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Wait for Me (Montana Series #6)

Title:Wait for Me (Montana Series #6)
Author: Susan May Warren
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5+ stars out of 5
What an exciting finish to an extraordinary series!Susan May Warren has shared with readers a story that is engaging, suspenseful, romantic, and very exciting! We meet the cast of characters in the first novel titled, Wild Montana Skies.Each novel continues with the same characters though the plot line focuses mainly on one of the PEAK team members.To learn what PEAK stands for and how the group started, read book one.I guarantee that once you start with Wild Montana Skies you’ll be hooked on reading all the books in the series.
Each book has a unique way of captivating the reader that makes it easy to keep reading.Once I started the series, I continued and though I hate to see the ending of the series and characters I know it is time.I cannot wait for others who haven’t yet read the series to do so, or for others to read the last book in the series as the myst…

Valiant Defender (Military K-9)

Title:Valiant Defender (Military K-9)
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Pages: 224
Year: November 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What an exciting series!Patriotic, romantic and suspenseful!2018 seems to be the year that many authors came together and wrote a story that is engaging to readers’ hearts and minds.The titles are Mission to Protect, Bound by Duty, Top Secret Target, Standing Fast, Recue Operation, Explosive Force, Battle Tested, Valiant Defender, Military K-9 Unit Christmas all published by Love Inspired.
In the recent installment, Boyd Sullivan has escaped from jail and begins once again his reign of terror.However, he is focused on paying back Captain Justin Blackwood and his daughter Portia.Justin is helped when trains Captain Gretchen Hill in running a K-9 unit where she is stationed.She is temporarily reassigned to work with Justin and be trained to start a similar unit on her original post when she has completed her training. Gretchen is also focused …

No True Justice (Witness Protection #2)

Title:No True Justice (Witness Protection #2)
Author: H. L. Wegley
Pages: 252
Year: 2018
Publisher: H. L. Wegley
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The Witness Protection Series is the third series this author has shared with audiences.Wegley’s novels are faith based, action packed, and have some romance too.With each book, this author just keeps getting better.So, if you have yet to read any of his novels, don’t wait any longer to enjoy!
The opening scene is set on July 4th in Oregon with the character Georgia Simpson walking to her home when she receives a call that will change her life in ways she cannot imagine!Her quiet and boring life now becomes a race to stay alive, especially when she hears a gunshot on the phone!Wegley has written a heart-pounding tale that seems very real, and it is easy to get lost in the pages forgetting that what is being read is fictional!
As I read, it seemed that there was a David fighting a Goliath and one that is not going to give up pursuit until he gets the job…

Freedom’s Light

Title:Freedom’s Light
Author:Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Hannah Thomas is a young, 18-year-old woman who has been married for a year to a man twenty years her senior.She married him to escape the unwanted advances of Galen, a childhood friend who she no longer considers to be a friend.John is a lighthouse keeper but quickly enlists in the Continental Army and leaves Hannah to tend the two lighthouses.He is one of the first to be killed as a spy.Hannah doesn’t believe he was a spy, but nevertheless she is now a widow.She invites her younger sister, Lydia, to stay with her for a while.Lydia arrives, but has her eye on any man in a red coat serving in the English military.She longs to wed an Englishman, move to England and enjoy English society.This will cause trouble for Hannah in the future.
Birch Meredith poses as an English privateer, supplying English troops with supplies.He, however, has an ulterior motive.He is looking for the…

A Forgotten Place (A Bess Crawford Mystery #10)

Title:A Forgotten Place (A Bess Crawford Mystery #10)
Author:Charles Todd
Pages:357 (ARC)
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Bess Crawford is still working in service to the Queen’s military forces as a nurse.The war is over, but the wounded still need care.They didn’t just miraculously heal once the war ended.She is tasked with caring for a Welsh unit that all had amputations.Most came from the mines in Wales, and with their injuries were not sure how they were going to support their families.They felt they would have been better off dying in the war and not returning half a man.Bess encourages them as best she can.They are all released together for the return home journey.A couple of months later Bess receives a letter from their commanding officer, himself an amputee, asking for her help.Several of the troop have died from illness, accident or their own hand.Bess has some time off due her, so she heads to Wales.She plans to spend a day or two there and the…

