Friday, October 8, 2021

Since You've Been Gone by Tari Faris


Book description:

With her vision and his know-how, this thing just might work . . .


Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah's past difficult, but he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

In order to avoid forcing a buyout of Leah's building, Jon will have to strike a compromise. Can the two of them work together? Or will their troubled past set the tone for their future?


My review:

   I rarely review books that are contemporary romances, but this one sounded good, and I like to try out new authors.

  This is actually the third book in a series, and characters from the previous two books along with references to events appear in this one.

  I did enjoy the book, enough that I will most likely read the first two at some point. The setting and the idea of restoring heritage.

  There was some bouncing back and forth between something that happened between the two main characters six months ago and the present, and that was a bit distracting to me from the main plot of the book......but that is a personal observation.

 The two main characters were both likable, though at times I wanted to smack them both and tell them to get on with it.......

 I typically read suspense novels, but there is a bit of suspense in any book of this kind. You know the couple is going to get together eventually, but it is fun waiting it out til it happens and how it happens.

 This was a fun and enjoyable read, and I recommend to anyone looking for a bit of a lighter read. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Tari Faris is the author of You Belong with Me and Until I Met You. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she is the projects manager for My Book Therapy, writes for learnhowtowriteanovel.com, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and their three children. Although she lives in the Southwest now, she lived in a small town in Michigan for 25 years. Learn more at TariFaris.com.

 Since You've Been Gone is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.


                                                                            Book #1



Book #2





Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Deep Divide, Secrets of the Canyon #1 by Kimberly Woodhouse

Book description:
 

With her past behind her, she has nothing--and everything--to lose.

After being kidnapped as a child, heiress Emma Grace McMurray has seen firsthand the devastation that greed causes in the world, and she wants nothing to do with it. When she discovers her father has offered her up as a bargaining chip to expand his empire, she disappears into the night. Determined to stay hidden, even if it means always looking over her shoulder, she finds herself working as a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Hotel.

When Ray Watkins arrives at the hotel on business, he is immediately captivated by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Though his fame-seeking father aims to lure new investors to the Arizona Territory, Ray dreams of one day taking over the family business and doing good with the profits.

Ray immediately admires Emma Grace, and though an attraction begins to form, she can't let go of the deep-rooted fear that he's just like every other wealthy man she's known. When suspicious activity follows Emma Grace and Ray to the El Tovar, they are pulled into a mystery that stirs up their worst fears. And as shocking revelations come to light, they are left to question all they thought to be true.

My review:

   I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but Kimberly Woodhouse is a favorite author and she does it well. It is obvious she does a lot of research, and I have Googled things in her books before and found them to be accurate. i.e. the El Tovar Hotel the book takes place in and around. Built around the time of this book takes place, the early 1900's, the hotel is still there and operating. 

  A Deep Divide is the first in a series, and was a very enjoyable read. Also a big part of the book is the hotel staffed by Harvey Girls, and it was interesting to learn more about them.

  In addition to a great setting, the book also had great characters and a terrific plot. Emma Grace was a great heroine and a somewhat damsel in distress, struggling with doubts of God and if He cared about her. Ray was also a very likable character with his own struggles about his past mistakes before becoming a Christian.

 Woodhouse does not shy away about putting Christian content in her books, whether she is writing solo or co-writing with Tracy Peterson. The reader will walk away with some sort of encouraging and sometimes convicting message woven through the story, and this book definitely had that.

 The author also usually has some sort of suspense in the plot, not on the edge of your seat, biting fingernails scary, but still suspenseful enough to appeal to  the suspense lover in some of us....and A Deep Divide had an awesome plot with suspense and a kidnapping thrown in that made the book all  the more interesting.

 Romance....I didn't used to like the romance part of these stories much, but that has slowly changed, and this author is one author who changed that as I became a fan of her books. This book of course has a romantic aspect, but slight spoiler: it is a very slow boil. In fact, I was wondering if they ever were going to kiss. (Oh, how I have fallen).

 The book had a great ending - well great all through the book with no boring parts - and also ended with forgiveness and a definite change for the hero and heroine. It left me eager to read more in the series, but book #2 is a whole year away....

 I definitely recommend.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Kimberley Woodhouse (www.kimberleywoodhouse.com) is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books including The Heart of Alaska series and The Treasures of Nome series. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-nine-plus years have two adult children. She loves the gift of story and is passionate about music and Bible study. You can connect with Kimberley on her website www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.


A Deep Divide is available October 5 from Bethany House Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hostile Intent, Danger Never Sleeps #4 by Lynette Eason


Book description:

 Secrets are about to be revealed . . . but will the guilty be brought to justice?

Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother's illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there's no way she's going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.

Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can't discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.


My review:

  I have been a fan of Lynette Eason's books since the first one I read and reviewed ten years ago. She has written six different series for Revell, and each one has been totally different from the others. This series has revolved around mostly characters in the military, or who were formally in the military.

  This last book in the series was a wild ride, and a definite page turner. The plot was very well done. There was a lot going on and no visible connection between murders of whole families, nor was it obvious at first what the heroine of the story had to what was going on. The bad guy's identity also was not obvious for a while.

 I loved the characters in this series, and Caden - the hero of this book - was one of the most likable ones. 

