Saturday, December 16, 2017

Holding the Fort By Regina Jennings

Holding the Fort
(The Fort Reno Series
Book #1)
By:  Regina Jennings
Publisher:  Bethany House

Louisa Bell (aka Lovely Lola), didn’t want to be a dance hall singer in the first place, but due to circumstances beyond her control, she either had to work at the Cat-Eye Saloon or starve.  Louisa wasn’t surprised when the owner of the saloon, Tim-Bob gave her the boot in favor of a younger girl, whom she felt had potential…potential to be his next lady-love.  It couldn’t have come at a worse time and to top it all off, her brother; Bradley was in trouble again with Major Adams at Fort Reno.  With no place to go, she packed her belongings and headed out to Indian Territory to help him.

Major Adams had two young daughters that his mother in law threatened to take away from him if he didn’t provide a new governess for them.  When Louisa arrived at the Fort, with some reading material in hand she was mistaken for the governess who never arrived.   Although her methods were somewhat unorthodox and she was often in over her head, Louisa was determined to keep her job and help her brother without letting Major Adams, know who she really was.

This was such a delightful book, that once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.  It is sure to bring a smile to your face.  It is an easy read and I love that it was interspersed with history along with a budding romance.  I have read several books by Regina Jennings and have enjoyed all of them, but this one is by far my favorite.  I cannot wait for the next in the series.


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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Imperfect Justice By Cara Putman


Imperfect Justice
(Hidden Justice)
By:  Cara Putman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

It’s obvious to the world that Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and was then shot by the police, but attorney Emilie Wesley knows Kaylene would never hurt anyone.  She was in an abusive relationship and was looking for a way to escape.  Emilie’s faith in her belief that she can make a difference in the lives of abused women is shaken by Kaylene’s death.

Kaylene’s brother, Reid Billings, finds a letter from her begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything happened to her.  Reid knows that most attorneys will support the right of a parent rather than an uncle, but Kaylene tells him in her letter, Emilie will help him.

He and Emilie work together to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter and hope when it’s over they can find a future together.   

Cara Putman’s Christian-fiction book, “Imperfect Justice” is a page-turning thriller. I found myself hooked from the first page and was kept on the edge of my seat, at times biting my nails until the last page.  Putman has just the right mix of suspense, romance, legal action and spirituality to make it work.  Although this is the second book in the Hidden Justice series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  However I would recommend reading the first one before reading this one. 

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the BookLook Bloggers 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.


The Sound of Rain By Sarah Loudin Thomas


The Sound of Rain
By: Sarah Loudin Thomas
Publisher: Bethany House


Year: 1954
Leaving the Appalachian area of Bethel, West Virginia is going to be hard, but Judd Markley feels he has no choice.  He knows he can never go back into the mines again, because its collapse killed his brother, Joe and almost killed him.  Knowing nothing outside of the Appalachian world he packs his belongings and heads to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Larkin Heyward’s life in Myrtle Beach is spent volunteering and dancing at the Pavilion.  She is a bit spoiled.  Although she has never met anyone from the Appalachian area, she dreams of going to the Kentucky hills to follow her brother’s footsteps in helping others.  She wanted to help poor children in the Appalachians.  When her brother, Ben finished collage, rather than serve as Vice President to her father’s company, he decided to become a missionary.  Her father disowned him which left Larkin longing for her brother. 

Judd is the newest employee at Waccamaw Timber Company which is owned by Larkin’s father.  He is drawn to Larkin, but their differences in dreams may make it impossible for them to be together.

Being from the Appalachian region in Kentucky, I was instantly drawn to this book.  It is filled with loss and tragedy, but also with forgiveness and second chances.  It captivated me from the first page and held me there to the last page. 

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.

The House on Foster Hill By Jamie Jo Wright

The House on Foster Hill
By: Jamie Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House


Two years ago when Kaine’s husband died a suspicious death, she wanted them to further investigate.  When that didn’t happen she decided it was time to make a fresh start.  She bought an old house, sight unseen in Oakwood, Wisconsin where her grandfather once lived.  Once she saw the abandoned, run-down house she wondered if she had made the biggest mistake of her life and when the house’s history came back to haunt, her life was in danger and she had no place to go. 

