Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review-Mortal Threat By A.J. Tata


Mortal Threat
By:  A. J. Tata
Publisher:  Washburn Books

Even though this book is listed as fiction, is it really?  This novel so closely parallels current events regarding ISIS, Ebola and HIV it is almost scary.  Amanda Garrett is a Columbia University medical student who has been recruited by her CIA operative Uncle Matt Garrett to work on Project Nightingale, a program to help find a cure for HIV and Ebola.  She has worked for the past five summers and winter breaks at an orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania, where all the children are ill.  Just as Amanda thinks they have found a cure using a black paste, Mahale, said to be from the Tree of Life found in the Garden of Eden, ISIS tries to abduct her and steal the recipe while using the US Government as a pawn. 

This book kept me turning the pages as the deeply woven plot took me from ancient Nineveh Province, Iraq to modern-day.  The plot is woven with sub-plots intertwined in the Gospels so deeply it left me knowing beyond a doubt (not that I had any doubts) that God’s existence is undeniably real.  As ISIS attempts to kidnap Amanda and steal the recipe for the cure, God’s power is manifested time and again.  Will Amanda ever be free of ISIS?  Will the U.S. Government realize they are being used as a pawn before it’s too late?  Did they actually find the Tree of Life and a cure?  Is there another book of the Bible that pre-dates Genesis, called the Catalyst?  All those questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this breath-holding, nail-biting book.  In my opinion it is one of the best suspense novels ever.  This will definitely remain in my library and will be one I will re-read.  If you love high suspense, this is a must-read!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Washburn Books, 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.



Book Review-Case for Grace for Kids by Lee Strobel


Case for Grace for Kids
By:  Lee Strobel with Jesse Florea
Publisher:  ZonderKidz


From the Back of the Book:
Answers to questions about grace that even adults struggle to answer.

Can God really change lives?

Will He forgive even my worst sins?

Here is a book written in kid-friendly language that gives you all the answers.  Packed full of stories of everyday people whose lives have been changed, the “Case for Grace for Kids” shows that God’s love is for everyone…


My Review:
Don’t let this book fool you…it is not just for kids.  I struggle with God’s grace in some way almost every day trying to explain to others what grace is.  Although I basically read this to encourage my tween-age granddaughter to read it, I came away with a better understanding on how to explain how grace works.  Mr. Strobel took interesting stories of people with grace at work and put them in simple everyday language, making it easy for kids (and adults) to understand.  While reading these stories, my heart was touched by their hardships, but when they realized grace was at work in their lives, my heart rejoiced.  All I can say is… please take the time to share this book with your children.  It is truly a book of grace…and the plan of salvation.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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 Case for Grace-Student Edition by Lee Strobel


The Case for Grace
Student Edition
By:  Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel
Publisher: Zondervan

From the Back of the Book:

…God’s transforming work in lives of people today.
Writing with unusual candor, Lee draws upon his own journey from atheism to Christianity to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love, including stories from those whose lives have been radically changed after discovering the “how” and “why” behind God’s amazing grace….

My Review:
This is a non-fiction book written for teens to show them how important grace is.  Mr. Stobel tells stories of himself and others who have been blessed by God’s loving grace.  He begins this book with himself and his relationship with his own father,  Stephanie, who is orphaned and is told she is worthless from a very young age, then Jud, the addict, Craig, the good-guy, who didn’t feel he needs grace, the Nazi war criminals and Comrade Duch of the Khmer Rouge, to Cody Huff, a street person and etc.  Mr. Strobel shows through these stories, it doesn’t matter your status in life or the sin you have committed, there is nothing so great that God will not forgive if your repentance is honest.  This forgiveness is God’s loving grace.  The events and scriptures in this book show that grace cannot be purchased, it is a gift freely given by God through heart-felt honest repentance.

This would be a wonderful book to share as a devotional with your teen children. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan , Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock



Breaker’s Reef
(Cape Refuge Series)
By: Terri Blackstock
Publisher:  Zondervan

A teenage girl’s body is found in a boat between Tybee Island and Cape Refuge, mimicking a scene in one of famous mystery writer, Marcus Gibson’s books.  Shelia Caruso, his secretary and ex-con, thinks he is eccentric enough to be a murderer but police chief, Matthew Cade isn’t completely convinced Marcus is the murderer.  When Cade and Blair Owens, a newspaper reporter, fine another murdered teenage girl and Shelia’s daughter Sadie goes missing, Cade finds himself a suspect when evidence is left in his truck.

