Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Book Review: The Heart's Appeal

From the Back:

London, 1881

He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request. . . .

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It's only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women's medical school. He's supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he's made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome? 
My Reflections:

The Heart's Appeal is book two in the "London Beginnings" series. Enough detail and backstory are included to make this a standalone. However, I would suggest you start with book one "The Captian's Daughter" to get the full immersion of characters and plot elements.
Having worked in the medical field, I absolutely adore books written around this aspect. So it is no doubt that I found this book engaging and hence was able to read it quite quickly.

Julia Bernay hasn't had the easiest upbringing, but that doesn't stop her from dreaming big. Julia has experienced loss, abandonment and heartache, giving her the compassion, soft heartedness well suited to becoming a missionary doctor. Will her fiery determination be enough to overcome the obstacles that lay ahead? She get's her chance to prove her many talents when she is involved in an accident on the Metropolitan Underground Railway. She not only keeps her wits about her, but her fast thinking saves Michael Stephenson, a powerful young barrister. Little does she know that their paths will become entwined. Will her good deed be enough to win his favour?

Delamere is an expert at weaving together a well-rounded story. Enough detail to inform, yet not too much to bore a reader who may not find the subject matter relevant. I loved her attention to detail and historical accuracy. Her medical knowledge is sound and the time period felt quite authentic. Well done Jennifer Delamere, I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

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Jennifer Delamere
Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award...
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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Book Review: More Than Meets The Eye

From the Back:

When Her Family Is Threatened, She Doesn't Expect Falling in Love to Be Their Best Defense
Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes--one bright blue, the other dark brown--Evangeline has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, and Evangeline has two--Seth and Zach, fellow orphans she now counts as brothers. 

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. And when Hamilton's unique sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time they cross paths, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?
My Reflections:
A delightfully engaging storyline that is sure to please! Karen Witemeyer has once again immersed me into her world right off the first page. This story opens with a heart squeezing prologue that had me fully engaged right up to the very last satisfying page. 
I am so in love with Witemeyer's newest series "A Patchwork Family." I am a sucker for orphan stories, and this one was brilliantly executed. All of the characters in this little knit together family were perfectly depicted. 
Seth, his frail health condition which hampered his ability to live fully. Made up for it all in heart and brains. 
Zach the tough hardened from life "brother" who would do anything to keep his promise. He managed to keep his family safe and provided for. His exterior was not very convincing because Evie had him wrapped right around her finger!  
Evie was so easy to love, sunshine and bubbles. Her heart is soft even though she had endured so much. She was basically shunned because of her two mismatched eye colors and lived quite a sheltered life, yet her heart shone through every set of trials. 
Then we have Logan, set on revenge, with one goal in mind. That is until he meets the effervescent Evie who proves to be quite the distraction.
Although the "love" story happens rather quickly and forgiveness seems easily won, I absolutely adored this novel. It was exactly what I would be looking for in a historical romance. I was swept away for an all too short a period of time, my heart is still caught up in the characters and the plot. So what now? Alas, I am eagerly awaiting the next sequel to "A Patchwork Family." Please, please let it be centred on Seth! 
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

Karen Witemeyer

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Book Review: Falling For You

From The Back:

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He's never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she's unwilling to risk her heart again.

When a decades-old mystery in Corbin's family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

My Reflections:
I fell for the cover of Becky Wade's newest book first. I must admit I didn't even read the back before I ordered it. I saw "Becky Wade" and the gorgeous cover and that sold me! Besides the fact that I read "True to You" in this same series and had to find out what happened to Willow one of the Bradford sisters. 
Willow Bradford and Corbin Stewart are thrown back together again to try to solve an old mystery, their past, however, puts them at odds from the get-go. 
I found that I didn't bond with the main characters Wilow and Corbin right off. Willow is a Model and used to the finer things in life, she just seemed a little flaky at first. Corbin a former NFL quarterback was also not the type of character I would normally jell with. However, this changed for me once I really delved into the storyline, I got over it and they both won me over by the end of the novel. 
The story is savoury read, centred on redemption with a romantic flair, add a little mystery and you have a splendid summer escape! 
One word of caution, however. This book is definitely PG 13. I will not be sharing it with my 16-year-old. It contains some suggestive romantic descriptions and immoral character choices. I read all types of books, mostly Christian, and I found this one to be crossing my comfort zones in the Christian romance category. Just a heads up for the discerning reader.
All that aside Wade's writing was a pleasure to read, her stories shine off the pages, she has a real talent for weaving in relevant life struggles, with well planned out sigh-worthy endings. I look forward to the next book in this series where we learn more about the other Bradford sister Brit.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Christy Award, a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice...
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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Book Review: The Orphan`s Wish

Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes an inspired retelling of the beloved folk tale Aladdin.
Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?
An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.

My Reflections:

I discovered Melanie Dickerson while I was searching for audiobooks to listen to while my driving with my teenage daughter. I wanted something clean, with adventure and a tad bit of tame romance.
We found The Merchant's daughter and absolutely loved the fairytale storyline and colourful characters. Since that novel, we have hungrily devoured each and every book. When I saw this one up for review, I may or may not have set my alarm to snag it before they were all gone ;-) 

Dickerson's newest novel met my expectations but has not usurped my all-time favourite, "The Beautiful Pretender" That one is by far number one!

The Orphan's Wish is a charming fairy tale with its own uniqueness and flair.
Though it was supposed to be an Aladdin spin-off, I didn't quite get the connection, other than we have a character named Aladin and he has a sidekick. However I did enjoy the story, I breezed through it in record time in fact. I think when my daughter reads it she won't even really notice this fact. This novel is a fantastic read for the YA Christian in your life, especially if they don't go into it thinking of Disney's Aladdin and Jasmine like I did.
I am the girl who watched the Disney Land live theatre production a total of 4 times though!

If you are looking for a book with great historical detail that is vividly written, a sweet story with likable characters, that can be shared with a wide age range I would say PG 13 and up look no further this one is for you! Melanie Dickerson is definitely the Queen of fairy tales. My daughter and I are eagerly awaiting her next release!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Book Review: A Light On The Hill

From The Back:

". . . must-reads for fans of Biblical and historical fiction."--RT Book Reviews on the Out from Egypt series

Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she's spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her.

When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hopes rise. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
My Reflections:

I didn't think Connilyn Cossette could get even better, but this masterfully written novel has topped all other books penned by this author. 
The subject material is unique, the time-period is intriguing, and the character development in all areas is spot on! It is evident many hours of research went into the planning of this book, the attention to detail is exquisite! This book is the first of this new series, and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment.

Moriyah is such an endearing character. She has experienced many trials in her life, these trials have made her compassionate, strong and courageous against the daily hardships she had endured. I loved traveling through the many cities and lush lands. It was a fast-paced escape from her father's vineyard towards possible safety, and even though the danger and heart-stopping escape we glimpse Moriyah's steadfast commitment to God and her ability to adapt. I also enjoyed being steeped in the culture and cadence of the era. I felt a real connection throughout the story, not only to the characters but also to the land and setting. It was all so authentic.

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette, her books seem to get better and better as she progresses into her writing career. If you are searching for a unique book for those summer vacations, look no further this is your book!

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

Connilyn Cossette

When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), bestselling author Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is...
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Friday, 22 June 2018

Book Review: A Chance At Forever

From the Back:

Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphans?
My Reflections:
This is the final book of the Teaville Moral Society series. In it, we delve into not only the red light district and helping others better themselves, but also the subject of bullying.
Everyone most likely has experienced the devastating after-effects of bullying. It can devastate self-worth and confidence it is all too common in our society, and I found this topic a great platform to craft a story around. Melissa Jagears always manifests original characters. They are usually not the norm and leave me amazed and entertained all at the same time.

