Thursday, February 25, 2016

Touches of Time by LoRee Peery

This is another great story by LoRee Peery. A cold case, a search for God, and a new life soon to be born. From an old journal to tracking down leads, Touches of Time follows the journey of a 35-year-old unsolved case.

Ford Melcher is a cold-case investigator. The case he is working on may coincide with the truth Sarah is searching for. Can he help bring resolution to her soul as well as to her family? Will his feelings for Sarah end when he solves the case, or do his feelings go deeper than that?

Sarah Bishop is a mother-to-be searching for God and who killed her grandfather. While investigating the cold facts surrounding her grandfather’s murder 35 years ago, she just might unleash her doubts regarding a God who loves and cares for her, and bring old feelings to the surface putting her life in danger.

Can Ford keep Sarah safe while he investigates? Once Sarah realizes Ford held back important information, will she allow him to remain in her life with her unborn child? Will she find God's place in her life?

I enjoyed reading the journal entries and following the cold-case investigation from beginning to end. If you love a romantic suspenseful story, you will love Touches of Time. Walk through time with Sarah and Ford and see if you can figure out who killed her grandfather.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lethal Action Danger in the Deep South by Rachel Dylan

Are you looking for page-turning suspense? You've found it. Small town meets big corporation in a dangerous legal battle.

Attorney Hope Finch is sent from her New York office to defend her company's client, Wakefield Corporation, in Maxwell, Georgia. Will Hope's investigative skills figure out what is going on before time runs out?

Special Agent Gabe Marino is investigating Carlos Nola who is a board member of Wakefield Corporation. Is Hope protecting Carlos or does she really not know what is going on? Can Gabe keep her safe while she is protecting her client from an attack from Cyber Future?

These two characters have great chemistry. Hope loves New York and Gabe doesn't want to leave his hometown of Maxwell. But they come together to find the truth. Will Hope and Gabe be able to work together or will Hope's determination to find the truth put her life in jeopardy? Lethal Action reminded me John Grisham novels. I can't wait to read more books by Rachel Dylan.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Looking for small-island, big romance love stories? You’ve found the place. The characters become your friends and each story brings the friendships closer. Island Hope is the last book in the Wildflower B&B Romance series. You do not need to read them in order, but you will want to read them to follow the characters’ stories.

Derrick Trainor is named acting manager of Wildflower Resort and Spa while Piper is on bedrest. He’s still learning to be a single dad to his 15 year old daughter Alyssa, after his wife’s car accident and death four years ago. Allyssa is the typical teenager, beginning to drive and date. Derrick must learn how to juggle working more hours with taking care of his daughter and being there for her.

Hope Michaels is the owner of the electrical company hired to do electrical work for the resort. After being hurt, she is in hiding, from life and herself. She doesn’t let anyone get too close. When Piper dictates that Derrick oversee her work while she is out, she is livid, but then she finds out why Piper insists on it.

Can Derrick and Hope work together without stepping on each other’s toes? When Derrick has a problem with Alyssa can he turn to Hope for help? Can they work through past hurts to find a future together?

Derrick’s life is run by fear, fear of something happening to his daughter, fear of what he can’t control. Hope’s life was changed when someone close to her hurt her. She is afraid to let anyone close again. When Derrick accuses her and then pushes her out of his life, she doesn’t see how she can trust him. Can they learn to trust God with their hearts, hopes, and fears?
Island Hope is the perfect read. I read it straight through. From Derrick and Hope to the other characters, you get drawn into the story and can’t put it down.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

What Will We Do With God's Love?

John 13:35 "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? As you go about your day, show some people some love. But what about those days when you are worried about paying your own bills, or stressed out over something that happened with a friend or family member, or you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an illness? Then, it is harder to keep our eyes on God and follow His lead. We're like Peter when he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water. He was fine until he started looking around him, then he started sinking. It's the same in our lives. When everything is going great, we may even forget God is there.

I'm doing this Bible study, "Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. This verse stopped me in my tracks and each time throughout the study when it talked about God's love, I had to pause and think about it. If we love one another, everyone will know that we are His disciple. Have you ever thought about why that is? Is there love around you? In high school when you don't quite fit in, do you feel love? Or do you feel like you don't matter, you aren't part of the in-crowd, nobody listens to what you have to say? When you come into contact with others, do you make a point of making people feel welcome, feel loved, or do you just shrug your shoulders and say oh well, I've been there, why should I step out of my comfort zone to be a friend? This study put a pang in my heart. I've experienced these things. It's made me more aware of the people around me. Shouldn't I use what God has given me and use it to share His love?

