Saturday, December 17, 2016

Long Way Gone - A Book Review

Long Way Gone is the first book I have read by Charles Martin.  I really don't read a lot of books by male authors.  It's nothing personal, I just usually connect better with books written by female authors.  This book, however, was completely different.  Wow!  That's the word that best describes it for me.  I did not want it to end and if all the books Charles Martin writes are like this I will be reading them all.

This book is heartbreaking.  Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. It was sad, but held hope.  If you have ever felt like you were too far gone for God's love, you can relate to this book.  Such a powerful message of forgiveness. I can count on one hand how many books have made me cry and this book has made the list.  It is moving.  A must read!

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.
Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.
When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it himself.
A radical retelling of the prodigal son story, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.

“No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.”


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

The Inn Keeper at Ivy Hill - A Book Review

The lifeblood of the Wiltshire Village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell.  When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genttel wife, Jane Bell becomes the reluctant owner.  Jane has no notion of how to run a business.  However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help.  Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world.  As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal.  when she encounters two men from her past, she sees them, and her future, in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles of the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place.  Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell.  Will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

My Thoughts:

Have you ever read a book, completely bored with it, but keep reading in hopes that something will change. Hoping there will be a twist or turn of events.  That's where I found myself with this book.  I have read previous books by Julie Klassen that I really liked, but this book didn't seem to have the same intrigue that I usually find within her books.  The romance was lacking.  The main character Jane seemed to take a backseat to Thora and the book ended rather abruptly.

I am assuming with the way it ended that the story will pick up where this one left off in the next book.  I think I'll pass on the next one though.  If it is anything like this one I would much rather spend my time reading something with a little more appeal.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Journal The Word Bible, KJV

Bible Journaling is such an enjoyable pass time of mine.  It is becoming increasingly popular and if you have not tried it yet, I encourage you to do so.  I recently had the chance to review The Journal The Word Bible.  It is the second journal Bible I have and I really like this one.  It is in large print which is really nice, and it also has the word of Jesus in red.  It has a nice sturdy hard cover which I really like and it has an elastic enclosure that wraps around the entire Bible.

When I first opened up I was a little concerned that the pages were going to be too thin and would bleed through with all that I wanted to do, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Even though the pages seem thin you can stamp, color, marker and more on the pages without worry of it bleeding through.  I will not however, that I use non-bleed artist pens and items that specialize in Bible journaling.  I'm not sure how it would be if you were to use regular markers.

If you are someone who is not very artistic and not quite ready to draw or color in your Bible, that's okay.  With a margin with blank lines on each page it makes it great for several things.  You could jot down sermon notes or thoughts on God's word, cross references and much more.

The only thing I would change about this Bible is that it would be a little larger.  The pages are rather small, but the size also makes it great for bringing to church.

I am so happy to have this as a part of my Library and I can't wait to fill the pages!

***Thanks to booklookbloggers.com for providing me with a copy of this great Bible in exchange for my honest review.

A Primary Decision - A Book Review

 
A Primary Decision by Dr. Kevin Lehman and Jeff Nesbit is the third book in the Worthington Destiny Series.  I had not read the previous book and do not feel it is necessary to read this one.  However, this was such an enjoyable book I would like to go back and read the other two. 

This was a very timely read considering all that is going on in our country right now with our recent election.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  I am usually not a fan of male writers.  Nothing against men, I just tend to like women authors better in the genres I like, but this novel was a pleasant surprise.  I loved the mystery in it and I was not expecting that aspect at all.  I would definitely recommend this book.  I was a nice change of pace for me.

Sara Worthington never expected to become the US attorney general.  At least not this early in her career.  Plunged into the vicious vetting process, with all sides digging for secrets in her family closet, she steels herself for the path forward.  Nothing will deter her from making her mark on the world in the biggest way possible, even if that means prosecuting the current president of the United States.  Yet powerful forces conspire behind the scenes to take the Worthington family down, and the president orders her to close the investigation.  Will she comply or turn the tables to pursue her ultimate dream....the US presidency?

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

God's Gift - A Children's Book Review

What better gift to give a child this Christmas than a book.  Even better a book that shares the message of God.  God's Gift is a children's book in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series.  It is an award winning series that seeks to help children build a strong foundational relationship with Jesus.

God's Gift shares the message of Christmas.  Christian and his sister Mary believe they get more presents at Christmas.  However, Jacob and Jeremiah believe they get more presents on Hanukkah.  The children learn that Christmas and Hanukkah are about celebration the gift God has given to His children.  It's not about how many presents are under the tree at Christmas or the eight days of presents for Hanukkah.  It's about God's provision for those He loves.  God gives the gift of the Messiah to the Christians and the Gift of Light to the Jews.  The true gift from God is learned in this colorful holiday story!

