Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review-Because of You by TK Chapin


Because of You
By: TK Chapin


Samantha Olsen had the perfect life, except when her husband, Dakota was being deployed to Afghanistan.  When those phone calls came, her life went into a tailspin and though she tried, she often could not hide her sadness and grief from Dakota.  When he was deployed this time she was really depressed because she was pregnant with their first son, who would be born before he came home and their daughter Kimmy didn’t even know her dad the last time he came home.  She just wasn’t sure how much more of this life she could handle, yet she knew he joined the army because he wanted to give his family a good life and she couldn’t fault him for that. 

This time while Dakota was on a KLE (Key Leader Engagement) in Afghanistan things went very wrong and Samantha received the news her husband was missing in action.  For the next couple years Samantha didn’t know if her husband was dead or alive, but finally the army sent paperwork stating he had been declared dead…yet she still didn’t have positive proof.  It was time to let God lead her in a new direction. 

Mason…came into Samantha’s life but, she just couldn’t have a relationship with him because he was…ARMY!  She just wasn’t sure she could live that life again…and with Mason came some surprises she wasn’t ready to accept.

This book will grab your heartstrings from the first page.  It will make you laugh and it will make you cry, so be sure to have the tissues handy.  The characters in this book are so well developed you immediately feel as if you are part of them, causing you to be drawn into the drama of their lives.  Although Samantha had great support from her family and friends, the center of her support was her faith in God and in knowing her husband, Dakota also had the same faith.  She knew in both of their lives they didn’t just know about God, but they knew him personally as they had accepted him as their savior.  This book is no way “preachy”.  The references to God and Salvation…just seem to fit!  Many times Mr. Chapin shows where she could have just given up and walked away from God, but instead showed us what can happen if we are willing to trust in him.  This book has many twists and turns that you won’t see coming!  This is definitely a book that will stay in your heart long after you have finished the last page.  This book has it all.  It is filled with love, learning to forgive, trust, faith and even romance. 

Thanks Mr. Chapin for another GREAT book!  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review-The Memory of You By Catherine West


The Memory of You
By: Catherine West
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Women's Fiction

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Net Galley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

After learning that her grandfather had a heart attack, Natalie Mitchell she is forced to return to the family-owned winery, Maoilios in Sonoma.   She vowed thirteen years ago when her twin sister died she would never return, but the winery was failing and her father wanted her to close it. Being a major stockholder she had the power to do so.  Little did she realize she would also be reunited with Tanner Collins her childhood friend.  Tanner is the vintner for Maoilios and fears if Natalie shuts down the winery he will lose his job.  In order to save his job, he must help Natalie find a way to turn the winery around and to save the winery they must heal Natalie’s past. 

From the first page this book will tug at your heart-strings.  Natalie’s captured my heart.  Her character was so well developed you could actually feel her despair as her family manipulated her into doing their bidding, her grief as she mourned her sister’s death and the guilt of the secret she had kept all these years.    With the help of her grandfather, uncle and Tanner Natalie found healing.  This book is filled with love, forgiveness, second chances and even a little romance.


In my opinion this book is a great afternoon read.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review - Behind the Scenes By Jen Turano



Behind the Scenes
By:  Jen Turano
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Netgalley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Even though Permilia Griswold had been introduced into high society in New York, she was destined to be a wall flower.  However she didn’t let that deter her from writing an anonymous gossip column under the name of Miss Quill.  While at Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt’s ball Permilia overheard a conversation threatening Asher Rutherford, a gentleman despite the fact he was the owner of a department store.  Permilia decides it is her place to find and warn Mr. Rutherford about the threat.  He refuses to believe her and dismisses her warning.  Permilia realizes he is not taking it seriously and decides to take matters into her own hands and protect him again his would-be assassins.

In this delightful story, Permilia and Asher are forced to work together.  Their journey is filled with twists and turns and Permilia’s perception of “high society” will keep you laughing.    Although she is considered a wall flower, she certainly isn’t afraid to go after what she wants.  Poor Asher doesn’t have a clue how to deal with her, but finds himself falling for this very unconventional young woman.


