as well, but there was no way a Secret Service Agent assigned to guard the President’s daughter was going to be allowed to date her!  So, the romance went unrequited and Kayla went off to college to become a lawyer while her father served a second term in office with Connor remaining with the Secret Service.

Now, Kayla has graduated college and law school and set up practice on her own.  She owns a shelter for battered women and children in her spare time, but has someone else manage it.  Everyone believes Connor has left the Secret Service as a disgraced agent, but he is really still working for them only now he is undercover and has infiltrated a group of criminals.  The head honcho of the bad guys is out for revenge against his wife and daughter who left him.  Not knowing who they were, Kayla helped them escape through her shelter.  Kayla now has a target on her back and Connor overhears an attack being planned on Kayla at her office.  He barely makes it there in time to rescue her, and then the action and suspense really take off!

It was interesting that the one who rebelled as a teen had given her life over to God and was now trying to live the quiet life and help others.  Connor is still in protect mode.  The past feelings they had for one another return to the surface and now that Kayla is a woman, can they have a relationship or will Kayla’s enemy take her down before they even have their first date?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Stranded


Title:  Stranded

Author:  Don & Stephanie Prichard

Pages:  401

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Self-Published

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Jake Chalmers and his wife, Ginny, have boarded a cruise ship on their second honeymoon.  The year is 1981 and they are sailing for the Philippines.  It is a very small ship with only a skeleton crew, which strikes one passenger as odd.  Jake’s wife has recently been diagnosed with cancer and has only six months to live, so he has planned out many of her favorite things to do to show his love to her.  Ginny is a people person and soon has taken a great-aunt, Betty, traveling with her 11-year-old niece, Crystal, under her wing.

Eve Eriksson is a federal prosecutor with a big case coming up against Danny Romero, a criminal who deals in the sex trade among other things.  Eve needs proof to use against Danny and she thinks she will find it on this ship that she believes has been used to transfer women illegally to be sold into sexual slavery.  She believes the captain to be involved as he is the half-brother of Danny Romero, but she must get proof.  This is a big case for her with a lot riding on it.  She is on the ship undercover as Eva Gray.  She gets the proof she needs, but before the ship lands in Manila the order to abandon ship is given.  What happens next is a gritty and harrowing tale of survival.

With such vivid descriptions, I feel like I need a drink of water in the shade!  I was on the deserted island with our four main characters, trying to avoid insects, snakes, crocodiles and tarantulas.  I could feel the heat, smell the sweat and hear the waves of the ocean against the shore.  What one saw as God’s provision another saw as a negative and held it against God.  The growth in the characters as they are away from civilization was such a delight to read.  What they discovered about themselves as it came to light was a revelation to them as well as to readers and created tension, drama and love.  This is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping pages rapidly to find out what happens next in this thrilling tale!  I look forward to reading Forgotten, a sequel to this story.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!  Great job to this pair of authors on an outstanding story!

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings #2)


Title:  The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings #2)

Author:  Jennifer Delamere

Pages:  384

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The London Beginning series begins with the novel titled, The Captain’s Daughter.  Here, in the second book, readers get to focus on the middle sister, Julia, whose hope is to become a physician and go to Africa as a missionary.  The year is 1881 and in London women were to be home or if they wanted to do some work, there were few opportunities.  Julia is attending a school that helps women become prepared to practice medicine as a physician at a time when that field was dominated by men.  Women could become nurses and even a midwife, but becoming a doctor took perseverance and hard work.

Julia was raised with her other sisters in Bristol at the George Mueller orphanage where needs were met by asking only one Person…God.  Julia is asking God to provide the means for her to attend school and practice medicine, though Julia originally thought that being married with children was something she couldn’t have at the same time.  When she saves the life of a barrister and he wants to repay the debt, the only thing Julia asks for are lessons in Latin.  From there, the story begins to lead the audience into a deeper story that is the heart of other characters as well as their pasts.

The themes of faith, prayer, forgiveness and more are inextricably woven into the novel set in the Victorian Era.  I was drawn into the interesting brother and sister relationship of Michael and Corinna as well as the other girls desiring to become doctors at a time when it wasn’t easily accepted.  I loved the romance that was and then wasn’t growing between Julia and Michael.  The other intriguing plot line was how far a father was going to bring what he considered a wayward daughter home.  Did his way work?

