Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dead Sea Rising


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Stratagem Author: Robin Carroll


Title:  Stratagem

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 conflict of interest is about to be the worst of Grayson’s problems.

When Anna Belle is found unresponsive in her room and later dies, the police of course focus on Grayson.  From that point, the plot thickens along with many twists and turns.  The author writes a fantastic suspense filled thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.  I thought the ending was surprising and very tense.

Plan on being up a little late when you begin reading the adventure that awaits in this excellent tale!

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

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Friday, October 26, 2018

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 mother Ruth, Millie’s great-grandmother.  Through the glimpses into the past, Millie sets out to locate what her grandmother says exists and asks Ben to join her in the search.  What ensues is a tale of love, laughter, joy, sorrow, redemption, forgiveness, love and so much more.

Liz Johnson has again written a story that lifts the heart and spirit of her readers while also quietly pointing out how good God is and how He truly loves us and forgives us.  I enjoyed staying up late at night when my family was asleep to read a tale that captivated me and stirred my heart.  I truly hope many enjoy the first book of her newest series so when the next book is released, they are ready to enjoy another wonderful story!

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

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Thursday, October 25, 2018

In Perfect Time

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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 love as Roger sees the new Kay, but he still rejects her love while struggling with what he should do with his life after the war.
Kay Jobson has lots of boyfriends.  She uses her relationships to control men and she likes that, being in control.  She uses these men, leading to believe something more will develop between them, but when things take a more intimate or serious turn, she dumps the man.  Her life is filled with worthless pursuits until she begins talking to Roger Cooper.  She begins to read his Bible and discovers the lies her father told her all her life.  She treasures her friendship with Roger, but wants more from him.  She pursues him only to be rejected.  With her heart broken, she applies herself to getting a recommendation from her commanding officer to the chief nurse training program.  She has managed to change her personal life by severing all ties with any boyfriends and conducting herself by the Book, but now she has to foster a sense of unity among her flight group of nurses and they are different as night and day.
Both Kay and Roger struggle with a past where their parents repeatedly told them how worthless they were.  Kay, especially, has been misled by her earthly father.  He told her the Bible said she was unredeemable and wouldn’t let her read the Bible for herself to keep her from discovering the truth.  She struggles with the fact that God values her greatly, that she does have worth and does matter to Him even if she matters to no one else.  The power of words to hurt or heal is portrayed vividly in this story.  Roger still falls prey to thinking he isn’t good enough for Kay, that she deserves better, even though he has been a Christian for a while.  These struggles are realistically depicted in the book against the backdrop of a war and add depth to the characters.  I enjoyed the romance between the two that was rife with humor, tension and pain.  I am sorry to see the series end, but look forward to more from this wonderful author.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On Distant Shores

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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 trained and began being used on flights involving patients. Also brought forth is the way pharmacists were viewed at that particular time in history in the theatre of war. What makes the reading so spellbinding is the way characters are presented with such realism such as how they struggle with their faith in various situations or loss on the front lines.
I cannot imagine how hard it was for relationships during this timeframe to begin, bloom and grow when death as well as danger sat so closely every moment. How about having a loved one at the front lines with letters taking so long to catch up to the recipient, if it ever did, since there was so much movement of troops. Today people have a multitude of ways to communicate long distances quickly and for the most part without having to wait to receive a response.
The servicemen and women in the novel have to face their fears or lives, including their own, can be lost. Plus add the many children who became orphans some with physical, emotional and mental challenges. Once you finish reading this novel, I believe you will, like me, be reminded to thank prior service men and women for their great sacrifice in more ways then we will ever know.
Sarah Sundin depicts themes such as faith, fears, love, redemption, and realizing where our true fulfillment comes from, God and God alone. You will travel all over Europe on many fronts; pictures of action with adventure are painted vividly along with places most likely seen by many in the war. Plus a challenge lies in the pages too and as for what that challenge is you’ll need to read the book!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

