Friday, April 30, 2021

Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard


 I am a big fan of Elizabeth Goddard's work and could hardly wait for her newest book, Present Danger, to come out. It is the first book in her new "Rocky Mountain Courage" series. It is an extremely fast paced story that will pull you in and keep you breathless until the very last page.

Ms. Goddard has created a cast of well developed characters that seem to spring to life right off the page. They pull you into their story and take you on a fast paced journey throughout all 363 pages. The main characters are US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors and former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner who is now working as a detective for the Grayback County Sheriff's Department. Probably the biggest character is the setting. The story takes place in the beautiful state of Montana and Ms. Goddard describes it where you can totally imagine the scene.

The story starts out with a plane crash and a murder. This brings the two main characters together to work the case which could pose some issues since they have a past romantic history together. During the course of their investigation more murders occur and they have attempts made on theirs lives. 

The story is filled with suspense and is action packed, but it is also filled with forgiveness for several characters. There is a mystery woven into the story around Native American artifacts which in the end reveals a 'mystery' character from one of the lead characters past. 

One thing I liked was that Ms. Goddard brought a couple of characters (Liam McKade and Rae Burke) back for a brief moment from her previous book, Don't Keep Silent which is part of her "Uncommon Justice" series.  Jack had a small part in that book as well.  

If you like fast paced action suspense novels that are clean and have a faith thread you must pick up a copy of Present Danger. I promise you will not be disappointed.

On a 5-star scale = 5 HUGE Stars! I loved this book!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Present DangerI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Cindy

Monday, March 15, 2021

Philippians A Biblical Study by Joyce Meyer

I was really excited to learn that Joyce Meyer had written a Bible Study on the book of Philippians as it is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

Ms. Meyer begins the book with a "how to" study of her book followed by a few pages about the Philippians. She then has fourteen chapters covering all of Philippians followed by her closing comments.

In her Chapter 13, she has a section on Philippians 4:6-7 which happens to be two of my favorite verses. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". She goes on to explain that there are four practical and powerful principles within these two verses. We are told not to worry, to pray, to be thankful and to have and enjoy peace. She goes on to explain how she uses these verses to block worry in her own life.

She covers all the chapters and verses the same way as I have mentioned above. I would highly recommend this Bible study to anyone who wants to dig down deeper into God's Word.

I would like to thank FaithWords, a division of Hachette Books, for my copy of PhilippiansI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

 

The Confident Woman Journal by Joyce Meyer


 I love a good journal and Joyce Meyer's new journal, The Confident Woman Journal is proving to be a great one for me. 

This journal was created to be a companion to go along with Ms. Meyer's book, The Confident Woman Journal, however, you do not need the book in order to utilize this beautiful journal.

Within the pages of this journal are quotes that according to the copyright page, came from Ms. Meyer's book, Your Battles Belong to the Lord.

As you can see by the picture to the left, the cover is white and it is from what I would consider simulated leather. It truly is a beautiful journal.

I would like to thank FaithWords, a division of Hachette Books, for my copy of this journal. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn

 It's exciting to hear a new voice, at least one that is new to me. I have been intrigued by the works of Lynn H. Blackburn for some time and was excited when I was given the chance to read her first book, Unknown Threat, of her new series, "Defend and Protect". This book deals with the Secret Service and FBI working together to solve linked cases involving hits on the Secret Service.

The female lead is FBI Special Agent Faith Malone who tends to be so job focused, personal relationships are out of the question for her even when she is not working a case. The male lead is US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell and he has a bitter dislike for the FBI due to something that happened in his past. The question is, can these two learn to work together to solve the case and maybe break the barriers between them? The journey through the pages was worth it as the romantic tension between these two is almost palpable.

In this first book of the series, Ms. Blackburn lays groundwork for the next books in the series by introducing the reader to the other Secret Service Agents which I'm sure will have their own stories. Many times in a series, the reader may meet characters that will appear later but they get a "meet and greet" with the characters. In Unknown Threat I found that Ms. Blackburn let us get to know the accompanying characters well enough that as a reader I grew to care about them and some of their issues. Well done.

The one thing I wasn't really excited about was the actual reason for the crimes. I thought there should have been more of a reason than what it actually was. But I don't want to be a spoiler as I am sure there are others who will accept the reason as a good one.

If you like a good suspense filled book with characters that draw you in, please pick up a copy of this book.