This is a very cute book.  I love the colorful images that remind me of both Finding Nemo and the Little Mermaid characters.  The story itself is great because it teaches children of both Christmas and Hanukkah.  As with the other books in this series, there are two new hidden objects in this book that children can find hidden within the pages.  I like this addition as it gives an extra entertainment level for kids as they are learning about God's love.

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Child of the River - A Book Review

I love to read a good fiction novel that is rich in history.  I was instantly drawn to Child of the River by it's beautiful cover and the back of the book drew my interest deeper.  I am so glad I picked this book up.  It led me into a piece of history that I knew little about and it was a book that I didn't want to put down.

The Author Irma Joubert was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing fiction.  Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail.  This is exactly what I love in a book.  Child of the River was the first book I have ever read by this author, but it won't be my last.  She made me an instant fan.

Persomi is young, white, and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm in the South African Bushveld.  Persomi's  world is extraordinarily small.  She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her, escaping the brutality and squalor of her family home through the newspapers and books passed down to her from the main house and through her walks in the nearby mountains.

Persomi's close relationship with her older brother Gerbrand and her fragile friendship with Boelie Fourie - heir to the Fourie farm and fortune - are her lifeline and her only connection to the outside world.  When Gerbrand leaves the farm to fight on the side of the Anglos in WWII and Boelie joins an underground network of Boer nationalists, Persomi's isolated world is blown wide open.  But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her - dreams of education, a profession, a native country that values justice and equality, and of love.  As Persomi navigates the changing world around her the tragedies of war and the devastating racial strife of her homeland, she finally discovers who she truly is, where she belongs and why her life, and every life, matters.

I would highly recommend this book.  Especially if you are a history buff like myself.  On top of the great historic accuracy there is a strong message of faith and staying true to yourself.

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Storm: Stone Braide Chronicles

As Selah and her companions mourn the loss of those who died in the Mountain, they are faced with a new threat, Selah must complete the Third Protocol before she fractures and loses herself completely.  All clues lead to the West, but what will they find when they get there?  The other side of the mountains holds unknown perils - volcanic ash, dangerous storms, and strange new settlements that could hold the keys to Selah's quest...or lead to her destruction.

The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing - along with the list of those out for her blood.  Selah must find the strength within herself to keep going and complete the mission for which so many have sacrificed so much.

But have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a legend?

Storm is the 3'rd and final book in the Stone Braid Chronicles.  I should have paid more attention when I picked this book to read.  Had I known that it was part of a series I would of passed.  It is definitely a series that needs to be read in order.  I was missing so much story line and struggled to connect with the characters.  I was never able to even get partially involved in the book.  It did not spark my interest to go back and read the first book.  So for me I will be saying goodbye to this author and this series.  If you would like to check it out I would definitely recommend starting from the beginning and maybe you will connect better than I did.


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


A Servant Like Jesus - A Children's Book Review

On the first day of school, Charlie is too shy to come out from his hiding spot behind the cleanup sink.  But when Miss Stella Starfish asks him to become her teacher's helper, Charlie acquires a new confidence in the special abilities God has given him.  by helping his teacher and classmates though, Charlie learns something even more important - the value of serving others just like Jesus did.

Adventures of the Sea Kids is a multiple, award-winning series seeking to help children build a strong, foundational relationship with Jesus.  Each book focuses on a character that struggles with issues such as bullying, shyness, bragging, being different and more.  parents, grandparents, teachers and especially children will enjoy reading these delightful and beautifully illustrated books.

A Servant Like Jesus is a softback children's book that is geared for children 2-8.  The book is great for reading aloud to your little one. Some of the words would be hard for a new reader.  The story has a great message.  The illustrations are so vibrant.  The sea life creatures reminded me of a cross between Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.  Such cute characters.  An extra little fun activity is that on each page there is "the hidden word" for you to find.  It is just a small illustration of the Bible hidden within the pictures. This adds a unique touch and a fun activity for little kids to participate in.  Kind of like I spy.  A very clever thing to include.

I would definitely recommend this book for parents, grandparents or anyone who has little kids they like to read to.  Reading is such a rewarding activity and what better than a book that teaches good morals and the love of God.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are masterpieces, true pieces of art.  Her words paint a picture in my mind and I am always drawn deeply into her novels. Newton & Polly went above and beyond all my expectations. The book was inspired by the true love story of John Newton and Polly Catlett. 

