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Lethal Legacy (Love Inspired Suspense) Author: Carol J. Post

Title:Lethal Legacy
Author: Carol J. Post
Pages: 220
Year: September 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I love to read that is very true!Books that are exciting, suspense filled, filled with faith themes and lifelike characters are some of my favorites.Here is one of my favorite authors. I have read all the books she has written to date.Lethal Legacy is her latest set to release next month and I cannot wait for you to read the exciting, nail-biting adventure that awaits!
Andrea is the main character in the story who has lost her parents and has no siblings.She is slowly working through her grief and the loads of paperwork, files and such at each of her parents’ various homes.One place was a cabin that only she and her father visited.When Andrea arrives, she is attacked, and the place has been ransacked.Plus, Andrea meets for the first time in years her childhood friend and sweetheart who is on the local law enforcement squad.
What readers will enjoy is the myst…

The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)

Title:The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)
Author:Susan Anne Mason
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The First World War has just ended and Grace Abernathy eels that it is now safe to leave her home and mother in England and travel to visit her sister and newborn son in Toronto, Canada.Her sister’s husband was killed in action during the war.She makes the journey and arrives at the address of her sister’s last letter only to find the house empty.She is directed to the local church for information about her sister.Upon arrival, she is informed of her sister’s death.Her sister had begged Grace to take care of her son if anything should happen to her and not to let her husband’s wealthy family to raise her son.Grace made a promise to her sister and she aims to keep it.She discovers that indeed the husband’s family has taken in the baby and the husband’s brother has been made legal guardian of the child.Grace is desperate to see the…

Arms of Mercy ( An Amish Mercies Novel #2)

Title:Arms of Mercy ( An Amish Mercies Novel #2)
Author: Ruth Reid
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5
Catherine Glick is the main female character in book two, which is the sequel to the first book, Abiding Mercy. Catherine is an older single lady in the Amish community.She knows her biological click is ticking, and she wants children.So, in a moment of weakness, she asks the young man she has been seeing for years, but his response is not what she expected.On top of this disappointment, she loses her job at least until spring at the local Amish restaurant.
Catherine lives with her brother, his wife and their children, but she feels like she needs to do something to move forward with life.Her decision sets her on a path that brings more than she bargained for including a former Amish man she thought she would one day marry.After a couple of harrowing experiences and thinking the worst is behind them, they board a bus in the hopes of eventually reaching Flori…

Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel)

Title:Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel)
Author:Ruth Reid
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The leading character in the story is Faith who was taken from her home when she was six years old. She remembers nothing of her former life.For years she has lived with an Amish couple and older sister, believing this has always been her family until one day the past and present collide!
Before this moment, Faith was wrestling with her tenuous relationship with her sister, running a restaurant since her parents’ accident and falling in love.Now her future is a blur of activity and change in an English world with parents she doesn’t remember.Plus, Faith has no idea why her Amish parents or boyfriend haven’t written to her at all.
The novel is rich with faith when there seems to be nothing good occurring.Plus, we see how Faith is trying to please her biological mother, but it goes against everything she has ever been taught.On top of that, there are legal rep…

Thief of Corinth

Title:Thief of Corinth
Author:Tessa Afshar
Pages:400
Year:2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ariadne has been living with her mother and grandfather.Her mother shows Ariadne no affection and her grandfather is forcing her to marry a horrible man.Her parents are divorced, so Ariadne decides to leave and live with her father to be free of her unhappy home life and an awful marriage.One night she sees her father sneaking out of the house and decides to follow him.She sees him enter the home of a wealthy man and wonders what he is up to.Then, she is surprised to see her father running full tilt, being chased by the homeowner’s guards.She helps him escape and soon discovers her father is stealing from the rich men of Corinth as their wealth was obtained from corrupt practices.She likes the adrenaline from being in control of her life, so she teams up with her father and becomes a thief.
Someone discovers their secret and begins blackmailing them, cutting short her feeling of f…

