Friday, August 16, 2019

A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance #2)


Title:  A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance #2)

Author:  Liz Johnson

Pages:  368

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

What a great story!  I finished this novel in almost a day because it was such a wonderful weaving of past and present, joy and sorrow, plus more!  I was captivated by the two main characters, Anne Norris and Carter Hale.  Anne Norris’ past experiences certainly impact her ability to live in the present.  Her attempts at hiding, running from and denying her colorful past are about to end.  Carter Hale is a man with a dream and vision, unfortunately it isn’t cherished by his father.

Both Anne and Carter are going to come together to solve a 250-year-old mystery that has romance and surprising tie to their present lives.  Liz Johnson weaves a masterpiece that includes a historical find on a beach and mistakes in the past that scar not only Anne’s present, but it also could have negative ramifications for her future.

Carter is a man with a dream, and the job he most desires may just be around the corner until he meets Anne.  Carter also has family issues that he allows to color his choices and maybe impact his ability to grab the future God has for him.  He reminds me of everyday people, like us, who have had family troubles and unless we deal with them head on it can keep us from living life to its fullest!

If you enjoy novels that have faith, romance, mystery and a little touch of suspense, look no further!  I have read Liz’s novels, none have so far let me experience anything other than a pleasurable story that uplifts the heart long after the book is closed!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Sparkle of Sliver (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!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Frontier America (A Preacher & MacCallister Western #1)


Title:  Frontier America (A Preacher & MacCallister Western #1)

Author:  William W. Johnstone & J.A. Johnstone

Pages:  384

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderfully fresh and exciting start to a series that includes two well-known characters from the Johnstone arena, Preacher and Jamie MacCallister!  These two men have met before in previous stories, now here they are on the frontier facing insurmountable odds in defeating a foe bent on revenge!  On top of that, there is a young lieutenant out to obtain glory for himself that just might get these two frontiersmen and some of the Unties States Army killed!

Jamie MacCallister is on the army post gathering supplies for his trip back home to his wife and kids when he runs into a sergeant who loves nothing more than brawling.  Now, sitting in front of the post’s captain, he is asked to join a mission as a scout.  Jamie is ready to make up his mind when he sees someone that very quickly impacts his choice on whether to be a scout or not.

Here is the first book in a new series that readers will really enjoy reading!  The frontier is still wide open.  There are wagon trains getting too close to a village of Crow Indians.  While the members of the tribe aren’t known to seek trouble, they are known for not shying away from a threat.  Preacher and Jamie meet up again when the army is tasked with asking the tribal chief to meet with members from Washington with the hopes of signing a treaty.

The tension builds in the story from various directions and all converge to bring the novel to a very exciting and active conclusion.  Preacher and Jamie are but two of the interesting cast of players that intersect many times in the adventure.  Readers will wait with bated breath to see if there will be war again on the frontier due to a couple of nefarious characters who are out for revenge and glory for themselves regardless of the cost to others.

Frontier America is outstanding and entertaining, so grab a copy and enjoy an afternoon on the wild frontier!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Killing Tide


Title:  The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians #1)

Author:  Dani Pettrey

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

What an exciting adventure with tons of action, intrigue and more!  So, how to share without revealing too much?  The opening scene reminded me of the movie “Guardian” about the Coast Guard rescue swimmers.  In her brand-new series, Dani Pettrey takes readers on one of the wildest rides of suspense and thrills that will keep you turning pages and losing sleep!  Right from the first page, we see a character named Finn attempting to rescue a wife who was in the water while a boat was sinking with her husband still aboard!

Scenes change and the readers will find themselves on a wild ride as Gabby, a news reporter, is trying to stay a step ahead of her pursuer who intends to do her mortal harm.  So, her employer calls her brother to come and take her out of town in order to keep her safe.  However, Gabby loves to ditch those who are protecting her in order to chase down story leads.

Now, we get a sneak peek into Finn and Gabby’s past because Finn is part of the team tasked with keeping Gabby safe.  The CGIS team takes turns keeping Gabby right by their sides while various members are investigating several cases that have cropped up.  Are all these cases related?  Well, you’ll have to read the tale to find out.  But wait there is more!

