11.19.2017

Christmas on the Run by Shirlee McCoy ~ Review

Christmas on the Run (Mission: Rescue #8)Lucie's Review:


Carly Kelly is a museum conservator at the Smithsonian, when blackmailers ask to forge antique stones, and threaten to take her 6 yr old son, Zane, she reaches out to her late husband's ex-military half-brother, and member of HEART, for help.

Dallas Morgan has noticed Carly running by his house every morning on her daily jog, he's never spoken to her before so when he approaches her, she runs. When she get's home her son is nowhere to be found, but Dallas has experience with threats and hostage situations, and he calls in all of his connections to help get Zane back.

I liked that Carly's best friend, Jazz, moved in to help her with Zane after the death of Carly's husband, and she does everything she can to try to prevent the bad guys from taking Zane.

I love that Dallas get's a chance to connect with the nephew that he didn't know that he had, but it also reminds him of what he lost. He is a rock for Carly, so she doesn't have to go through everything alone.

Carly is a headstrong and protective mother, she doesn't want to sit on the sidelines while others do the work, she wants to help where she can to get her boy back in her arms. As she get's to know Dallas she wonders if she has been given a second chance that she didn't even know that she wanted.

Fast paced, with a heart pounding mystery, fraught with tension, and surprise twists. Definitely a great addition to the HEART series!


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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ Review

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)
Lucie's Review:

Griffith, the Duke of Riverton, likes things logical and orderly, so he naturally wants to apply his logic skills towards finding a wife. He has decided that the most sensible choice for a spouse would be Frederica St Claire, but he can't seem to get her stunning beautiful cousin, Isabella Breckenridge out of his head.

Isabella Breckenridge is in London for her first season, sponsored by her Uncle Percy. Her Uncle is sponsoring her season in London to help her struggling family, as well as to serve his own purposes as the figurehead of the Apothecary Act.

Isabella wants to do her duty to help her family, even if it means possibly letting go of any dreams of a future with Griffith.

I really liked Frederica, she is a kind and headstrong young woman who knows her own heart. She loves another man and is not interested in Griffith, whether or not he is a Duke. She instead directs his interest to Isabella.

Isabella is a bright and beautiful young woman, she and Griffith quickly strike up a comfortable friendship. And he likes that she is the only young woman outside of his family who treats him like a regular man, and speaks freely with him of her love of plants and flowers. But she is riddled with guilt  for what she has done going along with her Uncle's plan, making her own way instead of trusting God.

I like how Griffith has a good group of friends, mainly Ryland, who give him good advice. Griffith is an honorable fellow, full of integrity, and lives his faith. I like that he is a man of action and when he knows what to do he doesn't tarry.

A fantastic read from beginning to end, I love how Griffith is a gentleman like Mr. Knightley who doesn't lead women on. And Frederica is my favorite because she knows her heart and what is important. Definitely a must read for fans of the previous Hawthorne House books, or for anyone who loves a well done Regency romance!



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11.18.2017

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey ~ Review

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3)
Lucie's Review:

Declan Grey is investigating a terrorist plot with illegal arms smuggling, the FBI teams him up with Tanner Snow. Tanner is a gifted agent, with the remarkable ability to put almost anyone at ease in multiple languages. She was born in Israel, and after serving time in their military she immigrated to the United States, went to school, and now works to help people live in safety.

I admired Tanner for her faith and inner strength. Declan surprises Tanner by lightening up tense moments, she likes how he really listens to her and values her opinions. I love how Tanner and Declan work together to unravel the clues left by a late agent to catch the terrorists and protect many innocents.

Meanwhile CCI has been hired by their old coach to find out who is stealing money from the investment firm and framing the coach.

Declan is honorable and lives his faith, he does his best to respectfully protect Tanner, while knowing that she has his back too.

This is a fast paced read that was pretty much impossible to put down. I loved how Tanner and Declan bring out the best in each other, and how her faith really shine in how she treats others. Fantastic read from beginning to end!



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11.12.2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon ~ Review

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Lucie's Review:

Trish Bailey has her hands full working a demanding job and caring for her mother, who was chronically injured in a car accident that took both their husbands. Trish  teaches art at a school for the underprivileged, and her mother runs a charitable foundation, with the help of their accountant Matt Parker. Trish is shocked when her mother dies suddenly.

Detective Colin Flynn tries to be sensitive to Trish's feelings, but he believes the death to be of natural causes. When the tox screening comes back positive, he knows that he must dig deeper to find answers.

