Monday, November 9, 2015

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

This is #3 in the Finding Sanctuary trilogy and it did not disappoint.

Sophie is coming to Sanctuary (a small town in Missouri) to check out a lead on a story for the newspaper she works for in St. Louis. It is believed that a wanted criminal may be hiding out there. Sophie doesn't want to reveal her true purpose for being there or her true identity because she doesn't want any other reporter to scoop her big story. Almost immediately she runs into Jonathan Wiese, the man she loved in her hometown, who is now the pastor of one of the local churches in Sanctuary.

This story keeps you turning pages to see what happens next to the detriment of your regular daily chores and routine. It is just not a book you want to put down even if the fire alarm goes off. I love the way this author tells a tale and the lovely, genuine people she populates her stories with. I highly recommend this series and all other books by this author!

Bethany House gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review but I can guarantee that I would have bought it anyway because I've been anxiously awaiting this third installment of the series.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I can't say enough about this book! Every Christian and every pastor should read this book. This is what the Christian faith should look like in America today. Christianity is going strong all over the world and the people in those other countries are sold out to Jesus Christ and believe in miracles and they receive them! We in North America are trying hard to neutralize the gospel and make it comfortable for us but that's not what it is all about. In this one part of the Bronx, NY, Dimas Salaberrios is living out the real thing. Like Nicky Cruz of The Cross and the Switchblade book by David Wilkerson, Dimas started out dealing drugs at a young age. He went through some fiery times until he finally surrendered to the call of God on his life and gave his heart and soul to Jesus Christ.

I couldn't put this book down. I was thrilled to find evidence that real faith was alive and well still here in America and that people were being told about the Gospel and were receiving it gladly. If all of us would get off our comfortable pews and go out and proclaim it, God would heal our land as promised in the scriptures. Read this one as soon as you can. It will thrill and excite you!

I received this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a fair and honest review and I am so glad I did. I've already passed my copy along to my pastor to read and will likely be buying more copies so I can pass it on to more people to read.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fire and Ice (Wild at Heart) by Mary Connealy

This is the third book in the Wild at Heart Trilogy. Bailey Wild has dressed like a man and done manly things like homesteading on her own for the last several years. Rancher Gage Coulter built the biggest ranch in the area on his own. They both need something from the other and it’s all complicated by her father and the arrival of his mother.

This is a book that really reels you in and holds you to the last page. This is probably the best book of the trilogy and one I’ve been anticipating since the first one. I love the characters in this book as I do all the characters Mary Connealy creates. Her books are so much fun and I laugh all the way through them. She is one of my favorite authors.

I recommend you buy all three books in the trilogy and read them. Great fun!

Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would have bought it in any case because I’ve been watching anxiously for its release.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

DEADLOCK by DiAnn Mills

This book is part of the Houston FBI series that DiAnn Mills has written. FBI Agent Bethany Sanchez and her new partner Thatcher Graves are investigation a series of serial murders in Houston. Complicating matters is that Bethany's brother Lucas is out of prison and harassing her every chance he gets. Bethany and Thatcher have different methods of looking at cases and so they are getting used to each other.

This book kept building and I couldn't put it down. It kept me in suspense right up to the end and I was wildly satisfied with the outcome. The only down side (and I haven't noticed this in DiAnn Mills' other books) was that I was sometimes confused by the dialog between Bethany and Thatcher because it was almost like they were speaking in shorthand and weren't filling in enough details for me to make sense of the conversation.

The family dynamics and the faith of both Bethany and Thatcher were well developed and woven into the story in such a way that it enhanced the story and made the characters more enjoyable.

I received this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been trying to read everything from this author since I discovered her last year and I will definitely be watching closely for her next book.

DiAnn shares about her new novel Deadlock, in this extended interview

What inspired DiAnn Mills to write her new novel, Deadlock

Diann talk about her novel, Deadlock

DiAnn talks about her characters in her new novel, Deadlock

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This is Book 3 in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. I recommend you read all three because much of the story started in Book 1 continues on through Books 2 and 3. In this book Suzanne is back in Kansas helping out at the Bed & Breakfast while her adopted daughter makes a trip back to Indiana to look for her birth mother. Meanwhile, Suzanne's birth child is right there with Suzanne but she doesn't know who her birth mother is. This book explores the dilemmas that are faced by birth and adoptive parents and by the children they raise. But it is all masterfully woven into a marvelous story. The characters became so real to me I almost felt I could travel there and stay in the B&B and get to know them all. Kim Vogel Sawyer has a gift for writing spellbinding stories with intricately crafted characters and interweaving their faith into the tale. This book is my favorite of the three because it pulls it all together and ties up a lot of situations that the family was facing throughout the trilogy.

I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review and as part of the "Street Team." I can honestly say that I would have bought it the minute it was available for sale if I had not been on the team. This lady is one of my favorite authors and is from my home state of Kansas. I almost feel like we're related somehow. ;-)

After you read this trilogy if you are as captivated as I am by the story, and if you are new to this author, go back and find anything you can that she has written because all her books are keepers!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

The sequel is rarely as fine a pearl as the original but this one is as good or better than the original. This book is delicious!

Lady Gweneth would rather be a knight like her three brothers than the lady her father expects her to be. Her father wants to arrange a marriage for her with a brute of a man who has no respect for women but Gwen has her heart set on Allen of Ellsworth who has newly arrived in their dukedom. A cousin of the Duke is working very hard to take over the Dukedom as he considers it his rightful inheritance. We met Allen in book one (Dauntless) and later in the story we meet up with the other main characters from the first book.

I loved this book, the characters, the attention to detail of how people lived and dressed and what they ate in the 1200s. I really enjoyed the attention the main characters gave to scripture and their prayers and relationship with God. It was all seamlessly part of the story.

Bethany House gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review but I would have bought it anyway and will rush to purchase any subsequent books from this author!

Below is my review of Book 1 of the Valiant Hearts series that I wrote a few months ago.

March 15, 2015 Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

All I can say is WOW! I loved this book! I love this time period, I love these kinds of stories and I want more! (And I don't want to wait till the Author's next installment. I want her to speed write!)

Lady Merry Ellison and Timothy Grey were once betrothed but her father's opposition to King John put a damper on the situation. Her parents and brother were murdered by the King's men and Merry and some of the village children were forced into exile by the circumstances. They formed a little band for survival and lived off their wits in the woods. Timothy, thinking Merry was dead too, eventually went to work for a nearby landholder. When he discovers Merry is still alive he doesn't know what to do. To let others know is to put her in danger.

This was so much fun -- a Robin Hood type of story. The characters are interesting, the time period is interesting, the political intrigue is fascinating and the storytelling is superb!

Bethany House gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review but I would have bought it anyway and will buy any subsequent books by this author. Loved it!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

This is one of the most interesting WWII books I have read. It kept me in suspense throughout. Like most WWII books, it is sad. But it is also hopeful and enjoyable.

The story is about Hannah, who knows nothing about her mother or her mother's past. Even though her mother raised her, she never was forthcoming about her past. When her mother, Lieselotte, dies and leaves everything to her she discovers some interesting papers in the lockbox at the bank. They lead her to a German grandfather who is still living. But he has secrets to keep too. She goes to spend time with him in order to try to find out who her mother really was but finds more questions than answers.

If you love to read about WWII and about the holocaust you will really enjoy this book. I highly recommend it to all and even suggest that it be used as an extra credit reading assignment for homeschoolers studying American or World History.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.