Gabby and Finn’s individual life histories are littered with painful memories and broken hearts.  Gabby and Finn are the two main characters in the first book, but there are other members of the team that I am thinking the author will craft very intriguing stories for us to enjoy.  We get sneak peeks into the past of team members’ lives like Rissi, Noah, Caleb, and others that I am hoping are going to show up in future books in this series.

If you never have read Dani Pettrey’s novels, let me say you are in for a treat!  They are exciting, engaging, suspense-filled to the max along with family and faith threads that will warm your heart.  Grab a copy of The Killing Tide, then get ready to rock and roll with action and adventure!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians #1)


Title:  The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians #1)

Author:  Dani Pettrey

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

What an exciting adventure with tons of action, intrigue and more!  So, how to share without revealing too much?  The opening scene reminded me of the movie “Guardian” about the Coast Guard rescue swimmers.  In her brand-new series, Dani Pettrey takes readers on one of the wildest rides of suspense and thrills that will keep you turning pages and losing sleep!  Right from the first page, we see a character named Finn attempting to rescue a wife who was in the water while a boat was sinking with her husband still aboard!

Scenes change and the readers will find themselves on a wild ride as Gabby, a news reporter, is trying to stay a step ahead of her pursuer who intends to do her mortal harm.  So, her employer calls her brother to come and take her out of town in order to keep her safe.  However, Gabby loves to ditch those who are protecting her in order to chase down story leads.

Now, we get a sneak peek into Finn and Gabby’s past because Finn is part of the team tasked with keeping Gabby safe.  The CGIS team takes turns keeping Gabby right by their sides while various members are investigating several cases that have cropped up.  Are all these cases related?  Well, you’ll have to read the tale to find out.  But wait there is more!

Gabby and Finn’s individual life histories are littered with painful memories and broken hearts.  Gabby and Finn are the two main characters in the first book, but there are other members of the team that I am thinking the author will craft very intriguing stories for us to enjoy.  We get sneak peeks into the past of team members’ lives like Rissi, Noah, Caleb, and others that I am hoping are going to show up in future books in this series.

If you never have read Dani Pettrey’s novels, let me say you are in for a treat!  They are exciting, engaging, suspense-filled to the max along with family and faith threads that will warm your heart.  Grab a copy of The Killing Tide, then get ready to rock and roll with action and adventure!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Deadly Intentions Author: Lisa Harris


Title:  Deadly Intentions

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  320        

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

What an inspiring read!  The fact that the characters don’t have picture perfect lives is engaging.  Lisa Harris does a masterful job of letting her characters wrestle with real life situations, emotions, and life.  She allows them to struggle with questions of the heart and faith.  One cannot help but be pulled into the story right from the start.

In a masterful stroke of her pen, Lisa starts the story with her main lead male character, Josh Solomon, having to come upon his wife fighting for her life.  From there, we travel with Josh as he handles the fall out from his wife’s choices.  He then encounters Caitlyn Lindsey who was just run off the road on purpose.  These two characters end up trying to stay ahead of someone intent on them disappearing permanently.  In their moments of calm, storm, fighting for justice or life, what rises to the top is their heart and faith.  How does one live a life of faith when everyday they see death, greed, destruction and the wrong choices people make that affect the lives of many?

Once you start reading the novel, I am thinking that like me you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the conclusion.  It is mesmerizing, entertaining, filled with suspense along with surprising turns in the plot!  Whether Lisa’s works are new to you or not, this is one story you’re going to want to spend an afternoon or two relishing!

Enjoy the novel and then share it with other readers so they can too!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Lygos (Discarded Heroes #4.5)


Title:  Lygos (Discarded Heroes #5)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  126

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Azzan Yasir, formerly “Aladdin”, now known as Lygos, has adapted and embraced being a member of Nightshade.  When Canyon Metcalfe asks him to help with the security at his brother’s campaign fundraiser/endorsement, Azzan agrees.  While scouting the property, he deems things fairly secure and well prepared.  His heart, however, is not prepared for meeting and being attracted to Stone’s campaign manager, Everly Sinclair.

Everly Sinclair is keeping a secret from most people about her identity.  She has prepared everything thoroughly for the campaign event and resents Azzan’s interference.  Soon, things begin to happen that make her thankful Azzan is there for protection.  All too quickly, Azzan works his way into her heart and she shares her secret with him.  She knows he is hiding something also, but he won’t reveal his past to her.  With a killer in their midst, can Azzan use his skills to keep her safe?

