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!



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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!


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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.



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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.


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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."

8.15.2017

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs ~ Review

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path
My Review:

Liz Curtis Higgs shares stories, insights, and lessons from 31 selections from Proverbs, in a devotional style that takes less than 5 minutes to read per chapter.

 Based around 31 favorite verses from Proverbs, each chapter looks at the verse through the lens of multiple translations, often with Mrs. Higgs sharing story from her own life as well, ending with a prayer, and a challenge.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and it was not uncommon for me to sit and read 5 or 6 chapters at a time. I liked how Mrs. Higgs shared her stories, and implores her readers to seek wisdom, in a way that is comfortable and conversational, but also challenging. She speaks as a friend, a mentor, honestly and from the heart, sharing stories from her own journey in wisdom.

This is a wonderful book well worth the read, whether devoured quickly or read a chapter a day, it would be the perfect gift for a friend who needs encouragement or a word of wisdom. I really enjoyed the concise chapters, and I felt encouraged to dig deeper into Proverbs. Highly recommend this book.

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."

8.13.2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren ~ Review

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue, #3)
Lucie's Review:

EMT Gage Watson, and member of PEAK, used to be a famous free boarder, but his career came to a tragic end, and now he works for the ski patrol when he isn't doing search and rescue. But he can't seem to shake the memory of the girl who betrayed him.

Ella Blair is an attorney and the second youngest senator, and she is also the girl who betrayed Gage Watson and broke his heart. But when her brother Oliver goes into restricted areas on Glacier National Park, she must rely on Gage to help her bring him back safe.

Will Gage and Ella be able to trust each other again?

Ella knows that she is the last person that Gage wants to see, but she know that if there is one person who can find her brother, that it would be Gage Watson. I was hard for me to like Ella at first because of what she did to Gage and her hardened exterior, but once I got to know her real self better, I liked her.

Gage is a great guy, and even though it's awkward to be with Ella, he still wants only the best for her, and is willing to do what he can to help her. I think that the dialog was excellent, stilted at first between Ella and Gage, then it warms and becomes more natural as they become more comfortable with each other again.

This is a fast, action-packed read with plenty going on, I really liked the side story with Ty and Brette, who are great friends. I loved the sense of community and teamwork from PEAK, and getting to see characters from other stories still working together. This is a well told story of love, forgiveness, second chances, and adventure. 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."

8.12.2017

Plain Retribution by Dana R. Lynn ~ Review

Plain Retribution (Amish Country Justice #2)
Lucie's Review:

Police Officer Miles Olsen is driving home one night when an Amish girl runs out into the street.

Ten years ago Rebecca Miller and her friends were kidnapped, and now one by one her friends are being picked off by someone who wants revenge for what they did to send their abductor to jail. Born deaf, the only person she can talk to on the force is Miles, who learned because his grandparents were deaf.

Miles insists in taking her home and checking out her place because what happened didn't seem like a random act, and when her roommate goes missing, and then turns up dead, they know that they have a killer on the loose. Will Miles be able to stop the killer and keep Rebecca safe, before it's too late?

I like that Miles is put in charge of Rebecca's case, he's determined to keep her safe and stop the threats that haunt her. He takes every precaution he can, but he finds himself growing to enjoy her company along with her smile and quick wit.

Rebecca is my favorite character, she is a survivor. When she left the Amish she held onto her faith, while taking advantage of what the English world had to offer, like an education, deaf friends, and a cell phone that helps her communicate with those who don't sign. She wants to be an interpreter to help other deaf people.

I like how Rebecca and Miles are there for each other, and Rebecca helps Miles to cope with his sister's murder, counseling him in faith.

This was an excellent read, fast paced action, mystery, and plenty of suspense, as well as sweet moments. Rebecca is a fantastic heroine, brave in the face of danger. 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."

The Soldier's Secret Child by Lee Tobin McClain ~ Review

The Soldier's Secret Child
Lucie's Review:

Lacey McPherson is a CNA taking care of Vito D'Angelo's beloved Nonna. who recently had a heart attack. Lacey is working to build a bed and breakfast, in an attempt to get on with her life after losing her husband and child.

