Thursday, January 31, 2019

Across the Bridge (Copper Island Novel #3)


Title:  Across the Bridge (Copper Island Novel #3)

Author:  Kristin Neva

Pages:  306

Year:  2018

Publisher:  The Christmas Tree House

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Across the Bridge is the continuing story of various characters introduced in the first two novels, Snow Country and Copper Country.  In this story, we continue to be touched by Louise’s battle with ALS and how her faith sustains her and touches the heart of her neighbors and friends.  Louise’s family comes to the island to help care for her in her home in the final season of her life.

We read about a wife who doesn’t tell her husband the truth about his son before dying unexpectantly in a car accident.  The father and son move to Copper Island in the hopes of making a fresh start and come across a mystery that could change their lives forever.  Then there is Marcella who has guarded her heart from hurt for so long that fear keeps her unknowingly from allowing love to draw near.

These are just a few the threads in the overall masterpiece written by Kristin Neva who is very familiar with the caretaking of a loved one with ALS.  Faith and tests are woven into the tale in all three books, while they could be read as standalone novels.  I found I enjoyed the overarching weaving of various players’ stories much better when read consecutively.  My heart was deeply touched by the various joys and tough times experienced by players in the book.

The enjoyment came too from getting to know the back story of those who live on Copper Island and how faith does make a world of difference.  The author does an excellent job of depicting the hope that never dims in the hearts of those who walk daily with the Lord regardless of the challenges they face in life.  Kristin paints a masterpiece of various characters whose faith is and isn’t broken when life experience is less than ideal.

I don’t know whether this will be the last novel of The Copper Island series, but whatever comes next, I plan on reading the book!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Copper Country (A Copper Island Novel #2)


Title:  Copper Country (A Copper Island Novel #2)

Author:  Kristin Neva

Pages:  286

Year:  2017

Publisher:  The Christmas Tree House

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The series begins with the novel titled, Snow Country where we meet a wide variety of characters.  The author writes from her personal knowledge gained as she was raised on Copper Island.  That enhances her ability to describe scenes that are riveting.  I believe too that with the firsthand experience of living on that island she can place her characters into situations that are captivating for readers.

The uniqueness of the story continues with the way the old Finns language is used as well as some of the unique foods that are favorites served in the book’s cafĂ©.  One of the main characters is Amiee Mallon who has come from a family where her father abandoned her, her only sibling is a brother who doesn’t care about their parents and her mother has let herself go.  Amiee though feels responsible for her mother even though her mother doesn’t take care of herself let alone pay attention to anything Amiee is saying.

The tension in the book is happening both within the hearts of a couple of the characters as well as in some relationships.  One of the characters has ALS, which the author is quite familiar with as her husband battles the disease.  It helped me understand what the person and those who love that person suffering with ALS feel, and how they try to cope each day with faith and thankfulness for that day.

Amiee’s boyfriend, Russ, really can’t decide what he wants with Amiee.  Is it marriage or just friendship?  Amiee is one who speaks her mind; yet, when she finds herself trying to handle her father’s reappearance and his request to see her, she must face her deepest darkest place in her heart.  The novel touched my heart as I read about the character I met in book one and now read about in book two.

I hope readers will read and enjoy both Snow Country and now Copper Country with the hopes that the author plans another story on Copper Island sometime in the future!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Snow Country (A Copper Island Novel #1)


Title:  Snow Country (A Copper Island Novel #1)

Author:  Kristen Neva

Pages:  286

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Christmas Tree House

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The story in Snow Country was a very touching and engaging one.  In fact, I could not book the book down until I had read the whole thing!  There were many reasons why I kept reading.  For instance, one reason was the love of a granddaughter for her mother and the area she lived in, which was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Another was the tension between a couple of different family members, especially when it came to the grandmother’s health.  Then, there was the possible on again off again romance between Beth and a state trooper named Danny.  Plus, the way the author painted pictures of the area, scenes and customs of the small town in which her story took place.  There were a few times I found myself laughing at various descriptions regarding an outside sauna that will crack you up!  There are different cultures and languages in the area and the author was kind enough to give a short glossary at the beginning of the book.

The small-town feel comes through the book very well.  It makes me want to go and smell the fresh air and enjoy the closeness of small town living.  The hardest part was when grandma was diagnosed with an illness, but even then, there is a feeling of hope and dependency that God will use it to being glory to Himself.  The characters are learning about themselves and how they can live in close unity as well as for some have healthy marriages during really rough seasons.

