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The First Hostage by David Rosenberg

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This is the second book in a series and it continues where the first one ended. This continues the story of J.B. Collins who is a newspaper reporter, whose writings include information from the White House.  When the president goes missing, Collins is the one who will figure it out.  As the world is falling apart around them, Collins continues writing the stories that will keep everyone informed, as well as figure out where the president is.
      I had not read the first book, so I had to do some catching up to figure out what was going on, but was able to do so.  With everything that is going on in the world today, this book gives you a perspective of how things could be.  I like how Rosenberg ties things together so you can follow along, but still keep you guessing until the end.   A great recommendation for anyone who likes mysteries, politics, and thrillers.
     I received a copy of this book free from the publisher to review.

Imagine Heaven by John Burke

If you have questions about what Heaven will be like, this book will give you insight.  It was fascinating to see what different people had to say about what Heaven was like when they gave their accounts after near death experiences.  I  know the Bible gives us insight, but sometimes seeing what others thing is interesting as well.
     Most of the people interviewed has positive things to say even if they did not always correlate with the Bible.  Some could be due to their interpretation of what they saw, or having to put it into words of what they could relate to.
     I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher.

Unstoppable Gospel by Gregg Matte

This book is a great tool to show how you can take advantage of what is presented to you to expand the knowledge of the Gospel.  The author tells how others have taken advantage of various situations to get involved in their communities and share the Gospel.  He shows how it can be better acknowledged when it is in action instead of just told.  An excellent tool for those looking to make an impact in their church and community.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review.

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

I have really enjoyed reading this series of books set in Sanctuary.  Each one has been intriguing to read and kept you interested in what is going on.  Sophie goes to Sanctuary and pretends to be someone else.  She goes under the pretense of being related to someone who has just died in order to get accepted in the community to really look for an escaped prisoner. While there, she runs into someone who knew her in the past and has to work around that .  I liked how the people who knew her and of her deception were willing to still help her with her goal.  This was a book that kept me reading and wondering where it would lead next.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review.

More than Conquerors by William Hendriksen

This is a new publishing of a classic book.  They layout was easy to read and it was a book that was still inspirational after all this time.  I had heard passages from this book over time and decided it was time to see it in its entirety.  It is a book that is meant to be shared and used for inspiration for all.  It gives you a great set of help to use scriptures to understand what is going on in the world that is just as relevant today as it was 75 years ago.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review.



Amish Christmas at North Star by Various authors

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I enjoyed reading this set of stories by this group of authors.  I have read books by each of these authors and was pleased to see this compilation by them.  I enjoy reading about the Amish and how they live and interact with each other.  The story start out the the births of the four girls and then tells a story of each.

Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert tells the story of Chase and Elle.  Chase has traveled to Iowa to investigate the disappearance of an Amish baby and discovers Elle instead.

Mourning Star by Amanda Flower.  Amanda writes great mysteries and this one did not disappoint. Eden is investigating the death of her friend Isaac and has to sneak around some to do it since it is not the Amish way.  I loved seeing the clues and how it all came together and Eden is an interesting character.

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall.  I have read and enjoyed several of Cindy's books and liked this one that told of forgiveness and how Kore and Savilla were able to put the past aside to wo…

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

I have read many books by this author and have enjoyed each one.  This one was no exception.  I enjoy the opportunity to read books set in historical time periods where I can learn what life was like during that time, but still have a good story to read as well.  I seem to be able to better grasp what I am learning when it is placed in that setting.
     This book takes place during the Civil War.  It takes place in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  Having been to this area, I was able visualize the main character, Carrie Ann as she traveled along looking for her sister.
    I really enjoyed seeing how the story progressed between Carrie Ann and Colonel Collier.  While they had their differences, including her being a Southern girl and him a Union officer, they were still able to accomplish their goals.  Carrie Ann soon finds herself torn between her loyalties and has hard decisions to make.
     I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story especially one th…

Lightening by Bonnie S. Cahoun

This is an interesting book that is the second book in the series.  It is helpful, but not absolutely necessary to have read the first book or the novellas that are a part of the series.
     It tells the story of Selah and her re-connection with her real father and how this affects her previous family.  She is having issues with him as well as with her own body.  She is having trouble handling everything that is going on around her.
     This is a great book for those who like science fiction books and you will find yourself wanting to see what will happen next.
     I received this book free to review from the publisher.

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson

Katie and Brady seem like the perfect couple as they work at a bridal shop together, but she finds herself somewhat torn between Brady and her ex-boyfriend Casey.  Katie had to work at keeping up with everything that is going on at the store, getting ready for her grandmother's wedding, and trying to decide on a groom of her own.
     I liked how the author kept the story lighthearted and well as grounded.  Katie had some big decisions to make all the while having to continue keeping up with the rest of her life.  This is a fun story and while it can be read alone, it makes a great follow up to Every Bride Needs a Groom.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher free to review.

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

I love stories about travel and friendship.  Joy is taking a trip from Chicago to Phoenix in her RV.  She is leaving her home in Chicago and moving in to an assisted living center.  Her family expect her to fly, but she has other ideas.  Her friend Melanie decides to travel with her so she doesn't have to travel alone.
     I loved seeing the adventures that they got into along the way and all the interesting people that they meet.  I would love the chance to go on a trip like this with someone to keep me company and to do things with along the way.  This book was an easy read that kept you wanting to see what they would encounter next.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review.