I love MS Blackstock’s Cape Refuge Series.  Her books have fast-paced plots and loads of suspense that will keep you turning the pages. This novel is filled with twists and turns that you won’t see coming.  At one point I had it all figured out only to be surprised at the end.   All throughout her book she subtly inserts God’s love, faith and forgiveness, without being “preachy”.  Even though this book is about murder it leaves you filled with hope because of God’s love.  In my opinion it is a great book.  You do not have to read the previous books in the series, but after you read this, you will want to go back and complete the series.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Book Look Bloggers  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 Reveiw-Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey


Sabotaged
(Alaskan Courage)
By:  Dani Pettrey
Publisher:  Bethany House

Prim and proper Kirra Jacobs and bad-boy Reef McKenna had known each other since they were five years old and were at odds even then.  None of that changed eventhough they are now grown and work search and rescue for Alaska’s Iditarod.  However the chemistry between them currently is changing and they just might have to give up their old arguments. 

Kirra’s uncle Frank Webb is threatened and his daughter is abducted.  He is instructed to pull out of the Iditarod, but when he doesn’t show up at the check point on time, Kirra sneaks out in the middle of the night to track him, but Reef catches her before she can leave on her own.  Without Reef and Kirra’s intervention, not only they, but thousands of others could lose their lives.  Reef and Kirra must find her cousin and get to the finish-line before Uncle Frank. 

Dani Pettrey does it again with another fast-paced, suspense-filled novel that will keep you turning the pages and sitting on the edge of your seat at the same time.   I am sorry this is the last book in this series but am looking forward to MS Pettrey’s future novels.  You do not need to read the whole Alaskan Courage series in order to understand this book, but once you have read it, you will want to go back and real all of them.  I fell in love with the McKenna family from the very first book.  This book is filled with suspense, forgiveness, second chances and even a little romance. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House through the 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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review-Betting on Hope By Debra Clopton


Betting on Hope
By:  Debra Clopton
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction

Maggie Hope, city slicker through and through, is an advice columnist for the Huston Tribune’s column, “Gotta Have Hope”.  She definitely is not a TV reporter which quickly becomes evident as she tries to fill in for her sick friend, Amanda Jones, star host of “Wake up With Amanda.”  Maggie agrees to interview cowboy and horse trainer, Tru Monahan.  There on-camera chemistry is so thick you can see the sparks.  Tru bets Maggie he can teach her to ride a cutting horse and Maggie’s boss sees it as a way to launch Maggie’s career and Tru’s sponsers see it as a way to line everyone’s pockets with money.  Everyone but Maggie seems to forget she is a city-slicker and has never been on a horse much less been inside of a barn. 

Maggie didn’t grow up with a normal childhood.  At an early age she learned she had to take life head-on and that is just what she does with Tru Monahan and the town of Whispering Spring. 

I was captivated from the first page and fell in love with Maggie’s character well before the end of the first chapter.  In spite of her messed up childhood, she pulled her life together and ended up with a spunky attitude and a positive outlook.  This book had me laughing one minute, crying the next and boiling mad the next.  There were times I just wanted to put Tru and Maggie in a bag and shake some sense into them.  There is a little suspense, some romance and a whole lot about love, acceptance and forgiveness. You will learn that sometimes letting go is an act of unconditional love.  This was such an entertaining book, I couldn’t put it down, so read it in one afternoon.  I love Christian fiction and this is one of the best!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, 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.

Book Review-An Amish Cradle By Wiseman, Clipston, Fuller, Chapman


An Amish Cradle
By:
Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller,
Vanetta Chapman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction

This book is four Novellas about Amish families as they experience the birth of their baby in ways that will forever change their lives and not necessarily in the normal way babies change your life. 

