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The Tempted Soul (Amish Quilt Book #3)

Title:The Tempted Soul (Amish Quilt Book #3)
Author: Adina Senft
Pages: 320
Year: 2013
Publisher: FaithWords
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What an exciting conclusion to the tale covering three friends lives Emma, Amelia and Carrie.Each woman has had her challenges in life and trying to believe God will bring to them the desires of their hearts.In the final installment we learn how Carrie who has been unable to have a family with her husband may have to learn how to live without having children while watching the dreams of others come true.
Melvin is an unusual husband in that he is tender, loving and affectionate with his wife, but he doesn’t understand the emptiness and pain bareness brings.Carrie loves Melvin and leaves her desires time and again with God even when she occasionally tries to find ways to bring about her desire for a baby.Carrie lays her heart at the feet of God and continues to live within the bounds of the community.
Amelia, Emma and Carrie have been friends since school and…

The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel #2)

Title:The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel #2)
Author:Pam Hillman
Pages:448
Year:2018
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This second book in the Natchez Trace series is set in 1792 when Mississippi was still a territory under Spanish control.Quinn O’Shea and two of his brothers are bound for Breeze Hill Plantation, the home of his brother Connor.Quinn plans to get his two younger brothers settled in their new home and under Connor’s watch and then take off to see the world.He figures he has looked after the boys for the last nine years and now it is Connor’s turn.What Quinn didn’t plan on was running into Keira Young and her two younger sisters.Keira is on her way to Natchez as well to marry a local businessman.Her brother-in-law has set up the arrangement.Keira has never met her intended, but hopes for a better life for herself and her sisters.
Upon arrival in Natchez, Keira finds that her brother-in-law has not been honest as to the true na…

The Hidden Life (Amish Quilt Book #2)

Title:The Hidden Life (Amish Quilt Book #2)
Author: Adina Senft
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Publisher: FaithWords
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
In this sequel to The Wounded Soul, the author focuses on the character named Emma Stolzfus.Emma is a single woman who has dedicated her life to caring for her parents in their later years.After the passing of her father, Emma focuses on her mother.What Emma is surprised by is the shared views, stance and closeness she develops with her mother.
While Emma would love nothing more than to get married and have her own family, seeing it become a reality in her life is another matter.Since Emma was a young woman, her heart has yearned for one man named Grant.Grant is unavailable now and readers will enjoy reading his journey as well as the captivating ending to Emma’s tale.
I highly recommend Adina Senft’s books as they include patterns for quilt lovers, great stories to capture the hearts of the audience and a book easily enjoyed in a couple of hours.While the…

A Heart felt Thank You!

Today We Remember the Debt Owed

Thank you to all who have paid in serving Our Nation! Today, we also thank those who are serving and their families!


The Marshal’s Runaway Witness

Title:The Marshal’s Runaway Witness
Author:Diane Burke
Pages:219
Year:2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
US Marshal Dylan McKnight takes his job seriously.He will do whatever necessary to make sure his witness testifies in a court case involving the head of the state’s mafia crime family.His witness is the accused’s daughter.She was slated to testify against him three years ago, but she tricked him and escaped.That put a serious dent in the court case as well as Dylan’s career.He thought they had been on the verge of a forever kind of relationship, but now he is determined not to make the same mistake again.He will keep a professional distance and keep his witness alive no matter what happens.
Angelina Baroni has been in hiding for three years.She witnessed her father kill someone and wanted to testify at his trial, but saw something in the courthouse that frightened her.She didn’t know whom to trust, except herself.Now, the trial, after various setbacks, i…

A Chance at Forever

Title:A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)
Author:Melissa Jagears
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
George Firebrook has returned to Teaville after leaving about six years ago.He has returned to make amends for his past behavior to many of the children he bullied as a child himself.He has a list of those he bullied and has written to some, asking for forgiveness and what he might do as reparation.He hasn’t gotten very many answers.Since he plans to stay in Teaville, he needs a job.He is a math teacher and there is an opening at the local school for such.He applies for the job and must be interviewed by the school board.He enters the room only to find himself facing one of the children he taunted most, Mercy McClain.He knows his chances of getting the job are now over, but he apologizes to Mercy anyway.He is a changed man and has given his life to the Lord.Mercy glares at him, promising him he will not get the job.He knows he deserves her …

Thank you!

Send Down the Rain (A Novel)

Title:Send Down the Rain (A Novel)
Author: Charles Martin
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
While this is a fictious story, there is some truth in how men were treated when they returned home from serving where their country sent them.The last book I read written by Charles Martin was exceptional and this one is above and beyond Long Way Gone. Each story he writes is a stand alone with unexpected twists and turns, characters that seem lifelike and plots that are heart-grabbing from the first page.
Send Down the Rain is set in the early 1960s.I was a young toddler when the Vietnam War was happening, and my parents protected us form seeing the news so as not to upset us.However, now I am older and personally want to thank all who have served and are serving and apologize for those who didn’t or don’t give you the thanks you richly deserve.
The story is about a family that a father deserts, and a mother who works her tail off to provide for her two yo…

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3)

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

Primary Suspect (LIS)

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

Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2)

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

12 Strong Movie (DVD)

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

Lily of the Manor

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

The Wounded Heart (An Amish Quilt Novel)

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

Firing Line (The Blitz Detective #4)

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

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)

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

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

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

The Fallen (Memory Man Series #4)

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

Witness Undercover Author: Debra Cowan

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

No Less Days

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

The Post (Movie)

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

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

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

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

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