Saturday, December 22, 2012

Redemption Legends of Graham Mansion Book One By: Rose Lee Jude and Mary Lin Brewer

Redemption Legends of Graham Mansion Book One By: Rose Lee Jude and Mary Lin Brewer Redemption by Rosa Lee Jude and Mary Lin Brewer is an amazing book! If you like mystery, suspense, with a touch of the unexplained, you will love this book. Grae White, a senior in high school, moves to Virginia with her mom and brother after her father is put in prison for “creative accounting.” They move in with her grandfather in the Graham Mansion. Grae soon meets one of the local ghosts that resides there and that encounter starts her on her journey for discovering the truth. Her grandfather tells her the story of how Joseph Baker, the first white owner of the property, was killed by his two slaves in 1786. At the time, there was a lot of speculation about how he really died. Can Grae solve the mystery 200 years later? By the time I finished reading Redemption, I had laughed, cried, and cheered for Grae. Pick up this book today to follow Grae on her adventure back to 1786 and find out how Joseph Baker may have really died. How did Grae’s grandmother know what to give her for her 18th birthday, even though she had died the previous year? You won’t want to miss that extraordinary present, nor miss out on the family secrets that have a way of uncontrollably coming to light. Once you finish this book, you will not want to wait to read the next installment in the series; I know I can’t. What an amazing way to tell the story of the Legends of Graham Mansion.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mail-Order Holiday Brides by Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad

Home for Christmas This is a wonderful Christmas story by Jillian Hart! Christina Eberlee and Annabelle Hester are mail-order brides who meet on the train taking them to their prospective husbands. Home for Christmas is Christina’s story by Jillian Hart. She meets Elijah Gable, the marshal who tries to catch the boy that knocks Christina down as he’s steeling her reticule on the train. The marshal can’t catch the boy, but he knows Christina’s arm is broken, no matter how much she denies it! Christina is just praying that her future husband who paid her way to him will be a good match. But will he be as good a catch as the marshal? And what about the boy that stole her reticule? This is one story that will grab you from the beginning and you won’t be able to stop until you’re finished. Don’t miss this great Christmas story by Jillian Hart! Snowflakes for Dry Creek This is the second story in this wonderful Mail-Order Christmas Brides sequel. Annabelle Hester is on her way to Dry Creek to meet her future husband, Adam Stone. But, he sends his brother Gabe to pick her up at the station. Where has Adam run off to? How can Annabelle’s story end happily if her promised husband doesn’t want her? She has been told lies by Adam; can she trust his brother Gabe? This is a wonderful Christmas story by Janet Tronstad. Put your faith in God and everything will work out. Both of these stories come with discussion questions at the end and are heartwarming Christmas stories.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unending Devotion By Jody Hedlund

Unending Devotion is a great book by Jody Hedlund. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. From the first meeting between Lilly and Connell, attraction is pulling them together. She is searching for her lost sister and she knows what she needs to do to rescue her and nothing will stop her, not even Connell. Can she learn to slow down and do what God wants her to do instead of always having to be in control? Can Connell be the man she needs to him to be to work with her incorporating change in the town before more girls are hurt? Lilly finds out that even when things don’t turn out the way she wanted, she can know that God is still there piecing together everything the way He had planned. Lilly Young knows where God wants to use her, but she must learn to be patient with those who are still discovering where God wants to use them. She is searching logging camps for her sister who has run away. Then she encounters Connell McCormick. Will he help her find her sister and help her fight against the injustices she sees in the logging towns? Can Connell trust God to find out where God wants to use him? Connell wonders if his little bit of help will be enough to accomplish anything. If things have always been this way, why try to change them now? Unending Devotion is about the logging camps and how the towns were impacted. Jody Hedlund does a great job of creating characters that you care about. She expertly depicts the shanty boys, the saloons, and all the moral problems of that era. Lilly, Connell, and Lilly’s sister, Daisy, are believable characters from that bygone time. If you love historical fiction, inspirational stories, and true romantic novels, you will love this book!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter By Katie Ganshert

This is a great book from a debut author. Once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down! Bethany Quinn is called back home. Her best friend’s husband is in a coma; they haven’t talked for many years. Her grandfather, Dan, has a heart attack. Bethany decides to go back home for one week. Then she finds Evan has been living with her grandfather and running the farm. This book will grab your heart and not let go. Bethany deals with loss, hopelessness, and fighting to find her faith. Her life is pulled out from under her. She loses everything she thought was important. Now God can get her attention and show her what He wants her to do. Grandpa Dan used to say, “Even if we do everything right, things are still going to go wrong.” Bethany must learn how to let go and let God in all aspects of her life. Can she figure out how to do that before she does something that will radically change her life and before she find out what she should do? I can’t wait to read more books by this great debut author. Her characterizations will draw you in and you will feel a deep connection to the characters. You will laugh and cry with Bethany and love the town of Peaks as she does. I look forward to more awesome books by this great author! I was given this book by Waterbrook Press in exchange for a review.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Fourth Kingdom By: Joyce and Alexandra Swann

