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Stratagem Author: Robin Carroll

Author: Robin Carroll
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Press Run
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The setting of the story is in New Orleans where a company creates games for people to live out sometimes without them knowing they are living out a game.Games on You is hired by a Deets PR to help them establish the best person for a promotion within the company.The designer of the game is psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux who has a real gift for understanding how people will react to stimuli revealing their strengths, weaknesses and fears.
After getting information on each person in the game, a place is chosen, and the involved planning begins.Grayson’s assistant, Pam, is a really smart woman who knows computers and loves to bet with Grayson on who will or won’t succeed.Life is already complex when Grayson’s wife Anna Belle is unfaithful to him and leaves him because she wants to be free to climb the corporate ladder.When her company hired Grayson’s and Conner’s company, the c…

A Sparkle of Silver (Georgia Coast Romance #1)

Title:A Sparkle of Sliver (Georgia Coast Romance #1)
Author: Liz Johnson
Pages: 368
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Would you read a novel that included family history, mystery, action and an ending that really was inspiring and touching?Well, when I opened this book, I knew I would enjoy what Liz Johnson was offering but had no clue just how much!If, after reading this, you want a suggestion of what else to read, her Red Door Inn series was exceptional!
A Sparkle of Silver has characters who allow themselves to be defined by the actions of their parents, their ancestors or even perhaps by who God says they are in His sight.Millie is a young woman who is a reader of romantic novels and works hard at a couple of jobs to provide for her grandmother who raised her when her father left.Ben worked three jobs and put himself through college to attempt to right the wrongs of his mother’s actions.
When Millie’s grandmother has a lucid moment, she shares something about her m…

In Perfect Time

Title:  In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3)
Author:  Sarah Sundin
Pages:  410
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Roger Cooper has his life lined up.  He is going to put in his 1000 flight hours required by the Army during WWII, return stateside and audition as a drummer for a big band.  He is a good drummer and practices whenever he has time between missions.  He thinks the only two reasons to date are to have fun, which can lead to trouble, or to lead to marriage, which he isn’t interested in right now.  So when Kay Jobson shows an interest in him, he doesn’t reciprocate.  That kind of woman is looking for fun, the kind of fun he isn’t going to participate in.  However, during a vulnerable moment, Roger sees himself in Kay as she searches for truth.  He gives her his treasured Bible and a friendship begins.  Over the course of the next several months, they serve together on some flights and have some deep conversations.  Their friendship develops into …

On Distant Shores

Title: On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale Book 2)
Author: Sarah Sundin
Pages: 432
Year: 2013
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Awesome! I just finished reading the second novel in Sarah Sundin’s Wings of the Nightingale Series. The characters’ stories begin in the first book titled, With Every Letter. One characteristic of historical novels that I so appreciate is the research done that brings authenticity as well as new knowledge to me. The more I read I realize so much happens at a single moment we just aren’t capable of being aware of it as being God, especially in today’s society where so much is instant and electronic. We seem to have lost some appreciation as to what has happened before this time in history. When authors undertake to search out historical nuggets then weave a tale around it, we can all enjoy their true labor of love they serve for our enjoyment.
In this series, the author takes us back to World War 2, highlighting the way nurses had to be traine…

With Every Letter

Title:  With Every Letter
Author:  Sarah Sundin
Year:  2012
Pages:  425
Publisher:  Revell
 With Every Letter is set in the time frame of World War II, with two main characters.  First, we have a nurse named Lt. Mellie Blake whose physical features tend to set her apart from her peers.  Mellie has a heart to serve.  Her father is in a Japanese prison camp, which brings deep concern for him to her heart daily.  Second, we have Lt. Thomas MacGilliver, who serves as an engineer in the army.  He has a past that brings heartache and daily questions about who he is because of his father’s actions.  Tom wants to be the exact opposite of this man, but like Mellie is very guarded because neither one wants more heartache.
 During this time of war, an Army wife starts up a letter writing campaign to ease the hearts of men as well as women who are lonely.  There are rules like anonymity between parties who decide to be pen pals, no revealing of their real names, places of service, nothing.  In this on…

