Friday, August 31, 2018

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 mystery as to why people seem to be so dedicated to remove Andrea along with a possible reconnecting with her childhood friend and sweetheart after so many years and broken hearts.  Once I started the book, I couldn’t lay it aside.  I think many will enjoy the tale as much as I did, so when it is released soon, grab a copy and enjoy!

These are stories worth reading more than once and sharing with others you know who love to read a good story without it taking lots of time! 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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 baby and make sure he is being well treated.  She comes up with a plan and carries it out, but it comes with a cost.

Andrew Easton will do anything to keep his family together after the estrangement between his brother and the family and then his brother’s death.  He hires a nanny to take care of his nephew and develops a love for the boy as if he were his own.  He also develops a love for his nephew’s nanny, but knows she is beneath his social station.  He has been strongly encouraged by his father to marry a particular woman.  Andrew doesn’t love her but feels he must marry her to keep the family together and earn his father’s approval.  Andrew aims to put the child’s welfare before his own, but does his future bride feel the same?  His attention toward the nanny is noticed by his bride-to-be, so she sets out to put a stop to it.  The situation comes to a peak with an unexpected outcome.

I enjoyed the setting and time period of this story.  I especially liked the scene at the amusement park with the fireworks.  The love Grace and Andrew showered on the baby was special and sweet.  The trust in God to see her through another difficult situation in her life was something Grace showed repeatedly, even when she made impulsive decisions and brought the difficulty on herself.  I look forward to book two in the series set in picturesque Canada!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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 Florida where Catherine is planning to work for her cousin.

Out of nowhere, Catherine and Elijah lives are about to be sideswiped, and neither is sure life will ever have any meaning or return to normal again.  In this sequel, there is a heart pounding tale with many twists and turns in the plot that kept me up way past my bedtime because I didn’t want to stop reading!  I don’t know if the author is planning a third novel or not, but so far, this one is the best suspense, romance, breath-holding tale in the series to date!

I believe the author did an excellent job of keeping this reader glued to the book, because she slowly reveals little by little where the characters are and where the plot is heading.  The turmoil in the book and the wrestling with believing God and His Word are very palpable.  This is a must read for 2018!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

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 repercussions, threats against her Amish parents, and more that set Faith on edge.  Gideon doesn’t know what to think as he sees how much Faith has changed on the outside and believes it is the same change going on in her heart.

I am so glad Ruth Reid writes stories that are faith filled as well as having suspense, mystery, lifelike happenings that bring two totally different worlds into one young woman’s life.  Readers get to see how she chooses between the two worlds and why.  I can sit and read Ruth’s books for hours as they are entertaining, thought provoking and written in a way that I can’t wait to see how the story ends.

So, if you’re a reader who likes these types of books, here is a golden one to read, enjoy and perhaps pass around to family and friends!

Friday, August 24, 2018

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 freedom.  Is there any way they can escape the blackmailers clutches?  She realizes that her decision to become a thief comes with consequences, including a chance at love.  She finds herself at a crossroad and must make a choice, but is she willing to pay the price?

Tessa Afshar is one of my “must read” authors.  I eagerly await each new release, wondering which person from the Bible she will choose to tell her fictional tale about.  Tessa writes with such fluidity that the pages fly by quickly as readers follow each character’s story to a climactic ending.  The historical details included in the story are so interesting!  I liked that this story that showed the results of divorce from a child’s viewpoint.  The appearance of Paul in the story was seamlessly woven in and his words heard by Ariadne and her father offer a challenge to think about their current life, as well as hope for the future.  This is another wonderful book by a very talented author!  I can’t wait for her next novel from an author whom has truly received a God-given gift to reach her audience for Him.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bees in the Butterfly Garden


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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.  During her visit, she learns about the past of a father who was a stranger to her.  She decides she can’t return to school and should try to take up her father’s profession.  He taught Ian everything he knew, so why shouldn’t Ian teach her?  She has no desire for a husband right now and doesn’t want to continue school.
 Ian is bound and determined that Meg will return to school and not go into her father’s business.  He refuses to teach her anything about the business or become her partner.  Meg’s father’s last request was that Ian take care of and protect his daughter.  Ian also has loved Meg from afar.  He thinks he is not good enough for her and knows her father would think the same.
 Meg sets out on her own to prove that she does belong in her father’s business.  She manipulates Ian into helping her against his own judgment.  She takes up residence with a former acquaintance from school to design a garden as a present for her acquaintance’s mother.  She finds herself living with a truly Christian family.  They are very wealthy financially and spiritually, but are also very faithful stewards with what God has blessed them.  As the story progresses, Meg and Ian both begin to doubt the merits of their plan.  They see Christ demonstrated to them through this family.  Both reach a low point, though separately, where they understand the love, mercy, and grace of God.  They experience forgiveness and find faith in the One True God.  Do you long for the same?  Seek God first.
My rating is three stars.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Annie’s Stories (an Ellis Island novel)

