Monday, 20 November 2017

Book Review: Blind Spot

From the Back:

The Wrath is Coming. But They Don't Know Where--Or When.
"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. 
My Reflections:

Oh boy, Dani Pettrey's newest thriller is a slightly creepy, and a lot gruesome. Did I mention I get scared easily?
I am definitely a fan of this author work and look forward to any book she has penned, this series is no exception! To get the most out of your reading experience, I think these novels should be read in order, although since there are no spoilers in the first two books, you could read them out of sequence. 
Blind Spot is a synergetic blend of two competing stories battling it out for the spotlight. There are apparent suspects and storylines, but don't be lulled into submission because this book takes the ordinary and throws it out the window. You will not find a predictable plot in this one, my friends! Wrap up by the fire and grab your cuppa tea.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you on edge, with a little romance good faith values Blind Spot is just that book!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc


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Dani Pettrey

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey's novels have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and...
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Monday, 13 November 2017

Book Review: Fierce Hearted

From the Back:

"Brilliant. Stunning. Winsome. I didn't want it to end!"--Ann VoskampNew York Timesbestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts


Every day we struggle to find more freedom, joy, and purpose. What if the solution isn't trying harder or being better but embracing the fiercehearted woman already inside us? A fiercehearted woman looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." She lives fully and loves bravely. She never gives in, never gives up, and never lets go. She dares to be who she is--imperfect and beloved. 

In her most powerful and personal book yet, bestselling author, counselor, and life coach Holley Gerth empowers and encourages women not simply through "how to" but by life-changing, heart-freeing "me too." Join Holley on this journey to becoming a fiercehearted woman and discover what she did: the freedom and courage to embrace life, love, and faith to the fullest because your struggles can no longer hold you back.
My Reflections:
Holley Gerth's newest book "Fiercehearted" has a special place in my heart. This book came out perfectly timed when I needed to hear the words the most. I have to admit I feel like I am friends with Holly, that is of course far from the truth, but I have been a part of her online bible study, read her words eagerly and soaked in her honesty. Reading this book for me was like taking a deep breath and saying, "yes, you get it girlfriend!" You understand me! 
The writing is exactly like you would expect a good friend to write, it is brutally honest, intimate and encouraging. Holley does not pretend to be perfect, quite the opposite actually, a perfect pretender on the mend. I have also read "You're Already Amazing" and done the accompanying study I love it all. I am so embracing who I am flawed yet beautifully made perfectly broken, I love it!!
If you are searching for  freedom from the bondage that holds you back, pick this book up along with Holley Gerth's others and dive in head first, God has so much in store for you! You can also join Holley's facebook page, where she often has live bible study sessions like the one I did with her this last summer.
I look forward to reading more form this author in the future. Thank you for being authentic and real Holley Gerth!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc


Holley Gerth can often be found at a corner table in a coffee shop with a hot latte and her banged-up, beloved laptop. She's the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You're Already Amazing and several other books, as well as a counselor and life coach. Until you can join Holley for your favorite coffee or tea, she'd love for you to hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.

Holley Gerth

Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a...
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Book Review: Grace, Hope and Love


Book Description

Grace, Hope, and Love is an inspirational weekly devotional that will encourage and instruct your heart in the ways of the Lord. Fifty-one Southern Baptist pastors and ministry leaders wrote these wise and insightful daily devotions on the timeless topics of the grace, hope, and love God offers His children. Reflect on each daily entry with Scripture passages, a devotion, and a prayer.
The eighth annual MyDaily® devotional, compiled by Johnny Hunt, will be an excellent addition to your daily quiet time as you seek to draw near to the Lord. The unique viewpoints of 51 respected church leaders, including Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Grant Ethridge, Dr. Don Wilton, Dr. Ted Traylor, and Dr. Michael Cloer, offer you deep wisdom and insight into the heart of God toward His children.
Designed with an attractive, luxury package, Grace, Hope, and Love will be a beautiful gift as well as a top choice for those looking for a biblically solid and practical yearlong devotional.