Many people feel unloved, unwanted, discouraged, let down, disheartened, have a fear of being unwanted or unaccepted. But you know what? That's not God's way. God is love. His commandments: Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied:‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” As Jesus' disciples, we must show love. There shouldn't be people feeling this way. We should be showing love toward one another that everyone feels accepted, wanted, loved, like they fit in. No one person is better than another. We should all pitch in and help each other. When you see one fall, reach down and help. Don't trample them while they're down. Be there for them, reach out in love, don't envy what someone else has. Be content with what you have, with who you are, continually striving to run the race God has set before you.

1 John 4:11-12 "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." If we are known to be disciples of Christ by our love, but so many people feel this level of despair, we are failing. I'm failing. I can use my insecurities, inadequacies, and dorkiness to reach out to others, but when the "others" don't react in the right way, it causes me to shut down and go back in my shell. I need to realize it's all about God, not my personal feelings. I love because He loved, not for what I'll get out of it, whether it's a friend, a conversation, or making someone else feel better. I show them God's love and He takes care of the rest. When God calls us to do something, we should step out in faith and do what He says. God will reward our faithfulness. What the other person does is on them. You can't withhold doing what God's said because you set up scenarios of what the other person might do. You are responsible for you and doing what God has told you to do. You can't worry or control what the other person does.

We are known whose we are by our love for one another. If love directed everything we said and did, there would be no problem with gossiping, or saying hurtful things. Do you know what love does? Love binds us together. Love makes us stronger. God's love changes things, changes us, and changes those around us. With God's love we encourage each other, lift each other up, pray for each other. We wouldn't be putting each other down, or talking about someone behind their backs. We would be ruled by God's love in our hearts. I want to be saturated with God's authentic love--that would transform me and everyone around me. If we love with God's love, it makes everything better.

I want to put this into practice and see how far my sphere of influence reaches. Which isn't my sphere, but God's sphere. With God's love directing our paths, we will reach the ones who need to feel love, those that have been hurt, we will be sensitive to their needs because with God's love in us His Spirit knows what they need and can work through us to touch them.

God lays people on my heart to pray for and I'm seeking Him to know how to pray for them. Our pastor has opened up my eyes during praise and worship at church. I'm able to spend time during the week and in church services, with my eyes and heart on God, worshipping Him and praying and seeking. I have felt such a difference in my life. The more you read the Bible, the more you want to. The more you pray, the more you want to. When you are filled with God's truth, you are looking to Him and not at what is going on around you. You are listening to His words, His commands, not what others have to say. Our trust, hope, and faith are in Him. Like Peter stepping out of the boat, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he walked on water. But as soon as he started looking around, he sank. When we keep our eyes on God loving other people is easy. We aren't worried or stressed over what's happening in our lives. Our focus is on Him and what He's doing. And that gives Him reign to work through us.

How will you step out and show God's love to others?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hero's Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

I loved this story by Cheryl Wyatt! The Hero's Sweetheart continues your love of small town romance in Eagle Point. From the first page you'll feel like you're at home and talking with your friends.

Jack Sullenberger comes home from Afghanistan to run his dad's diner while he recovers from a stroke. Anything that could go wrong, does. Jack has to fight long and hard to keep the diner running, find out who's stealing from the diner, and keep his heart under guard. He'd rather give orders than praise and compliment, and expects to have his orders carried out.

Olivia Abbott is an EMT student, interns at Eagle Point trauma center, works at the diner, struggles with a learning disability, and has to work harder to get things done. She loves Sully. Jack loves Sully. But they deal with problems and issues differently. Jack hits things head on and then decides if it's right or not. Olivia is opinionated and knows how things should be run. She jumps in and takes care of things, even if it goes against what Jack said.

Can they work together to save the diner and their hearts? Or will Jack's distrust pull them apart before they even get a chance to find out? Another great story in the Eagle Point Emergency series. Pick up this great book and reconnect with your friends at Eagle Point and make some new ones.