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

A heartening tale of a couple who do not feel like celebrating and decorating for Christmas.  The wife is very depressed since all the children have left home and just can't find it in her to decorate.  The husband tries to help her out by bring up some of the more memorable handmade ornaments, but she keeps resiting.  What takes place to change things is a sacrifice on the husband's part.
     While I can sympathize with the wife, not wanting to just decorated for the two of them, I felt like she should have given in some when the husband want to help.  It can be hard to want to carry on traditions when you feel like the people you normally celebrate with are not around to celebrate with.
     I was given a copy of this book to read for free from the publisher.

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I enjoy reading books about the Amish and the Imposter did not disappoint.  This book tells the story of how Katrian Stoltzfus is working at starting over after her world gets turned upside down.  She finds herself in a new town and away from the one she thought she would marry.  I liked how she didn't let circumstances get her down and jumps at an opportunity presented to her by a woman in her new community.   She also finds herself considering the feelings of Andy who also works for the woman.
      When a series of events start to shake the town of Stoney Ridge, she finds herself having to sort out many things and having to turn to God to get through it all.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.


A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Faith finds herself unhappy with her life.  In her work she exposes much about others and wants her life to be different.  Unfortunately her husbands family is a bit more involved in her life than she wants.  She finds herself torn as to how to handle this invasion of privacy to the point of wanting to walk away from it all.
     I liked seeing how Faith was able to see beyond the present and really look to the future to see what she should really do.  I think that everyone would do good to really think things through before acting on them, but also people should think before they get into the business of others as well.
    I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Murder at the Courthouse by Ann Gabhart

This is a new author for me and I liked her style.  The book was a page turner and kept me reading to find out what would happen next.  The sleepy town of Hidden Springs, Kentucky is like any other small town until a series of murders occur.  Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane finds himself trying to figure out what is going on.
      I liked how the he did his best to take into consideration the theories that were presented to him no matter how far fetched and still managed to do his job of solving the murders.  This is an author that I will look for more mysteries from to keep me guessing.
     I received this book free to review from the publisher.




Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

I really enjoy this author and love it when a new book comes out.  Streams of Mercy is the third book in the Song of Blessing Series. It catches you up on the characters from the previous books and introduces new characters as well.  The town of Blessing is growing and needing new citizens to help with the growing town.
     This book introduces Anji who comes over for a new start.  While in Blessing, she finds herself drawn in to the happenings of the town.  She also finds herself drawn to two different suitors.
    I really enjoyed catching up with new characters as well as finding out how the town in growing.
    I received this book free to read and review from the publisher.

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

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Deadlock is the third book in the FBI:Houston Series.  It tells the story of Agents Bethany Sanchez and Thatcher Graves as they go after a perceived serial killer.  Along the way Bethany has to not only deal with the cases they are working, but with family issues as well.  These issues wind up causing problems not only in her personal life, but begin to affect her professional one as well.
     I liked seeing how the two agents were able to work together despite the fact that their pasts could come back to haunt them.  They are able to put personal differences and methods of working aside to work at solving the case.  Even when things are not as they seem, I like the way that they interact.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher free to review.

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When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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This final book in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy was great.  While I hate to see the series end, I loved getting to find out what happened to some of the characters, as well as get to know others.  The story of Suzanne, Alexa, and Paul is one for all to read with the hope of restoration and second chances.  The dealings of the Amish community always fascinate me as to how some things are forgivable and others take healing over time.
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Keep Moving about Dick Van Dyke

I really enjoyed getting to read this book.  I have enjoyed watching him perform and this gave me insight into some of the shows he did.  It also gives you an understanding into him as a person and lets you see him as a person and actor.

Vendetta by Lisa Harris

A great start to a series that will leave you wanting more. I liked the twists in the book as Nikki takes on a case that is close to home.  She finds herself having to not only concentrate on her job, but on her own safety as well.  Nikki finds too many coincidences with evidence found at a new case and her missing sister from ten years ago.  As she works to solve one, she has to be careful in finding evidence of the other.
    This is a great book and I look forward to more in this new series.
    I received this book free to review from the publisher.

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

An interesting story of family and understanding.  I really enjoyed learning about the characters and what made them as they were.  Three sisters have been living in the family farmhouse, but when their father dies and leaves it to their brother, they must make other plans.  The brother does not feel like the sisters will be useful and wants all but one gone.  When the youngest leaves altogether, this cause problems as it seems that she has left the Amish faith.
     I liked seeing the family dynamics and how the did not just accept how things were, but worked for what they believed in.
     I received this book free to review from the publisher.

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

I enjoyed this story of Eliza's journey and having to face her past along with her future.  She is faced with going to the land and memories of her past to progress to her future.  She does not want to leave all she really knows and does not want to leave her memories behind.  She comes across a journal that helps her with this journey.
     I would find it hard to leave especially during the time of this story.
     I received a copy of this book free to review from the publisher.

