Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review-Fatal Trust By Todd M Johnson


Fatal Trust
By:  Todd M. Johnson
Publisher:  Bethany House

What started out to be a simple trust disbursement for attorney, Ian Wells, turns out to be anything but simple.  In fact it is proving to be deadly.  He knew something was off when he was offered a fee of two hundred thousand dollars for a week’s work, but with his mother’s medical bills mounting from Alzheimers and struggling to take his law practice in a different direction, he reluctantly took the job only to be dragged into a crime from the prohibition era that was never solved, along with family secrets that turned his world upside down. 

Hang on to your seat!  This mystery has so many twists and turns it will certainly keep you sitting on the edge.  Ian asked his friend, Brook at the US Attorney’s Office for help on a background investigation of his clients.  When his law firm, Wells and Hoy came up in the background check, Ian’s childhood dreams came more often.  He didn’t understand them, but knew somehow his family was deeply connected to that long-ago unsolved crime.

This book is not only filled with mystery and intrigue, but also with Ian’s journey of struggling with right and wrong and finally settling on righting a wrong. 

Mr. Johnson has woven a fantastic mystery without explicit language.  In my opinion it is an exceptionally well-written book that I would highly recommend.  I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Johnson’s work.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Book Review-Beloved Hope By Tracie Peterson


Beloved Hope
(Heart of the Frontier)
By: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House

Hope Flanagan, along with her sisters, Mercy and Grace survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but Hope has suffered more than the others.  She and her sisters have settled in Organ City where she tends sheep and feels some degree of safety until she is asked to testify again the Cayuse Indians responsible for the massacre.  She is not sure she can tell her story, or find peace, because she cannot forget or forgive. 

Army Lieutenant, Lance Kenner, becomes her friend and helps her to heal and find peace and learn that she is still able to love. 

Although this is the second book in the series, you will not need to read the first book, however it would be best if you did because you will want to read it to get the background for the whole story of the massacre.

Keep the tissue box close by because there will be tears as Hope struggles to learn to forgive and love again as she regains her faith in God.  This book will not only capture your heart, but will also hold your attention from beginning to end.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Book Review-The King James Study Bible


Thomas Nelson
The King James
Study Bible
Full Color Edition

I am so impressed with this Bible I honestly don’t know where to start my review!  Let me start by saying this is not a Bible that you will want to carry with you, as it is heavy, however it is a Bible that you will turn to time and again to use as a study reference.  I love that it has larger, easy to read print and all the words of Jesus are in red.  That is always a plus for me as it lets me know…these words are definitely note-worthy so sit up and take notice…this is Jesus speaking!  When open, it lays flat from cover to cover and in between. 

The Bible I am reviewing is hard cover cloth with an illustrated dust jacket to keep it clean.  From the beginning page, you will find in easy to understand detail how to use this beautiful Bible.  It is well worth the time to read it in full before beginning the actual study.  I have long-been a fan of the King James Bible and have never experienced one with this much detail.  Each book starts with description and an outline of what the book is about.  It states on the back of the dust jacket “There’s never been a King James Bible like this.”  In my opinion this is one that you will need to hold in your hand and read to see the magnificence of this Bible.  I am sure this will easily replace most of my other study Bibles.  Also if you have been afraid to give the KJV a try for fear you couldn’t understand it…this has certainly helped to simplify the study.    I am by no means a Bible scholar, but this Bible has given me a better understanding of the time line of events and the history of each book.  It is amazing! I cannot even begin to name all it has to offer.  If you are a fan of the KJV Bible this is a MUST-HAVE for your study library!

Bible Features Include:
Time-honored KJV Bible text
Center-column references with translation notes
Beautiful full-color pages and features
Hundreds of full-color maps, images and charts
5,700 authoritative and time-tested study notes
Over 100 personality profiles highlighting important figures in Scripture
More than 200 notes on important Christian doctrines
Book introductions and outline
Hebrew and Greek word-study concordance

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Book Review-The Beautiful Word 365 Devotional

The Beautiful Word 365 Devotional
(Bringing the Goodness of Scripture to Life
in Your Heart)
Publisher: Zondervan



Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zondervan for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

My Devotional time is precious and I have been looking for an inspirational devotional that is geared toward those who have limited time to spend in the word but long for those few minutes to either begin or end your day with God.  When I saw this Devotional, I was hoping it was the one…and I have not been disappointed.  I have been so busy reading that I almost forgot that I needed to write a review.  Each Devotion is only a page in length and begins with a daily scripture in which to focus and dwell upon throughout your day.  I love the simplified explanations of the scripture and a short prayer at the end of each page.  It is a nice size book to leave on your night stand or on the corner of your desk.  There is also a companion coloring book to go along with this.  Since I love to color, I can’t wait to purchase it.  (The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book)

I have enjoyed it immensely and it will definitely be on my gift-giving list for my friends this Christmas. 