Bees in the Butterfly Garden

Title:  Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Author:  Maureen Lang
Pages:  399
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
 The main character in this book is Meg Davenport.  She has spent most of her life at an exclusive bordering school in Connecticut.  Her mother died when she was very young and her father sent her away to school so he wouldn’t have to bother with her so Meg thinks.  Her father visits her about two times a year accompanied his “assistant” Ian.  She excels in most everything at school, especially horticulture.  In her younger years at school, she would try to escape in order to get to her father, but she would always be caught.  After her last attempt at age 14, she comes to believe she must accept her life at school as her father doesn’t want her anyway.  He only has time for Ian.  She is jealous of the time Ian has with her father.
 Now at age 18, Meg receives a not from Ian letting her know that her father has died.  She attends the funeral with initial plans to return to school.  Duri…

Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)

Title:  Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)
Author:  Cindy Thomson
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Tyndale
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 with no money to speak of or futur…

Against the Tide

itle: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Pages: 362
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany House
Elizabeth Camden has written a very creative story with an interesting premise and plot. Against the Tide is a story about fighting against the opium trade that was so pervasive in the city of Boston in the late 1800s as Boston was one of the biggest ports where ships unloaded all sorts of cargo. It is also the story of a romance between two people, one who will do anything to have a life together and one who will do anything to keep the other safe, which means a life apart.
Alex Banebridge is very handsome and charming. He also is pressuring certain politicians and those who support them to pass legislation making the import and sale of opium illegal even in pharmacies where it was sold under a different guise as a cure for headaches, rowdy kids, toothaches or whatever else might hurt. Orphanages and parents were given their children opium unknowingly, and it was legal! When Alex was six years o…

Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)

Title:Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:288
Year:2018
Publisher: Avon Inspire
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Sadie Detweiler approaches the man who has been courting her and tells him she is expecting his baby.He denies that he is the father and wants her to get an abortion or else she will damage his reputation among the Amish community of which he wants to be leader of.Sadie can’t believe his suggestion.She tells her parents of the pregnancy, hoping they will talk to his parents and a marriage will be agreed upon.Instead, she finds herself disowned by her father, put on a bus to an uncle in Kentucky whom she has never met and alone with first-time motherhood looming in the future.Sadie arrives at the home and tries her best to stay invisible.She can sense something is going on in the household as the tension is almost unbearable sometimes.She is scared and alone until she meets Noah.
Noah Freeman is an Amish EMT-in-training.He has been on the job for …

Yuma Prison Crashout (A Hank Fallow Western #1)

Title:Yuma Prison Crashout (A Hank Fallow Western #1)
Author: William W. Johnston with J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 364
Year: 2018
Publisher: Pinnacle Western
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an exciting read!The author does a masterful job placing the story in a federal penitentiary at a time when prisons were rotten places to be.The main character is a former law officer, a U.S. Deputy Marshall, now serving 10 years in prison.To learn why he is in prison, you’ll find the answer in the pages of the book.Hank Fallon is the man’s name and he is working in the laundry room, ignoring the attempted prison breakout, with all the noise of gunfire and blood.
Hank once had a wife and daughter he adored, but something devasting happened to them that the author keeps readers in suspense about.The only thing on Hank’s mind is to do his time then go find out what happened to his family and who did it.He is a changed man now, a hard man.Due to his heroic deed of saving the warden of the prison from certain dem…

Hidden Peril (Code of Honor #2)

Title:Hidden Peril (Code of Honor #2)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 416
Year: October 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Kristen Dane is a good friend of the other two members of the Treehouse Gang.Each member is in a different career, but their bond is strong.When Kristen learns that a monk she knew in a different country has died, she is broken hearted.She then attends the wedding of a good friend.However, after a couple days off, she enters her store to find the body of her coworker and a mess in the store.
The man who comes to the scene and try to gather clues is a new Detective on the force and covering for Kristen friend Colin while he is on his honeymoon. Kristen’s heart as well as the detective named Luke are attracted to each other instantly though neither is aware of the others thoughts or feelings.Luke was married and is now widowed.He tries to guard his heart so that he doesn’t mix business with personal relationships.Becca is his sister and she is trying to encoura…

