Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review of A Powerful Secret by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit

Nutshell: Sean Worthington finds himself in quite the predicament. His brother, whom he works for, quits the senate race. Sean makes a pretty bold move in the political world, hoping to win his fathers attention and affection. Traipsing across the world, Sean learns not only about the secrets in the political worlds that could harm him, but also learns a lot about himself.

Pro's: A quick read that takes you to all different climates and countries. A fast paced story line all the way to the end.

Con's: A lot of politics, a lot of affluence that was hard to relate to.

Recommendation: If you enjoy political books, you will enjoy this one!

Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

Nutshell: Serena Jones is new to the FBI Art Crime Team. She finds herself undercover receiving the lost art she has come to love. She is also in search of the person who killed her grandfather, the man who introduced her to art in the first place. She finds herself on the path of looking for two stolen pieces from the local art museum and also finds herself being hunted by some people that really don't like her. Will she recover the art and live to see it?

Pro's: Creative book and creative storyline! A mystery with a slant of art and I liked that!

Con's: A bit slow. It was difficult to get in to this book and I didn't feel captured by events taking place.

Recommendation: Anyone who likes a light mystery would like this book!

Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review of The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Nusthell: Marie Carrington is on the run. She ends up thousands of miles from home with a back pack, a pocketful of change and at a dead end. She has no where else to go. Sitting in a ferry waiting room wondering how she could buy a ferry ticket, a stranger strikes up a conversation with her and the next thing she knows, she agrees to help the stranger out by landing a short term job as an interior designer.  On the mysterious Prince Edward Island, Marie finds God, her voice, healing, confidence and possibly love. All because of a stranger saw more to her than even what she saw in herself.

Pro's: This is Book 1 in the Prince Edward Island Dreams Series. A sweet story about a young lady on the run looking for herself. Johnson did a great job creating sparks between the main characters and how each of the characters grows past their previous circumstances. A good story about healing, finding trust and what our heavenly Father really is like.

Con's: None really.

Recommendation: If you're in the mood for a light read, this is the book for you.

Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Review of The Calling by Rachelle Dekker

Nutshell: This is the 2nd book in the Seer Novel Series. Remko Brandt has escaped the Authority City with his wife Carrington Hale. He is now a husband and new father. He is also leading a group of Seers who are committed to rescuing those trapped inside the Authority City. His battle with belief grips his heart as he journeys through heartache, anger, bitterness and failure. This is his journey. His journey to find his Father. Follow him as he staggers through darkness to find light. Death to find life. Despair to find victory. Will he find these in the end or will they engulf him?

Pro's: This book captures you from the very beginning. Heart stopping at points, heart ripping at others. This book takes you through the rollercoaster of emotions. Rachelle does an amazing job of storytelling and leading the reader through an amazing story. The details, the plot, the characters, the book. All of it was riveting and brilliant!

Con's: If you pick up this book without reading the first book in the series, you may have a hard time understanding what is going on.

Recommendation: Read this book! Read the first book! Anticipate the third book! Rachelle is a masterful author who has a unique gift of storytelling!


About the Author . . . The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. The Choosing is her critically acclaimed debut novel. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at rachelledekker.com.

Q&A with Rachelle Dekker
1. The Calling is the second book in The Seer Series. Does it pick up right after The Choosing leaves off?
No, a year and a half has passed when we rejoin the characters in The Calling

2. This book is written from Remko’s perspective. Did you face any challenges writing from a male point-of-view?

There was definitely a looming pressure as I started to write the book. As a woman writer, I wanted to make sure Remko felt masculine and authentic, so I was constantly aware of how he sounded, and how he reacted. Once I got into a flow with his character though, it started to feel more familiar I didn’t have to think about it as much. 

3. Remko struggles with his anger often throughout the book. Is this expression of anger connected to his fears? If so, how?

Anger is just a natural reaction to the circumstances Remko faces. Sometimes being afraid
can stir up anger because it makes us feel weak or out of control. This is definitely true for Remko in The Calling.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review of Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

Nutshell: Evelyn Brandt is the picture perfect wife of the young Colorado state senator, Christopher Brandt. She hosts the perfect parties, dresses perfectly, is the perfect wife with the perfectly decorated house and the perfect life. And she has no idea who she is and is dying inside. She dislikes hosting parties, her house doesn't feel like her home, she'd rather wear sweats and her husband is rarely home. Life looks fantastic looking in with the "perfect" image. All that swiftly comes to a halt while hosting a party of other government wives, the FBI shows up, ransacking her house and saying her husband has been arrested for embezzlement.

Her perfect like shatters around her and she is left the outcast. She has one friend, Trevor Whitney, her husband's former best friend. And he gives her refuge on his farm.

Evelyn now has to rebuild her life. After a swift divorce from a delusional husband who believed his lies to be truth, she seeks to find her former self. But there are secrets still lurking out there of which come to light and may just shatter hearts all over again.

Pro's: Such a sweet, sweet book. Some would call it fluff, but I would say it is beyond fluff. This book is more about rediscovery. Think of a soft warm summer breeze through the heart of a story line that is filled with tender words which weave a story of love. That is this book.

Con's: The minor characters seemed to have just been plopped in to the storyline and seemed a bit out of place.


Recommendation: If you enjoyed Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh, you will definitely enjoy this book!