For those who are not familiar with who John Newton is, he is the man who penned the beloved song Amazing Grace.  I love books that are based on true historic events and this one was one of my favorite to date.  It was so beautifully written, inspiring and full of faith and hope.  It allows you to see God's Grace is a whole new light.  The love that Polly has for Newton is so strong and to see how Newton comes to Christ after thinking he has done to much and sinned to greatly will move the reader to tears.  

Before reading this book I was some what familiar with the story of John Newton, but this novel breathed new life and took me to deeper levels.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound 
that saved a wretch like me. 
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

***Thank you to bloggingforbooks.com for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and thank you to the author for a wonderful novel that touched my heart!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Unblemished - A Book Review

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I began reading Unblemished.  It is the first book by Sara Ella and I am sometimes a little leary of new authors.  But on the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised with this book.  I was instantly drawn into a beautifully written story. 

Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.
But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.
Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

This is definitely an author I will be looking out for in the future.  This book was definitely left open for the possibility of another installment and I hope the author writes a sequel!

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

From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling is the fourth book in the Song of Blessing series.  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I get when Lauraine Snelling comes out with a new book about the town of Blessing!  She has written twenty books (compiled into 5 series) about the Bjorkland family and the people of Blessing and I never tire of this family that I have come to love!  When I get a new book I devour it!  It's like getting a letter from home.  There are a only a handful of books that have made me cry while reading them and a couple of them have been Lauraine Snelling books about Blessing.  I am so connected with this family that when something happens, it's like it is happening to my family.

One great thing about Lauraine's books is that you don't necessarily have to start from the very beginning.  She writes her novels in such a way that you don't feel lost.  The first book I read was from the Daughter's of Blessings series.  I loved it so much and became so interested in the family that I when I learned that it was a part of a bigger story I just had to go back and start from the beginning.  So even though this book is a great stand alone story I would encourage you, if you have not already read the rest of the books, to go back to the beginning.  I don't think you will be sorry!

Each book usually features a different characters life, but one thing I love about these books is that even though the story may focus primarily on a certain character, there is plenty story dedicated to the rest of the town and to the matriarch of the whole series, Ingaborg Bjorkland.  It really is an ongoing story of the Bjorkland family and the people of the town of Blessing, but with each book you get to know certain characters a little better.

In From This Day Forward Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family.

When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking. But real sparks fly between Deborah and Anton, and she finds herself in an even more complicated situation. The attention she gets from Anton makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late?

Then Deborah receives an invitation to study the latest advances in nursing at a hospital in Chicago, and she faces a hard choice. To leave or stay? Should she give up on the dream of Toby and accept the interest of Anton?

Thank you so much Lauraine Snelling for another beautifully written story!  

***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me with Streams of Mercy in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mattie's Pledge - A Book Review

Mattie's Pledge is the second book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie Series.  The book is about Mattie Shcrock.  Mattie is no stranger to uprooting her life.  Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes.  Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community, friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart.

Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they've both grown into different people with different dreams.  Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can't help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon.  When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure.

I was excited to read this Amish story, especially since it was set in the 1840's.  I love this time period and thought it would be enjoyable from the Amish prospective.  I really had a hard time getting into the story.  It was very slow paced, especially at the beginning.  I did not connect well with any of the characters and struggle to even like Mattie.  Hopefully the next book will pick up speed!

***Thank you to Revell for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.


The Devoted - A Book Review

The Devoted is the third book in The Bishop's Family series and I would have to say that this has been the best out of the three.  So many of the characters have been featured in all three books and that has made it very easy to connect and get to know them.  This book seems to focus more on the Bishop than the other books and I really enjoyed getting to know him.  He is a great man of God who loves the people.  So many of the Amish books I have read seem to paint the Bishop in an Amish community as a hard and unloving person, but not in this book.

I love how the whole series has been rich in love and faith.  I would definitely recommend reading the series in order.  You could read this novel by itself, but I think it would be much more enjoyable if you read from the beginning.  You connect so much more with the characters!

The Amish life is all she's ever known, but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home.  Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money, but she can't quite set her journey into motion.  Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelley.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own.  He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain."  Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Amish Tutor.