Vito returns to River Rescue to stay with Nonna, but is surprised to find her staying with Lacey. Nonna wants him to stay with her at Lacey's, but he's not alone and the situation is complicated by the fact that he is the guardian of an eight year old, named Charlie. Lacey welcomes them all into her home, but will staying with Nonna and Lacey mean breaking the promise that he made to a dying comrade?

Lacey and Vito knew each other growing up as neighbors, and they pick up their friendship where they left off. Vito returns from the Army with scars, he dreams of being a teacher, but he's self conscious about his looks. Lacey is supportive of Vito, and encourages him to pursue his dreams, because he has a lot to offer young students. Lacey has a big heart, and loves her church family, she enjoys Charlie's company,

Vito has always liked Lacey, and even more so now that he sees what a wonderful woman she has become, but he knows that he can't pursue a relationship with her, while hiding a secret from her. Vito is a good man caught between what he wants and a promise that he made to a friend. He wants to do what is right even if it isn't what he wants.

I loved how this story built on great dialogue, with great chemistry and tension. I loved Nonna, she has a big heart and a bent for matchmaking. She prays for those around them, and is always there to give wise counsel. Great story from beginning to end!

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."

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar ~ Review

Bread of Angels
My Review:

Lydia and her father labor to make the most beautiful purple dye and cloths, making a name for themselves with their high quality, but reasonably priced products. But then betrayal strikes, taking almost everything from them, Lydia flees to Phillipi with the secrets of their trade.

Lydia meets a young Jewess, Rebekah, who becomes a fast friend, and encourages Lydia to trust in the One True God. Lydia and Rebekah work hard to establish their shop, and trust God through the trials of being single business women.

Lydia is a talented young woman, taught by her father the secrets of purple. She loves her father, and loves working alongside him to make their precious purple cloth, but she grapples with fear and worry. She strives to be an honest business woman and good friend to those around her, yet there are still few who would align themselves against her, and hope to steal her secrets. I admired Lydia's faith, bravery, and kindness. I really liked her friendship with Rebekah, and how she learned about trusting in the Only God.

Rebekah is a good friend to Lydia, comforting and supporting her when times are tough and easy alike. She is a hard worker, and proves herself to be the truest of friends.

I really liked how this book imagines Lydia's life to be. Even though we don't know much about Lydia from the accounts in the Bible, I liked how Ms. Afshar wrote this story about what Lydia might have been like, she does an excellent job bringing to life the ancient world as it would have been for a single successful business woman.

Overall, this was a riveting read, I could hardly put it down, and I think that I finished it in just a little more than a day. The well written companion to The Land of Silence, it has everything faith, suspense, conspiracy, betrayal, friendship, love, and forgiveness. I liked how Lydia learns to step out in faith and trust God for Bread of Angels. Fantastic from beginning to end, a terrific read for fans of Biblical fiction.


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."

8.10.2017

The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr ~ Review

The Shattered Vigil (The Darkwater Saga, #2)
My Review:

Willet Dura and the Vigil discover that the evil coming from the Darkwater is worse than they could have imagined, and that the Darkwater is growing.

This book picks up right where the last book left off, but they must face new evils in their search for the truth of what hides in the depths of the Darkwater.

Each member of the Vigil has taken an apprentice from among the urchins, and I loved seeing how Toria, Pellin, Bronwyn, and Willet mentor, and teach their young apprentices who are quick to learn and understand the gravity of the evil that the Darkwater brings. Rory and Fess are my favorites, daring, brave, yet skeptical at times and unafraid to ask questions. I especially was touched by the relationship between Fess and his mentor, Bronwyn.

Willet struggles to  win the trust of the Vigil, proving himself time and again, despite the dark vault hidden deep within his mind. I like how he has grown, and though still reckless by the standards of others, he is learning more about the Vigil and the Darkwater and what his gift means for his life.

What I really liked about this book was getting to know the other members of the Vigil better, as well as the charming urchins, Rory, Fess, Lelwin, and Mark. I felt that with this book there was much stronger characterization, and even though it was the second book in the series, I never felt that it was a "filler" book, there was actually a lot more action in this book than in the last one. I really didn't want to put it down, yet at the same time I didn't want it to end!