I like that Trish tries not to dwell on the new information, but when she is attacked in the parking lot of the school, she can't ignore the fact that she is in danger. Colin rushes to her aid, and suggests that they take a deeper look at everything, and that Matt's strange behavior is worth a second glance.

I like that Trish holds to her faith, and is open about her faith with Colin. I like that she has someone that she can trust and depend on in Colin, and that they find that they enjoy spending time together. I really liked how they got to know each other.

I think that they title is very fitting for this book, and it definitely makes more sense as the story progresses. I really admired Trish and her determination in the midst of a tough situation. She doesn't care much for money, but wants to help others. This was a thrilling read from beginning to end, with many twists and turns along the way. Fantastic, and hard to put down.

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11.05.2017

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman ~ Review

Home All Along (Amish Secrets #3)
My Review:

When Charlotte's long lost sister Andrea shows up at their mother's funeral she is shocked. Andrea is in some trouble of her own, and decides to crash with Charlotte. Charlotte doesn't have much to spare, but she tries to make her sister, and her niece, Bella feel welcome.

Meanwhile Charlotte struggles with the decision about her and Daniel's relationship looming in their future, as they cannot continue as they are forever. Lena's family deals with her cancer diagnosis, and Daniel's family is shaken to their core when complications with his mother's pregnancy force them to make choices they never thought they'd ever have to face.

The third in a series, Home All Along is a great conclusion to this heart felt tale of family, love, and forgiveness. I would definitely recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one, as it would definitely be a bit tricky at first if you didn't know what was going on.

I really like how Annie matures over the course of this book, and really puts her past behind her, and being strong for her family.

Charlotte and Daniel have to make some tough decisions about where their relationship is going, and they are forced to think about what they are willing to sacrifice for their love.

Andrea was a surprising character, and her daughter Bella is adorable. Andrea is quick thinking, smart, and skeptical. I like her spunk, and despite her dishonesty at first, she did win me over by the end.

Overall, a really great conclusion to the story arch, heartbreaking at times, I loved the way that Charlotte's friends are there for her and each other. Fantastic read!

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10.29.2017

Christmas on the Ranch by Arlene James and Lois Richer ~ Review

Christmas on the Ranch: The Rancher's Christmas Baby\Christmas Eve Cowboy (Love Inspired)
Lucie's Review:

The Rancher's Christmas Baby
Dixon has gotten used to coming home to an empty house since his mother left when he was eighteen, so he is surprised to come home to a young woman holding a baby, and a frail older woman standing in his kitchen.

Fawn Amber quickly sets Dixon straight on a lot of things, she left her sister and her job to help her friend Jackie make amends with her son.

Jackie has a bad heart and lost her husband she wants to reconnect with Dixon in hopes that he will care for his baby sister when she is gone.

I like Fawn, she is plucky and outspoken, she challenges Dixon to try and see his mother's side of things.

I like how Dixon's heart softens towards his mother and younger sister as he get's to know them.

This is a great fast moving story with great characters, is romantic, with great touches of humor.

Christmas Eve Cowboy
Dr. Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter are enjoying the Christmas festivities of Snowflake, where they meet Brett Carlisle who is selling puppies. One of the puppies promptly falls in love with Zoey, but Elizabeth is not interested in having a puppy.

Brett helps Elizabeth and Zoey adjust to life in a small town, he is also in charge of the children's Christmas choir. Elizabeth loves music, but her ex had always been very judgmental of all of her attempts.

Brett has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, and now he's torn, because he has been given the opportunity to leave Snowflake and make his dreams come true, just when he's found a reason to stay.

Elizabeth and Brett are both believers and they encourage each other to look past their pasts and believe in second chances. Great read!

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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan ~ Review

Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Lucie's Review:

Kate Sullivan is an attorney representing the families of patients who died of brain tumors caused by the drug Celix. When she is named lead counsel strange things start happening to her, she feels like she is being followed and someone slashes her tires. So she hires private investigator, Landon James, to look into the drug company after one employee tips her off that it may be bigger than just one drug.

I like that Landon takes Kate's security seriously and warns her to take precautions, as well as bringing in his friends to help him out. Landon is an ex-Army Ranger, he is haunted by what happened on his last tour, he blames himself and believes that God abandoned him.

I really didn't like Ethan, who went to law school with Kate, he is representing the pharmaceutical and is unafraid to try and use their "friendship" to his advantage.

Kate is my favorite, she believes in what she is doing and wants to help the victims that she represents. She is courageous, and refuses to back down in the face of danger. She has her own struggles, but her faith is strong. I like how she is able to keep her head in the moment when things get crazy.

