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,

Their Surprise Daddy by Ruth Logan Herne

To read a book with the name Ruth Logan Herne on it is pure delight for me. From her contemporary love stories to her cowboy stories, this author always delivers a book that is filled with tender moments, learning experiences and sweet love. Also, a few little ones may be tucked into the cast of characters which always brings more warmth and love to the story.

Her newest book for Love Inspired is Their Surprise Daddy. It is the third book in her "Grace Haven" series, and while it can be read as a standalone book, I know you will want to get the two previous books, An Unexpected Groom and Her Unexpected Family. The books tell the stories of the Gallagher sisters. In this third book in the series we meet Rory Gallagher, a small town girl with a big heart for disadvantaged kids. I guarantee you will fall in love with her as soon as you meet her.

Cruz Maldonado did not win me over for at least a few pages. Here is a man who has made his mark and money in Manhattan and now he finds himself back in his hometown tending to an issue that requires him to become one of the caretakers to his cousins two young children. I must admit I was holding my breath for awhile in the hopes of loving his character. I didn't have to wait long until I was envisioning his character as good looking Antonio Cupo (who plays in a lot of Hallmark movies) and his personality and tenderness for his two young charges melted my heart.

The author knows how to create a wonderful small town atmosphere where everyone knows everybody in town and are protective of their own. Her towns make you want to visit them and maybe hang out for awhile. Which of course, you can do, by picking up a copy of this wonderful book. I highly recommend it!

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

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

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

I become more and more of a fan of DiAnn Mills with each new book that I read of hers. Her newest release, Deep Extraction, is book two of her "FBI Task Force" series. The first book in the series, Deadly Encounter (read my review here.), was a sure winner and I could hardly wait to read her second installment. While the books are part of a series, they can be read as stand alone novels, but I assure you, once you read one you will surely want to read the other.

Back Cover Blurb:

A PACEMAKER should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore's life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.
     A bombing at one of Nathan's oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional--the victim's wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI's prime suspects.
     Clearing Sally's name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer--and to each other--the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. With characters that are extremely well developed, crisp dialogue that pulls you in and the suspenseful twists and turns of the plot you are guaranteed a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat, suspenseful read that will leave you wanting more. I for one, cannot wait until book three is released.

DiAnn Mills has a talent of creating well developed characters that make you want to meet them in person. Of course, we know that they are fictional but they are developed so well you almost feel like you are reading a story right out of current day news.

I really enjoyed Tori Templeton's character and how her relationship with Cole Jeffers developed. I was worried for awhile that Tori would give up on Cole but in the end I was happy the way things turned out. 

If you love a good suspense novel, then Deep Extraction is a must read that I highly recommend!

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

I would like to thank the author, DiAnn Mills, for my copy of Deep Extraction. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

       

Her Baby's Protector by Margaret Daley & Susan Sleeman

I am a huge fan of the Love Inspired Suspense line of books. Two very good reasons are because of the two authors who share the book Her Baby's Protector,  Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman. They both pen excellent suspense novels so to have a book with novellas written by them both was shear delight!

"Saved by the Lawman" was Margaret Daley's story and what a story it was. Judge Kate Forster is the heroine of the story with police officer Chase Walker as her hero. The judge finds herself being assaulted and her infant son is almost abducted when Chase happens upon the scene. 

This story is fast paced and draws the reader in within the first few pages and keeps the reader engaged until the very end. I found myself on the edge of my seat several times and I also have to admit, while I like the character of Kate Forster, I LOVED Chase Walker. He was definitely swoon-worthy. 

For this story, I give a big 5-Stars and would highly encourage you to pick up a copy if you enjoy a good suspense.

Ms. Sleeman's contribution is "Saved by the SEAL" and it too packed a lot of suspense within a short amount of time. From the opening scene to the very last page, I was held captive.

The heroine is Bree Hatfield and she has just been given custody of her best friends little girl. Bree doesn't believe her friends died naturally, in fact in her mind it was murder. She really believes this when she finds herself under attack. I had a hard time accepting that Bree would turn to her ex-boyfried, Navy SEAL, Clint Reed. Especially since they broke up because he was a SEAL. But in no time, I understood why Clint was the only person who really could help her.