God Gave Us Sleep by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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I really enjoy reading this series of books and look forward to seeing what comes out next.  The pictures are enchanting and they really enhance the story.  It makes a great bedtime story and is great for young readers.  The story of the little bear is fun to read and I would recommend it for all ages.
More from the author can be found at.http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=2093.
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Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong

This book takes us back to Last Chance where Dr. Jessica McLeod has opened up a family practice.  She finds herself intrigued by the goings on of Last Chance, including an obsession with football.  She herself doesn't like it and tends to stick to a routine.  She isn't immediately accepted by the people of Last Chance and finds herself working on that.
     I enjoyed this next installment of the Last Chance series and was glad to have a copy to review from the publisher.  I have enjoyed reading this author and while each story reintroduces you to previous characters, they all can stand alone.

Murder, Plainly Read: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery by Isabella Alan

I really enjoyed the next book in the Quilt Shop Mysteries and finding out what Angie was up to next.  Angie finds herself in charge of the town's book rummage sale after the person who was in charge gets hurt.  It is decided that they will use the bookmobile to help with the sale, but that soon turns out to not be an option when Bishop Belier is found dead on the bookmobile and the driver of the bookmobile is found standing over him.  Angie soon finds herself not only having to figure out how to still have the sale, but also having to clear her friend's name in the murder.
     I love the characters in this series especially Angie's bulldog Oliver.  It amuses me how he is treated and how he does not like birds, but is great friends with a goat named Petunia.  Petunia is another great character and I would love to borrow her to do some lawn service at my house.
     I highly recommend this book and series.
     I received a copy of this book from the author to read a…

Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

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A good read that helps to understand the ties between the Amish and the English.  This book gives the story of the interaction between Quill who had left the Amish faith and Ariana who hasn't forgiven him for leaving.  She is wanting to open a cafe for those who are Amish to work at.  She wants them to be able to work there without having to leave the faith.  Quill is ok with this, but his main goal is to keep her from getting hurt.
     I enjoyed this book and look forward to getting to know the characters better in other books.  More from the author can be found at www.cindywoodsmall.com.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

Sophie realizes that she will have to take a chance when the war is over by marrying her neighbor.  She doesn't have a lot and  General Seamus Ogilvy needs someone to help out at his plantation.  She becomes the mistress of the plantation and helps to raise his daughter.  All seems to be coming together when a woman from the General's past comes back into his life.  Sophie has to learn who and how to trust to make it all work out.     I enjoy historical books and learning how the people of the time period acted and what it was like living after the Civil War.  I liked learning of the duties of a plantation mistress and liked seeing how Sophie was able to make things turn out for the best.     I received this book free from the publisher to review.     I enjoy historical books and learning how the people of the time period acted and what it was like living after the Civil War.  I liked learning of the duties of a plantation mistress and liked seeing how Sophie was able to make …

The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate

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This tells the story of Whitney Monroe who wants to save her business and when she inherits a hotel she thinks she might have found just the ticket.  She finds out that things are not going to go as she hopes in working with the hotel and its residents.  She finds new hope when she finds some items at the hotel that help her to understand what it was like during its heyday and insight into the former owner.
     I really liked the backstory in the letters that Whitney found. It is always enjoyable to find out historical facts intertwined within a story.  The information about the WPA and Federal Works project was enjoyable as I like finding out that places I visit today were created or upgraded during that era.  You can usually pick them out by the way they look.  I also love books set at the Outer Banks and enjoy picking out places in the book that I have traveled to.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.  More from the author can be found at http://www.li…

Murder Freshly Baked by Vanetta Chapman

I love this series by Vannetta Chapman and am hoping for more.  While this book can be read alone, it will leave you wanting to go back and read the others in the series.  I love getting to know the characters of the village and how Amber seems to find herself caught up in more that she wants to in the village.  She had finally gotten settled down, but can't seem to stay away from stumbling across mysteries and murders.  I enjoyed the twists in the plot and seeing the Amish act a bit different than expected.

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

An interesting tale set during World War 2.   The characters in the book are caught up in working for what they believe in as well as keeping up appearances.  Grace is doing all she can for the cause out of love for her brother as well as a belief in the cause.  Jack is not as he seems, acting one way and in truth believing another.
     I liked seeing how the main characters come to understand each other and come to realize just who they really are and what they believe in.  I like books set in a historical setting as they let me see how things were during this time as well as giving insight into the people of the time as well.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review.

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

A great historical fiction that takes place at the start of the American entry to World War 2.  This is a story of intrigue with a bit of romance.  Mary and Jim must work together to figure out who is committing sabotage on the USS Atwood.  I liked how the book kept you guessing as to what was going on and who all was involved.  The characters are engaging and I liked seeing how they evolved to become the people they are to get the job done.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.





Trial Run By Thomas Locke

A great book for those who like suspenseful thrillers.  It gives you some ideas to ponder at the start of the book and then as the book progresses, it fills you into a deeper understanding of those ideas.  I am not usually a fan of this type of book ,but decided to give it a chance.  It kept me reading to see how things would turn out.  So for all those sci-fi, thriller fans out there, I would give it a chance.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson

I have enjoyed reading stories from this author for several years and love it when what she writes is a part of a series.  Refining Fire is part of the Seattle Brides Series and is a great read.  It gives you insight into not only what it is like for her characters, but what Seattle was like during the time frame.
     Militine is attending the Madison Bridal School, not to become a bride, but to escape from her past.  She finds herself learning to trust with the help of her friends Abrinna and Wade as well as with help from Thane who is seeking answers himself.  Each learn to work together and trust God to make it all work out.
More from the author can be found at http://www.traciepeterson.com/

I received a copy of the book free to review from the publisher.