The author has another book in the series coming out June of 2017, so please get this read before it comes out.  Your heart will be touched, your faith renewed and a longing to share this book with others will have taken root!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Sky Above us (Sunrise at Normandy #2)


Title:  The Sky Above us (Sunrise at Normandy #2)

Author:  Sarah Sundin

Pages:  384

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

If you haven’t read any of Sarah Sundin’s novels, then you’re missing out on some of the best historical fiction published.  Sarah Sundin weaves incredible tales with history, faith and believable characters. Personally, I have read all her books and am constantly on the lookout for what is coming next.  These tales reveal historical events in ways that capture the reader’s imagination as well as ignites the patriotic heartbeat of those who revel in her novels.

In the second book, we continue to read about the three brothers’ story which began with The Sea Before Us.  Wyatt, Clay and Adler were the closest of brothers as they grew up, playing different instruments and blending well which was known in their hometown.  Then, one night, a tragedy rocked their world, changing the course of their lives as the war was heating up.

In this tale, we see just how long Adler has carried around anger, hurt, frustration and distance from the faith in God he grew up with in his family.  The wrestling Adler does with God and how it affects his interaction with others and his flying felt so real to me.  The on-again off-again relationship Adler has with a Red Cross worker named Violet reveals something in each of their hearts that only God can free then of if they are willing to release it to His hands.

Sarah Sundin writes with heart and faith so intricately woven one doesn’t know where one begins and the other ends, or do they?  I highly recommend all her novels that will touch the heart, mind and soul of readers from anyone who loves historical fiction and God.  These books are riveting and capture the time period so well that you won’t be able to stop telling others about them!

Friday, January 25, 2019

The End Game


Title:  End Game (Will Robie #5)

Author:  David Baldacci

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My rating:  3 ½ out of 5 stars.

The overall plot that threads through the series was very captivating.  Each book has other subplots occurring at different intervals that snared me quickly.  In the final installment, the author wrote a riveting ending that I thought was his best.  I didn’t like the inclusion of two short sexual scenes.  These didn’t add anything to the telling of the story, and for the life of me I cannot understand why such a talented writer would include this junk.

The two main characters Will Robie and Jessica Reel are well-crafted and interesting players.  The intricate plot is fun reading.  Will’s past was so vastly different than Jessica’s.  The first two books in the series are my favorite.  I love when the author focuses on telling a riveting, well thought out story for readers to get lost in for hours!                 

Out of all the Baldacci novels that are in a series thus far, this is the best ending of a series, and it would get more stars from me if he learned to leave out the unnecessary junk.  It is my hope that the author sees how well gifted he is in storytelling that the junk no longer appears in his novels.  I enjoyed the mystery of the series and the ending and final revealing of the End Game, which was hinted at throughout the other installments.  It was something that one can read in frankly any newspaper.

I am grateful for the real heroes who protect our nation from those who seek to undermine her foundation and bring in deadly drugs.  Those people also try to save those who are treated without human dignity, and if anything, this series brings that to the forefront.  Thanks to the many unsung heroes, and those who fight the good fight every day!

Quote from the novel "Never Let Go" coming 2/5/19

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Making of Mrs. Hale: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope #3


Title:  The Making of Mrs. Hale:  Regency Brides:  Promise of Hope #3

Author:  Carolyn Miller

Pages:  e-book

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Kregel Publications

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Julia Hale arrives on the doorstep of a friend bedraggled, unkempt and starving.  She also has a baby in tow.  She eloped in Scotland two years ago with Major Thomas Hale.  They were happy even as their financial circumstances fell.  Then, Thomas had the opportunity to earn some money by serving his country.  He didn’t tell Julia what he was doing, but he left a note explaining things and enough money to see her through until he returned.  He gave both to a friend who had served with him in the armed forces in India a few years prior.  He is captured on his mission along with some of his crew and is gone far longer than he anticipated.  He also has a lapse in judgement with one of his tormentors.  Julia can’t imagine what has happened to Thomas.  Did he abandon her?  Were her family and friends right about him being a rogue?  Did he tire of her and move on to someone else?

Julia is forced to return to England as she is destitute.  She has sold everything of value to obtain a ticket home.  Upon arrival, she discovers her family is out of town.  She goes to the only place left she can think of and that is to her brother’s best friend.  They are shocked at her appearance and that she has a baby, but they take her in.  Thomas, meanwhile, escapes his captors and tries repeatedly to get back to Julia but continually has roadblocks in his path.  Will he ever be reunited with Julia?  Can she forgive him for being gone so long?