The Morgans

Title:The Morgans
Author: William W Johnston & J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 348
Year: 2018
Publisher: Kensington Books
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Johnstone books cover a variety of topics, genres, plots and are continuously adding new tales for fans!Here is a story about a father and son who at one time were estranged with what appeared to be no hope of having any relationship in the future.However, in The Morgans, we see where a son who is no longer drifting or covered in trail dust is running a vast company and dressed in clothing expected of a successful businessman.
One day he gets a note demanding a large sum of money for the safe return of his captured father.The son is at a crossroads in his life and must decide what to do:save his father or go on as if he never received the note.Frank Morgan is known as the last gunfighter.His son was once known by another name other than the one he uses in business.
The action and suspense in the story builds as more than Frank’s capture happens.It’s …

His Promise (The Amish of Hart County #6)

Title:His Promise (The Amish of Hart County #6)
Author:Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:338 (ARC)
Publisher: Avon Inspire
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
John Michael Miller is an Amish firefighter.He loves his job serving his local community with his fellow Englishers.He has a sense of purpose and his job fulfills his desire to help others.When he keeps bumping into Grace King, his old attraction for her comes roaring back.He initially met her when he was courting her sister.As he spent more time at their family home, trying to get to know Grace’s sister, he found himself wanting to spend more time with Grace.He abruptly ended his courtship with her sister when he realized there was no future relationship when he felt so about Grace.Her sister was upset about the breakup, and John Michael has kept his distance from the whole family for three years.Now, his contact with Grace and the danger she encounters triggers his protectiveness and awakens his old feelings for her.He also wants to c…

North by Starlight

Title:North by Starlight
Author: Diane & David Munson
Pages: 292
Year: November 2018
Publisher: Micah House Publishing
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Diane and David Munson’s novels are very exciting and usually very action packed.Here is a new series that is a different but not less exiting read!Here is a romantic suspense novel that really had me guessing at the mystery, underlining the plot throughout the book.One of the main characters is Madison Stone who is a very hard-working and dedicated attorney for any client she represents.The other character to watch is Jordan Star, who is represented by Madison and who also is supposed to inherit the family ski resort in Vermont.
The will becomes a battle when an “unknown” family member becomes apparent yet locating her is proving to be elusive. I really don’t want to reveal more about the story so as not to ruin it for those who have yet to enjoy the book!What I can tell you is that while the suspense wasn’t focused as in their other books o…

Military K-9 Unit Christmas

Title:Military K-9 Unit Christmas
Author: Valerie Hanson & Laura Scott
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is the conclusion of the K-9 series that has had some excellent stories written by various authors such as Tracking Danger by Terri Reed, Bound by Duty by Valerie Hanson, Explosive Force by Lynette Eason, and many others.If your interested in reading the whole series, go to to find the complete series list.
In the final book, there are two stories one written by each author beginning with Christmas Escape by Valerie Hanson, followed by Yuletide Target by Laura Scott.The stories are not tied together, and they are quite enjoyable as well as short and quick reading.The tension and suspense start right with the first page of each tale and don’t let up until the conclusion!
I love that the military is highlighted as well as the special training and ability of each dog.I enjoye…

Undercover Protector (Wilderness, Inc. #2)

Title:Undercover Protector (Wilderness, Inc. #2)
Author:Elizabeth Goddard
Year:January 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Gemma Rollins one dream in life is to own and operate a tiger sanctuary.Her parents owned the original sanctuary but died in a plane crash.Her uncle took over and then he died in a car accident, leaving Gemma severely injured.As such, there was no one left to run the tiger sanctuary and it was closed.Now, Gemma is three weeks from inspection by government authorities, so they can give their stamp of approval on a new sanctuary called Tiger Mountain.However, there have been numerous acts of vandalism that have begun to escalate, creating danger to her employees, the tigers and herself.She knows some of the neighbors don’t want the sanctuary here, but would they go so far as to sabotage her vehicle to try to kill her?Could her new volunteer be behind this?
Grayson Wilde has the task of bringing down an animal trafficking operatio…