Tyndale Publishing sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review of Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Nutshell: Olivia Edwards is the owner of a body guard service. It is her job to protect high profile people from being attacked, stalked or killed. She works with the police and government officials on highly tense cases. Her newest case was not one she signed up for, but one she stepped in to after a co-worker was attached by the client's stalker. Now she finds herself keeping alive a very prominent radio-talk show host/psychiatrist. The stalker is not working alone and it is her job to figure out who is after her client and his family. Tension mounts after the first strike against her host didn't work. The stakes climb high with every attack. Olivia and her team work around the clock trying to stay alive while hunting down the bold stalker. Jump in to book 1 of the Elite Guardians series and you will go for quite the ride!

Pro's: I liked the angle of this book. A female body guard instead of the male in the lead role as protector. I did like the way this book read. I liked how fast paced it was, how the romance did not take over the book, nor was it so in-your-face, how level-headed the characters were and the journey the author takes you on.

Con's: How fast it went!!

Recommendation: If you enjoy fast paced, intense drama-filled stories, you will enjoy this one.

Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review of Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

Nutshell: Book 2 in the Men of Valor Series: Christy Reed has no family left. Losing her parents in a freak car accident nine months ago, and now her sister in a deadly house fire months ago. She's on the path of healing, until one day her world flips upside down. A letter and picture from her dead sister. Someone is playing with her in a very sinister way. Enter FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor. He has demons of his own that he is wrestling with while he takes on his very first case as an FBI agent. And his first case of Christy Reed pushes him to his limits with frustration, with unknown answers and with his heart. Will they hunt down the so called "kidnapper" before his sinister hunting catches Christy first?

Pro's: Great book! This can be read as a stand-alone in the series even though it is the 2nd book. Good plot, gets you sucked in from the beginning.

Con's: One scene did not quite add up based on the immobilization of the character. It didn't make sense how the grandma was able to do what she did after she wrote the letter (may seem cryptic, but I don't want to spoil the plot!) with hardly being able to walk. Other than that, a bit heart-gooey, but not over the top.

Recommendation: If you like mystery suspense, this is the book for you!

Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Holding on to the sliver

Reviews galore, but nothing more.

I've been rattling around thoughts in my brain and thinking I need to get things recorded.

You know how a new year brings new hope? New goals? Dreams that may come true this year?

Here we are, 23 days in to the new year and it is not going how I thought.

Hopes feel dashed, dreams feel squashed, goals are out the window. All need to be rewritten. They need to include issues like

breast cancer.

possible colon cancer.

joblessness.

cirrhosis.

blood clots.

anxiety.

depression.

unexplained seizures.

alcoholism.

All of the above are happening in my family. My immediate family. Not cousins. Not aunts. Not extended family. Those I hold close.

Many of the above diagnoses we found out in the past 23 days.

How does one hold these? How does one hold on to hope through all of these? How do I encourage my brothers? My sister-in-laws? My mother-in-law? My parents? My husband? My kids?

This is where I find myself. Needing to re-examine everything.

It can be extremely overwhelming if I let all thoughts run loosey-goosey. If I let emotions overtake all common sense.

I find the sliver of hope in Jesus and I have to cling to Him. He keeps me breathing through every diagnosis. Every doctor appointment. Every time I think, "how can things possibly get worse?" and they end up getting worse.

I continue to cling. It's the only choice.





Review of A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner

Nutshell: Little Pearl Spence makes the best of the life she has. She watches over her older sister, enjoys stories from her grandma and loves her family and the town she lives in. Despite living in a time where dust storms come and go, where food is rationed and seeing her best friend struggle, she lives life as best she can with what is thrown at her. Strangers come and go through the town, but she knows she is safe with her daddy being the sheriff. But one such stranger doesn't make her feel right. Follow Pearl as life as she knows it will change because of the dust, because of grief, because of this strange man.

Pro's: Another great book by Susie! You could feel the grit of dust in your mouth, on your hands, rubbing on your feet. Susie does a spectacular job reliving the Dust Bowl years that hit our country hard. She used fiction to give raw imagery to what life may have been like for those living through this horrific time. Her artwork of words sculpts this book in to one you will not want to put down.

Con's: None!

Recommendation: If you enjoy historical fiction, pick up this book to read today! Even if you just like a good book to read, this is it!!

Opinions expressed are my own.

Review of You're the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

Nutshell: A former NHL hockey player, Owen Christiansen, finds himself in Alaska, working on a crabbing boat as far from home as possible. His boss and second in command, Scotty McFlynn, keeps to herself with a locked up heart that no one can penetrate. Circumstances thrust the two in to a life threatening situation where raw emotions are exposed and revelations come to light. But the past crashes in when Owen's brother comes looking for him. Owen and Scotty find themselves back in Minnesota as the prodigal son returns after being "missing" for months. Walk with Owen and Scotty as they learn what it means to be a children of God and what faith looks like when life is throwing rocks at you.

Pro's: This is the last book in the Christiansen Series and the first one that I have read. It was actually easy to jump in to and understand despite not reading any of the previous books. I enjoyed the plot and the ease of how the book read.

Con's: Lots of romance for my taste. Could have toned it down some.

Recommendation: If you like romantic faith fiction, you will enjoy this book.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.