This is a great entertaining book.  Once you start it, you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the last page.  Once again Jen Turano gives us another great book!  

Book Review - Thomas Nelson KJV Thinline Bible


Thomas Nelson
King James Version
Compact Thinline Bible


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.


The Bible I will be reviewing today is gorgeous!  It is very soft Burgundy/Brown Leathersoft.  It really looks and feels luxurious.  It is compact, which means it is small enough to fit into a backpack or purse.  I thought at first the print size would be too small for my senior eyes, but was pleasantly surprised.  The font, although small to accommodate the size of the Bible,  is very crisp and clear.  In this particular Bible they used the Thomas Nelson KJV font. 

The words of Christ are in red.  It has several full-color maps in the back and a presentation page in the front, making it easy to give as a gift. At the time of my review, graduation is not very far away and this Bible would be a great gift to give, especially to the collage-bound student.

It has beautifully gold gilded page edges and a double ribbon marker.  The inside of the Bible has a contents page with all the books of the Old and New Testament listed along with their page numbers, making it easy even for the novice Bible reader to find the correct book and page.  Each chapter is divided into subtopics.  In the back of the Bible is a one year reading plan and 30 days with Jesus! It comes in a protective box sleeve.

I am very impressed with this Bible due to its compact size along with its quality.  It is a very convenient size to easily take with you.  Although there are several Bible Apps available, there is something comforting about holding the Word of God in your hands.

The only downside  is:  there are no references so if you are into Bible studying you would need to find an appropriate Study Bible…which you can find at Thomas Nelson. 

In my opinion you can’t beat the quality of a Thomas Nelson Bible!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Book Review-Captive of Raven Castle By Jessica Greyson

Captive of Raven Castle by [Greyson, Jessica]

Captive of Raven Castle
By:  Jessica Greyson


About the book:

The troubled people of war-torn Chambria are on the brink of starvation, and a delicate princess with a recurring nightmare is their only hope. Alexandra knows that her value to her country consists mainly in her ability to marry well, but when she is kidnapped by the rebels and taken to meet the man claiming to be both Chambria’s true king and her real father, her entire world falls apart. Will Princess Alexandra be able to untangle the web of lies and discern who is the true king and her father?


My Thoughts:  
Poor sixteen-year-old Alexandra was thrown into a life of uncertainty not knowing whom to believe and who might be her friends or enemies.  Her one solace was in taking care of baby Brandon.  Fortunately for her Taleon was one who looked after, guided, protected her and helped her find out the truth about her heritage. This book was filled with a lot of details some were on the more graphic side but the romance was mild and of a sweeter nature. Alexandra's character stole my heart and I was hooked from the first page.

I enjoyed this book very much.  


Book Review-Bitter Eyes No More By April W Gardner

Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4) by [Gardner, April W]

Drawn by the Frost Moon
Book 4
Bitter Eyes No More
By:  April W. Gardner


If you love Historical Romance this is a book you will certainly want to read.  

Although this was book four in the series, with the introduction of characters at the beginning of the book I was able to quickly become acquainted with them and could read this as a stand-alone book.  

MS. Gardner brought together the story of Lillian McGirth and Captian Marcus Buck with such attention to  details during the 1817 era of the American, First Nations People, English and Spanish conflict in Spanish Florida that it will captivate your heart from the first page and will keep you turning the pages until the end.    Marcus was sent by Lillian's father to bring her home and their journey is one you will not forget long after you have read the last page. 

Now that I have read this one... I will go back and read the rest of the series.  


Friday, March 17, 2017

Book review-The Legend of the Sand Dollar By: Chris Auer


The Legend of the Sand Dollar
An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter
By: Chris Auer
Illustrated By:  Richard Cowdrey


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Eight-year-old Kerry loves the ocean, and every few years she along with her parents and sister, Margaret go to visit Aunt Jane and Cousin Jack who live near the beach.

This year Margaret and Kerry were going alone, which made Kerry very sad.  Cousin Jack and Kerry took the boat to the beach where they found a sand dollar.  Jack patiently answered all of Kerry’s questions and then explained that even though the sand dollar isn’t real money, it still has value because it tells the greatest story of all—it tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the Easter story. 

