Monday, 23 April 2018

Book Review: The House on Foster Hill

From the Back

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives--including her own--are lost?
My Reflections:
Jamie Jo Wright has set the bar high with her debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill." It is a creepy yet captivating read. I was snagged from page one. The best thing about this book is the dual storyline. Past and present entwine to produce a seamless spellbinding novel.
Kaine Prescott running from her stalker buys an old house to fulfil her murdered husbands dream of renovating an old heritage house, the thing is she is also trying to outrun the person she believes killed him. No one really takes her accusations seriously, but strange things keep happening, like her favourite flower, daffodils put in a mug or left in obvious places, things in her home moved, small but upsetting things. Kaine believes changing her location, paying with cash and fleeing to her Grandfather's hometown will do just the trick. But when it seems the stalker has followed her, she meets a small group of residents who take her under their wings. Joy, Megan, and Grant seem like just the type of human balm she needs, not to mention, being under Grant's wing is so very safe feeling..  
Ivy Thorpe is one determined gal. She becomes introspective and dedicated to telling the stories of the townsfolks who die in her journal. She believes that no one should die without being remembered. The locals think she is creepy and slightly addled because since the death of her brother she has just not been quite right in the head. In 1906 women didn't help physicians dress the dead, no matter if it is your father.
 When a young woman is mysteriously killed on Foster Hill property Ivy feel responsible for finding out what happened to her, and the precious baby she recently birthed. Joel her longtime friend is her comfort and cohort in solving this mystery. Will they be able to unravel this murder of will their very lives be put at risk in the process?
I so enjoyed how this book kept me reading well past a reasonable hour. I also enjoyed how Wright keeps her readers guessing and engaged. This authour is one to watch for sure. Her writing is top notch, and the character development is complex yet written so well that everything falls into place seamlessly.
If you enjoy a murder mystery you will most certainly love this book. I highly recommend it, clean, thrilling entertainment right her!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright is the author of the acclaimed novel The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband...
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Book Review: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot

From The Back:

It's past time for some raw and candid conversations about virginity, promiscuity, and everything in between.
In a world obsessed with sex, why is the church relatively silent about it? While sex is twisted, perverted, cheapened, and idolized in popular culture, we leave young people drowning in the repercussions of misinformation, misunderstanding, and worth-robbing mistakes that could have been avoided.

Enough is enough. With raw vulnerability and a bold spirit, Mo Isom shares her own sexual testimony, opening up the conversation about misguided rule-following, virginity, temptation, porn, promiscuity, false sexpectations, sex in marriage, and more, calling us back to God's original design for sex--a way to worship and glorify Him.

Sex was God's idea. It's time we invited Him back into the bedroom.
My Reflections:

This book. Wow, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it was way more than I ever thought it would be. Candid, honest, and raw, in a good way. It brings the topic of sex into the light. Our culture has so tarnished God's magnificent gift to us. We have forgotten to celebrate sex as a gift we have been blessed with. 

I loved how Mo Isom takes a topic that is overdone and really digs to the heart of the issue, and it is delivered in a simple straightforward manner. She also uses her own story to help define her book in a raw and unrefined manner. She shares her heart, she lays out her pain, and we see the progression from struggle and heartache to God's refining, pure healing in all aspects of life. 

This book is powerful, it speaks to us all married, single, young, old, Christian or secular you will undoubtedly find something that impacts you where you are right now. I encourage you to pick this one up, you won't regret it.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Mo Isom

Mo Isom is the New York Times bestselling author of Wreck My Life. She maintains a thriving, nationwide speaking ministry and facilitates a faith-centered blog ( that has garnered millions of views to date. Isom is a former...
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Book Review: A Borrowed Dream

From The Back:

There is no such thing as an impossible dream . . . 
Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor's treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
My Reflections:
A Borrowed Dream is book two in Amanda Cabot's Cimarron Creek Trilogy, another captivating read, as expected!
I love how Cabot weaves her novels together with the expertize of a seasoned writer. This story although separate from book one merges her characters and events together seamlessly, so I feel this novel would be best enjoyed as a series, read in order. This will allow for an informed reading experience. Cabot does include a map and genealogical chart to help readers figure out the complex cast and give a visual of the setting and backstory.
This story opens with newcomer Austin Goddard a widow, plastic surgeon along with his young daughter, who has just moved to Cimarron Creek to a ranch. That brings suspicion in its self, I mean why would a surgeon move to a small town to a remote ranch? Protection. Austin is hiding something, but he is determined to protect his daughter at all costs. 
Town school marm Catherine Whitfield, has secrets of her own. Her heart is weary of doctors after her mom was mistreated by Cimarron Creek's only doctor, resulting in her death after a "bloodletting" procedure. Will Catherine's heart obey her reasoning?
This book does not disappoint. It is quite complex and holds some deep subject matter. (murder and rape) For this reason, I would recommend it for readers of 14 and up. The story is clean otherwise and very well written. Filled with researched historical detail, you'll want to pick this one up for your next rainy spring read!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the...
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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Book Review: The Weaver's Daughter


Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future.
In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder—including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.
Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. Born on opposite sides of the conflict, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls—even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
My Reflections:

Sarah Ladd writes an exceptional tale with her newest Regency romance, The Weaver's Daughter. 

Readers are in for a treat as they are transported back in time to the early 1800's. This novel does not take place in drawing rooms or under the canopy of beautiful balls, it centres on the labourers of mills, and the very weavers who pride themselves in their craft.

Industrialization and automation are pitting labourer against the proprietor. No one wins in such a battle, and our main characters Kate Dearborne (the weaver's daughter) and Henry Stockton (the heir to the mill) must find their own paths in this turbulent time.

Kate is torn between her fathers strict rules, her family ties and what she believes to be just. I loved her transformation from innocent to empowered to stand up for what is right, no matter the personal cost. 
Kate is forced to make tough choices. She loved her brother, who defected and joined the mills' ranks. Her father refuses to even speak to him. She loves her father, stern and overbears as he is. Then enters the new heir, Henry. He seems different from his grandfather, Mr. Stockton senior. Will she be able to make a difference in her beloved which is on the brink of violence and destruction? 

Henry has his work cut out for himself. Still not recovered mentally from the horrors he had witnessed in the war, Three years is a long time to be away! Being the heir to a large company is daunting! The war has changed him. He no longer wishes to marry the girl he left. Steadfast, dependable and caring, a kind-hearted woman that's what he needs. 

When Kate and Henry's paths continue to cross a tentative relationship develops, and both must decide where their hearts and loyalties lay.

A beautifully written novel filled with stunning backdrops and satisfying substance to the very end. I encourage you to pick this one up, Sarah Ladd can always be depended upon to pen fabulous novels!

I received this book free of charge from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Book Look!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Book Review: Hearts Entwined

From The Back:

Hearts EntwinedFour Historical Romance Novellas of Love (With a Twist of Humor)

The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.

The Love Knot- Karen WitemeyerWhen Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?
My reflections:
Oh, how I wish this were longer. Karen Witemeyer is one of my all-time favourite authors and to have my taste buds wet and not get the full meal was so, so hard on my literary addiction! I'm satisfied only with the knowledge that she will write more books. Once again I will be steeped in her abilities to tie together a string of words so captivating that I will stay up late until the finish.
In this story, the characters are realistically penned along with their many flaws and abilities. I think my favourite part of the book had to have been when the main character Clair gets to the train to pick up a certain parcel that has her whole life upended. I thought she took this shock much better than I would have, seamlessly adapting and rearranging priorities to make it all work out in the end. Throw into the mix past love interest, Pieter Van Duren showing up with the "package!" 
Overall a sweet and tender story filled with human qualities that make you want to sigh and keep reading.

The Tangled Ties That Bind- Mary ConnealyConnor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?
My Reflections:
Mary Connealy keeps us reading with her "Tangles Ties that Bind." 
I so enjoyed catching up with the Kincaid/ Borden families. Conner Kincaid is home again, but this time he is a man on a mission, and no one will stop him now. Conner will even sacrifice his expectations and dreams to chase after Maggie.Trouble is she seems to have become more headstrong and determined than he remembers her to be. No matter Conner is ready to follow her where ever, even to the big city. Also to take any job to be with her. 
Maggie wants to become a doctor, she has set her mind to it, and no one will stop her now that she finally has a direction. Can these two tie the knot and pursue their dreams? God always finds a way, but it is often not our way!

Bound and Determined- Regina Jennings
As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.
My Reflections:
Camels? Wow, I must say I didn't expect that! 
Private Bradley Willis and Ambrosia Herald must work closely to escort these zany animals across the bone-dry Indian territory! This story has its quirks, and right out funny moments, mostly with the camels. Jam-packed with historical detail this story aims to please, who wouldn't love a romance combined with fascinating historical detail and headstrong characters!