Another awesome book! I started this book and couldn’t put it down. Dr Alexander Sinclair is a Christian scientist who clones vegetation to help eliminate world hunger. He alters a plant’s genetic structure to make it adaptable anywhere, and then clones that plant. Dr Karl Helmick is a secular scientist who created Doppelganger, the most successful cloning farm. Even though these two scientists’ beliefs are the exact opposite of each other, they team up to create a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, Dr Sinclair has a feeling things aren’t as they seem. What does Dr Helmick hope to accomplish and what is he really cloning? Enjoy a tour through Doppelganger and see the laboratory where the embryos are waiting to be cloned, the finished product of cloned cattle, and how it all works. The scientific explanations are just enough to thoroughly explain what’s going on without weighing down the story. Dr Sinclair believes Jesus is the savior and is coming back. Dr Helmick believes there will be a secular savior and he is preparing for his arrival. Dr Helmick spent his youth in Nazi Germany. He believes Dr Sinclair will renounce his faith and follow Dr Helmick’s scientific breakthroughs. If you enjoy medical thrillers that involve cloning, a Christian scientist, a secular scientist, with a lot of intrigue, you will love this book! You won’t believe how far reaching this novel is as you turn each page in this must read book.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Deadly Disclosures (Dinah Harris Mystery) By: Julie Cave

I had not read any books by this author before, but I am glad I read this one! This is an author I will keep a watch on and get future books. I loved this story. The parts about the open debates of creation against science were very interesting. Having debates between both sides of the issue, made it enjoyable instead of dry. This is the whole crux to the story. How far will someone go to silence a strong Christian voice? You won’t want to miss this book! Dinah Harris is suffering from depression and a struggling alcoholic trying to do her job, but not being successful. Every one knows she is one step away from being fired as an FBI agent. Then, high profile Secretary of the Smithsonian turns up missing. Dinah must break through her problems to solve this case! This is a great suspense novel! I can’t wait to read more by this author. Her other books are now on my “to be read” list! If you love suspense, detective novels, and murder investigations, you will love this book!

Proof By: Jordyn Redwood

This is an awesome book! Proof will grab hold of you from page one and not turn lose. The main question running through the whole book is, “Is there any proof that will bring a monster to justice?” Dr Lilly Reeves knows who the serial rapist is, but she can’t prove it. She is struggling with her own demons and isn’t credited with knowing what is going on. With everyone against her, she strikes out on her own to find proof that will condemn the serial rapist, and come to grips with what is going on in her own life. Jordyn Redwood does a great job of developing characters that you will care about. This medical/crime thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one through the end. As the back cover states, this is “a rollercoaster of a story.” You will keep reading just to see where Lilly ends up and if she can prove that a monster is living and working amongst them. Who can Lilly trust? No one; no one believes her or will help her find the answers she needs. Read this book to see what happens. Jordyn Redwood takes you on a journey you won’t believe. I cannot wait to read more by this author. This is one of the best medical/crime thrillers I have ever read!

The Twelfth Juror By: Alexandra and Joyce Swann

This is a great book by Alexandra and Joyce Swann! Megan Cleary has everything going for her—she is a partner in a law firm, has the perfect boyfriend, and is enjoying life to the fullest. Or, so she thought. When she decides to work late one night, she is beaten and raped. Her world is turned upside down. Her way of thinking changes, her lifestyle changes, her financial situation changes, and even who her friends are changes. Who can you turn to when everything around you is crumbling down? God is still in control. That’s the lesson Megan has to learn. Megan buys a gun to protect herself after the shooting, and when she is attacked again by the same man, she shoots and kills him, and then runs. See how she copes with the tragedy that has befallen her and how she deals with the punishment she has bestowed upon her attacker. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. If you love mystery, suspense, and legal thrillers you will love this book. Learning to let go of fear and guilt play a big part in this story; learning to let God be in control of your life is sometimes the hardest thing to do—read to see how Megan turns loose and lets God have control of her life so she can live again. This book is a definite must read and I can’t wait to read other books by Alexandra and Joyce Swann. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something unexpected happens and keeps you turning the pages to the end!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Big Book of History By Master Books