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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 future in Ireland.  When she is rescued from a place known as the Magdalene Laundries and their controversial history, again I was enthralled to learn more about these places after I finished the book.  The story is one most people can relate to when life is viewed based on growing faith, life experiences, and love received from others.  There is one character named Stephen who must learn that all he can do will never quiet the pain in his heart or soul when he loses his mother, father and only brother.  Stephen comes to a place where a pastor helps him understand the choice he has before him of either to forgive or withhold and the need to listen for God’s voice or continue to try to help through his own efforts.
I have not even scratched the surface of the well-researched tale written and shared with us.  If you appreciate history, faith, love, and so much more, this is one novel not to miss reading or sharing with others.  I plan on obtaining the other book title I shared at the beginning of this review as I believe it will be just as rewarding as Annie’s Stories.
My rating is 5+ stars.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Against the Tide

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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 old, he was kidnapped from this mother’s arms and never saw her again. He was kidnapped by the evil Professor, who used the kidnapped victim as leverage to get the family to do whatever he wanted. Alex was not the first or the last boy this happened to. The Professor was the largest dealer in opium on the east coast. Alex lived with him for 11 years and the Professor raised him as his own son, showing him the opium trade, how to cultivate alliances and how to manipulate people. Alex was able to escape the Professor when he became a Christian. Now he has dedicated his life to outlawing opium to make up for the time he spent spreading and encouraging the use of opium. He served with Lydia’s boss in the Navy and needs her skill translating shipping documents that will help him find where the opium is coming into the country. He lives his life without any personal possessions or a home, and he is always on the move, traveling all over to accomplish his mission. He has vowed not to marry or have any close friends because if the Professor finds out, he will take that person and be able to control Alex. He falls in love with Lydia, but he will not marry her. He must leave her life so as to not put her in danger from the Professor. Will they meet again?
Lydia Pallas is a young woman of Greek and Turkish parents who works for the Navy as a translator. She knows six different languages, and she loves her job. She grew up very poor and lived on a fishing boat with her parents. They never had a home, except on the boat and were constantly on the move. She feels she had a happy childhood until her family came to America. After school one day when she was nine years old, she goes to meet her father at the dock, but he never shows up. Her family is believed to be lost at sea and she is sent to an orphanage. She has no possessions, except the clothes on her back and must be on guard against thieves in the orphanage. As part of the nighttime routine there, each child is given “medicine” to help him/her sleep. Of course, this is Mrs. Winslow’s Syrup, aka opium. Now that she is older and has left the orphanage, Lydia longs for security and order. She still has her little blue bottle of “headache medicine” that is the same Mrs. Winslow’s Syrup. She meets Alex and begins doing translations for him. He gradually tells her his mission, so they team up to bring the guilty parties to justice. While working together, Lydia falls in love with Alex. However, Alex will pursue no relationship with her to keep her safe. Lydia has all the signs of an opium addict and doesn’t even know it, but Alex does. The Professor kidnaps another boy and Alex needs Lydia to infiltrate the Professor’s house and come to the rescue. Lydia desperately searches for security, and Alex leads her to God. Alex won’t marry a drug addict, which Lydia finally realizes that is what she has become. Will they be able to be together? Can Lydia’s newfound faith sustain her through her trials?

Monday, August 20, 2018

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 almost a year and hopes to be put on the staff full-time soon.  He loves his job and his co-workers have found him to be compassionate and competent, as well as being able to speak to the many Amish in their own language.  He and his partners are called to Sadie’s house when someone falls violently ill unexpectedly.  Noah can sense something going on in the house and Sadie’s fear.  He also notices how pretty she is.  Noah can’t stop thinking about her and wondering if she is in danger, so he makes an excuse to check up on her.  He wants to get to know her better and thinks she feels the same, but her male relatives don’t want him around and let him know that in no uncertain terms.

This author’s writing style is one in which it makes it easy to get involved in the story from the beginning.  There is no lengthy and dry history, but instead engaging characters and story line.  The plot is one that doesn’t glamorize the Amish people, their beliefs or their lifestyle, but instead shows them to be people who make mistakes, poor choices and act ungodly at times.  The added subplot about moonshine was also a good addition to the story.  I like how the author includes facts at the end of her stories, telling about real people and places regarding the fictional story.  Amish stories are not one of my favorite genres, but this series has been enjoyable and entertaining to read.  A sixth book will be released in November 2018, and I will be one of the first to get my copy.

Friday, August 17, 2018

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 demise, he is paroled.  Now he is involved in an organization that seeks to be more recognized than the Pinkertons Agency, but their methods are no where near the same caliber.

