Monday, January 22, 2018

The View From Rainshadow Bay - A Book Review

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble is an excellent murder mystery that kept me guessing up until the end.  It seemed the deeper I got into the story the more twists and turns there would be.

Shauna's husband died a year ago in a rock climbing accident.  Since that day she has blamed her husbands best friend Zach for the accident.  Now some of Zach and Shauna's friends have been murdered.  Shauna and her little boy Alex seem to be the next target so they move in with Zach for safety purposes.  They are forced to deal with what happened a year ago all while trying to solve the mystery of what is going on now.  Is it possible that all of the deaths are related?  Can Shauna forgive Zach enough to get to the bottom of this.

I absolutely loved this book.  It had the right about of mystery, love and faith in it to make for the perfect christian suspense novel.  I did not want to put the book down. The emotions that Shauna dealt with were so well written that you could feel her pain.  I loved, and was surprised, when the story started digging deeper into Shauna's past and this added to a couple added twists to the story.

If you haven't read any of Colleen Coble's novels she is a great author and this has been one of my favorites to date!

***Thanks to booklookbloggers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Imperfect Justice

Imperfect Justice by Cara C. Putman is the second book in the Hidden Justice series.  Even though it is the second in the series it works well as a stand alone novel.

The police say the woman was a murderer.  Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client...can they?

To the world it seems obvious:  Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police.  Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story:  Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship.  Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages.  Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings though he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died.  he discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her.  Not attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emilie and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth.  If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?

I really liked the overall story line, but I did struggle with connecting to the characters.  This book seemed to be lacking something for me, but I couldn't quite put my finger on what. I think it was the character Emilie that I didn't really connect well with.  Other than that it was okay.

***Thanks too booklookbloggers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest reveiw.  

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Have you started your 2018 reading list yet?  Do you have your #2018stack compiled?  If you are a historical fiction fan like me I have one you are definitely going to want to add to your list!  The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz will kick start your reading plan with a bang.

From the beautiful cover, the engaging story line, the rich historical detail, this book has everything I love.  This is truly my favorite genre and it's author's like Laura Frantz who make it so enjoyable for me.  When an author can take their readers and somehow transport them to another era and keep you guessing is truly a gift.  I've always been a fan of Laura Frantz, but I believe this is her best book to date.  This is one you will not want to miss!

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British.  No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt a man with formidable enemies of his own.  Liberty is left with a terrible choice.  Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots?  And at what cost?

This is a suspenseful story of love, betrayal and new beginnings. Once you start you won't be able to stop.  be sure to pick up your copy today!

***Thanks to Revell Reads for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oath of Honor - A Book Review

When it comes to suspense novels, Author Lynette Eason never lets me down.  Her newest novel, Oath of Honor, is the first book in the Blue Justice series.  It offers page turning suspense and twists and turns that leaves you guessing until the end.  It's everything I love in a good mystery novel.  I love suspense mingled with strong relationships and characters that you can connect with.

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, possible with cops on the payroll-including someone from her own family.  With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homiscide 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 hear when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I hope it continues to focus on some of the characters I've come to love in this book!  If you love edge of your seat suspense this book comes highly recommended!

***Thanks to Revell Reads for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Missing Isaac - A Book Review

Missing Isaac is the debut book of Valerie Fraser Luesse and let me tell you, she nailed it.  From the very first chapter I was enthralled in this historical fiction story set in Alabama in the 1960's.  The book is a coming of age story about Pete McClean.  Pete loses his father when he is only eleven years old.  A tragic farming accident takes his life and his good friend Isaac, one of his father's hired farm hands is there to help Pete through the trying days ahead.  When Isaac suddenly disappears, Pete is determined to find out what happened to him.  No one seems to know and even fewer seem to care.  When Pete can't find the answers he needs he sets off on his own to find Isaac himself.  He soon meets Dovey and much of the story is about their budding relationship.

I found much of this story sad.  Set in a time where there is still racial lines and segregation and young Pete is dealing with the loss of two important men in his life I found the addition of Dovey uplifting and enjoyed their friendship that blossomed into something more.

I will be watching for more books by Valerie Fraser Luesse and will definitely be recommending her to others!

***Thanks to Revell Reads for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hope For Each Day

Hope for Each Day is a devotional book filled with words of wisdom and faith by Billy Graham.