Before the third book comes out I hope you read The Captain’s Daughter and then The Heart’s Appeal.  The drama is on many levels.  I couldn’t put the book down because I was touched by the story in many ways.  What a challenge to be like George Mueller, praying for my needs and watch how God would provide is but one idea I am coming away with from this series.  I wonder what you will remember about the books?  I can’t wait to hear!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer


Title:  First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer

Author:  Aaron Eby

Pages:  168

Year:  2014

Publisher:  First Fruits of Zion

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

I am not Jewish, so why read a book of this nature?  People read books of various subjects for many reasons.  For me, I read the book because I want to grow in understanding the Jewish people and prayer.  I have done a couple of online courses with this ministry, First Fruits of Zion, and like their approach of reaching other Jewish people and those who want to know more about the Messiah, Yeshua.

I used the book like a devotional, reading small sections and then meditating on what I had read.  I found a new understanding and depth to approaching God in prayer that defies description.  My prayer life is no longer stale or just reciting prayers without being engaged.  I came away with a big appreciation for the Messianic Jewish Ministry teaching me through this book, which offers a totally different approach to my time alone with God.

Perhaps some will be able to sit and read the book in one sitting and that’s fine.  The point is to come away with our hearts changed, our approach to prayer vastly different and drawing near to God with our entire being.  Please consider using this book whether its discussed between a couple of people, a small group or any avenue.  All I can say is whoever reads the book and puts any of it into practice will notice a nearness to God that perhaps was missing or an ignited passion to be in His presence and hear His voice.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

If I live (If I Run Series Book #3)


Title:  If I live (If I Run Series Book #3)

Author:  Terri Blackstock

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

In the third and final novel, audiences get a thrilling conclusion to the characters of Casey Cox, Dylan Roberts, and Detective Keegan just to name a few.  Casey has been running for a long time to avoid being arrested for a series of crimes.  Dylan has been hired by the parents of Brent Pace to apprehend her for his murder and other infractions of the law.  However, since the first book, Casey has amassed a lot of evidence to prove who the real culprits are behind Brent’s murder and others as well.

The hard part is that while Casey has been on the run and while Dylan is trying to clear her name, those who committed the murders are also closing in on Casey.  Casey’s character is one of not just surviving but also seeing that justice is done.  What Casey is learning is the difference between obtaining justice her way or letting go to let God do it His way, as well as take care of her.  Dylan has been praying for Casey to come to faith because he knows that without the Lord she will never know true peace.

Each book in the If I Run Series that began with If I’m Found, then If I Run, concluding with If I Live is built upon the preceding book.  When I began the series, each book was released a year apart, but I could dive right into each story, remembering where the last book left off and anxiously reading to see where Terri was going to take the plot and suspense!  So, if you love suspense with faith, romance and climax, then here is a series just waiting for you to enjoy!

While we wait for whatever flows next from Terri’s pen, consider reading her other novels that have been published and available today!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

His Risk (The Amish of Hart County #4)


Title:  His Risk (The Amish of Hart County #4)

Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray

Pages:  266 (ARC)

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Avon Inspire

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Calvin Fisher has left the Amish faith after a terrible childhood.  His older brother, Mark, was the one who raised him.  At the age of 14 Calvin left Horse Cave, Kentucky and began a descent into a life of alcohol and drugs.  Now, he has cleaned up his act.  He works for the DEA as an informant in exchange for them paying debts he owed to a gang.  Calvin is still a member of the gang, but he secretly reports information to the DEA.  The only way out of the gang is death, so Calvin knows he has a dim future and short life ahead of him.  He has kept his distance from his brother in the past, but recently they had somewhat of a reconciliation.  He doesn’t want Mark or Mark’s wife to become a potential target for the gang, so he stays away.

Calvin receives a telephone call from his sister-in-law telling him Mark is very sick with kidney cancer and she needs Calvin’s help with Mark.  Calvin returns home and becomes interested in the neighbor across the street, Alice Yoder.  Alice is a preschool teacher who is house-sitting for her brother while he is on vacation.  She finds Calvin attractive and accepts him at face value.  She doesn’t know he is involved in a gang or what he must do as a member of the gang.  Soon, criminal activity is on the up rise in Horse Cave.  Has Calvin’s gang decided to move in or are they just checking up on him to make sure he is doing what he said he would do?  Is the gang doubting his loyalty?  Alice even has some scary encounters and her school is vandalized.  Is Calvin’s gang responsible?

