Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review-A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund


A Daring Sacrifice
By: Jody Hedlund
Publisher:  Zondervan


From the Book: 
In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she's grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she's come to despise.

My Review:
Juliana Wessex was a noblelady by birth but her wicked uncle, Lord Wessex, had her father killed so he could take over his land, Juliana’s rightful inheritance.   He thought in the process Juliana had been killed too, but her Bulldog, her trusted friend helped her to escape as her father was dying.  She lived as the Cloaked Bandit for 3 years among the poor people, providing basic essentials for them by stealing from the rich.  They constantly lived in hunger and fear of being found by Lord Wessex.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the day she robbed Lord Collin Goodrich her identity was found revealed all because of her red hair and life for her and the peasants was never the same. 
                                                                                                
MS Hedlund is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are filled with fairy-tale-like stories that are sure to capture your attention young or old, especially if you are a romantic at heart.  This book, A Daunting Sacrifice” is one your young adult will be sure to love since it takes place in the times of kings, knights, lords and ladies.  Who can resist a book filled with noble Knights and a lady in distress?  With MS Hedlund being the author you can be assured this book is very appropriate for your young adult to read without fear of explicit language.  I highly 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.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Review-Flirtation Walk By: Siri Mitchell


Flirtation Walk
By: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House

Lucinda Pennyworth received word her father had died.  She left finishing school and headed to West Point to live with her aunt and hopefully leave behind the life she lived with her con-man father.  Lucinda was determined she was going to become respectable and marry a West Point cadet.

Seth Westcott is a cadet and top student at the academy.  He is also her uncle’s favorite student and a frequent dinner visitor of the Hammond household.  Lucinda likes what she sees in him too, however when Seth’s mother dies, his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler.  All Seth wants to do is go west to get his sister and find the swindler.  Since he is at the top of his class the only way he can be sent out west is to fail…so with the help of his fellow cadets he sets on a course of destruction in hopes it will help him reach his goal of being sent to the frontier. 

This was a fun book to read.  Although Seth’s antics will keep you laughing, Lucinda’s struggle to be a respectable person will tug at your heart-strings.  MS. Mitchell subtly interjects God’s love and grace throughout showing Lucinda and Seth God’s way is far better than man’s way.  Although this is not a fast-paced novel it is steady and will hold your attention.  If you are looking for a light-hearted inspirational book…you won’t want to miss this one.

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-A Treasure Concealed By: Tracie Peterson


A Treasure Concealed
By: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House

Emily Carver just wants a real home…with roots, love, and a family.  She is tired of the life her father chose to search for Gold in Montana. Her mother was dying and she knows it.  Although she has assumed the role of homemaking and caregiving for her mother, she wasn’t ready to let her go.  While her father is in town buying supplies he meets Caeden Thibault, a geologist.  Emily’s father invited him to stay with them, while he is cataloging minerals found in the state.

At first Caeden is reluctant to stay because he is trying to forget about his past and the last thing he needs is romance.  However Emily begins to worm her way into his heart and he is not sure what to do about it.  Living in a Gold mining community is not safe for a young woman even if she does dress like a man. After their home was burned to the ground by an unscrupulous man,  Caeden seems to feel it is his duty to help protect Emily. 

Can these two find love?  Will they allow God to heal their hearts and guide their paths?

I was hooked from the first page of this book.  My heart instantly felt Emily’s pain as she realized her mother was dying.  I also felt her longing to have a normal home and family.  As she and Caeden faced the perils of the mining community, they realized they couldn’t be more different, yet they seemed to be drawn to each other.  This is a Christian historical romance that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the last page and it will leave you wanting more. MS Peterson weaves Emily’s story with God’s love and grace.  She shows that God is always present in our lives even when we walk away.  This is a wonderful book filled with inspiration, without being “preachy”.  It is a book that will leave a lasting impression on your heart long after you have read the last page.  Eventhough it is a romantic story…there are no graphic sexual scenes.  Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors.  You can’t go wrong by reading her books and I highly recommend this one.

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-Dressed for Death By: Julianna Deering


Dressed for Death
By:  Julianna Deering
Publisher:  Bethany House

Newly-weds Drew and Madeline Farthering are celebrating their six-month anniversary at the   home of a long-time friend, Talbot Cummins parents.   The only hitch for Drew was they had to attend in Regency era costumes and had to remain so dressed for the week.  Talbot’s fiancée, Alice Henley, tries to tell Talbot she is concerned about something important, but never seems to find the right time.  At the end of the grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine.  Everyone thinks she took the cocaine on purpose because two of her friends were partaking of it, but Talbot refuses to believe it and enlists the help of Drew to find out if it was a murder or an accident. 