A century earlier a dead body is found on their property and Ivy Thorpe, feels she must find the identity of this woman.  Along with a man from her past, they work together to find the truth and find them fighting for their lives.


I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the plot and deeply established characters from a debut author. She simultaneously parallels two storylines from the 1900’s and modern day with seemingly great ease, melding them together perfectly.  As the plots of both Ivy Thorpe and Kaine Prescott unfold the suspense begins to mount and you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat holding your breath.  Both women find themselves in danger and struggle to solve the mystery of what is hidden in “The House on Foster Hill”.  Not only is the book suspense-filled, but also one of healing, hope and of God’s control in our lives no matter what the situation might be.  The suspense will keep you turning the pages.  I enjoyed this book very much and was held captive from the first page to the last.   I am looking forward to more from this author. 


Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Bethany House,  through Netgalley 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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Love's Promise By: T.K. Chapin

Love’s Promise
Protected By Love Series: Book Two
By: T.K. Chapin

No matter how long you have been married, it takes both partners working together to make it work and sometimes it takes one event in life to change the whole dynamic of a good marriage. 

“Love’s Promise”, the second in the Protected by Love series, is about Marie and Winston.   In “Love’s Return, the first book, Winston’s accident at Diamond Lake confines him to a wheel chair and the doctors say he will probably never walk again. 

Even though Winston is a Christian, his faith has been rocked!  He suddenly blames God for everything and wants nothing to do with Him or even church.  He feels no one understands what he is going through and lashes out at everyone who gets in his path, especially Marie.  He wants his life back as the CEO of his body guard company, WIN, but without legs he feels he is worthless.

Marie has been married to him for twenty-three years and finds herself, for the first time, not knowing how to help her husband find his way back to God, because she has never been a believer.  She can’t understand why he can no longer talk to her or why he has become such a bitter, angry man.  They used to share everything.  She wants nothing more than for them to be the way they used to be—Happy.

After many tears and with a Church At The Lake flyer in hand, (this church just happens to be the church Winston was guarding the night he was shot),  after forty years of not attending Marie decides to give church a try.   She had no idea what to expect but knew she somehow had to try to help Winston and just maybe God was the right place to start.

As Marie and Winston struggle with their issues, Chapin shows time and again, how God works in the background of our lives to bring us closer to Him.   He shows how in tragedy, good can triumph.  Will Winston be able to return to God’s love?  Will Marie find the peace in her heart she is seeking?  Will their marriage succeed?  You will find the answers to those questions as read “Loves Promise”. 

In this book, you will find love, healing, forgiveness and redemption.  Parts of this book touched my heart to the point of tears…please keep the tissues near-by.  This is an absolute must-read!


The Christmas Code By O.S. Hawkins


The Christmas Code
By: O.S. Hawkins
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


“The Christmas Code” is the perfect solution for our busy lifestyles during the Christmas Season.  It will help bring you closer to God as you study and ponder the events leading up to His birth by reading the topic of the day, along with the scripture, devotional, a code word and a prayer.   

It has 25 daily devotionals to celebrate the Advent Season.
It is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. 
It measures approximately 6x4x .25 inches. 
Soft cover.
It is 60 pages in length and each devotional covers two small pages.
Each devotional has a topic, scripture, devotional, a code word and a prayer.
Affordable.

If you are looking for a way to stay connected to God during the Christmas Season, this little book is the answer. 

The best part of the book for me is the code word.  Also this book would be a great gift to have at each plate-setting for Thanksgiving to start the Christmas Season off on the right track. 

Disclaimer:  I received this Bible from the publisher, Thomas Nelson 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.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Blind Spot
(Chesapeake Valor Book 3)
By: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House

FBI agent Declan Grey heard from the suicide bomber American soil was soon to be under attack, but no one knows when or the target.  It will happen!

All investigations lead to an immigrant community, but no one is talking, especially to the FBI.  Declan enlists the help of Tanner Shaw who is an FBI crisis counselor and an advocate for refugees.  He thinks she is the perfect person to help get answers from the community.

