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,


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan


STANDING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT COULD COST HER EVERYTHING

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company's dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He's still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything--even commit murder--to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can't help but admire Kate's courage and resolve--but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

MY THOUGHTS:

Deadly Proof is the first book in Rachel Dylan's "Atlanta Justice" series and it is the first book I have read by this talented author. But I can honestly say it definitely will not be the last, I can hardly wait for the second book in the series. Ms. Dylan pulled me into this legal thriller and kept me flipping pages long after I should have stopped for the night because I not only wanted but needed, to know what was going to happen next.

I don't always choose legal thrillers basically because the legal terms can sometimes be confusing. However, Ms. Dylan explained things in such a way it makes the reader understand without having to look the terms up. It also gives the reader an insight into the legal system and how it works.

This was a story about Big Pharma and how one corporation was more concerned with the all mighty dollar instead of caring for the people using their products. Actually, I found it a little scary to think that this actually could happen in real life. 

Ms. Dylan did an excellent job of creating tension both with the suspense and the romance. She allowed the romance thread to develop slowly and it captivated me from start to finish. I didn't feel like the author was trying to rush the romance and neither the suspense or romance overshadowed each other.

I would highly recommend Deady Proof to anyone who enjoys a good thriller laced with romance.

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

I would like to thank Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of Deadly Proof. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Each time I pick up a novel written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I become more and more a fan. Her newest novel, Bringing Maggie Home, spanned two time periods and it pulled me in from the first page and didn't let me go until the end. 

This is a three-generational story in which the characters are complex and realistic which is just the way I like my characters in any book. The characters seemed to want to invite me into their story and I gladly became one with this book. The tragedy and the sadness gave way to the hope and redemption for these characters. 

There were plenty of Bible verses sprinkled throughout which fully added to the feelings the characters evoked in this reader. 

I loved the theme of the unsolved cold-case mystery and how it unfolded. Ms. Sawyer did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged in the solving of this mystery.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that will pull on your heartstrings and cause you to think.

On a 5-Star scale = 4 Stars!

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for my copy of Bringing Maggie Home. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Once an Heiress by Renee Ryan

Once an Heiress by Renee Ryan was a wonderful historical novel set during the Gilded Age in New York City. This is the third book in the "Gilded Promises" series which was preceded by Journey's End and A Touch of Scarlet.

I love books that have strong, well-developed characters that almost come to life on the written page. Gigi and "Fitz" are two characters that fall into this category. In fact, I almost felt like they stepped off of the page into my life and they are still with me. Well done, Ms. Ryan.

There is a conflict between these two flawed but lovable characters. Gigi feels she is beyond redemption of her past sins, but our God is a God of second chances.

The plot flowed along very nicely and took me right along for the ride. I found myself getting so lost in the story that I lost all track of time. When a book is this good, I hate to finish the last page.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance novels. It's a story that follows the theme of the prodigal son. A story of redemption and second chances. A story to be embraced and loved.

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Once an Heiress. I voluntarily received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

The Promise of Breeze Hill is Pam Hillman's first book in her "Natchez Trace" series. Based on this book, I would say her series will be a 'winner' for all who enjoy historical fiction

I fell in love with the characters in this book, the good and the bad. Ms. Hillman breathed life into a cast of characters from plantation owners and indentured servants, to piratous cut-throats and just plain mean folk. She did it well as I rooted for them, yelled at them and wanted to wring some of their necks.

The leading characters are Isabella, plantation owner, and Connor, indentured servant. Sparks fly between these two whenever they appear in a scene together. Connor, oh, my, my, my, what a swoon worthy character. He is definitely one of my favorite hero characters of all time. Right up there with Rhett Butler.

There are several topics that Ms. Hillman tackled within the covers of this book. Pride, commitment, jealousy and greed, just to name a few. Her characters tackled these issues and persevered, offering hope to all.

This was an extremely well-written historical novel with a Christian thread woven throughout. I would highly recommend this wonderful novel.

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of The Promise of Breeze Hill. I received it for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,



Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

I have learned that if a book has the name Patricia Bradley on it, I can be sure it will be an exciting, fast-paced suspense novel. One that will grab the reader and to let go until the final page. That is the case in Patricia Bradley's newest release, Justice Buried. It is the second novel in her "Memphis Cold Case" series. The first book in the series is Justice Delayed. 

The main characters, Kelsey Allen and Detective Brad Hollister, were extremely well developed complex characters. Kelsey is a museum curator-turned security specialist and Brad is the detective she finds herself "tied" to in trying to solve a couple of murders and thefts at the museum in which Kelsey works. These two have a history, but the question is, will they have a future?

The plot was packed with some twists and turns along with a little romance sprinkled in.  For readers who enjoy a clean, fast paced, suspense novel, this book is highly recommended.

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

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Justice Buried. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

I love Christmas and all that goes with it. One thing I just can't pass up is a Christmas book with Melody Carlson's name on the cover. Ms. Carlson's book this year is The Christmas Blessing and a blessing it was.