Drew is reeling from shock when the police arrest Tal’s father because he has been smuggling drugs into the country for years.  Drew begins to doubt that he is a good judge of character but because of his friend’s request for help, he begins to unravel the mystery behind the deaths in spite of the danger to everyone he loves.

I loved the setting of this book. I have always been fascinated with early era British Mysteries and I was not disappointed with this one.   It captured my attention from the beginning.  It was fast-paced and well developed.  The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages, with an ending you probably won’t see coming.  I highly recommend this book if you like murder, suspense, mystery and a little romance. 

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-The Lost Truth By: T.K. Chapin

PRE-RELEASE REVIEW


The Lost Truth
By: T.K. Chapin
Release Date:  April 5, 2016

Mr. Chapin never fails to amaze me with how he can take ordinary things we often take for granted, put them in a book at different intervals and pull them all together at the end to make a book filled with inspiration.  In true Chapin form he has done it again in “The Lost Truth”. 

In this book Clay Roberts lost his way after an incident on his Sunday morning church bus route stop at the Country Corner Trailer Park.  He lost not only his family, but also his faith, his home and his job. With no way to support himself he was forced to move in with his sister, Janice, who required him to go to counseling.  Clay wanted no part of it, but knew his sister would inforce “tough-love” then he really would be homeless.  As he began counseling with his pastor-friend, John, along with long-time friend and therapist, Katie, Kip, a bird with a damaged wing and a boat, his soul and body began to heal.

Once again Mr. Chapin takes devastating events in life and shows how God can turn your life around and restore your faith. He shows the journey is not always easy, but the love of God is unfailing.  You will be captivated from the first page as you watch Clay struggle with his demons and lash out at those who love him.   For me, the ending of the book was very surprising but most fitting.

This book is inspirational and thought-provoking.  It provides a simple guide-line for getting your life with God back on track without being “preachy”…I highly recommend this book.  Your life will definitely be enriched for having read it. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this 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-If I Run By Terri Blackstock


If I Run
By: Terri Blackstock
Publisher:

How do you prove your innocence when your DNA is all over the crime scene?  Seeing no way to prove her innocence Casey Cox is forced to run from the murder scene of her best friend, Bruce, and from the law because she doesn’t trust them. 

Dylan Roberts, a veteran with PTSD has been hired to track her down.  Looking at the crime scene he pretty much has figured out what happened but as he searches for Casey things just don’t seem to add up and he begins to doubt she is the killer.  However the murdered man, Bruce was his friend and he was hired by his family to find the killer.  Dylan is torn between wanting to bring Casey in, yet his heart just doesn’t believe she is guilty…she simply doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. 

In true Terri Blackstock style..she once again brings another book that will not only capture your heart from the first page but will also capture your attention all the way through to the end of the book.  The twists and turns in this book will at times keep you turning the pages while sitting on the edge of your seat.  The characters are so well developed you will find yourself not only rooting for Casey, but also wanting Dylan to find a way to restore his soul.  I love that MS Blackstock touches on the trauma of living with PTSD.  It helps to bring awareness to this issue with our veterans.  In my opinion this is a must-read book especially if you like mystery and intrigue.  You can’t go wrong with a Terri Blackstock book!

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Review-Playing the Part By: Jen Turano


Playing the Part
By: Jen Turano
Publisher:  Bethany House

Description from the Book:
Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucinda's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out. 

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows. 

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.


My Review:  Ms. Turano does it again in “Playing the Part”.  The characters are so well developed you feel like you are part of the storyline.  In this book she has you on the edge of your seat one moment wondering what is going to happen next and then suddenly you are laughing.  She definitely has a way of balancing humor with mystery along with a little romance all thrown in at the same time.  I love MS Turano’s books and can’t wait for the next one.

Disclosure 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-Inspiring Words


Inspiring Words
30 Verses From the
Bible you can Color
Publisher:  Zondervan

I have been tempted many times in the last year to buy one of those adult coloring books, but each time I looked at them, none seemed to appeal to me until I looked through “Inspiring Words”.  This coloring book is exactly what I was looking for. There are 30 inspirational Bible verses to complement each uniquely designed line art page. 

They are easy to color, using any medium you choose.  The best part is…this is a wonderful way to spend time with your children and grandchildren or just quiet time reflecting on God’s word.

I can see several of these creations being displayed on the wall in my office. If you haven’t gotten into line coloring and are looking for scriptural inspiration, then give this book a try.  You won’t be disappointed. 

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.