Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review-A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook 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.

About the book:

Because of Annabelle Thorley’s deceased father’s financial ruin, her fiancĂ© decides to call off the wedding.  Her future prospects for a husband are not looking very good and to top it all off she is not at the mercy of her cruel brother. When she was a young girl she visited Fellsworth with her mother and her uncle told her to remember she was always welcome if she ever found herself in need.  Her only hope is to go to Fellsworth to her Uncle, in hopes she can have a normal life.  Although Annabelle had never had to work in her life, she begins teaching and finds it difficult to do things for herself that other people used to do for her.  It is not easy but she is determined to make her own way and not return to her brother’s home.

At the school Annabelle, meets Owen Locke’s daughter and falls head over hills in love with her.  Owen is a widower and is extremely protective of his young daughter.  However once he meets Annabelle, his once regimented life is in turmoil.  For the first time since his wife died he wonders if he can have a second chance at love, but first before he can think of developing a relationship with Annabelle, he must find out who is poaching on the land he is hired to protect. 

He wonders if they be able to find a future together?

My Thoughts:

Annabelle’s story will steal your heart.  At first her inability to take care of herself and make friends will make you wish you could give her a hug and tell her not to give up hope.  As she becomes more confident, she finds she is able to do most anything she puts her mind too.  Owen and Annabelle’s story will take you on a journey of theft, murder and mysterious strangers stealing their peace.  You will also see love, forgiveness and courage at work.   I love Sarah Ladd’s books.  Her characters are so well developed they feel real.  I highly recommend this book.   

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Review-Threads of Suspicion By Dee Henderson

Threads of Suspicion
An Evie Blackwell Cold Case
By Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through their blogger review program. 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.


Evie Blackwell is a top notch investigator for the Illinois State Police.  She has recently been appointed to the governor’s Missing Person Task Force, which is an elite group that will investigate cold cases. 

Evie and her new partner David Marshal are assigned cases in suburban Chicago. Evie is looking for missing Brighton College student, Jenna Greenhill and David is looking for missing private investigator, Saul Morris.  At first glance these cases seem to be totally unrelated, but then clues start crossing each other’s case.  David and Evie feel that everyone deserves justice no matter how old the case, but with the twists and turns in this book, there are personal questions that are unanswered for both of them, making them want justice more than ever. 

For me the book had a slow start, but being a fan of Dee Henderson, I felt there was a reason and stuck with the first few chapters.  As the book progressed I was hooked on the career of Evie Blackwell.  As Henderson weaves a story of murder, mystery and romance, she portrays Evie a strong confident person in her career, however her personal life is a mess.  She is sure she loves her boyfriend, Rob Turney, who has asked her to marry him, but she cannot get past his wealth and his parents seemingly disapproval of her career choice.  She simply doesn’t feel like she can ever fit into their world.   Will God be able to give her peace and show her his will in her life regarding Rob? 

In this book along with mystery and suspense there is also inspiration as David’s girlfriend, Maggie struggles with accepting that Jesus is real and that he did raise from the dead, however it is in no way “preachy”.  I truly loved the inspirational part of this book.   Maggie raised questions that a lot of people ask and Henderson’s answers were true and easy to understand.  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Review-The Noble Servant By Melanie Dickerson





The Noble Servant
By:  Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson


Disclaimer:  I received this eBook 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.


From The Book:
She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.
Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter bearing his seal, asking for her hand in marriage.
But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Disguised as a shepherd, Steffan hopes to gain entry to the castle and claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg.
Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese.
Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen are reunited in the shepherd’s field. Together they conspire to get back their rightful titles. But they must hurry . . . or else they risk losing it all to his uncle’s evil plan.

My Thoughts:


If you are a fan (like me) of Historical Romance this book is sure to captivate you from the first page.  The twists and turns of this book definitely show that evil doesn’t pay.  You will find yourself holding your breath waiting for the next shoe to drop.  In the journey that Steffan and Magdalen are destined to take in order to take back their titles, you will find love, forgiveness, compassion and love.  This is the first book I have read by this author, but am looking forward to reading more of her books.  It is an afternoon of clean entertaining reading.  