An Amish Homecoming: Four Stories

Title:An Amish Homecoming: Four Stories
Author: Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller
Pages: 416
Year: 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Inside this novel are four stories that are fresh, new and written to captivate the heart of readers. The stories are independent of each other, with separate characters and plots.None of them let the reader get bored or find themselves uninterested.They are tales that grab the heart as various characters face situations that are difficult.What will keep them going, facing the future?Their faith.
Whether from a disaster, poor choice or returning to the Amish community after having been gone for a time, these fictional characters seem lifelike as they wrestle with daily life. They must make choices as to how to face the challenges, the unknown or even if they can start their life over in a new town.
These four wonderful lady authors are accomplished and know how to entertain their audiences as well as share the …

Catching Christmas

Title:Catching Christmas
Author: Terri Blackstock
Pages: 304
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
If you are expecting the usual mystery from Terri, this novel isn’t like anything of hers I have read before.It took me by surprise.It took me a bit to understand the plot, but it was good as I got further into the book.It is a book I wouldn’t recommend to those who recently lost a loved one or are going through a season of caretaking.
I think it’s a good story where an elderly and faith-filled grandmother is trying to find the right man for her only granddaughter.Callie is an elderly woman who required daily help, but her granddaughter Sydney is trying to land a job as a first-year lawyer.Finn is a cab driver but has an interesting background once he decides to share it with Callie.
While it is nice to think of an elderly grandmother matchmaking and going home to be with the Lord on Christmas, the romance part of the tale is rushed, especially at the end of the book.O…

Amish Country Ambush

Title:Amish Country Ambush
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Elsie has bought a home near the Amish people living in the area, but she doesn’t want to be found.One day while working as a 911 dispatcher she gets a call from her house phone.The woman is screaming and speaking in Pennsylvania Dutch, but Elsie can’t understand a word. Then, she gets the young girl in her home to settle down and hears the words she has feared would come.She takes off for her home.
When Elsie arrives, she finds out her worst fears have followed her.Then, the voice she has dreaded to hear, speaks! What follows this is a very heart-thumping thriller and what I found to be a brilliant ending to the story!While there are some Amish characters in the story, there are also Englishers too.I like stories that mix the two worlds together and then craft an engaging tale that keeps me up turning pages until the wee hours of the morning!
I am thinking ther…

Hidden Among the Stars Author: Melanie Dobson

Title:Hidden Among the Stars
Author: Melanie Dobson
Pages: 416
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A friend is someone who knows you well and loves you still. The Bible tells us that no greater love is shown than when one lays down his life for a friend.Though that isn’t a direct quote from Scripture, look up the verse in your Bible and maybe mark and meditate over.Most Americans are aware of the many brave soldiers, policemen and policewomen and others who are saving lives or fighting evil that exists in many places.Through our lifetimes, we honor their memory and thank the many who have served, as we should continue to do.
What Melanie Dobson has done is simply amazing and quite heart touching.Though this is a work of fiction, you can read the author’s note after enjoying the story to see where it all began.Here is a very special novel.I couldn’t put it down, though I had to in order to rest.The next day though I didn’t stop until I turned the last page of the story.

Prince Edward’s Warrant (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #11)

Title:Prince Edward’s Warrant (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #11)
Author:Mel Starr
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Hugh de Singleton finds himself summoned by Prince Edward, heir to the throne, to arrive at Kennington Palace.It seems the Prince is suffering from a malady that Hugh treated previously in Limoges with success.The Prince has lost his patience with his own physician’s attempts at curing the illness.Hugh has no choice but to go.While at dinner the first night, a knight keels over at the table dead.It is discovered he was poisoned.The Prince remembers Hugh’s solving a prior crime, so he commissions Hugh to find the culprit of this one.
Hugh reluctantly agrees even though he wants to go home to Bampton, his wife and children.As the investigation drags on, Hugh wonders if he will ever get home.However, he continues to ask questions hoping that someone will let something slip or remember something they had previously forgotten. He knows th…

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Bride #5)

