Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review-Counted With the Stars By Connilyn Cossette


Counted With the Stars
By:  Connilyn Cossette
Publisher:  Bethany House

About the book:
Kiya is sold into slavery by her father to a mistress, Tekurah, who enjoys nothing more than humiliating her and the man she is supposed to marry deserts her.  When the plagues come Kiya is in the middle of it all.   In order to save her brother and free herself from slavery, she flees Egypt with the Hebrews during their Exodus.  Kiya finds herself depending on a God she knows nothing about and she falling in love with a man who despises all Egyptians, including her, even though she has done nothing to him.  Her incredible journey is not only physical but also one of the heart as she opens it to the one and only Yahweh and falls in love with a man who despises her. 

My Review:
Can you imagine a life of being sold into slavery by your own father and fleeing your home country with people who serve a God that is foreign to you?  I can’t even begin to imagine what life was like for Kiya as she took this spiritual and physical journey.  Thankfully in the midst of all this turmoil she is befriended by a Hebrew slave, Shira, who shares her faith in God.  During the long Exodus Shira and her brother Eben help Kiya and her brother, Jumbo, learn to accept the Hebrew ways and teach them about God. 

All of my life I have read the Exodus from the Bible but never took the time until now to look at it through the eyes of a slave.  Cossette’s version of this story will forever challenge me to look at things from both angles.  As I read this book I enjoyed learning about Egyptian culture. I was also filled with wonder as I read about the plagues again with this time being an accounting from a slave girl.  With Cossette’s descriptions of the plagues you could feel the fear that Kiya felt and the awe she felt in the presence of Moses and when God spoke.  It was such a surreal feeling.   This book is filled with God’s love, goodness and mercy.  After reading it, you will feel a renewing of God’s love in your heart and it will remain with you long after you have read the last page.  I highly recommend this book.  It is one of the best fictional stories of the Exodus I have ever read.  I love that the basis of the story stuck to the scriptural accounting from the Bible.  It is a definite must-read!

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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review-The Midwife's Dilemma by Delia Parr



The Midwife’s Dilemma
By Delia Parr
Publisher: Bethany House


Setting:  1830’s Pennsylvania
The third book in the At Home in Trinity Series.

Widow Martha Cade realizes that only life in Trinity is changing too fast but also in her personal life.  She finds herself struggling with her daughter’s desire to marry the new doctor in town, Dr. Benjamin McMillan, especially since she and the doctor don’t see eye to eye.  She has also been asked by Widower Thomas Dillon to marry him, but up until recently was unsure that was what she wanted to do.  However once he returns from his trip she would give consent to marry him with conditions.

Martha had to find someone to take over her job as midwife before she could marry Thomas because she knew the demands of her job would not be to his liking and the demands on her body were taking their toll.  Martha is having difficulty dealing with the fact she is getting older as are her children and she needs to let them go and try their own wings.  She is finding there are blessings and sorrows in letting them grow up.

Although this book is not fast-paced, it is a book that deals with the inner turmoil of life.  As Martha reflects on things she cannot change and trying to cope with them, I also find myself doing much the same thing.  It also shows even though Martha’s faith in her belief in God is strong, there are times when she has doubt but works through her doubt and regains her balance and faith.

This is truly a book about transitions in life, faith and friendships.  It is well worth reading.
I would like to read more about the transitions taking place in Trinity in the future and life for Martha without being a midwife. 

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-Sins of the Past-Henderson, Pettrey, Eason


Sins of the Past
By: Henderson, Pettrey, Eason
Publisher:  Bethany House

Three great authors in one book are hard to beat!  Having been a fan of Dee Henderson and Dani Pettrey, it was easy to say yes to reading this and now that I have been introduced to Lynette Eason she will definitely be added to my reading list of authors.



Cheyenne, Wyoming Sheriff John Graham receives a call his elderly mother, Martha has gone missing from the home where she is living without a trace.  He flies to Chicago and is met by Lieutenant Sharon Noble of the Riverside police department.  The two have an immediate respect for each other, however their relationship on the romantic side seemed to be forced whereas on the professional side was very easy and natural.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out the who…but did take a while longer to figure out the why.  All in all it was a good novella for an afternoon reading session.  Being a fan of MS. Henderson I would not miss reading it. 

Shadowed-Dani Pettrey
 If you are a fan of the Alaskan McKenna Family, you will be captivated from the first page of this novella.  MS. Pettrey doesn’t disappoint in this fast-paced novella.  When Ben McKenna meets competitive swimmer Libby Jennings there is almost instant chemistry.  Libby’s life is in danger once her Russian team competitor has been found murdered.  Now Ben has to keep Libby alive and find out why Kat was murdered.  In this novella your will find, romance, murder and espionage all rolled into one afternoon of reading.  A must-read in my opinion. 