Ruthie's next door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame.  rebellious, headstrong, defiant Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back - and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Pick up this series and travel to Stony Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

***Thank you to Revell for providing me a copy of this book for exchange of my honest review.

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

I really enjoy reading suspense novels so when I had the chance to review Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon I was instantly excited.  The cover and the back of the book convinced me that it was going to be great.  I have to admit that I was a little disappointed.  The book held no mystery at all.  You know from the get-go who the "bad guy" is and there was no element of surprise.  I found myself a little overwhelmed by all the information that is given and I had a hard time processing everything.

As far as the romance goes, the love story was very well written and Finn and Dana's relationship was enjoyable to read.  I just wish the rest of the story would of been as enjoyable.

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime.  A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress.  But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own.   Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather.  As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a a menacing tone.  And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action-ready or not.

This is the Third book in The Men of Valor series.  I do not think it is necessary to read the books in order to enjoy this one.

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


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barren - A Book Review

Twilight at blueberry Barren by Colleen Coble is the third installment of the Sunset Cove series.  You do not have to read all the book in order, but since a lot of the characters are recurring it does add to the joy of the story if you have read the series.  You will be better connected to some of the characters.

I have read quite a few of Colleen Coble's novels and I have come to expect a good mystery that keeps me guessing until the end.  So far I have yet to be disappointed.  Twilight at Blueberry Barren starts of with page turning suspense and the story held me firm in its grips until the last page.  The love story was a bit predictable.  I knew within the first two chapters who was going to get paired together.  That was okay though.  I really liked both characters and even though there is plenty of romance the main focus is not on the love, its on solving a mystery.

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.
Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.
The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.
Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.
If you have yet to read any of Colleen Coble's books and you love romance mysteries I encourage you to pick up this series.  It's been great!
***Thanks to booklookbloggers.com for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Angel Of Forest Hill - Book Review

Each year around this time I look forward to reading for review a few Christmas fiction novels.  I specifically look forward to Author Cindy Woodsmall's books.  I always enjoy her Amish fiction and she writes the sweetest Christmas romance stories.

This year her new book is The Angel of Forest Hill.  It's just shy of 200 pages and I would consider it a quick read.  I started and finished it in one night.  It was a very enjoyable read and I found myself thinking about the book long after I finished it.

The book is about Rose Kurtz.  She is the only girl in a family of 12 and her childhood has been anything but pleasant.  When she is asked to leave her family and go to a new community to help a family in need she has high hopes that she will find kindness instead of criticism.  When she arrives she is surprised to find that Joel Dienner's wife has just passed leaving two small children and a newborn baby behind.  Rose agrees to stay in Forest Hill and marry Joel.  Their marriage is to be a partnership build from need, not love.

As the years go by Rose begins to have hope that their relationship might become something more, but when a pretty widow moves to town Rose feels threatened and a series of misunderstandings has left her heartbroken.

I really love the character of Rose.  Her story is heartbreaking, but to read how she heals through the love of a good man and the love a heavenly Father was quite refreshing.

As the days are cooling and the Holiday Season is fast approaching I would encourage you to take some time and enjoy the few remaining nice days we have left.  What better way to do that than with a good book.  Grab a copy of The Angel of Forest Hill and spend the afternoon reading and preparing your mind for Christmas!

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead - Book Review

This children's book written to help gently lull little ones to sleep and develop good sleeping habits was not at all what I expected.  It is written by a child psychiatrist and rather than be a sweet calming book it uses psychological visualization, and is supposed to have a hypnotic affect on the reader and listener.  There is even a warning in the front of the book not to use it in a car while driving.

That's not for me.  I personally am disappointed in Zondervan for publishing such a book and it will have no place in my house.

The book itself had a cute story about a little bear and his friends having a big day at the beach and what they do when they return home and prepare for bed. The illustrations are colorful and fun, but hypnosis? No thanks!

***This book was provided to by by booklookbloggers.com in exchange for my honest review.





Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Road We Traveled - A Book Review

Tabitha Brown refuses to be left behind in Missouri when her son makes the decision to strike out for Oregon - even if she has to hire her own wagon to join the party. After all, family ties are stronger than fear.

Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings.  The trials they face along the way will severely test her faith, courage, and ability to hope.  With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid.  What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life and the greater part she had to play in history.

Ever since I was a young girl I have enjoyed reading about the Oregon trail.  I absolutely loved This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick.  She has taken my favorite historic time period and written a beautiful story of love, hope and faith.  The journey continues beyond the trail and there is plenty of adventure to be told once they arrive in Oregon.

There is so much history in this book and so much I did not realize about this time period.  This was one of those books that left me thinking about it well after I finished the last page.  If you are a history lover this book is definitely for you!  I think you will be very pleased, as you read about how it was like from a woman's prospective.