While I liked the idea of Azzan getting his own story, this novella was too short and seemed to rush the romance in my opinion.  As usual with Ronie’s military stories, there was plenty of action and suspense to keep me tuned in to the plot.  I also enjoyed the appearance of the rest of the Nightshade team and their continued camaraderie as well as ability to work seamlessly as a team when danger appears.  I look forward to reading Ronie’s new book, Fire Storm, the beginning of a new series that I’m sure will have lots of tense moments and action-packed scenes!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Firethorn (Discarded Heroes #4)


Title:  Firethorn (Discarded Heroes #4)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  394

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Griffin Riddell is imprisoned in a Supermax facility for allegedly killing a congressman.  He is innocent of the crime, but the backer and lead of his secret special ops team can’t spring him from jail.  He is called to the visitation area at the prison and is soon freed from prison illegally by a woman he has never seen before with mad spy skills.  He discovers her mission is to track down and bring back each member of his team from wherever they have been held captive with his help.  In a very short period of time, Griffin falls for his rescuer, but they each have baggage from the past that they haven’t worked through and this may keep them from a future together.

Kazi Foranksi has many skills as an operative, but can these skills protect her heart?  Griffin Riddell pushes her to stay on her toes.  He challenges her, but he also wants to protect her.  She has been working for over ten years doing her spy thing, but now she wants out.  With the money she will make from delivering the members of Nightshade to their leader, she can retire she hopes.  The man who is her handler is an evil man who controls her through fear and manipulation.  She wants to be free of his sadistic ways.  This mission is the most difficult of her career; failure is not an option, and neither is love.

Adrenaline lovers, this book is for you!  With action galore and a fast tempo, this story kept me turning pages late in the night.  Character development is well done to enable readers to connect with them and the story.  A plot with multiple story lines keeps readers glued to the pages so they don’t miss anything.  Deceit, betrayal, love, camaraderie, trust issues, gunfights, protectiveness and many other similar words are evident in the story.  Great book!!

This entire series showcases the dedication, brotherhood and loyalty of a black ops team to each other and the USA.  These men are willing to die for each other and for their country.  Although this story is fiction, there are many unknown and unnamed real-life heroes in our military today who I want to thank for their service and sacrifice for our country.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wolfsbane Author: Ronie Kendig




Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes Book 3) by [Kendig, Ronie]






Title:Wolfsbane

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  432

Year:  2018







Title:Wolfsbane

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  432

Year:  2018
Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Canyon Metcalf, or Midas, has been dishonorably discharged from the service.  All he has wanted to do has been to serve his country as a member of the military.  Now, his dream has been taken from him after he was forced into remaining silent, taking the blame for something he didn’t do, and he can’t tell anyone about it.  Now, he has been recruited to serve as a member of Nightshade, a secret black ops team.  His next mission is to go to Venezuela to discover if a known drug lord and gun runner is assembling nuclear arms.  He also must protect the only witness to this information to survive, Danielle Roark.  He is attracted to her immediately but tries to keep his distance as he knows his brother is interested romantically in Dani.

Danielle Roark is a demolitions expert for the Army and escaped six months of brutal captivity with information about the guerilla commander’s amassing the materials to make nuclear bombs.  Capital Hill has doubts as to her story and gives her one chance to prove her story or she will face charges of treason against the United States.  Her one chance is to return to the place of the worst experiences of her life…the Venezuelan jungle headquarters of her sadistic captor.  Dani would rather die than return, and she almost does.  She feels safe with Canyon and also feels something she never thought she would again, attraction.  Dani can’t afford to return without proof, so she fights with everything she has the jungle, guerillas out to kill her and her fear of being recaptured.

Wow! Talk about action!  This novel has non-stop, heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing suspense.  One intense scene follows another.  The writing and character development were superb.  The emotional involvement from me was full-bore.  Canyon and Dani’s doubts, guilt, anger, grit, survival mode and more will keep readers completely engaged.  The one thing that I wasn’t comfortable with was how far the physical relationship went between the two main characters.  I know people make mistakes, and this definitely showed God’s ability to restore a right relationship with him after repentance, but it still made me uncomfortable.  If it wasn’t for that encounter, I would have rated this 5 out of 5 stars.  The story has a lot going on to keep readers’ minds alert for the surprises in the plot.  Dani’s ability to return to the scene of her horrible captivity took an incredible amount of internal strength.  Canyon’s past, colliding with his future, also called him to step up and be the man God created him to be.  I can’t wait to read book four, Firethorn, and discover Legend’s story.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2)