IN HIS FATHER’S ARMS
by Beth Wiseman

Ruth Anne and Levi must learn to love and accept their baby once they are told it has Down’s syndrome.

A SON ALWAYS
by Amy Clipston

Carolyn and Joshua are going to have their first child.  Carolyn had a son, Benjamin, when she was sixteen years old.  Even though Joshua adopted Benjamin, Carolyn is filled with doubt he will love and support Ben once his biological child is born. 

A HEART FULL OF LOVE
by Kathleen Fuller

Ellie may be blind as the result of an accident, but she is far from helpless, except in her mother’s eyes, especially with the birth of Christopher and Ellie’s first baby, which are twins.  Ellie’s mother takes over total care of the twins creating lots of stress in the lives of then new parents.  They must find a way to create harmony within the family to insure Ellie will have the help she needs with the babies, yet let her be there mother.

AN UNEXPECTED BLESSING
by Vanetta Chapman

At age 42 Etta and Mose receive the news of an unexpected blessing.  Etta is going to have a baby!  Since she is older, she is considered high risk and is advised to have her baby in the birthing center rather than at home with a midwife as is typical with Amish women.  On their way to the birthing center their buggy gets stuck in a snowdrift and although Mose is reluctant to leave Etta alone he knows he must go for help.  While Mose is gone Etta has time to reflect on things that worry her, such as will she ever see her son David again who left to be on his own?  Will God provide the money they need in order to save their home and will the baby be born in the buggy and will it be healthy? 

Each of these Novellas is about having babies, but each with their own unique circumstances.  I was moved to tears as I read each story as they struggled with love acceptance and faith.  I read the entire book in one setting.  If you love stories about the Amish; this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, 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.



Book Review-Remember the Lilies By Liz Tolsma


Remember the Lilies
By:  Liz Tolsma
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction

Life is was great in Manila Bay, Philippines for lady’s man, Rand Sterling.  He was just where he wanted to be….a socialite on his arm and not only one, but two very prosperous night clubs.  On December 8, 1941 everything changed for Rand and Manila Bay.  The Japanese had invaded Manila, the pearl of the orient.  Rand and thousands of others were put into Santo Tomas, an internment camp.  It was here he met missionaries Irene Reynolds and her aunt.  All Rand could think of, was when the war was over, he was rebuilding his night clubs and expanding throughout Asia and continuing the “good life”.  As the war drug on, life in the camp became almost unbearable.  There was very little privacy and little to eat so people began to die of starvation and beriberi.  If starvation weren’t bad enough they had to endure the abuse by the Japanese on a daily basis.  At one point Rand tried to escape and someone turned him in.  He was captured and sent to prison and tortured.  He was sent to the hospital where he and Irene became friends.  Little by little they learned their lives were intertwined long before the war began.  Each of them had a secret and if the other found out, they wondered if their friendship would survive. 

This book is set in Manila Bay, Philippines in 1941.  It is filled with suspense enough to keep you turning the pages.  Although the author kept the atrocities of war at a minimum, she left lots of room for your imagination to fill in what she didn’t say.    If you are a WW II history buff or a romantic at heart this is a book well worth reading.  God’s love certainly abounds in the midst of war. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, 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.

Book Review-Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock


Twisted Innocence
By:  Terri Blackstock
Publisher:  Zondervan

Trouble seems to find Holly Cramer no matter how hard she tries to avoid it.  Four weeks ago she gave birth to daughter, Lily, and is desperately trying to put her life on the right path while supporting them by working as a part-time PI and a taxi driver.  Suddenly Holly finds herself being mugged and robbed by two drug addicts after she picked them up in her taxi.  Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, Lily’s father, Creed Kershaw, (her one-night-stand-man) returns to her life and this time he is a wanted man….for murder.  Will Holly be able to get her life back on track?  Is Creed unjustly accused of murder?  If so will she be able to help him prove his innocence? 

MS Blackstock does it again!  Since I couldn’t put this book down, I read it in one setting and it kept me on my edge of my seat.  There we so many twists and turns, plots and subplots it kept my eyes riveted to the pages.  The character’s lives were imperfect just enough to make them believable.  Some I fell in love with and others not so much. 