Blackout-Lynette Eason
Macey Adams cannot let anyone get close to her because she is afraid of what will happen to them.  However her neighbor Chad Latham, a police detective, comes to her aid one night when he hears horrific screams coming from her home.  These two have denied an attraction for each other for several years and Chad didn’t want to push her into a relationship she wasn’t ready for.  After this evening Chad became her protector, and in the quest to put an end to her past and find out who wanted her dead they let their affections for each other mature. 

This was a fast paced novella that will captivate you from the first page and keep you on the edge of your seat to the last page…I would highly recommend reading this.   

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 Atonement By: Beverly Lewis


The Atonement
By:  Beverly Lewis
Publisher:  Bethany House
About The Book:
Past mistakes for Lucy Flaud, an Amish girl from Bird-in-Hand stopped attending young people activities.  At age twenty-five she is past the age of courtship and has given up ever being married.  She begins to focus her life on helping others.  She does not limit her help only the Amish people but also to the Englishers.  No matter how much she does she still feels there is no redemption for her past mistakes.

Dale Wyeth meets Christian Flaud, Lucy’s father, who helps Dale understand the intricacies of living off the grid by inviting him to stay at the family farm.  Christian and Dale’s relationship causes Lucy to question if God is testing her?  Is this a test about her past or is it way that people from different cultures can find new beginnings?

My Review:
Lucy is guilt-ridden by a mistake she made as a teen-ager and has much resentment toward her father.  She wonders if God will ever forgive her for her past mistakes.  She begins the journey to healing by throwing herself into volunteering in soup kitchens, hospice and nursing homes.  She does not limit her help to the Amish, but to anyone in need.  Although all of this volunteer work occupies her time, it does not bring the peace she longs for.  Her father asks her to attend bereavement sessions with him in order to heal the rife between them.  It is here she meets Dale Wyeth, with whom her father becomes friends.  She wonders if this is God’s way of testing her for her past sins or will this be a way to heal?  These are questions that are answered as you read “The Atonement”.  Although it has a liberal amount of God’s love sprinkled through-out it is not overly religious.  It is simply the way of the Amish Culture.  This is well worth reading. 

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-Traces of Guilt By: Dee Henderson



Traces of Guilt
(An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)
By:  Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

This is not your typical Dee Henderson romantic suspense novel.  Instead this is more about closing cold cases using good old fashioned detective work.  Evie Blackwell has been asked by Ann Falcon (from Full Disclosure) to come to Carin County to work cold-cases involving a six year old girl (Ashley Dayton) along with the Florist family gone missing with no traces being left behind, two pedophiles being killed, Karen Joy Lewis hiding from a killer and Grace Arnett trying to find out what happened to her parents so she can begin healing after being abused for years after her parents went missing.  If Evie can close these cases…she might be chosen to work the new cold-case task-force Governor-elect Bliss will be implementing when he is sworn into office.   There is no justice in any of these cases as most of the people died, but there is healing for the community and those family members left behind.  Although this is not what I expected when I picked up the book to read it, I was encouraged by the degree of healing, forgiveness and love for humanity.  I also felt there was a budding romance between Evie Blackwell and Gabriel Thane.  I believe the ground-work is being laid to see them together again in the future in a more romantic setting.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend.


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 Change of Heart By: T.K. Chapin


A Change of Heart
By:  T.K. Chapin

I knew when Mr. Chapin sent me the background on this stand-alone novella, “A Change of Heart”,  it was one I wanted to read and after reading it, I am in hopes he will develop it into a full-blown series.

Charlotte grew up in Mystic Harbor and after a divorce that caused deep hurt, she decided she wanted to raise her daughters in her hometown.  She is working at Steve’s Pizzeria while trying to keep up with her daughters and has no time for a relationship of her own…until Dylan moves in next door. 

The Akins and Townson families are at odds over something that happened hundreds of years ago.
Although Charlotte is not a member of the Akins and Townson families, her alliances lie with the Townson family because of her childhood connection with them, so when Dylan moves in next door she is not sure what her next step should be…but he sure is easy on the eyes…and has a personal relationship with God, which in her opinion is all she could ask for…but he’s got family ties to the wrong family!

In this novella T.K. Chapin steps the romance up a notch, which I love, but still incorporates God’s love and inspiration throughout.  It is filled with learning to trust after devastating situations… and also gives new meaning to..love thy neighbor!...I really do hope this becomes a series.  Way to go T.K. Chapin…keep up the good work and keep the inspirational novels coming. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, 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.