Title:  Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  354

Year:  2017 (A Rapid-Fire Rewrite originally published in 2011 by Barbour Publishing)

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Colton Neeley can’t help himself.  He is again going in to a store to buy something he doesn’t need just so he can see the beautiful sales associate.  How pathetic!  He has had a date in years and is father to a young child.  His parents live with him on his ranch, and he works covert black ops missions.  A busy guy!  He is a Christian and isn’t afraid to let others know that.  He suffers from flashbacks from his former military service that are becoming more violent.  He finally meets Piper Blum, the store sales associate, and is quickly taken with her.  A romantic relationship begins, but he can tell Piper is hiding something from him.  Just as he thinks that perhaps Piper is “the one”, he catches her in an attempt to leave town for good without telling him.

Piper Blum is living a life of isolation.  She has no friends, doesn’t go out at night and only leaves her apartment for work or to buy necessities.  She can’t afford to become close to anyone or they might learn her secrets.  She is lonely so when the handsome cowboy continues to keep coming in to the store to see her, she allows herself to dream of what could be and begins a romance with him.  This has disastrous results, and she must leave town before she is discovered by the men after her as well as before anyone gets hurt, as in killed.  The men after her will stop at nothing to capture her.  She wants a future and a family with her cowboy, but fears it is not to be.  What she doesn’t know is her cowboy is an elite special ops team member who has the skill to protect her, but can she trust him with her secrets?

The action in this story is intense!  The pages will turn as fast as you can turn them in this gripping novel.  Both of these lead characters drew me into their stories so that I connected with them and what the outcome of their stories would be.  I loved the aspect of the team members always having each other’s backs, no matter what.  They work as a team seamlessly, and they are not afraid to bring a member back in line if he strays.  Thank you to the members of our armed services who risk their lives protecting mine!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)


Title:  Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  325

Year:  2017 – A Rapid-Fire Rewrite (Originally published in 2010 by Barbour Publishing)

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Max Jacobs is angry.  His anger is barely contained most of the time, brewing just under the surface.  It has cost him his marriage as his wife has filed for separation.  He can’t seem to control lashing out at others and acting recklessly sometimes.  He is a retired Navy SEAL, suffering from PTSD, trying to cope with the return to civilian life with some horrible experiences in battle ever in his mind.  Then, he is given the chance to do the risky and adrenaline-filled job of a task force leader of a covert special operations unit.  This is off the books with only two people in the government knowing the names of the members of this unit.  The team’s next mission is to rescue a missionary couple and their young daughter.  Max doesn’t want his marriage to end; he still loves his wife.  What can he do to heal his mind, heart and spirit?

Sydney Jacobs is a journalist who has been told to find a human-interest story by her boss.  She begins working on one but is soon called into the office of her boss and told to drop the story and find something different to write about.  Sydney is stubborn and knows she is on to a great story and will stop at nothing to get the information she needs to publicize it.  She also has plenty of time now that her husband has moved out while awaiting the separation time limit of one year to pass before a divorce is granted.  Sydney still loves Max but can’t live with his anger.  She has one thing she desperately wants to tell him but is afraid of his reaction.  She will tell him eventually but first she will be traveling to the jungle on the trail of her story, a journey that will be much more dangerous than she can imagine.

Ronie Kendig delivers plenty of high-octane action and suspense in this edge-of-your-seat story.  The angst Max and Sydney suffer as the end of their marriage looms ever closer is palpable.  The tension and descriptions in the jungle scenes made me feel like I was right there with characters.  The winding plot held my interest and wound up with a great ending.  God can use anyone at any time in any place to get our attention and our focus on Him.  I can’t wait to read the second book of the series, Digitalis, featuring “Cowboy” Neeley’s story.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Trail of Danger (LIS)


Title:  Trail of Danger (True Blue K-9 Unit)

Author:  Valerie Hansen

Pages:  224

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The series True Blue K-9 Unit are stories that are continuous in that the chief of police was murdered, and his K-9 partner is missing.  Each book then takes readers on adventures as the team of K-9 officers is looking for the culprit while also introducing individual members of the team and their canine partners.  In Trail of Danger, readers get to meet Jessie whose lop-eared and slobbering ways endear her to the people she meets as she patrols with Officer Reed Branson.