This book is filled with suspense, romance, God’s love, second chances and redemption.  It definitely scores a very high five with me!!!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Zondervan, 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.


Book Review-It's a God Thing by Don Jacobson & K-Love


FROM THE COVER:

Some things in life have no earthly explanation. It’s just a God thing.
Miracles are not reserved for the characters in the Old and New Testaments; they happen to everyday people today, all around the world. Series creators Don Jacobson and K-LOVE Radio Network (14 million listeners) have joined together once again to produce a remarkable collection of modern-day miracles.

Experiences like these are far more common than one may realize.  These more than 50 stories were chosen for their ability to amaze, encourage, and inspire all who live each day with both faith and doubt, victory and despair. Each day, the sunrise itself is a sign of God’s miraculous hand, and these stories prove that it’s only the beginning.

MY REVIEW:

Jacobson & K-Love do it again!  They have compiled a collection of everyday miracles.  This is one of the most up-lifting books you will ever read.  It will show that even in the deepest darkest moments of life, God is STILL in control.  These stories give hope and encouragement.  As I read each story, there was a little something I could identify with and often found myself wiping away the tears.  I was reminded time and again of events I have taken for granted in my life, that were actually miracles through God.  After reading this, my prayer is that I will be ever- mindful to always give thanks to God for His loving mercy and protection in my life.  This is a book well worth reading.

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this book by Senior Publicist, Andrea Sanchez at Shelton Interactive, Publisher Thomas Nelson.  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-Princess Hope by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson


Princess Hope Sticker and Activity Book
By:  Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson
Pictures By:  Omar Aranda
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

First if you have not yet introduced your “little princess” to this princess series, I highly encourage you to do so.  It will delight your child and she is sure to want the whole series.

Each book has 16 pages of fun-filled puzzles, activities and reusable stickers that will delight your child from ages 4-8.  They are a great fun way to learn, without them realizing they are learning.

Princess Hope’s book features her father, the king, and her special animal friend, Lily, who is a little lamb. 

This is a perfect way to keep your little one occupied while at appointments of just for fun.  These sticker/activity books would be a wonderful addition to your child’s Easter basket.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-Princess Faith by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson


Princess Faith Sticker and Activity Book
By:  Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson
Pictures By:  Omar Aranda
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

First if you have not yet introduced your “little princess” to this princess series, I highly encourage you to do so.  It will delight your child and she is sure to want the whole series.

Each book has 16 pages of fun-filled puzzles, activities and reusable stickers that will delight your child from ages 4-8.  They are a great fun way to learn, without them realizing they are learning.

Princess Faith’s book features her father, the king, and her special bunny animal friend, Buttercup. 

This is a perfect way to keep your little one occupied while at appointments of just for fun.  These sticker/activity books would be a wonderful addition to your child’s Easter basket.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-Tiny Bear's Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones


(This picture does not show how adorable this Bible really is)

Tiny Bear’s Bible
By:  Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrations:  Igor Oleynikov
Publisher: ZonderKidz

Who wouldn’t love a cuddly-soft bear?  This little girl bear Bible is sure to delight and become your child’s favorite Bible.  The inside is board-book style, making it easy for little hands to turn the pages and easy to wipe off sticky residue from those little fingers.  MS Jones keeps the stories Biblically correct, yet in simple easy-to-understand language.  The stories are short in length but not in content thus insuring it will hold your child’s attention.  The illustrations are adorable and perfectly suited to each story.  More importantly it is a perfect way to introduce your little one, at an early age, to the wonderful stories in the Bible. 

This would also be a great gift to give for a new baby. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-Little Bunny's Bible by P.J. Lyons

(This is more adorable than the picture shows)

Little Bunny’s Bible
By:  P.J. Lyons
Illustrations:  Melanie Mitchel
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

What a wonderful idea to cover a Child’s first Bible with an irresistibly soft cuddly bunny.  This Bible can be used for either a boy or a girl.

The inside is board-book style, making it easy for little hands to turn the pages and easy to wipe off sticky residue from those little fingers.  The stories are Biblically correct, yet in simple easy-to-understand language.  They are short in length but not in content thus insuring it will hold your child’s attention.  The illustrations are adorable and perfectly suited to each story.  More importantly it is a perfect way to introduce your little one, at an early age, to the wonderful stories in the Bible. 

This would also be a great gift to give for a new baby.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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.






Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review-A Plague of Unicorns By Jane Yolen


A Plague of Unicorns
By:  Jane Yolen
Zonderkidz

FROM THE COVER:
It was never a fair fight

“Young James, the duke’s son, asks too many questions.  At least that’s what everyone at Callendar Castle thinks after all but the last of his tutors quits and his uncle ships him off to be educated at Cranford Abby.  Unfortunately, the once-beautiful abbey has problems of its own, including cracked walls, a leaking roof, and shattered stained glass windows.  Not to mention the pesky herd of unicorns that continues to enter the abbey’s orchards and claim them as their own.
The only hope to save the abbey it seems, is money raised by Abbot Aelian’s golden apple cider, made from a recipe passed down in his family for generations.  But that means getting rid of the orchard’s unwelcome visitors.  And, as everyone knows, unicorns have very sharp horns.  Monks do not.
James has an idea that could help defeat those hungry beasts, but first must find someone to listen to him.  For once, he might be the only one asking the right questions.  And the only one who knows the perfect hero for the job.“

MY REVIEW:
“A Plague of Unicorns” is a fairy tale based in medieval times.  The length of the book and its chapters is not long, which is good, because in my opinion the young reader would become discouraged.  The reason for that statement is…there is no glossary for the unusual words, such as:  scriptorium, oblate, novitiates, flagon, dukedom, clootie and chimera, just to name a few.  I gave the book to my granddaughter and after several times of her asking me the definitions and me telling her to look them up, I could see she was becoming discouraged, so I went through the book and listed all the unusual words with their definitions and that helped immensely. 

The first two-thirds of the book is more about the history with the real adventure starting somewhere around the last third.

Other than that what is not to love about medieval times, castles, princes, princesses, dragons, unicorns, knights, fair maidens and adventure?  I think this is cute fairytale and if you take time to list the definitions of unusual words your child will love it. 

REVIEW BY SARAH:  AGE 10

This book is about a young boy names James who asks way too many questions. His uncle sends him to the Cranford Abbey, hoping they can teach him to be quiet since they don’t talk much there.  They do a lot of studying at the Abbey.  They learn really hard things like Latin, Hebrew and Greek and they learn to do fancy writing.  I also learned that Unicorns can be mean.  They really needed the apples to make cider to sell so they could save the Abbey and the Unicorns kept eating them.  Sandy, a friend of James comes to the Abbey to see if they can keep the Unicorns from eating the apples. 

This book was great because I really LOVE fairy tales and especially if the fairytale has unicorns and knights in it.  Some of words were really hard like scriptorium and chimera so I had to look up a lot until my grandma helped me to write down the hard words and what they mean.  Once we did that it made the reading really easy and I love, love, loved the book.    It was AWESOME!  I hope the author will write more.   

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-Apparent Wind By Dallas Murphy

Apparent Wind
By:  Dallas Murphy
Publisher:  Brash Books

Forging a best-selling book by Eleanor Roosevelt will get you a prison sentence as Dennis “Doom” Lewis soon found out.  He spent five years in prison only receiving an early release to attend the funeral of his crook-father.  Doom learned he had inherited his father’s sailboat and a town in Florida that was sinking. 

Even though the land is sinking it is prime real estate and two unscrupulous developers want it badly enough to kill…AGAIN, as they have already killed Doom’s father and they are willing to go to any length to get what they wanted.  After dealing with killers, corrupt cops and being bombed, Doom teams up with the most unlikely characters to find a way to save his property without ending up dead. 

Doom is willing to go to any length to save what is his, so he hatches a plot that will use a broad range of unlikely characters to achieve his goal that fills the storyline with unpredictable twists and turns as it unfolds.  Although it was an interesting read, at times the storyline was hard to follow as it waned and I found myself skim-reading.  I also felt  it was not  necessary to have so much explicit language to get the point across they were dealing with unsavory characters.   Although this may not have been my choice of book, if you like a little history lesson, mystery and intrigue this would be a book for you. 

Disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of this eBook by the publisher, Brash Books, 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.

Book Review-Patriots, Redcoats and Spies By Robert J & Robert A. Skead


Patriots, Redcoats and Spies
By:  Robert J. Skead & Robert A. Skead
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

From the Cover:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by the British, he enlists the help of his twin 14-year-old sons to get a secret letter to General George Washington. Upon discovering that their father is a spy for the Culper Spy Ring, John and Ambrose set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find Washington and meet up with danger along the way.

My Review:
First of all let me say I was so impressed with this book.  It is an exciting way to introduce the American Revolution to your young reader while teaching them about obedience, love, patriotism and honor.  From the first page it is filled with action that is an attention-getter and remains so throughout the book. John and Ambrose Clark’s father, Lamberton, is reluctant to have his 14-year-old sons do the job he has been commissioned to do.   However he also realizes he has no choice after being shot and without the information getting to General George Washington, there will lots of lives lost and possibly the loss of the American Revolution.  Lamberton puts his trust in God that he will keep his sons safe and the boys, although terrified on this journey, learned to pray from the example their mother set, and to trust God to provide for them.  This 188-page book will teach your child not only the significance of obeying, but also trusting God and it will teach them about the American Revolution and the difference between Loyalist and Patriots in a really fun way.  They won’t even realize they are learning history.

It is a well written book bringing faith and history together.  Being an American History buff…I recommend this book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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-My Heart Stood Still By Lori Copeland


My Heart Stood Still
Lori Copeland
Harvest House Publishers


“My Heart Stood Still” by Lori Copeland is the sequel to “Sisters of Mercy Flats”.  Although you need not read the first book, after reading this one…you will want to read it!

The three lovely McDougal sisters, Amelia, Anne-Marie and Abigail were orphaned at an early age and raised by the mission nuns in Mercy Flats, Texas.  Although beautiful, these three sisters can pull a con so fast, the swindled won’t even realize it till long after the dust has settled.   As the story begins Anne-Marie and her sisters are in a jail wagon being transported to jail for a scam they pulled against A. J. Donavan.  Anne-Marie warned her sisters this may not be wise since Donavan was more intelligent than most of their marks.   Suddenly their wagon is being chased by Comanche Indians.  Out of no-where a large intimidating man lifted Anne-Marie onto his horse and rode for dear life to outrun the Comanche.   Her sisters had also been rescued but were taken in a different direction.  Anne-Marie was terrified to think of what would become of her and  them and wondered if they would ever see each other again.  Her savior and protector, Creed Walker a Crow Indian, delivers her to border town High Bluff, Texas  where he hopes she can find her way back to Mercy Flats, but she runs smack into A.J. Donavan, who immediately has her arrested and thrown into jail along with Creed simply because he was with her.   The sheriff who is corrupt holds a trial in the jail and sentences them to hang at sunrise.  John Quincy Adams, a black man arrives at the jail to again accuse Anne-Marie of stealing his Aunt Edna’s brooch…however it was all a farce to break Creed out of jail.  Unwilling to accept being left behind again, Anne-Marie jumped into the wagon with Creed and Quincy and left High Bluff in a trail of dust…only to find out they had stolen a wagon filled with gold as their get-a-way transportation….

The storyline of this book is filled with adventure and laughter. Three unlikely characters, a woman, an Indian and a black man, team up to right a wrong.  This story has so many twists and turns it will not only keep you turning the pages but will also keep you laughing.  Anne-Marie’s hair-brained ideas, more than once, will come in handy to save their lives and out-wit the outlaws that are following them.  The three sisters are not a bad lot and the swindles they pull are not for personal gain, but to help the mission.   One might say they are lady Robin Hoods.  Throughout all these events that take place Anne-Marie’s faith is challenged and she finally accepts God and His will.  However this is not a “preachy” type book.  I am a big fan of MS Copeland and enjoyed this book immensely.  If you like historical romance and suspense…please don’t miss this book.  It is highly entertaining and I wasn’t able to put it down once I started reading it.
Disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harvest House, 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.