Dust and Obey by Christy Barritt

I liked seeing Gabby and Riley working together and working on working out things out. They find themselves helping out a friend at a marriage retreat for couples and soon find themselves more deeply involved than they planned. Also as they act as a couple, they find themselves figuring out why they are no longer a couple. Also while gone they get a call from Sierra and Chad about the baby. I really enjoy this series of books and find myself reading them in one session. I can't wait to see what is in store next.

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

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I enjoyed getting a chance to read this book. I had read and enjoyed  other books by this author and this one did not disappoint.  I was not very familiar beyond the basics of this time period and learned much not only about the characters, but what was going on in the world as well.  This book enlightened me to the practices of the day as well as the relationship between the characters.   This book really shows what it was like during this time and has given me things to think about and ponder about this time in history and how everything came together.
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Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Tracy is working hard at her family's cranberry farm, while still working as an accountant and helping out with the helping hands organization.  Michael has taken a leave from his job that also helps people.  He travels to the town that his now deceased wife loved.  While there a series of events gets Tracy and Michael working together and soon falling for each other.
     I liked seeing how everything came together in this book, from Michael taking time off, to his finding a place to live, to having time to help out in the community.  I like how the town helps each other out and comes together to help out.   This is a great read and one that gives you hope in others.
     I received a copy of this book to read for review from the publisher.

Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

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Livy observes a street boy acting as a  pickpocket.  She realizes what he is doing since she used to be one herself.  She now runs an orphanage to help others who are like she was and goes after the boy.   Jake Russell is a sheriff's deputy who meets Livy while going after a thief.  He doesn't feel like he has time to spend on a romance, but still feels drawn to Livy.  
     I like reading historical fiction and this one was a good read.  I liked seeing how Livy not only worked at turning her own life around, but wanted to do the same for others.  By being in the same situation, she could identify with those she helped.  
     More from the author can be found here http://www.pamhillman.com/
     I received a copy of this book free to review from the publisher.

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

An interesting look at history and friendships.  Heather is a princess whose life is changed during her wedding feast.  After finding herself kidnapped and then left in the wilderness, she finally finds herself with friends and trying to get on with her life.  She meets many during this time including the one show helped her to get home from the wilderness.
     I liked seeing how the friendships and more played out in this book.  It was well written and it also gave you a taste of what life was like during this time period.
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Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

I enjoyed reading this book and love the devotion that Kate is willing to show for her friend even when it leads to unexpected happenings.  Kate agrees to take care of her friend's son when she passes away, while Kate had been helping them out all along, she finds it more complicated to take care on him on her own.  I liked seeing how Kate was able to stay true to her calling and do what it took to keep her promise.  I am not sure I would be able to do so even to a lesser extreme than she went to.  I would recommend this book and the others in the series as well.  While this book is part of a series, you don't have to have read the others to understand this book.
     I received this book free to review.

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

This book is a story of dreams and trying to follow them.  Brianna and Colleen are sisters who are trying to follow the desires and wants of their father, while still holding onto what they want as well.  Their father wants them to marry well to keep the farm going.  While they want to do what their father wants, they also have plans of their own.  While Colleen is okay with getting married, she wants to choose someone suited to her weather it is who her father wants, while Brianna is more interested in learning than love.
     I liked how the sisters were able to come to understandings with their father even if it wasn't what everyone wanted all around.
     I received this book free to review.

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley

A suspenseful tale that will keep you turning the pages.  The story starts out looking for a one missing woman and winds up linking other incidents to the missing girl.  Alex and Livy wind up working together to find the missing girl as look for links to Livy's missing cousin as well.  There were many times I thought I had the plot figured out only to find another twist.  I enjoyed reading this book and always love a good plot twist
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

I liked this story of finding oneself and being able to see beyond what you want to the needs of others.  I liked how Carmen was able to get beyond her "perfect life to help the life of another.  She was able to go beyond her needs to help out her sister.  She had to work beyond the fact that while she wanted to help herself out to get a better life, she could do that while helping out another.
More from the author at http://katieganshert.com/
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Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

A great book that combines elements of what I love to read about lighthouses and history.  Caroline has taken on the job of the lighthouse keeper and is doing a great job even though she knows she won't have the job for long.  When Ryan comes in to take the job from her, she must learn how to give in without giving up.
     I enjoyed learning about how Ryan and Caroline were able to help each other out with they both needed.  Caroline was needed to keep the house running right and Ryan had to admit he needed the help that Caroline could give him.  I liked seeing how they worked out the details and how Caroline didn't give up.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

The Innocent by Ann Gabhart

I always like learning about history mixed in with a good story.  The Innocent tells the story of Carlyn and her struggle with learning what happened with her husband.  The story integrates elements of the Civil War and the Shaker community.  Carlyn goes to live with within the Shaker community, but still keeps ties with those outside of the community.  I liked seeing how Carlyn was able to see what needed to happen to make her life what it needed to be.  An interesting book that not only gives you insight to historical lives, but a good mystery as well.
     I received this book free to review.

