Monday, July 16, 2018

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley


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About the Book

n an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

My Review:
 
This story definitely had me guessing who was guilty of committing what crime. This mystery with its twists and turns was well crafted. As brief as it was, I did not like the references to yoga breathing and the hypnosis. I did enjoy reading the book and would recommend it.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kristian's War by Peter Wisan


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About the Book

Kristian Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kristian begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kristian. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kristian must defeat the demons of his past or die.

Marine Corps veteran Peter Wisan delivers a gripping, tactical take on the spiritual journey in a blend of heart-stopping action and heart-rending loss.

My Review:

When I started this book, it was a bit slow going for me. I needed to get used to the lingo and the style of the author, but once that happened, I thought the story was great! It left me thinking how often the Devil uses tactics on us that we allow him to use when we have a weapon at the ready that would protect us. The author's use of the characters and the storyline was powerful and full of impact for me personally as a Christian. I highly recommend reading this book!!

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Saving Grace: A Novel (Healing Ruby Book 3)


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About the Book

Through years of poverty, racial tension, and legal battles, Ruby Graves has suffered the worst the Great Depression could throw at her. But an enemy she couldn’t possibly imagine awaits just over the horizon. After she and her brother, Henry, escape to the tropical paradise of the Philippine Islands, Ruby volunteers as a nurse at a medical clinic in Manila. Although surrounded by beauty, Ruby can’t shake her guilt over leaving Matthew behind, even if it was for his own good. And even worse, God hasn’t spoken to her since the fateful day at Cold Spring.

Meanwhile, Matthew Doyle arrives in the Philippines with the Corps of Engineers, determined to live the life of faith that Ruby would have wanted for him. Despite the rumors of impending war, he’s drawn to the islands’ promise of adventure, and, like many of his fellow soldiers, believes the superior forces of the United States would quickly thwart any attack from Japan. But everything changes on the morning of December 8, 1941.

As the Japanese close in on American forces in the Philippines, Ruby, Matthew and Henry are swept onto the jungle peninsula of Bataan in a desperate attempt to hold out for reinforcements. New enemies emerge, testing their strength beyond anything they could have ever thought possible. Can Ruby and Matthew find their way back to each other, and survive the onslaught of the Japanese assault?
My Review:
 
This was the continuation of an AMAZING story--it was part 3!! It is very clear that the Lord spoke strongly through this book and it impacted my soul a lot as have the other two installments. It is probably one of only a half a dozen fiction books in my whole life that has impacted me that way. The characters were crafted with a lot of depth and complexity, and the narration of the book was incredible!

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Saving Will: A Christian Spiritual Warfare Novel by S.R. Booth


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About the Book

Rachel Brooks just had the worst dream in the history of all dreams. Or did she? One minute her sweet daughter is dead. The next she's alive. Rachel's struggling to make sense of what's real and what's fantasy, but it looks like her dream might have been some kind of supernatural invitation.

Are the supernatural, and powers, and evil even real? Rachel has a lot to figure out, but one thing she knows for sure, she'll do whatever it takes to keep her daughter safe. Suddenly keeping her daughter safe might require her to sacrifice her long-held Christian beliefs as her daughter's drawn into a battle against evil to save one very special little boy named Will. Is that a sacrifice she'll even consider?

Join Rachel in the story of spiritual warfare that threatens her life and her faith.

My Review:

This was a fantastic read and one I had a hard time putting down!! So many Christians don't realize there is a fight being fought everyday in the spiritual realm called spiritual warfare that the Bible talks about (Ephesians 6). This story brings it to life and is very well crafted! I highly encourage you to read this book--it makes you think about the spiritual realm and how as Christians we need to be prayed up in the Lord and need to spend time in His Word. There is a war going on and we need to be aware of it. This book was such an excellent read--you won't be disappointed at all in buying it--well worth the price!! I highly recommend reading this book!!

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Distorted by Christy Barritt

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About the Book


Mallory Baldwin is a survivor. A former victim of human trafficking, she’s been given a second chance, yet not a night goes by that she doesn’t remember being a slave to weapons dealer Dante Torres. Despite being afraid of the dark and wary of strangers, Mallory is trying to rebuild her life by turning her tragedy into redemption.
To former Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker, Mallory seems nothing like the shattered woman he rescued two years ago, and he can’t help but be inspired by her strength and resilience. So when a stalker suddenly makes Mallory vulnerable once again, Tennyson steps up as her bodyguard to keep her safe.
Mallory and Tennyson’s mutual attraction can’t be ignored, but neither can Mallory’s suspicion that Tennyson is keeping a terrible secret about her past. As the nightmare closes in, it’s not only Mallory and Tennyson’s love that comes under fire but their very lives as well. Will their faith sustain them? Or will the darkness win once and for all?