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)

Title:Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 384
Year: 2017
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Trish Bailey is a young lady who is overwhelmed by loss, a job where she teaches art to inner city kids, her ailing mother declining and taking care of a foundation that her parents set up a long time ago.A young man named Matt who is the accountant is handling the books and checks for the foundation and comes monthly to the house. However, Matt begins suggesting strongly to Trish that she is basically forgetting things and misplacing materials.
How this story starts out is amazing and will capture your attention right away.Then, as I progressed throughout the book, the author threw some curves that caused me to really wonder what mystery was going on.Trish is under suspicion when her mother suddenly dies.Detective Colin Flynn trusted his gut when he was investigating the death of Trish’s mother.But something may be brewing in the heart of the detective along…

Where the Fire Falls (A Vintage National Parks Novel #2)

Title:Where the Fire Falls (A Vintage National Parks Novel #2)
Author:Karen Barnett
Pages:344
Year:2018
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Clark Johnson had been a minister at a church until three years ago when he was accused of inappropriate behavior by one of his female parishioners.He was forced to leave the church.He ended up working as a trail guide at Yosemite where he grew to love the land God created.He remained a man of faith, and he could see God’s handiwork every day in the beauty surrounding him.His contract for guiding tours is about to expire and he must decide if he will take a ranger position at the park where he will enforce rules and not lead tours or find a job somewhere else.His last tour is scheduled.As he prepares for departure, he meets a woman artist who will be on his tour.He thinks she is sophisticated and above his station.Little does he know she is not who she appears to be.
Olivia Rutherford puts on her makeup and fancy dress to impress future …

Explosive Force (Military K-9 Unit)

Title:Explosive Force (Military K-9 Unit)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 224
Year: September 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The series of military K-9s are stand-alone books where each story tells of how a canine aids in tracking down a killer.Each novel is written by various authors all within 2018.So, if you enjoy these military type tales, here is a treasure trove!The titles are Mission to Protect, Bound by Duty, Top Secret Target, Standing Fast, Rescue Operation, Explosive Force, Battle Tested, Valiant Defender, and Military K-9 Unit Christmas. Many of the authors I am familiar with and the stories published thus far have been very good and enjoyable to read. Just FYI a couple of the last books listed haven’t been published yet, but are slated to one a month through December 2018.
In Explosive Force, First Lt. Nick Donovan and his bomb sniffing canine are called out to the base after a bomb has exploded, injuring a couple people and the perpetrator esca…

No Place to Hide (Hidden Identity #3)

Title:No Place to Hide (Hidden Identity #3)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:332
Year:2015
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Jackie Sellars is doubting God and finds herself on the run with Ian Lockwood.Ian is being hunted.He is wanted by authorities for his alleged role in a terrorist plot.Before she knows it, Jackie’s name is being linked with Ian’s as a possible accomplice.Jackie and Ian are on the run as soon as they run into each other when Jackie breaks into Ian’s home. Jackie and Ian were best friends years ago, but Jackie left town suddenly when they were teenagers and went to live with her grandfather.They haven’t seen each other since.Jackie had a huge crush on Ian back then, but how does she feel about him now that he is wanted by the FBI?Also, the FBI isn’t the only organization hunting Ian.Someone else seems to be in the game, but they don’t want to capture Ian; they just want him silenced…permanently.
While they are busy trying to stay alive, Ian continues to voice his…

Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity #2)

Title:Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity #2)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:320
Year:2014
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dani Harding and her 11-year-old son are the victims of abuse from Dani’s husband, Kurt.He is an FBI agent on the track to success, but Dani knows different.She has tried to leave him before with disastrous consequences.Now, she is gathering her courage to make a run one more time.She cleans out the home safe, then receives a phone call that will change her life.She thinks her life has taken a turn for the better until she discovers terrible people think she has something her husband stole.However, Dani has no idea what it is or where to find it.She needs help keeping herself and her son alive but can’t trust the FBI as she knows firsthand that some of them are just as dishonest as Kurt.She sees an email offering protection, so she hires Operation Refuge.
Adam Buchanan has left the U.S. Marshals and now works for Operation Refuge.He immediately feels protective…

