Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review-Still Life By Dani Pettrey

Still Life
(Chesapeake Valor)
By Dani Pettrey

Blacklisted photographer, Avery Tate, becomes a crime scene photographer.  Being hired by Parker Mitchell, a crime scene analyst, changed her life, but along with that change came feelings for Parker her heart needed to sort out, so after six months she left her job.

Avery suddenly finds herself back among those who blacklisted her because her best friend, Skylar, was going to have her photo displayed at an art exhibition and wanted her there for support.  However when Avery arrived her friend was nowhere to be found and her photo had a disturbing quality about it…she looked dead.

Avery calls Parker to help her find her friend, since the police show little interest due to Skylar’s past.  Avery and Skylar grew up in a trailer park and had gotten into trouble before.  The police wasn’t convinced this wasn’t one of Skylar’s wild escapades.

Parker is willing to help Avery because it will give him time to spend with her and hopefully show her that he has put Jenna in his past.  However, when Parker thinks Skylar is already dead, he realizes Avery may be in danger too and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.

The list of suspects in this story will be leading you on a suspense-filled journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails while turning the page with bated breath to see what happens next.

In my opinion this borders on the edge of being a psychological thriller, but in true Dani Pettrey style, she weaves her magic in presenting another great book woven with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a little romance, along with forgiveness and faith. 

If you are a fan of Dani Pettrey…this is series is a must-read!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review; however I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review-KJV Word Study Bible

KJV Word Study Bible
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

I’m impressed!  I have totally fallen in love with this Bible!!  If you are like me and want to know the meanings of the words in the Bible that are Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic then this is the Bible for you!  It has over 1,700 word studies and select words explained in each chapter throughout the whole Bible.  I love being able to read the original scripture.  I have always loved the KJV Bible but this one has brought the teachings more to life than any other I have used.  I love the font size and the red-letter edition.  At the beginning of each book there is a summary of what the book is about.  I also like that each chapter is divided into subtopics and there are “watch words” listed at the beginning of the books.  There are a few very detailed maps in the back of the Bible.

Just a bit about the physical features:
It is imitation leather in a rich brown color with darker strips across the front.
Presentation Page
Table of Contents.
The Words of Jesus are in red.
It also has the usual word studies, English Word Index, Concordance and book instructions.
Nice size for easy carrying.
Crisp clear font.
Attached ribbon marker.
Lays flat when open. 

I feel this will definitely become my new study-Bible.  If you are a fan of the KJV version Bible and love to study the meanings of the Greek and Hebrew translations this is a good Bible to start with.  Also if you are new to studying the translations this is a great way to start, however if you are advanced in your Bible studying then you may find this a bit simplistic. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers review program.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-One Wednesday Dinner By T.K.Chapin

One Wednesday Dinner
(Diamond Lake Series:  Book 7)
By: T.K. Chapin

Newport Police Chief, Brody Jenkins, finally has his life on track…good job, nice home anything a man could want…but…he thought by this time he would have a wife, family and even a dog.  He can’t help but wonder, what are God’s plans for his future?

Jessica, a long time ago girl-friend, suddenly shows up on his door step with a seven-year-old in tow.  She informs him that Peter is his son.  She tells Brody she knows he will need proof and gives him permission to have DNA testing done, while she leaves him for a few days.

Not sure what to do, Brody turns to God, his pastor and friends to help him unravel the events that have suddenly turned his life upside down and to help him be a dad to Peter, if he is Peter’s dad.

Once again T.K. Chapin writes another contemporary Christian fiction romance/mystery that will capture your heart and attention from the first page.  There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this book that are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.  As Brody’s once routine life is turned upside down, Chapin shows how easy it would be to leave God out of the decision –making and he shows how rewarding life is when you let God have control.  This book is in no way a “preachy” type book, but it is filled with inspiration and God’s love.  Although this is book seven in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book.  However I highly recommend the whole series!!!  Way to Go Mr. Chapin; each book just keeps getting better. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review-One Tuesday Lunch By T.K. Chapin

One Tuesday Lunch
(Diamond Lake Series #6)
By:  T.K. Chapin

“One Tuesday Lunch” is book six in the Diamond Lake series.  Although it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone book, however I highly recommend the whole series!