With Every Letter

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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 one act of kindness, both Mellie and Tom decide that being unknown makes this a safe venue for sharing things they wouldn’t share with anyone else.  They both bring to their letters the aspects of their mutual faith in God, praying for each other daily and sharing Scripture.
 Learning new skills is one trial and trying to convince the brass that nurses should be allowed on Evac flights is something different.  It takes weeks of training on how to unload, put together, load, and secure stretchers inside the cargo plane.  Then when the brass come to see a demonstration of the nurses skills, the nurses experience the hard fact that nurses aren’t welcome at the front or on a plane.  Finally, risking her career in the Army Evac Unit as a nurse, one lone speaker stands up to the general to voice her opinion.  Would the general give permission for the program, supplies, and nurses to fly to the front to give aid with the hope of saving more lives?
 Other characters in the story help to complete the picture in the mind of this reader.  Though fictional in nature, the characters show us what true friendship looks like, the nature of love and waiting for it, conflict, forgiveness, and a host of others.  The story also reveals how we all need to depend on the Lord for all things at all times.  Trusting in His plan and perfect timing isn’t easy, but worth it when all is said and done.
 This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I plan on reading her other books already published.  All it takes to enjoy the novel is the time to read it and share it with others.
My rating is 5 stars.

Monday, October 22, 2018

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 a tale of a small town taken over by a “want to be” dictator who wants to rule Mexico and depose the man who currently reigns.  The town is in the southwest near the border of Mexico, and what happens in the book is real exciting and action packed.  Will the town get a spine and learn to fight back, or will it stay subjugated?  Will Frank be rescued or left behind?

Trust me when I say there is so much more to the plot than I am sharing with you.  Readers will enjoy getting thrown back to the Old West where men took care of business and made no apologies for it.  Daring gun fights, train robberies, good versus evil and so much more await an audience that dares to open the pages and dive right in!

I highly recommend the Johnstone novel as well as encourage readers to look at the vast Johnstone novels that are out currently to enjoy.  Know that there are more stories that are coming from the pen of Johnstone and for me I cannot wait to open my next one.  So, I am off to return to the Old West and I hope you will too!

Friday, October 19, 2018

His Promise (The Amish of Hart County #6)


Title:  His Promise (The Amish of Hart County #6)

Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray

Pages:  338 (ARC)

Year:  2018

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 catch whomever is setting fires in various locations.

Grace King has her own pet-sitting business, which has done quite well.  She is now dog-sitting for a wealthy couple who is out of town for two weeks.  The house is right next door to the Miller family home.  Grace bumps into John Michael while searching for her runaway dog.  They are awkward around each other at first, but as they continue to talk and spend time together Grace’s crush on John Michael is renewed.  She kept her feelings of years past to herself as he was courting her sister, but now both are single.  Her sister is interested in someone else.  Can she and John Michael possible have a future?  First, however, Grace needs to find out who has broken into her temporary home and why.

The story was slow at the beginning and didn’t have much action, but the pace did pick up.  I liked seeing John Michael protective of Grace and his unselfishness.  I also liked seeing the Amish and Englishers working together as a firefighting team.  I have enjoyed this entire series.  Some characters were more likeable than others and some stood out more than others, but the main characters in each book faced situations in life that required them to lean on God and learn of His faithfulness in doing what was best.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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 on historical people, places or events this one is has the suspense following Madison’s attempts to represent Jordan through some much courtroom drama.  But wait!  The drama is also as Madison is pulled from having herself secluded to work but the towns people who want her to understand what the town and the Star family mean to them!

Somewhere along the line a surprise character appears from other novels written by this team.  It was a brilliant revelation indeed!  In fact, the story really begins to take off along with Madison realizing whom she does or doesn’t love.  So, the romantic aspect of Madison’s life reveals the hurt she has experienced and therefore the resistance she puts up when she is pursued by another character in the book.