Once you read this story to your children they will never look at a sand dollar without remember this story. 

The illustrations are so vivid and beautiful they are sure to keep even the youngest child turning the pages. 

This is a hard-cover book with a beautifully illustrated dust jacket.  This is a great bed-time story and would make a great gift for the Easter season.

Book Review-The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book


The Beginner’s Bible
Coloring Book
Non-fiction
Zonderkidz.com

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

About the book:
*The pictures are nice size and easy to color.
*It has more than 60 favorite from the Old and New Testament
*Fun to color.
*Finished pages can be easily displayed.
*Beautiful illustrations.

This coloring book is for children age 4-8.  It is a great basic coloring book with easy to color images.  This book is divided into sections with each section’s pictures specific to a Bible Story.  The pages to color cover stories from both the Old and New Testament that children love to hear.

In my opinion this is a great way to encourage your children to remember these Bible Stories.  It would make a wonderful gift and give your child hours of coloring enjoyment.


Book review-Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible


Once Upon a Time
Bible Storybook
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Illustrated by:  Omar Aranda

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

From the Book:
The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time”.  “The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible” highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible—including Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Brave Queen Esther, the Birth of Jesus, Feeding the 5,000 and Jesus Resurrection. 

The artwork and illustrations by Omar Aranda will keep your child turning the pages as they learn about the heroes of the Bible.

This Bible has a beautifully illustrated hard cover.  It has a “presented to” page in the front so it can easily be given for a special event or a just because I love you gift.  It covers the ageless stories from both the Old and New Testaments.  There are 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 stories from the New Testament and has 144 pages.  The stories begin with a scripture verse and are short in length insuring it will hold your child’s attention from beginning to end.

In my opinion this is one of the best Bible storybooks for this age group I have read and reviewed in a while and would highly recommend it.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review-Walking in the Spirit By Crystal and T.K. Chapin


Walking In the Spirit
30 Day Women’s Devotional
By: Crystal and T.K. Chapin

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the author for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

“Walking in the Spirit” by Crystal and T.K. Chapin is a five-minute devotional geared mainly for women from single to late in life.  It is one-size fits all.  It is not intended to take the place of deep Bible study but to encourage you take a few minutes a day meditating on God’s word and promise.  It is easy to read, yet filled with thought-provoking points.  It consistently points out that God wants to be ever-present in all aspects of our life. It teaches why it is important to encourage rather than tear each other down and to be submissive to God in all things even to helping those in need and teaching your children by deed and action how God should be put first in your life.

This is a beautifully written devotional that I will read over and over again. 

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Chapin for the wonderful reminders of what God requires of us through-out this devotional.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review-If Only By: T.K. Chapin


If Only
By: T K Chapin

For Elizabeth (Liz), if coping with divorce from Bruce wasn’t enough, a year later her daughter Lillian (Lilly) hasn’t accepted that her parent’s marriage is over either and she now struggles with dealing with Lilly’s sullenness.  Lilly blames her mom even though she doesn’t know the real story.

On July 4th Lilly is supposed to spend the night with her friend, Jess, but according to Jess she never showed up and she didn’t come home.  She just seemed to disappear.  At first Liz thought she might be with her boyfriend, Marcus, but he denied she was with him.  The police didn’t seem concerned so with the help of her neighbor, Cole, they launched a full-scale search to find out what happened to Lilly and try to make sense of why.

The character of Liz is so well developed as a mother; her story melts your heart as she struggles to find her daughter and to keep life some-what normal for her son, Jordan.  With Cole’s help they search tirelessly for Lilly and along the way learn to give it over to God.

This book shows the great love of a mother, but also the greater love of God.  This story will stay in your heart long after you have read it.  In my opinion this is definitely a must-read.  There are so many twists and turns to this book, it will keep you turning the pages. 