Overall this was an entertaining read, with a tension filled plot, and several twists. I liked Kate and Landon, they have great interaction as they get to know each other and work towards a resolution.


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10.22.2017

The Second Chance Bride Collection by Lauralee Bliss, Angela Breidenbach, Ramona K. Cecil, Pamela Griffin, Pam Hillman, Laura V. Hilton, Grace Hitchcock, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Liz Tolzma ~ Review

The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love
Lucie's Review:

I love this collection of novellas, it covers a vast amount of different time periods over the nine stories where people get a second chance at love.

Love in the Crossfire 
Gretchen cares for a man that she finds in the barn. Jacob is a scout for George Washington, as they get to know each other they find that they have a lot in common.

Fanned Embers
Lukas is a foreman at the mine, he is a hard worker of integrity. He promises to keep his men from bothering the newly widowed Juliana. She is hoping to leave as soon as she has the money to leave. But will Lukas change her mind? An action packed ending!

Daughter of Orion
Matilda signs on as a cabin boy on a whaling vessel, she shares her faith with Tom and he admires her faith, thinking her to be a young boy. However her secret cannot stay a secret forever...

The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride
Cecily and Garret marry for convenience. He has a son, and she a  younger sister that she watches over. She fears that she doesn't measure up to Garret's first wife. For his part he respects her space and gives her time to warm to him. This is a really sweet story, I liked how they came to trust each other and commit to their marriage.

The Widow of St Charles Ave.
Colette wants to do more with her life than attend parties and wear pretty dresses, so she volunteers at an orphanage, and opens a school in her home, with the help of her friend Malcom. But when a flame from the past returns wanting to reignite the spark she has a choice to make.

The Prickly Pear Bride
This one was one of my favorites. Cole is looking for a good place to put down roots with a ranch of his own, and he meets a sheepherder that he can't forget. Evelyn has been watching the sheep since her grandfather broke his leg, Cole is worried about Evelyn and he does what he can to help them out, delivering supplies, which gives him time to get to know Evelyn.

Married by Mistake
Bessie wants to be married, but she doesn't like the traditional courtship rituals. Thomas really likes Bessie, but he doesn't think he will ever marry because the mistakes of his past. So his friend Archies takes it into his mind to help them out!

Love in Disguise
Anna is one of my favorite characters, she has made a life for herself in Colorado and has found a way to help the local Natives by selling their goods in her store. But when a face from her past walks through her front door, as Trevor gets to know Anna better he admires the woman that has become and her independence.

What the Heart Sees
Miriam recognizes a prisoner of war that she met before the start of WWII in Germany. Paul is a man of faith, and he works hard to prove himself. Miriam's father disapproves and wants her to marry their neighbor. But Paul and Miriam get their second chance?

I loved how all of these stories had a theme of second chances and love and faith in various situations.


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Amish Christmas Twins by Patricia Davids ~ Review


Amish Christmas Twins
Lucie's Review:

John Miller offers a ride to a woman and her two small girls, he is a blacksmith who restores old sleighs and is on his way to make a delivery.

Willa Lapp accepts the ride for the sake of her twins, Megan and Lucy. Willa just lost her husband and is afraid that his parents will try to take the girls away so she is headed to her grandfather's place. Willa grew up Amish, but when her parents left, they took her with them, and it's been years since she's seen her grandfather. But when her grandfather won't let them stay with them, John takes them home to his mother.

John's mother Vera is a very kind and welcoming person, she is happy to take care of Willa and the girls, and encourages them to stay. It's clear that she also may have some matchmaking in mind!

The girls are so cute, Lucy is more talkative and outgoing, and takes to John despite his gruff demeanor. Megan is more cautious and thoughtful, and she is a quick learner when John start teaching them some German words.

At first John tries to avoid Willa, but he wants to help her, and slowly but surely they become friends. He finds that he able to tease her, and loves her snappy retorts. Willa enjoys John's company and is especially taken with the way that he interacts with her daughters.

A wonderful read from beginning to end, I like how John and Willa and get to know each other, and how he helps her to confront her fears and embrace her faith. A well written and read, with great characters and adorable girls!

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Christmas Amnesia by Laura Scott ~ Review

Christmas Amnesia (Callahan Confidential #3)
Lucie's Review:

Maddy Callahan is an assistant district attorney, and the only girl in the Callahan Clan.