Mercy McClain is no stranger to hurt. Her childhood has been shaped by the wordsand actions of Aaron Firebrook. His hurtful behaviour and vicious verbal attacks still haunt her even as an adult.
Mercy has come a long way with a job she adores. She relishes the ability to have an impact in the lives of children at the orphanage. She has finally left the past where it should be, behind her, that is until Aaron Firebrook walks right back into her life.

Aaron has returned home a different man, he is determined to show the world his improved self Will he be able to shuck the layers of harm he has inflicted?
Is there really a second chance at new beginnings?
Aaron is determined to amend for his past and show Mercy that he is genuinely sorry for his youthful actions.

I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in this series. I have read each and every instalment with anticipation I'm sad the journey of this series has come to an end.
Jagears writes with such clarity and depth. I enjoy how she weaves her stories around characters and events, a true masterpiece. Well done. I am eagerly anticipating a new series!

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

Melissa Jagears

Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review: The Road Home

From the Back:

As the sun began to rise, Lena Rose leaned against the cool pane of the bus window and gazed out at the familiar landscape of her life. I'm leaving my family and everything I know behind. She sighed, trying to keep her composure.
Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won't be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?

My Reflections: 
Beverly Lewis is my all time go to authour, she is queen Amish fiction. Her newest novel "The Road Home" is another product of her penmanship. This new novel is another example of Lewis's ability to push readers from heart-wrenching despair to shouts of pure joy and the promise of a new beginning. 
One of the many qualities of a good writer is engaging the reader with a story that has depth and characters that one can relate and connect with. Basically, you want to be immersed into the story. I can attest that this is the case with this author's works. I always feel all these things when I dive headlong into a novel penned by Lewis. Her characters are tender, raw and at the same time, strong and determined to do what they feel is right and true. 
This leads me to the main character Lena Rose Schwartz, heartbroken, scared and on a journey that would crush most. Lena rises above her circumstances and she does this with grace and love, she is a true inspiration! I also enjoyed all the supporting characters. Her siblings were the perfect blend of diversity within a large family. This made me wish that I had a large close family! 
If you are looking for a warm and welcoming story look no further, this is your perfect summertime read! 
I can't wait until fall (2018) when her new book "The First Love" releases. Perfect back to school fodder!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA...
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Book Review: Cul-de-Sac Kids Collections Three and Four

From The Back:

Blossom Hill Lane is the best neighborhood ever--mostly because of the kids who live there, and the fun they share. Join Abby, Jason, Dunkum, Stacy, and their friends as they learn together with the rest of the Cul-de-Sac Kids the value of friendship and faith.

Tarantula Toes Jason Birchall is starting a zoo in his bedroom! Besides a bullfrog, Jason now owns a tarantula. Will Jason use his scary-looking pet to trick his pals?

Green Gravy Student of the week Carly Hunter decides her class needs to go green for St. Patrick's Day. But her brother Jimmy doesn't want to join in. Who will win this brother-sister tug-of-war?

Backyard Bandit Mystery Stacy Henry and her cul-de-sac friends put together a big yard sale. But then some of their old treasures disappear! Is there a bandit in the cul-de-sac? 

Tree House Trouble 
When Abby Hunter and Stacy Henry build a cool tree house, it causes big trouble. Especially when they start posting signs that read Definitely No Boys Allowed!

The Creepy Sleep-Over 
Dunkum Mifflin is excited to go to a class sleep-over. But the weird shadows and strange noises in the old mansion have him spooked! Can Dunkum get over his fears?

The Great TV Turn-Off 
Eric Hagel decides that the entire cul-de-sac shouldn't watch a speck of TV for a whole week. All the kids agree. But can they get the adults to go along with the plan?

From the Back:

Blossom Hill Lane is the best neighborhood ever--mostly because of the kids who live there, and the fun they share. Join Abby, Jason, Dunkum, Stacy, and their friends as they learn together with the rest of the Cul-de-Sac Kids the value of friendship and faith.

Piggy Party Tired of winter, Carly Hunter decides to test the class guinea pig's skill for weather telling. When Carly's friends hear of the experiment, they join in--and bring their pets. Can trouble be far away?