The Christmas Blessing is set on the homefront during World War II. It is the story of a young mother, Amelia Richards, and how she journies from San Diego, California to Rockford, Montana in order to introduce her son to his paternal grandparents. I loved the character of Amelia and how the reader was given a chance to know her selfless heart. I wish we could have seen more into the lives of the other characters but since it is a novella there just wasn't enough time to do so. I truly wish Ms. Carlson would lengthen this novella into a full-length novel so we could get to know the characters better.

I can say I cried and smiled throughout the story because the author pulled me in at the start and held me to the end.

I would highly recommend The Christmas Blessing to anyone who enjoys a quick holiday read. I'm sure you'll love it.

On a 5-Star scale = 4 Stars!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of The Christmas Blessing. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

I am quickly becoming a big fan of author Nancy Mehl who writes wonderful Christian suspense novels. Her latest novel, Dark Deception, is the second novel in her Defenders of Justice series. The first in the series was Fatal Frost.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

MY REVIEW

While this book can be read as a stand alone book, I wish I had read Fatal Frost first because many of the characters that are in Dark Deception were first introduced in Fatal Frost.

In Dark Deception, the author takes the reader into the world of serial killers and the witness protection program leaving them breathless by the time the last page is turned. Her lead characters, Kate O'Brien and Detective Tony DeLuca, are well developed and complex. I cared deeply for both of these characters and rooted for them throughout their story.

Ms. Mehl truly takes the reader on a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing as to who the real B.E.K. (Blue Eyed Killer) is. Just when I thought I had things figured out, there was another turn of events that took me in a different direction. I loved it because it really made me engage my mind to try to figure things out. 

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel that will engage you in the chase for the killer. 

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

I would like to thank Bethany House for my copy of Dark Deception. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Before I say anything else I want to state, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is one of those books that once you start reading it you just don't want to put it down. Now with that said, I will give you the synopsis from the back of the book.

Back Cover Synopsis

     A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafe...or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.
     When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

My Thoughts:

This book was without a doubt the best book I have read by Kate Breslin. It begins in Belgium in 1917 in the midst of World War I. But it also goes back in time in the early part of the book. First we go back ten years when Evelyn Marche first meets Simon Forrester. The author then takes us back to 1917 and flip flops for a few chapters between 1917 and three years prior. I enjoy learning the back story in this way as we are given a chance to experience what happened instead of being told what happened.

Evelyn Marche is keeping secrets as she tries to do her best to help the Allies fight the German's any way she can. Which means she's a spy. I loved this character. She was strong willed and had spunk. She pulled me into her story from the very first and I rooted her on until the very end. Captain Simon Forrester is a character that I also loved. While he was serving in the Royal Flying Corps for Britain, he was actually from Scotland. I loved how the author put a little brogue in his dialogue from time to time.

The story is filled with secrets, pain, unforgiveness and ultimately forgiveness while unfolding a beautiful love story. A love for country, family, and friends.

It's not often that I have read works of  fiction set during the WWI and so I found this book even more enjoyable because I learned a lot about this war. Ms. Breslin obviously did extensive research and it showed.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical set during wartime. 

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 HUGE Stars!!!!! I loved this book!

I would like to thank the author, Kate Breslin, and Bethany House, for my copy of High as the Heavens. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Once again, Melissa Jagears has penned a book that tugs at your heartstrings as the heroine strives to help orphans and women of the red-light district to achieve a better life. With A Love So True, the second release in her "Teaville Moral Society", Ms. Jagears has presented a tough subject matter in a way that makes the reader want to help the characters. While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I would suggest you also read the first book in the series, A Heart Most Certain, (read my review here) as it introduces characters that also populate this book.

Back Cover:

     Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.
     
     While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

     Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all:

My Review:

The book takes place in the year 1908 and addresses the red-light district of Teaville, Kansas and one woman's dream of helping not only the orphans of the town, but also the broken women in the red-light district as well as their children. The main character, Evelyn Wisely makes it her mission to open up a home for these women who would like to get out of their pain-filled lives and become upstanding women, holding jobs and providing for their children. But Evelyn can't do it alone, she needs help and seeks her boss out to see if he will help.

Evelyn's boss, Nicholas, tells her that he will help but only if she can get support and financial backing of upstanding businessmen in the community. Enter the hero in the form of one David Kinsman, who is temporarily living in Teaville while he is attempting to get his father's new business back on solid ground. When he meets Evelyn, he finds himself intrigued and soon finds himself wanting to help her in her quest.

Both Evelyn and David are strong, well-defined characters that had me wrapped around their little fingers right off the bat. I loved Evelyn's heart for the "underdogs" and I especially loved how David put himself and his health in harms way to help Evelyn and the orphan son of red-light woman. The scenes written around this incident touched me deeply and were some of my favorite parts of this book.

This book is about loving without judging, forgiveness, getting over past hurts, and finding God's grace in the midst of an ugly world. It is a book that will touch your spirit and make you think about the world we live in today.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good Christian Historical. Although, because of the subject matter, I don't believe it is a book for younger readers.

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

I would like to thank the author, Melissa Jagears, for my complimentary copy of A Love So True. I was given the book for free in order to read it and give my honest opinion.


Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, June 10, 2017

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

I am a huge fan of Christian Suspense novels and last year I chose a book off my Kindle to read and completed it in less than a day. That book was Terri Blackstock's book, If I Run, (read my review here). which was the first book in her "If I Run" series. Needless to say, I was hooked. Not just on the series but on Ms. Blackstock's writing. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

IS DYLAN HUNTING CASEY TO PROSECUTE HER OR PROTECT HER?

     Casy Cos is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts--her most relentless pursuer--is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily.
     As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused. casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormentors. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture --and if she's captured, she has no doubt she'll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.
     In this riveting sequel to the USA TODAY bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows...but there is light shining in the darkness.

MY REVIEW:

While you could read this book without reading the first book in the series, If I Run, I wouldn't advise it as the this book is a continuation of the first book, and because the first book was so good you really must read it first.

From the first sentence, "The police lights in my rearview mirror almost destroy me." to the very last I was catapulted into a fast paced, sit on the edge of your seat, good guys versus bad guys pursuit that literally left me breathless. Had I had the time I would have read it in one sitting as it was one of those books you just don't want to put down.

Casey is the heroine of the series that has been wrongfully accused of the murder of her friend. She seems to stay just one step ahead of the real killers while trying to gather evidence that will not only clear her name but put the killers behind bars. Enter, Dylan, while he has been hired to find her, he has realized she is innocent and is now using his job to find her as a way to help clear her of everything she has been accused of doing.

In the first book, Ms. Blackstock gave us a sub-plot that was full of danger and helped create more mystery into the story line. Don't worry, in If I Run, she has added another sub-plot that takes the reader into a different direction allowing the reader to see even deeper into Casey's heart. 

I loved the Christian thread that was woven into the story as well because it let the reader see that there is hope even in your darkest of hours. 

As mentioned before, you will want to read the first book in the series as this is a continuation series. In fact, the reader is left hanging as far as the major plotline. However, the subplot is tied up quite nicely and the relationship between Casey and Dylan, well, lets just say, I was happy with the way they left things...for now anyway. I can hardly wait for book three, If I Live, which releases in March 2018.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense novel. It is fast paced and heart pounding and well worth your time between the pages.

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my copy of If I'm Found. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

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


Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

I truly love reading book series, especially when the author is someone I truly admire. Ruth Logan Herne has just released Peace in the Valley, the third book in her "Double S Ranch" series and let me tell you, it was the 'icing on the cake' to this series. The first two books in the series, Back in the Saddle (read my review here) and Home on the Range (read my review here) were excellent, but Peace in the Valley, well let's just say, it was definitely worth the wait.

About the Book:

ADDING THE NEXT VERSE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE LOVE SONG

In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher  Sam Stafford--the uncle who rescued him after his parents' death. Trey left the Double S Ranch to purse music against Sam's wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he's the best match for a procedure that could same Sam's life. Although Trey's found country music fame and success, he's also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can't explain.
     Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges and mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey's help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family.
     As the two grow close, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he's held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he's sought for so long?

My Review:

To be perfectly honest, I hated to see this series end. The three Stafford boys were as cowboy as cowboy can be. They were kind and gentle and all of them are 'swoon worthy'. But Trey stole my heart in the second book and never let it go. This is a character that you would want to introduce to your daughter, or sister, or niece or your best friend. He's genuine, authentic and yes, 'swoon worthy.'

Lucy Carlton has had a lot of tough breaks and has an issue with trust and well so does Trey. Together, through God's grace, they learn to trust God, each other and other people as well.

There is a young girl named Ashley that I would love to see get her own story. She is actually Lucy's sister-in-law. I would love to see her three "uncles" take her under their wing and anytime a young gentleman came courtin'... Well, like I said earlier, I hate to see this series end and would love to see maybe one more book...Ashley's story. 

If you enjoy a good clean read with a little bit of cowboy and country music mixed in, you will love this book. I guarantee it. While it can be read as a stand-alone, it is best you read all three books in order.

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

I would like to thank the author, Ruth Logan Herne for my copy of Peace in the Valley. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pursued by Lisa Harris

 
PURSUED by Lisa Harris
Revell
April 4, 2017

NIKKI BOYD'S FLIGHT INTO NASHVILLE WAS ROUTINE --

UNTIL THE CRASH LANDING AT THE AIRPORT.

When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. When she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial, Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she's running from trouble--or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

My Review:

Lisa Harris just released her third book in her series, "The Nikki Boyd Files". The first two books in the series Vendetta (read my review hereand Missing (read my review here) were excellent reads and while they are all part of a series each book can be read as a standalone. 

Pursued was a thrill packed ride with fast paced twists and turns that left me holding my breath at times and praying for a successful outcome. There is definitely no slow pace in it. It is action packed from the very first page to the last page.

The character of Nikki Boyd is quite complex and she carries a lot of history that she just can't escape. Each book I read in this series leaves me wanting closure for NIkki. Will this be the one that leads her to answers she has been looking for regarding her sister? If not, will there be another book in the series down the road?

If you are a fan of fast paced suspense, this book would be an excellent choice. I highly recommend it.

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

I would like to thank the author, Lisa Harris, for my copy of Pursued. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,