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

The Raven - A Book Review

As part of his street performances, a deceptions specialist who goes by the name The raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch.  It's harmless fun until he decides to keep the wallet of a prominent politician, hoping for a few extra bucks.  When he finds compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants", The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man.  However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life threatening plot code named "Nevermore".

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues to rescue The Raven from a wild card bent on revenge.

Sometimes you connect with a book and sometimes you don't.  This was one of the latter times for me.  I really struggled with reading this and just did not enjoy it.  I have recently become a fan of suspense novels and I really had high hopes for this one.  I am not a fan of first person narrative and a great deal of the book was written this way.  It seems like I always have a hard time connecting with books that are written this way.  It's just my own personal hangup.

The book just seemed busy and confusing at times to me.  It was the first book I read from author Mike Nappa.  Some times you just do not click with an author.  This was one of those times for me.


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

A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson

When her husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara Vesper is stunned.  Not grief-stricken, as their marriage had never been a love match, but staggered by what might become of her and her children.  For years she designed the sapphire jewelry that made her husband's company a fortune, but she has little money in her own name and soon discovers that she has inherited nothing.  Fearing the welfare of her two small children, she decides to take them to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.

but much has changed since she last visited the Montana ranch, both for Clara and for those she was forced to leave behind.  And when dangerous secrets from her late husband's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dreams.

From the very first page I thoroughly enjoyed A Love Transformed.  It's been a while since I read a book that I didn't want to put down. This book is the third of the Sapphire Brides series, but there is not need to read them in order as each book features a different character.

I love reading historical fiction books and this one was very well written.  The character's were well developed and Clara's determination to care for her children was admirable.  There were a few twists in the book that kept me intrigued!   I would highly recommend this book as well as the other books in this series.

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

Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart's parents, she's desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind - the governor's wife - behind bars.  When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student.  Realizing their investigations will bring them near the town where California's first lady, Alyssa Rollins, grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Luke is eager to help Abby Close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in.  But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situations, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

Catching Heat is the third and final book in the Cold Case Justice series.  I would recommend reading the books in order.  I didn't and I definitely felt like I was missing something.  It took me a little longer to connect with the characters as well.  Once I got deeper into the book, I did enjoy it.  I just wish I would have read the entire series.

Janice Cantore is an excellent writer and being a former police officer adds to her great ability of writing suspense novels. I was not very familiar with this author before this book, but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for her work from now on.  Next time I'll just be sure to start from the beginning.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it again.  She has captured my heart in Guide Me Home.  I can always guarantee that if Kim Vogel Sawyer writes it I will love it.  She is by far my favorite author.  I love how her novels are rich in faith and love. There are always plenty of events that give a nice steady pace and all of that together leads to a well balanced book.  Within the pages of her books there is always something that speaks to my heart and this book was no exception.

Another thing I really love is historical fiction and when it comes to writing in this genre, this author does her research.  She always includes a note to readers at the end of each book that tells the true facts that the book was based on.  This is a huge perk for a history buff like myself.  Many times after reading the facts I am drawn to do a little research for myself and learn as much as I can about the time period that I just read about.

In Guide Me Home you will read of Rebekah Hardin and how she fights for her family after tragedy hits.  She plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her brother's memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system.  Kentucky's renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking capable men.  But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself and a himself, then she's up for the job.

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford.  "Reb" begins to learn the complexities of the cave.  The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale.  The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels - not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin's ambitious plans and free Reb from the wait of her past?

What better way to spend the last days of summer then with a good book!  Go out and grab your copy of Guide Me Home.  You are sure to love it!

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

When Death Draws Near - Book Review

When Death Draws Near is the first book I have ever read by author Carrie Stuart Parks, but I'm sure it won't be the last.  From the very first page I was drawn into a captivating story about forensic artist, Gwen.  Gwen has been hired to help with a serial rapist case in a small country town.  It's not long before she is asked to help with a murder case involving a venomous snake handling church.

From the very beginning Gwen feels like something is shady about the police chief and her suspicions about him continue to grow.  When it seems like someone is out to get her she's not sure who she can trust.  On top of everything else, she finds out that her teenage daughter has to come stay with her and the cancer that she though was gone has now returned.

This has been one of the best mysteries I have read in a while.  It kept me guessing until the very end and had me wondering how I didn't see it all along.  If you are a fan of suspense novels this is definitely one you should read.  I guarantee that you won't be sorry.

I can't wait to read more of this authors writings.  If they are anything like this one I know I will love them!

