Sunday, December 3, 2017

He Holds My Hand - Experiencing God's Presence & Protection by Carol Kent


I CLING TO YOU; YOUR STRONG RIGHT HAND HOLS ME SECURELY. Psalm 63:8

CAROL KENT wrote this 365-day devotional during a time in her life when she was desperate to hear God's voice and feel His comfort. Now, she shares the encouragement she received from God.

LISTEN TO GOD'S VOICE IN SCRIPTURE. REMEMBER, HE HOLDS YOUR HAND, AND HE WON'T LET GO.

MY THOUGHTS:

He Holds My Hand is a beautiful 365-day devotional that originated out of a tragic experience in the author's life.

This devotional begins with January 1st and ends with December 31st. Each day's devotion is titled with the month and date, as well as, a title. For example for today, the title is "The Best Defense". The author has collected numerous quotations from various Christians, many names quite well known, and she has started off each day's devotion with a quote that is relevant to the title for the day. The body of the devotion reads as if God Himself is speaking to you and at the end, we are given a pertinent Bible verse. In the back of the book, there is a Scripture index which will lead you to the date(s) the Scripture can be found.

What I really like about this devotional is the way Ms. Kent wrote it as if God Himself was speaking. In her acknowledgment, she said this devotional came out of her practicing a new way of responding to God's Word. As she meditated on Scripture, she wondered if the way she conversed with God would be something that others would find helpful in their quest for renewed hope and fresh faith in their walk with God.

The only thing I would change about this devotional is I would have added a ribbon marker to keep the user's place. I chose a magnetic bookmark to use so I don't have to thumb through the pages to find the correct date.

I would highly recommend this devotional to anyone who would like to enrich their time studying the Bible.

On a 5-Star Scale - 4 1/2 Stars!

I would like to thank Tyndale Momentum for my copy of He Holds my Hand. I received a complimentary copy with no expectations for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris


SIX GIRLS MISSING...
AND EVERY CLUE LEADS TO A DEAD END

     During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's just one in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.
     The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies, Garrett wonders whether he really has what it takes to be an agent. Maybe he should just walk. But while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him--or Jordan.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have loved every book I have read by Lisa Harris and I could hardly wait to receive her newest suspense novel, Vanishing Point. While this is the first book in the "Nikki Boyd" series, it follows behind the three books offered in "The Nikki Boyd Files" series. For those of you who have read the Nikki Boyd Files series, you'll be glad to know that the disappearance of Nikki's sister Sarah will be solved in this novel. The question is, will she be found alive or dead? While this book is technically the 4th book in the Nikki Boyd Files series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

I love the fact that Lisa Harris creates strong, believable characters that pull the reader into their world. In the case of Vanishing Point, the character's world is a little dark and nefarious. I was glad they were the ones who had to solve the mysteries.

This was a riveting, fast-paced suspense thriller with a small romantic thread that was just enough. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced Christian Suspense Thriller.

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

I would like to thank Revell Publishing for my complimentary copy of Vanishing Point. I received my copy for free with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon


     Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.
     Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.
    
MY THOUGHTS:

As a huge fan of Irene Hannon, I was anxiously waiting for the release of her new book, Dangerous Illusions, the first book in her new series, "Code of Honor". As per usual, it was an excellent read filled with twists and turns along the way.

When reading a suspense novel, I enjoy trying to figure everything out before the author reveals it. I have to say Ms. Hannon totally had me fooled. Just when I knew I had it all figured out, she proved me wrong.

With strong believable and likable characters, Dangerous Illusions is a fast-paced suspense novel with romance and a Christian thread mixed in. The story was perfectly balanced with enough suspense and romance to keep me tuned in flipping pages as fast as I could.

I would highly recommend Dangerous Illusions to anyone who enjoys reading a fast-paced romantic suspense novel. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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

I would like to thank Revell Publishing for my copy of Dangerous Illusions. I received a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Welcome to Wishing Bridge


Three friends converge in a small town after one of their lives takes a wrong turn.

Kelsey is on her way to a life do-over. And it's not the first time. Abandoned by her drug-addict mother as a teen, she landed in a foster-care group home where she experienced faith and community--and met her best friends, Jazz and Theadora. The trio stuck together like sisters and vowed to make their lives mean something.

Now Kelsey's pushing thirty, and her life has taken a wrong turn. Pregnant and alone after loving the wrong man, she's on her way to making another life-changing decision when a wicked blizzard strands er outside the sleepy town of Wishing Bridge.

After being rescued from a snowbank by a handsome cop, she's embraced by the welcoming village, but she still feels upside down. Fortunately, her frantic SOS brings her besties rushing to help sort things out. They soon find that Wishing Bridge has as many secrets as Kelsey does--and she's connected to it in ways she couldn't have imagined.

My Thoughts:

Ruth Logan Herne's newest book, Welcome to Wishing Bridge is the first book in her new series and is Christmas and small-town America at it's finest.