Police Officer Noah Sinclair recognizes Maddy as soon as he sees her in the hospital, when he learns that she was attacked, he vows to keep her safe. He is stunned that she doesn't remember him as he was her twin brother's partner before her brother, Matt, transferred to the K-9 unit, it turns out that she is suffering from amnesia and doesn't remember anything about the attack.

Noah thinks that the attack is connected the drug case that she was working on before that attack. Noah insists on taking her home, but when they are almost run over on the way home, they know that it is just the beginning.

I like how Noah takes charge and helps to get Maddy to a safe house, until her brother can come and help them. they talk alot and get reacquainted while laying low, as well as work on the case. Maddy wants to get to know Noah better, but he puts up walls, saying that he doesn't do relationships, and he blames himself for mistakes in the past. Noah is very passionate about putting the drug dealers away, and is good at what he does.

Even though Maddy can't remember much, even about her family, she does remember her faith, and holds fast to it throughout. Maddy feels safe with Noah, and I like how they are able to work together.

A great read, with a fast hook in the beginning, I loved coming back to the Callahans, and the camaraderie between Maddy and her brothers, and Noah too. I didn't want to put this book down, a great read, and a must read if you enjoyed the other Callahan Clan books!

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Mail-Order Marriage Promise by Regina Scott ~ Review

Mail-Order Marriage Promise (Frontier Bachelors #6)
Lucie's Review:

I loved revisiting Wallin Landing. Now that all the older brothers are married and the younger siblings are grown, Beth has decided to play matchmaker for her brother, John. She begins corresponding with a mail-order bride on John's behalf--without his knowledge.

But when Dottie Tyrrell arrives things don't go as well as Beth had planned. Dottie is determined to make a better life for herself and her young son, away from the city.

John wants to help Dottie, even though he doesn't want to marry her, or anyone else for that matter. He's been burned in the past, and doesn't want to think about marriage again. But he offers her a place to stay, and he moves back in with his family.

I like how John instantly takes to Peter, he enjoys holding him stories. As John and Dottie get to know each other, they find that they have more in common than he thought, they share a passion for books and literature.

I've always liked John, he is a peacemaker, and has always been more quiet, but he knows how to tell a captivating story. I love how Dottie comes to love his quiet strength, listening ear, and gentle way with her son.

This is a great read from beginning to end, I really liked John and how he is able to quietly stand out, and is comfortable in the man that he is. Dottie and John bring out the best in each other. This was a well written book with great characters and a fast moving plot. Definitely recommend!



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10.10.2017

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley ~ Review

Justice Buried (Memphis Cold Case #2)
Lucie's Review:

Kelsey Allen is a vastly talented woman, and her uses her skills as a cat burgler, testing security systems for businesses. When the head of a leading security agency hires her to go undercover at a museum, she finds herself in the unique position to clear her father's name. Her father used to be a curator at the museum until he and a number of valuable pieces disappeared, naturally it was assumed that her father was the thief, but pieces are still going missing.

Will Kelsey be able to catch the thief and clear her father's name?

I thought it was funny how Kelsey's mom finds her a date to the museum fundraiser by talking to the guy's mom. Brad Holister is a police detective who is moving into the cold case division, they were acquaintances in high school, but were never close. When they find a dead body the case heats up and Brad agrees to look into her father's disappearance.

Kelsey is close to her family, she get's along well with her half sister and step father. Kelsey is incredibly talented, she can think on her feet, and is terrifically brave and caring. She isn't so sure about where she stands with her faith, but is willing to talk about it.

Brad is a great officer, and is a great compliment to Kelsey as they both bring different skills to the investigation. Brad is dedicated to his job, and is strong in his faith. I like how quickly he is willing to jump in and help Kelsey with her mission.

This is an action packed read with a lot of great character interaction. Filled with mystery, and plenty of surprises, this makes for a definite page turner! I really like how Brad and Kelsey work together to solve the mystery and find Kelsey's father. Fantastic read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

10.09.2017

The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman ~ Review

The Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1)
Lucie's Review:

Connor O'Shea has indentured himself to a master builder in order to be able to bring his brothers to America from Ireland. But when his master dies, he must find a new benefactor.

Isabella Bartholomew has taken on the heft of the responsibilities at Breeze Hill Plantation after her brother's death in an accident that left her father severely injured, leaving Isabella to fight an uphill battle. She takes a chance on Connor in part because she hears of his honorable plight to bring his brothers to America.

Will Connor O'Shea be the man that she needs by her side to make her family plantation a success again?

