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Coming October 2018! Burden of Proof by Author: DiAnn Mills

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Title:Burden of Proof
Author: DiAnn Mills
Pages: 416
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is another out of the park homerun story by author DiAnn Mills.If you have never read any of her books, this one will get you hooked.In the story, FBI Special Agent April Ramos experiences a tough night as a negotiator trying to talk a man off a high ledge.Now, just getting coffee is about to change her life in ways she cannot imagine!
While in line with a crying baby behind her, she turns to comfort who she assumes is the mother, only to have the baby thrust into her arms.Then, she is forced at gunpoint to bring the baby and do what her captor says.What Agent Ramos is about to go through is an adventure she never anticipated nor a future she thought would ever occur.
DiAnn Mills is a master at writing stories that are at times intense and other times it seems like little may be occurring, but don’t be fooled.She brings zing to the plot when one isn’t expecting…

Beyond All Dreams

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Title:  Beyond All Dreams
Author:  Elizabeth Camden
Pages:  362
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
This is another winning story from Elizabeth Camden!  It is set in the late 1890s in Washington, D.C. as new technology is appearing in the city.  Anna O’Brien is a librarian at the Library of Congress with a specialty in maps who likes to stay out of the limelight.  Luke Callahan is a congressman from Maine who is bold, loud and full of confidence.  They both have dreams for their lives, but can they be realized?
Luke’s temper gets the best of him in an argument with the Speaker of the House and he is demoted from an influential committee to a lesser known committee.  Luke needs some help with research as he sets out to dig up some dirt on the Speaker of the House.  Anna is assigned as Luke’s research assistant.  They spend more time together and Luke begins to admire Anna’s intellect, wit and courage.  Anna tries to keep Luke at a distance as he is her exact opposite in person…

Beckon

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Title:  Beckon
Author:  Tom Pawlik
Year:  2012
Pages:  416
Publisher:  Tyndale Publishers
Note:  I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for an honest review.
 Grab hold of the arm on your couch before you even open the book cover!  At first I wasn’t sure what I was reading at all.  During the first few chapters, I was reminded of the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth.  I kept reading on as the plot was thickening and different genres of writing were included.  What kinds of genres?  Well, science fiction, mystery, and suspense type genres.  The author definitely takes the reader on one wild and crazy ride, making it hard to discern the plot.
 As you continue down the path of reading, more characters are introduced.  The scenes are changing as well as questions rising faster than you can read.  The story begins with a dad who is saying good-bye to his son before embarking on a journey to study ancient people.  The father has been mocked by colleagues for the premises publ…

The Beautriful Thread

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Title:  The Beautiful Thread (The Hawk & the Dove #8)
Author:  Penelope Wilcock
Pages:  208
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
My rating is 4 stars.
The focus on this eighth book in this series is again William du Bulmer and Abbot John.  This time, however, the drama is not on William’s love life, but Abbot John’s.  St. Alcuin’s is to host a big wedding.  As a result, Father Conradus, who is in charge of the kitchen, needs extra help with all the food preparations.  It is suggested that he notify his mother to have her come and help.  This being done, she agrees and soon arrives at St. Alcuin’s.  Abbot John immediately feels comfortable in her presence and wants to spend more time with her under the guise of showing her around the monastery and other excuses.  Some of the other monks immediately notice the change in their abbot’s attitude toward this woman.  Will St. Alcuin’s lose another man to a woman?
The other situation going on in the story is a visit from one of the higher ups i…

Atonement of Emily Adams

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Title:  Atonement for Emily Adams
Author:  Susan R. Lawrence
Website:  http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Lawrence/e/B00KLS7A6S/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Pages:  264
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 5 stars out of 5
Very few books in my life have caused me to sit back and really be speechless, but I am glad to say this is one story that is beyond incredible.  While this is a fictional tale, it is easy to imagine various scenarios described in the book as being somehow reality in many people’s lives.  A young married woman and her husband decide to start a family until one night an accident occurs that throws this couple for a loop along with other characters in the novel.
Whether the characters were Christians or not, what made this tale so realistic was how the pain, grief and healing took time.  I think the author did a superb job of not rushing the time it takes for healing to occur in the characters’ hearts and lives.  I also thought it realistic that …