Once again in this book we are re-united with Miley.  She was introduced early on in the series and this book gives us a deeper understanding of her character.  When she meets the gorgeous marine, amputee hunk…Hunter, she is drawn to him in a way she can’t explain.  Hunter has a big chip on his shoulder and Miley’s friends, Serenah, Charlie and ex-boyfriend Brody advise her to use caution if she chooses to pursue a relationship with him.  Things really become complicated when Hunter is accused of murder and Miley’s faith is again being tested on another level. 

If you are looking for a who-done-it book that is filled with mystery, intrigue, romance and subtle introductions to God’s love and mercy…this book has it all!  It will capture your attention from the first page and will keep you hooked until you’ve finished the book.  (I finished it in one setting…and then re-read it again).  I am happy that Mr. Chapin has added a bit more mystery and drama to this book for those of us who like a good mystery. 

I have to say I think this book was written especially for me.  I struggle with turning my problems over to God and leaving them in his care and also with not letting my emotions control a “heat of the moment” situation.  Mr. Chapin subtly shows through-out this book, how sweet the rewards are when we put God first and truly give our problems to HIM.  In no way is this book a religious preachy type of book! 

Thank you Mr. Chapin for another great book! 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review-In The Shadow of Denali By Tracie Peterson

In The Shadow of Denali
By: Tracie Peterson
Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher:  Bethany House

The Curry Hotel at the foot of Mount McKinley (Denali) has new employees, Cassidy and her father John Ivanoff.  John is the wilderness guide for wealthy tourists and Cassidy works as the cook’s assistant. 

President and Mrs. Harding were to be guests at the Curry as they dedicated the new national park and drive the golden spike to complete the Alaskan Railroad. 

Several years before John was the leader of an expedition to scale the Denali.  One of the business men didn’t return and John could never forgive himself.  He is haunted by what could have happened to Henry Brennan.

Allan Brennan comes to Curry to apprentice as an Alaska mountain guide and hopes that he can find the truth about his father’s death.  Henry Brennan’s business partner blames John for Henry’s death.

As Allan begins to unravel what really happened to his father, he and Cassidy become allies and friends.  They realize what happened puts them in great danger…but they will not give up until Cassidy’s father is cleared and Allan knows the truth.

MS Peterson writes another wonderful historical romance!  I was captured from the title and couldn’t put the book down until I finished the last page.  It is filled with mystery, twists and turns along with romance and lots of inspiration and forgiveness.  If you are a fan of Tracie Peterson, which I am, then you won’t want to miss this book. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review; however I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Love's Violet Sunrise By Naomi Rawlings

Love’s Violet Sunrise
By:  Naomi Rawlings

Mabel Krause was a German Immigrant.  Her brother was accused of setting a fire that killed the mill owner and his family, but he wasn’t guilty.  Mabel needed a lawyer…and in hurry but no one wanted to take the case, nor can she afford to pay for legal counsel.

Hiram Cummings, legal clerk for Rhett Vandergriff, one of the most influential men in the area and one of the richest, needed money to finish law school, but when a determined Mabel showed up on his door-step and refused to leave until he said he would help…he couldn’t say no. 

While on their quest to find the real murderer, Hiram loses his job and their lives are in danger…not to mention he is falling in love with Mabel. 

This novella is full of twists and turns and will keep you turning the pages to see what will happen next.  It is filled with inspiration and romance.  Loved it!

I was given this novella by the author, Naomi Rawlings.  I was not required to give a review, favorable or otherwise.  

Book Review-Baron of Godsmere By Tamara Leigh

Before I start my review, let me say I totally love this book and Tamera Leigh does medieval romance the best.

In 1308 three Englishmen noblemen went against their Lord.  Each of them was given a parcel the Lord’s property and was promoted to barons.   Twenty-five years of jealousy and pitting one family against the other caused a decree to be given that Bayard Boursier would marry the enemy or forfeit their land.  Bayard Boursier was determined he would marry the plain Thomasin, rather than the beautiful Elianor.  His first wife was a beautiful woman, but cruel and caused him to lose eyesight in one eye.  He wasn’t going to make that mistake again.