The first thing I'd like to mention is the beautiful cover of this book. It is bound in embossed leather with gold lettering. I was so surprised by the great quality of this book when I received it. Besides being a great devotional it would be a perfect accent to set on a coffee table. It also makes it a very nice book for gift giving.

The devotions are dated and start on January 1'st and have a devotion for each day of the year. I have to say this is the only thing that I didn't like about this book. I don't like being tied down to schedule, but with everything else this book has going for it, I can definitely overlook that.

Each day/devotion includes a Bible verse, a short devotion and then a "Hope For Today". Some of these include questions that further your thought process o  what you just read.

Billy Graham is a well known pastor and author and this book encourages the believer to live a life full of joy,  peace and love.

Its the perfect way to start or even end your day!

***Thanks to for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The House On Foster Hill - A Book Review

If you like a good mystery The House On Foster Hill is the book for you.  This is the first book for Jaime Jo Wright and she has made me an instant fan.  From the very first page, I was intrigued and did not want to put this spine tingling book down.  I tend to do most of my reading at night and this book gave me the heebie - jeebie's.  So if you get creeped out easy like I do, you may want to opt for reading during the day light hours!

The story intertwines two stories, two characters...Ivy and Kaine.  Ivy's story is set in the early 1900's and Kaine's is present day.  They both revolve around the House on Foster Hill.  There is mystery, murder and a touch of romance.  It is brilliantly written and the way the two characters stories come together is pure genius, especially considering there is over a century between them.

I would recommend this for an older audience due to the creepy factor. But if you are older and love a good suspenseful read you have no reason to look any farther than this book.  It is perfect and will leave you thinking about it long after you set it down.

***Thanks so much to Bethany House Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

You're Gonna Love Me - A Book Review

You're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a sweet story of second chances.  Samantha suffered a tragic and unexpected loss in her family.  She is not filled with fear and decides to protect her self from experiencing hurt again.  She breaks up with her boyfriend Nick because of his adventurous lifestyle and the risks that he takes.

Two years pass and Samantha's grandma is in need of a caregiver.  Samantha heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho.  When she walks into her grandma's hospital room the face she sees is that of Nick, her old boyfriend.  But has Nick changed? Is love worth the risk?

I found this book very enjoyable and full of hope.  Do you ever wonder what if?  Not very often are we given a second chance with someone and this story is filled with easy to relate to situations.  The romance is perfect and I love the small town feel that the story has.

Robin Lee Hatcher is an author that never disappoints and she has done it again!

***Thanks to booklookbloggers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Reflections of God's Grace - A Book Review

I'll be honest.  I'm extremely picky and hard to please when it comes to devotional books.  I've tried so many and have been left disappointed more times than not.  I have come to the place where I have low expectations why I get a new one.

Well, let me tell you...I was pleasantly surprised with Reflections of God's Grace by Michelle Hanna.  It is a great and encouraging little devotional book that is very easy to relate to.  It does not bind you with dates, but instead lets you set your own pace.  I absolutely love this, because some days I may want to read two, other days I may not want to read a devotion at all, but instead just stick to God's word.  So this was a plus for me.

Her life stories were easy to connect with and everything was uplifting and focused on God's love and Grace.  I would definitely recommend this to others and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

***Thanks to booklookbloggers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I am a huge Little House on the Prairie fan.  I pretty much have all the books there are available so I get really excited when there is a new book that comes out.  Coming this February you will be able to get A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines.  I was blessed with the opportunity to review the book and I was so pleased with everything about it!

As a child I learned my Bible lessons by heart, in the good old-fashioned way, and once won the prize for repeating correctly...verses from the Bible.  -Laura Ingalls Wilder

The author of this book, Stephen Hines has definitely done his research.  He gives a very in-depth look at the spiritual journey of a beloved Author.

As you read the Little House books you can see hints of the Ingalls' family faith sprinkled throughout.  Think of some of the songs pa played on his fiddle or the family not being allowed to do anything on Sunday.  This book brings to light the deep faith that Laura had and plenty of information about pioneer life.

One chapter I especially liked was "The Church Potluck".  The author included quite a few recipes which was a very nice touch.  I also loved that each chapter began with a quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

This book will be going on my shelf of favorites with all my other Little House on the Prairie books.  If you or a loved one is a fan of the Ingalls' family this book is a must!

***Thanks so much to Blogging for Books for providing me a copy of this awesome book in exchange for my honest review and thanks to the author for writing a faith based book of one of my all time favorite people!