Monday, 17 April 2017

Book Review: Treasured Grace

In untamed Oregon Country, one young woman fights to keep her family safe. 
Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle in Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.

As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens lives at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

My Reflections:

The cover is what drew me into the folds of this novel, I actually didn't even read the back. I have read quite a few books lately in this era, it must be an author theme?

This novel deals with a hefty dose of serious subject matters. Pain, death, heartbreak are constant. This is definitely not the sappy, happily ever after kind of read, but sometimes you have to live in reality and remember the atrocities that happen.
I do have to provide a warning that this novel deals with rape and unwanted pregnancy, some readers may find the subject matter a little too raw.

The story opens on the Oregon Trail year, 1847. Having just lost her not so endearing husband the Right Reverend T.S Martindale. 
(Ok bunny trail, why on earth is he called the Right Reverend? annoying!) Grace once is again left vulnerable and on her own to provide for her 2 younger sisters, one who is ailing. All parties are however relieved at the passing, as the reverend took advantage of this marriage of convenience, not even bothering to consummate the union.  

Upon arrival to the Whitman Mission, Measles and Cholera are two devastating epidemics that are victimizing both the native populations and the new settlers equally. 
A romance simmers quietly between Grace and a trapper she meets named Alex. There conflicting emotions run hot and cold throughout a good chunk of the book, not making this a sappy romance in my mind. I enjoyed how faith was a constant thread that wove this story together. Pain and sorrow can be stitched together with faith and love to provide a shelter in the storms of life. 

Treasured Grace was an emotionally charged read, that kind of left me feeling slightly depressed. The constant drama, with violent scenes, they really upset me. I would use caution if you are an abuse survivor, this book may be just too emotional for some sensitive readers.
It is however packed with historical events and many hours of research must have been poured into this volume. Though the ending is somewhat a token happy ever after, I am looking forward to the next installment.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc


Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn...

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Book Review: Your Next 24 Hours

One day.
One decision.
One amazing discovery.

A life with greater purpose and fulfillment is closer than you think. The decisions you make in the next 24 hours can change your life and influence the people around you . . . for good.

Your Next 24 Hours shows you the enormous difference you can make through small, doable acts of kindness in your family, community, workplace, school, and church. You'll read inspiring stories of unsung heroes, as well as celebrities like

- Kate Winslet
- Adam Levine
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Zendaya
- Paul Walker
- Denzel Washington
- Amy Adams
- and many more

The kindness revolution starts with you! Begin reading Your Next 24 Hours today and make this day one of a more fulfilling life.

My Reflections:

Kindness, such a beautiful word. One person can make a difference in this busy world.
My life is proof of many people's acts of kindness, this changed my world for the better. It is my goal in this life to pay it forward as well, so when I saw this book being offered I jumped at the opportunity to review it.

The book launches into a tragic story about loss and the choices made in its wake. It set the stage for the birth of the renowned charity called, Convoy of Hope.

The book was filled with stories to encourage and uplift us. I found myself ready to face the next 24 hours with a new attitude and perspective. You can be well known for your acts of kindness like the mega rich person who showers help to the needy, but you could also be the quiet wallflower who makes a change one smile at a time or by buying a coffee for the family behind you in the drive-through. Change is a choice, you can actively make changes around you..or not, you decide.

I loved that this book includes a section called "Kind Ways." It gives practical suggestions to show kindness in may different scenarios, some I wouldn't have thought about.

All in all this book was refreshing and made me excited. I often feel like I am not making a lasting impact on the world around me, but this book reminded me that the little things count.

I highly recommend you read this book, we can all make a difference one choice at a time.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

About the Authors: 

Hal Donaldson

Hal Donaldson cofounded and serves as president of Convoy of Hope, Inc. Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has distributed nearly $1 billion worth of food and vital emergency supplies to more than 70 million people.
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Kirk Noonan

Kirk Noonan is a former magazine journalist who now serves as Vice President of Creative Communications for Convoy of Hope.
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Book Review: Rescue Me

When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job of her dreams. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

My Reflections:

Ah, Susan May Warren, I love you! I'm so glad this book came out so close to the first titled "Wild Montana Skies" in the Montana Rescue series.

Action packed, emotionally charged and extremely intense are words I would use to describe Warren's "Rescue Me". This is the second book in a row that has a myriad of characters to account for. I think I am getting the hang of it though..just go with it.

Layers upon layers of life are contained in the pages of this novel, it's far too much for me to summarize neatly. But messy life is real and Warren has a gift for painting her characters with the perfect mix of complicated situations.

Deputy Sam Brooks is steadfast and logical, too bad matters of the heart are not as easy to detangle.
Is Sierra ready for a serious relationship and can his heart catch up where his head is leading?

Willow the perfect name for this character, passionate and faithful to a fault. Fading into the background. Can Willow put her real feelings aside and let love pass her by?

Will brothers Sam and Pete Brooks be able to heal from the family tragedy that has severed their relationship? Or will the chasm between them be just too much to forge?

This book is akin to a waterfall, one chapter tumbles down into the next careening you forward over the edge of the last page until you gasp for air finding yourself already fully submerged. Hopefully, the next two books will be released just as quickly, I have been left adrift, thinking on this plot well after it has concluded.

If you are craving a book where nature rules and the untamed wilderness is at battle with man, look no further, this one has that and so much more.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

   About the Author
Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers'...
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Book Review: Justice Delayed

In one week, the wrong man will be executed for murder.
Let the chase for the real killer begin.