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Kate must work to find the secret of the plants that she is working for no matter what the cost.  She is working at keeping the fact that she has some of the plants a secret, but that secret becomes threatened when a co-worker comes over to  help her paint.  An accident forces Kate to move in with Patti and she finds even more secrets and more things to threaten the one thing that she wants most.
     I liked how Kate was able to work around and with the obstacles that kept coming her way.  She was able to persevere and handle what came her way no matter the cost.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis

Nikki is trying to prove that she can handle being a private investigator and goes to New Orleans to try to join her cousin in his practice.  Her cousin has just taken on a job defending his friend Hunter against murder.  When something happens to prevent her cousin from continuing the job, Nikki finds herself taking on the full responsibility of trying to clear Hunter's name.  She finds herself not only having to contend with working around with whoever is trying to frame Hunter, but finds herself on the wrong side of one of Hunter's friends.  As time progresses, Nikki finds herself more drawn to Hunter, but realizes that she is nowhere near in his league.
     I liked seeing how Nikki worked to prove herself no matter what came her way and how she was able to get out of the predicaments that seemed to keep coming her way.  She was able to deal with whatever was thrown her way and came out on top.
     I received this book free to review.

Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt

Another great book by Christy Barritt.  I enjoy getting to see the next book in a series and finding out what Holly has been up to was great.  Holly has decided to start living again and this included having and keeping a boyfriend in the form of Chase.  She is working for her brother and all seems to be going well.
     Then she gets a message to break up of bad things will happen.  She tries to resist, but when she finds out the sender of the message is not playing games, she soon finds herself following the directions.  I have to say that I did not see the ending coming that went with the book.  It was definitely unexpected and a real twist.  This is what I like about Christy's books is that you need to expect the unexpected.
     I received this book free to review from the author.

Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore

I like a good suspenseful book that I can feel myself getting drawn into.  This book did that.  I could feel like I was a part of the book and was there when the scenes were taking place.  I can also relate to feeling like things are personal and wanting to put more into it for that reason.
     Drawing fire tells the story of Abby and Luke.  Abby is determined to find a serial killer and does so with the help of  Luke.  I could really feel the attraction between the two and look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.  I liked seeing how they were able to work together, but still do what needed to be done.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Reservations for Two by Hillary Lodge

A great story linking past and present as Juliette searches for answers about her family's past.  She takes a trip through time and geography to find out more about her grandmother.  While there she meets Neil.  They search together and find themselves drawn closer together.
     I liked how Juliette was finding out more about her family.  I is always interesting to find out stories from the past and even more getting to see where they took place.

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Centralia by Mike Dellosso

I like to try different types of thrillers at times.  They make you not only think what is going to happen, but make you work hard at thinking what is going on.  The twists and turns in this book kept me wondering what would happen next as well as trying to figure out things ahead of time.  I had to work hard to not look ahead to see what would happen.
     Centralia is the story of Peter Ryan and his quest to find out what really happened to his family.  He realizes that things are not what he had been told and works to find out the truth.  He realizes that he must work had to decide who to trust and who to be careful around.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller.

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

This is a good story about a small town girl moving to the big city.  Anna must work at reinventing herself and moves to do so.  While there she meets up with an old friend and reconnects.  I liked seeing how Anna adjusted to this new situation and am not sure how I would react moving to such a big city.  I like small town living.
     I received this book free to review from the publisher.

A Love like Ours by Becky Wade

This is a wonderful story of learning to overcome and to live again.  Jack and Lyndie reconnect as adults and she works to help him  overcome some issues that he has.  I liked seeing how they learned to work together to overcome the obstacles and how it worked out.  I liked seeing how Lyndie was able to keep persevering even when things got tough.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson

I enjoyed this tale of coming home and trying to please others.  Elizabeth  comes home to find things are not as she expected or wanted.  She has a hard time fitting in at her home and feels torn between deciding to choose someone she wants or someone her father wants.  I liked how Elizabeth comes to terms on her own and learns how to be the person she want to be.
     I received this book free to review.

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

I love how the Gregory Sisters and their aunt are not afraid to do things that are not the social norm of the day.  They are willing to go and do what they want to do and show that they can do it just as well as their male counterpart.  In this latest book Tessa finds a job that she wants to do and wants to stick to.  She winds up working with Reese at Como park so that she can put her horticulture degree.  In working together, Reese finds himself drawn to Tessa not only for her ability to work with plants, but for her gogettedness.

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Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

As I started this book, I hoped that it would continue the story started in At Bluebonnet Lane and I was not disappointed.  While you don't have to have read the first book to love the second one, they are both enjoyable.  I liked how the author focused on two of the characters and how their relationship progressed, but also had a second story going about the romance of two more characters.  I liked that I won't have to wait to see how things are starting.
     The author tackles issues that couples can have when trying to get to know each other and how being honest can help them to work out those issues.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

Maggie finds herself doing more than her job when she goes undercover and Arizona.  She poses as a mail-order bride so she can get closer to the suspect, but soon finds herself falling not only for his family, but him as well.  She realizes that she has to figure out what is really going on before she finds herself too involved.
     I really liked how Maggie was able to stick to what she believed in and her job, but was able too, to realize that things aren't always what they seem to be.  She was able to look beyond the obvious and follow her instincts.
     I received a copy of this book free to review.

