Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review-Stealing The Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Stealing The Preacher
By
Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House Publisher
 
Crockett Archer was on his way to an interview for a position at Piney Woods of Texas when he was kidnapped by outlaw from his train.  The outlaw gave him to his daughter because she asked for a preacher for her birthday.  For months Joanna Robbins had prayed for a preacher to reopen their abandoned church to full fill the promise she made to her dying mother.  When she finds out he is there against his will she makes her father release him, but prays that God convince him he is needed in their community.
I found this to be a fun read.  It made me cry, laugh and even want to step in and settle a few disputes. The characters were believable and I fell in love with them. Silas' antics as an outlaw made me laugh out loud and when he accidentally shot a young man in a hunting accident his remorse and acceptance of God made me cry.  Crockett's ability to deal with situations without offending people was truly an inspiration.    I would recommend this book especially if you like historical romance. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through  Bethany House Publishing   blogger program for review. 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-The Negotiator by Dee Henderson

The Negotiator
by
Dee Henderson
Tyndale House Publishers
 
Kate O’Malley is a hostage negotiator and has seen life’s worst from the time before she was left in an orphanage.  Maybe because of her past she became one of the best hostage negotiators.   Her family consists of seven orphans that became “family” who adopted the last name of O’Malley.   Kate finds in this book she has a natural brother that she never knew she had.  It all comes to the surface when a plane crashed killing 214 people that was not an accident.   The investigation shows that her brother is involved. 
I was hooked on this book from page one!  This book was more about mystery than romance although it was a nice mix.  I think the best part of the book for me was when Ms. Henderson explained why God lets things happen.  As a Christian it was a nice reminder of how merciful God is even during the time of crises.  If you are someone one who has questions about God letting things happen when He could have prevented them, her explanation is truly profound.  She explains the difference between Grace and Justice in such a way there is no doubt that God is truly merciful in all things.  Although I enjoyed the book because the storyline of the O’Malley’s, it was the explanation of justice and mercy that hooked me.  Very well done!
Disclosure: I received a  copy of this eBook through Amazon for free.  I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Review-Dead Insider by Victoria Houston


Dead Insider
By: Victoria Houston
Publisher:  F&W/Adams Media
Date Released:  6/18/2013

 Jane Ericsson is running for the Wisconsin Senate seat that her father once held.  As with most elections, the pace is grueling and the problems just keep mounting up.  Jane has a falling out with a life-long friend, Kaye, her accountant tells her thousands of dollars in campaign funds are missing, and she is drinking too much. To top it all off there is an old secret that could cause her campaign to be derailed if it comes out.  Before she can decide what to do…she disappears. 
Lewellyn Ferris, Loon Lake’s Chief of Police along with her dear friend, Paul Osborne, a retired dentist and sometimes medical examiner are hard at work to find out what has happened to Jane, along with the help of the close knit community.
I found the plot to be well written and had a realistic vibe. Being from a small rural community, the book had the perfectly believable small community feel. The plot flowed well and there were no lags.  Even though I am not the least bit interested in fly fishing I enjoyed the brief descriptions in the book.  However I don’t think I will ever be hooked on fly fishing but I am, hooked on this series after reading my first book and will certainly be reading more of Ms. Houston’s books.    
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, F & W/Adams Media, through Netgalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Review-Jennifer by Dee Henderson


Jennifer
By:
Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

 Jennifer O’Malley, pediatrician and the youngest of seven in the O’Malley clan.  None of the O’Malley’s are related by birth.  Jennifer  met Tom Peterson, a surgeon who works at the same hospital.  Tom introduces her to a Jesus she has never known in a way that is not pushy or “preachy”.  It is a simple story of acceptance and faith.  Jennifer’s faith will be tested and since she is new to Christianity, will her fragile faith stand the test?  As you turn the pages you will see how she begins to deal with her first real trial as a Christian.
I fell in love with Jennifer from page one.  Her character is so believable I felt like I was right there suffering through trying to accept the Bible and God as truth.  I felt her agony when she lost a patient and I felt her joy when she began to realize “Jesus Loves Me”.  I would recommend this book, if you need an inspirational uplifting story in your life.  It is filled with a little romance, compassion, love, God’s grace and a lesson in faith.
This is the first book I have read in the O’Malley series and I am looking forward to reading the next book.  Ms. Henderson in my opinion has done an excellent job in teaching about God’s love and faith without being overbearing. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 
About The Author:
Dee Henderson is the author of seventeen novels.  She is well known for her O'Malley series and the Uncommon Hero series.  She has received and has been nominated for many awards.  Be sure to stop by and visit her at:  Dee Henderson.  You will be able to read the first chapter of many of her books.
 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Book Review-Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd


 
 
Pennsylvania Patchwork
By: Kate Lloyd
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Publish Date: June 1, 2013

 Holly Fisher returned to Lancaster County PA after learning about the family her mother had kept from her.  She falls in love not only with her family but also the simplicity of the Amish life.  However she struggles to find peace with her mother for keeping her family a secret until she is grown.  .  All she has ever wanted is to have a husband, children and a family to love, but didn’t expect to be faced with choosing between three suitors.   Zachary Fleming, a Mennonite Veterinarian, has asked her to marry him, Armin King; a good looking Amish man is trying to win her heart and Larry an old friend from her “English” world shows up with an engagement ring. 
Will she be able to give up the life of the “English” for the slower paced life in Lancaster County and be able to choose the husband she feels God has intended for her life mate?  Will she find it in her heart to have forgiveness for her mother?  The answers to these questions are revealed as you read the book. 
I am in hopes there is a sequel to this book because it left me with some unanswered questions, such as what happened to Rascal?  What happened between Nathaniel and Esther, Holly’s mother?  Does Armin pick up and leave or does he settle down for good this time? 
I enjoyed reading this book very much.  It was inspiring.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, David C. Cook, through  Net Galley blogger program for review. 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-Blowing On Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

Blowing On Dandelions
by
Miralee Ferrell
Publisher: David C. Cook
 
Katherine Galloway is a widow with two small daughters who struggles to provide for them by running a boardinghouse.  Katherine found it difficult to find balance between being a widow, a business woman in a man’s world in the 1880’s and being a single mom.   She didn’t think things could get worse until her sister passed away and her mother came to live with her.   As a child Katherine felt she never measured up to her mother’s standards and was never given love.  Her mother thought her daughter hated her, but couldn’t understand what would cause her daughter feel that way.  Through their journey will they find resolution to their problems?  Will she find love again?  Will she continue to depend on God to show her how she should handle the situation with her mother?  These are all questions that will be answered in the amazing journey as you turn the pages of this book. 

I felt Ms. Ferrell did a fabulous job of making the characters real.  I fell in love with Katherine’s character from the first page.  If you have ever felt like you were not good enough in your parent’s eyes, I think you will be surprised to see the situation from both points of view.  I enjoyed how well she brought in using God as a source of strength and support without being overpowering.
I would definitely recommend this book.  It is filled with insecurity, loneliness, love, finding common ground in a difficult situation and compassion.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, David C. Cook, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.