When Isabella hear that her pregnant sister-in-law, Leah, needs her she is determined to make it home to be by her side. Connor knows that going home by the Natchez Trace is no place for a woman alone, so he borrows a horse and goes after her. Connor proves to be a protective presence, a man of action, always there to help Isabella when she needs help. He is strong in his faith, but he lets a mistake from his past color his perception of Isabella.

Isabella comes to appreciate Connor, and doesn't see him as a servant, and doesn't want him to see himself that way either. She is determined to prove that she is up to the heavy task on her shoulders, and not let her family down.

I really liked Isabella's father, he bonds quickly with Connor, who encourages him to get out and start doing more around the plantation. I also really liked William Wainwright, Isabella's brother good friend who proves to be great family friend.

This is a fascinating book about an interesting time and place in history. Both the main characters are headstrong and admirable, but they don't communicate the best with each other. It was a bit slow to start, but it sped up as it went along into an adventure full of romance and action.

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Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors ~ Review

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the BeautifulMy Review:


Katie continues to tell of her experiences in Uganda with her 13 adopted daughters, the many people who have touched their lives, and how God has used it all to His glory. She shares her heartbreaks, and struggles to find something good to thankful for, learning to love fearlessly and care for people tenderly like Christ.

From beginning to end I was inspired by Katie's faith, trusting in God's timing and His will for her life and the lives of others. She shares from her heart, the things that God has shown her through her experiences, and the love that God has given her for the hurting.

Katie tells of her family's many friends and how they came into their lives sometimes for only a season, as her faith grows, and she sees her daughters grow in their faith as well. I loved reading about her caring for HIV positive friends, and how she met her husband and stepped into an intentional relationship.

Overall, an inspiring read that I had a hard time putting down, heart rending and raw at times, yet still full of hope and trust in God's plan. I loved the themes of trusting in God's perfect will, in the midst of heartache. Highly recommend for everyone!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

10.08.2017

The Amish Witness by Diane Burke ~ Review

The Amish Witness
Lucie's Review:

Elizabeth Lapp comes home to the Amish community that she left 7 years ago, to go and live English with her friend Hannah. But now her friend is dead and Elizabeth saw the man who killed her, and she is afraid that he will come for her too.

When Thomas King stops by Mary Lapp's farm to help her with the chores like he always does, he sees a man attacking a young woman, and to his surprise the woman is his former fiance, Elizabeth.

I like that Thomas was able to move on a make a life himself, with a wife and two children. His wife died in childbirth, and now he is a widower with two young children. And now he wants to help make Elizabeth's move back home as easy as possible, he is determined to help her stay safe.

I love the way that Elizabeth and Thomas get reacquainted, as they work together to get to the bottom of the strange things going on. Elizabeth wants to be honest with Thomas, but she is afraid to tell him about why she left their community in the first place, and keeps putting it off. Thomas is a godly man, full of faith and very protective of Elizabeth, I like how he is honest with her about his struggles too.

This is a great book filled with action and plenty of mystery and suspense.Great characters, dialog and interaction, I liked that this book also had lighter moments, where we get to see another side of Elizabeth and Thomas. A highly enjoyable read!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

9.29.2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton ~ Review

Many Sparrows
My Review:

Clare Inglesby is heavily pregnant with her second child, on the trail with her husband and 4 year old son, to a new frontier. But when tragedy strikes, she finds herself widowed and her son taken from her by the Shawnees and adopted into their tribe. Clare must put her faith in God and a man called Jeremiah Ring, who feels that the Almighty brought him to Clare to help her.

Jeremiah was adopted by the Shawnee as well, and feels himself torn in two directions, walking the line between two worlds, as he tries to help Clare reclaim her son from the people who welcome him as one of their own, against the backdrop of rising tensions between the White Settlers and the Indians.

This book is completely engrossing, raw, vulnerable, and realistic. I love how it brought to life the harsh realities of the untamed frontier, as well as the communities and cultures that collided as the settlers ventured further into the southwest. Clare is willing to do anything to regain her son, she has gone through a lot in a short span of time, she knows that her faith isn't where it should be and she struggles to trust God even though she knows that she should. I liked the honesty in her character, she isn't perfect, but she is a mother who loves her child and is forced to accept many things that she cannot control, and trust the One Who Holds Tomorrow.

Jeremiah is a godly man, who knows when he comes across Clare that the Almighty brought them together even though he doesn't know why, he pledges to help her regain her son. But when he finds that his adoptive family also holds a claim on her son, he finds himself torn between two cultures and worlds, praying for the wisdom of Solomon.