This is a story that will get readers involved from page one.  Shelley’s writing is such that it draws readers in with easy prose and likeable characters.  Calvin’s protectiveness of Alice was admirable.  He was so gentle with her, but so tough with his gang.  He had a difficult time when people still thought the worst of him because of his past, but he couldn’t tell them he had changed as he was undercover.  Alice believed in him as a person not based on his job.  I’m looking forward to book five that will be released July 2018 to see what is new in Hart County!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Pirate Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #2)


Title:  The Pirate Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #2)

Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

What a fun story to read!  I sat and read it in one night and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  There is mystery and danger, intrigue and drama; yet, there are some parts of the story that are just comical.  Maribel is a young girl who wants to be a privateer.  As she reads about these men in books, the sense of adventure just speaks to her heart.  Maribel is a character who bucks what is expected of her or even the mold others want to place her in.

Maribel experiences many different and dangerous moments she didn’t sign up for, but she is determined nonetheless.  She is raised in a convent and becomes a teacher, but there is still a part of her that longs to escape into a book without being bothered.  What I laughed about was the place she chooses to read her books and how others react to her choice!

Towards the end of the story the author throws a twist in the plot that really made my heart race and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!  Here is one book I know I will read again and enjoy at some time in the future.  Until then, I plan on telling others about the series as well as encouraging people to get the book for their own personal libraries!  So, ahoy mateys, grab a copy and come aboard for an adventure you won’t regret it!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the product for free from Barbour even though a review was not required.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Stalking Season

Stalking Season (Smoky Mountain Secrets #2)

Title:  Stalking Season (Smoky Mountain Secrets)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 stars.
In A Killer’s Sights is also part of the Smoky Mountain series for those who like to know if there are other novels in a series like I do.  As I read Stalking Season, it quickly became apparent the affects the stalker was having on the main character, Cheyenne Cassidy.  Cheyenne is a trick rider on horses and recently lost her parents in a car accident, or was it really an accident?  Cheyenne is now employed by Bill Johnson’s Smoky Mountain Wild West Christmas Show along with her trained horse named Patches.
However, before the first show, the stalker makes his presence known while Cheyenne is in a store scaring the daylights out of her.  When she runs out of the store, she is hit by a police car.  From this point forward, the police and Cheyenne are trying to figure out who is stalking her.  The only clue they have is that he calls himself Jesse.  The way Cheyenne met him adds tension to the novel as well as drawing readers into attempting to figure out who the man is and his real name!
I would recommend reading the first book in the series as a couple of characters from In a Killer’s Sight also appear in Stalking Season.  These are great stories filled with tension, suspense, and a little bit of romance to top it all off!  Kudos to the author for writing such fascinating novels!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lady Jayne Disappears


Title:  Lady Jayne Disappears

Author:  Joanna Davidson Politano

Pages:  416

Year:  2017

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Aurelie Harcourt is a young woman on a mission to find her missing mother.  Aurelie has grown up with her father in a debtor’s prison cell.  Her father amassed so many debts and with an inability to pay them was sentenced to debtor’s prison.  Her father has a wonderful gift for telling stories.  Aurelie has learned his skill well and can tell fantastic stories in her own right.  Aurelie has acted as a transcriber for her father, writing down stories under the pen name Nathaniel Droll.  The public has gone wild for these stories as well as trying to discover the real identity of Nathaniel Droll.  Aurelie that must now navigate a world in which she is totally unfamiliar…the aristocracy.  Her father has died, leaving Aurelie homeless.  She has no debts, so can’t stay in debtor’s prison.  Her brother was an aristocrat, but cut off from his family.  His older sister is the only relative Aurelie knows about and hopes she will be taken in or else be left on the streets.

Aurelie returns to her father’s home where his sister and her children and grandchildren live.  She is taken in, but told by her aunt not to disclose her background and only to say she is a distant cousin.  Aurelie is not prepared to play society’s games and longs to return to the honesty of the people she cared for in prison.  Silas Rotherham seems to understand Aurelie’s goodness.  Although most seek her out to tell her stories, the family for the most part doesn’t truly accept her.  Aurelie knows she is in the last place her mother was known to be and determines to discover what happened to her.  No one will tell her, but Aurelie longs to know her mother’s fate.  Silas and Aurelie share a budding romance, but will it come to fruition?  Aurelie hears about a proposal from Silas, but it isn’t offered to her.  Will someone from her past expose her deepest secret or can she avoid disaster?