About the book:

It is a beautifully illustrated hard-cover book.

182 verses are illustrated in full color and there are plenty of spaces for your own thoughts and journaling. 

365 Devotions…enough for the whole each.

Devotions are divided by the month.

Presentation page for gift-giving.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Book Review-Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Dark Deception
(Defense of Justice #2)
Nancy Mehl
Publisher:  Bethany House


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Kate O’Brien and her twin sister, Kelly, were attacked four years ago by a serial killer dubbed the Blue-Eyed Killer.  Kelly didn’t survive the attack. 

After the trial Kate is relocated to the quiet town of Shelter Cove, Arkansas.  Suddenly her quiet world is turned upside down when new evidence maybe show the convicted Blue-Eyed Killer isn’t the murderer.  Kate is subpoenaed to testify once again, but only agrees to go back to St. Louis if Tony DeLuca, escorts her.  He was the original U.S. Marshal who protected her during the first trial and she trusts him.  Of course things never go as planned and Tony finds himself once again trying to keep her alive, while keeping his feelings for her at bay.


This book is guaranteed to catch your attention from the first page and as the suspense builds with each twist and turn it will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense novel and highly recommend it be added to the top of your summer reading list.  

Book Review-The Weekly Prayer Project; Zondervan


The Weekly Prayer Project
(A Challenge to Journal, Pray,
Reflect and Connect with God)
Scarlet Hillibidal
Publisher:  Zondervan


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zondervan for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

“The Weekly Prayer Project” challenges you to reconnect to God through journaling, prayer and reflection.  This journal has 52 scriptures, one for each week of the year.  It has space for journaling and reflection, plus prompts to help you in your thought process.  It is beautifully bound hard-cover and lays flat making it easy to journal.  It is divided into seven sections, each representing a prayer found in the Bible.

I have been journaling for sometime now in my daily devotions and love the concept of “The Weekly Prayer Project”.  It will encourage me to not only journal my thoughts, but also my prayers. In this book I love the fact that the pages are not dated so you can skip around and study what is most appealing to your situation in any given week.  Also if you are a newbie to journaling or just stuck on what direction your thoughts should go…it gives you encouraging prompts.  For the most part I was very impressed with this journal, but at some time would love to see one published in the King James Version for those of us who are fans of that translation.  At this point I am just paralleling the two scriptures together.  If you are a died-hard KJV person, this would not be the journal for you.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review-Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Upon a Spring Breeze
By:  Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Zondervan

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Bess Weaver at the age of twenty found out just how quickly life can change.  One moment she is preparing stew for her beloved Caleb and contemplating the birth of their first child, when suddenly a tragic accident thrusts her into widowhood and a season of doubt.  As she struggles to deal with Gott’s will and build a new life for her son, Joshua, without her husband, she finds herself working at an Englisch bed and breakfast, but the advances of the owners son, is not acceptable to the Amish community.  The community rally’s around her to show her she must stay true to her faith and surrender to God’s plan.

Aidan Graber, Caleb’s dearest friend, finds himself guilt-ridden because he feels responsible for Caleb’s death…If he hadn’t sent Caleb to the store…he might still be alive.   Aidan has also had feelings for Bess longer than he can remember.  As Caleb lay dying in his arms, he promised him he would look after Bess and his child…but will Bess let him?


Although this is the first book I have read by Kelly Irvin, it won’t be my last.  By the end of the first page, I knew it would be hard for me to put the book down. Irvin weaves a story showing faith put to the test in seemingly unsurmountable situations.  She also shows that these situations can happen to anyone…even the seasoned Christian.  As I read Bess’ story, my heart ached because of the despair she felt in not being able to understand and accept her husband’s death as God’s will.  She knew from her teaching it was sinful to doubt, but her heart was broken.  Also from the standpoint of a new mother, she didn’t think because she was Amish that she was supposed to admit to depression.  She didn’t think Plain people suffered from it.  Even though her journey was difficult, with friends and family to support her, she was able to realize that God was patiently waiting for her to accept his love, grace and belief that His plan for her future was best.  This book is filled with love, forgiveness, acceptance and grace.   As you read it…just keep the tissues handy.  It will definitely tug at your heart strings.