Tied and True- Melissa Jagears
Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?
My Reflections:
This final novella centres on a series I am very familiar with, the Teaville Moral Society. Marianne Lister's one determined lady, her devotion to her cause is admirable. Despite the looming threat of being disinherited, she runs headlong into her cause, pursuing her love Calvin Hochstetler, no matter the cost. Is she ready to throw her status away? Will Calvin get the hint? A heartwarming story you won't want to miss!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Book Review: Troubled Waters

From the Back

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

My Reflections:
Book four of Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series is certainly a roller coaster of a read!
Having read each and every chronical of this series I feel heavily invested in its storyline and characters. Each novel has its own plot line, but the characters and events are entirely interwoven, so reading this book or any others including the novellas alone would be quite confusing to the reader. As such I don't recommend this as a stand-alone series.

Getting the opportunity to dive back into Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose's lives was refreshing and slightly irritating all at the same time. I was so eager to finally read the conclusion to this long-awaited on again off again romance.These two characters need to learn how to effectively communicate! Goodness at points in this novel I wanted to shout come on people, let's have a little talk! When they finally have that opportunity they still hold back risking much, granted the timing is pretty disastrous. 

I think as I get older, I have less patience for overdone angst and drama. This tale is filled with both which slightly got under my skin. I loved the overall storyline though, the action, the suspense and the faith base, it was a good wrap up to a long-awaited drama. Epic misadventures keep this story going strong. Overall not a bad way to end. If you are an adrenaline junkie, who loves a book with a breathtaking backdrop, this may just be the book for you!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers'...
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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Book Review: A Song Unheard

From the Back:

If Betraying Her Heart Means Saving Countless Lives, Will She Find the Courage?
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a critical task at the outset of World War I--to secure a crucial cypher key from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won--until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only distraction he finds from his worry is in meeting the intriguing and talented Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't--that she must betray him and find that key, or her own family could pay the same price his surely has.

My Reflections:
This is White's second book in the series Shadows over England, and  I must say it is another stellar read!
While the beginning is a wee bit slow to mature, you soon find yourself drawn into the complex storyline and tummy tumbling suspense.

The characters are the sustenance of this story, depth and contrast make this a very fascinating tale. Willa Forsythe is used to taking what she needs. She has had to do what it takes to survive this long. Trusting people is just not something she has learned to do. People fail you, they are not to be taken at face value, they are to be taken advantage of just like they do to her.

Lukas De Wilde is used to a lifestyle of absolute comforts, but when he becomes wounded his life gets turned upside down. He is entirely self-assured and knows he can teach Willa a few things to better her self while he recovers.
In the midst of unrest, war, lies and hurt these two must come to an understanding of what life really means to them.The transformation is stunning, a symphony to your heart.

If you are a lover of music, be prepared to have this book capture you within its pages. The depth of history and dedication put into this book really brings the story to life. I so appreciated the time White put into researching the era and subject matter in this novel. Well done!

Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself....
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Book Review: Jesus Calling

From the Back:

More than 20 million people have been touched by Jesus Calling®. Experience Sarah’s words in a new way, focused on the encouragement only Jesus provides. The Jesus Calling topical devotionals—releasing simultaneously—each feature 50 readings from Jesus Calling with relevant Scripture verses on the topics of comfort, peace, and encouragement.
Even the tiniest hill can feel like a mountain when you’re drained or discouraged. But that’s when your precious Savior reaches out His hand with compassion and draws you near. Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement is written as if Jesus Himself is speaking hope and encouragement directly to your heart.
Readers around the world already love how Sarah’s words connect with them on a daily basis. Now the new Jesus Calling topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and in the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and co-workers.
With a beautiful, vibrant cover and stunning four-color photography, this topical devotional is a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand—and the perfect way to pour into those you love.

My Reflections:
Sarah Young's newest devotional series "Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement" is just what you may need to read today, be uplifted! 
This book is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you, making readers feel engaged and loved.
It has taken me some time to get used to reading my beloved scripture this way. Honestly, I was not sure how I felt about it. However, I love the way Sarah has pulled uplifting and powerful scripture out to really speak to you in this personal fashion. 

