7.17.2018

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Boone Callahan is a lieutenant with the Memphis Police Department, and is in charge of the homicide division. He can't help but be a little uncomfortable around the newest member of their team, Rachel Sloan. He and Rachel went out a few times before she transferred to his division, and Boone still has feelings for her, but he won't let it get in the way of his job.

It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and Elvises are everywhere, including at the Police Station asking for Rachel, with a lead connecting a recent murder to her mother's death many years ago. But before he can show them his files of evidence, the impersonator is discovered dead in his home with no files of evidence to be found.

Rachel doesn't like working with Boone at first, and feels like he's micro-managing her. But as they continue to work together, they come to trust each other, and even Rachel's grandmothers love Boone. I like how the Elvis Week adds an unexpected and fun element to the story.

Rachel had a difficult upbringing and has a strained relationship with her father, as well as a history of failed relationships. She is diligent and committed to her job. I like how she comes to appreciate Boone fore his strength, support, and protection.

I also really liked side characters like Erin and Terri. Erin loves Elvis, and even though everything isn't easy for her, she brings out the best in everyone.

An action packed and suspenseful read, with lots of suspects and complications due to lots of Elvises running around Memphis. Great characters and a riveting storyline. 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."

7.15.2018

A Widow's Hope by Vannetta Chapman ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Hannah King comes back to live with her parents after her husband was killed in a tragic accident that also left her 4 year-old son, Matthew, in a wheelchair.

Jacob Schrock is a carpenter with a passion for building playhouses for children with special needs. He builds a house for Matthew, who is excited and wants to help, to which Hannah agrees.

I like how Hannah wants her son to do as many things as he can for himself and not feel limited by his chair. She also wants to help her parents keep the farm, which is at risk due to them helping with Matthews bills. She takes initiative and asks for a job helping Jacob with his accounting.

Jacob is great with Matthew, and enjoys Hannah's company. He makes an effort to talk to Hannah everyday, and finds himself looking forward to seeing her. He has his literal scars, and doesn't think that he has a chance for a relationship.

I like the interaction between Hannah and Jacob, I loved Jacob's heart for disabled children and how he helps connect Matthew with other disabled children Amish and English alike. Hannah is a great mother, she struggles with being over protective, but she wants to empower her son. Great dialog, and believable characters. Enjoyable read!

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

7.13.2018

The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Ellie Blackmore runs a blog, and flips houses in Lavender Falls, WA, with her partner, Jason. But when her sister disappears from the bloody deck of her boat, it sends Ellie on a search for the truth.

Shauna and Zach are married now, and on their way to meet her long lost brother. Coastguard Grayson Bradshaw is thrown for a loop when he hears Shauna's news, but when he is sent to Lavender Falls to investigate stolen cocaine. Ellie's sister is the main suspect. But he believes that more is at play.

Will Ellie and Grayson be able to unravel the mystery and find the truth?

Grayson is sorry about Ellie's sister's disappearance, but he knows things about Mac that she doesn't, but he can't help admiring her devotion to her sister. They agree to work together and be open minded as they  work through all the evidence to find the truth. But as they get closer, the risk grows. Ellie finds her tires slashed, her house broken into, and more. They discover that there is a whole lot more going on than a missing sister and drugs.

Ellie is smart and capable, she is determined to continue fixing up her house, and struggles to find peace about the things that happened in her childhood.

Grayson is a good man, and he continues to help Ellie search for the truth, he is very protective of her, and admires her strength and beauty.

Plenty of action, great characters, and intentional dialog, as well as touches of humor that give this book great dimension. Fast paced and enjoyable, I really liked how this book wasn't as dark as previous books by Colleen Coble have been.

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."

7.10.2018

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cosette ~ Review

My Review:

Moriyah is the only unmarried daughter of a successful vineyard owner, but she hides the scar on her face with a veil, the reminder of when she was kidnapped and taken to a pagan temple before the walls of Jericho fell granting her, Alanah, and Rahab freedom. The brand burned into her skin is like that of the temple prostitutes, and though she was never defiled she lives with the shame of the mark on her face. When her father makes a match for her, she agrees to the marriage to please her father and put his heart at ease. But then tragedy strikes, sending her fleeing for her life to one of the refuge cities with her father's most trusted men at her side, but as they face those who would claim their right of blood she finds herself trusting her life to Darek, the brother of the man whom she has wronged.

A beautiful novel of retribution, forgiveness, and love, set a few years after the fall of Jericho as the Israelites have divided and begun to take possession of the land promised to them. The descriptions are rich adjectives that paint a picture in the mind with vivid evocative imagery, that add depth to the story and set the scene. Riveting storytelling, and compelling characters bring this story of the refuge cities to life. I was intrigued by the use of the refuge cities in this book, as the Bible doesn't contain any histories of anyone who took refuge in such a city, despite their designations and rules being well outlined in the Old Testament. I was completely blown away by how Ms. Cosette brought the refuge cities--which is a part of the Bible that I admittedly don't linger over--to life, I was captivated by Moriyah's plight, as well as her courage.