Book Review-The Lies We Believe by TK Chapin


The Lies We Believe 
By: T.K. Chapin


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the author, T.K. Chapin for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

About the book:
Twenty-two year old Emily, Ron Fields only daughter, stops to visit him one day to tell him she is going to Lighthouse.  Thinking it was a church Ron was very happy to hear that his daughter had returned to her faith, until she explained to him that it was not a Christian church but a new-age thing.  Ron decided to keep his feelings to himself.  Although he was devastated he didn’t want to risk losing his daughter again, because she had run away once before, because of church. 

In this instance not speaking the truth against the new age cult will change his life forever and possibly destroy his daughter….

Wow! This suspense-filled book will keep you turning the pages as the events unfold, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  In this book Mr. Chapin shows us how seemingly “simple little lies” can cause harm to those we love and cherish. As a parent, my desire and constant prayer was that my children would grow up loving and serving the Lord.  When that happened I was so thankful, but realized after my first grandchild was born that I was not done with my prayers concerning my family…it was only the beginning.  He also shows us how a simple lie can turn a family into an overnight, nightmare… How easy it is for just one small deviation from the true word of God to turn your orderly world into doubt and confusion.  As he weaves this remarkable story, you will find comfort in knowing his characters face daily issues we all might face from time to time and that as Christians we don’t always listen to God’s heeding or seek His advice first, but through it all, there is love, redemption and second chances given to all of us who are willing to accept God. 

If you are a fan of Christian fiction, then this is a great book to read, however; if you love Christian fiction filled with suspense, murder and romance all mixed in with God’s love, then it is a must-read book. 

Thank you again Mr. Chapin for another “must-read” book.  Once again it has given me pause for thought in my Christian walk and has given me the desire to walk even more closely with God.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review-A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Net Galley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

About the book:

Because of Annabelle Thorley’s deceased father’s financial ruin, her fiancĂ© decides to call off the wedding.  Her future prospects for a husband are not looking very good and to top it all off she is not at the mercy of her cruel brother. When she was a young girl she visited Fellsworth with her mother and her uncle told her to remember she was always welcome if she ever found herself in need.  Her only hope is to go to Fellsworth to her Uncle, in hopes she can have a normal life.  Although Annabelle had never had to work in her life, she begins teaching and finds it difficult to do things for herself that other people used to do for her.  It is not easy but she is determined to make her own way and not return to her brother’s home.

At the school Annabelle, meets Owen Locke’s daughter and falls head over hills in love with her.  Owen is a widower and is extremely protective of his young daughter.  However once he meets Annabelle, his once regimented life is in turmoil.  For the first time since his wife died he wonders if he can have a second chance at love, but first before he can think of developing a relationship with Annabelle, he must find out who is poaching on the land he is hired to protect. 

He wonders if they be able to find a future together?

My Thoughts:

Annabelle’s story will steal your heart.  At first her inability to take care of herself and make friends will make you wish you could give her a hug and tell her not to give up hope.  As she becomes more confident, she finds she is able to do most anything she puts her mind too.  Owen and Annabelle’s story will take you on a journey of theft, murder and mysterious strangers stealing their peace.  You will also see love, forgiveness and courage at work.   I love Sarah Ladd’s books.  Her characters are so well developed they feel real.  I highly recommend this book.   

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Review-Threads of Suspicion By Dee Henderson

Threads of Suspicion
An Evie Blackwell Cold Case
By Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through their blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.


Evie Blackwell is a top notch investigator for the Illinois State Police.  She has recently been appointed to the governor’s Missing Person Task Force, which is an elite group that will investigate cold cases. 

Evie and her new partner David Marshal are assigned cases in suburban Chicago. Evie is looking for missing Brighton College student, Jenna Greenhill and David is looking for missing private investigator, Saul Morris.  At first glance these cases seem to be totally unrelated, but then clues start crossing each other’s case.  David and Evie feel that everyone deserves justice no matter how old the case, but with the twists and turns in this book, there are personal questions that are unanswered for both of them, making them want justice more than ever. 

For me the book had a slow start, but being a fan of Dee Henderson, I felt there was a reason and stuck with the first few chapters.  As the book progressed I was hooked on the career of Evie Blackwell.  As Henderson weaves a story of murder, mystery and romance, she portrays Evie a strong confident person in her career, however her personal life is a mess.  She is sure she loves her boyfriend, Rob Turney, who has asked her to marry him, but she cannot get past his wealth and his parents seemingly disapproval of her career choice.  She simply doesn’t feel like she can ever fit into their world.   Will God be able to give her peace and show her his will in her life regarding Rob? 

In this book along with mystery and suspense there is also inspiration as David’s girlfriend, Maggie struggles with accepting that Jesus is real and that he did raise from the dead, however it is in no way “preachy”.  I truly loved the inspirational part of this book.   Maggie raised questions that a lot of people ask and Henderson’s answers were true and easy to understand.