This history book is a huge time-line that can be pulled out and looked at. It is 15 feet long covering the time from Creation to Modern Computers. I, at first, was not very happy with this product. I was expected a history book that included a time-line, not a time-line that is the history book. However, upon closer inspection, what history book lines up what happened in the Bible with the events of history. None of them! The first thing I noticed on this time-line is that it says, “Adam surely knew Methuselah, who was alive when Noah lived. The account of creation was easily passed down.” There are also sections for Did You Know and each time-line is broken down into Biblical-Christianity events, World Events, Inventions/Technology, and Civilizations/Empires. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history but who would also like to know how those events line up with Biblical events. And, this pulls out into a 15 foot time-line to make it easier to follow along.

World of Science My Father’s World

This was first published by Parragon Publishing and has 248 pages, including a glossary and index. The text incorporates everything you could ever think of wanting to know about science!! There are seven sections: Matter and Chemicals; Energy, Motion and Machines; Electricity and Magnetism; Light and Sound; Earth and Life; Space and Time; and even a section on Science Experiments. It is inspiring to study science from a Christian viewpoint. Lots of pictures, diagrams, charts, colored pages, and labeled parts distinguish this book. The index is helpful to go straight to what you want to read about. In the electrical circuits section, a flashlight is dissected. There’s even a section on sound and deep space. This book will be something you will want to keep on hand as a great reference book!!

The World of Animals By Martin Walters & Jinny Johnson

This was first published by Parragon Publishing and is a hard cover edition republished by My Father’s World and Master Books by Martin Walters & Jinny Johnson. It has 247 pages including a glossary and an index. It has every animal imaginable, and some that aren’t, included in this book. Everything from the Micro-World of Protists to Chimpanzees and everything in between. I liked one of the paragraphs on the first page: “This cataclysmic event (the worldwide flood during Noah’s time) would have powerfully transformed the prior landscape. In the post-Flood world, all of the animal life on land and most of the plant life had been buried, forming even then into the fossils we find today. I like that this has a biblical background to the animals and how they formed. Each section also shows a picture labeling each part of the animal. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys reading about animals!

The Warrior By Joyce Swann

Have you ever read a book where even before you started reading it, you told people about the book you were going to read? Or, once you started reading it, you told people you have to read this book? Once you start this book, you will be telling people about it and you won’t be able to put it down. This book will change your life one page at a time. You will laugh, cry, chuckle, laugh out loud, and have tears streaming down your face. Once you finish this book, you will sit there with all these emotions running through you and wonder what you can read next. Nothing else will compare. I received this book free from Alexandra Swann in exchange for a book review. When I read what the book was about, I had cold chills. I started telling my family what the book was about even before I received it. After I started reading the book, I told them again. Just like the woman in the book, I could tell they didn’t understand. I will try to explain what the book is about without giving too much away. Just make sure you go get this book! Elizabeth Anderson has a dream about a motorcycle accident. She wakes up and feels compelled to pray for the young man involved. She has no idea who the guy is, if the accident even happened, or why she feels like he needs prayer. By the time her husband wakes up, she has been up praying for him. Her women’s Bible study group meets that morning and she requests prayer for this young man after explaining what had happened that morning. Everyone is quiet. All Elizabeth detects is irritation and embarrassment from the other members—and she has known them for years. During dinner that night, Elizabeth tells her husband, Boomer, what happened that morning and about the cold reception at the Bible study. Her children look at her funny and her husband tells her that if she wants to pray for this man, she needs to do it quietly. No one will understand. Do you have cold chills yet, or am I the only one? I have had several dreams about people I don’t know and this book was like an answer. I’ve asked before, “Lord, what do I do with this name or this circumstance that I have dreamed about?” As the years go by for Elizabeth and “Timothy”, the name she has given to the man in the motorcycle accident, this book tells their stories. You find out exactly how powerful prayer can be and how faithful and just our God really is. Do you suffer from loneliness, drugs, anger, not knowing what God wants you to do, or feeling like no one could ever love you? This book is for you. Are you on the road to Heaven and need some encouragement? This book is for you. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down and it will change your life no matter where you are. I look forward to reading more books by this author! http://sallyshupeseditingservice.weebly.com/

