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The Cost of Betrayal

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

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

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Title:The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond
Author:Jaime Jo Wright
Pages:352
Year:2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is set in Gossamer Grove, with two stories running simultaneously, one in the present and one in 1907.In the present, Annalise Forsythe owns a coffee shop and is trying to purchase land to open a food pantry facility as well as offer other services for the homeless.Her competition wants to use the land to build a sports complex and resort to bring rock climbing enthusiasts to Gossamer Grove.A big-name draw to help in bringing the rock climbers to the town is Garrett Greenwood, Annalise’s former boyfriend.They haven’t seen each other in twelve years, and there are definitely old wounds and hard feelings between the two.Now, they are on opposing sides of this land purchase issue.An old man in the community dies suddenly, leaving Annalise his property, which amounts to a small amount of land and an old trailer filled with pictures of Anna…

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

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

Everything She Didn't Say

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

Ours for A Season

Title:Ours for a Season
Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:338 (ARC)
Year:2018
Publisher: Waterbrook
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Marty and Brooke have been friends since grade school, but for the last several years they have communicated by letters as Brooke moved to Kansas City and Marty lives in Indiana.Marty is Mennonite while Brooke is agnostic.Marty is grieving the loss of a child and a future without the hope of having another child of her own.Her husband, Anthony, owns a construction business and travels to various cities often.He is trying to escape the mournful face of his wife as it has been over two years since the news of infertility was delivered to them after he suffered through a case of mumps.He has grieved the loss of their unborn child but trusts God to help him through the loss.He and Marty have grown apart emotionally, physically and spiritually.They no longer pray together, and only share mundane conversations when necessary.Then, a letter arrives from Brooke addressed to…

Formula of Deception

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