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A Most Noble Heir

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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…

Yuletide Jeopardy

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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 …

Security Detail (Large Print) Author: Lisa Phillips

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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 …

Stranded

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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 involve…

The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings #2)

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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 w…

First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer

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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…

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

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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…

His Risk (The Amish of Hart County #4)

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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 C…

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

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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 th…

Stalking Season

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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 himsel…

Lady Jayne Disappears

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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 …

Sandra's Book #3: Betrayed

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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 Trainin…

Remebering Sandra with Book #2: Hunted

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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 t…

Remembering Sandra Robbins and her novel: Targeted

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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 a…

Sandra's Series Prequel: Igniting theFlame

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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 …

Pelican Point (A Hope Harbor Novel)

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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 …

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

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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 ve…

In A Killer's Sights

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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 …

FugitiveTrackdown

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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 spirit…

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

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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 kille…

Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughter #1)

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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 …

The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)

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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 behavio…