Aurelie is an amazing young woman with a heart of gold!  She cares for the poor, sick and the weak.  She shows God’s love through her shining example of service.  She puts others before herself and relies on God.  Silas has a warm and compassionate heart as well as being a man of God.  He tries his best to look after Aurelie and spare her hurts from her family.  The vivid descriptions of the characters brought them to life for me.  I was emotionally drawn in to the story and felt the character’ feelings as if they were my own.  The writing I found exceptional in the story and I can’t wait for this author’s second novel! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sandra's Book #3: Betrayed

Betrayed (Firebrand #3)


Title:  Betrayed (Firebrand Series #3)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  278
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Sandra Robbins
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
What a finale!  The series begins with a prequel titled, Igniting the Flame where meet the main characters named Ash and Lainey.  The sequel, Targeted, continues the story of Ash and Lainey.  The next book, Hunted, focuses on Sloane who is kidnapped and her husband Colt who races to attempt to rescue the wife he hasn’t seen in five years.  Now, in the final novel, we get to read Reese’s story and why he won’t commit himself to Casey who is also a member of Firebrand.
I loved how the final novel really lets the readers in on the long unknown reason for Reese believing he must remain single.  When I read the reason and then Casey’s reaction, it was magnificent!  Plus, I loved how the author from the prequel to the end always left some mystery unanswered until now.  Each novel had danger and threats that the men who formed the Firebrand Training Facility had to fight against.  It was a total surprise to read why Reese had kept himself away from Reese, except when they were on missions together.  He knew she loved him and it was mutual, but the fear Reese had for the future really impacted his present.
The whole series had surprises in either the plot or the way the characters interacted, which only drew me into the story more.  There is action-packed danger and twists in the plot that grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me close the book until the end.  I think Sandra Robbins did one awesome job writing a series that weaves together what soldiers and their families might go through even after they leave active service.  If you love military suspense with action, danger and constant movement along with some romance, here is as series you don’t want to pass up!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Remebering Sandra with Book #2: Hunted

Hunted (Firebrand Book 2)

Title:  Hunted (Firebrand Series #2)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  258
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Sandra Robbins
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars
Hunted continues the story of Firebrand training center and its three founders Ash, Colt and Reese who each have a special skill set that makes these three men remarkable.  Colt is the most skilled sniper and is now teaching others by passing his knowledge onto those who come to the facility to learn from him. Colt’s life is thrown through the wringer when a terrorist and deadly adversary takes his wife, Sloane, captive.
Colt decides to rescue Sloane from the hands of these nefarious individuals who are bent on taking revenge on Colt and his wife.  While the bond of the brotherhood is strong between the three men, this is one mission Colt must do alone though his friends are waiting in the wings to bring aid at a moment’s notice.
Like the previous couple, Ash and Lainey, there is a whole lot of conflict going on between Colt and Sloane after the initial rescue.  What does the future look like for the married couple who haven’t seen each other in five years?  After all, Sloane has made it plain she won’t play second fiddle to the demands of the Firebrand group.  However, is that really the issue of Sloane’s heart?
There is a developing aspect of a mystery as the events in book one may be tied to what is now occurring in book two.  In the final book, which highlights what is happening between Reese and Casey, we may see revealed the final puzzle piece that will end the mystery and perhaps bring people to justice so these men and families can live in peace.  But who knows?  So, join me in reading the final book to see what Sandra has in store for the audience of the Firebrand series!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Remembering Sandra Robbins and her novel: Targeted

Targeted (Firebrand #1)

Title:  Targeted (Firebrand Series #1)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  272
Year: 2016
Publisher:  Sandra Robbins
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
Having laid the groundwork for readers to know Ash’s and Lainey’s relationship in Igniting the Flame, we get to see what happens to them as the story continues.  There is a lot of tension in the book both personal between these two people and in the family.  Lainey has a problem with Ash, especially when he breaks a promise.  With her having no other support, her feelings of loneliness increase exponentially.  Ash is on a covert mission and therefore unreachable; however, his brother Richard and his father step in to care for Lainey.
One of the issues between Ash and Lainey is that the service is almost like a mistress and a demanding one at that, which makes being married something the three friends Ash, Colt and Reese try to avoid.  There is someone from one of Ash’s past missions who is seeking revenge.  However, this person is not only after Ash, but Lainey and her son Max as well.  The secret Lainey has kept from Ash for a decade will now become known whether she wants it revealed or not.  The surprising fact is who tells Ash what he doesn’t know.
The novel is filled with high suspense, danger, and internal as well as external conflicts.  I couldn’t put the book down until I read how the various aspects of the story and the characters’ lives were going to conclude.  The series is of top notch storytelling and I believe many will become captured with the danger always lurking until the enemy is found and eradicated. 
Read and find out how the two most stubborn and broken characters, Ash and Lainey, might find forgiveness and healing in Targeted!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sandra's Series Prequel: Igniting theFlame