Compelling, raw, heart rending, and captivating, this is a novel that you won't soon forget. I loved how Ms. Benton brought the harsh frontier to life through the eyes of multiple characters, building upon previous layers into an unforgettable journey. Highly recommend for fans of rich historical storytelling!



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Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob's life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

About the author:


Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn't writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of "Burning Sky," recipient of three Christy Awards, "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn," Christy-nominee "The Wood's Edge," and "A Flight of Arrows."
Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com.
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9.23.2017

Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Gillian Flint ~ Review

Love You Always
My Review:

A child is a treasured member of the family tree, surrounded by people who love them unconditionally. From mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and cousins, when mad, silly or sad, a child is surrounded by so much love.

An adorable book, that would be great for a birth celebration, or just a great book to read with a young one any day. I loved the adorable and colorful illustrations, classic and whimsical conveying the warmth and love.

Overall, a delightfully charming read that would make a fantastic gift at a baby shower or for a child under the age of 6. A wonderful book to share with the young person in your life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."


Retail link
Love You Alwayshttp://amzn.to/2x6jlb3

Book Specs
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Eileen Spinelli/Gillian Flint
ISBN: 9780824956868
Price: $15.99
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–7

Author Bio
Eileen Spinelli spent Saturdays at the public library as a child, and it was there that she decided to become a writer. She’s authored more than fifty children’s books, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. HatchThe Best Story; and Two to Cuddle. Eileen lives in Media, Pennsylvania. When she and her husband, Jerry, who’s also an author, are not writing, they are hanging out with their grandkids (30 and counting), playing Scrabble, reading, watching old movies, and raising Monarch butterflies.

Illustrator Bio
Gillian Flint has had a passion for drawing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, so a career in illustration was a natural path for her to take. Her work has been published in the UK, USA, and Australia for clients such as Highlights, Five Mile Press, OUP, and Little Bee Books (book forthcoming). She enjoys using watercolors, crayons, ink, and digital illustration to create a variety of artistic styles. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and pottering about in the garden on sunny days.

9.16.2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason ~ Review

Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians, #4)
Lucie's Review:

Haley Callahan is a dedicated agent and a good friend, but she has always kept to herself about her past. But when she finds herself being followed by shooters, she realizes that it might finally be time to put the past to sleep forever.

Steven Rothwell is a police detective and Quinn Holcombe's new partner, so when Haley asks Quinn for help, Steven comes along too. Steven and Haley end up spending a lot of time together, Steven wants to help her, but he also respects that she is very capable of taking care of herself.

Haley had a rough childhood, and has started a center to help at risk youth. She holds fast to her faith, and has a strong determined spirit that inspires those around her.

A fast paced read that was hard to put down, taunt with suspense and chemistry between Haley and Steven. There were so many twists, along the way. I love the way that Haley is a survivor, and she has a cool head under pressure. I love that Steven is a cool headed man too, and he wants to come and help Haley when she needs it, but respects that she can handle a lot of her own battles. A fantastic read from beginning to end, highly recommend and hard to put down!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

9.12.2017

Second Chance Amish Bride by Marta Perry ~ Review

Second Chance Amish Bride (Brides of Lost Creek #1)
Lucie's Review:

Jessie Miller comes to the King family's aid when Caleb King gets a broken leg and needs help to take care of his family.

Caleb's late wife was Jessie's cousin, and there was a time when Jessie thought that Caleb was a man she might marry. But now he doesn't want any women around let alone Jessie, a reminder of his late wife.

Onkel Zeb and Daniel like her from the start, but I takes a while for her to win Becky's trust. I loved Jessie's patience with the children, she wants to help them to talk about their mother, and share the good memories that she has of her, but Caleb forbids it. She takes the times to teach the children useful skills.

Caleb loves his children, he also has a stubborn streak. He is surprised by how much Jessie has come to mean to him and his family, and that many of her suggestions help. He comes to appreciate Jessie's big heart and determination.

Overall, a heartwarming read about love, healing and second chances. I loved the kids and Onkel Zeb, who are colorful characters. A great reads for fans of Amish romance!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

9.08.2017

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin ~ Review

Waves of Mercy
My Review: 

Geesje, Anna, and Derk find themselves facing some of the biggest challenges to their faith and of the heart in the past and present, finding their lives intertwined in this captivating, heartfelt story of God's mercies.

Geesje recounts her younger days first coming to America and leaving everything behind in the Netherlands, including the man that she loved. She tells of her struggles to accept the tragedies that befell her family, and the choices that she made, along with the heartaches she faced.