Friday, June 22, 2012

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy By Max Anders

I really enjoyed this book. It is set up as a bible study in 12 lessons. There is a section at the beginning of the book that tells you how to teach the book if you were leading a bible study. The chapters are short enough to read in one sitting and then there are questions at the end. For Further Thought and For Further Study sections are included at the end of each chapter as well. I think this book would be better in a group setting as opposed to studying it alone unless you already know a lot about the Bible. It does a good job of explaining what it is talking about in each section, but I think it would be beneficial to have others to talk to and discuss the book with as you go along. The best part of the book is the Why I Need to Know This box in each chapter. It makes the material relevant to me and in today’s time. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a book review

Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek By Janet Tronstad

This is the latest book by Janet Tronstad in the Dry Creek Series. I really enjoyed this one! It was great going back to Dry Creek and seeing some of the other characters again and catching up with what they were doing. Ever wondered what people would say about you when you were dead, or ever been estranged from home and have a chance to go back? Both of these things happen to Tyler Stone. His family thinks he was killed and are planning a memorial service the night he comes back into town. Tyler never felt like he belonged so he struck out on his own. He goes to work for Brighton Security, and then joins the military. Mr. Brighton hires him for one more job—bringing his daughter, Angelina, back home. Angelina and Tyler have a history from before. Tyler was hired once before to protect Angelina when her father received a kidnapping threat. She can’t believe he has come back and on the night of his memorial service. Both Angelina and Tyler learn what home means, how to trust in God, and that you can pray even when you don’t know the words. This story really spoke to my heart. Tyler could not understand how anyone could love him, even God, and especially Angelina. He felt like odd man out while growing up; his father loved his brothers more and he could never do anything to earn his respect. Follow Tyler as he learns about God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy and how he learns to accept himself and allow Angelina into his heart. His brothers’ and mother’s transformations as they allow God to change them, works and changes Tyler. Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek is a book to keep on the shelf to read over and over. Once you start this one you will get caught up and will keep it to read over and over!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Dry Creek Christmas By Janet Tronstad

Another great book by Janet Tronstad! I loved the character Millie Corwin. She had no idea why Forrest, the hit man from An Angel for Dry Creek, would pick her to convince the town of Dry Creek to trust in strangers again. How could she prove to them that Forrest was sorry for what he took from them—their trust—and how could she restore it to them? Brad Parker catches Millie sneaking into the cafĂ© where she is going to leave Christmas stockings for everyone with one hundred dollars in each one. She figures that will prove to everyone once and for all that Forrest was sorry and they should trust strangers again. The one thing she doesn’t reckon on is Brad feeling lonely around Christmas time and catching her doing it. Can these two get a miracle from God and fall in love? How will Millie prove she isn’t trying to steal money, but giving it away? This book brings back all the characters from the previous Dry Creek books. Brad tries his best to put the town’s best foot forward so Millie will decide to stay. But it’s the church that tugs on her heartstrings. Church isn’t what she grew up thinking it was. I enjoyed this part of the story. Millie thought God didn’t care about her or the things that worried her. But she is beginning to see that He does care. No matter what you are going through, God is there. He is in control. We just need to trust Him. And like Millie, He can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. All it takes is a willing heart. Brad and Millie will draw you in from the time they meet until the end with their insecurities and questions. You won’t want to put this book down!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mission Possible By D L McCarragher

Believing for your husband’s salvation—that is the purpose of this book. If you are in a marriage with an unbelieving spouse, this book is for you. This sentence really spoke to my heart, “It is God’s job to make that call of salvation and we must pray they hear the “knock.” According to D L McCarragher, we should pray and speak aloud our spouse’s name. We need to find a scripture for our spouses and proclaim it. Visualizing our spouse saved and living for God is also exemplified, as in reaching for the Bible instead of the remote control. Another part of the book that spoke to me was what to do while waiting and praying for our spouse’s salvation. This is God’s time to refine us and work on the spouse. We need to stay faithful and deserving as God works His will on the spouse. “God knows the perfect timing and perfect plans He has for your husband.” It may take days, months, years for the change to take place, but God is faithful and just to work. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”. (Hebrews 10:23) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who has an unsaved spouse. It is filled with encouragement and scriptures to fortify us and keep us in the faith. God wants us to be a light to our spouses and live for God in front of them. We must pray without ceasing and believe. D L McCarragher does a great job of encouraging and bringing scripture to life as we are praying for our spouses.