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

A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas

For decades, Perla Phillips has hidden the truth of a decision that still fills her with guilt.  But now, seeing her granddaughter, Ells struggle in a similar way, she's prepared to finally open the past to her family, no matter the consequences.  but when the opportunity is snatched from her in a most unexpected manner, will she have waited too long?

Spanning generations, this moving family drama weaves together the interlocking stories of two women as they navigate relationships, family, faith and the choices that will shape their lives.  Heartwarming and nostalgic, the story explores the courage to share the wounds of the past and celebrates the legacy a family passes from one generation to the next.

I became of fan of Sarah Louidin Thomas when I read the first two books in the series Appalachian Blessings.  When I seen she had a new book I knew I had to read it.  What I did not know was that A Tapestry of Secrets was the third book in the Appalachian Blessings series. Not sure how that slipped by me.  The same family is featured and so many unanswered questions get answered in this new novel.  What is great though is that it would still be a great stand alone book.  No need to go back and read the series, but I think you would enjoy those books as well.

This is such a beautifully written story. I think pretty much everyone can relate to in someway.  We all, at times struggle to do the right thing.  There are family dynamics that we can relate too.  Elderly family members getting sick and no longer being able to care for themselves, accepting the choices of others, etc.  There are lots of lessons that you can learn through reading this book and I think you will feel uplifted and encouraged by what you find within the pages.

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

Without Warning - A Book Review

In the past couple of years I have become quite a fan of Lynette Eason.  I always enjoy her books and her newest novel Without Warning lived up to what I have come to expect.  It is the second book in the Elite Guardians series.

The book grabbed my attention from the first page and kept it until the last.  I enjoy how the author weaves in feelings and developing relationships along with everything that is going on in the case.  It makes the book much more enjoyable and helps the reader connect with the characters as you can see them as real people with families and feelings.

Katie is a partner with the Elite Guardians Protections Agency.  She accidentally stumbles upon her next case by accident.   She spots blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate and discovers that the owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he is not convinced that a bodyguard, and a female at that, is necessary.  A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider.  He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats before the would be killer strikes again.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series and if its anything like the first two books I'm sure I will love it.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fraying at the Edge - A Book Review

When it comes to Amish fiction Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite author.  I have read all of her books and she never disappoints!  Her newest series,The Amish of Summer Grove, is my favorite yet. I have been patiently waiting for Fraying at the Edge ever since I finished Ties That Bind last September.  I was so happy to get it and I was not disappointed. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that here I am waiting again for the next book!

If you love Amish fiction I cannot recommend this series enough!  Actually all of Cindy Woodsmalls novels.  They are all great! 

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?
 
At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.
 
New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?

***This book was provided to me by bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review.

To Follow Her Heart - A Book Review

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino is the third book in The Southold Chronicles series.  I did not read the previous books and I think it is a fine stand alone book, however, I think that it would give you a better connection with some of the characters if you read the series in order.  I enjoyed the book enough to go back and read the other ones in the series.

I really enjoy historical fiction and this book is a reminder as to why.  So beautifully written, full of history and romance, all my favorites.  It is set in the 1600's and this is a time period that I have not read a lot of stories from and I enjoyed that most of all.

It is 1661 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados.  There were no survivors.  She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown.  When he make his surprise return to Southold and to an overjoyed Patience it's not quite the happily ever after his beloved and hoped for.

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

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy is an author that continuously keep my eye out for.  I instantly became a fan of hers when I first read the Kinkaid Brides Series and I have read all of her books since.  No Way Up is the first book in a new series call The Cimarron Legacy.

If you have read any of Mary Connealy's books you know that she has a witty writing style and will keep you laughing throughout the whole book.  She also knows how to write a good western love story.  I had a little bit of a hard time at first getting into the story and connecting with the characters, but once I did I was enjoying myself the rest of the way through.  There is plenty of action, love, romance and mystery and of course the humor.

One thing I like about this book and most of this authors novels is that you don't have to think.  They are easy and quick, entertaining reads.  I like to call them feel good novels.  If you are needing a book to fill your day this summer this is a good one to start with.

THE FIGHT FOR THE CIMARRON RANCH HAS JUST BEGUN!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid can save him.  Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg and possible his life, Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately.  If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie and Cole don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set and that more danger lurks.  Finding his own future and a desired future with Sadie locked up in saving Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

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


Honor Redeemed - A Book Review

If you read very many of my book reviews you already know that I am a huge fan of historical fiction.  It is my favorite genre to read.  Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson met all my expectations of what a great historical fiction novel should be.  You can really tell when an author has done their "homework" and studied out a specific time period and it is very evident in this book.