Overall, this was the thrilling sequel to The Shock of Night. Willet struggles to find his place in a Vigil that seems to want to lock him out despite his insights. I like how in this book we see more of his vulnerabilities, which only made me like him even more. Bolt and Rory are made for each other, with their sayings, they are constantly sharing their wisdom. I can't wait to see how it all comes together in the final book! Highly recommend for anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series!



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."

Wedded for the Baby by Dorothy Clark ~ Review

Wedded for the Baby (Stand-In Brides #2)
Lucie's Review:

Katherine Fleming makes a promise to a dying woman, to deliver her child to Trace Warren in Whisper Creek, WY.

Trace has opened an apothecary shop in Whisper Creek, he is passionate about helping people and knows many cures. But one of the conditions of him opening his shop was that he be married, and he had thought that him being a widower was enough, but it's not, so he arranges to marry a single mother. But when Katherine steps off the train, he offers to marry her for the sake of the baby, in name only.

Katherine is amazed at how much she has come to care for the child so she agrees to Trace's terms, but makes him write them out in paper before marrying him. Can this arranged family find love in Whisper Creek, WY?

Katherine doesn't know much about caring for a child, but Trace does, and she is quick to learn. Trace at first intends to avoid Katherine and the baby as much as he can, but he soon finds that he doesn't want to, and he admires Katherine's loving care for the child that they decide to name Howard. I like the dialogue between Katherine and Trace, as they adjust to life together and convincing the townspeople that their marriage is genuine.

I really like Katherine and her willingness to help and her self-less love for Howard. She also encourages Trace to re-examine his faith, and come to terms with his past.

I loved returning to Whisper Creek, and seeing Audrey and Blake again, as well as meeting Katherine who was my absolute favorite. This was a very enjoyable read, that I loved to the end. Definitely 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."

8.05.2017

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning by M. J. Thomas ~ Review

The Beginning (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #1)
My Review:

Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank are staying with their Uncle Solomon for the Summer. He doesn't have a TV and gave them toothbrushes for Christmas, so they don't have high hopes for their Summer.

But when Uncle Solomon shows them the hidden scrolls, they are thrust into an adventure that they never could have imagined to witness the beginning!

Come along on this fun-filled Bible adventure as Mary and Peter discover The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. I was so excited to be able to review this book, I'm always on the lookout for great new books for children that are clean and teach valuable lessons for the church library, as I am one of the assistants. This book did not disappoint. Full of adventure, and humor this is a great read for 2nd-4th grade readers who are just getting started on chapter books. I loved that this brand new book series is aimed at this age group, because I have noticed that is is one of the hardest ages to find good quality reads for, so I was thrilled to have found this great series!

A wonderful read for young readers who are gaining confidence with chapter books, full of adventure and Bible fun! Great characters and a delightful story, a great book to share with the young readers in your life!


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8.04.2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White ~ Review

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1)
Lucie's Review:

With a war on the horizon lives are about to change and Peter Holstein needs to prove his citizenship to England before the imminent war with Germany. Peter loves books as did his father and grandfather, they also never threw anything away, so in order to prove his citizenship he must find the documentation among his library, so he hires Rosemary Gresham to help put his library in order.

Rosemary takes the job after ever previous applicant turned down the job after they see the task at hand, but what Peter doesn't know is that Rosemary was hired to steal the information proving that Peter has allegiance to Germany.

But as Rosemary works alongside Peter she sees his kind and generous nature, can she help him prove that he is more than his name?

Rosemary is initially overwhelmed by her job, but is smart and comes up with a logical way to catalog Peter's belongings. She grew up with a band of orphans stealing to get by, and she's gotten good at it. But as she get's to know Peter and sees his kindness, she questions whether she will be able to continue working against him.

Peter does have a secret, but it's not the one that everyone thinks. He is clever, and has a kind heart, he even get's around his stuttering by writing letters to Rosemary. He admires Rosemary's quick mind and insight. Though he stutters and repeats himself, he is often able to convey so much with just a single word. His dry wit and Rosemary's habit of saying exactly what she's thinking makes for some great dialogue, and made me love Peter and Rosemary.

I like how Peter challenges Rosemary to rethink her plan, and how she get's to know him for who he is a man loyal to his country. Rosemary and Peter are people who come from very different backgrounds and I love how it brings them together, and how they complement and make challenge each other. This was a fantastic read, I loved the characters, though it was slow to start for me. I love how Rosemary and Peter find logical ways to organize generations worth of clutter, while they also get to know each other. A great start to a new series!