The Granny Game 
Abby Hunter's parents are out of town, and strict Grandma Hunter has come to stay. Then relaxed Granny Mae shows up, too. Can Abby's very opposite grannies get along? 

The Mystery Mutt 
Stacy Henry thinks everyone should choose a Fruit of the Spirit to work on in the new year, but Jason Birchall disagrees. Can a surprise discovery change his mind? 

Big Bad Beans 
Jason Birchall is saving every penny for a bike. He's storing his money in a secret place--somewhere he hides other things, too. Will Jason's perfect plan turn out to be a mistake?

The Upside-Down Day 
It's Spirit Day at Blossom Hill School, and there's a new girl with a big secret. Can Abby Hunter and her class figure it out? Or will spunky Leslie Groff outsmart them?

The Midnight Mystery Dunkum Mifflin turns detective when his cousin's dog suddenly disappears into the night. What's happened to Ellen's guide dog? Can Dunkum and his friends unravel the mystery?
My Reflections:
My kids have grown up on Beverly Lewis Cul-de-sac kids collections, so imagine the youngest's delight when not one series but two arrive with the opportunity to review! 
I have been a devoted fan of this authour, I devour everything written by her. I can always count on her novels weather geared for children or adults to be clean, entertaining and heartwarming, there is still a takeaway lesson to reflect upon.
Join the fun and get your kids ready for the summer with all these exciting stories. Have you written your kid's book lists yet? Well hurry up Summer will be here before you know it and your kids will be begging for something to do. There are enough books in the series to stretch the summer though! 
Not only will your children learn faith lessons and sound problem-solving skills in a real to life atmosphere where not all the children are believers. Kids learn from the characters how to be lights in their circles of peers.
Blossom Hill Lane is an exciting neighbourhood with a variety of backgrounds and problems to solve. My daughter read these so fast, and by the time we sat down to read together she skipped ahead and kept spoiling the suspense. Don't make my mistake hide these books for bead time read aloud, what a great way to bond! I also found having the books together in bound series was much easier than separate books, as they are short stories and I often found books scattered all over little one's floor. I love that we have 6 together in one book, less for this mom to clean up, and there is nothing better than holding a book, no ebooks for this family! A highly recommended series form this seasoned mom!
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA...
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Monday, 28 May 2018

Book Review: Keturah

From the Back:

In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
My Reflections:

Lisa T Bergren starts a brand new series with "The Sugar Barron's Daughters" series. This book is set in the 1770's, and we travel along with the Banning sisters as they journey from England to their late father's estate in the West Indies. 

Fraught with many obstacles along the way these sisters share an impermeable bond which is quite remarkable in itself. I think this is one of my favourite aspects of this novel. Although this plot really didn't catch my interest, I found many things I enjoyed about the read. The ultimate was the breathtakingly unique backdrop of the West Indies. Oh, how I would live to journey back to this time to experience the scenery alone! I also found the progression of emotional freedom to be uplifting and touching all at the same time. 

The main character Keturah Banning is both courageous and flighty. She thinks she knows what she wants, but I suppose life has a way of changing one's mind and in this woman's life that is shockingly fast! 
One moment she has sworn off men the next she is drooling over his strong arms and chest! Now truth be told she has had some pretty traumatic experiences with her late husband, but I just found this aspect a little shocking in light of her strong reactions in the start of the novel.

All in all, I enjoyed many aspects of this book and am very interested in seeing what may happen to the other Banning sisters in upcoming novels!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 40 books with more than 3 million books sold combined. She's the author of the Christy Award-winning Waterfall, RITA®-finalist Firestorm, bestselling God Gave Us You, and popular...
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Book Review: Beneath the Surface

From The Back:

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favourite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go until the final heart-pounding page.
My Reflections:
A new series for the well-loved Lynn Blackburn! 
Be prepared to hold on tight as you are propelled into intense action with this new series "Dive Team Investigations." 
Some of my favourite plots are penned around stories with medical and law enforcement officials. Having worked in the medical field I find I really click with the characters and settings. 