If Hank wants to discover what happened to his family, he must do what the men say or die.  There is no other option for Hank.  Next thing he knows he is once again in prison, but in a worse place than before. Now he is in Yuma where staying alive is the number one concern.  But Hank has been sent there on a mission by this organization.  Will he succeed and learn about his past?

The second book in the series is due out soon and you won’t want to miss the exciting adventure and dangers!  So, grab a cool drink, curl up and get lost in the pages of the newest series by the Johnstone family.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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 encourage Luke to allow someone to love him and be close to him.

Book two has a lot of action, adventure and danger that really will keep people glued to the book.  I cannot wait for the third book and wonder how the author is going to build that story.  All I know is that Irene Hannon is quite an accomplished story writer.  In this sequel, there is a beautiful romance building and a great example of having boundaries to protect the heart and relationship until after marriage.

I sat and read the book in one sitting; I couldn’t put it down!  So, if you haven’t read the first book, then catch up so that when book two is released in October of this year, your appetite will be ready for what is coming and trust me it is outstanding!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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 with what Trish is sharing and feeling about Colin.

There is more going on in the story that reveals the background of the detective and his friends.  Book number two titled, Hidden Peril, focuses on another person named Kristen Dane who has vast experiences in her life and not all of them good.  Readers will enjoy the continuing story that includes all the Treehouse Gang of which I cannot wait for you to read how it came about and why the members are still together, even though they are now adults.

Irene Hannon knows how to write a mysterious thriller filled with suspense with a touch of romance.  Her novels are so worth taking time to enjoy and share with family and friends!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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 patrons.  Her agent has told her she must obtain the financial support of Marcus Vanderbilt or she will never be rich and famous.  She molds herself into what the rich crowd expects.  She takes the tour and begins to let the real Olivia break through occasionally as Clark observes.  He likes that Olivia very much, and she seems to like him.  But she needs money to support her twin sisters who are currently living with an aunt.  Olivia’s mother died a few years ago and her father is dead according to her aunt, so Olivia is left to support her younger sisters.  Once she has made a name for herself, she can relax as her financial worries will be over.  However, Marcus has more in mind than a financial arrangement.  When Olivia rejects him, she knows he has the power to ruin her career and reputation.  Now, what will she do?

The main character in this story is an artist who tells stories with paintings, and the author of this story is an artist who paints pictures with words.  The descriptions used by the author will have readers in Yosemite, seeing El Capitan or Half Dome.  We are treated to breathtaking accounts of God’s creative hand at work in nature.  While the descriptions of the scenery are captivating, the story moves at a slow pace.  I liked Clark’s dedication to doing the Lord’s will for his life in his job and in his relationships.  He knew what he wanted, but he wanted what God wanted for him more.  Olivia tried to change who she was to achieve financial success, but she had to learn who she was in God’s sight…His child, created by Him to glorify Him.  She had God-given talent as an artist He would use for His purpose.  I enjoyed the Author’s Note where historical facts and information are included about people, places or things used in the story.  It wrapped things up nicely!

Monday, August 13, 2018

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 escaping.  Heidi Jenks is on the base doing a story when the bomb goes off and is slightly injured.  When she and Nick meet, there are sparks but it isn’t attraction they feel toward one another!

As the reader progresses through the book, slowly Lynette Eason reveals who is the target, why that person is being targeted and the need to capture the person responsible is proving difficult.  Heidi is in the service, doing interest stories on various personnel but wants to prove her ethics as a reporter are above board just like her father.  Nick had a negative experience that colors his reaction to any and all reporters.  Can he trust Heidi, or will she show that she is just out for the scoop?

These books are short quick reads and easy to carry around in a back pocket, purse or briefcase, making it easy to pull out when waiting for a meeting, appointment, etc.  Thrill seekers, suspense lovers and romantics at heart will thoroughly enjoy the books from the first word till the very last.  These are a great way to share stories with friends and family!

Friday, August 10, 2018

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 innocence.  He claims he is being set up to look like the guilty party.  The Ian whom Jackie knew 15 years ago would never be connected in any fashion with terrorism.  But it has been a long time since they have seen each other, and people can change, right?  Jackie isn’t sure if the current Ian still holds the values of the Ian from her past.  Jackie’s job though is helping at-risk people disappear, but she and Ian want to clear his name.  Can they do so before they are both killed?  As they find what they think are safe places to hide, the enemy tracks them down quickly, causing them to have to run again.  How are they being found?  Can they stay alive long enough to prove Ian’s innocence, capture the criminals and have a chance at the future?