Elianor had a horrible first marriage.  Her husband abused her and she was not in the least upset when he died, but she would never consider marrying Bayard because she had heard he was also an abuser.  She would go to any length to not marry and yet because of her interference she ended up doing exactly what she said she wouldn’t do…Marry Bayard!

This is a beautiful story of two people who were badly mistreated but out of it a strong love and respect grew!

In my opinion, this is one of the best medieval romance stories I have ever read and I cannot wait for the next in the series.  If you love romance in England during the medieval times, this is one you won’t want to miss.  It will have you laughing and crying and you won’t want to put it down until you have read the last word.

I was given this book by the author.  I was not required to write a review, favorable or otherwise.  

Book Review-Devotions for Easter by Stacy J. Edwards

Devotions for Easter
Written and Compiled by:  Stacy J. Edwards
Publisher:  Zondervan

“Devotions for Easter” is the perfect Devotional for Lent and is also perfect for 40 days of hope and inspiration.  This little book is jam-packed with prayers, scriptures and messages of God’s mercy and love for his people.  This beautifully illustrated book will take you through the death and resurrection of Jesus, while renewing you faith.  I highly recommend this book for your Easter Devotions.  I love this little book because it helps to clear your heart and mind for time with God. 

“Devotions for Easter” is a small hard-cover beautifully illustrated book.  It has 40 days of devotions and complete with personal messages, scriptures and prayers.    It is compact and easy to carry with you.  

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan through BookLook Bloggers , Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Review-Conspiracy of Silence By: Ronie Kendig

Conspiracy of Silence
By:  Ronie Kendig
Publisher:  Bethany House

About the Book:
Cole “Tox” Russell’s team was decimated after a tragic mission and the United States turned its back on “Tox”.  He was ok with that, because he had a lot of demons to deal with and just wanted to be left alone.  A centuries old plague is unleased and the government hopes to bring Tox back into action, but he wants no part of it until he thinks his niece has been abducted. 

When Tox meets with the president the only way he will work for them is for his Special Forces group to be able to reunite and work with him, but they have to work with Kasey Cortes, a FBI deception expert and Tziva Khalon, an archeologist.  Their information leads them from one country to another, but time is quickly running out when they realize they are not only dealing with a plague, but they are also battling an ancient society that wants to remain hidden.

This book had me hooked from the first couple pages.  It is filled with mystery, intrigue, deception, Biblical history and a little romance.  Tox took the fall for his team when their mission went sour and when he was called back into action he met Kasey (Haven) whom he didn’t realize he had met before until much later, however their chemistry clicked.  As the twists and turns took them deeper into danger Tox just wanted to keep Kasey safe and find the cure for the plague.  If you like nail biting action then I highly recommend this book.  I found it to be a little difficult at first to follow, but once I got the hang of it…it was well worth sticking with it.  I highly recommend this book and author.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review, however I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Book Review-God Made You Nose to Toes By: Leslie Parrott

Pre-Release Review

God Made You Nose to Toes
By: Leslie Parrott
Illustrated By:  Estelle Corke
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Purchase Date:  January 3, 2017

From The Back Of The Book:
Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it.  In this delightful book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, little ones can follow along with Toucan—with his great big nose—as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

My Thoughts:
What a great little book to teach your child (age five and under) about why God made each part of your body and what it can enjoy in life.  It also teaches about the things that God made in the universe that we can enjoy with the functions of our body that he gave us, such as smelling with our nose all the things God created that grows and seeing with our eyes the sky, planets and stars, not to mention fingers that can dig in the earth and sand.  All in all, God not only created us from Nose to Toes, but also the things in life we enjoy!

The book is bright yellow and beautifully illustrated on the cover and inside.  The pictures will have your child spending time just turning the pages looking at the beautiful illustrations.  It is a board book which makes it easy for your youngster to turn the pages and also to wipe off sticky handprints.  This would make an excellent gift!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zonderkidz, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.