The characters were well developed, and even characters that were featured only briefly like Eitan, Ora, and Rimona, were crafted with care and had me wondering about their stories. I thought that this book was well done, I had a tough time putting it down, and I am a huge fan of the original concept of the refuge cities.

Moriyah is brave, yet vulnerable, my heart went out to her, yet I admired how instead of becoming bitter over her circumstances and scars, her scars allowed her to see invisible people like Ora and Eitan, befriending outcasts. She grows a lot over the course of the book, and I like how she takes responsibility for her actions, even though she could easily have been indignant and in denial, but bravely faced her trials.

Darek has scouted out the promised land and seen many beautiful things, he believes in justice and mercy, and despite his doubts and misgivings is always respectful to everyone. I liked his willingness to listen, and quick thinking in moments of crisis.

Overall, a thoroughly engrossing read from beginning to end. I loved the originality of writing about the refuge cities, as well as the vivid and lush descriptions. I loved Moriyah, and admired her strengths and vulnerabilities, and how she grew over the course of the book. One of the best Biblical fiction books I have ever read. 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."

7.04.2018

King's War by Jill Williamson ~ Review

My Review:

Picking up in the aftermath of the previous book, the Remanant are settling into Er'Rets, and Trevyn is king of  Armania, and he must set up his government, make alliances, and know his enemies. He struggles to make peace with the nobles and prove himself as a warrior and king, as well as learn to use the new magic that Arman has given them, in preparation for the coming war against Barthel Rogedoth.

I was thrilled to read the conclusion of The Kinsman Chronicles. It had been a year since I read the previous book so it did take some time to orient myself again with the characters and what was at stake. I really liked how this book makes the connection to The Blood of Kings Series more clear as they settle into Er'Rets and learn more of the mysterious blood voicing, and establishing the House of Hadar.

One of my favorite characters in this book was Olli Argos, which really surprised me, but his character arc was so well done, when I met him in King's Folly, when he was a mantic,I had no idea what his future would hold. Olli struggles to feel worthy of Arman's love, he is faithful and self-sacrificing, discerning, and is genuinely grieved by his past. I especially admired his choice to continue to stand with Trevyn against even his own family.

Grayson, though he has the body and responsibilities of a man, is still a boy. I liked how he continued to mature into his destiny, and gaining wisdom, with a pure, child-like faith, he bravely meets every challenge head on.

Trevyn also is faced with many new responsibilities as king, he has many enemies, and many of the nobles doubt his qualifications to sit on the throne. He works to show himself a leader, I admired his ability to take charge, unafraid to change tradition, forging a new way into light. It's amazing how he has grown throughout this series from the adventurous rooftop jumping boy to a king.

The books also follows Kal, Onika, Charlon, and a few more. I liked even though I there was a lot to not like about Charlon, I still cared for her as a character, she is strong and loves fiercely. And I really liked how the whole Shanek storyline came together throughout the book, intriguing, yet heartbreaking and bittersweet.

This is a challenging book to review, because so much happened within 672 pages, and there's so much I want to say. Jill Williamson has outdone herself in taking us back to Er'Rets and the origins of the House of Hadar, with fantastic world-building, character development, and faith. Multiple storylines entwine and diverge with complexity all leading up the the culmination with the battle between Armania and the dark powers from the Lowerworld. Old Testament themes set in a new fantasy world, full of adventure, daring, betrayal, magic, faith, friendship, and love. A fantastic conclusion to a worthy saga.

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."

7.02.2018

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Luke Gallagher is back after suddenly disappearing 8 years ago, he didn't tell his friends, or even the girl he was dating. He was recruited in college for the Black Ops, and didn't think that his assignment would take him away for so long. But when his assignment bring him home, he has to face Kate and stop a biological terrorist before it's too late.

Kate has never stopped looking for Luke, and she has since started a CCI. The whole crew works together to help Luke stop the terrorist before it's too late.

This final book in the Chesapeake Valor Series, ties everything together with the four friends and their partners fighting against time to shut down a terrorist.

Luke has done a lot of living and has his regrets. He is highly skilled, and is happy to be joining forces with his friends, in hope of finally bringing this chase to an end. Luke is dedicated to his job, and he has sacrificed a lot for his country.

Kate became friends with Luke's friend when he disappeared, and became part of their team. She's understandably upset when Luke returns, but still loves him despite everything.

This book also follows Griffin and Finley who are working to solve his sister's murder, they finally have a new perspective and a lead that might finally lay this case to rest.

Overall, fast paced, explosive conclusion to this fantastic series. I loved how it tied everything together, and we finally get to see Luke come home. I love the interaction and relationship between all of the characters. This is a fast paced read that was difficult to put down. I was thrilled to get the chance to review this book. I highly recommend the whole 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."