Book Review-The Beloved Hope Chest By Amy Clipston






The Beloved Hope Chest
(An Amish Heirloom Novel, Book 4)
By: Amy Clipston
Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Zondervan

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Zondervan, 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.

About the Book:

Mattie Fisher decides to tell her daughters about the secrets she has been keeping from them all these years, but with each article she takes from her hope chest she wonders if she is ready to deal with the pain of opening those old wounds and if her daughters will think less of her.  Her hope is that she can show her children that out of painful memories and sorrow one can find love and redemption. 


My Thoughts:
Amy Clipston is one of my favorite Amish writers.  I have read all four of these books and really hate for the series to end. 


Mattie Fisher’s story will steal your heart.  As she tells her daughters her memories you will find yourself reaching for the tissues, so keep them handy.  This book is filled with heartache, sorrow, pain, yet it will show that love and forgiveness will triumph in victory.  You will not want to put this book down until you have read the last page…so clear your afternoon.  If you are a fan of Amish stories this series is one you will not want to miss.

Book Review-The Chapel Car Bride By Judith Miller

The Chapel Car Bride
By: Judith Miller
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. 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.

Although Hope Irvine lived a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, when Aunt Mattie died, she decided she was ready to travel in the chapel car to help her preacher father, spread the gospel to those in remote areas.  She was ready for adventure, but when the rail car arrived in the financially hard-hit coal-mining, suspicious-of-strangers, town of Finch, West Virginia, she is not sure what to expect.  Even though life is not exactly as she expected it to be, she is determined to use her music and ministering skills to teach the children about God and take her Sunday school supplies to the neighboring counties. 

Kirby Finch is the manager of the mine.  He has been sent there by his father because he had been caught gambling one too many times and his father told him from now on he had to work for his money.   Kirby offered to help Hope by taking her to the neighboring counties, but his motives were not exactly in step with God’s will. 

Luke Hughes is drawn to Hope and her father, because of his desire to learn more about God and because hope is not only pretty but kind too.  Luke has a hard time hiding his jealousy when Kirby offers to take Hope to deliver her supplies, because he knows his motives are not good.  He suspects Kirby will hurt Hope or even worse…put her in danger.  Will he and Hope find a future together? 


Judith Miller does it again with this touching story that takes place in the coal-mining town of Finch, West Virginia during Prohibition. Judith gives a lot of insight to the workings of the mine and the indebtedness to the “company store”.  The poverty and risk of death working in unsafe conditions of the coal mines will tug at your heart. Hope’s character is so well developed when she experiences such poverty for the first time and rejection because she is an outsider you can feel her despair.  Yet she takes that despair and turns it into determination to prove to the people of Finch that God can provide for them…with just a little faith, a whole lot of work and a ton of love.   This book is filled with inspiration, love, forgiveness and second chances.  I love books based on historical facts and this book delivered. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Book Review-Texas Fire By Gerry Bartlett


Texas Fire
By: Gerry Bartlett
Publisher: Kensington Books


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Kensington Books, 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.

Megan Calhoun is the daughter of an oil billionaire and doesn’t give a hoot about anything.  She doesn’t stick with anything very long, simply because she doesn’t have to…that is… until her father dies and in his will states she must learn the oil business in the field of his West Texas oil business for one year, otherwise she will not inherit one cent and she is not prepared to earn money on her own. 

Rowdy Baker, is not only a Calhoun engineer and ex-football star, but also a top notch stud!  The problem is…Megan has to live with him in a trailer, on the road, for one year!  How is she going to protect her heart and learn the family business at the same time? 

Rowdy isn’t happy with the situation either because he knows the riggers, foremen and stock holders are not going to be happy having a Calhoun who knows nothing about anything sticking her nose in their business.   The company is also fighting for its survival, so he knows there is going to be trouble with a capital “T”. 

Once trouble starts Megan quickly learns she must depend on Rowdy’s expertise to help her fix her company and find out who is trying to kill them and why?

This book will capture your attention from the first page and the twists and turns will keep you turning pages.  The characters in this book will have you laughing one minute and holding your breath the next.  If you are in the mood for romance, murder, mystery and a family full of strangers…you won’t want to miss this one.