Jessie endears herself to Abigail after helping Reed locate her when they were patrolling in Luna Park.  Abigail is a social worker who is able to help kids on the streets because she was once a kid living day-to-day on the street as well.  Someone thinks Abigail can identify them from their previous encounter at the park when they unsuccessfully tried to abduct Abigail.

Reed, who at one time was a confirmed bachelor, now can’t seem to be able to concentrate because his heart has been captured by Abigail.  Abigail isn’t sure anyone can love her with her past even though her present and future are on a new and redeemed path.  Abigail is committed to getting kids the help they need and hopefully getting them off the streets, especially with winter on the horizon.

There is more adventure, danger and fun moments for readers to enjoy in the story.  So, grab a copy and get lost for a few hours with the canine team and their handlers.  The True Blue Unit series will all be released in 2019.  Here is a listing of the titles with the authors:

Justice Mission by Lynette Eason (April 2019)

Act of Valor by Dana Mentink (May 2019)

Blind Trust by Laura Scott (June 2019)

Deep Undercover by Lenora Worth (July 2019)

Seeking the Truth by Terri Reed (August 2019)

Trail of Danger by Valerie Hanson (September 2019)

Courage Under Fire by Sharon Dunn (October 2019)

Sworn to Protect by Shirlee McCoy (November 2019)

True Blue K-9 Unit Christmas by Laura Scott and Maggie K. Black (December 2019)



Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Healing Jar (The Prayer Jars #3)


Title:  The Healing Jar (The Prayer Jars #3)

Author:  Wanda Brunstetter

Pages:  320

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

What an enjoyable series this was to read!  Why?  Well, because for me the author does a great job of crafting a believable story dealing with issues people can relate to.  I think it takes heart to write novels that draw readers into the scenes and lives of fictional players.  Readers will cheer for some as they conquer hardships.  Some will sigh when the plot goes in a different direction; however, personal faith is the utmost in the series!

Throughout the whole book, I kept cheering for Lenore Lapp to find a man who would love her and share her faith.  It was interesting to see how the female lead was learning how to listen for God’s voice and then, with courage, obey Him.  There is the continuing plot line of finding mason jars with strips of paper in them that have Scripture quotes or the writer’s thoughts and prayers, too.

Each novel in the series drew me into the book and grabbed my heart at the same time.  I read books by authors who allow their characters to exhibit lifelike emotions, decisions that may or may not work out, all the while never elevating them to perfect status.  My hope is that others will start with The Hope Jar, progress to The Forgiving Jar before devouring The Healing Jar!  Then, share with others these stories that uplift and encourage as well as entertain for hours!            

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World


Title:  Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World

Author:  Myke Cole

Pages:  288

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Osprey

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Legion versus Phalanx is a good, entertaining, and insightful book about the Roman Legion and the Greek Phalanx and how these two opposing forces faced off thousands of years ago.  I loved the book! I’ve always enjoyed reading military history and I liked the author’s writing style.  He makes the information easy to read and follow as well as entertaining and realistic.  Too often you see films on ancient warfare that while they are as close to source material as possible, filmmakers put certain things in that are just there for eye candy.  For instance, you see characters wielding swords and who fight with a style that has the main idea but is not always realistic or practical I should say.  I’m not saying I don’t enjoy these films myself, but I like as much accuracy as to sources and practicality in fighting styles as possible.  Myke Cole uses both ancient and modern sources.  He talks about how he has walked the battlefields that were examined in the book to help get his points across as to how the battles played out.  He writes in a way that isn’t confusing at all and he makes fine distinctions between subjects that people may have misconceptions of or just simply don’t understand.

The first three chapters of the book analyze the legion and the phalanx and how their respected cultures influenced the way that both militaries fought.  The first chapter focused on telling readers to be objective about the source material, as well as gave an historical background story and a description of ancient unit formation and deployment.  Chapters two and three analyzed the legion and the phalanx themselves and how the soldiers were recruited, organized, how they were deployed on the battlefield and what made these deployments effective.  Support units are mentioned but are not the primary focus of the book.  The next six chapters discuss six historical battles where the legion and the phalanx faced off.  Each battle can be broken into three sections:  1) The historical background leading up to the battle, 2) the battle itself, and 3) the aftermath.  The book ends discussing the legacy that each unit left on the world that is still relevant today.