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

Another great mystery in the Hidden Identity series.  I have enjoyed the first two books in this series and this book was worth waiting for.  While you don't have to have read the first two, it was nice to follow up on some of the previous characters.  Jackie finds herself in an unusual position of believing in her childhood friend Ian.  They have to evade begin noticed as they work to clear his name.
     They work together to evade those who wand Ian dead for what he knows and trying to keep him free long enough to figure out what is really going on.  I didn't see the ending coming and has to work hard to not turn ahead to find out how it would all come out.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman

On Shifting Sand is an unusual book in how the main character must work through things that her family, her husband, a stranger,  and her teachings tell her.  I would find it confusing if I didn't really understand what was going on if I had so many different people telling me how I should act.  I wouldn't know how to feel if I were told that  things that were truly out of my control were my fault. I would have to find someone I could trust and talk to to help me sort things out.
     Nola finds herself torn as  a preacher's wife between how she thought it would be and how it is.  She didn't truly realize how hard it would be to be a preacher's wife and it doesn't help that her family is not giving her total support.

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Author of On Shifting Sand
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Finding Me by Katherine Cushman

Finding Me is a story of courage as Kelli finds the truth about who she is and what has happened to get to this point.  She has always heard the story growing up about what happened to the rest of her family, but now that her father is dead, she finds out that things are not what they seem to be.
     I would find it hard to have my life turned upside down as Kelli did and applaud her courage in going ahead to find the truth.  This book was one that will keep you reading just to find out the next twist.
     I received this book free to review.

A Harvest of Home by Lauraine Snelling

I have greatly enjoyed this series of books and following the Knutson family and how the have helped to grow the town of Blessing.  Miriam has come back to complete her nursing training and to see what else is in store for her here.  She finds herself torn between her family back in Chicago and this new life and possible new romance in Blessing.  She realizes how much better it is in Blessing, but still feels torn.
     She finds herself growing as both a person and nurse as she finds herself taking on more responsibilities.  I have enjoyed watching her grow as both a person and nurse and can't wait to see where her journey takes her next.
     I received this book free to review.

When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I enjoyed this book about Alexa and how she has come to try to start anew in Arborville, Kansas.  She has to work hard to be accepted by the Mennonites there and it is made even harder by a misconception.
     Things become even harder with the addition of her cousin and a reporter.   She finds herself having to deal with things that she never dreamed of.  She has to learn to trust in God and in others to make it all work out.
     More about the book can be found here  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=221710 and about the author here http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648

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I became introduced to this series though a set of emails where the writer introduced a book and its author and gave you a sneak peek into the story.  This set caught my attention even more as it was about a pet sitter who lives in the Florida Keys.  While I would not like getting up as early as Dixie does or the trouble she seems to find, I wouldn't mind the napping midday part.
     I was saddened to hear though the same set of emails that the author had passed away.  I didn't know what I would do with out my yearly fix of Dixie, but was excited to hear that her son was carrying on in her stead and he hasn't disappointed.
      In the latest tale, Dixie finds herself again tied up in a mystery that she cannot explain.  It all starts out innocently as she goes to a client's house to feed their cat and while checking around to make sure that the cat hasn't been up to mischief, she finds herself knocked out and wondering what happened.  When she tries to figure…

Double Cross by Diann Mills

This book is full of twists and turns as it carries you through the life of Agent Laurel Evertson.  She does not feel like she is worth much, so she does things undercover that she does not always feel comfortable with.  Because of her passion for the elderly, she is willing to go back undercover and back to the one person who betrayed her in the first place.  While doing this , she meets Officer Daniel Hilton.  She finds herself drawn to him even though he is the opposite of her in every way.       I really enjoyed reading this book and was blown away as to how Laurel was able to go back and forth between the person she wanted to be and the person she felt she had to be.  I don't think that I could put myself in that kind of situation and feel comfortable with it.  It surprised me to see though that she did have problems the second time around even though her overall convictions had not changed.      I have enjoyed this series and look forward to more. oBook cover image oBook…

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

An enjoyable book that I liked reading.  I liked seeing how things did not go exactly as planned for Katie, but how things turned out for the better.  Katie felt that she knew exactly how her life was going to go from an early age, but a change of events made her realize different.
     This is a lighthearted book that still leaves you thinking.  While we got the see the fun that Katie got herself into and out of, we also go to see how she was able to get through it all.
     I received this book free to review from the publisher.

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

A great story to end a great series.  The Restoration series has been a great set of book about hope and redemption.  This last book is one that is great to read to finish the series, but not necessary to enjoy.  I have read one of the other books and still could follow and understand this one without having read them all.
     This is a great book to read to gain advice on living and working together as a family.  The story of Doug and his interactions with his family give advice to take to heart when dealing with other and enduring life's ups and downs.
     I received this book free to review.