With a cast of well developed quirky characters, the reader is drawn into the story from the opening line, "Don't do it." and is held captive in the quaint town of Wishing Bridge, a town where everyone knows everyone...or do they.

The heroine, Kelsey McCleary, had a rough childhood, with only two friends that she considers family. As the story begins, we find her in a difficult situation. Pregnant and driving in a blizzard, she winds up in a snow bank and in labor. To her rescue comes the hero of the story, Hale Jackson, former NFL star turned sheriff. He calls for help and rescues her just in time. As a side note, Hale is quite swoon-worthy.

As the story develops we see the character's flaws and realize how totally real they seem. Ms. Herne has created a cast of characters that are lovable even with all their flaws. 

Welcome to Wishing Bridge is a heartwarming novel that would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. It is full of Christmas miracles, romance, and a little mystery, as well as, a cast of characters you won't want to say goodbye to.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romantic novel set during Christmas.

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Welcome to Wishing BridgeI received a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey


THE WRATH IS COMING.
                 BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE--
                                                                 OR WHEN.           

     "The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.
     Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor...meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.

My thoughts:

If you have read anything by Dani Pettrey before then you know she writes fast paced clean suspense novels with some romance rolled in for good measure. Her newest book, Blind Spot, is the third book in her "Chesapeake Valor" series. The first book in the series is Cold Shot (read my review here) and the second book is Still Life (read my review here). I would highly suggest that you read them in order as there is a thread that is carried throughout the three books. I am truly enjoying the series and could hardly wait for Declan and Tanner's story.

Ms. Pettrey knows how to grab the reader from page one and engages them until the very last page. Her characters are well developed and the reader won't be able to forget them after finishing the book. They seemed so lifelike to me.

This novel touches on subject matters that could easily have been taken right out of today's headlines. Suicide bombers and terrorists. But in the story, it's right here on U.S. soil which is scary. Ms. Pettrey handled the subject quite well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean romantic suspense novel.

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

I would like to thank Bethany House for my copy of Blind Spot. I received a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Lone Star Christmas Rescue by Margaret Daley


IDENTITY UNKNOWN

A baby's frantic cries lead Texas Ranger Drake Jackson to an injured woman in Big Bend Park, the infant by her side. But "Kay" has no idea who she is or what happened. All she seems sure of is that she's in terrible danger. When someone comes after her--determined to snatch the child--Drake takes her and little Kaleb to his family's ranch to protect them. But with the attackers circling closer as Christmas approaches, the guarded ranger knows they won't be safe there for long. Vowing to uncover her identity and catch her attacker, Drake plans to give mother and child the holiday they deserve...safe by his side forever.

MY REVIEW:

I am a big fan of Margaret Daley's work and could hardly wait for her newest book in the "Lone Star Justice" series to be released. Her newest book is Lone Star Christmas Rescue and it was definitely a page turner. I was engaged from the first page and held captive until the last page.

The characters, "Kay" and Drake were both well developed. I imagine writing Kay's character was a challenge since she had amnesia throughout the book only gaining glimpses of her past and who she was as the story progressed. Ms. Daley did an awesome job of creating the angst of not knowing who you are and how difficult that must be on a person.

As for the heart-throb Drake, well, he definitely was the hero all the way around. He was definitely dedicated to his job but he also was dedicated to "Kay" and Kaleb. He tried hard to discover the secrets hidden within her amnesia. In so doing they were drawn closer to each other.

I truly enjoyed this story and would love to see a follow up story regarding Drake's sister Beth. I feel there must be more story to tell about her.

I would highly suggest picking up a copy of Lone Star Christmas Rescue to anyone who enjoys a good clean romantic suspense novel. It is a November release for Love Inspired Suspense.

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of this book. I received it for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, October 28, 2017

KJV Know the Word Study Bible





Back of Book Jacket:

DON'T SETTLE FOR BEING A READER WHEN YOU AN BE A STUDENT OF GOD'S WORD.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the thought of studying the Bible? The KJV Know the Word Study Bible make it easy for you to understand God's Word. By breaking down key Bible topics and the books of the Bible into bite-size portions, this Bible makes studying Scripture an approachable and rewarding experience. Readers can choose to study book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic. Whether you choose one approach or all three, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible gives you practical tools to develop a pattern of regular Bible study. Gain a deeper understanding of Scripture. Grow your relationship with God.

My Thoughts:


As mentioned above, you have three choices on how to study this Bible. If you choose book-by-book you'll find a series of notes that lead you through the main points of each book of the Bible. If you choose verse-by-verse you will find notes that will help you dig deeper into God's word. Your third choice is to study topic-by-topic. Throughout this Bible, you will find topic-by-topic studies that cover 21 theological topics that will guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thoroughly biblical understanding of each topic.

This Bible is a red-letter edition with a concordance in the back as well as colored maps. It is easy to maneuver through and I would highly suggest it to anyone who would like a good Study Bible.

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for my copy of KJV Know the Word Study Bible. I received my copy for free in order to give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,