One thing I enjoy is when the author includes and Author's Note sharing if there was anything true to life in the book and where they got some of the information.  This gives just a little bit more insight into the writing and preparations that went into the novel.

Honor Redeemed is the second book in the Keys of Promise series and although I did not read the first book I will definitely be going back and reading it now.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West.  Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future; make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion.  In fact, he is married to someone else.  scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship and the affection of a kind doctor.  Could he be the answer to her loneliness?  Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

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

What Matters Most - A Book Review

Just when she can't take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true they often are.

Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia.  When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm.  but her seemingly idea job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization-and that the research she's been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she's swiftly falling in love with.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas.  He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta.  Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart and his future?

I was a little hesitant to read What Matters Most.  It's not my normal genre. I'm not big on modern day dramas, but I am glad I took the chance on this one.  There is so much going on in the world right now, in our own lives.  We stay busy with this and that and sometimes we fail to take time for the things that matter most.  This book was a timely reminder for me to stop and take time for the people in my life that I love the most.

This book is the fourth book in the Texas Gold Collection and I have not read the other three that came before it.  It is a great stand alone book and I think it will touch the heart of anyone that reads it.

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

Missing - A Book Review

Missing is the second book in The Nikki Boyd Files series.  After I read the first book, Vendetta, I was anxious for the release of the second book and I was not disappointed.  Lisa Harris is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors in the suspense genre.  She has a fast-paced, gripping writing style that keeps me turning pages and enthralled until the very ended.  Not to mention that I am kept guessing!  Every time I think I have it figured out, there is a new twist and turn that keeps me on my toes!

If you like suspense novels that are also inspirational this is a great series for you!  I used to stay away from suspense novels, but it is books like this that has me hooked!

Two people are missing and two people are dead.  Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons, but when a case where there are two of each pops up, she is ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson.  When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler, and another dead body, Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons.  The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business - including Nikki.

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

To Capture Her Heart - A Book Review

To Capture Her Heart is the second book in The Southold Chronicles series.  You do not need to read the first book before this one.  It is a great stand alone book.

The book is set in the mid 1600's and Heather Flower, an Indian princess is celebrating her wedding feast, but before the actual wedding takes place her tribe is attacked.  Her groom is killed and Heather Flower and several of the Indian woman are kidnapped.  Heather Flower is tied up and left to die.  Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren rescues Heather Flower and forms a strong bond with her.

Heather Flower is dealing with her grief and her dear friends, the Hortons, are helping her out in her time of need.  Ben Horton has strong feelings for Heather Flower and hopes that they can have a relationship together, but Heather Flower's heart is leading her towards Lieutenant Buren.  She must choose between staying loyal to her friend or following her heart.

Historical romance is my favorite genre and I love when an author intertwines a fictional story with historical events.  I found it very interesting that the land in this story is what eventually became Long Island, New York!

I have to say I struggled a little in the beginning of this book.  I had a hard time getting into it, but I stuck with it and it wasn't long before I found myself thoroughly enjoying this tale!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart, book one of The Southold Chroniclesa series inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad; and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Rebecca lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Young and Beardless - Book Review

I love the Robertson family and John Luke has always been one of my favorites.  I've read most of the books that have come out of the Robertson family and this one is by far my favorite.  It even topped Si-cology for me!

John Luke is very humble and it shines through in his writing.  He is not afraid to share that he still has a lot to learn.  His writing style is easy to read and enjoyable.  He shares with the reader what it has been like to grow up in his crazy family and things he has learned along the way.  He is actually very witty and I enjoyed the lightheartedness of the book.

This would be a great read for any young person who is trying to discover their purpose in life.  It encourages you to pursue your dreams and embrace the gifts that God has given you.  Topics include friendship, kindness, taking chances and choosing mentors.

This book is definitely geared more towards teens and young adults.  John Luke is only 19 after all. Even though it is aimed for a younger audience I think anyone can glean from it. I am 42 years old and still enjoyed this book.

With most of the members of this family coming out with books I would definitely recommend this one above all the others!  Great job John Luke!  Love your family and love your outlook on life!

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


A Month of Sundays

A Month of Sundays: Striding Towards Spiritual Refreshment One Sunday at a Time by Paula Hartman is a great book that will do just as the title suggests.  It will refresh you spiritually and leave you uplifted and entertained.