Risen

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Title: Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture)
Author: Angela Hunt
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 stars.
My husband and sons went to see the movie Risen in the theatre; I will see it when it comes on DVD as theater seating is uncomfortable for me. So when I saw the book being offered for review on Bookfun.org, I asked for a copy to read. The joy of being able to converse with my guys about the movie scenes and scenes from the book was fun; it’s a great family activity we do.
In the novel, the chapters switch between the Roman Tribune Clavius and a young Jewish widow named Rachel. When authors use this means of telling a story, it tends to enrich the reader’s understanding of what is occurring by using two points of view. Here it helps to see the Roman activity, thoughts and life compared to a widowed Jewish woman making bread and selling it in the market place as a means to take care of her needs. When these two lives meet and become involved in a relati…

Another Way Home

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Title: Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)
Author: Deborah Raney
Pages: 304
Year: 2015
Publisher: Abingdon Press
My rating is 5+ stars.
We met the Whitman family in the first book of the series, Home to Chicory Lane, followed by Two Roads Home. In each story, we are given a bird’s-eye view into the various issues some of the grown Whitman children have faced along with how they interact and the running of the inn. Here, in the third book, the author tackles a couple of hard issues such as domestic abuse, infertility, adoption, marriage and faith. I was really grabbed by the heart when Danea continued to be disappointed about not getting pregnant even when spending so much money.
As God opens her eyes, she decides to volunteer at a home for domestically fractured families, meeting a woman named Misty. When Danea and her husband Dallas willingly take Misty’s son into their home over Thanksgiving, there comes a point when it becomes evident that Misty is in trouble. She doesn’t return as agreed a…

Annie's Stories

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Title: Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)
Author: Cindy Thomson
Pages: 416
Year: 2014
Publisher: Tyndale
Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Annies-Stories-...
Reading is such a sweet endeavor and a blessing to be sure, especially when discovering a new author. Annie’s Stories is the second book in the Ellis Island series with the first book being, Grace’s Pictures, published by Tyndale in May of 2013. Losing myself in the pages of the tale was a rich and rewarding experience. The story is rich, robust, historical, reminding the audience of what others might have experienced before us, both the good and the bad. The best part was learning even more about the book written by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, along with how novels and illustrations were meant to teach virtues and character traits.
Annie is of Irish descent whose father loved storytelling, which I learned is a tradition steeped deeply in the Irish culture. Annie’s father dies, leaving her as she views her life all alone …

Angels Walkking

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Title: Angels Walking Book #1
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Pages: 384
Year: 2014
Publisher: Howard
Amazon Link:http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Walking-...
What an exploding work of fiction! Angels Walking, the first book in a new series written by Karen Kingsbury, turns out to be an exceptional and inspirational debut. My curiosity is what drew me to the book; I wondered how the author would portray angels in a fictional yet Biblical way. When I began reading, I knew beyond a doubt that while a fictional piece of work promised an adventure, I was blessed at how Karen weaves in the spiritual reality of warfare that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
I don’t want to reveal too much of the story so as not to ruin your own discovery, but I will share enough to whet your appetite. Two angels volunteer for a mission on earth to help two individuals, Sami and Tyler, meet in order to fulfill the long term plan God has for them. The angels have no clue as to all that the mission will require or the way to do G…

Always Watching

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Title: Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 329
Year: 2016
Publisher: Revell
Lynette Eason delivers again with this new series! I loved the idea of having a company of all women bodyguards; I thought the idea very original. This first book is focused on Olivia Edwards and her story.
Olivia Edwards used to be a cop, but now she runs a company with her partners of all female bodyguards. This particular assignment originally has Maddy as the bodyguard for a local widowed psychiatrist, who also does a radio talk show at night. The psychiatrist, Wade Savage, has a stalker and that is why he has a bodyguard. The stalker quickly escalates her by taking Maddy out of the picture at the beginning of the story. So it is Olivia’s turn in the rotation of the security schedule to now be on duty to Wade and his daughter, Amy.
The moves quickly along with the stalker becoming more and more bold with her actions. More and more people are being injured or killed. Olivia wonders ho…

Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)

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Title:Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)
Author:Deb Richardson-Moore
Pages:286
Year:2018
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
First off, I want to make clear that I don’t consider a 3-star review as a negative review as some sites categorize.I consider it to be an average rating.I would rate this a 3.5-star rating, but most sites don’t allow for half-star ratings.
Branigan Powers has received her assignment to cover a clown sighting, with the clown trying to lure young children into the woods with candy.The clown has made more than one appearance, but so far has been unsuccessful in his attempts to take a child.Some think the clowns are a hoax or the people reporting them are making up the story.Soon, a child does fall prey to a clown and is kidnapped.He is taken from a homeless family, so what is the clown’s purpose in taking him?There will be no payment of ransom as the family has no money.Branigan is on the case and has the help of Malachi, a homeless veter…