Igniting the Flame (Firebrand .5)

Title:  Igniting the Flame (Firebrand Begins)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  132
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Sandra Robbins
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
We meet the two main characters right out of the gate, one being ex-military Ash DeHaan and Lainey Simpson who will be starting a new job as she recently graduated from college.  Lainey has no living family members left.  Her grandmother recently passed away, leaving her estate to Lainey.  Ash has served in the armed forces exceptionally well, being known as a brilliant strategist.  Ash and two other friends of his have been asked to be special operatives off the books for the CIA.  No one will know about their missions, including any family members.
During a jog, Lainey is surprised to see Ash as they both seek shelter from a sudden downpour while in the mountains.  From there, readers see what begins to quickly develop between Ash and Lainey as well as some of the darker side to Ash’s personality and possessiveness.  The story is a little more suggestive in some ways than I was comfortable with, but I wanted to see where the author was taking the story so I continued reading.
I am glad I stuck it out as her sequels really are outstanding!  In the first book titled, Targeted, Sandra develops a very heart-touching story that focuses of Ash and Lainey.  When readers come to the second novel, they will meet familiar characters introduced in book one.  The main focus of Hunted is Colt and his wife Sloan.  In the final book titled, Betrayed, we get to see if anything develops between Reese and the woman who has pined for him, Deputy Casey Morgan.
The whole series is mainly based in St. Claire, North Carolina.  Some of the scenery described in the Firebrand series places pictures in my mind that make me desire to visit the mountains in that particular state.  Enjoy the Firebrand series; it’s fantastic!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Pelican Point (A Hope Harbor Novel)


Title:  Pelican Point (A Hope Harbor Novel)

Author:  Irene Hannon

Pages:  358

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

The other titles in series are Hope Harbor: A Novel, followed by Sea Rose Lane, and Sandpiper Cove.  The moment I started reading Hope Harbor, my heart was immediately engaged with the unique characters.  Each one brings with them a well-crafted background and a heart that longs for love, freedom and faith.

The players we meet at the beginning of the series continue throughout the story.  Pelican Point isn’t the last of the Hope Harbor novels for which I am so glad!  Irene Hannon has crafted plots that have a touch of mystery, suspense, romance, legacy, and so much more.  In the Pelican Point book, we meet Ben Garrison who is the grandson of one of the Hope Harbor residents.  He had visited his grandfather many times and even went out fishing with him, listening to the tales his grandfather wove while they were out on the water. 

Now Ben returns in what he plans as only a short stay, but with the returning comes a flood of memories Ben doesn’t count on.  Plus, he meets the editor of the town paper named Marci and she is a spitfire of a gal!  As the two interact in various scenes, one gets the feeling these two characters won’t get along ever!  Is that really the case?

The series isn’t sappy or simply romance; there is a tale in each book and characters with which any reader will be able to identify.  Plus, these are stories that are fun to read, encouraging and instilling hope into the hearts of readers.  So, please read them before the next one is published.  You will be so glad you did!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California (Abby’s Prospects)


Title:  My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California (Abby’s Prospects)

Author:  Janice Thompson

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Abby is traveling with her butler to Oregon to bring her mother back home to Philadelphia.  However, there is no current route there due to the road being washed out so Abby and Neville, the butler, end up in a boisterous and rowdy town.  Within moments of their arrival, shots are fired in the air as men gallop down the street celebrating.

With the cost of living being so high, Abby must decide to abandon her quest for her mother, request funds from her father, or learn how to work menial tasks to earn money.  Work like that is new to Abby as she has grown up as a lady of means and with servants at her beck and call.  Within a few days, Abby isn’t sure she will ever move without pain ever again.