The Creole Princess by Beth White

A wonderfully well researched book that gave not only a good story of Lyse, but also gave insight as to what Mobile, AL was like during the time of the American Revolution.  I was intrigued to learn about the culture of the time and some history as well.
     The characters had to learn who to trust and what to trust in as there were so many changes going on.  I would recommend reading this book if you like a tale of intrigue as well as learning a bit of history as well.
     I received this book free to review.

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

I enjoyed this suspenseful tale by Hannon.  It was one that will keep you guessing who is behind it all and why.  I liked the interaction between the characters and how well they wound up working together.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Desperate Measures by Christy Barritt

This was an enjoyable book about learning how to trust again. Samantha is not sure who to trust after she realizes what her husband had done and feels like she needs to be constantly on the run.  She finally realize that she has to stop running when she meets John and begins to work with him in restoring some cabins he owns.  He realizes that she is not being open with him, and soon learns the truth.  As they work together a trust begins to form, but after Samantha finds her life and her son's life in danger again she finds herself wanting to run again.
     I received this book free from the author to review.

Hidden Agenda by Christy Barritt

This is a book that I had to work hard to not skip ahead to see how things turn out.  Right from the start you find yourself wondering what will happen next and who will be involved.  It was interesting to see who to trust and who was not who they seemed to be.
     Bailey was wrapping up her duties as a nurse for Ed's father when a storm delays her departure.  It is further delayed by a series of events that she tries at first to handle on her own, but soon realizes that she need help, but is not sure who to trust.
     I had read the first book in  this series, so while it was nice to get an update on a few characters,  it is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one.
     I received this book for free to review from the author.

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I really enjoyed a chance to read this book and learn more about this time period.  I have a hard time understanding the grief that Reginald went through that would allow him to rationalize making the switch of the babies, but I do understand wanting something to hope for.      I enjoyed seeing how things played out and and the interactions between the military and the Oneida tribe. It was interesting how things came together even when circumstances didn't seem to allow for it.      More from the author can be found here http://loribenton.blogspot.com/  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

The Healer's Touch by Lori Copeland

I was intrigued by the types of knowledge that the main character had in being able to work with others and to help others out. She was willing to help the "outlaw" that wound up at her house and learned how to trust and get the help she needed. She was able to do this even though she did not get the trust she should have gotten from the community.

Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke

I loved seeing the continuation of this book and finding out what happened next to the characters.  I would find it hard to make the decisions that Beth had to make and being able to stand up to my family with my decisions.  Her family was interesting to learn more about since they were mainly mentioned in the first book.  While this is book two, you don't have to have read the first one to follow along
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Finding Love in Tombstone Arizona by Miralee Ferrell

I really enjoy reading books set in the old west and finding out how it was living back then especially for a woman.   Christy Grey finds herself back in the town she thought she had left for good to help out her family.  I cannot imagine how adventitious it would be to leave for a new life and travel during this time as she did. and then to get held up and shot along the way would have been both exciting and terrifying.
Once she makes it back to town she had to deal with her family who is not surviving the west as good as she it.  She has to make some hard decisions when she realizes her family needs more than she can give.  She also has to make a decision about Nevada King.  She finds herself liking the man, but also torn when she realizes where she knows him from.
I would recommend reading this book and others from this time period.
I received this book free from the author to review.

Monstrously Funny Cartoons by Christopher Hart

A cute book that has some funny cartoons and insight as to how to create them.  I loved reading the cartoons and while I can't draw, it was still interesting to see the techniques used.  A good book to have an look back at for a good read.
http://www.randomhouse.com/author/74446/christopher-hart  More from the author can be found here.

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

A great book set in the west.   I liked how Patience managed to make a go of things herself and find a way to make things work by getting her boarding house going and coming up with ways to make it better while figuring ways to make additional money.  I also liked how she was able to trust and forgive when she realized the truth about circumstances about Jedediah's background.   I liked the story and the twists and turns and seeing how it was during this time of history.
I received this book free to review.




The Last Target by Christy Barritt

This is a great book with many twists and turns.  It tells the story of a woman who finds herself and her son needing protection as they find themselves on a hit list and that protection is provided by a former navy Seal.  I liked how she has the characters interacting and depending on things they normally would not to survive.  It is a great book that will leave you wanting more, which you will be able to find in the author's other Love Inspired books.
I received this book free to review from the author.

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

This is a thought provoking story of Rahab.  It takes elements from the Bible telling her story and weaves them with the back story that the author puts together.  It really gives insight as to what it was like living in that time period and what might have led to her lifestyle.  It is a good story of redemption and I liked how the story from the Bible is there to back up what was written.  I felt like the author put much research into this story so she could tell it in a way that would keep the reader's attention.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

The A to Z Guide to Bible Signs and Symbols by Nancy Ryken Taylor and Neil Wilson

This is a handy book to use in preparation for a Bible study or class, or when just enhancing your own knowledge.  It is useful when reading to help with understanding and to enhance what you are reading with additional knowledge.  I liked the explanation and background knowledge that led to the book and knowing the perspective it was written from.  I also liked how it connected things that you might not have otherwise made the connection to.
This is a good book to help supplement your understanding.
I received this book free from the publisher to review.

50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha

This is a great collection of stories that give inspiration and knowledge to the reader.  I liked how the author was able to get the story across in short snippets that allow you to find out about the person and know what they stand for.  It allows you the time to spend a few moments each day reading and enriching your life.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to be inspired and enhance their life.