Christmas by the Sea

Title:Christmas by the Sea
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 176
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Melody’s tale brings forth hope after loss, and joy after sorrow.Christmas by the Sea shares about Wendy who has inherited the summer cabin she visited with her grandparents as a little girl.Wendy is filled with stories and memories she has shared with her son Jackson throughout the years.Now she has inherited the cabin and Jackson can’t wait to see the ocean and town his mother told him so much about during the hard years of his Dad’s fatal illness.
Jackson wants to stay there, and his mother Wendy would love to as well but there are tons of medical bills to pay and she doesn’t think the small town can provide for their needs.Jackson enjoys working alongside a man named Caleb who is a local woodworker and owns his own store selling his unique pieces.
What follows is a very endearing tale that was enjoyable to read.The only other thought I have about the book is I think the a…

Amish Christmas Emergency (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Amish Christmas Emergency (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Pages: 224
Year: 11/2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the benefits of being a member of Reader Services is that I get books to read before they are released to the general public.Love Inspired Suspense stories are exciting to receive each month, they are tales filled with action, adventure, romance and faith.Yet, each book truly is a unique story that captures the heart and imagination of those who read them.They are quick reads and easy to pack because they are small.The variety the publisher offers makes it hard at times to choose just which book to read next!
In this story, readers are drawn into the world of a nurse practitioner named Alexa Grant who cares for her Amish patients with all her heart.Alexa loves her work, her colleagues and the area where she lives.On a day when the weather begins to turn treacherous with ice, snow and wind, a flu epidemic breaks out in th…

The Cost of Betrayal

Title:The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Pages: 334
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Unbelievable!Three truly talented authors write three novellas that are filled with suspense, thrills, faith, action and more.Each accomplished author has written many novels individually that are truly magnificent to read, so if you’re not familiar with them look up their novels and dive right in!The three novellas aren’t tied together, and they are unique and mesmerizing!
Dee Henderson’s story is titled, “Betrayed”, and I enjoyed the plot of a couple, one who works for the FBI while the other is a retired police officer who are at an auction.The couple, Paul and Ann, aren’t seeking anything in particular just enjoying being together without a crisis on their plate.Of course, that is until Ann chooses a box of miscellaneous items to hopefully set up her next painting scene.What it does though has set them on a path of discovery of a murde…

Amish Christmas Secrets (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:Amish Christmas Secrets (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Debby Giusti
Pages: 224
Year: October 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Amish Christmas Secrets is the conclusion to the Amish Protectors series.The previous books are Amish Refuge, Undercover Amish, and Amish Rescue.Rosie Glick made a poor choice during her Rumspringaand now her past has not only caught up with her, but it may very well cost her everything!With her life being threatened constantly, she seeks to find a safe place to keep herself and baby boy alive.
Ezra Stoltz is a friend from Rosie’s younger years who comes along to help her when no one else even knows she is back in the area, except for those who want to get their hands on her.Ezra is carrying around a heavy burden that many are unaware of.He has a deep sense of guilt and remorse.Now, as head of the family, he makes the decisions and leads the family, trying to provide for them since the untimely death of his parents.
Between Ez…

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Title:The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond
Author:Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is set in Gossamer Grove, with two stories running simultaneously, one in the present and one in 1907.In the present, Annalise Forsythe owns a coffee shop and is trying to purchase land to open a food pantry facility as well as offer other services for the homeless.Her competition wants to use the land to build a sports complex and resort to bring rock climbing enthusiasts to Gossamer Grove.A big-name draw to help in bringing the rock climbers to the town is Garrett Greenwood, Annalise’s former boyfriend.They haven’t seen each other in twelve years, and there are definitely old wounds and hard feelings between the two.Now, they are on opposing sides of this land purchase issue.An old man in the community dies suddenly, leaving Annalise his property, which amounts to a small amount of land and an old trailer filled with pictures of Anna…

A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

Title:A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)
Author: Michelle Griep
Pages: 192
Year: 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Press
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The first book in the series is titled, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and coming in the Fall of 2019 is book #3 titled, The Old Lace Shop.
Here is a very heart-gripping story of redemption, love and second chances.The main couple in the books is Mina who helps her father keep an inn and Will who is a law clerk.Believe me when I say there is definitely more than this to the tale in the pages.
I loved the historical setting in London in the year 1853, along with hopes expressed by Mina and her unending love of reading books!Her father doesn’t like her reading, filling her head with the thoughts of romance and more but that doesn’t keep Mina from her books. She has an elderly lady friend who shares her books with Mina and encourages her to read and read.
At a time in history when books were a treasure and not easily procured, it makes me very g…