Cookie and Sam are workers at a food and inn establishment that Sam’s father owns.  They have a history and have known each other for a very long time.  Sam’s father is mulling over the option of selling the food and inn establishment, thinking Sam no longer wants to run the business.  As one reads the story, watch for changes in the hearts of the characters.  Cookie is one special lady who can recall scripture for situations along with where it can be found in the Bible.

The story is filled with climax, romance, scripture, and slowly builds the tension in the plot.  I cannot wait to see what the next book the author or the publisher of this series brings to the market.  Each book in the series, though written by different authors and stand-alone books, audiences can easily read in a short amount of time and enjoy.  Consider sharing your copy with friends and family as well as asking your local library to purchase the series for any age of adult readers.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In A Killer's Sights

In a Killer's Sights (Smoky Mountain Secrets, #1)

Title:  In A Killer’s Sights (Smoky Mountain Secrets)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5+ stars.
Be prepped before opening the book that the moment you do the story sucks you in powerfully!  A recovering alcoholic and former police officer runs a dude ranch with his grandfather in the Smoky Mountains.  While normally the dude ranch along with the smoky mountains make for a  peaceful area and enjoyable time for various activites, the tourists life is taken an abrupt turn.
 No one’s life is more unsettled than a photographer, Gwen, when she happens upon the scene of a body being dumped into the river while on location for a news station’s upcoming documentary.  Gwen’s life is now in peril and more so is the past she has kept from one of the ranch owners for five years!  Sandra Robbins writes a powerfully moving story of love, loss and living with a strong faith theme running concurrent in the book.
Love Inspired Suspense tales can be read in a matter of hours and shared with family and friends.  For me with all the yuck on the TV I so enjoy much more a good book!  The novels written are so much better to engage one’s imagination than anything seen on the television everyday!  So grab a cold drink, curl up and enjoy a few hours in the Smoky Mountains with Sandra Robbins newest tale, In a Killer’s Sights!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FugitiveTrackdown

Fugitive Trackdown (Bounty Hunters #1)


Title:  Fugitive Trackdown (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  Feb 2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
My rating is 5 stars.
Claire Walker begins tracking down a fugitive after her father’s passing and learning the amount of debt owed by the business by bail jumpers.  Claire is very much living unprepared in her new though temporary life as her education as a librarian gives her little real life experience.  Claire’s best friend, Jessica, is a former police officer with her family’s fugitive recovery company a wonderful fit, but Claire just can’t ask her friend to help for reasons readers will discover.
The tracking down of a fugitive leads to a lost romance memory when she is aided unwillingly by Adam, Jessica’s brother.  Adam, a former soldier, has the training and knowledge he uses for the family business, but where has Adam’s faith gone since he last spoke to Claire?  When Claire and Adam are facing a life threatening experience their hearts, hurts and spiritual lives come out in the open.
I enjoyed reading the tension in the story between Claire and Adam because each had a stubborn, individual streak that caused sparks to fly in their friendship.  There is adventure, danger, along with a strong faith message which just filled my heart with joy as I completed the tale.  Don’t miss this great novel when cuddled under a warm blanket!

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Light on The Hill (Cities of Refuge #1)


Title:  A Light on The Hill (Cities of Refuge #1)

Author:  Connilyn Cossette

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This story is a heart-throbbing, pulse-pounding and faith-intensive tale.  It centers on the book of Joshua when the Israelites were setting up cities of refuge in the land God gave to them.  The main purpose of cities of refuge were for people to flee to if they accidently killed someone.  It is where they would have to live out their lives until the current high priest died or they themselves died.  If they left that city at any time, an avenger was free to take the offender’s life.

There are several reasons I loved this book.  One, the time was kept by the Hebrew calendar, helping keep readers’ minds in that time.  Two, readers will get a flavor for what other nations in the land were doing or how they looked upon the Israelites.  Three, the constant tension of never knowing if the main character fleeing to a refuge city was going to arrive before being killed.

Moriyah had been branded before the walls of Jericho were brought down, so if people saw the brand they jumped to conclusions.  Some of the taunts and ways people treated her, whether real or perceived by her, were so hurtful she placed herself in isolation in her home.  She cared for her father and neighbors through her cooking abilities.  Her father arranged a marriage, but it wasn’t to the man Moriyah thought, which caused the heart of this reader to wonder if her desire to marry would become a reality.