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She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets-now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary's challenge of a lifetime comes when she's assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?
Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown-so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.
Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth-about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
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About the author:


Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.
Find out more about Roseanna M. at http://www.roseannamwhite.com.
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7.17.2017

Bless Our Gramps and Gran by Mike Berenstain ~ Review

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
My Review:

In this delightful new addition to the Living Lights series, Brother, Sister, and Honey want to start honoring their grandparents by celebrating Grandparents day, so they make something special as a gift and learn about an ancient pair of grandparents and imagine what their grandchildren might have been like.

Reading the Berenstain Bears always brings back good memories of my childhood and this is charming new release is no different. Adorably humorous and with a great story this is a wonderful story to share. I love how the author uses to the story of Noah and his family to talk about the blessing of grandchildren.

Overall, a delightful classic, that would be a lovely book to share with grandchildren and grandparents. A lovely read that is sure to be enjoyed thoroughly!



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7.13.2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund ~ Review

With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)
My Review:

Elise Neumann and her sisters, along with their young charges, have taken refuge in the Seventh Street Mission run by the kindly and industrious Miss Pendleton. Elise and her sister Marianne sew in the sewing shop, but as the factories are laying off workers, the mission too must lay off workers. Elise is the eldest, so she gets a job with the Children’s Aid Society along the Illinois railway line that sends her miles away from her family with little hope of making a living.

Thornton Quincy and his twin brother Bradford are competing for the ownership of their father’s railroad empire in a deathbed challenge. Thornton has 6 months to develop a town along the Illinois railroad, as well as marry for love. Thornton has never felt that he could make his father proud the way that his brother Bradford did, but he determined to make his father proud before he passes.  But he never counted on falling for a strong willed, passionate, and beautiful German woman who challenges him to take a stand and fight for his dream.

Elise is a hard working young woman, who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. I love her unconditional love for her sisters, and that way that she challenges Thornton to be a better man, and give him encouragement and confidence. She brings out the best in Thornton. She is kind and compassionate, even to those who don't always treat her well. 

Thornton is a good man, he has more confidence than he thinks and even though life hasn't been perfect, he's had it relatively easy despite being in is brother shadow. Elise know how to encourage him and challenges him to think about things in a different way. He is drawn to her like a magnet, and they just "click" in a way he never has with anyone else.

Reinhold is a wholesome young man, sturdy and strong, he is a gentleman to the core of his being. I love is honesty and selfless love wanting the best of others. I hope he finds happiness someday! I think he was one of my favorite characters in this book.

This book had my favorite characters by Jody Hedlund ever. Elise is a sensible heroine, compassionate, and vulnerable. While Thornton has a healthy ambition to prove himself to his father, when he is with Elise he sees himself as the man that he wants to be. I also really loved the townspeople like that Grays, Fanny, and Reinhold.

Well written and fast-paced it makes for a hard book to put down, and I instantly liked the characters and could help but cheer for them all the way through. The ending came together well, with surprise twists of suspense for a thrilling climax. I liked how this book showed a different side of the Orphan Train and Children's Aid Society, it was well researched and I loved every minute of it. I'm excited to read about Elise's sisters as they make their own way in the world in the coming installments of the series. Highly recommend!


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7.09.2017

The Cowboy's Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner ~ Review

The Cowboy's Baby Blessing (Cowboy Country)
Lucie's Review:

At Serendipity, TX’s 1st Annual Bachelor and Basket’s Auction Rachel Perez the owner of a local daycare is looking for a handyman, not a date. 

Rachel would never have bid on Seth Howell, even though he recently designed and built the new play equipment for the park, he’s flashy and just returned from a tour of duty in the Army, but her 16 year old daughter has other ideas.

Seth has big plans and isn’t looking to settle down, but he comes to Rachel when he unexpectedly becomes the guardian of 2 year old Caden, the son of a close friend who died serving beside him in the Army, as well as the guardian of the ranch that will one day be Caden’s. Seth is understandably overwhelmed, and Rachel suggests that he bring Caden to her daycare while he sorts things out.

Though they seem unlikely, will Rachel and Seth be just what the other needs?