A Baby for Dry Creek By Janet Tronstad

I loved this book by Janet Tronstad! A Baby for Dry Creek is about kindness, forgiveness, and trusting another person to love you for who you are. Chrissy Hamilton has a son out of wedlock. Since she grew up with a single parent, she knows the way people will act toward her and her son. The few times she had been to church, she heard how the people whispered about her and her mother. Reno Redfern had met Chrissy in the previous book, A Hero for Dry Creek. She ended up returning to Las Vegas and Reno figured that’s where she belonged. Like his mother, she wouldn’t be happy living in a small town without the big city lights. However, when Chrissy gets into trouble, who is her rescuer? Reno Redfern decides maybe he can show her the finer points of living in a small town. He goes to get her and bring her back to Dry Creek. Chrissy is afraid she will get the cold shoulder from everyone once they find out she has a child. Can Reno prove to her he can love her for who she is? Will Chrissy accept the kindness from the community members of Dry Creek, or is she like Reno fears, more attuned to life in the big city? Before Chrissy can decide, she needs to learn how to trust again and to accept help from others. Sometimes we can’t do it all on our own and need help from friends, family, and especially God. It doesn’t make us weak; it makes us stronger. Make sure you pick up this great book by Janet Tronstad and check out her other books in this series!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson

The Bride Wore Blue By Mona Hodgson I will keep this book to read over and over! The Bride Wore Blue is a book about guilt, forgiveness, and trust. This is book 3 in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series. You do not need to read the first 2 books to read this one, but once you finish this book, you’ll want to go back and read the others to read about the other sisters. In this book, the other sisters have returned to Cripple Creek and are married. Now the baby of the family has come home. Vivian Sinclair has a past she is hiding from. She doesn’t want anyone to know what she has endured. No one can possibly love her for the things she has done. One lie leads to another and pretty soon, no one knows the real Vivian. Carter Alwyn is the sheriff’s deputy of Cripple Creek. Can he convince Vivian to trust him with her secrets? Will Vivian’s past release its hold on her so she can have a future basking in God’s love and Carter’s arms? Can Vivian learn to forgive herself? This book is for anyone who enjoys a great Christian western with romance, humor, and characters who learn from their mistakes and embrace God’s grace and mercy in their lives. The sisters and the inhabitants of the town become people you care about. Once you read this book, you will want to read others by Mona Hodgson!
A Hero for Dry Creek By Janet Tronstad I loved this story by Janet Tronstad. Ever wonder if a fairy tale could come true? Just ask Nicki Redfern! She wakes up one morning and thinks she sees Prince Charming outside her window. Prince Charming, aka Garrett Hamilton, is acting as a chauffeur for someone close to Nicki. This person will bring back hurtful memories for Nicki. Can she come to peace with her past and give up her independence? Can Garrett give up Big Blue and his “on the road” lifestyle? Read this story and see how God can use a fairy tale, a truck driver, and the past to forge a loving, happy-ever-after, God-led future when you trust God. Nicki’s mother left when she was young. She never knew why. Now is her chance to find out what happened since her mother has come back. Can she understand why her mother did what she did? Can she find forgiveness in her heart? Will she find true love with Garrett? Everyone will enjoy reading this book. A touch of western, inspirational, lots of humor and romance, you won’t want to put this book down once you start it!

A Rich Man for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

A Rich Man for Dry Creek By Janet Tronstad Another great book by Janet Tronstad! Robert Buckwalter III is a wealthy playboy carrying out a rich man’s lifestyle. Jenny Black is a working girl employed by Robert’s mother. She is in Dry Creek as a personal chef for the youths staying at Garth’s ranch. Can Robert convince her he is really interested in her and it doesn’t matter that she’s part of the working class? Can she overlook his money and fall in love with him for who he is? Or, is he only interested in her because her sister works for the editors who compile the bachelor list? Janet Tronstad uses humor, suspense, and God’s love to weave her tales. You are drawn in from page one and won’t be able to stop reading until the last page. “He (Robert) had met the woman the Bob inside him wanted to marry and she was looking at him this very minute like he was some hair ball a very unwelcome stray cat had coughed up.” Humor is used all through the book. You will laugh and cry with the inhabitants of Dry Creek. They become your neighbors and your friends. Each book features different community members and continues their stories. You can read the books out of order and not get lost figuring out who is who. I enjoy reading them in order and following their stories.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