This book is filled with stories from Paula Harman's life of raising children, being a wife and her spiritual journey.  She has a witty since of humor and tells her stories in a way that makes the reader feel like they are sitting right there in the kitchen sharing a cup of tea and listening to a dear friend share memories.

At the end of each chapter there are recipes that are shared.  I love the recipes!  They are normal recipes that real people can make with ingredients that are already in your pantry.

It's basically a book filled with short stories and delicious recipes.  It will leave you feeling encouraged and enlightened.  The format allows you to read a little here and there at your own convenience which is perfect for busy moms.

I would definitely recommend this book and think anyone who reads it will enjoy it!

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

Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

I was so excited when Punderdome came in the mail.  I had high hopes for this card game, but was quickly let down.

The game comes with a stack of white cards and a stack of green cards.  You are to grab one card from each stack and then come up with a pun.  For instance you make draw "breakfast" and "studying" or perhaps "cats" and "breaking up".  My twenty-three year old son speaks in puns all the time and he is quite witty with this and even he found it difficult to come up with puns for some of the pairings.   I found it extremely difficult and would not recommend this card game.  If you are looking for a fun party game, look elsewhere.  This one will leave you scratching your head and wondering why you wasted your money.

The only thing that I enjoyed about this game were the punny question and answers on the back of the cards.  I guess they are put there for amusement purposes only, for they had nothing to do with game play.  They are rather cheesy, but did provide a few laughs.

Examples:

What do you say when you walk by a really nice cantaloupe? "What a melon."

What family member uses the most curse words? A Cussin.

Like I said cheesy. But it was the most enjoyment I got out of the game.

***Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me this card game in exchange for my review.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gardening, God and Grace

There are few things that I enjoy more than gardening. There is something very rewarding about working the land, planting, caring and growing your own food. I've always thought I'd like to live off-grid, homestead my own land and be self sufficient. Since that lifestyle is out of reach for me I do what I can in the place that God has put me.

This year my garden is a tiny bit smaller than previous years. We have woods on three sides of us and a field on the other side. The field is owned by our new neighbors and they have chose to let it grow up. This has happened one other year in the nine years I have lived here and that year my garden was a waste of time and effort. Between the deer, raccoon, groundhogs and squirrels I did not get and harvest that year. Naturally I am afraid of the same happening again. I have several plans to try to avert this, but I'll talk about that more in another post.

This past Tuesday was beautiful. The temperature was in the seventies, the sun was shining and there was a cool breeze blowing. I took advantage of the day by doing some garden work. I got it all tilled and hoed, my tomatoes staked, added some Epsom salt around some plants and worked on some ways to repel wildlife.
It felt so good to be in the sunshine. At the end of the day my body was tired, but my heart was happy and my soul at ease. I always get in some extra prayer time while in the garden and spending the day talking with God is what I needed most. This past year has been challenging. I have faced some things that have been very hard. Everyone has a battle they're fighting and I'm no exception. But one thing I know... God's grace gets me through. I often wonder how people who don't have God make it. He is my rock, my firm foundation. When the world around me shakes, He is my steady. Sometimes I just need a little garden time with God to be reminded of His goodness.




Monday, June 6, 2016

The Beautiful Pretender - Book Review

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson is a beautifully written christian fairy tale.

I absolutely adored this book.  It grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me turning the page with eagerness all the way to the end.  Avelina was such a fun character that was easy to connect to and I loved her courage and faith!  The Margrave of Thornbeck reminded me of the beast from Beauty and the Beast, he's a gruff and grouchy man that you can't help but like.

I have only read one other book by Melanie Dickerson besides this one.  This one has me so intrigued with her fairy tale series that I will be checking out the previous book in this series.


After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

***Thank you to Booklookbloggers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Anchor In The Storm by Sarah Sundin

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down-not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II.  She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her.  but society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast.  Still shaken by battles of sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves and with drowsiness.  Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling?

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question.  But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Anchor in the Storm is the second book in the Waves of Freedom series and I think this one is even better than the first.  You don't need to read the books in order, but trust me you don't want to miss out on either book. The character's from the first book were brought into this book as well and I thought that was a nice touch and it was great to know a little more about a couple I fell in love with in the first novel.

I am a huge history buff and a christian novel based on real historic events is my favorite genre to read.  Especially if the author has done their research and Sarah Sundin obviously does!  Her knowledge of World War II shines through in her story telling.  At the end of the book she adds a short not on what things were based on true historic events and which things were purely fictional and that was great to know.

I would highly recommend this book and give it five stars!

***This book was provided to me by Revell in exchange for my honest review.