If you are looking for a great read, here is the book!  I loved curling up and following Madison from beginning to end of the story.  Remember though that this is only the first one in a new series by this dynamic duo!  I am looking forward to what comes next from these team of authors as they have a knack for writing brilliant, exciting, and faith-filled suspense books!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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 httpsharlequinblog.com/2018/02/meet-the-military-k-9-unit/ 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 enjoyed the romance part as well as the faith theme that runs throughout the tale.  Each author strove to make their characters lifelike and the thriller palpable.  Each one was done successfully in my opinion!  With the holidays coming up and if you have readers in your family or circle of friends, these books aren’t expensive.  They are fun to give and read!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Undercover Protector (Wilderness, Inc. #2)


Title:  Undercover Protector (Wilderness, Inc. #2)

Author:  Elizabeth Goddard

Pages:  221

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 operation.  He is a Special Agent and has received a tip that Tiger Mountain has been supplying tiger body parts to the black market.  He has begun to volunteer at Tiger Mountain in the hopes of getting proof of animal trafficking as well as who oversees the operation.  He doesn’t expect to be attracted to Gemma.  He must stay focused on his mission to bring down this ring of criminals.  However, when Gemma’s life is in danger, he can’t just leave her unprotected.  Is Gemma leading this illegal operation?

Here is another good suspense story from the pen of Elizabeth Goddard.  The ending was predictable, but the journey to get there was well worth reading the story.  I liked that Gemma was such a strong, gritty woman who gave her all to her dream.  After all the loss in her life, she still had a relationship with God.  Grayson is a man of God who relies on Him.  The first book in the series is titled, Targeted for Murder, which is a great story too!

Monday, October 15, 2018

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 theme of faith throughout a book.  I have read some of these authors’ other books and enjoyed them.  I hope you will as well.  There is more to their tales than meets the eye and you’ll find yourself engrossed in the pages so much that time will just fly by!

Here is a good book to share with your club, family, friends and neighbors or frankly anyone who loves to sit and read a good book.  With the holidays around the corner, here is a book that will make a great gift for someone you know or for a surprise gift!  Enjoy!

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

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Friday, October 12, 2018

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.  Overall, it was an entertaining book and I plan on passing it on for others to enjoy.  Perhaps you’ll enjoy it too!

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

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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 there are many people who would just really enjoy a good, entertaining and faith-themed book while sitting in their favorite place to read.  So, here is one to enjoy and share with others who love to read, let their imaginations free and feel relaxed when they finish the book.  With the holidays around the corner, consider giving good books that touch the heart and soul of readers!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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.  Hidden Among the Stars is one of those books to have in your home library and pass it on to the next generation.  It will touch hearts in many ways, remind us of God and the actions only He can do.  It is a book needed in today’s world to remind us that God uses ordinary people no one notices but through whom God can do extraordinary things.  You won’t find the actions, names or anything about these ordinary people on the news.  You will find them in the mirror if you choose to look.  You will find them in your neighborhood, place of business, restaurants, and many other places.  You see this novel reminded me of why I have hope for each day regardless of what is passed around as news.  I look for people who are doing extraordinary things that are not calling attention to themselves, but glorifying God in many ways.

Just like my friend lent me her book to read and enjoy, unknowingly it had more impact than either of us knew on my heart.  You’ve got to read this fictional work and the author’s note to really appreciate what is captured so well by the author.  Your heart will be touched, and your spirit challenged to be an ordinary person who looks for ways to do extraordinary things for others with only one spotlight on…God’s.  He is watching and we all can glorify Him daily.

Excellent job Melanie! To God be the glory!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

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Year:  2018

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 that all it could take to point him in the right direction is one question answered in a different way.  More bodies appear with Hugh no closer to finding the guilty party.  However, he has garnered someone’s attention as his own body has been threatened!

I enjoyed Hugh’s observations of life and religion.  These thoughts he wisely keeps to himself as the vein of his religious ideas could bring him a great deal of trouble.  The setting for this story was Kennington Palace instead of Hugh’s small village of Bampton.  While his “Watson”, Arthur, accompanies him this time, the rest of the locals of Bampton aren’t in the story.  I liked the interplay between Hugh and the Prince’s physician as it made for humorous reading.  The glossary was a big help as well, explaining the various terms for food, clothing, etc.  The plot was not the most interesting, but Hugh makes up for any deficiencies.  Mel’s books are always on my “to be read” list, so I am putting the next adventure for Hugh on my list as book twelve, Without a Trace, will be released next year.