Attracted to Fire By DiAnn Mills I received this e-book free from NetGalley in exchange for a book review. Attracted to Fire is a great book! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. If you are looking for a very suspenseful page-turner, this is it! Somebody is responsible for all the trouble and nobody can trust anybody. Bob Lawson and Meghan Connors are assigned to protect Vice-President Hall’s daughter, Lindsay. VP Hall becomes President when the President’s cancer spreads. Lindsay is a drug addict and alcoholic. Ash Zinders is the agent in charge and he doesn’t like female agents. Sparks fly when Meghan and Ash get together at the Dancin’ Dust Ranch where Lindsay is taken for rehab and to be watched. While they are there, an agent is killed, a scorpion ends up in Meghan’s bed, a ranch hand and the cook are killed. Does Lindsay hold the key to what is happening? Lindsay doesn’t know who to trust or who to tell her secrets to. When she starts talking, you won’t believe what happens. You will not be able to put this book down. David Sanchez is the psychologist the Vice-President calls in to help Lindsay. He uses supplements, vitamins and diet to combat her addictions. Does it work or is she living a nightmare? Does she really know what is going on or just imagining things? Suspense starts from page one and does not stop until you read the last page. Lindsay realizes her choices had destroyed any dreams of having the life she longed to live. She learns she has to face her demon and find out what he wants so she can stop him. She can’t trust anybody and feels she has to do it on her own. This book is about trust and forgiveness. You can’t do things on your own. You need God on your side and you need your friends so you don’t feel alone. Read Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills. You will be glad you did. Even after reading the book, you will be thinking about the characters and what you learned about God and trust and forgiveness. This is a definite must read! I look forward to reading other books by DiAnn Mills.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Bride For Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

This is another great story in the Dry Creek series. It features Flint and Francis. We do not know what the future holds for us, but we can rest in the knowledge that God holds the future. Francis and Flint had been married 20 years before, but her father told her that Flint left, and her father told Flint that Francis didn’t want to be married to him and even got him arrested. They spend the next several years wondering what happened and not finding love. She comes back to Dry Creek to free herself from her past. Little does she know, she will face her past head-on. She hopes she can forget Flint and move on to marry Sam. Flint is working with the FBI to capture the cattle rustling ring in Dry Creek. Flint has to kidnap Francis to protect her from the cattle rustlers. She is not happy, especially when she figures out who kidnaps her. Will he capture her heart again? Will she trust her heart to him again? Follow Flint and Francis as they put the pieces together of what happened on that fateful day when they married. Flint drops Francis off at her house so he can go pack; he never comes back. The story that unfolds will capture you and you won’t be able to put the book down until you’ve read the last page!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Montana Rose by Mary Connealy

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Mary Connealy. This book is no exception! It is a definite must read for anybody who loves Inspirational romance, the West, and humorous situations. God can fill that emptiness. This is the message in Mary Connealy’s book Montana Rose. Griff had taken everything out of Cass. All that was left was a shell of a person when he died and Red Dawson marries her. She doesn’t even know who she is. Griff had been so controlling and beat her to get the perfect wife. Red is patient, loving, and kind toward Cass trying to teach her what she needs to know. Griff had called her stupid; Red says she just hadn’t been trained. She had no faith in God and no courage. Red is also the town minister and teaches Cass about God. Wade Sawyer is mad because he wanted to be the one to marry Cass. She threatens to kidnap her and give her everything she wants. He doesn’t understand everything Cass wants is right there with Red. Wade doesn’t see that he is empty and needs to be filled with God’s love. He comes to take Cass away and she says whom shall I fear? She and Red invite him into their home and tell him about God’s love. Belle and Anthony are married. She has been married many times to no-account husbands. Once this one dies, she is going to move on. She doesn’t understand why she keeps attracting the same type of men. Why can’t she find one like Red? I was drawn into her story. Her situation seems hopeless, but with God all things are possible. Will Wade listen and be filled with God’s love? Is Cass ready to forget about Griff and live her life with Red? How will Belle deal with her lazy husband? God can take any situation and turn it to His good. Enjoy this book and read the other books in the series!

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Gentleman for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

This is the second book in the Dry Creek series. You do not need to read these in order to figure out what is going on or who is who, but I thought it would be fun to review them in order. At the end of An Angel for Dry Creek, we meet Garth Elkton and Sylvia Bannister. She comes to Dry Creek and ends up in a ditch. Garth rescues her. At the end, she goes back to Seattle. A Gentleman for Dry Creek picks up Garth’s and Sylvia’s stories. Sylvia works with troubled teens in her church-sponsored youth center. A sponsor, Mrs. Buckwalter, steps forward to provide a summer camp for the teens to get them out of the city and teach them manners. Garth has a ranch that they can use. Mrs. Buckwalter, Sylvia, and the teens move to Garth’s ranch for the summer. Garth has doubts and fears that he needs to turn over to God. Can he learn to do that? He was brought up that anything he received had to be earned. He believes salvation works the same way. Since he’d learned early in life that nothing came free, mercy couldn’t be free either. Garth says that he doubts God would even want to look on his own scars, let alone heal them. He is told it was no good patching up his own life. Only God could do it. Little does he know, that is exactly what God wants to do, if Garth would just give Him a chance! How many times do we try to do God’s work for Him? Sylvia is dealing with her own trust issues. In a previous relationship, she had been beaten. Can Garth find a way into her heart and teach her to trust again? Can Sylvia help Garth find the way to salvation and peace? Will the teens learn there is more than gangs and violence? Follow their stories and be encouraged in your own walk. Janet Tronstad uses suspense, humor, and truthfulness to bring about this story. From page one you will be drawn into these characters’ lives and you won’t be able to put the book down until everything is resolved. Happy reading!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