Moriyah built a wall around her heart that even kept her from hearing Yahweh’s voice, so she thought He left her too.  Now, she needs men who are willing to help her flee to a city of refuge before the man bent on taking her life captures her.  The man helping her to arrive safely is closely related to the man seeking revenge, and somewhere along the way a romance that Moriyah knows can never be begins to grow.

What a fantastic story that captures the heart of readers and challenges us all to let the wall of separation between us and Yahweh down and listen for His voice.  Can we trust Him to know what is best for us and help us walk through the time even if it isn’t what we thought life would look like as Moriyah learned?

I can’t wait until the next book is released as this biblical story, while written fictionally, is beyond exceptional!  It helps people to see that He is faithful and truly brings about the best for us and others even when we don’t see the “how”.  Don’t wait another minute to enjoy this novel!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughter #1)




Title:  Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughter #1)
Author:  Lisa T. Bergren
Pages:  352
Year:  2018
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Keturah Banning Tomlinson has received the last letter of their late father from their sugar plantation in the West Indies.  The news is not good.  While still grieving the death of their father, Keturah and her two sisters now face financial ruin.  There has been a drought, the crop has failed and the overseer has died just to name some of the things that have gone wrong in the West Indies.  The sisters decide to pack up, leave London and travel to the sugar plantation to set things back on course.  The idea of three women being heiresses to a fortune and managing it themselves is ludicrous to most men of this time, so most of the men want to marry Keturah to gain control of the plantation, property, etc.  However, Keturah has told herself she will never be under a man’s thumb again.
The problems facing three aristocratic women when they arrive are daunting.  Is there any way they can turn things around for a brighter future?  Gray Covington may be the answer, but can Keturah set aside her stubbornness and her fear of a repetition of the past to trust again?  Gray is a childhood friend who has also arrived on Nevis to manage his brother’s sugar plantation.  He wants to renew his friendship with Keturah as he has kept his distance since her marriage.  However, his reputation as something of a lady’s man might harm this.  He wants to protect Keturah and her sisters, so he won’t give up his pursuit of friendship or maybe something more?
With rich and vivid descriptions of the time and place, I felt like I was in the West Indies with Keturah.  The author does an excellent job of putting readers in the story.  The slavery scenes in the story, while horrible, I thought were realistic and authentic to the time and place.  Her care of her sisters’ future was admirable, thinking of their needs first.  My only negative is that the first third to half of the book was a bit slow; it took a while for me to get to know Keturah’s character and get involved in the story.  However, with the themes of redemption, forgiveness and God’s ability to love us no matter what made the story worth reading for sure.  I also appreciated in the Author’s Note references for victims of abuse.  I am curious to read what happens to Keturah’s sisters in the upcoming novels, so stay tuned for further reviews!
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)


Title:  The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)

Author:  Michelle Griep

Pages:  320

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.

What a spectacular story is bound within the covers!  Michelle Griep takes readers back in time to 1808 in London to a place called the Blue Hedge Inn where a mother, daughter and young son keep boarders, serve ale and food.  They work hard in a building that is run down and about to collapse, trying hard to pay off the mortgage before they get sent to the workhouse to pay off their debt.  Johanna does most of the work of the inn, and her Mam works in the kitchen.  The boy name Thomas is quite the character!

Besides some boarders taking off without paying, the banker is an uncaring fellow, which I easily disliked.  Perhaps that was the author’s intent…maybe.  Then add to the mix, Alexander Moore, who is undercover to locate those bent on sedition or other ill gains.  Alexander is not a man of means, but to do his job he must put forth the appearance and behavior of a wealthy man.  While doing his job, Alexander stays at Johanna’s inn and that’s where the story really gets interesting!

The author wrote a novel that entails many mysteries that kept me reading for hours.  When I thought the ending was near and the true culprits would be revealed, it turns out there were more twists and turns to the plot!  The more pages I read, the faster my heart beat in anticipation of how the book was going to end.  Would those who should be brought to justice be revealed?  How was Alexander going to marry one woman while he was in love with another?

Above all, I was wondering if Johanna was going to keep her inn or end up in the workhouse to pay her debts.  Johanna is a brave woman who worked her heart out and underwent some very hard times that impacted her heart, body, emotions and soul.  Alexander was an interesting man who tried to do the right thing, but was it to please God or man?  This is one of the best of Michelle’s stories that just got richer the more I read.  I sincerely hope many read and enjoy the tale as I did, including the ending that is a surprise!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”