On a 5-Star scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank the author, Revell, for my copy of Unknown Threat. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

His Holiday Prayer by Tina Radcliffe

I love reading a good love story and Tina Radcliffe's newest book His Holiday Prayer was even better than expected. This book is the third offering in her "Hearts of Oklahoma" series and in my opinion, it is her best. The series follows the lives of the Rainboldt siblings in the town of Rebel, Oklahoma.

His Holiday Prayer is Tucker Rainbolt's story. He is a widower raising twin daughters and owns Rebel Vet and Rescue along with his partner Jenna Harper. He has decided he needs a change of scenery for himself and his daughters so he accepts a job in Texas.

Jenna tends to lien to being the shy quiet type and has always let Tucker be the voice of their business but once she learns Tucker is leaving she decides she needs to start taking over the business now before he leaves. As she starts stepping out, she blossoms, and people start taking notice. Even Tucker.

I loved seeing Tucker's and Jenna's feeling move from friendship into something beautiful.

Since it is a series, the reader is reacquainted with Tucker's brothers Mitch and Reece along with their families. Also, the fourth book in this series will be the brothers' sister Kate's story. I can hardly wait. Now, even though it is a series, this book can be read as a standalone book. I highly recommend reading Tucker and Jenna's story...especially if you love animals and Christmas.

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

I would like to thank the author, Tina Radcliffe, for my copy of His Holiday Prayer. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,



Airborne by DiAnn Mills

 



Wow! I am an avid fan of DiAnn Mills and when I had the opportunity to read and review her newest novel, Airborne, I found I was reading a novel that could have been taken out of today's headlines. As we all know, the world is battling COVID-19 and in Airborne the characters are battling a mysterious virus outbreak known only as H9N15. The outbreak occurs onboard a plane en route to Germany. 

The main character in this book is Heather Lawrence, an FBI agent, who just happens to be on the plane where the outbreak occurs. Hours into the flight people began to get sick and unfortunately some die. The plane is ordered to change course to JFK airport in New York.

Heather's estranged husband, Dr. Chad Lawrence, happens to be waiting to start a new position in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases which is a part of the influenza division at the CDC in Atlanta. Unfortunately, rumors begin that maybe he had the virus released on his wife's flight because she wouldn't sign the divorce papers. I must admit I was kept guessing all through the book and was surprised with who actually did the dirty deed.

I could tell you more about the storyline but I don't like releasing spoilers. So I will just say that the storyline keeps the reader turning pages at a rapid pace with a lot of surprises.

Ms. Mills has a phenomenal way of creating very believable characters that pull the reader into their world from the very start. That is something I always look for in a book because if the character doesn't pull me right at the start, I usually won't continue reading the book.

I loved the thread of faith in this book. One person renewed their faith while another found faith. 

I would highly recommend this book to mature teens and adults who enjoy a good suspense novel.

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

I would like to thank the author, DiAnn Mills, for my copy of Airborne. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In Search of Wisdom by Joyce Meyer



When I can find a book that can help me with my Bible study I get excited. Especially when the author is Joyce Meyer. You see Ms. Meyer writes just like she speaks...in a down to earth way. It's like we are sitting down over a cup of coffee and she opens up her Bible and shares everything she knows with me. Her newest book takes on the Book of Proverbs and it is so enlightening.

My favorite Proverb verses are 3:5 & 6, [5] Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. I couldn't wait to read what Ms. Meyer had to say about these verses. Of course, she shared the obvious that we need to trust the Lord with all our heart and to not rely on our own understanding, but acknowledge Him and He would guide us. What she did say is when we lean on what we know we often start trying to reason things in our own minds and then we get frustrated and confused. Ms. Meyer said she has a rule concerning reasoning and that is she allows herself to ponder it and ask God to reveal hidden things but when she doesn't get an answer from God she knows it is time to cast her cares on God.

In Chapter 22:17 through the end of Chapter 24, Ms. Meyer lists the 30 sayings of the wise by paraphrasing them. She encourages her reader to read them more deeply on their own.

The entire book covers each chapter of Proverbs and is a great tool to use for Bible study. I can hardly wait to use it as a companion to my study of Proverbs.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of In Search of Wisdom, especially if you want to achieve a better understanding of the truths that are in Proverbs.

I would like to thank FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, for my copy of In Search of Wisdom. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,