Both Thomas and Julie learn the value of forgiveness and the joy of being reconciled with their Savior.  They had been living lives for themselves without much thought to God.  Now that they have faced extremely trying circumstances, they can see God’s provision.  They now know they are beloved children of God and they have value in His sight.  There were consequences of impetuous actions, but nothing that couldn’t be repented of and forgiven by God.  I have greatly enjoyed this author’s regency books as they are clean reads with faith woven seamlessly into the plot.  I can’t wait for what comes next from Carolyn’s pen!

Coming very soon, dont miss it!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)


Title:  Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)

Author:  Heather Day Gilbert

Pages:  211

Year:  2017

Publisher:  WoodHaven Press

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Tess Spencer doesn’t have a lot to do with her mother.  Her mother used to sell drugs during the time when Tess was growing up.  Her mother got caught and put in prison.  She has been out for three months and wants to re-establish family ties with Tess.  She wants Tess to come for a visit to help her buy a house.  While Tess isn’t that excited to see her Mom, she feels she owes it to her to help her out.  The first day there, a teenage male’s dead body is discovered near her Mom’s trailer.  The cause of death…drug overdose.  Her Mom flees the scene, leaving Tess at loose ends.  Why did she run if she is innocent?  Where did she go?  Is she coming back?

Tess gears herself up for an investigation into the young man’s death, so she can prove her mother didn’t supply the drugs that killed him.  Along the way though, she has doubts about her mother and wonders if maybe she is back to her old habits.  Tess and her best friend infiltrate a local center where teens can go to get help for drug addictions.  There are a couple of people who work at the center who could have supplied the drugs, but their aim at the center is to help drug addicts not keep them hooked.  While asking questions to clear her mother’s name, Tess also learns more about her father who left when Tess was young.  She also must deal with a young teenage girl, a friend of the dead teen, who is just beginning to experiment with drugs, but who counts Tess’s mother among her friends.  There is also a grandmother across the street who is abusive to her little grandson with Tess as a witness.  She can’t allow the abuse to continue and reports it to authorities.  What else is she going to have to deal with?

I like the dogged determination Tess possesses.  I also like the relationship between her, her husband and his family.  They treat her as the daughter they never had, and I think sometimes Tess is bewildered that a family can accept her as she is with all her rough edges.  Tess has a growing faith that she tries her best to follow.  I think her husband’s support is also an important aspect of their marriage.  Her inquisitiveness is no secret and can sometimes lead her into trouble, but it can also lead to helping others.  I have read all three mysteries in this series and I sure hope there are more to be written!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Never Let Go......coming soon!

The Guilty (Will Robie Series #4)


Title:  The Guilty (Will Robie Series #4)

Author:  David Baldacci

Pages:  464

Year:  Reprint 2016

Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars                                                          

The storyline continues that started in the first book, The Innocent, along with the remaining couple of main characters Will Robie and Jessica Reel.  In this novel, readers will get to finally meet Will Robie’s father and a couple of surprises that Robie was unprepared to meet.  At the beginning, we see a change in Will Robie, and it affects him on his missions.  Now, he must work out the issues he has to see if he can continue with his job.  Will and Jessica’s boss, “Blue Man”, seems to be very involved with their lives and missions.  Is that how it will always be?

There is more going on that the author slowly reveals about the plot, the interaction between the Robie men, and Jessica disappearing then reappearing after coming under deadly fire.  It is an exciting and suspense filled story that I enjoyed even though there was more foul language in the book than previous installments.

I loved the new characters in Mississippi where Will goes to hopefully help his father as he is being charged with murder.  The ending was a total surprise and I never imagined the book ending as it does!  No doubt readers like me enjoy the continuation of the overall plot and the newest developments.  It really sets the stage for the exciting conclusion of the series titled, End Game.

Watch for my thoughts about that novel coming soon!

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery #21)


Title:  The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery #21)

Author:  Charles Todd

Pages:  343 (ARC)

Year:  2019

Publisher:  William Morrow

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Inspector Ian Rutledge is handed a cold case that his boss doesn’t expect him to solve.  His boss has no love for Ian and tells him he expects him to find the man who has been missing for ten years but allegedly has been recently spotted.  The missing man is wanted in connection to a murder ten years ago, but who disappeared before the trial began and hasn’t been seen since.  Ian meets a former prisoner who says his cellmate told him of a recent sighting of this missing man.  Ian isn’t sure whether to believe this is true or not but feels he should tell his boss about it.  He does and is given the case.