It is filled with mystery, drama, intrigue, love, forgiveness and a little bit of reluctant romance. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the author T.K. Chapin for review, T K Chapin.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Book Review-Burn Town


Burntown
By: Jennifer McMahon
Publisher: Doubleday

Ashford, Vermont looks like a typical New England town, but it is far from that to those… that are part of the underworld it’s known as Burntown.

As a little girl Eva Sandeski, (Necco) was her dad’s shadow as he worked on his inventions in his work-shop.  He even had plans that were stolen from Thomas Edison.  It was a machine that if built was supposed to be enable you to speak with the dead.  According to her mother Lily, this is what got her father, respected professor, Dr. Miles Sandeski murdered.  Necco always thought this claim was just her mother’s snuff-induced paranoia.  Necco and her mother became part of the underground at Burntown after the great flood and the murder of her father and brother and it was here her mother became introduced to the powerful herb “devil’s snuff” by the fire-eaters (a group of mystical women, living off the grid).  During another event of her mother’s paranoia she warned Necco they were in danger of being found by someone known as Snake-Eyes.  She dismissed it as simply a ranting until her mother died and then her boyfriend Hermes (Matthew) was found dead.  Suddenly she believes her mother was right and she finds herself on the run from someone called Snake-eyes.

This book is definitely not for the faint at heart. Once you get all the characters in place it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails as you turn the next page.  It has suspense, murder and paranormal all wrapped together.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Double Day through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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-Long Time Gone By: Mary Connealy



Long Time Gone
By:  Mary Connealy
Publisher:  Bethany House
The Cimarron Legacy Book #2


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Bethany House through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.


Once again Mary Connealy brings us another wonderful Historical Christian Fiction romance. 
I fell in love with the Boden Family from the first page and cannot wait for the rest of the series.  Although this is book two in the series, I didn’t have to read the first book to understand the characters, however now that I have read this one, I definitely want to go back and read book one and I can’t wait for book three. 

Angie and Justin are the main characters in this book.  It is fun to watch their love for each other grow throughout the book.  This book is filled with adventure, mystery, murder, forgiveness and love.  What is not to love about cowboys and romance?

This book takes place in New Mexico Territory in the 1880’s.  Someone is trying to take the Cimarron Ranch away from the Boden Family and they will not let anyone get in their way.  Not even friends of the family.  Will the Boden’s be able to protect their family and those they love and not lose the land that has been in their family for years?  That question and more will be answered as you turn the pages of this wonderful book. 


Book Review-To The Farthest Shores By Elizabeth Camden



To The Farthest Shores
By:  Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Bethany House through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.

Jenny Bennett, a hospital nurse at US Army Base, San Francisco in 1898 met the dashing Lieutenant Ryan Gallaher (Galahad) as he recovered from an illness.  Jenny’s Galahad, touched a part of her soul she didn’t know existed and she fell helplessly in love with him.  Jenny was from the wrong side of San Francisco and Ryan was a story-book hero.

President McKinley declared war on Spain and Ryan was shipped out to join the conflict.  For six years Jenny waited to hear from Ryan and only received one letter.  She checked the missing in action lists every week for all those years and was always relieved to not find his name listed.  Suddenly Ryan showed up on base with a four-year-old Asian child.  Rumors were leaked that Ryan had deserted and spent the conflict living in the lap of luxury on a Yacht in Japan.  Jenny didn’t know what to think but she no longer trusted Ryan. He had way too many secrets and had lied to her too many times.   She wanted to walk away and have him out of her life, however that was not to be…Ryan was training Finn to take his place in Japan as a US spy and he had an addiction for opium.  Jenny was sent to Ryan’s country home to help Finn beat his addiction.

Have the tissues ready because this is a book that will definitely pull at your heart-strings.  It is an emotional journey for Jenny from the time she was nine years of age, living on the streets.  She was befriended by Simon who took her in, raised her and sent her to nursing school.  She became a respected person of the community, but that wasn’t enough, she was still distrustful of people and didn’t know how to let God help her deal with her past and insecurities.  This is a story of love, forgiveness, second chances and faith, mixed together with mystery, spies and attempted murder.  


Book Review-Treasured Grace By: Traci Peterson




Treasured Grace
Heart of the Frontier Book 1
By: Traci Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book for free by the publisher, Bethany House through the blogger review program, 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.

