Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin


Facing the past may be the most 
fearsome battle of his life.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, arranging entertainment for the men of the 357th and setting up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near...and secrets can't stay buried forever.

My Thoughts:

When it comes to novels set during World War II, in my humble opinion, there is no better author than Sarah Sundin. Her second book in her "Sunrise at Normandy" series, The Sky Above Us is an awesome read. The first book in the series is The Sea Before Us. I have yet to read the first book in the series, however, I just bought a copy because the second book was so good.

The series is about three brothers, Wyatt, Adler and Clay Paxton. This story belongs to Adler, a fighter pilot in the 357th Fighter Group based in England. Adler is running from his past and is yearning to become an ace so that once the war is over he can start a flying freight business names ACES. He also has a problem with being 'second'. He had a problem being second to his brother Wyatt, and being a wingman. This is a story of someone wanting one thing and finding that what God planned for him was far better.

Adler's interest is Violet Lindstrom, a member of the American Red Cross. Her dream is to become a missionary in Africa just like her great aunt. But just as Adler learned to change, so did Violet and her dream changes as well.

Ms. Sundin has a great gift in making the reader feel like they are right in the cockpit with the pilot. This gift is no different. I guarantee you will feel like you are in each and every dogfight that takes place in this book and if your heart isn't beating a little faster by the end of each scene, you probably didn't engage. 

The Sky Above Us is a fast-paced, World War II action novel that will get the reader's heart pumping. It is also an inspirational romance novel that will touch the heart of any reader. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to fans of historical romance.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of The Sky Above Us.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Her Last Chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

She came seeking family...
Will she find love 
at Big Heart Ranch?

When pregnant single mother Hannah Vincent shows up professing to be the half sister of the Maxwells of Big Heart Ranch, horse trainer Tripp Walker is wary. Wounded before, he doesn't trust easily. If only Hannah and her feisty five-year-old daughter weren't so impossible to resist. Now, despite his doubts, joining this little family is quickly becoming the cautious cowboy's greatest wish.

My Thoughts:

The author of Her Last Chance Cowboy, Tina Radcliffe, definitely saved the best for last. in her "Big Heart Ranch" series. This is the fourth and final book in the series. This is Tripp Walker's story and I loved it!

Tripp's story was definitely worth the wait. He appeared in the other books and we saw just enough to know that his story needed to be told. It was obvious he had been hurt in the past because the walls were built solid around his heart. Solid until a pregnant Hannah Vincent and her adorable daughter, Clementine, came on the seen. She was filled with a spirit that when she met Tripp the sparks flew. These two characters challenged each other and it was pure delight to see their story unfold.

As for the rest of the family and friends of Big Heart Ranch, I loved them all. I truly hate to see this series end but I know it must. Though I would love a story sometime in the future with Dub and Clementine as a grown-up couple living and working at Big Heart Ranch. 

I  would highly recommend this book of second chances to anyone who loves a good story that tugs at your heartstrings.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author, Tina Radcliffe, for my copy of Her Last Chance Cowboy.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne

From bachelor to daddy...
Shepherd's Crossing is
full of surprises

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd's Crossing for good--until he learns his family's unspoken secrets. Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother's run-down estate. Love wasn't part of the plan...but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

My Thoughts:

"Sleep stole up on her like a summer sunset. Nothing hurried about it. And when she finally closed her eyes one last time--and the bottle went lax in her mouth--he stared at the absolute miracle he held in his arms." (Page 64)

This is just a small moment in this wonderful book where Ms. Herne brings the story to life to the reader. I saw it. I felt it. And I loved it. Ms. Herne has created another wonderful story in her Shepherd's Crossing series. A book that the reader can step into and become one with.

The hero, Jace Middleton, has his life turned upside down at the same time he meets the heroine, Melonie Fitzgerald. Who, by the way, has had a shake-up in her life as well. I must say these two characters had sparks flying throughout their story. These two special people come from definite cultures and Ms. Herne paints their relationship beautifully. 

I have to say that besides the two wonderful twins that showed up in Jace's life, I loved Gilda. She was a curmudgeon that was trying to make things right. I truly believe that what happened in Jace's distant past was a loving thing that Gilda had a part in. I don't want to hand out a spoiler so you'll have to read this wonderful book to find out just who Gilda is.

If I were to say anything negative about this book, it would be to say that I really wish that they had included the twins on the cover with Jace and Melonie. But in my mind's eye, I see them there.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a feel-good story.

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author, Ruth Logan Herne, for my copy of A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason

Code of ValorLynette Eason's current book, Code of Valor, is the third book of her "Blue Justice Series" following Oath of Honor and Called to Protect. This series revolves around the St. John family and once you meet them I guarantee you will love them.