An Angel for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

This is the first book in the Dry Creek series by Janet Tronstad. I have read these books before, but I am reading them again and posting reviews in anticipation of her two new books coming out this year. Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek came out in March 2012 and Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek comes out in July of this year. An Angel for Dry Creek is a great book to start off the series. You really get to know the characters that will be reappearing in future novels. Janet Tronstad has a way of describing characters and letting you in their heads so you feel a connection with them that makes you want to finish the book to see what happens. The setting in Dry Creek is perfect. I want to move there! The author is from Montana and even though Dry Creek is a fictitious place, its description is drawn from other places in Montana to give it a real place feel. Glory Beckett is a girl on the run. When she is too tired to continue on and needs gas and food, she ends up in Dry Creek. She goes to the parsonage to get help when she stumbles onto Matthew Curtis who has stumbled down the steps and hurt himself. His twin boys were getting ready to go out and get help when she came to the door. They immediately think she is an angel. The whole town takes her under their wings. Matthew needs someone to help care for his boys while he’s recuperating, and since he can’t go up and down stairs, it is decided Glory will stay in his room. Matthew’s wife had died from cancer and he feels it was his fault for not keeping her safe. He blames God for taking her away and not answering his prayer. He used to be a minister but stopped when she died. He teaches his boys to pray and talk to God, but he doesn’t participate anymore. Can Glory trust Matthew and the people in the town? Will they turn her in once they find out what is going on? How will Glory help Matthew to see that God didn’t desert him when his wife died? Find out how Glory lives up to her name, Angel, and even becomes one in the Christmas pageant. We all have times when we wonder if God is really there looking out for us, or if it is just us alone. Follow Matthew’s journey as he realizes God is there and does care and loves each of us so much. I highly recommend this book An Angel for Dry Creek. It brings out everyday problems that we face and can relate to mingled in with humor and faith building experiences. You will not want to miss this book by Janet Tronstad.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Accused By: Janice Cantore I loved this book! Janice Cantore does a great job of pulling you into the story and not letting you go. Detective Carly Edwards is a patrol cop. She is part of an officer-involved shooting and is reassigned to a desk job in juvenile. She doesn’t understand why God would do this to her. She loses her patrol job, goes through a divorce, and is left wondering where God is in her life. Nick, her ex-husband, is also a cop and has become a Christian since their divorce. He has been spending time with Carly’s mother and she has introduced him to a personal relationship with God. Carly has to figure out who she can trust and who is out to kill her. When the mayor is killed, Carly must find out who is part of the conspiracy. Carly wants to do everything herself; it’s safer that way. However, she must learn to trust God and learn to forgive. You will not want to put this book down once you start! By the time you finish this book your faith will be strengthened and renewed. Follow Carly as she questions God and see if she surrenders to God, or stays on the same path resisting God. If you love a good mystery, this book is for you. The suspense and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. Nick is there with her every step of the way, but is he part of the conspiracy? Pick up this book today and be ready to be swept away! Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police office and brings her background into her novel. The scenes are depicted realistically and the characters are believable and lifelike. I can’t wait to read another novel by Janice Cantore.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Soldier’s Devotion By: Cheryl Wyatt This is another great book by Cheryl Wyatt! A Soldier’s Devotion is about a pararescue jumper, Vince Reardon, and his journey to faith. Have you had something happen in your past that you didn’t understand, or thought God had deserted you? You will have your faith restored by reading this book! As Vince learns, God doesn’t desert you. He has plans for you, and loves you. Things will happen that we don’t understand, but with our faith in God, we can overcome and be comforted. Valentina Russo literally runs into Vince and turns his world upside down. She causes him to rethink some of his beliefs, especially about him thinking God has turned His back on him. Vince has a thing about lawyers, and guess what Val’s occupation is? That’s right; a lawyer! She’s a perfect match for Vince, but can she convince him to look past her job? Cheryl does an awesome job of pulling you into the story. The characters become your best friends and you can’t wait to see how their story will end. A Soldier’s Devotion is faith-inspiring, has romance, and lots of humor. You will find you have a better perspective of God’s love and faithfulness once you read this book. And you will have laughed at the antics of the two main characters. Cheryl Wyatt is a very talented writer. I look forward to reading many more of her books and I highly recommend this one!
After the Cross By: Mike Lynch This book is a definite must read! An 800 year old letter is discovered at an archeological site. It tells the whereabouts of Jesus’ cross. Mallory and Colton are two leading archeologists who follow the letter to see if they can find the Cross. They must figure out who the bad guys and good guys are and whose motives are sincere. After the Cross follows Mallory and Colton’s journey as they search for the Cross in a town in Israel. What would happen if it came to light that Jesus’ Cross wasn’t destroyed but was in fact hidden? Once you start this novel, you won’t be able to put it down. The suspense, intrigue, and just a touch of romance, draw you into the story and won’t let you go till you get to the end. Mallory must learn to trust and Colton needs to have his confidence restored. He had made some bad decisions a few years before and now people don’t believe in him. Mallory has been burned and doesn’t trust anyone. This letter and finding the Cross will put both of them in the spotlight. Will they listen to their hearts or chase after fame and fortune? You’ll have to read the story to find out. The writing style is very engaging and the characters are well-developed. The mercenaries are very believable as they chase down Mallory and Colton. Priests and townspeople who come in contact with Mallory and Colton give an authenticity to the novel, and the descriptions of the countryside make you feel like you are right there with them as they track down the Cross’ hiding spot. You won’t know until you read the last page what is going to happen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, intrigue, and finding out what might have happened to the Cross after Jesus was crucified. Mike Lynch gives a very plausible explanation that also encourages your faith. As the priest says, “The need to see and touch substitutes the faith required to truly believe.” Will Mallory and Colton find the cross? Will their faith in God and each other be restored? You will enjoy reading the book to find out!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Where Love Once Lived by Sidney W Frost book review

