Monday, January 18, 2016

Book Review-Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley


Calico Spy
By:  Margaret Brownley
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Shiloh Run Press

Calico, Kansas will never be the same once Pinkerton agent, Kate Madison arrives to find out why two Harvey House waitresses have been brutally murdered.

Branch Whitman, Calico’s sheriff can’t stand Pinkerton agents and is stunned to find out that Kate is and undercover agent.  He is just not sure they can work together and the feelings are mutual.

Who would know the sheriff harbors a secret that could cause him to lose his son and when a tornado hits the town he realizes he must work with Kate to find the killer and to save his son.

Margaret Brownley never fails to write a story that will hook you from the first page.  The twists, turns, suspense and humor in this book will keep you turning the pages.  I especially loved the scene when Kate accidentally foiled a bank robbery.  This book is a light-hearted novel that is sure to make you laugh. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, 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-The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes


The Mountain Midwife
By:  Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher:  Zondervan Fiction

Ashley Tolliver’s women folk have helped deliver babies in the Appalachia’s for generations so it only seemed natural that Ashley would follow in their footsteps. 

Ashley feels with being a mid-wife she has pretty much seen everything from drugs to poverty, but was completely taken by surprise when she helped a young woman give birth in the middle of the night and as Ashley was making arrangements for the baby and the mother, who was profusely bleeding, to go to the hospital they are abducted.  Ashley must find the baby and her mother before it is too late. 

Hunter McDermott finds out his parents are not his birth parents and is now trying to find his real birth mother.  He receives a mysterious call from a woman claiming to be his birth mother from somewhere in Virginia.  He finds in his journey the people in the Appalachian Community are not very trusting of outsiders, so he turns to Ashley to help him find the mid-wife who delivered him in hopes he can find his mother before it’s too late

Life for Hunter and Ashley become entangled they search for the young mother and her child and Hunter’s birth-mother while dealing with their feelings for each other.

This is a book filled with love, forgiveness and second chances.  As Hunter struggles to understand why his mother gave him up as a baby he finds a peace that can only come from God.  Ashley struggles with wanting more in life than just being a mid-wife, but also wondering if midwifery is God’s plan for her.  I couldn’t put this book down, maybe because my roots are from the foothills of the Appalachia’s or maybe I am just a romantic at heart.  No matter the reason this is a book that will remain in your heart long after you have read the last page.  I would highly recommend this book.

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-The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston


The Forgotten Recipe
By:  Amy Clipston
Publisher:  Zondervan

Description
Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves his fiancée, Veronica Fisher. As for Veronica, she knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love (or be loved) again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi's raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause . . . despite her best efforts.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica's bake stand every week . . . and it's for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronica's heart thaws, Jason can't bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

Any Clipston never fails to lift my spirits with her wonderful books.  In my opinion she is by far the best Amish writer because although her books have an Amish storyline, the situations can be applied to anyone’s life.  In “the Forgotten Recipe” Veronica was sure she would never love again and when she had feelings for Jason, she felt she had betrayed Seth’s love for her.  Jason also has his ghosts that he must confront before he can ask Veronica for her love.

This book is about learning to love again after the loss of someone you love and opening your heart to God’s will.  This book is filled with love and inspiration.  It is a great book for the romantic at heart.

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-Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey


Written in Fire
(The Brilliance Trilogy)
By:  Marcus Sakey
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer

For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed.
The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.
Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them.
If you are a fan of Science-Fiction this is one book you won’t want to miss.  It takes you beyond reality, yet leaving you wondering if it could become reality?  The storyline is complex and the characters are just as complex.  The thought-provoking situations will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.  The ending for me was not unexpected but yet not exactly what I expected.  This is a must-read for Science Fiction fans.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, 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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Book Review-Two to Wrangle by Victoria Vane

Two to Wrangle
#2 Hotel Rodeo
By:  Victoria Vane
Publisher:  Kensington Books

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Kensington Books through NetGalley for review.  I should have done further research before committing to reading this book.  I am sure it would be a good fun book to read if I could get past the language and the graphic sex images presented.  I did read half of the book before I gave up.  I am not a prude and don’t normally mind a little language and sex, but this, is not my type of reading material.  Definitely adult content!


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Kensington 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-The Word of Promise New Testament Audo NKJV Bible


The Word of Promise…New Testament NKJV Audio Bible
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

This Bible comes alive with the voices of many star-studded actors/actresses.  The music and sound effects are definitely theater-quality. 

I usually shy away from audio Bibles, but since receiving a copy of this one, I have compared it to several others and find this one, in my opinion, is the best.  I think this is superbly done.  It will appeal to the person who is a non-reader but would enjoy hearing God’s Word also for those who live a busy life-style and find it hard to fit in time to read the Bible, and I could see this being a tremendous blessing to the visually impaired or those in a nursing home.  This is easy to carry with you since it comes in its own carrying case.  It is easy to pop into the CD player in your car and listen while you drive. Maybe if enough people were listening to this while driving there would be less road rage…at least we could hope!  The different voices and background music is sure to keep you interested.  The first time I listened to it, I listened to the whole book of Matthew before I realized it was finished!  Although I am a KJV fan, I would not hesitate to recommend this audio New Testament. 

Thank you Thomas Nelson, for allowing me the pleasure of listening and reviewing this audio Bible.  Hopefully there is an Old Testament version in the works??


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this audio Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook 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.