So overall, Legion versus Phalanx brings some good insight on these two iconic armies, and on their effectiveness and value during that time period.  I would recommend this book to others who enjoy military history and want to learn more about ancient warfare.  

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Death & Texas


Title:  Death & Texas

Author:  William W. Johnstone & J A. Johnstone

Pages:  330

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

Westerns are a unique and intriguing genre in the world of fiction.  There are some tales that grab your attention, make your heart gallop, and keep one turning pages for hours.  Somehow in the mix of so many authors and stories, the Johnstone’s have risen to become the cream of the crop!  In a new series, readers are introduced to a man who was on a particular mission, one of vengeance or justice?  You decide.

The character’s name is Cullen McCabe who was the sheriff hunting down the man who destroyed his future by taking the ones he loved.  Now McCabe must find something to do with himself and make a living too.  He must find a reason to go on and he doesn’t know it yet, but he doesn’t have long to wait.  When he travels into town to get supplies, he receives a telegram that says the governor of Texas wants to meet with him.  Curious, as no other information is revealed as to the why of the summons, McCabe throws caution to the wind and goes to meet the man and hopefully discover the reason for the telegram and its urgency.

In a rough and rugged land, a time where each day living was precarious, readers will be drawn into the world of Cullen McCabe and his new life.  I don’t want to ruin the fun of reading the book by stating what is inside as I believe the joy of reading comes from enjoying the journey of the characters in a story.  Here is the first book in a new series by the Johnstones and one I think you will enjoy.  The action, adventure, danger, mystery and more are all packed in the novel which is the reason I kept turning the pages.

Perhaps when you finish this adventure, you will consider reading other Johnstone westerns as there are many to choose from.  There are also other stories in different genres written by the Johnstones that I personally had a ball reading and stayed up many a night captivated by the tales!  So, if you’re looking for something to read, look no further!               

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Vow of Justice (Blue Justice #4)


Title:  Vow of Justice (Blue Justice #4)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  320 (ARC)

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Lincoln “Linc” St. John is an FBI agent and along with his partner, Allison “Allie” Radcliffe, their mission is to bring to justice a Russian crime lord.  Unbeknownst to Linc, however, is that this mission is very personal for Allie.  This Russian and his right-hand man are responsible for killing her parents and younger sister when Allie was just 14 years old.  Allie has infiltrated his home in disguise as a chef.  She has formed a bond with the Russian’s teenage daughter, Daria, who is a whiz at computers.  Allie’s cover is blown, so she quickly escapes, but is forced to leave Daria behind.  Daria has proof of her father’s crimes on a flash drive, but she is the only one who knows where it is.  Daria escapes her father and goes into hiding.  From that point, the action really picks up.

Allie has a personal agenda that doesn’t include letting the two Russian criminals escape on her watch.  She also has feelings for Linc, but he has no idea about her past or her connection to the Russians that could perhaps compromise the case.  Linc has loved Allie for a while now, but she has refused to let him get too close.  Now that a killer has her in his sights, Linc must use all his skills as an agent to keep her alive for them to have a future together.

This is another suspense-filled novel from Lynette Eason that I read cover to cover in one sitting!  With her novels, I know I’m always going to get an exciting story, characters I care about and faith in action.  It has been great getting to know most members of the St. John family through this series.  Lynette has a writing style that brings readers into her stories right from the start.  I’m looking forward to her next book that will be another awesome action read!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Convergence Author: Ginny Yttrup


Title:  Convergence

Author:  Ginny Yttrup

Pages:  320

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Denilyn Rossi is a professor of psychology at a small university.  She is hemmed in by suffocating fear from an assault a few years in the past.  She wrote an award-winning book on bullying and attracted the attention of a stalker.  Now, she can hardly function, except in the classroom.  She begins to notice that she is forgetting things.  She talks about her fears with her best friend Jaylan and another friend who works at the university, Ryan.  She feels like someone is watching her.  Then, things begin to happen.  Her fear escalates to the point where she is paralyzed by it.  She uses the last of her strength to attempt a final and lasting change in her life.  She also has a secret she must protect at all costs.