Anna has comes to Michigan after breaking it off with her fiance to find answers to the questions that she has about her new faith and about her past. She meets a ministry student, Derk, and he helps her sort through her questions and decision about the future.

Meanwhile he is in a similar situation, having also just broken it off with a fiance who wants him to give up his calling to the ministry because she doesn't want to be a preacher's wife.

As Geesje's story unfolds, Geesje, Anna, and Derk, are face with the choice to follow their own desires or God's will.

Anna is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family in Chicago, she loves her parents, but after attending a church service in a less than prominent side of town, she finds herself in need of answers. She finds a friend in Derk, a young man studying for the ministry, yet in a similar situation having just broken it off with his fiance. I loved Anna and Derk's easy and honest friendship. They challenge each other, encouraging each other to perhaps make the choice that they themselves hesitate to make.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the humanity and vulnerability of the characters, they aren't perfect Christians, and would probably be the first to tell you that fact if you ever tried to put them on a pedestal. I found the honesty and rawness in this book so refreshing. They struggle with doubt, jealousy, human desires for love, selfishness, and it was their realness that made me really embrace them and connect with them. Geesje especially, is brutally honest about her life and the choices that she made along the way.

Overall, this is a beautiful story of God's mercies, bringing three strangers together as the threads of their stories intertwine in unexpected ways. A thoroughly memorable read, I would definitely recommend this book, I couldn't put it down!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

9.05.2017

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore ~ Review

Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)
Lucie's Review:

Everything seems to be going according to plan for Tess O'Rourke, who has dreams of advancing in the police force, until it comes crumbling down with the murder of a cop that shakes Long Beach and causes a media blitz calling for the loss of her job. Tess responded to a call for assistance, and found and officer down, with the local high school sports hero standing over him with an object in in his hand, she shot and saved the officer's life, but the media turned on her.

Tess resigns her post, due to pressure from the public, and takes up a job in rural Oregon, in the small community of Rogue's Hallow. Tess struggles to find her place in the small town, but is befriended by the pastor's wife, a kind woman who is one of the few who makes her feel welcome.

When the pastor's wife goes missing, Tess is on the case. But when a dead body is found in the woods, she wonders if this little rural town is really as quiet as it was supposed to be. She finds a friend and ally in Deputy Steve Logan, who is supportive of her investigation.

Will they be able to solve Rogue Hallow's first murder before it's too late?

Tess has always been devoted to her job, and believes that it is a privilege to protect people. She has always wanted to be a police officer, like her father. But when her father died in the line of duty, she left her faith behind. Tess is passionate about her work, and wants to do everything that she can to help her newfound friends. She is in awe of their faith in the light of such bleak circumstances.

Steve is a good friend, he is supportive of her, understanding how important this case is to her, and lets her take the lead helping where he can.

Oliver and Anna pastor a small church Rogue Hallow, they don't understand why Anna's cancer has come back, but they are determined to stand firm in their faith, even when they don't understand the whys. Oliver is hesitant to reports his wife's disappearance at first, because he is unsure if she is really missing, or if she just went off alone to pray. He is heartbroken, yet hopeful, leaning on his faith to see him through.

This is a pulsing crime drama, with quick beats, and a plot that pulls the reader in. I didn't want to put it down, I couldn't help but contemplate the timeliness of this story, it is probably one of the most relevant books I've read in a while. It talks about the media blitz around cop-civilian shootings and how the media can skew the whole story, as well as how rampant drug use is ruining small communities.

Fast paced, both I and my husband sped through this book, it was hard to put down with an intricate plot line and lots of detail. I loved Tess's dog, who ended up being one of my favorite characters. This is a great beginning to what I'm sure will be a fantastic new series, Tess is a strong heroine, and I loved how the town pulls together in the wake of tragedy. A suspenseful read ripped from the front page and the latest crime drama. Highly recommend.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

8.30.2017

Maverick and Me by Karen Schwarzenegger, illustrated by Phyllis Harris ~ Review

Maverick and Me
My Review:

Inspired by a true story, Karen Schwarzenegger wrote this book to share her passion for animals, mainly rescue dogs.

This lovely picture book tells the tale of a young puppy named, Maverick, who finds his forever home with a big-hearted girl.

Filled with colorful, classic illustrations that bring the story to life and compliment the story, this is an endearing read. I loved that it gave tips and ideas about good ways to help animals in need in your area.

