Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Secrets CAN Change Lives!!

"A Promise To Protect"

By Patricia Bradley

The suspense genre is one of my favorites, I must admit! But this particular author, Patricia Bradley, is one who writes books that I especially enjoy .  Her ability to grab one's attention on the first page and maintain it to the ending, makes for a fantastic read!

"A Promise To Protect" is a story of betrayal and love, threats are made, lives are taken. A deep desire for revenge is wound throughout the plot.  The reader can feel the danger.  However, throughout, there is a sense of  faith and love , how God can deal with our problems, if only we allow Him to take control.

Chapter One :"Tony Jackson shouldn't be dying in a ritzy hotel room in downtown Memphis on a hot July night."  Now, who could ever put this book down, without reading to find out who Tony is, why is there, and what will take place next????? NOT I!! I was caught up in this confusing tale of intrigue, never quite able to figure out who the killer was or the implications that were in store for the main character, Leigh  Somerall.  Acting Sheriff, Ben Logan hadn't heard from Leigh in a very long time. After a long ago romance with her, although no contact has been made, Ben still has feelings for her, even after ten years. When she calls him out of the blue, it strikes him as very  strange. The request is made that he protect her brother, Tony. However, before Ben can get his head around this , he is challenged with a totally different job- protecting Leigh from the mysterious people who were after her brother. Leigh certainly attempts to avoid  Ben, but it is not easy. There is a secret that she has been hiding, one that may just change their lives forever.

The plot is fast paced, increasing in tension at a remarkable speed. It begins as a cliffhanger and manages to easily keep you on edge to the very satisfying end. Along  the way, there are continual twists and turns, complete surprises that keep the reader glued to the page. Not once, did I have the answers to this mystery, before another even would hit and shock me!

Patricia has well developed characters, realistic, who could easily be your friends next door. Leigh and her young son become part of you. You feel their fears, confusion and yes, their terror as well. There are mysterious assailants who shock the life out of you along the way. Throughout, you are faced with the importance of trust and faith  and the complications and devastations that secrets can cause . The thread of faith is continuous. God has answers for us, perhaps not what we desire but He knows what is best for us, if only we will pass over the reins of our lives.

This book is the second book that Patricia has written. ""Shadows of the Past", the first, which by the way is equally good, has some of the same characters, however, you could easily read this as a stand alone.

I will definitely be looking for more by this author. A five star book!!

This book was supplied by Revell in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Debora Coty Writes Another Winning Self Help Book for Women!

About the book: In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you'll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you're struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave---the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

  "Too Loved To Be Stressed"' by Debora Coty, is another invaluable resource.for ALL women. No one can express the ways to help oneself as well as this talented author, in her own unique, humorous style, while still getting right to the point of problems and how we can successfully deal with them. The way the world views females is NOT the way God looks at us. Debora makes this very clear. Our success is too often dependent on looks, behavior and talents! This only leads us to fear that we will never be accepted by others. We may even attempt to outdo others and as a result , think of our God as one who judges unfairly, is ruthless and stern, when this is not even close to the truth!!  At some times in life, all of us have felt lost in our journey, some of us more than others. Hopelessness overcomes and it is felt that the battle is lost. This is not what Papa God, as Debora refers to our loving Father, desires or ever has in His plans for us.

Debora gives us easy, practical things to do in our daily lives to improve and enhance our lives. I love the simple follow up to each chapter. After giving us much food for thought , as well as realistic situations, along with a few giggles, we come to the section entitled, "Following My Personal GPS (God Powered Satellite)". Here, we are given questions regarding our own lives to think about, as well as references to Debora's personal experiences, and how we can use the contents of the chapter to improve our self worth, thereby making us happier and more content.. I particularly loved the section of Chapter 4, "Topping Off My Tank", in which we are given a list of Life Savers, easy but meaningful scriptures to memorize, one per month to help you gain power to replace your "old wimpy self"!!

Debora's books are at the top of my list in Useful but Simple self help books!! The humor with which she views life is admirable and her ability to get the point across with a laugh and biblical proof is of use to any woman, young or older. I finished the book thinking that I, too, could find simple practical ways to release my own personal struggles . You can only find this through the kind of  guidance and belonging that only found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

Definitely a five star book!! Don't miss this book. It can and will change your life.

About the author: Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She's also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fantastic New Book!! A Definite Cliff Hanger!


By Vannetta Chapman

As I am a dedicated fan of Vannetta's , I was surprised to learn that she had written a book that varied from her usual chosen genre, Amish mysteries! I have enjoyed all of her books and wondered  what feelings this new  book would stir within me! Actually.... I started to read, with a bit of reluctance, worrying if I would love this book, as I have her others. By the time I had read two chapters, I knew, without a doubt, that this book was a true winner!!  So different, yes, BUT oh so engrossing! 