Everything She Didn't Say

Title:Everything She Didn’t Say
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
Sometimes I am surprised by the revealing of people, events and more I have yet to learn about in history.Many times, it is the ordinary person living their lives and writing down their memories never knowing that years later someone unearths it again, blows off the dust and engages a new generation into their personal life experiences.
Jane Kirkpatrick reveals to readers a real pioneer of a woman who never knew what her life was going to be like.Carrie Strahorn married Robert Strahorn in love and with hopes of one day being a mother and living life as most women of her time did, taking care of the hearth and home.What Carrie experiences is far from what she ever imagined; it was not easy, and it sometimes broke her heart.
In an era when railroads were beginning to expand westward and competition was stiff, sometimes Carrie and Robert had to travel for miles just to ge…

Ours for A Season

Title:Ours for a Season
Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:338 (ARC)
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Marty and Brooke have been friends since grade school, but for the last several years they have communicated by letters as Brooke moved to Kansas City and Marty lives in Indiana.Marty is Mennonite while Brooke is agnostic.Marty is grieving the loss of a child and a future without the hope of having another child of her own.Her husband, Anthony, owns a construction business and travels to various cities often.He is trying to escape the mournful face of his wife as it has been over two years since the news of infertility was delivered to them after he suffered through a case of mumps.He has grieved the loss of their unborn child but trusts God to help him through the loss.He and Marty have grown apart emotionally, physically and spiritually.They no longer pray together, and only share mundane conversations when necessary.Then, a letter arrives from Brooke addressed to…

Formula of Deception

Title:Formula of Deception
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5
Stunning!Yes, that is the appropriate way to describe this author’s writing of suspense with many twists and turns in the plot.Yet, the ending of this particular story really caught me off guard! A friend of mine has read her earlier works and was telling me time and again how truly amazing the tales were in the novels.I thought I would get to them one day.Well, today is that day!
I was engaged in the story line from the first page and thought for sure I would figure out the mystery and all before the end of the book.However, having never read this author’s writing, I was not in any way prepared for just how the book ended! I loved the look backward into the history of what was going to impact the present and the future!
Murphy Anderson is a character who really was complex and seemed desperate throughout the story line.Murphy wasn’t who she claimed to be, but she needed…

Title: Trigger Warning Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone

Title:Trigger Warning
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 384
Year: 2018
Publisher: Pinnacle
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
When I received my copy, I loved the cover!I am part of the Johnstone book club, which will soon be opening in 2019 to anyone who is interested in signing up.Then, inside the red star are the words “There are no safe spaces”.I knew I had to read this book immediately.So, when I started reading the work of fiction, I almost felt like I was reading from a local newspaper.
A former military man named Jake Rivers returns to college to get his graduate degree, but what he hasn’t counted on is the change in the college atmosphere.Being a bright young man and usually knowing who the enemy he is fighting against, he enters the college scene where political correctness is the only acceptable means of any type of speech or behavior.Those who showed a different opinion like Jake alerted the college professors and other students that he wasn’t going to adhere to …

Dead Drift (Chesapeake Valor #4)

Title:Dead Drift (Chesapeake Valor #4)
Author:Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Luke Gallagher left his friends and his country seven years ago.They never heard from him and had no idea where he was or if he was alive.Now, he has suddenly reappeared in their lives.They discover he has been working undercover for the CIA all this time.He now is tracking an evil man the same one he has been chasing for seven years.This man has a terrorist plot that will kill thousands if not millions, and Luke must stop him.Luke also has plans to apologize to Katie for leaving her high and dry with no word, breaking her heart.Luke dreams of a lifetime with Katie but knows he doesn’t stand a chance of getting back into her good graces.He will do whatever it takes though to keep her safe.
Katie Maxwell has never given up on her search for Luke.She has mad computer skills and contacts and has put them to good use.She has discovered Luke is still al…

Stormy Haven (Coldwater Bay Intrigue)

Title:Stormy Haven (Coldwater Bay Intrigue)
Author: Elizabeth Gooddard
Pages: 224
Year: September 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A former law officer from Miami is now running a lodge on the East Coast.Her name is Jonna Strand.Joanna was injured in the line of duty and decided to redirect her life into another venture, hoping to heal from the trauma.Her former boss hires his nephew to keep an eye on her without her knowledge.Ian keeps showing up to save Jonna when she least expects it and their attraction is a powerful motivator for Ian to keep Jonna safe from all threats.
I started this book on a quiet afternoon and then finished within a couple of hours.The novel is very engaging.Readers will enjoy the faith, romance, suspense and mystery with each page they turn!If you haven’t read the book, you can as it releases September 2018.So, purchase it and enjoy!Then, consider sharing it with family, friends and neighbors or any one you know who loves a good bo…