My Reflections:

 Upon receiving this devotional I was immediately overjoyed! 
The presentation in its self is luxurious. The soft blue leather-like material feels like you are holding a treasure, and indeed you are! 

Inside the cover of this beautiful book holds soothing, loving and encouraging devotionals for every day of the year. I so enjoyed reading through (not daily as I had to review the book in its entirety, in less than a month :) So much wisdom imparted in these pages. I looked forward to my time within these pages, as it truly felt like a special time with mentors.

Written by fifty-two men of God you get a broad and varied bible study, as each writer has a slightly different flavor that he brings to your devotion time. 
I always enjoy when devotions add a little sample prayer at the bottom, it is a nice way to start off your quiet prayer time with God. I think it would be fantastic to journal alongside with this study. While there is no room included in this text, I highly recommend buying a notebook to jot down your reflections and prayers.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to spend more time in the word and growing closer to our God. I think it would make a magnificent gift, it is so beautiful!

I received this book free of charge from the Book Look Bloggers program, thank you Book Look!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Book Review: All Saints

The True Story Behind the Powerful Film ALL SAINTS

Newly ordained, Michael Spurlock's first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church with twenty-five devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. But when All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma--former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America--Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.

Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property--or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.

The Reverend Michael Spurlock served All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, for three years. He is currently on the clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. Michael, his wife, Aimee, and their two children live in New York City.

Award-winning author and investigative journalist Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries, authored nineteen books, and mentors writers on five continents. To learn more, visit her at www.jeanettewindle.com.
My Reflections:
All Saints is based on a true story, that will grab your heart and stir your soul. Within the first chapter, I was drawn into a story of faith and integrity. 
Imagine your very first posting out of seminary is a church that seems beyond saving. That is exactly what Reverend Spurlock was faced with. All Saints having just had a major division in its congregation is also in financial ruins. Imagine how the good reverend felt walking into this.
Enter in refugees from Burma, and the story just gets going. The choices we make always affect the people around us, be it positive or negative. This story really highlights Gods ability to shine in dark places, and how one person's decision to trust makes all the difference.
Though this book is short in length a little over 200 pages, it is packed with encouragement and is sure to brighten your day. I would recommend "All Saints" to anyone who is looking for an inspirational read. It would also be an enriching novel for a book club.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Book Review: Dangerous Illusions

From The Back:

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps--and figure out what you missed!
My Reflections:

Dangerous Illusions is book one in Irene Hannon's newest series "Code of Honor." I was not at all surprised to have been swept away and literally lost in this novel, it is after all an Irene Hannon masterpiece! If book one is any indication of what is to come I'm sure this series will be another top-selling series by this talented author.

Trish Bailey is your all around good girl, yet tragedy has been a constant companion for more than three years. Trish teaches on the wrong side of town because that is where good teachers are needed. Although she comes from an upscale neighborhood and is thriving financially thanks in part to her wealthy parents who were equally as benevolent. Suffering the tragic loss of her husband and father in a horrific accident, Trish finds comfort in the safe routine of caring for her mother who suffered a stroke and teaching art to her students. Things turn from bad to worse quickly when a series of events finds Trish dealing with more losses and danger around every corner.

Detective Colin Flynn has been busy so long he feels a relationship may be out of reach with his busy career and long dangerous hours spent working, however when he is called to investigate a murder he must determine in the very beautiful Trish is guilty of accidental murder or is there something far sinister at play?

The twists and turns held within the pages of this novel kept me guessing, I seriously had no idea where the plot was going, it was refreshingly awesome!! I am completely hooked on this novel, so Irene Hannon if you are reading this, hurry, your fans are waiting with baited breath!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

  1. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs,as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to many...
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Book Review: The Promise of Dawn

From the Back:

In a Compelling New Saga, One Family Strives to Make Their Own Future
Opportunities are scarce in Norway, so when Rune and Signe Carlson receive a letter from Rune's uncle, Einar Strand, offering to loan them money for passage to America, Rune accepts. Signe is reluctant to leave her home, especially as she is pregnant with her fourth child, but Einar promises to give them land of their own, something they could never afford in Norway.