Where Love Once Lived
By: Sidney W Frost

Where Love Once Lived is an amazing book by Sidney Frost. This book is about forgiving yourself and others so you can live your life to the fullest extent that God intended. It is always best to tell the truth; but even when we don’t, God uses those times as well. Following Karen and Brian’s journeys away from each other, and then back together again, we see that by not telling the truth, both were hurt and spent years in pain. But, when they got back together and faced the truth, they find healing and forgiveness.

Brian and Karen get separated just when Karen thought they would be spending the rest of their lives together. Another woman comes into Brian’s life and he never looks back. Karen moves on and can’t believe it when Brian comes back into her life. Both must face the past, come to terms with how they hurt each other, and find a path to forge ahead. This book will touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes. The unbelievable power of God and His love will move you. The characters are so well depicted, you have to keep reading to see what happens and to make sure everything will be worked out in the end.

Where Love Once Lived is a definite must read for anyone who enjoys a great love story powered by God’s love and forgiveness. Learning how to forgive, love, and move on is hard for anyone to do. Brian and Karen have so many things to work through; but, their story is an encouragement to us. God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is there waiting for us to call on Him—and when we do—He is there. Pick this book up today and enjoy a great book. I can’t wait to read another book by Sidney Frost!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First Date by Krista McGee

First Date
By: Krista McGee

This book is amazing! Krista McGee is a Christian young adult fiction writer, but First Date is for anyone who wants to know how to let God use them in their lives. Addy Davidson is picked to be a participant in the reality TV show, The Book of Love. The winner gets to go to the prom with the President of the United State’s son, Jonathon. Addie doesn’t want to be on the show; she wants to be left alone to live her life in quiet. Unknown to her, God wants her to be on this show to step up and speak up for Him. Once she realizes this, she is nervous about speaking of her faith to others who may not believe like she does, but she relies on God to give her the words to say. If you’re nervous, shy, or feel you can’t talk to people about your faith, you must read this book!

I could picture myself in Addie’s shoes. She is a Christian, placed in unfamiliar surroundings, with people who aren’t Christians, and she feels God leading her to share her faith with them. How does she do this? How can she do this? Esther in the Bible is a similar story. She was put in a position for such a time as this. God put her there to do His work. By faith, Ester and Addie step out and talk about God’s love. We know how Ester’s story turns out. You’ll have to read First Date to see how Addie’s story turns out. You won’t be disappointed!

Krista McGee writes with wit, charm, and her love for God shines through this book. Sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Addie, Kara, and the other Book of Love contestants. These characters are very well developed; you think about them after the story has ended. Hopefully, there will be other stories coming out about these other characters! I would love to read more by this author. I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review.