When she takes a trip to start her journey of taking back her life, she does so hoping her stalker will follow.  She can’t start anew with the past and present holding her hostage.  She arrives at the place from her past where her close friends shared a summer together.  Can she really take back her life from the fear that controls her, or is she just kidding herself?  You’ll have to read for yourself how things are resolved.  Don’t miss this one!

Wow! This is a powerful story of determination, fear, trust in God, manipulation and more.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I was involved in the story from the get-go.  I found the story unique, entertaining and targeted to the heart.  The story uses flashbacks to Deni’s and Adelia’s past so readers get a history of their friendship.  Seeing God work in Deni’s life was a “wow” experience and watching her emerge from her cocoon of fear to one of supreme confidence in God was amazing.  This was a great debut suspense work from this author’s pen, and I look forward to more suspense from her hopefully.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Yuletide Suspect


Title:  Yuletide Suspect

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  218

Year:  December 2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Liberty Westmark is on a mission of her own making.  She is a Secret Service agent out to warn her former co-worker and ex-fiancĂ© that he is the main suspect in a terrorist attack.  All the evidence the service has is against him, but Liberty wants to give him a chance to tell his side of the story before the rest of her team moves in for the arrest.  She hasn’t seen Tate for two years after breaking his heart by abruptly ending their engagement.  She has never told him why she broke the engagement and still has strong feelings for him, maybe even still loves him.  She knows he can’t possible be guilty of terrorism.

Tate Almers is living in the middle of nowhere after leaving his job with the Secret Service.  His heart is still sore from Liberty’s rejection of him.  He has no idea why she suddenly dumped him, and she never would give him a valid reason.  He can’t believe she has shown up at his home now with the outlandish claim that he is wanted by the law on a terrorism charge.  He will show the law that there is no way he is guilty, but how did the service conclude that he is guilty?  Who has set him up?  As he leaves his barn after his confrontation with Liberty, shots ring out.

That’s just the beginning of the suspense!  Liberty and Tate work together to gather evidence of his innocence while being targets, dodging bullets.  Good thing they are both trained agents!  Their journey leads them into dangerous waters as they battle enemies to discover the truth.  Don’t miss another exciting tale from Love Inspired Suspense!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Seeking the Truth (K-9 Unit series)


Title:  Seeking the Truth (K-9 Unit series)

Author:  Terri Reed

Pages:  224        

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The book may not have many pages, but it is packed with mystery, romance, faith, police and dogs.  The setting is New York City, and the tale involves the Jamison family as they are police officers who are struggling with the loss of a brother.  The brother’s murder is not yet solved, and no new clues have been unearthed until a reporter decides to investigate on her own.

Rachelle has sought an unconventional path and career in journalism as far as her parents are concerned.  However, Rachelle is new to the hustle and bustle of the city and wanting to prove she can be a good reporter she decides to look into Jordan’s murder.  What Rachelle hasn’t counted on is the fall out of doing so!  Nor did she think that the murderer would come after her, multiple times.

Now she is ensconced with the Jamison family for protection, but more is happening in her heart than she counted on.  With Carter Jamison being her guard and his K-9, Frosty, Rachelle and Carter might have more building than the threats on her life.  Carter’s past hurt has caused him to build walls around his heart, and Rachelle doesn’t believe anyone can love her for any reason.

I enjoyed the tale, loved the dog’s unique name and hope that other readers will enjoy this story when it is released August of 2019.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ever Faithful (A Vintage National Parks Novel #3)


Title:  Ever Faithful (A Vintage National Parks Novel #3)

Author:  Karen Barnett

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Waterbrook

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Nate Webber has been chastised his whole life for “not amount to much” of anything.  He is forced to enlist in the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, when he is caught by the police taking the blame for his brother’s crime.  The officer offers him the chance to experience more than the city’s mean streets by enlisting, or his brother would go to jail at the age of fourteen.  Nate enlists and is shipped off to Yellowstone Park.  Upon arrival, he meets a park ranger’s pretty daughter.  He learns she will be teaching some basic courses for the men of the CCC to help them learn to read and write.  He is in awe of the beauty he gets to see.  He works hard at manual labor and soon is offered the position of foreman, but if he takes the position he has to write weekly reports and read.  He can’t let anyone find out his secret because his family desperately needs the extra money the foreman position offers.  What can he do?