Although Declan and Tanner find there is a romantic spark between them, they cannot take time for their personal feelings because they are on a race against the unknown wrath that is to be released that would cause lives of thousands to be lost. 

Once again Dani Pettrey releases another nail-biting, edge-of-your seat book of intrigue.  The suspense will capture attention and the characters will capture your heart from the first page and will keep you riveted to the last page.  Pettrey melds together just the right amount of intrigue and romance to keep the story moving.  Although this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone; however you will want to read the other three books.  I highly recommend not only this book but the entire series. 


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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pre-Release Review Need to Know by Karen Cleveland






Need to Know
By:  Karen Cleveland
Random House Publishing Group
Ballantine Books


After reading “Need to Know” by Karen Cleveland, I thought how am I going to write a review of this book without spoiling it for others? With that being said here is a bit about the book.

Vivian Miller, a CIA analyst wants a promotion in the worst way.  She has developed a system for discovering Russian sleeper cells on American soil that are simply living in plain sight.  As she is analyzing the computer of a Russian operative, she finds information that could turn not only her world, but her family’s world upside down.  How is she supposed to defend her country and her family at the same time?  Who can she trust?

If you are a fan of suspense, this book will catch you from the first chapter.  Although there are a few lulls every now and then, but in my opinion it has enough suspense and intrigue to keep you turning the pages until the end.

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Random House, Ballantine Books 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.

  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Love's Return By TK Chapin

Love’s Return
Book One
By: T.K. Chapin

Jessica McColler, a writer and reporter for Faith Builders Magazine, couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Kirk Dekker in Milo’s Coffee Shop on her way to work one morning.  It had been five years since they last spoke.  The last time she saw him they had just finished a cross-country car trip from Albany, New York to Spokane, Washington.  On the trip she and Kirk became friends but nothing more would come of it because Kirk was Jessica’s best friend’s ex-boyfriend. 

Before leaving the coffee shop Jessica gave Kirk her number, but as she left, Kirk knew he would never give her a call.  In his opinion she was in the past and best left there, because he didn’t want to relive the past five years.  It was filled with too many painful memories.

After Jessica is attacked by a stalker she hires WIN bodyguard agency to protect her.   Unknown to her Kirk is employed by WIN.  As the stalker becomes more dangerous and tries to kill Jessica, Kirk is determined to keep her safe at all costs.

I was totally captured from the first chapter!  Jessica and Kirk come with a lot of past baggage and have to figure out what is important to them as they become reacquainted.  Jessica’s faith is paramount in her life and she is not sure Kirk has the same feelings about God and faith.  Kirk has to learn to let God help him heal from the tragedy of losing his wife and son.  Will Kirk and Jessica be able to put the past behind them and find love?  Will they be about to let God help them find their way to a new future together? 

Once again Mr. Chapin gives us another story of love, forgiveness, redemption and second chances, along with a little romance, mystery and suspense.   He also shows in his writing that God is always ready to guide us no matter where our journey may take us, if we only put our faith and trust in HIM.  This is a great inspirational novel and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. 


Disclaimer:  I received this eBook 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.

Grace, Hope and Love My Daily Devotional


Grace, Hope and Love
My Daily Devotional
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

“Grace, Hope and Love” is a yearly Devotional crafted by fifty-two Southern Baptist pastors and ministers.  Each daily reading has a scripture verse, a commentary and a prayer to help you with your time with God. 

The book itself is very luxurious.  The cover is soft dark blue faux leather with silver lettering. The left side is embossed with an elegant fleur de Lis pattern.  On the inside the print is crisp with an easy-to-read font size.  It lays open flat and has an attached ribbon book marker.   

The devotions are a reminder of how God wants us to live and to also remind us to live in the center of his will.  They also remind us that no matter what our trial may be, God has it covered for us.

All Scripture, unless noted is from the NKJV Bible.  This would make an excellent masculine devotional.  This would also be the perfect gift for a new convert.

Disclaimer:  I received this Bible from the publisher, Thomas Nelson 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.