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

All of Kit's secrets are at stake when she returns to society, which she left years ago when a scandal ruined her chance for a good marriage. She has since moved on and opened a home for disgraced women and their children.

Lord Graham Wharton's friend is looking for his missing sister, and also thinks that his father is being taken advantage of, paying an exorbitant amount for a chess set. Graham believes that Kit may be the key to the mystery, he follows the clues that lead to Haven Manor and Kit.

Graham is an honorable man, who wants to find a passion and a life purpose. He doesn't want to just be a man about society, partying all the time, and paying calls. He is intrigued by Kit, and admires her care for others. He is great with children, and they absolutely adore him.

Kit still blames herself for what happened years ago, but she and her friend Daphne have worked hard to help women who have been taken advantage of, and given hope to many mothers and children. Kit is clever, brave, and passionate about what she does.

The first in a new series, with great characters, intriguing storyline, and adorable children. I admired Kit and her bravery, facing her fears, and growing in her faith. It took sometime to figure out what was going on, but after that, I was riveted. I'm excited to read the rest of 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."

7.01.2018

Caught by Surprise by Jen Turnano ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Miss Temperance Flowerdew becomes a victim of mistaken identity when she is kidnapped and put on a train headed for Chicago.

Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is hired to rescue Miss Flowerdew, but when he finally catches up to her in Chicago, they are seen alone together damaging her reputation. Gilbert proposes, but Temperance is done with being the victim and wants to get to the bottom of the kidnapping scheme once and for all.

Will Gilbert and Temperance be able to untangle the mystery, and get to the bottom of their feelings or each other?

I love Jen Turano's books, and this one was no exception. Fun from the start with Ms. Turano's signature larger than life characters, this was fast paced read that I didn't want to put down.

Temperance was a character in the two previous book sin the series, and she has really started to come out of her shell and into her own. Temperance is clever and creative, and doesn't like the rich lifestyle that she came from. She loves teaching music, and she appreciates the ladies at the school who have become like a family to her.

Gilbert is a man used to strict schedules and protocols, he is very determined, intelligent, and gallant. I like how Gilbert wants to come to Temperance's rescue, he has good friends and isn't afraid to ask for advice. There is a lot of good interaction between him and Temperance as they get reacquainted.

Overall, this is a fun-packed hilarious adventure, with great characters. I liked the mystery, and that Temperance and Gilbert are people of faith who see God working in their lives. The dialog can be a bit wordy sometimes. This book is engaging, entertaining, and I loved revisiting favorite characters from past books! Fantastic read, with a great ending!

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."

6.25.2018

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Maribel Cordova is an intelligent young woman, she loves to read about pirates, but never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that her father's ship would be attacked by pirates. Maribel never knew much about her father, but when he comes to her demanding that she go with her, telling her that her mother is dead, she sees no choice but to go with him.

Jean-Luc Valmont is a privateer, pirating under the letters of mark from France. He has worked hard to bury his past, but the beautiful daughter of a pirate threatens to undo everything, and upend his plans for revenge.

Maribel is a charming young woman, with a thirst for adventure. She charms Jean-Luc's crew, playing games with them, and listening to their stories. She wants adventure like the ones that she read about in her books,  Maribel loves to climb up into the crows nest, and has a good eye for scouting for ships.

Jean-Luc is very educated and skilled, and he even teaches her another language. He doesn't want to like the beautiful and adventurous red-head, but the more he gets to know her, the more he questions if he can carry out his plans and walk away from her forever.

This a fun action-packed read, the story takes place over the course of a couple decades. I really liked Maribel and her spunky, ready for anything spirit. It was fun seeing her grow up, and how the story came together. A highly enjoyable read 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."

The Soldier's Redemption by Lee Tobin McClain ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Redemption Ranch has fallen on hard times, the owner's husband absconded with all the money. Redemption Ranch offers a refuge for returning veterans and animals alike, and together the animals and the veterans find hope. Finn Gallagher is the head dog trainer, still blaming himself for the death of his estranged wife.

Kayla White and her son, Leo, are running from the past, and are ready to begin again. Finn reluctantly hires Kayla, she is happy to have found a place to rest, and Leo loves being around the dogs.

Can Kayla and Leo escape their past and find a new beginning?

Kayla and Leo bond with the dogs and the rough veterans at the ranch. Kayla is afraid to trust the veterans too much, because her husband was ex-military and military men tend to stick together. Finn is gruff at first, but he sees how she is a good mother to Leo, who is the same age as his son that died.

The old veterans are kindly, but can be gruff, they have a matchmaking twinkle in their eyes, so it was kinda funny to see them working to get Finn and Kayla together.

Kayla and Finn have good interaction, and come to see their partnership turn to friendship and then more. There was a lot of good interaction between the characters, as well as growth and a theme of not letting the past haunt the future. I loved how welcoming the town was to Kayla and Leo, as well as how everything came together in a dramatic ending. Great, enjoyable read!

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