Book Review-Where Trust Lies By Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan


Where Trust Lies
By:  Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
Publisher:  Bethany House

Beth  Thatcher, an Eastern socialite, has been living and teaching in the wilderness of Coal Valley in Western Canada for the past year.  Her heart is in turmoil because she feels she no longer belongs among the rich and elite.  Upon arriving home she is immediately spirited off on a cruise for a girl’s family holiday.  Beth realizes it will not be easy to reconnect with her mother and her sisters after the poverty of Coal Valley.  Her younger sister makes some poor decisions that will put her life in danger and Beth does all she can to keep that from happening…Will she succeed?  Will she return to Coal Valley?  Will she be able to reunite with her family?  All these questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this beautiful novel. 

This is the second book in the Canadian West Series. The first book finds Beth leaving her pampered life style to teach in the Coal Valley.  This book starts as the year of teaching in Coal Valley ends with the hope of being hired to return in the Fall.  Although the hardships have been many, she finds the people of Coal Valley have stolen her heart.  She returns home with a heavy heart because she no longer fits into that pampered life-style.  She finds her mother’s attitude trying and her sister are superficial.  She does however with God’s help try to rebuild her ties with her family.  The description of the cruise along the St. Lawrence made you feel like you were right there experiencing all the beauty Beth saw.   This was a heart-warming story and I cannot wait until the next in the series. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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.

Book Review-Hit and Run By Maxine O'Callaghan


Hit and Run
A Delilah West Thriller
By:  Maxine O’Callaghan
Brash Books


In the past year Delilah West’s husband was killed, left with her own wounds and high medical bills she struggles to keep the floundering PI business she and her husband started afloat.  Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse…they did.  While out jogging one rainy night a Trans Am driven by Michael Morales a nineteen-year-old teenager, with a juvenile record, hit an old man, Joseph Collins and didn’t stop.  Delilah was the only witness and eventhough she identified the young man…things just didn’t seem to add up, especially after his mother visited Delilah and asked her to prove Michael’s innocence.  As she begins to ask questions, things become even more bazzar.  Suddenly what started out as a hit and run involving Joe and Michael,  mushrooms to include a jewelry store owner, his daughter, an old lady, an ex-con, millionaire businessman, Erik Lundstrom, Charlie Colfax a fellow investigator and friend of Delilah and her late husband, and Greenspace’s Amy Ferguson.  Now all Delilah has to do is figure out how they all intersect and find out what they are hiding, while proving Michal’s innocence and dodging attempts on her life.   

This fast-paced nail-biting suspense-filled novel has twists, turns and subplots that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Since this takes place in the 1980’s it was fun to go back and read a story before the cell-phone era where pay phones were still at every street corner, a twelve percent tip was considered generous and high tech was not yet common.  If you love mystery, murder and suspense I highly recommend you take the time to read this book.  If you have already read it…it is worth re-reading.
Disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of this eBook by the publisher, Brash Books, 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.

Book Review-Deadly Echoes By Nancy Mehl


Deadly Echoes
By:  Nancy Mehl
Bethany House

Hidden away in a closet Sarah Miller and her older sister Hannah listened to the brutal murder of their parents that left them orphaned.  Although Hannah was older she was adopted and Sarah was left in the foster care system to fend for herself.  At eighteen, Sarah left foster care and went to live in Sanctuary with a friend and there she finds love, acceptance, safety and security, until her sister is brutally murdered.  The murder is nearly identical to that of her parents.  Sarah’s once calm life is once again in turmoil as she becomes surrogate mother to her ten-year-old niece and begins to deal with the coincidences of the two murders. Are they related?  Her determination to find the answers causes her to enlist the help of Paul Gleason, Deputy Sheriff of Sanctuary. 

From the very first chapter of this suspense-filled Christian fiction novel it will grab your attention and hold it until the last page.  It certainly captured my heart and my interest and I found myself biting my nails each time a male figure came into their lives, because I didn’t want Sarah to trust any man.  I loved the characters.  They were so believable because they weren’t perfect.  Each of their flaws endured them to your heart.  This is a fast paced novel filled with loads of suspense and just a bit of romance.  It is also a compelling story of grief, loss, love and redemption in mankind.   I couldn’t put the book down so read it in one setting.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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.