The devotional itself though short in nature is perfect for a quick supplementary Bible study in addition to your regular Bible readings. It is beautifully executed with colourful pictures and well laid out Devotions. I so enjoyed the bold script and shiny, colourful pages, it really was a delight to the senses and soul. I also appreciated that the Bible references were listed at the bottom of the page so you could go and read the actual context for the devotion. 
All in all, this was such a treat to review, very uplifting and well done. I would highly recommend this for a gift, bible study supplement or just to have on hand for those days when you need a little encouragement! I can't wait to purchase the other two topical editions on Peace and another on comfort.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Book Review: Judah's Wife

From The Back:

To Be Silent Would Be to Deny Their God, To Defy Would Bring the Wrath of the King.Seeking quiet and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she'll have peace. But the very nation Judah was named for has been conquered by a cruel king, who decrees that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws or risk death for following the laws of Moses.

Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands Judah to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of Israel. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
My Reflections:

Angela Hunt pens yet another spellbinding narrative in her new "Silent Years" series. As most of my readers know I am a huge fan of anything Angela Hunt, her writing always enlightens me to realities, I had not previously pondered. Judah's Wife is just another example of Hunt's distinguishable skills. 

This book is written half a century before Christ's birth in the period known as the silent years. I have not read the Maccabees, and this novel cultivated a desire to learn more about this time and delve a little deeper. So very thought-provoking!
I love when a book can spur you on to research a particular topic of interest!

I found the storyline to be emotionally engaging and filled with scenes of tragedy and triumph alike. Ultimately it tells of the strength of a woman who dares to stand up for what she believes is right and just, even if that may mean she gives up everything for her cause.

Hunt has done quite an extensive amount of research in this novel and it is apparent in her writing, the character development and the well laid out plot weave quite the binding that wraps itself around your heart, A story not soon forgotten. 
My only regret was the ending, where is my happily ever after?

If you are looking for a new biblical fiction type novel this may just be your next purchase; you won't regret it! 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the Author: 
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 140 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.
Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City.
Afterward, the dog gave out pawtographs at the airport.
Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.
Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in biblical studies in 2008 and her Th.D. in 2015. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.  She is also an avid photographer, using her photos to help find homes for animals at local rescues.

Book Review: COLDWATER

From the Back:

The vigilantes behind him are nothing compared to the enemy within.
Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had left off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force skulks within him, threatening and destructive. What--and who--it will destroy next is the only real question.

From the bold voice that brought readers down Purgatory Road comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice.
My Reflections:
One word.. chilling!
I have a confession to make when I was young I read my mom's books which were always thrillers laced with ample suspense. These books terrified me! I was a youth who didn't know any better. Now I am sure to keep my reading material clean and uplifting. However, I find my self still reaching out for those scary books from time to time. No more Stephan King or Dean Koontz for me, but Samuel Parker's newest release "Cold Water" Sure brought back those scary nights of reading! 
I don't think I prepared for this book quite enough, having just finished a lovely safe Biblical fiction type read I didn't leave enough buffer for jumping headlong into this dark novel of good vs evil. 
I can't say I loved this book. The depth of demonic presence, the intense, gritty pace, it just left me anxious and breathless. That being said It does spur readers to keep flipping the pages to see what nefarious events Michael Sullian will endure next. 
Michael is no stranger evil, having committed a heinous crime when he was a mear child left him scared and deeply troubled. 20 years served is not enough for some, now released he is fighting more than the darkness to live again. Will he be granted a second chance? Is it even possible to dig his way to the light and a new beginning?

While the tale is dark and nightmarish, the writing is cogent and precise, it certainly leaves its mark! Characters are also so gripping you may just have to throw the book across the room.
If you are in the mood for quite a ride, pick this one up, it's spine-tingling pace will undoubtedly keep you up all night while you devour the entirety!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Book Review: Oath Of Honor

From the Back:

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?
My Reflections:
When I read a novel by Linette Eason, I know there will be a few essential elements involved. Here is what I expect, a full-bodied plot, well-rounded characters who really get under your skin, they are so true to life that you actually feel sad when you must let them go and lastly action, lots and lots of heart-pounding action!
This first book in the Blue Justice series hits the nail on all these aspects and so much more! 
I loved the main character, Isabelle's extended, wild and noisy family. They love each other fiercely, supporting each other through most everything. Isabelle finds herself determined to bring her partners death to justice after he was gunned down at a stakeout gone bad. 
With her life hanging in the balance she must enlist the help of none other than her childhood crush. Determined to focus on the task at hand they are determined to solve this heinous crime.
If you are looking for a novel with non-stop action twists and unpredictable turns, sprinkled with a light dash of romance this just might be the right novel for you. 
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Book Review: The Lacemaker

From The Back:

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 

But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?
Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

My Reflections:

Was this novel really a little over 400 pages, really? 
Time stood still as I devoured this classic Frantz novel! Such a funny phenomenon because when I started the novel I felt a little detached from the main character Lady Elizabeth, who evolved into "Liberty." I think the fact that in the beginning of the story, poor subdued and controlled Elizabeth was a pawn in society, something I just can't stomach. 
As her ordinary and orchestrated life crumbles, I find I like this character more and more, no I love this firey and coming into herself woman! Go, Lady Elizabeth, yes you can make decisions, it's right there for you! God gave you a brain use it wisely, oh right he also gave you a heart so love fully, not out of obligation! I digress...ops!

