Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review-Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling


Streams of Mercy
By:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  Bethany House

“Streams of Mercy” is part of the continuing saga of the Bjorklund Family of Blessing, North Dakota. 

Anji Baard Moen’s husband died while they were in Norway.  She returns to Blessing, North Dakota because she wants her children to grow up in a loving community and home, not in the formal environment of her in-laws home in Norway.  Although it is easy for her to return to a familiar routine of teaching school, writing newspaper articles and taking care of her children, she is not prepared when a circus train arrives in town, bringing with it an epidemic of Diphtheria.  She and Thomas Develin, a minister who arrived in Blessing with no church, has become more than friends, but he has suddenly been asked to take a parish in St. Patrick on the lake, in Michigan.  He asks Anji to be his wife and to go with him.  Her emotions are all over the place as she doesn’t want to leave Blessing because it is home and it’s comfortable but she also feels she is called to stay and take care of Thorliff to whom she was engaged a long time ago.  What will happen to the town of Blessing?  Will Anji and Thomas find a way to work things out?  These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “Streams of Mercy”.

I have become a big fan of Blessing, North Dakota and “Streams of Mercy” did not disappoint.
Each time I pick up one of these books it is as if I am stopping in to visit with old friends once again.  There is always a heartfelt welcome from Ingeborg, Drs. Astrid and Elizabeth Bjorklund, and Miriam and Trygve.  Manny and Ben are still filled with mischief but are growing into fine young boys. 

“Steams of Mercy” is basically the story of Anji Moen, but also about how Blessing pulls together to survive the epidemic of diphtheria.  Eventhough there is so much sickness and death; they learn forgiveness and find increased faith.  Once you start reading this book you will be hooked.  I often wish I could have lived in a time where God and faith were practiced daily and in a time when “politically correct” was not thought about and God and respect were taught in our schools. 

If you long for an inspirational book…please read “Streams of Mercy”

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.

Book Review-Shades of Doon By Corp & Langdon



Shades of Doon
By:  Carey Corp & Lori Langdon
Publisher:  Blink

Description of the Book from the Dust Cover:
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
My Review:
Third in the Doon series…it just keeps getting better and better.  I was truly enchanted by this book.  Corp & Langdon have taken Brigadoon and turned it into a modern-day fairy tale.   Veronica and Kenna find themselves embroiled in fairytale out-of-this-world situations often being jerked from one realm to another.  Veronica and Kenna try to save Doonians from the witch of Doon, but the cost could be greater than they expected.  The twists, turns and enchantment will certainly keep you turning the pages.   This is a must-read if you are a Brigadoon fan or love fairy tales and handsome princes.  Although it is for the young adult reader, I absolutely love this series, maybe because I am a romantic at heart or maybe it’s because Brigadoon is my all-time favorite movie.  I think this would be a great movie series for Hallmark. I can't wait for the next in the series!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Blink, through, 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-Out of the Ashes by T.K. Chapin


Out of the Ashes
By:  T.K. Chapin


Kane McCormick at fire station 9 finds himself in a difficult situation and is also dealing with his mother’s battle with cancer.  After suspension from work, he turns to alcohol in order to drown his troubles.

His mother suggests he spend some quality time with his nephew, Christopher, as he too is going through some tough adjustments.  When he and Christopher go to the park to play ball he meets Kristen and her son, who are both involved in church.  Kristen and Kane seem to click as a couple, but his drinking is a sticking point in their relationship.  His mother’s death left him devastated but it is what he and his sister discovered after their mother’s death that seemed to send them into a tail-spin.

Will Kane be able to move beyond the difficulties he is facing?  Will anyone be able to get through to him?  Will he and Kristen find love?  These are questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of “Out of the Ashes”. 

All I can say is, anytime I get a chance to read any work by T.K. Chapin I grab at the chance, because I know I am going to receive a blessing.  Chapin has the ability to take real-life situations and show how God can heal and forgive.  In this particular book Chapin shows how people who are seeking God are not open to Bible Scriptures but through love and compassion they can find what God means.  He shows how God can forgive and heal broken hearts and how he can nourish fledgling love while increasing faith. 

Although Kane is a good person and will do anything to protect those he loves, including going to jail and getting suspended from work, his life is missing something.  This book is filled with love, compassion, forgiveness, faith and hope.  The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages as you discover how love wins all for this family.