I have never read a Traci Peterson book I didn’t like and this one is no exception.  All I can say is have the box of tissues ready especially during the Whitman Mission Massacre.  Traci brings reality to the horror of the massacre not only through the eyes of the pioneers but to the Native Americans as well.  She shows how lack of communication can bring so much destruction. 

Grace Martindale’s parents died and left her to raise her two young sisters, so she made a marriage of convenience with the Right Reverend Martindale.  He wanted to go west to minister to the Indians but would not be allowed to do so unless he was married.  It worked well for both of them.  During the trip Reverend Martindale died and Grace continued on to the mission with her sisters.  Grace is blessed with the gift of herbal healing, but often finds herself at crosshairs with Dr. Whitman, while at the mission.   He has no use for women healers and lets her know the “savages” are his responsibility.  It is here at the mission she meets Alex Armistead, a French-American trapper.   He not only helps her to somewhat overcome her fears of the Native Americans but encourages her to help doctor them.  During this time she learns to trust Alex, which is the beginning of a budding romance. 

This book will capture your heart from the first page and you won’t put it down until you have finished it.  It is fairly fast-paced which will definitely hold your attention.  It is filled with heartbreak, danger, love and forgiveness.  If you are a fan of Traci Peterson…this is a must-read book. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review-Still Life By Dani Pettrey


Still Life
(Chesapeake Valor)
By Dani Pettrey

Blacklisted photographer, Avery Tate, becomes a crime scene photographer.  Being hired by Parker Mitchell, a crime scene analyst, changed her life, but along with that change came feelings for Parker her heart needed to sort out, so after six months she left her job.

Avery suddenly finds herself back among those who blacklisted her because her best friend, Skylar, was going to have her photo displayed at an art exhibition and wanted her there for support.  However when Avery arrived her friend was nowhere to be found and her photo had a disturbing quality about it…she looked dead.

Avery calls Parker to help her find her friend, since the police show little interest due to Skylar’s past.  Avery and Skylar grew up in a trailer park and had gotten into trouble before.  The police wasn’t convinced this wasn’t one of Skylar’s wild escapades.

Parker is willing to help Avery because it will give him time to spend with her and hopefully show her that he has put Jenna in his past.  However, when Parker thinks Skylar is already dead, he realizes Avery may be in danger too and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.

The list of suspects in this story will be leading you on a suspense-filled journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails while turning the page with bated breath to see what happens next.

In my opinion this borders on the edge of being a psychological thriller, but in true Dani Pettrey style, she weaves her magic in presenting another great book woven with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a little romance, along with forgiveness and faith. 

If you are a fan of Dani Pettrey…this is series is a must-read!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review; however 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 9, 2017

Book Review-KJV Word Study Bible


KJV Word Study Bible
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

I’m impressed!  I have totally fallen in love with this Bible!!  If you are like me and want to know the meanings of the words in the Bible that are Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic then this is the Bible for you!  It has over 1,700 word studies and select words explained in each chapter throughout the whole Bible.  I love being able to read the original scripture.  I have always loved the KJV Bible but this one has brought the teachings more to life than any other I have used.  I love the font size and the red-letter edition.  At the beginning of each book there is a summary of what the book is about.  I also like that each chapter is divided into subtopics and there are “watch words” listed at the beginning of the books.  There are a few very detailed maps in the back of the Bible.

Just a bit about the physical features:
It is imitation leather in a rich brown color with darker strips across the front.
Presentation Page
Table of Contents.
The Words of Jesus are in red.
It also has the usual word studies, English Word Index, Concordance and book instructions.
Nice size for easy carrying.
Crisp clear font.
Attached ribbon marker.
Lays flat when open. 