Leigh Weston returns home to Carrington, North Carolina in hopes to escape memories of the past. Leigh, an Oncology nurse, garners the attention of a past patient who has turned stalker. Thankfully she is miles away and tucked into her safe hometown, or so she thought until strange occurrences start to happen. Where she felt peace and security would prevail there is only chaos and fear. 

Ryan Parker, a homicide investigator, becomes entwined into Leigh's life once again after the grizzly discovery of a dead body. These two are no strangers as Leigh is Ryan's best friend's sister and childhood love interest! Things may just get interesting.. But these two will have to hold on tight because things are bound to get more than impressive, perhaps just plain crazy! 

 I loved all the many characters in this novel, not just the main characters but also the supporting cast. I can't wait for the sequels to dig a little deeper into some of these stories! 
How many books will be in this series? 
Hopefully enough to delve into Keri, Gabe, Sabrina, Adam and Anissa's stories!

Once again Blackburn does not disappoint, her novel is filled with suspense, romance and non-stop adrenaline producing action. A must read if you love good suspense with solid moral footings. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Lynn H. Blackburn

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceHidden Legacy, and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories,...
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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Book Review: In Places Hidden

From the Back:

The search for her missing brother leads to the most dangerous part of the city . . .
Camrianne Coulter's brother Caleb is a successful San Francisco attorney. But when three months go by without a word from the usually communicative Caleb, Camri boards a train to the booming West Coast city to find out for herself why he hasn't written. When she arrives at his home, nobody seems to know where he is, or what has become of him.

Camri's search for her brother leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, who Caleb successfully defended from a false murder charge. Getting to know this handsome Irish contractor challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but Patrick is unshakably loyal to her brother, and he seems to know more about what happened to Caleb than anyone else. As the two edge closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance, they risk angering the powerful forces that control the city. Can Camri trust Patrick to protect her from the dangers that lie hidden in San Francisco's backstreets?
My Reflections:

This is book one of Tracie Peterson's newest series called Golden Gate Secrets. One thing you can count on with a novel penned by Peterson is her utmost attention to factual historical detail. 
This book is no different being set in San Fransisco year 1905, the setting truly is what inspired me. 

The story was a slow start and I didn't completely feel that I connected with the characters like I would have hoped. I did however really enjoy the historic aspects of this story. It is set just before a good part of San Fransico is destroyed by a massive earthquake which took many lives and basically flattened the city. Camriann (Camri) comes to San Fransisco to locate her missing brother. Along the way, she teams up with two other women, Judith Gladstone and Kenzie Gifford. Each of these ladies has their own reasons why they end up in the big city. Together they join forces and move in together, and secure jobs. While the backstory is somewhat murky on these two women I am sure in subsequent books more details will emerge.

The next instalments are set to be released in July 2018 (In Dreams Forgotten) September 2018 (In Times Gone By) If you are a Tracie Peterson fan you may like this new series, and if nothing else the setting is simply amazing!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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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Monday, 23 April 2018

Book Review: The House on Foster Hill

From the Back

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives--including her own--are lost?
My Reflections:
Jamie Jo Wright has set the bar high with her debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill." It is a creepy yet captivating read. I was snagged from page one. The best thing about this book is the dual storyline. Past and present entwine to produce a seamless spellbinding novel.
Kaine Prescott running from her stalker buys an old house to fulfil her murdered husbands dream of renovating an old heritage house, the thing is she is also trying to outrun the person she believes killed him. No one really takes her accusations seriously, but strange things keep happening, like her favourite flower, daffodils put in a mug or left in obvious places, things in her home moved, small but upsetting things. Kaine believes changing her location, paying with cash and fleeing to her Grandfather's hometown will do just the trick. But when it seems the stalker has followed her, she meets a small group of residents who take her under their wings. Joy, Megan, and Grant seem like just the type of human balm she needs, not to mention, being under Grant's wing is so very safe feeling..  
Ivy Thorpe is one determined gal. She becomes introspective and dedicated to telling the stories of the townsfolks who die in her journal. She believes that no one should die without being remembered. The locals think she is creepy and slightly addled because since the death of her brother she has just not been quite right in the head. In 1906 women didn't help physicians dress the dead, no matter if it is your father.
 When a young woman is mysteriously killed on Foster Hill property Ivy feel responsible for finding out what happened to her, and the precious baby she recently birthed. Joel her longtime friend is her comfort and cohort in solving this mystery. Will they be able to unravel this murder of will their very lives be put at risk in the process?
I so enjoyed how this book kept me reading well past a reasonable hour. I also enjoyed how Wright keeps her readers guessing and engaged. This authour is one to watch for sure. Her writing is top notch, and the character development is complex yet written so well that everything falls into place seamlessly.
If you enjoy a murder mystery you will most certainly love this book. I highly recommend it, clean, thrilling entertainment right her!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright is the author of the acclaimed novel The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband...
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Book Review: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot

From The Back:

It's past time for some raw and candid conversations about virginity, promiscuity, and everything in between.
In a world obsessed with sex, why is the church relatively silent about it? While sex is twisted, perverted, cheapened, and idolized in popular culture, we leave young people drowning in the repercussions of misinformation, misunderstanding, and worth-robbing mistakes that could have been avoided.

Enough is enough. With raw vulnerability and a bold spirit, Mo Isom shares her own sexual testimony, opening up the conversation about misguided rule-following, virginity, temptation, porn, promiscuity, false sexpectations, sex in marriage, and more, calling us back to God's original design for sex--a way to worship and glorify Him.

Sex was God's idea. It's time we invited Him back into the bedroom.
My Reflections:

This book. Wow, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it was way more than I ever thought it would be. Candid, honest, and raw, in a good way. It brings the topic of sex into the light. Our culture has so tarnished God's magnificent gift to us. We have forgotten to celebrate sex as a gift we have been blessed with. 

I loved how Mo Isom takes a topic that is overdone and really digs to the heart of the issue, and it is delivered in a simple straightforward manner. She also uses her own story to help define her book in a raw and unrefined manner. She shares her heart, she lays out her pain, and we see the progression from struggle and heartache to God's refining, pure healing in all aspects of life. 

This book is powerful, it speaks to us all married, single, young, old, Christian or secular you will undoubtedly find something that impacts you where you are right now. I encourage you to pick this one up, you won't regret it.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Mo Isom

Mo Isom is the New York Times bestselling author of Wreck My Life. She maintains a thriving, nationwide speaking ministry and facilitates a faith-centered blog (moisom.com) that has garnered millions of views to date. Isom is a former...
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Book Review: A Borrowed Dream

From The Back:

There is no such thing as an impossible dream . . . 
Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor's treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
My Reflections:
A Borrowed Dream is book two in Amanda Cabot's Cimarron Creek Trilogy, another captivating read, as expected!
I love how Cabot weaves her novels together with the expertize of a seasoned writer. This story although separate from book one merges her characters and events together seamlessly, so I feel this novel would be best enjoyed as a series, read in order. This will allow for an informed reading experience. Cabot does include a map and genealogical chart to help readers figure out the complex cast and give a visual of the setting and backstory.
This story opens with newcomer Austin Goddard a widow, plastic surgeon along with his young daughter, who has just moved to Cimarron Creek to a ranch. That brings suspicion in its self, I mean why would a surgeon move to a small town to a remote ranch? Protection. Austin is hiding something, but he is determined to protect his daughter at all costs. 
Town school marm Catherine Whitfield, has secrets of her own. Her heart is weary of doctors after her mom was mistreated by Cimarron Creek's only doctor, resulting in her death after a "bloodletting" procedure. Will Catherine's heart obey her reasoning?
This book does not disappoint. It is quite complex and holds some deep subject matter. (murder and rape) For this reason, I would recommend it for readers of 14 and up. The story is clean otherwise and very well written. Filled with researched historical detail, you'll want to pick this one up for your next rainy spring read!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the...
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