Nobel Rynnalt takes after his name, he is noble, kind and so dashingly sweet! I was oh so glad to see the end of The scoundrel, Miles Roth. Good riddance to his wandering eyes and stiff posturing. 
This sweet story is really about becoming the courageous person God intended and living out your life in HIS glory. 

Will Lady Elizabeth follow her dreams, or will she follow her overbearing father? Can Nobel walk through the fire and be strengthened or will he sway and follow protocol? 

Ready to be pulled into a different era, loose time without realizing it, well here you go friends. This book has the literary elements that will keep you reading, beautiful setting, plot, characterization, conflict, history, romance and coming of age drama.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
Laura Frantz
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Mistress of Tall AcreA Moonbow Night,...
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Book Review: Holding the Fort

From The Back:

With Miss Bell as the Teacher, Everyone's Bound to Learn an Interesting Lesson
Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he's run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn't protest when she's mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno, especially raising two adolescent daughters alone. If this new governess doesn't work out, his mother-in-law insists she'll raise the girls herself--far away from the fort. Miss Bell bears little resemblance to Daniel's notion of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he finds himself turning a blind eye to her unconventional methods. Louisa has never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough to help her brother and to secure the respectable future she's sought for so long?
My Reflections:

This comical book about mistaken identity, romance and wild misadventures kept me entertained thought its entirety!

From page one to the last you are transported into Loisa Bells shoes. How I enjoyed this character! 

One thing leads to another when a dance hall singer turn governess has to tame two wild children, along with their handsome father, Major Daniel Adams. 

Loisa (Lola) never wanted to be a dance hall singer, but circumstances forced her hand, that same fate has brought her to find her brother for help. Having lost her job to a younger girl Loisa must find a solution to her dilemma. While en route to the Fort, she comes across a governess who must turn back due to allergies, Loisa promises to pass along the teaching materials. Upon her arrival, Loisa is mistaken for that very governess, in desperation she goes along with the rouse, but soon after as she develops a bond with the family, the weight of her deception presses upon her.
Will she be able to come clean? Can Daniel ever trust or forgive her?

This was such a fun story, though I found the plot predictable in nature the story was cute and quirky and certainly kept me entertained. The romance was well written, realistic, honoring and clean. Both characters had their flaws, which made them endearing and real. As usual Regina Jennings delivers another hit with this one, I would expect nothing less.

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

Regina Jennings

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award....
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Book Review: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

From The Back:

Return to Ivy Hill as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold . . .
A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she's inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel's hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or whom--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.
My Reflections:

Welcome back to Ivy Hill and all the ladies of Ivy Cottage.
This second book, in my opinion, is even better than the first. All the key elements are hit with this one, romance blossoms, mysteries are unleashed and friendships are made stronger.

The storylines center around Rachel and Mercy, who both find themselves with love interests and both find themselves in challenging situations that present themselves in all sorts of creative manners. 

Rachel is cleaver and resourceful, her subscription library has the whole town talking. Will she be able to make it successful and in the process become more independent and self-assured? Will she get her second chance at romance, or will her fear and grief hold her back?

Mercy's heart yearns for a family of her own. Pouring her heart into the school for girls helps hone her passion and ease her pain, yet what awaits her? Will a secret foil her attempts to love and care for a wee one all her own?

This being the second book in the series and it following right along without much preamble, I would not categorize this as a stand-alone. I feel to get the most out of it you should read these in order starting with her first in the series. 
enjoyed all the many layers of this novel, it has much to offer. Although it takes a bit to get going once you adjust to the style and pace I am sure you will enjoy the ride. Expect some of the threads to be left unwound, I personally dislike cliffhangers, but I am sure Klassen's next book has everything neatly sewn together. Although I must admit it seems oh so far away at this very moment!
If you love Jane Eyre style reads you will most likely enjoy this authors style and pace. A great end of the day read!

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

Julie Klassen

JULIE KLASSEN loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the...
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