Ian begins questioning those who knew the missing man, visits the missing man’s home and talks with the local constables about this man.  He is a skilled interrogator/investigator and must use all his skill in this story.  Sometimes he asks a question he hasn’t asked previously to try to trip someone up or misdirect them.  He talks with a few of the same people over and over, asking the same questions in the hope that someone will either let something slip that they didn’t want to or remember something they haven’t mentioned before that sets Ian down the path to finding the killer.

I can’t believe I have finished reading the 21st book in this series!  When I pick up one of the Charles Todd books, I know I’m going to be in for a deeper look into Ian’s mind.  After I’ve completed the novel, I feel I know him a little better.  He lives to capture murderers and bring justice to the ones whose life was taken from them.  He doesn’t feel he has more to offer anyone than his ability as a detective.  He is dogged in his pursuit, going over the same ground again and again until someone along the way says something that triggers a connection and Ian is turned onto the trail of the offender.  He won’t give up in his quest to discover the truth.  I enjoy reading about the different villages Ian visits and the different personalities he encounters.  The stories are entertaining for the British mystery aficionado.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Target (Will Robie Series #3)


Title:  The Target (Will Robie Series #3)

Author:  David Baldacci

Pages:  464

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

The Will Robie series is really an interesting plot that continues from the first book until the final installment.  There is the continuing overarching mystery of some government people who have banded together to carry out some nefarious plot.  Will and Jessica have been paired together before and now their mission is made more complex as it seems the agency (CIA) has internal fighting going on.

Parts of the story take place in North Korea, and while not overly descriptive of what happens in the fictional prison, it did disturb me some.  However, I pressed through the novel and am so glad I did.  What an exciting and climactic ending!  Not only that but it was very touching too.  It made me thankful I live in a country that allows so many blessings of freedoms!

What is so engaging is the continuation of the multifaceted plot with the subplots within each book of the series.  I didn’t find it hard to follow the action, danger or adventure with some characters coming and going.  While written a few years back, it is as if these could be headlines in today’s news.  David Baldacci writes with such intricate threads and with all the other action happening it really was a thrilling coaster ride to read!

The next novel in the series it titled, Guilty, so I will soon share my thoughts about the fourth book before reading the conclusion to the series titled, End Game.  Readers will definitely understand why the title to the fifth and final book will be meaningful.  So, till my next Will Robie review, enjoy reading!

Book #3: Breach of Trust 2/5/19

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fatal Threat (Emergency Responders)


Title:  Fatal Threat (Emergency Responders)

Author:  Valerie Hansen

Pages:  224

Year:  Feb 2019

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Valerie Hansen’s upcoming novel is filled with mystery, an on again and off again romance, and suspense.  The two main characters are EMT Sara Southerland and Adam Kane.  These two grew up in the small town of Paradise and were separated when Adam signed up to serve after high school.  Now, Adam is home working as a firefighter and on his ranch with horses as well as trying to keep Sara alive.

When both are at a fire, someone takes a couple of shots at Sara while she is focused on the safety of the firefighters in a building with oxygen tanks.  Sara is at a place emotionally where her heart is broken and she questions herself a lot.  She is not sure whether or not Adam is attracted to her because they were close in high school or if he truly is attracted to her as the woman she is now.  Someone or perhaps more than one person is stalking Sara, and Adam can’t seem to get Sara to realize just how much danger she really is in!

I thoroughly enjoyed the tension and climactic conclusion to this latest from Love Inspired.  I am hoping you will too.  These types of books are clean, engaging and entertaining all at the same time.  Plus, they are easy to pack and short enough to read in a matter of a day or two.  So, look for Valerie’s book coming in February 2019.

Feb. 5th Breach of Trust


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Gate Keeper Author: Charles Todd


Title:  The Gate Keeper

Author:  Charles Todd

Pages:  307

Year:  2018

Publisher:  William Morrow

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow!  This book was just stellar in my opinion.  I don’t know how the authors continue to produce such quality mysteries time after time.  I have read all the Ian Rutledge mysteries and this is one of the best.  This one is set in December 1920.  Ian’s sister Frances has just gotten married and Ian is feeling at loose ends.  He and his sister had become close after their parents’ deaths and now he is feeling a bit of a third wheel.  The wedding is over and the couple off on their honeymoon trip and Ian can’t sleep.  He decides to take a drive to who knows where to settle down.  He is driving down the road and comes upon a car stopped in the middle of the road with a woman standing over a man’s body and her hands are covered in blood.  Ian has literally driven into his next case.