For this story I gave it 4 1/2 stars and I would highly recommend it as well.

I would like to thank Margaret Daley for my copy of Her Baby's Protector. I received my copy for free so I could read it and give my honest review.



Smiles & Blessings,

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

It was really hard for me to read Cynthia Ruchti's book A Fragile Hope, not because there was anything wrong with the book (believe me, this is an excellent read), but because a great part of the book takes place in an emergency room and hospital. I was reading it as I sat in the emergency room with my mom and later in the hospital with her before she passed.

A Fragile Hope is a story about communication and how when it isn't handled properly, people get hurt and look for ways to escape. It is a story of misunderstandings, forgiveness and most importantly, hope. 

This is the story of Josiah Chamberlain, a relationship expert and his wife, Karin who runs her own business. Ms. Ruchti takes the reader on a journey along with Josiah to discover who he really is and what he can do to rectify the issues he is forced to face. 

I highly recommend this book but I will say that you may need some tissues handy as you read it. I know I did. Ms Ruchti touched my heart deeply with this book and I so appreciate being given the opportunity to read it.

On a 5-Star scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank the author for my Advanced Reader's Copy of A Fragile Hope. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

I am a huge fan of Dani Pettrey and after reading Cold Shot, the first book in her "Chesapeake Valor" series (read my review here), I could hardly wait to  read the second book, Still Life. It was just as good as the first book.

From the Back

SOMEONE IS OUT THERE. WATCHING HER. WAITING.

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker MItchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
     Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead-and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
     As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Thoughts:

The more books I read by Dani Pettrey, the more I fall in love with her writing and her characters. I love how, in each book, she introduces the majority of her characters, that will populate her series. While Still Life is Avery and Parker's story, we get a glimpse at the couple that will be front and center in her next book as well as hints to another possible book in the series. I have read books by other authors that try do this but to be perfectly honest, I believe Ms. Pettrey has a gift of weaving her characters into each book and she has excelled at it.

Still Life is fast paced and will keep you guessing right until the end but don't let your guard down as just when you think you know what is going on, there might be a twist or turn taking you in another direction. I found myself rooting for Avery and Parker all the way.

I would highly recommend Still Life to anyone who loves a good clean suspense novel.

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

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


Smiles & Blessings,


Friday, February 3, 2017

In Honor of My Mom Dorothy Erwin

I lost my Mom on Wednesday . She was not only a wonderful mom but she was my best friend. It's hard to let go but I know she is with Jesus now and no longer in pain or discomfort.

January 15, 1928 - February 1, 2017.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

Most of you who follow my blog know that I love books by Colleen Coble. Her newest release is Because You're Mine, and it may have been previously released as the book is dedicated to her dear friend in heaven Diann Hunt and it states it was Diann's favorite of all the books Colleen had written. Personally, I would have to agree. I loved this book.

The book takes place predominantly in Charleston, South Carolina and is the story of a singer named Alanna, who is in a Celtic band named Ceol. Shortly after the story begins, her husband, Liam, is killed when a bomb explodes under the car he and his best friend are in. His best friend Jesse survives. But, is it really Jesse or is it Liam as they both looked so very much alike.

Alanna is pregnant with Liam's baby and her father-in-law is wanting custody. She agrees to a marriage of convenience to the band manager in order to stay in the United States so her baby won't be taken away. But her new husband, Barry, is, well, different. He takes her to his family home which, while it is a mansion, it is a decaying one and strange things begin to happen.

Per a note on the back of the book, "A mysterious painting, a haunting melody, and a love stronger than death leave Alanna questioning where darkness ends and light begins."

I loved the characters of Alanna, Liam, Jesse and the rest of the band. I loved the way Ms. Coble brought a lot of the Irish culture to life within the book as well as the dialect. I could actually hear the Irish brogues in my head as I read the book.

If you enjoy clean romantic suspense I would highly recommend picking up a copy and reading this wonderful novel.

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

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for my copy of Because You're Mine.  I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reba's Newest Song and Video

Thought you all might enjoy Reba McEntire's newest song and video. The words are so good for today's world.



Smiles & Blessings,