My Review:

Wow...what a riveting read!! Page after page, the adrenaline kept surging wondering what was going to happen next! If you are looking for a suspense-filled, ready-to-go-without-sleep book, this is it! This is a story with a complex plot and faith-filled characters--a hard find these days. This story does a really good job in bringing to light the terrible reality of human trafficking, but focuses on the redemption and saving power of Jesus Christ. An excellent book!


Thank you to the author for this book. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Monday, June 19, 2017

Infected by Alana Terry

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About the Book:

A global epidemic has doctors and health-care workers panicked, but life continues on as usual for college sophomore Kennedy Stern, who's not about to let a little virus interrupt her premed studies or dampen her spring break.

When she finds herself isolated in a hospital lockdown, Kennedy and all those quarantined with her can only guess who will survive and who will succumb to the deadly threat confronting them.

My Review:

Alana Terry never writes a bad book; this book was just as amazing as all her others! Poor Kennedy finds herself embroiled in yet another crisis. You might think you know what's going to happen, but I guarantee you will think wrongly! Brace yourself for another racing roller coaster ride in the newest Kennedy Stern saga...

Thank you to the author for this book. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Invitation by Myers, Peretti, Hunt, and Gansky

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About the Book:

Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.

In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. Frank Peretti's "The Haunted" confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.

In Angela Hunt's "The Sentinels," animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi's dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. "The Girl" by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.

My Review:

This book really wasn't for me. I have read books by all of these authors before so I thought this would be an amazing read. However, I was disappointed. There was some swearing in it, and the feel of the stories really didn't garner a lot of interest from me.

Thank you NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for this book. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As My Parents Age by Cynthia Ruchti

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About the Book:

For most of us it is not the “ifs” but the “whens”: when I notice the first signs; when we mourn the role reversal; when my children need me too; or when I don’t know how to pray. Those are just a few of the fifty-two reflections on the changes, challenges, and blessings of loving your parent as they grow older. Their lives—and yours—begin to change. Knowing that you are not alone, that others have been where you are, is encouraging and uplifting. This is not a how-to, but a me-too, as you see yourself and your own situation lived out in the stories of others.

My Review:

When I started this book and read the first few chapters, I confess I was thinking, "Wow, this is not what I thought it would be and is not for me at all." I stayed with it and what a blessing it was! In fact, starting with chapter 10, I was dog-earing pages--which I never do in books! This book was such a blessing! Not everything in this book may pertain to you as you care for your aging parents, but the things that do apply--wow! I highly recommend this book--you won't be disappointed! Thank you Ms. Ruchti for writing a book for those of us who often feel neglected by society in how to help our parents especially from a Biblical perspective!!

Thank you to the author for this book. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Season of Joy by Alexa Verde

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About the Book


Single dad Dylan McGregor wants to give his two sons the best life possible in the small town where he’d grown up. When his youngest son writes a letter to God asking for a Mom for Christmas, Dylan reluctantly starts dating again. His lifelong friend, Joy Avila, agrees to help him find the right woman. Then Dylan begins to see Joy in a new light and believes she’s the right woman for him and his family. 
 
Overweight and teased in school, Joy never hoped her first crush, Dylan McGregor, would return her feelings. Confident and successful now, she’s found her passion in writing about international travels. The trip of a lifetime awaits her after the holidays. Instead, will she find her dreams right there in Rios Azules?


My Review:


I loved this sweet romance! The story was so much more realistic because the main character, Joy, was overweight. While she struggled with her weight when she was younger, she had found a new confidence as she grew older. Instead of character full of insecurity, we see her sweet spirit and kindness that made this book a joy to read. If you are looking for a sweet romance, look no further!

Thank you to the author for this book. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Healing Ruby by Jennifer Westall

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About the Book


"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..."
Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of 13, she's already lost a younger brother to illness and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death.
Through her pain, she's able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, whose mere presence at his brother's funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa's many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the "gift", she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.
But faith and doubt can't reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby's constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she's opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can't see deeper than the color of one's skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?

My Review:

This was an AMAZING story!! It is very clear that the Lord spoke strongly through this book and it impacted my soul a lot. It is probably one of only a half a dozen fiction books in my whole life that has impacted me that way. The characters were crafted with a lot of depth and complexity, and the narration of the book was incredible! There were two places where the Lord's name was taken in vain by a character and that was the only thing that I disliked about the story.

Thank you to the author for allowing me to listen to the story. The thoughts and opinions posted here are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Placebo by Steven James

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About the Book

While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, expose filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons' tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.

My Review:

I don't think Steven James can write a bad book! This was great read with witty/comical remarks scattered throughout. I love the dialogue between the characters and really enjoyed the story. If you are looking for a good story, Steven James is the author to pick!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars