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Karen Kingsbury’s New Book – “Brush of Angels Wings”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Angels Wings
Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.

Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a US hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy.

The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

My Comments: This was a very typical Karen Kingsbury book. I would recommend this series to young adults and teens. It speaks of “Touched by an Angel,” and everything will turn out happily every after. I think for young adults it gives hope and maybe introduces them to the spiritual, angelic world. I’m not really sure that real angels play the role that they do in this book, however. I got totally frustrated by the stubbornness of Mary Catherine (which I’m not sure others would view as stubborn, but I did, others may see it as self-sacrificing.) Nevertheless, I read the book in its entirety and found it somewhat entertaining. It doesn’t seem real to life, but it give a great escape. It was quite predictable.

The publisher sent me a free review copy in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. I also listened to it on Audible on my commute back and forth to work. The Audible edition was well read and acted out.

Mary Burton’s Vulnerable

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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The Smallest Mistake

Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.

Will Put You

What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.

At A Killer’s Mercy

Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…

My Comments: This book kept me totally engaged, and I read it in it’s entirety in one day. The characters were interesting and I remember them from previous books by Mary Burton which made it even more interesting. There were several twists and turns in the plot. It was a combination of a cold case and a current ongoing case(s). A little romance is thrown in (although too much graphic sex for me – the story would have been great without it). I speed read through those parts. Violence was also part of this book, although again I speed read through those parts. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy mystery and police-stories.

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Back in the Saddle

The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

My Comments: I love books about cowboys and I love books about prodigals. This is a winner! We have mystery, redemption, romance, and reconciliation all wrapped up into this book. If all the books in this series are as engaging as this one, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winning new series!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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About the book:
Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.
Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.
On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?
Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

My Comments: I read this book after quite a dry spell with reading and I found it very engaging. The book was somewhat predictable, but not completely, and the not completely part made it quite a page turner. Erica lives the American dream. She is successful, beautiful, curious and just plain smart. Her quest for success brings her into contact with some people who are not all that ethical. Those unethical people (quite rightly so) cause her to question the others around her. She also, however, tends to find people who can help her in her search for truth.

Erica has a drive to find truth. This is what makes her such a great reporter. However, it also causes her and her close friends and family problems. Too many “events” just seem to happen when Erica is around. I wondered why and had my suspicions throughout the book.

If you enjoy clean, suspense novels, you will love this book. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. This is a four star book!

The Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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About the book: Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.

My comments: This book was just so-so to me. The story was engaging enough, the characters complex and interesting, and the writing was decent. Having said that — I didn’t care for the language and casual sexual scenes. This isn’t the kind of stuff I want to put into my brain. However, I was kept in suspense and I kept turning the pages. The four main characters were not like anybody I really know, but as I said they were very interesting and multi-layered. The mystery was well-developed. Not my most favorite, however.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

Amy Clipston’s – A Simple Prayer

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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About the book:

Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.

As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.

Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?

My Comments: I took a break from reading Amish fiction and came back to read this great one! To be Amish, or not to be Amish – that is the question! I could hardly put this book down. The ending (which wrapped up the whole series – Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel), kept me in tears. Needless to say, it was a cathartic read. Bitterness pays a high price as was played out in the characters of this story. Linda is an amazing character – someone I’d like to be like when I grow up 🙂 I wish real life could be like these books – sometimes it is, that is our hope.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given – great read – especially for fans of Amish fiction. Thank you Amy Clipston for another engaging story!

Historical Fiction at its Best – The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

My Comments: I was anxious to read this book ever since I read that it was predicted to be one of the best Christian fiction books written in 2015. I have read Lori Benton before and enjoyed her writing. I was not disappointed.

I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction anymore, but there are always a few exceptions and this is one. I enjoyed the story – very different from other books I’ve been reading. I enjoyed the depth of the writing including the rich and interesting characters. The research done by Benton was remarkable and the writing is very in tune to the time period including the language.

The story is about how two families become interwoven and connected to each other in a very unusual way. We go through deep regret and guilt with Reginald – there are always consequences to our actions.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great writing and historical fiction. You won’t be disappointed!

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart.

Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodger Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.

My Comments:  I wish life was like a Karen Kingsbury novel. Seriously, there are usually one or more happy ever afters. Having said that, this book has the flavor of Frank Peretti books in that there is serious spiritual warfare. We’re talking angels and evil spirits. Thankfully, this book does not have the after-effect those books had on me. There is a lot more feel good about this story. It is easy to read and a quick read. The characters are somewhat multi-faceted and lack perfection. Most of them are trying to live for Jesus. They are Christians of various spiritual maturity levels. I think this book would appeal to young adults and young marrieds, although I usually read all of Kingsbury’s novels and I’m past that age group. In fact, I knew a 90 year old women who loved and read all of  them! I recommend this and all of Kingsbury’s books.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

Mary Burton’s – BE AFRAID

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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The Fear Is Terrifying – When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days, they tell her she’s a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it’s true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth – On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories–and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.

Is Even Worse – Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. . .

My Comments: Mary Burton’s books keep me going back for more. Even though this book is out of the norm for me (not super clean – some language and semi-graphic sex scenes), I enjoyed it. The mystery and suspense kept me reading. The characters were interesting and real. Several twists and turns kept me guessing until the end when all was revealed. I felt sad during much of this tragic story. Jenna needed answers, at least she could make good come from her tragedy by becoming a police officer and a forensic artist – interesting life – very different from anyone I know. This is a great next story to Burton’s previous book, Cover Your Eyes. Many of the characters reappear and we get insight into how they are doing. The setting is in Nashville and we are surrounded by law enforcers. This is a great book for people who enjoy mysteries and suspense. This book will be available on April 28, 2015. I look forward to reading the next book, I’ll Never Let You Go, which will be published in November 2015.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

 

The Matchmaker by Sarah Price

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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About the book:  When Emma’s interference in her friends’
lives backfires, will the consequences
be more than she bargained for?

Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing
matchmaker with her friends. Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about
interfering in people’s lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up
Paul, the son of the bishop, with her friend Hannah.

But when Paul misinterprets Emma’s attention, believing she has feelings
for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and
shows up at her house for Friday evening visits. As she tries to repair the
damage that’s been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she
finds herself in trouble with the community. Will she learn her lesson and
stop meddling in the affairs of others? Will she find a love of her own?

My Comments:  This book was quite engaging. I read it in just a couple of days. I loved Emma Weaver and her care for others. I loved her daed, and I loved Gideon King. Oh my, the gossip amongst the Amish amazed me. It’s been quite a while since I read Emma by Jane Austin, the book this story is based on, but this book definitely made me want to see the movie again. There are a few twists and turns which kept the story moving, and I loved the Amish slant on the story. I found out about some prejudices the Amish hold.

It seemed like Emma could have had any man she wanted, but she didn’t even wish to marry. She just wanted to marry everyone else off.  This was a great book to read around Valentine’s Day – love was definitely in the air in surprising ways—

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

Sarah Price bio – The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.

While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.

Get the latest news about Sarah Price on Facebook, Twitter, and sarahpriceauthor.com.

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