I highly recommend this book.  This is a story that will appeal to the Christian as well as the secular population. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bata eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, 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-Return to Christmas ByKati Macias




Return to Christmas
By: Kathi Macias
Published By:  New Hope Publishers

Description:
He's a marine. He doesn't need help. He needs employment. He certainly doesn't have issues so why can't he seem to readjust to being stateside with his family? And what's up with all the people in his life? His friends have adopted a little three-year old boy with serious issues. There is something about that little boy that resonates with tough-marine Chet but he can't quite put his finger on it. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his marine-tough heart or will he forever slip into a dark, spiraling depression?

Kathi Marcias takes the difficult subject of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and weaves a beautiful story about Chet and Jeneen as they struggle with this issue.  She shows through prayer, love and faith how triumphant your victory can be in your journey with God.  She not only talks about PTSD but also Attachment Disorder where we meet Steve and Breanna who struggle to help their adopted son as he struggles with his demons from his early childhood.  In this book MS Marcias shows time and again the peace that can be found in placing your trust in God.  It is a beautiful, compelling story that will remain in your heart long after you have read the last page. 

I would highly recommend this book, especially if you have someone in your life dealing this these issues, but even if you or a loved one is not facing these issues you will find a blessing as you turn the pages in this book because each page is filled with hope.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, New Hope Publishers, 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-Beyond the Cherokee Trail By Lisa Carter



Beyond the Cherokee Trail
By: Lisa Carter
Published By:  Abingdon Press

After 180 years the wounds are not healed and prejudices still run deep. 

Description
When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head on—literally—into arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago.

Though at odds over the commemoration, Linden and Walker must unite against an unseen threat to derail the festival. Together they face an enemy whose implacable hatred can be traced to the events of the Trail, a dark chapter in America’s westward expansion. When called to resurrect his sniper abilities, Walker must thwart the enemy who threatens the modern-day inhabitants of tiny Cartridge Cove—and targets the woman who has captured his heart.

I was hooked from the first page.  I couldn’t put it down so read it in one afternoon.  I love books that have a fiction story-line but are based on historical fact.  This is one of the best.  The atrocities the Cherokee faced during deportation will bring tears to your eyes and their triumphs will bring joy to your heart.  This book is filled with a little mystery, romance and forgiveness.  I highly recommend this book…just be sure to have the tissues near by.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Abingdon Press, 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-Undercover Bride By Margaret Brownley


Undercover Bride
By:  Margaret Brownley
Published By:  Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Shiloh Run Press

Maggie Cartwright (aka Maggie Taylor), a lady Pinkerton detective, will do anything needed to get her suspect, including answering an ad for a mail-order bride.  Garrett Thomas was suspected of robbing a train and killing the guard.   Garrett fit the description to a “T” of the train robber.  Since his wife died leaving him to raise two small children, he placed an ad in the paper for a mail-order bride and the Pinkerton agency sent Maggie undercover.  Maggie was a good detective and she was determined to prove that Garrett was the robber, find the money and get out…however she didn’t expect to fall in love with two adorable children or their dad.  The more she learned about Garrett the more she was convinced he was innocent eventhough the evidence was proving otherwise.  How can she turn a man in for a crime her gut tells her he is innocent of?   

This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time.  The antics of each of the characters will keep you turning the pages as some of them will cause you to laugh and others will bring tears. The characters are truly delightful.  You will fall in love with each one for a different reason.  You will love Maggie from the first page and her partner Rikker will quickly cause laughter for his wild and crazy modes of disguise and for his love and protection of Maggie.  Garrett will steal your heart because he is a lost soul since spending time in Andersonville Prison…yet he is filled with love and compassion for those he loves especially his mischievous son, Toby and his adorable daughter, Elsie as well as his hypochondriac, Aunt Hetty.  Although there are several characters, the story line is easy to follow and each character has a specific role in making it all come together. 

What is not to love about this book?  Absolutely nothing…it has everything from romance, mystery, suspense, laughter, tears, and history, to sharing God’s love.  Although it is Christian based it is not a “preachy” type book.  I highly recommend this book especially if you like fiction Historical romance that is based on historical facts. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc./Shiloh Run Press, 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.