Title:The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower Bride #5) Author: Shannon McNear Pages: 256 Year: 2018 Publisher: Barbour Books My rating: 5 out of 5 stars What fun and exciting stories this series offers with another blockbuster added that is set in the late 1700s!Families are gathered to travel on the Wilderness Road into a new area to settle down, one with room to grow.Kate Gruener is a very interesting female character.One of her favorite activities is to journal.Kate loves writing out the stories she has heard her father share but because it isn’t looked on favorably by her parents she hides the papers. When they decide to travel the Wilderness Road, Kate’s father hires a guide named Thomas Bledsoe.Kate has been raised to be able to do the tasks the women of that era were expected to learn.On this dangerous journey, Kate is about to experience so much that what she journaled before is about to grow exponentially!Thomas tries to ignore Kate and put space between them.Then, when Ka…

Delayed Justice (Hidden Justice Series #3)

Title:Delayed Justice (Hidden Justice Series #3)
Author: Cara Putman
Pages: 368
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5+ out of 5 stars
The Hidden Justice series begins with Beyond Justice, followed by Imperfect Justice.Now we get to read more about a unique group of women lawyers who are more than friends.Each one has a story to tell and a faith to share, or perhaps a seeking of what is really truth when abuse has been doled out by a man on a child.Where was God then?A question asked by the main character named Jamie Nichols when her friends share their faith with her.They don’t know the depth of her story or pain, because she won’t trust them with that as it causes her to have panic attacks and more. Now what happened when she was eight and unable to voice the pain, she is ready to disclose as she has become a woman not seeking revenge but freedom from the demons that haunt her every step.
Jamie became a lawyer to be a voice for others who have no voice, and when she decides to pr…

Targeted for Murder (Wilderness, Inc. #1)

Title:Targeted for Murder (Wilderness, Inc. #1)
Author:Elizabeth Goddard
Year:October 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Hadley Mason is an artist who is just days away from her opening gallery exhibit that will make her a national name in the art world.She arrives home to find her father waiting for her.She begins speaking, but quickly notices something is wrong with her father.Blood soaks his shirt as he has been shot.He tells Hadley something she never would have believed, but knows he is making a deathbed confession.He has brought her some things that will help her get away but doesn’t tell her how to get away.She is grieving his death but has no time to stay.She quickly leaves, knowing there is a target on her back now.Who can she turn to for help?
Cooper Wilde has fled to the wilderness to try and escape his failure and guilt.He runs his own wilderness survival training company.He is out with a group and hears a woman scream.He investigates …

Yogi Bear: Trying to Escape Jellystone Park

In Dreams Forgotten (Golden Gate Secrets #2)

Title:In Dreams Forgotten (Golden Gate Secrets #2)
Author:Tracie Peterson
Publisher: BethanyHouse
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
In this second book of the series, Judith Gladstone and Caleb Coulter take center stage.They were both in book one of the series, In Place Hidden, but weren’t the romantic focus.Now, the story picks up where book one left off.Judith has been patiently waiting for Caleb to help her search for her aunt.He has recently returned from being kidnapped, so she has given him time to settle back in to his routine.Now, he has joined a group of businessmen and local community leaders to take on the corrupt practices and methods of the leader of a criminal ring that operates in a large part of San Francisco.Judith feels forgotten in her search for her aunt.All she has ever wanted was a large family, and now since her parents have recently died, she longs for a family even more.She also longs for Caleb to return her feelings of love.
Caleb has it brought to …

A Secret to Die For

Title:A Secret to Die For
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The main character, Grace, is a psychologist who had a client she was convinced was dealing with paranoia.When he is found dead, there is a business card found in the deceased man’s pocket.Just when Grace has found a place in her life to start fresh, that is shattered.On top of that, the detective asking questions is a man who had been her ex-husband’s friend.
What becomes apparent to Detective Nate Quinn is that life isn’t settling down for him.When his PTSD becomes a problem when he is working, will he be able to help Grace through her trials?Both Nate and Grace have broken souls, longing to be free of the people who seem intent on making them pay for something they don’t completely understand.Yet, the ramifications are huge!
Lisa Harris writes a tale that is heart-pounding, with imperfect characters who cling to faith just to breathe.I always look forward to Lisa’s novels as th…