8.15.2017

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

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path
My Review:

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

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

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

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

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8.13.2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren ~ Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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8.12.2017

Plain Retribution by Dana R. Lynn ~ Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Soldier's Secret Child
Lucie's Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar ~ Review

Bread of Angels
My Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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8.10.2017

The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr ~ Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Wedded for the Baby by Dorothy Clark ~ Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.05.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

8.04.2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White ~ Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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


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