But life in Minnesota is more difficult than Signe imagined. Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone to pay off their debt. Afraid they will never have the life they dreamed of, she begins to lose her trust in God. When the dangers of the North Woods strike close to home, will she find the strength she needs to lead her family into the promise of a new dawn?
My Reflections:
The Promise of Dawn is book one in the "Under Northern Skies" series a fantastic coming to America novel! 
This book highlights the struggles immigrants often faced when coming to a new country. Hard labor and cruel treatment are no strangers to the people of the "new land." 

On April 1909 Signe Carlson received a letter that changes her life forever. The decision is made, and Signe, Rune and their three sons travel all the way to America from Norway. The land is much different, and Minnesota is not quite what this small family expected. 

Relatives Einar and Gerd Strand have the agreement that travel expenses will be paid back in return for labor on the farm. However, this deal turns out to be more than the family bargained for. Hard work was a way of life in Norway, but the back-breaking labor of clearing the land of pine trees leads to accidents and near exhaustion, not to mention the unbending harsh treatment by Einer and Gerd.
I was so saddened by the treatment of these so-called relatives, no one especially family should ever treat each other in this horrid fashion!

Snelling does not disappoint with her newest historical fiction! The heart rendering drama reminds us of the sheer strength, and fortitude immigrants overcame to come to a new land. The plight of the Carlson's in much like many other stories, and I am glad to have had the chance to review this one. Though not a true story many immigrants faces harsh journeys and many perished along the way. I love reading books that remind us of how blessed we are to live in our beautiful countries! I can't wait for book two to be released!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Lauraine Snelling
Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than 4 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the...
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Book Review: Freedom's Price

From The Back Of The Book:

Sometimes the hardest step to take is the first step forward
When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her father and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships.

When Catherine arrives at the plantation, she finds that her family has left it in the care of a manager--who's let it fall into disrepair. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom and beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice: grip their dreams ever tighter or step forward in faith--even if it costs them everything.
My Reflections:
Freedom's Price is book three in the "Key's of Promis," series, and although it is a series I feel it can indeed be read as a stand-alone. This book had me from the first pages. Clocked in danger, mystery and a smattering of romance, this book has all the earmarks of a best seller!

Catherine Haynes flees from her childhood home when her cousin makes unsatisfactory decisions for her future. Traveling from England to Louisiana is no small feat, especially for a young woman. When the boat she is aboard is damaged by a storm, she becomes acquainted with a particular handsome Salvage wrecker, Tom Worthington. While waiting in Key West, she is able to ascertain that Tom's character is as appealing as his appearance. When the opportunity presents itself, Catherine finds a passage to her American mothers estranged home at Black Oak plantation. Tom insists on escorting Catherine, even if it means losing his hard-earned position as a wrecker. Upon arrival will she be welcomed or will dark and ominous secrets be harbored within Black Oak's confines?

Tom has his own dark past, and although he finds Catherine to be intriguing and his heart is definitely attracted to her spirited character, Tom has other reasons as to why he wants to accompany Catherine. Tom desperately wants to avenge his father's untimely death and get his father's boat back. Catherine may just be the person to lead him to the devious stranger with the unusual scar marring his face.

This book was so emotionally charged and raw, It had me anchored to it until the very end. I so enjoyed the historical background and found myself researching "wreckers," so compelling! Johnson does a fantastic job of making her characters relatable and the plot irresistible! The dark evil villain seriously sent chills through me! I am looking forward to Johnson's next book, she is now on my favorite author's list. 
Certainly, a must read!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

THE AUTHOR

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God's majestic creation. These...
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