I feel this will definitely become my new study-Bible.  If you are a fan of the KJV version Bible and love to study the meanings of the Greek and Hebrew translations this is a good Bible to start with.  Also if you are new to studying the translations this is a great way to start, however if you are advanced in your Bible studying then you may find this a bit simplistic. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers review program.   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-One Wednesday Dinner By T.K.Chapin


One Wednesday Dinner
(Diamond Lake Series:  Book 7)
By: T.K. Chapin

Newport Police Chief, Brody Jenkins, finally has his life on track…good job, nice home anything a man could want…but…he thought by this time he would have a wife, family and even a dog.  He can’t help but wonder, what are God’s plans for his future?

Jessica, a long time ago girl-friend, suddenly shows up on his door step with a seven-year-old in tow.  She informs him that Peter is his son.  She tells Brody she knows he will need proof and gives him permission to have DNA testing done, while she leaves him for a few days.

Not sure what to do, Brody turns to God, his pastor and friends to help him unravel the events that have suddenly turned his life upside down and to help him be a dad to Peter, if he is Peter’s dad.

Once again T.K. Chapin writes another contemporary Christian fiction romance/mystery that will capture your heart and attention from the first page.  There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this book that are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.  As Brody’s once routine life is turned upside down, Chapin shows how easy it would be to leave God out of the decision –making and he shows how rewarding life is when you let God have control.  This book is in no way a “preachy” type book, but it is filled with inspiration and God’s love.  Although this is book seven in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book.  However I highly recommend the whole series!!!  Way to Go Mr. Chapin; each book just keeps getting better. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review-One Tuesday Lunch By T.K. Chapin


One Tuesday Lunch
(Diamond Lake Series #6)
By:  T.K. Chapin

“One Tuesday Lunch” is book six in the Diamond Lake series.  Although it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand-alone book, however I highly recommend the whole series!

Once again in this book we are re-united with Miley.  She was introduced early on in the series and this book gives us a deeper understanding of her character.  When she meets the gorgeous marine, amputee hunk…Hunter, she is drawn to him in a way she can’t explain.  Hunter has a big chip on his shoulder and Miley’s friends, Serenah, Charlie and ex-boyfriend Brody advise her to use caution if she chooses to pursue a relationship with him.  Things really become complicated when Hunter is accused of murder and Miley’s faith is again being tested on another level. 

If you are looking for a who-done-it book that is filled with mystery, intrigue, romance and subtle introductions to God’s love and mercy…this book has it all!  It will capture your attention from the first page and will keep you hooked until you’ve finished the book.  (I finished it in one setting…and then re-read it again).  I am happy that Mr. Chapin has added a bit more mystery and drama to this book for those of us who like a good mystery. 

I have to say I think this book was written especially for me.  I struggle with turning my problems over to God and leaving them in his care and also with not letting my emotions control a “heat of the moment” situation.  Mr. Chapin subtly shows through-out this book, how sweet the rewards are when we put God first and truly give our problems to HIM.  In no way is this book a religious preachy type of book! 

Thank you Mr. Chapin for another great book! 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review-In The Shadow of Denali By Tracie Peterson


In The Shadow of Denali
By: Tracie Peterson
Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher:  Bethany House

The Curry Hotel at the foot of Mount McKinley (Denali) has new employees, Cassidy and her father John Ivanoff.  John is the wilderness guide for wealthy tourists and Cassidy works as the cook’s assistant. 

President and Mrs. Harding were to be guests at the Curry as they dedicated the new national park and drive the golden spike to complete the Alaskan Railroad. 

Several years before John was the leader of an expedition to scale the Denali.  One of the business men didn’t return and John could never forgive himself.  He is haunted by what could have happened to Henry Brennan.

Allan Brennan comes to Curry to apprentice as an Alaska mountain guide and hopes that he can find the truth about his father’s death.  Henry Brennan’s business partner blames John for Henry’s death.

As Allan begins to unravel what really happened to his father, he and Cassidy become allies and friends.  They realize what happened puts them in great danger…but they will not give up until Cassidy’s father is cleared and Allan knows the truth.

MS Peterson writes another wonderful historical romance!  I was captured from the title and couldn’t put the book down until I finished the last page.  It is filled with mystery, twists and turns along with romance and lots of inspiration and forgiveness.  If you are a fan of Tracie Peterson, which I am, then you won’t want to miss this book. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review; however I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.