As he begins his investigation, he lobbies to be given the case as he was the first on the scene.  There is some grumbling from other quarters, but Ian does land the case.  He questions the victim’s acquaintances and family.  He comes away with two very different pictures.  His acquaintances and friends reveal a well-liked man with no enemies.  His mother calls him a killer.  Ian can’t understand such hatred of a mother for her own son, especially one who returned safely from the war.  Another man is found murdered and he too apparently is well-liked with no enemies.  What is the connection between the two men?  Ian really must dig to find this answer and it is taking too long.  Another murder is soon reported in a nearby village.  Ian realizes that it is connected to his case as the victim was known to have contact with the other two victims after a fashion.  Ian is dogged in his questioning again and again of certain people who had contact or knowledge of the victims.  He questions until someone reveals a small detail that leads to another detail that breaks open the case, but he must have proof and that might very well cost him.

This is one of my favorite mystery series and I eagerly look forward to the release of each book.  The writing is descriptive and puts me right there in the story.  Ian is not without his own struggles, which makes him so much more human and not just a character on the page.  I would recommend reading the first couple of books in the series though before reading this one.  Those will give the reader some valuable history and background on the main character.  Readers also will enjoy another series by this author featuring Bess Crawford, a nurse during the First World War.  Thanks to the writing team of Charles Todd for another excellent Ian Rutledge mystery!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1)



Title:  Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1)

Author:  Nancy Mehl

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany Publishers

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

What a fantastic, gripping and mysterious tale that comes from the pen of Nancy Mehl!  Before I continue let me share with you that book two of the series titled, Firestorm, comes out August 2019 and I can hardly wait!

Kaely Quinn is a behavioral analyst for the FBI.  The way she does this will really grab your attention!  What is even more gripping is the character’s history and how her fellow FBI agents treat her.  Kaely lives only for justice to be served, but someone is stalking her.  The whole time I was reading the book I kept wondering who was after her and what part of her memory wouldn’t let her remember whatever it is that the stalker thinks she knows.

When Kaely is assigned to work with another FBI agent, she about has a fit but must decide to either deal with the new assignment or resign.  The man assigned to her doesn’t want her for a partner either but again has no choice.  The case they are working together is proving extremely dangerous and the subject is always one step ahead of the agents.

I was captured by the story from the first page until the very end!  It’s suspense, thrills and danger with mystery in the background.  I kept trying to figure it out, but the author does an excellent job of throwing in some curves that made me rethink my conclusions a couple of times.  So, if you like mystery with a possible long shot at romance, here is your next book to enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Virtuality Author: H. L. Wegley


Title:  Virtuality

Author:  H. L. Wegley

Pages:  317

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Trinity Press International

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

H. L. Wegley offers readers a thriller with a very poignant point that is revealed at the end of the book.  With all the gaming systems and games developed and sold all over the globe, this novel really makes the uses of them for good or evil a reality.  As the novel progresses, what quickly becomes apparent is how easily people can become ensnared in a world that is evil.  What is also true is the way human desires can draw them to God or others into a world all their own.

Jess is woman who is brilliant in many ways with computer software and coding.  Vince is a man whose brute strength covers up his tender heart.  Jess and Vince have known each other for years.  They can easily read the face of the other and know what is going inside their mind.  What catapults them into meeting again after a 7-year separation is the death of Vince’s brother and the new position Vince has as CEO of his brother’s company.

The story takes many dangerous twists, turns with deadly action and adventure!  H. L. Wegley’s novel is one that many should read to begin to understand the danger to society that people aren’t even thinking about when they have kids play constantly on any hand-held device.  The tale is really interesting with Jess and Vince’s relationship and personalities.  What makes it a must read is the truth about the possible dangers to our future generations.

The ending was outstanding and one I won’t forget anytime soon!  The suspense and faith elements keep audiences turning pages until the very end.  If you haven’t read any of this author’s work, start with his latest thriller that rings with truth and faith until the very last words.  Here is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.  Read it and see if you don’t agree!

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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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Never Let Go Novel coming soon!


“A twenty-one-year-old cold case, arson, murder, romance…I couldn’t put Never Let Go down until ‘The End,’ and then I wished for more.”
Patricia Bradley, winner of Inspirational Readers Choice Award

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