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Primary Suspect (LIS)

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

Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2)

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

12 Strong Movie (DVD)

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

Lily of the Manor

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

The Wounded Heart (An Amish Quilt Novel)

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

Firing Line (The Blitz Detective #4)

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

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)

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

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

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

The Fallen (Memory Man Series #4)

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

Witness Undercover Author: Debra Cowan

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

No Less Days

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

The Post (Movie)

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

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

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

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

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