Elsie Brookes has dreamed of being a teacher all her life.  She has been saving up for college and will finally have enough for college after this final summer at Yellowstone.  She has to concentrate on her career as no man wants to marry a scarred woman like her in her opinion.  The summer gets underway and for the first time she has not one, but two men interested in her romantically.  She still plans to go to college, so how should she deal with these two men?  In the meantime, someone keeps starting fires around the park.  The first one is small and quickly put out, but each fire grows larger in size.  Fire during this dry summer would prove dangerous and devastating for the park.  Who would do such a thing?

With such vivid descriptions of the scenery, I feel like I just took a vacation to Yellowstone!  There is definitely a feeling of “you are there” in this author’s prose.  Having been a park ranger herself, the author uses that to paint a picture of God’s creation that surpasses other authors.  I have enjoyed all three books in the series with a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty God has given us to experience.  Both characters have difficulties trusting but for different reasons.  When they allow God to give them the ability to trust and depend on Him, they begin to really live life to the fullest.  I’m looking forward to what comes next from this author!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Express Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #9)


Title:  The Express Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #9)

Author:  Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  256

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Barbour

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The Daughters of the Mayflower series follows the ancestors of William Lytton from the time of the Mayflower’s landing to the period of the Pony Express.  Each book brings to life a particular historical period and paints intriguing tales of the descendants from one family who came to a new land.  The series start with The Mayflower Bride followed by The Pirate Bride, The Captured Bride, The Patriot Bride, The Cumberland Bride, The Liberty Bride, The Alamo Bride, and The Golden Bride.  Coming in December 2019 the next installment in the series is titled The Rebel Bride followed by The Blizzard Bride in February 2020.  While it isn’t necessary to read each book in order, I must confess it’s been fun for me to read them all to this point!

Each story is unique and filled with history, romance, and ancestry from the first book to the current newly released book.  In the latest installment, The Express Bride introduces to readers a woman who is running a Pony Express stop after her father’s death.  Now, with no current prospect of marriage and living at and running the stop, “Jack” isn’t one of the boys.  Jacqueline Rivers or “Jack” loves taking care of her boys and living out in Utah in the vast frontier.

Two men show up at her station.  Each of them is on a mission.  In time, the men seek help from Jack to complete their tasks and what they ask of her is astonishing!  The author helps readers understand the Pony Express and its short history with exciting and daring adventure.  The novel has action, adventure, heart, romance and even mystery that will keep readers engrossed for hours.  I have read and enjoyed each book that has come out and loved the rich history shared via fiction and I hope you do too!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Medallion Author: Cathy Gohlke


Title:  The Medallion

Author:  Cathy Gohlke

Pages:  432

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Cathy Gohlke’s novels are very touching and are able to impact the heart via one of her stories.  Here is one of her best!  The story takes place in Poland, beginning in 1938 with the wedding of Itzak and Rosa Dunovich.  From there, readers are thrust in the turmoil that occurs in Poland during WWII.  The author does a fantastic job of switching between the Dunovich couple to the Kumiega’s.  At first, I didn’t see where or how these two couples’ lives would intersect.  As I read the Author’s Note to Readers section at the end of the book, fact and fiction were revealed.

As I progressed through the book, there were times I found my heart in my throat as I was caught up in the lives of the characters.  The scenes painted with words truly draw the readers into the suffering, sorrow, pain, turmoil and hatred that was present, especially during the war against the Jewish people and anyone who dared assist them in anyway.

I knew the story would be in a real way hard to read because it presents fictionally, though based in fact, what people suffered, especially the children.  I am glad though that I didn’t stop with the story but persevered till the very end.  The story is truly magnificent in many ways, but what I will remember is the power of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness that shines brighter and brighter in the novel.

If you haven’t ever read Cathy’s books, you’re definitely missing experiences that reach into the soul of readers, taking them through a tale to the point where the reality of God is evident.  I was touched by the true heroes and heroines in the book based on real people who dared to fight against pure evil.  There is such hope that is felt as pages are turned and the story of the couples mentioned above intertwine to show how God can bring beauty from ashes.

I believe that the real people who did what they could for the Jewish people weren’t looking for any kind of reward or acknowledgment.  Many lost their lives when they were found out.  Families were torn apart and generations lost.  We should learn from those who have gone before us and stand against any type of anti-Semitism.  I thank Cathy for writing the story and sharing it with people.  It is a very moving book and one I highly recommend it!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.