While there is action and tension, the spark between Ian and Jackie just didn’t’ ignite for me.  I would have liked to have seen more spiritual growth from Jackie before Ian proposed.  A prayer in a life-and-death moment doesn’t ensure equal ground spiritually between two soon-to-be spouses.  The plot was engaging and entertaining.  The three books in this series are all worth reading with plenty of action for the audience.  Faith and God is present in all three books, which should be a part of a Christian book.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

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 of Dani and her deaf son, Simon.  He begins to learn sign language and serves as a male role model for Simon.  Simon wants his mom to be safe and smile again.  Dani wants to believe Adam and his company can keep them safe, but time after time the bad guys find them.  They must run for their lives again and again.  When will it end?  Adam develops feelings for Dani and sees her as a strong woman who survived an intolerable life.  Dani feels safe with Adam and begins to see what it is like to be treated as a respected woman.  She also likes how Adam interacts with Simon.  Both will have their mettle tested as they try to find what Kurt stole and stay alive.

This is another suspense filled story that readers will devour.  I appreciate how the author weaves in the faith of one or both main characters in the story into their everyday lives.  They don’t act like Christians just on Sunday.  The live their faith, especially in the difficult times.  I have already started the final story in this trilogy, No Place to Hide, and like the two predecessors it starts off with a tense situation that will pull readers into the story right away.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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 the house but can’t find a computer or hard drive.  She does stumble on to some other hidden information about her husband and begins to wonder who she married.  As she continues to search, but time is running out.  She eventually is reunited with her husband and is furious when she finds out that he has lied to her, which is the one thing she has told him she can never forgive.  She has been betrayed yet again.  She also learns she is involved in something sinister and deadly.  Can she learn to trust again?

This story was a thriller right from the get-go!  I couldn’t put this book down.  Lynette Eason is a writer of suspense, who always delivers.  Her stories draw readers in and the characters and action keep them glued to the pages.  I also like how she interjects elements of faith into the stories without appearing to preachy.  Summer has trust issues and learns she can always trust God and lean on Him.  He is true to His promise and never breaks His word.  This isn’t a recent book, but it is sure one worth reading.  There is plenty of tension, suspense and action to keep the reader’s attention.  Book two in the series, Nowhere to Turn, is next on my list to review so stayed tuned for more on this thrilling series!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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 lengths Faith won’t go to aid others, and I loved how the women got together to read and memorize the Scriptures prior to war breaking out.

There are real historical characters in the book with a little change here or there in reference to the time, if I remember right.  Reading about our forefathers and how they might have lived or spoke makes them so real to me.  One scene made me giggle, and I can’t wait for you to enjoy picturing it in your head!  It’s great!

The tale is also a sobering reminder of the cost many paid in many ways so that their descendants would have a much better and free life in a new country.  Here is an example of historical fiction at its best, so read one or read them all.  There are two more coming out soon!  Perhaps this would make a great gift for a reader you know be they family, friend or acquaintance!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

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, and then discovering her mother’s family history without the chance to ask her questions.

I wonder if Sara’s mother, though fictional, chose not to reveal her family history because of the shame she carried in her life.  I wonder too how the author is going to grow these two very different women as they proceed in life choices or if they are even going to become friends further in the upcoming books.  While there are some heart-tugging places in the book, there are some Scriptures shared, and hope is a thread that shows up brighter the further I read.

I hope you read the book and then wait with me until the next book comes out to see just where this wonderful author will have her characters journey!  Till then enjoy Wanda’s novel so you’re ready for book two!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

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Friday, August 3, 2018

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 Chicago and remain a detective.

The tale is one that carries themes of faith, trust, hope, love and redemption.  I thought the author did a terrific job with this woman’s character.  Rebecca faces many challenges and Jesse does too.  He doesn’t face them believing God cares about him.  Jesse has a history of brokenness.  Readers will enjoy seeing his heart and how God touches him through various trials.

I would gather all three books then plan to spend time in Riverton, reading the various players stories of life, faith and a small town perhaps coming together.  I highly recommend these to other readers and perhaps consider lending them to family and friends who enjoy getting lost in the pages of a great tale!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

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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 beautiful wearing her dresses.  She desires that women see that they have inward beauty too and carry themselves with more confidence.
Ben has a secret and only his family knows what it is and why he won’t let anyone see what he creates.  Ben and Hope meet on the train as they are both heading to Riverton and their first encounter isn’t exactly one of laughter or friendship.  As I read the book, I really began to imagine the scenes playing out in my mind.  The author does such a fantastic job of showing how God, faith and friendship can make a world of difference in a person’s life.
Reading how Hope overcomes her fears, past, and begins to understand how God knows best how to fill her life with joy, love and faith, she is then able to rest in His plans.  Hope wants the best for all the people whom she encounters and who have embraced her since she moved to Riverton.  Here is another example of a story at its best for when a reader is done, he/she is left wanting another tale from the writer perhaps focusing on another character from the town of Riverton.  Read and enjoy both Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design as they are very enjoyable works of fiction!
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