Monday, October 8, 2018

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 Kate’s life and that of a younger sibling hang in the balance, he moves swiftly to save them.
Thomas’s past has negatively impacted his faith.  Kate’s faith is strong even when she has questions or doesn’t understand life.  Readers will enjoy the scenes described in the book, just imagining them takes one’s breath away.  Plus, the strong theme of faith and how it can sustain one through very hard trials if one opens their heart to Him.
It was a pleasure beyond words to read this story.  It was exciting with a touch of adventure, mystery, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows on the trail.  Then, add some romance, and out comes a great tale to curl up and enjoy!  Look for this book and then sit down and escape into the past with this wonderful novel!
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, October 5, 2018

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 press charges against her uncle, a Pandora’s box is unleashed.  Then, there is Chandler Bolton who is a veteran helping other veterans try to live beyond their pain and nightmares into a functioning lifestyle that can thrive.  Chandler is still himself learning how to do that, but his faith is what keeps him from allowing the darkness to swallow him.  Chandler’s dog Aslan is also in the book and he’ll steal your heart as he is a therapy dog and helps Chandler and others be able to breathe through some very tough times.

Here is novel that takes us into the inner sanctum of hearts, military, courts and more.  Cara knows all about the hallowed halls of justice, being an attorney herself.  Cara writes books like Delayed Justice that bring to the front that while everyone’s lives aren’t pristine, God can and does heal the broken-hearted if they open their hearts to Him.

I loved how Cara wove this tale together with heart-pounding moments of suspense and quiet moments of friends taking time to enjoy just being together.  I enjoyed how she showed that God can take the pieces of a broken heart and knit them together so that the person can then go and walk with someone else with similar experiences, pointing them to God and His love.  All three books are out and are so worth taking time to read, share and maybe down the road read again!  I will and I hope you will too!

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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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Targeted for Murder (Wilderness, Inc. #1)




Title:  Targeted for Murder (Wilderness, Inc. #1)

Author:  Elizabeth Goddard

Pages:  224

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 and discovers someone trying to kill her.  He immediately intercedes and in doing so paints a target on his own back.  Now, he and Hadley are on the run from assassins.  Who is sending them and why?  Every place they try to hide, they are discovered.  Where will they be safe?

What a great story!  I couldn’t put this one down, so my family had to have dinner on their own!  The suspense and action are nonstop, full tilt and take your breath away.  Time and time again Hadley and Cooper faced death, but God had a different plan.  He was always in control.  It just took Cooper and Hadley a while to remember that.  Sometimes it takes me some time to remember too.  After being chased all over the wilderness, I would have collapsed, but Hadley was a strong woman who refused to give up or give in.  She had a strong protector in Cooper, who was battling assassins out to kill Hadley and demons of his own.  Don’t miss this exciting story!  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series about Cooper’s brother Grayson titled, Undercover Protector.

Yogi Bear: Trying to Escape Jellystone Park

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

In Dreams Forgotten (Golden Gate Secrets #2)


Title:  In Dreams Forgotten (Golden Gate Secrets #2)

Author:  Tracie Peterson

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

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 his attention that he has failed in his promise to Judith to help her search for her aunt.  He makes some inquiries and discovers someone with the same name, but he isn’t certain if this is Judith’s aunt.  He meets a family member of the aunt to find out what he can.  Judith meanwhile is waiting on pins and needles.  Is her dream finally going to come true?  Will she finally have the big family she has always wanted?  Caleb realizes he has feelings of a romantic nature toward Judith but isn’t sure she feels the same.  He is also beginning to wonder if there isn’t more to Judith’s past that he initially thought.  Perhaps something that someone is willing to kill for.

Judith has been my favorite character thus far in the series.  She has a heart of compassion, puts others needs before her own, and is a new believer in God.  She is such a sweet woman that I couldn’t help but like her!  She wants to be part of a family, then she realizes family can mean people other than those related by blood.  I also liked the interaction between Micah and Kenzie with the sparks flying!  I can’t wait to read Kenzie’s story in book three of the series, In Times Gone By.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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 they delve into areas like PTSD, broken marriages and burying a child after battling a long illness.  While these are hard and heart-wrenching issues in real life, Lisa points to the One who can bring us hope against a background of pain.

The pace of this novel is fast and with never-ending surprise twists in the plot and climactic moments. Grab a copy and enjoy this latest thriller from the pen of an author who isn’t afraid to deal with the harshest and dangerous moments in life, leading readers to see the Light of God still shines all the time!

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