Eighteen years ago, TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The convicted killer sits behind bars, his execution date looming. 
But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned didn't do the crime, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. 

After all, this case is personal: the man who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. Andi and Will must find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. 
But what can happen in only a week? Uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and, perhaps, falling in love?

My Reflections:

If you love mystery and suspense, are able to follow a complex plot and a multitude of characters this is the story for you!

Characters with authentic issues, strong writing, and enjoyable twists are just a few of the things I adored about this book. The plot is well thought out with future editions to be explored. 

The subject matter is complex and the cast of characters plentiful, add that to a duel-timeline and wow this story really packs a punch!

I found this read a little heavy at times making this book a little tricky to maneuver. I did, however, find that I enjoyed Bradley's first book in the "A Memphis Cold Case" series. At first, I tried extremely hard to keep everyone straight..then I gave up and just started reading for the pure enjoyment of it. 

I think my favorite character was by far Andi So no nonsense and brave, if not headstrong mixed with a dash of recklessness. Her journey is astounding, not even a heart defect or a bullet can stop her from fighting. Be warned this book deals with addiction, it may not be appropriate for some audiences. 

I would definitely recommend this book for all the thinkers out there who have more brain space than I. Action packed and full of mystery and suspense you will certainly not find yourself bored with Patricia Bradley's newest series. I am anticipating the next book, perhaps the plot will unravel in my brain just a little more :-)

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

About the Author: Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the PastA Promise to ProtectGone without a Trace, and Silence in the Dark. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a...
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Book Review: For the Record

From the Back:

Rather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One 
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.

The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.

My Reflections:

Historical romance at its finest with Regina Jennings's newest book "For the Record."
Nothing screams desperate like an annoying maiden past her prime traipsing through the backcountry looking for a good story..or perhaps a dashing hero?

Betsy Huckabee is just that girl. A dreamer, a budding writer, a tad desperate to be heard, to be taken seriously to be swept off her feet, well not really. Betsy is done with men after all she has given them up entirely, that is until a newcomer arrives at the dusty depot, ruffled and sure of himself. She only intends to use him as fodder for her articles, but what happens next is quite the unexpected.

Deputy Joel Puckett finds his new post in Pine Gap simply exasperating. Not only does he lack the support from the townspeople, but he also finds himself saddled with a less than a stellar horse and a bothersome sidekick. Can these two work out their differences long enough to bring law and order to this town or will winsome and headstrong Betsy ruin his every attempt? Will the fine deputy's past catch up with him?

Hilariously awkward, deliciously romantic and non-stop antics keep the pages flipping in this historical fiction. If you are looking for a tantalizingly sweet romance with action and humor, look no further this is your book!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

  1. Regina Jennings

    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to...
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Book Review: Moving Target

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy have vanished. And it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman who exacts revenge through games--hunting games. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives and outwit their killer when their game begins. 

Because if they don't win this game . . . they die.

My Reflections:

Moving Target is Lenette Eason's third book in the Elite Guardian series.
Furiously fast-paced and thrillingly scary, are how I would describe this newest novel.

~Warning~once you pick this up you won't be putting it down, for anything until the last page is flipped. I'm not quite sure my nerves can take any more late night thrills, I'm seriously writing this review sleep deprived!

You will not expect the topsy-turvy plot. This story will grip you tightly, It will strap you onto a ride you will not be able to expel yourself from. One minute I'm screaming (quietly, as everyone was finally asleep) at the two main characters Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe, then I'm flinching at the next scene, ack!

This is the kind of novel that makes you start to check out your surroundings, oh my a truly twisted villain taken to an entirely new level. I can't reveal too many details, I'm not going to be a plot killer! 

As always Lynette Eason has penned a spine-tingling thriller that is creepy, yet expertly written so that it is not over the top gory. I must confess though it is scary, did I mention that I was scared, yep, evil does lurk in our midst, but God is bigger than the boogie man! 

If you are searching for a whole lot of excitement look no further this book has all the perfect elements of entertainment, romance, suspense, thrills, and faith! 

I think although this is the third book in the series it can definitely be a read alone, although once you read it, you will be thirsty for more and I can pretty much guarantee you will need to read all the books in the Elite Guardians series. 

#1) Always Watching 
#2) Without Warning.  

Book four is due to be released later this year, I am eagerly awaiting its arrival! 
So what are you waiting for, this book is out and waiting for you.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol...
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Book Review: Still Life

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 Reflections:

Still Life is book two in the Chesapeake Valor series. Though not necessary to read these books in order I would highly recommend you read book one "Cold Shot" as it will make the threads of these stories come together seamlessly.

This novel packs a punch, it is spine-tinglingly suspenseful and high on the creepy scale. The author Dani Pettrey has weaved a fanciful tale with this one. We delve into the mind of the villain, his twisted thinking had me flipping pages madly. My husband thought I was speed reading!

I simply adored Avery and Parker! The relationship between these two seemed real to life and the chemistry just right without being over done. The troubled pasts both Avery and Parker experienced held such heartbreak, and pain, yet Pettrey fleshes out the story to create a realistic and moving progression.

This is a very memorable, fast-paced tale, I am anxiously awaiting book three, "Blind Spot," set to be released in October 2017.

If you are looking to read a novel that has it all, this may be just right for you!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books...
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