I like that Rachel is strong, she’s had to be. She got pregnant with Zooey at 16, and had to learn to lean on her faith to build a stable life for herself and her daughter.

Seth admires Rachel for everything that she’s overcome, and her strong faith makes him want to rethink his writing off of God. He likes her honesty and how stable she seems, while he’s always been unsettled and adventurous. I like how he encourages Rachel to try new things and to be more adventurous.

A great tale of an unlikely couple, I like how they get to know each other through Rachel watching Caden and Seth working on the new play equipment. The both are opposites, but help each other be better and more well-rounded people. I like how both of them are different and settled into their own ways and how meeting each other forces them to open their eyes to more possibilities. Great characters and enjoyable story.



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."

Protective Measures by Maggie K. Black ~ Review

Protective Measures (True North Bodyguards #3)
Lucie's Review:

Leo has spent his life in the Navy and his hard work has seen him rise through the ranks at the cost of his family. He has a new assignment looking for a leak of Navy intelligence.

Zoe is a former gymnast and a member of Ash Security, she and her team are running security for a party when Leo sees her up on the rooftop. When an explosion disrupts the party Leo and Zoe are forced to jump from the building and he wonders if he could have been the target. So he hires Ash Security to watch his back and protect his daughters.
As the threats continue Leo and Zoe must work together to stop a radical group from doing more harm.

Action packed and full of mystery, non-stop suspense as the radical blackmailers, who trade in secrets, always seem to be one step ahead of them.

Leo hasn’t always been there for his family, a career in the Navy was always taking him away, and he and his wife tended to do better when they were apart. But he feels like he missed out on a lot of time with his daughters. He is dedicated to his job and proud of his career in the Navy.

Zoe is great with Leo’s girls, Eve and Ivy. Zoe has spent her life feeling like she’s always had to prove herself. She used to be a world class gymnast and one unfortunate incident got her kicked off the team. She has a great relationship with her brother, and he is supportive of her.

A great story from beginning to end, with non-stop action, great characters and dialog. Leo is an honorable hero, haunted by his bad marriage and the promise he made to his late wife on her deathbed. I liked the interaction between the characters, and how Zoe was able to help Leo reconnect with his daughters. An intense read, hard to put down with great tension and chemistry between the heroes. Definitely recommend!



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The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin ~ Review

The Two of Us
Lucie's Review:

When Mia Robinson and Jake Turner meet at a diner in Vegas little do they know how much they have in common and the things they will share, until they see other again at a wedding chapel.

Mia is at the wedding to support her little sister, Lucy, who is pregnant and marrying Sam. Sam is the son of Jake’s partner who died in a bomb blast that took part of Jake’s hearing and cost him his career. Jake has tried to help Sam by teaching him how to fix up cars, and also lessons of faith. Jake is proud of Sam for wanting to do the right thing and marry Lucy. Jakes also finds work for Lucy taking care of his mother Claire who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Mia is a nurse practitioner with a passion for international medical missions, during the interviews the agency is quick to point that her experience is largely in big city hospital settings.  She knows that the doctor in Echo Falls wants to retire soon, so she takes the job so that she can also be close to Lucy. I liked her determination to reach her goals. And I related to her struggle with giving up control.

Jake is supportive of Mia’s dreams to pursue a career with Mission Medical, and he accepts that maybe friends is all that Mia is ready for right now. Jake is an observant and patient man, and a good friend to Sam. He lives his faith and has passion for helping other young people like Sam. Jake hasn’t let his hearing loss get him down and he has a great dog Pirate that helps to alert him of things that he can’t hear. I really admired him and his patient friendship with Mia and mentorship of Sam.

Jake’s dad, Frank, is a really great guy, he  love his wife and wants to keep her at home as long as they can until they can go to a special home together.

I also really liked how the book follows Sam and Lucy too. Sam is a great guy he wants to do the best he can by Lucy and their child, and he is going to school and is in the ROTC. Lucy really learns to trust God with her worries, and she grows a lot in her faith over the course of the book.

I really liked the way that this book brings together multiple generations within a family, with great dialog and well-rounded characters. There are many surprises along the way as well. I liked the realness of the characters all in their different walks of life, and how they all came together for each other. I would definitely recommend this well done 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."