No One to Trust (Hidden Identity #1)

Title:No One to Trust (Hidden Identity #1)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:332
Year:2014
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
David Hackett stumbles upon his business partner holding a gun over a dead body.David keeps quiet about the murder, but knows it is time to gather the evidence of his partner’s criminal activities and disappear.His partner was also his best friend.David gets the evidence, turns it over to authorities and then enters a witness protection program.He is in line at the bank when he meets Summer.He is drawn to her instantly and a relationship begins.
Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find strange men in her home, demanding the location of her husband.She doesn’t know where he is, but the assailants decide she can help them get what they are after.They give her 12 hours to find a computer and hard drive or they will return to kill her.Summer has no idea what they are talking about but wants to stay alive, so she agrees to give them to these men.She ransacks th…

The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)

Title:The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Daughters of the Mayflower series starts with The Mayflower Bride, The Pirate Bride and The Captured Bride before the story continues with this book.While each book could be read as a stand- alone, reading the series makes it more enjoyable to see the various family members adventures in different eras.
Here the Revolutionary War hasn’t started, but the rumors of war are definitely in the wind and people know it!Kimberley Woodhouse did a wonderful job putting together a very believable and lifelike tale!When readers start the book, the author has a letter for readers and in Note From the Author, we get to learn about her research.
Faith is the main female character throughout the book and she is full of fight and fire!Faith suffers through some hard times, but that is what shapes this woman’s heart and patriotism.There are no le…

The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

Title:The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)
Author: Wanda Brunstetter
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Sometimes when a new series by any author starts, it takes me awhile to get into the book and understand where the plot is heading.When I started reading this book, I caught on pretty fast to the story line, but I didn’t see where the journey would take me. The story really is touching as readers see how children could be affected by parents not telling them family history or how scarring abusive homes can be to small ones.
Here is a tale that weaves both the Amish world and English world at points in the story that surprised me at times.Michelle is one of the main female characters and I think her background really tugged at my heart, especially as I saw how she made some good and bad choices based on the broken places of her heart.Sara is the other main female character.It was somewhat heartbreaking to read how devastated she was losing her mom, a…

Rebecca's Song (Daughters of RIverton #3)

Title:Rebecca’s Song (The Daughters of Riverton #3)
Author: Dawn Kinzer
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Morningview Publishing
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The characters we read about in the novel were introduced to in Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design, which are the first two books in the series, respectively. For me, reading the books in order helped really make the third book very impactful to the heart of this reviewer.The main character, Rebecca, is a changed woman nearing thirty and the town of Riverton’s school teacher.Rebecca’s past, which audiences learned about in the other novels, comes back to haunt her in the life she is trying to live in Riverton.
Now, she is the main caretaker of three orphans who recently lost their parents.Rebecca always wanted marriage to a man who loved her even knowing she was unable to have children.Now it seems she has a family to love, but no husband to love her and help carry the burden.Jesse is the guardian of the three children, but wants to live in…

Hope's Design (Daughters of RIverton #2)

Title:  Hope’s Design (The Daughters of Riverton #2)
Author:  Dawn Kinzer
Pages:  378
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Morningview Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
In the first novel in the series titled Sarah’s Smile, we meet an interesting cast of characters who live in the small town of Riverton, Wisconsin in the early 1900s.  We meet the antagonist, Rebecca, whose heart being filled with broken dreams spews ugly words toward Sarah because of Sarah’s heart-breaking past.  Now Rebecca is a totally different woman and Sarah is married with a child on the way when Hope comes to the town to put space between her and her former fiancée.
Hope is an only child and when her parents travel to a distant land.  For her safety, they encourage her to leave New York with very few people knowing her destination.  However, after some time has passed, her ex-fiancée shows up at her job to continue the harassment he began in New York.  Hope’s dream is to become a designer and see women glow when they feel…