When Through Deep Waters

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Title:When Through Deep Waters
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Pages: 400
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachelle Dekker is the daughter of author Ted Dekker.Both write novels that aren’t the norm and usually the reader doesn’t know until later in the book that it is packed with deep spiritual truths.I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the book, but during my travel in the tale the truth punched my right in heart.So as not to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or the story or where God may speak to you, I won’t elaborate further what or where in the book my heart was impacted.
However, in true Dekker fashion, the story drew me in from the start.I could tell it would have the aspect of spiritual warfare in it, but there was more to come. The characters and their battles I would have to say are unusual but no less realistic.I am not sure that everyone can read this book.If they are dealing with any psychological or emotional battles, they will have to decide that for them…

A Contradiction to His Pride

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Title:A Contradiction to His Pride
Author: Leanne W. Smith
Pages: 422
Year: 2018
Publisher: Self-published
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This novel is a sequel to Leaving Independence written by the same author.Reading these novels set on the Oregon Trail in the late 1800s was pure joy and excitement.I was amazed as well as mesmerized by the action, danger and how quickly life could be lost as depicted in the stories.Here, the settlers from the wagon train we met in the first book are now trying to establish their town and lives when a bank robbery turns the characters’ lives in a tither.
During the grieving Corrine experiences after losing a dear friend, she is also wrestling with being a grown up and handling a less than the picture-perfect life she once held dear.A couple of the characters from the town are hunting bank robbers as well as going after James and his group to let them know danger is on their heels.Life is very precarious in these days and the author does an excellent job of sh…

Compromised Identity

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Title:Compromised Identity
Author:Jodie Bailey
Pages:220
Year:2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan is a trained Army Medic.She has not had enough time between missions overseas, so her battalion ships out without her.She is left behind to act as a liaison between service men and women and their families, helping with insurance matters, housing, medical care, etc.Her laptop was stolen two weeks ago and when she enters her office her she discovers someone trying to steal her new laptop!She gives chase, but comes up against greater odds of 2:1.She is facing a life-threatening situation when out of the blue someone barrels into one of the criminals and chases them away.Enter Staff sergeant Sean Turner.His mission is to protect Jessica and ferret out the reason why her laptop, as well as those in other battalions, have been stolen.
Jessica refuses to allow Sean to sideline her and wants to be an active part of the investigation.She won…

My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)

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Title:My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Each novel that is added to the “My Heart Belongs” series seems to be a gem, but this one truly takes the cake!The novel is fiction, then add a mystery in the mix, a possible romance that was off then well maybe on again, and history and you have the makings of a winner!The author took great pains to research the history of the place, persons and time period.We, the readers, get to learn what she learned while preparing for the book at the end of the story though I am sure they aren’t all her notes!
Madeline is part of a family that holds on to the secrets entrusted to them by others, and a certain business is known only by word of mouth.Madeline loves being a reporter, chasing down stories or answers to any questions that stir her interest.Now she is teamed up with someone from her past by an older woman who had hired Madeline for …

No Safe Place (Witness Protection #1)

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Title:No Safe Place (Witness Protection #1)
Author: H. L. Wegley
Pages: 250
Year: 2018
Publisher: H. L. Wegley
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I have read all this author’s books, and here is the best yet!Right from the dedication the author shares his heart and hopes for those who read this particular story.Then, when I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.I went all the way to the end, finishing the book in one sitting!Everywhere in this action-packed thriller is mystery, danger, faith, romance and hope.There is definitely a touch of realism in the book as one character is disowned by her parents because she is a Christian.Plus, part of the plot includes a prodigal’s journey in returning home to his Heavenly Father’s arms.
Matt is young man who made some serious mistakes in the past and now seeks to live life as he knows he should, but the past is catching up with him.The men after him are playing for keeps.Since he ran into Miranda while jogging one day, her life is now in danger too!How c…

Formula of Deception

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Title:Formula of Deception
Author:Carrie Stuart Parks
Pages:310
Year:2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Murphy Anderson may have misled the detective as to her experience working with police as a forensic artist, but she needs the money.She has studied YouTube, so how hard can it be?She is a good artist and puts those skills to work drawing the scene from the details given her by a dying hunter.He claims he was hunting on a deserted island and came upon the bodies of five men.Murphy asks key questions to help her draw the men and the one man whom the hunter remembers his face.While at home, Murphy receives a letter telling her the man who murdered her sister has escaped jail.She is certain he will come after her now.Murphy works up her sketches and calls the detective the same day so they can return to the hunter to fine-tune any changes.Upon arrival, they find disaster has struck.
Murphy now is constantly looking over her shoulder in fear.She is taken to the desert…