I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

I enjoyed this book and the stories within.  It was a great story of giving a second chance and how to deal when things don't go exactly how you expected.  It is a story of trust and learning to listen even when you don't want to.  This is a second book in the Texas Gold series, but easy to follow even if it were not part of a series.
I  liked seeing how Dr. Ryan dealt with the thing that didn't go as she expected and how she turned to others who were best equipped to help her out even if she didn't want to.
I received this book free to review from the publisher.

A Letter to my Cat by Lisa Erspamer

I loved going through this book and seeing all the wonderful cat pictures.  I have a cat myself and could relate to may of the letters that were written.  It was a great book to read in sections as it was several different pictures and letters, so it was something I could read and take care of something else and come back to easily.
Recommended for any pet lover or anyone that just loves a good set of stories.  More from the author can be found at http://www.randomhouse.com/author/187089/lisa-erspamer


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At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstong

Last Chance is a town where everyone seems to get a second chance and that is what happens with Kaitlyn and Steven.  Kaitlyn is trying to prove that she has really changed and deserves to have a part in her daughter's live.  Steven has come back and wants to do something different in his life than what everyone expects him to.
     I liked how the issues of trust and understanding were addressed in this book.  I allowed the characters to start believing in themselves and allowed their friends and family to see that they were really making an effort.  This was a great end to a touching series.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta

I really enjoyed the chance to read the third book in the Price of Privilege Trilogy.  This book really enhanced what I had read in the other books, but would be just as great if you hadn't read the others.  I had to work hard not to turn ahead to find out what was coming next as this book was one that really kept you on your toes.  I highly recommend this book, but warn you might want to make sure you have a good enough amount of time to read as you won't want to put it down.
     Julia finally knows what is hers and decided to not let Chance Macy take it away from her.  This proves harder than she wants as scandal breaks loose and gets tired in the courts.  Julia has to work through the deceit and lies to prove what is hers and what is right.    
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.




Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

I greatly enjoyed book three in the Southern Crimes books and went back and picked up book one to read as well.  ( I had already read book 2).  I liked finding out how the mystery of what really happened with Michael finally gets resolved, but I didn't feel like I was missing something by not having read all the books.  I also liked reading about settings that I was somewhat familiar from having visited that area of Georgia.
      Michael Hunt finds himself on the run after escaping death again and this time he doesn't fully know who is helping him, or who he can really trust.  He finds himself on the radar again while trying to escape and his family and friends find out that he is still alive.  This book has many twists and turns in it that will keep you wondering who to trust and how everything will work out.  I also liked getting an update on characters from other books.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story with twists and turns.
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Get Wise: Make Great Decisions Everyday by Bob Merritt

This was an interesting book that gives insight into decision making.  It gives you Biblical background and helpful information to use in your learning and directing you with good guidance.  It would make a great study tool as it has questions that could be used in a group setting with a book club or study group.
     This book gives information that can be put to immediate use as it is written in a way that is  easy to read , understand, and apply.
     I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Gabriel's Atonement by Vickie Mcdonough

This is a great book that gives you a historical view of the Oklahoma land rush through the eyes of Gabe and Lara.  Gabe finds himself drawn to Lara after an encounter with her now deceased husband. He feels that he needs to do what he can to make things right.  Lara doesn't feel the same way, but soon realizes that she needs all the help she can get and accepts Gabe's help.
     I liked seeing how the two main characters came to accept each other and work together towards a common goal.  This book made me feel a part of the rush as well as wanting to know how things were going to turn out.  I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good historical read.
     I received this book free from the author to review.

Furry Logic by Jane Seabrook

A cute book with great illustrations that will keep you chuckling as you read.  I loved the quotes that were attributed to the animals in this book and the illustrations that accompany them.  A book that you will enjoy reading and sharing with friends.  I felt myself nodding when I read some of the quotes and thinking how the author nailed it.

More from the author.  http://www.randomhouse.com/author/104978/jane-seabrook
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Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Emma is just trying to make the best of a bad situation when she agrees to marry Patrick the lighthouse keeper.  She finds herself enchanted with his son and believes that she can make the best of it as a lighthouse keeper's wife, especially if she can ease into it.  Her brother is furious when he finds out what she has done, but she trusts that she has made the right decision.
     I liked how Emma learns to stand and make it for herself.  She was able to take what could have been a bad situation and make it work for the best.  I liked her courage and enjoy learning about lighthouses.

I received this book free from the publisher to review.

Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

I have enjoyed other books by this author and this one did not disappoint.  I like how it expands on a character from a previous book, but still allows you to enjoy the story even if you haven't read the other books.  It allows you to understand what is going on and gives you further insight into the characters.  It was interesting to see how the main character was able to step out from what was expected from her and how she was able to interact in a world different from what she grew up in.
     Each person in the book has to learn what is expected of them and how their lives are going to interact.  The have to step out to find out what they really want and how to achieve it.  They learn to put their trust in each other as well as God to figure out what needs to happen even if it is not what they or everyone else might expect.  This was a good book to read in a couple of sittings.  It took a bit to get going, but is enjoyable and recommended.

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