Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Awakening by Traci Higley

Kallie is an ancient history buff and works at a large museum doing research into the lives and language of the Ancient Minoans. She is totally absorbed in this because she has no memory of her life before 7 years previous. She teams up with Dimitri Andreas, a rich philanthropist whose interest in her research is as strong as hers and they go on a world search for an artifact that will crack the code of the language.

Tracy Higley takes us through a whirlwind tour of Egypt, Venice (Italy) and the Greek island of Santorini. She has traveled to these places and has first hand knowledge of the tourist haunts in all these places which makes it real and fun. I have been to two of the three locations and enjoyed visiting again via this book.

I read this book pretty much straight through with a few brief stops when life got in the way. I was fascinating, mesmerizing and different from any book I've read recently. It is even different from most or all of Tracy Higley's other books, all of which I have devoured as soon as they came out. I am still reeling from the twist the storyline took and trying to process it but I would definitely give 5 stars to this book and recommend it to all of my friends. It's fresh and exciting and unique.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker, amateur sleuths, are making plans for their wedding when they get embroiled in a murder mystery at the local theater. The acting crew at the theater specialize in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas and the Mikado is on the marquee when the owner and lead actor is murdered. The wife of one of Drew's employees and a former friend is implicated in the murder so they are determined to figure out who the culprit might be.

This book is set in the 1930s in England. I was skeptical at first as to whether I would like reading about this time frame but I was very soon caught up in the story and enjoying every second. Lines from Gilbert & Sullivan's shows ran throughout the story and that was fun. Apparently this is the 3rd in a series about Drew Farthering and Madeline and the ending hints at more to come. I am now on a mission to buy the two previous books and watch for number four to come out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more from this author.

This book was given to me by Bethany House to review. I did not receive any compensation for the review, other than the pleasure of reading this book. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 4, 2014


If God is not real, why do so many spend so much time and effort trying to discredit Him? Why is the whole world united in trying to destroy Christians and Jews? Who has been able to refute all the natural evidence and historical evidence of His existence? I am tired of all the ugliness that abounds. If we are just poor, uninformed mortals then why persecute us. Just feel sorry for us and move on. But the saddest things is the so-called "Christians" who don't understand what it's all about. Either they aren't reading their Bible thoroughly or they do not have a relationship with the Father. They do even more damage than non-believers. The Bible tells us that as we come closer to the end this kind of situation will become more and more prevalent. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Taryn Young, a brilliant programmer for a software company is on her way to her honeymoon and in the airport with her new husband when there is an explosion. She is injured, her husband is missing and soon she finds she's a person of interest in the terrorist plot to blow up the terminal. Enter the FBI and Taryn finds herself anxious to help solve the mystery and clear her name.

I have a new favorite author! I love this type of book, especially when it showcases the FBI. This one has more twists and turns and excitement and surprises than any other I've read lately. It kept me on pins and needles wondering what would happen next. The characters were endearing (except for the bad guys, of course) and the plot and action were phenomenal. Ms. Mills blends faith in God seamlessly into the story and I really admire that. Hopefully there are more books out there from this author or soon to be because I can't get enough!

This book was given to me by Tyndale House to review (thank you so much Tyndale!). I did not receive any compensation for the review, other than the sheer enjoyment of this read. All opinions expressed here are my own. Love it!!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Stuck Together by Mary Connealy

Vince Yates, the unsalaried sheriff of Broken Wheel, TX has a lot of things going on in his life. His friend Jonas’ sister Tina is catching his eye but he also has his mother and his sister to watch out for and his mother isn’t tracking most of the time so she needs a lot of care. Tina is busy picketing the local saloon, cooking for the local cafĂ© and helping with Vince’s mother. Throw in some outlaws and all Vince’s friends and there is some excitement going on.

Let me qualify what I am about to say about this book with the statement that I love ANYTHING Mary Connealy writes. She is one of my favorite authors because of the humor she puts into all her historical romances. She keeps me laughing. But this book maybe not quite so much. In the cartoons, you know how you just keep wondering how Wylie Coyote and Elmer Fudd can be so dumb 100% of the time? Well both Vince and Tina’s thought processes strained my credulity to the max – Tina more than Vince, but both were a tad illogical most of the time. I like the smart women heroines, the tough-as-nails women heroines and the hard-working women heroines, but I’m not much for the clueless and I felt that way about Tina throughout this whole book. There didn’t seem to be much to her except faulty logic and blonde curls.

Having said all that, I was happy to have the next installment in the series and I can’t wait to see what Mary Connealy will come up with next.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House for review. I am not receiving any compensation and this review is solely my own opinions.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Kayden McKenna, whom we have met in previous stories in this series, is a rock climber. She finds a body on a climb and it becomes quickly obvious that it was not an accident. Kayden's friend, Jake, is made a deputy by the local sheriff and together Jake and Kayden take on the case.

This is a book full of suspense but also full of Kayden's delightful family whom we have met in books 1-3. The family and the location on a small island in Alaska make this all the more interesting.

I am totally a fan but I didn't find this book as well put together as some of the previous ones. For instance, the author puts some suspicion on some of the suspects and never really explains why they were acting suspicious later when the case is solved (especially the female owner of one of the climbing supply stores). Also, I thought that the climbing death and the threats to Kayden would somehow be tied together at some point and they weren't. About 3/4 was through the book, the climbing death was solved and pretty much dropped. So there are two totally separate mysteries going on in the book.

I received this book from Bethany for purposes of reviewing it. All opinions expressed here are my own and I have not been compensated for reviewing the book.

Looking forward to the next book in the series! These books are wonderful!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner

What a wonderful story! I was immediately pulled in by the fact that this childless couple took in a sibling group from a different race and became a family. But the story is much deeper than that. It explores foster care and the plight of "throwaway children," it explores marital relationships and some of the pitfalls, it explores extended family relationships, it explores extra-marital choices and addictions. And the part I found most endearing was that it explores the heart of a mother of grown children and grandchildren that prays for her progeny and loves them extravagantly. This is to become a whole series of "Darling Family novels." I can't wait for the next installment!

I enjoyed this book so much that I sacrificed half a night's sleep to finish it. I enjoy stories where faith in God is a seamless part of the story. And I especially like the interracial family here because the household I live in is multicultural and we are exploring some of these same issues. I love the way the author handled the "sore points" of the issue.

This book was given to me by Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no compensation and all opinions are my own.