The novel includes a lovely romance between a very intense, complicated young woman and a big hearted male. The plot is wound around the whole theme of rediscovering faith. Dana Jacobs is supervisor in charge of the Dept. of Homeland Security inTaos, New Mexico. Benjamin Marshall is  newly assigned to Dana's office. He has come from a military career, certainly far from Dana's wishes. 

Ben is a deep believer of the Christian faith and truly believes that he was put in this time and place for a reason. When a local school is threatened, a case is opened which begins a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, following a man whose bitterness is clearly understood by Dana. She has a justified feeling of anger against him, however it remains hidden deep inside her, eating away internally , so that it doesn't affect others. 

The plot is well developed and mind boggling , as Dana struggles to forgive, as well as to be forgiven. The message is very clear, God will and DOES forgive us regardless of the past. There are twists and turns that keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat. You just never know what you will encounter around the next corner. Just when I thought I had figured out the mystery, the whole plot changed. I sat in wonder! I could NOT put this book down!! Proof that it was a riveting story!!  I managed to read this book in two sittings, even while on vacation! 

The characters are well developed and keep you wondering what their thoughts are. that cause them to react in the way that they do. Hidden is a fitting title, as you attempt to get into their heads to understand their complex natures. What and why are their lives such a secret??  This kept my mind in high gear !!

A GREAT read!! Well done, Vannetta!! Now , I can hardly wait for Book Two of the "Jacobs Family Series!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A New Book in "A Private Justice" Series!

            By Irene Hannon   
Best selling author of the "Guardians of Justice" Series, has written another winning novel! "Deceived" is the third book in "A Private Justice Series"and is full of suspense and action , as are ALL of her books. 

This story centers around a grieving mother, a mysterious child and a dedicated PI who is determined to solve a very complicated puzzle. For three years, Kate has been mourning the loss of her husband and son in a boating accident. However, suddenly, while at a mall shopping, Kate spots a small child on an escalator who she is convinced is her son. Is it possible??? The police are skeptical of her story, thus she turns to a well respected PI , Connor, for help. As he digs into this mysterious siting, the boating "accident" begins to look very suspicious. If this child in the mall is Kate's son, someone is intent on keeping him hidden, away from his biological mother. This person appears to be willing to go to threats of death to protect a very sinister secret. 

Irene Hannon is an expert in describing her complex characters in a realistic manner. You get to become friends with them as they meet challenges, fears and threats. Quickly, I became engrossed in these peoples' lives, at times , with my heart pounding while sitting on the edge of my chair. 

The plot grabs your attention on the first page and just doesn't let go until you have finished the book. At every corner, there are unexpected, spine tingling twists and turns. What you expect, is NOT what you get!! There is no other word for this book, other than riveting! My daily tasks became unimportant, as I lived the fears. The world just passed me by!! The highly explosive ending shocked, yet satisfied me! A great read!!

Definitely a five star book!! I can hardly wait for Irene Hannon's next creative tale!

This book was supplied by Revell, in exchange  for a fair and honest review.

A Laugh Out Loud Historical Romance from Mary Connealy!

  "Tired & True"
 By Mary Connealy
 Mary has written another humourous  historical romance. This author has the ability to combine humour, romance and yes, even a bit of intrigue in her books. It is quite okay for authors of Christian fiction to entertain us with laugh out loud tales and Mary does it well.

This is Book One in a new series, entitled "Wild at Heart" and the main characters, the Wilde sisters certainly are that, to say the least! Kylie Wilde is the youngest of three sisters AND she considers herself to be the most civilized of them! Her older sisters are quite content dressing in trousers posing as men, however SHE wears skirts and has grown her hair long. These three quirky characters are taking a huge risk! They are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned in the Civil War, all the while pretending to be boys!! Kylie is the only one who strives to finish her time in the wild and can hardly wait to return to the luxuries of the East. 

Just to add some tense moments in Kylie's life, a local land agent, Aaron arrives on the scene. Upon their first meeting , he is fascinated from the time her long hair floats from her cap. Easily discovering her secret, now come the complications. Should he report her for defrauding the government??  When a new problem arises, and someone else tries to force her to leave, can he convince her that marriage to him would solve the problem???  Can he convince Kylie to settle in the frontier?????

Mary describes her characters in detail, so that you can easily imagine them. They tend to be quirky people who don't always have total control of their actions, resulting in laugh out loud situations. They possess charm and grace with just the right amount of mischief.

Mary Connealy's fast paced plot keeps the reader's attention throughout the book. You just never know what is going to take place next. Some of the outrageous results have you giggling along with them in comical situations.

I highly recommend this book as a light read that is entirely enjoyable.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quilts of Love Series Comes Our With Another Winner!!