Told from the perspective of Maverick, this is a cute and heartwarming read, great for families considering a new addition. If not considering adoption, this book will probably make you consider it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

8.26.2017

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus ~ DVD Review

My Review:

In this documentary style exploration of the 2nd book of the Bible narrated by Kevin Sorbo, Timothy Mahoney digs deep, interviewing some very well known faces in research and also in today's politics. This was a riveting documentary, that was very well done. I loved how he went to great lengths to show how a restructured timeline fits perfectly with history and the landscape of the land before and after the Israelite's inhabited it.

I loved the way that it was put together, splitting the major time periods into 4 sequential parts that would definitely leave behind evidence.

I've been very interested in Egyptian timelines for a long time, and have heard this proposed shift in the timeline from some other sources in the recent past, so this wasn't entirely new to me, but much of the supporting evidence fresh and intriguing.

This was a very well done production, and I would definitely recommend it to any who is even the slightest bit curious. It is so well done and thoroughly researched, I feel that they made a very strong case for their timeline, and I loved the way it was presented, with all the stunning footage and great content.

This new edition of the film includes a full disc of bonus features, featuring cast interviews & bios, well as a look at the music, and what you can do to host a movie event.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

About the author/filmmaker/producer
Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.
About the film
  • Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
  • Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
  • It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
  • The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.

Check it out!
Check out the movie here: www.patternsofevidence.com
You can use discount code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price which retails for $19.95.


To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander ~ Review

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation, #3)
Lucie's Review:

Alexandra Jamison wants to do something meaningful with her life to honor her late fiance who was killed in a tragic train wreck on Dutchman's Curve, David was a teacher, so Alexandra has decided to pursue teaching. But her father has other plans and wants to arrange for her to marry to off of his influential friends. When she comes across the choir from Fisk University, it inspires her to get a job there, when her father finds out he kicks her out of the house.

Sylas Rutledge comes upon Alexandra walking by the road and gives her ride despite her insistence that she can make it on her own. Sylas is the owner of a railroad line, he will be bidding on the chance to building the railroad to Belle Meade. He asks Alexandra to coach him in the Southern social graces, to which she is reluctant, especially after learning the identity of his step-father. As Sylas get's to know Alexandra he finds himself willing to do anything to win her love even if it means wagering her heart.

This is a well researched book full of lush and gritty history, it is based on some true events and follows the struggles of the Jubilee Singers and the barriers they face, especially to find the funds. I really liked Ella, who is a teacher at the university, Alexandra's roommate, and one the singers in the choir, and she proves to be a good friend.

I like the way the relationship between Sylas and Alexandra develops as he comes to Fisk for his lessons, he often comes bearing small tokens of affection. Sylas has always admired his step-father as a man of deep faith and integrity, and he is proud to be called his son despite the terrible accident at Dutchman's Curve. Hearing the Jubilee Choir Sylas feels a longing in his heart and realizes how far he's gone from his faith.

Alexandra is courageous and doesn't feel bad for herself, but focuses on her future and teaching her students. She comes to appreciate Sylas' friendship, and comes to admire the man that he is.

A great story with many characters and many intersecting stories, I loved returning to Belle Meade and was glad to see Uncle Bob still there training the horses. Definitely a must read for fans of Tamera Alexander!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin ~ Review

High As the Heavens
My Review:

Evelyn Marche is a nurse serving in Belgium, working part time for her Aunt and Uncle at their cafe, she also gathers intelligence for the Allies. But when the husband that she thought was dead for three years falls from the sky, she is willing to do whatever she can to keep him safe from the Germans.

Simon awakens to see the face of his beautiful wife, Evelyn. Can he trust the woman that he married three years ago with his life, and will her dangerous game save his life or cause him to lose it? Can Evelyn and Simon trust each other with their lives?

Evelyn is a nurse tending to both sides of the war with her nursing skills, she has thought her husband dead for three years, so when he turns up in the street, fallen from the sky she is shocked. Evelyn is a brave woman willing to fight to protect the ones that she loves. I admired her quick thinking and awareness.

Simon has been working undercover for three years, unbeknownst to his wife that he is even alive, when he awakens to see his wife working in a German hospital. Evelyn is determined to keep her secrets, trying to shield him from danger, but as he sees her friendliness with the enemy, he wonders if her keeping information  from him is really for his safety. Simon is a good man, he is a man of action, who hates being tied up in a hospital bed.

Rich in history, it explores the life of the Belgians living under German control. Great chemistry between Evelyn and Simon, as they get to know each other again, amongst the intrigue and conspiracy around them. A page turning read, full of suspenseful twists, and tension filled moments as Simon and Evelyn fight to protect the people that they love.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."