Back Cover:

SHE'S LIVING PROOF THAT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
 COULD KILL YOU.

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe--and catch those who would see her dead.
     Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn't trust many people. And even though she's trying to cooperate with the detective who saved her life, there are some things she doesn't know--and some things you just don't share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that what she doesn't know just might get them both killed.

My Thoughts:

Ms. Eason is a master at creating multifaceted believable characters and fast-paced page-turning suspenseful novels. It saddens me when an author speeds up the ending of the story (maybe due to meeting a deadline) but that is never an issue with Ms. Eason as she always gives the reader the whole story and never shortchanges the reader by ending the story too quickly.  

If you love fast-paced suspenseful novels you'll love Code of Valor. The characters draw you in from the beginning and do not let you go until the very end of the story. I would highly recommend this book.

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of Code of Valor.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Lone Star Christmas Witness by Margaret Daley


Lone Star Christmas Witness, is the 5th book in Margaret Daley's "Lone Star Justice" series and it is another extremely suspenseful addition to this great series. Please note while it is part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone book.

Back Cover:

To protect a child witness
Lone Star Justice must prevail

With a killer at large, Texas Ranger Taylor Blackburn must safeguard little Ben Markham--the sole survivor of a mass shooting. But allowing Ben and his beautiful aunt, Sierra Walker, into his life is riskier than Taylor imagined. While he can distract Ben with Christmas planning, Taylor can't ignore how Sierra makes him feel. The only thing harder than protecting them is guarding his own heart...

My Thoughts:

Lone Star Christmas Witness is another sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book by Margaret Daley and this one could come right out of a current headline. Ms. Daley handles the subject well.

This book starts out in the aftermath of a mass shooting leaving one very young boy as the only witness. The suspense escalates from there taking the reader on a roller coaster ride. 

I always love it when an author creates a world and characters that beckon me in. Where you feel like you are right there feeling what the characters are feeling. Ms. Daley does this very well.

I am a huge fan of good characterization and I wasn't disappointed with Sierra, Taylor, Ben and Taylor's father Robert. They were all believable and I grew fond of them all.

The saddest part of the story centered around a little boy named Ben, who because of the circumstances turned mute. But in time... well you'll have to read the book to see what- happens.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense-filled story, especially one set during Christmas.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author, Margaret Daley, for my copy of Lone Star Christmas Witness.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen


Anyone who has ever read one of Pastor Joel Osteen's books should know that they are in for an inspiring journey with heartfelt stories from his life.

Back Cover Copy:

It starts in you THINKING. 
Nothing will change until you make up your mind that you are not going to accept mediocrity. Why don't you take the limitations off yourself?
You have so much potential. Break out of that box and try something new...
You are not limited by your education, by how you were raised, or by your current situation.
God has destined you to rise higher.
He's destined you to go to the NEXT LEVEL.

My Thoughts:

Next Level Thinking touched my heart in so many ways. I like to flag my books with items that touch me and that I want to remember. Well, I probably have close to fifty flags in this book and to be honest, I didn't start flagging until I was halfway through the book. This book is to help the reader to achieve a successful and abundant life. Below is a list of the ten powerful thoughts that serve as the chapter titles.

  • Be a Barrier Breaker
  • You Are Fully Loaded
  • The Odds Are for You
  • Move Up to the Next Level
  • Recognize Your Value
  • Live with the Boldness of a Son
  • Kow You Are Loved
  • Approve Yourself
  • Get the Contaminants Out
  • Remove the Shame
Pastor Osteen writes in such a way that I feel like I'm sitting across a desk from him and he is talking to me one-on-one. It's phenomenal when an author pulls me into their book as if we were in the same room together. I truly appreciate this as I glean more from books that make me feel this way.

I would like to thank Faith Words for my copy of Next Level Thinking.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills newest novel, Burden of Proof, is another wonderful romantic FBI suspense novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Back Cover Copy:

REELING FROM A NEGOTIATION GONE WRONG, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child's safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she's dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job...or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills. It is a fast-paced, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat roller-coaster ride that will have your heart pounding from the first few words, "Eerie feelings are rarely something to ignore,..."

The characters of FBI Special Agent April Ramos and Jason Snyder are unlikely candidates for a love connection but Ms. Mills has created a heart within Special Agent Ramos that allows her to see beyond what appears to be true to actually see the real truth. Well, done Ms. Mills.

I would highly suggest Burden of Proof to anyone who enjoys reading a good, clean romantic suspense novel. I guarantee you will be held captive from the first page through the last page.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!

I would like to thank the author, DiAnn Mills, for my copy of Buren of Proof. I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,