"Hidden in the Stars"
   By Robin Caroll

I know that when the  mail carrier brings me a book in this series, I will be out of commission to my household for the duration of the read!! This newest book in the series is no exception. Any book involving a quilt just has to be good, right??? All quilters would sure agree!

"Hidden in the Stars"  catches your interest on the first page and the suspense builds as you continue the book. The twists and turns in the plot are 
 surprising and unexpected. This is a GREAT romantic mystery!! It has everything a reader enjoys!

Can a quilt possibly hold the secret to a serial killer??? This is the premise that the story is built upon. 

If God's plan for our life takes a nose dive and something bad happens, does it mean that He no longer has control or is it due to using our free will to make a bad decision?? This is dealt with throughout the book in truly mysterious ways.
The main character, Sophia, an Olympic class gymnast, has had her voice stolen from her in an attack that killed her mother. She has no choice but to accept help from her estranged grandmother. Once an Olympic hopeful, her future is now uncertain, and her ability to speak to tell her side of the attack frustrates the detectives looking for answers. Sophia has no idea what the criminals were after?? Why did they choose herself and her mother to beat??

Then, Julian Frazier enters the scene, determined that he will solve this case and find all the answers. However, a bit of romance now comes to the front. He is distracted by his heart and questions about why a gracious God would allow such an event to happen. Julian fails to realize that the answer is right in front of him. He begins to wonder if he will be up to the task of saving Sophia! Will the murderer be back to silence HER forever as was done to her mother???

I found myself on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding as the plot proceeds to develop. This author has a special talent in building the suspense until you feel you are ready to explode with curiosity.

Sophia was described in a realistic, believable manner, to the extent that I could identify with her from the first chapter. I was able to feel her every worry, fear, joy, and yes, some romance too!

Definitely a five star book!! A unique way of connecting a quilt, romance, mystery and family relationships to create a story proving that God does love us, has a plan for us and is with us through good times and bad.

About the Author:
Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

This book was provided by LItfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Winning Book from Beverly Lewis for all Lovers of Amish Fiction!!!!

                                     "The River"
                                   By Beverly Lewis       

One look at the cover of this book grabs your interest, then you look at the author and know immediately that it will be super read!! The intense look of the child is coaxing you into the story, appealing to all moms!

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters are faced with unresolved relationships when they return to  Lancaster County for their parents' wedding anniversary celebration. Since leaving the Plain Life, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth has remained single. She has never entirely come to terms with her failed courtship with her Amish beau. 

The  past meets these two young ladies head on!! Both need to find acceptance and redemption in order to continue their lives happily and freely.  However, can they face a future when they are unable to forget the past, a past that they can not undo??? Will they allow God to carry out His plan in their lives?? Or will they stubbornly stick to their own desires??

Beverly Lewis is certainly the master of the Amish Fiction Genre. Her realistic characters with whom you easily identify, reflect her extensive knowledge of the Plain life and its people. Their lives are described accurately, making the plot so believable. It could be a true situation. She tells a story that deals with secrets, forgiving and improving relationships with God. We have daily changes in our lives but how we deal with them is up to the individual. The Amish have the same problems as you and I and must also find solutions. These are found when we submit to God's will . His plan for our lives is already there, BUT we must let go of the worldly desires and follow Him. This is much harder than Ruth and Tilly ever have imagined! Can they put away their wishes and accept a higher authority???

The plot moves quickly with intriguing twists and turns that make you a part of the story. It is a definite page turner!! You feel the pain, rejection, confusion and shock as the story  plays out. The clues don't add up to what you expect to happen. The daunting memories that the women face, makes you realize that we have very little control of life and can never change the past, only make peace with it. This book compels you to take a look at your own life. Are you following the plan mapped out by the Master??

The title, "The River" becomes an important part of the book. What an effect this river has on the story!! One that is very clear, by the end. An object of nature that can change one's life, or can heal!

Definitely a five star book!!! I highly recommend to all lovers of Amish fiction!!

Beverly’s Story

Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of Amish country—Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the tender age of nine, she began writing short stories and poetry. Prior to that, she made up lyrics to the "little fingers" piano pieces she learned, at the age of five.
"My mother saved everything I wrote, even the stories I dreamed up during my grade school years," Beverly says. One such tale is semi-autobiographical, about a young girl whose parents can no longer afford to give her piano lessons. The manuscript was 77 pages long and titled "She Shall Have Music," penned under the shade of a lone willow tree. "Reading, writing, and playing piano have been top three on my list of favorite things," she says.
Not until her own children were well into middle school did Beverly seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for ChildrenDolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans(book #22 in the popular Cul-de-Sac Kids series of chapter books—see list of Bev's children's books).

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
  Also supplied by Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.