 This is a somewhat difficult review to do without giving what are somewhat spoilers away if I say what the book involved....but it was an awesome read and had a lot of old and new secrets .

  The romance part of the book was very well done, and had its humorous moments, especially since Ava never gave a guy a third date and Caden was determined to have a third date and beyond.

  Hostile Intent was an awesome read, and had a great ending to the book and series that had some of the charters from the other book.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author: 


Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

                                                                           Book #1

                                                                     

                                                                            Book #2



                                                                           Book #3











Wednesday, August 4, 2021

At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer

Book description: 


 He's fought through ruthless outlaws and injury. But with her, he's tempted to surrender.

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when her brother is abducted, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

When plans go awry and Josephine is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

My review:

  I just discovered this author back in May of this year, and loved what I read so much that I have since bought and read all of her books.....including this one. I read it on June 11, and left a brief review on Goodreads. I rarely leave a long review for books I buy and did not receive to review.

 However, with the controversy about the book and the wrong actions of the Romance Writers of America, I felt I should write a review.

  Quick explanation: some whiny people claims the book romanticizes genocide, so after the author received an award for the book, the Romance Writer's of America took the award back to make a whiny minority happy.

  The book starts out with the Cavalry rounding up some Native Americans, but some of the Cavalry started slaughtering them. The 4 main characters of this series tried to stop it, and afterward left the military in disgust at what happened, and formed a group to fight injustice. The book does NOT romanticize genocide, and in fact makes it out to be very, very bad and evil.

 On to the review: I loved the book. The author created 4 very different and likable guys, and the book has a lot of action and romance. It is pretty much a western, but so much better than the westerns I read when I was a lot younger. I thought it sounded good enough, so I pre-ordered the sequel and enjoyed it just as much.....and am looking forward to reading the third and final book when it comes out.

 I highly recommend this book, and the author.....and stand firm against the accusations against it and the actions of the deplorable Romance Writers of America. 


About the author:


Voted #1 Reader's Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer (www.karenwitemeyer.com) offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.


Also available in the Hanger's Horseman Series, #2




Friday, July 23, 2021

The 5-Minute Visual Guide to the Bible by Michael Wittmer

 


Description

Want to read the Bible but find it daunting?

Wish there was a guide to simplify the overall storyline?

Think it would help to “see” the people, places, and events?

 

The 5-Minute Visual Guide to the Bible is designed to make scripture easier to approach. . .and come alive when you do. This brand-new guide keys beautiful, full-color illustrations—classic paintings, landscape and artifact photos, maps and charts—to a helpful chronological time line of God’s Word.


Inside, you’ll find clear, succinct descriptions of

major divisions

events

people

places

doctrines

of God’s Word, along with numerous related references if you’d like to study further.

 

The 5-Minute Visual Guide to the Bible will point you to the most important, interesting, and inspiring aspects of scripture, helping you to get more from your time in God’s Word.

My review:

  I thought this looked like a cool book, so I requested it to review. It is not a huge book, coming in at 294 pages, but there is a lot packed into those pages. It covers from Creation up through Jesus' return, and has a lot of short informational facts about each person or topic.

 The book is also filled with a lot of pictures. There are artists' versions of Bible characters and other things along with a lot of photographs of the Holy Land and other subjects and places. At the end of the book is a few pages of all of the Scriptures referenced and used throughout the book.

  I found the book interesting and informative, and also enjoyable with all of the pictures and photographs. If one knows their Bible very well, this may seem an elementary kind of book, yet even the most knowledgeable Bible scholar should be able to enjoy a book such as this. I found it interesting to have so much of the Bible visualized in the pictures, and it would make a great tool to keep handy when reading and studying the Bible. It is definitely an attractive and far from boring book, and is one I would recommend......especially to new Christians and/or those not too familiar with the Bible.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

 The 5 Minute Visual Guide to the Bible is available from Barbour Publishing. 

 

 

The Chase, U.S. Marshals #2 by Lisa Harris

Book description:

 Failure isn't an option

US Marshal Madison James may not be sure who shot her three months ago, but she does know one thing--it's time to get back out into the field. When her partner, Jonas Quinn, receives a message that a federal warrant just came in on a man connected to a string of bank robberies, Madison jumps at the chance to get back to work. What she and Jonas find is a bank robbery gone wrong--and things are about to get complicated.

For these bank robbers, it's never been about the money. It's about taking risks and adrenaline rushes, and getting caught is not part of the game. When the suspects escape, Madison and Jonas must hunt them down and bring them to justice before someone else--someone close to them--gets hurt . . . or worse.


My review:

  Eleven years ago, was the first time I reviewed a book by this author. It was good, and I enjoyed it.....but she has so surpassed that book in recent years to become one of my favorite authors. This series may be her best yet.

 The previous book ended on a cliffhanger, and this book picks up where it left off. This series is different from most Christian suspense series in that it has the same two main characters throughout it, and - slight spoiler - there is no immediate happily ever after that includes a engagement and wedding. The romance factor is there, especially in this book, but it is a slow part of the book that kind of takes a back seat to everything else.

 The Chase is totally different than The Escape. This book involves bank robbers on the run, and the book is filled with non stop action, suspense, and chasing of bad guys. There is also the plot of solving the murder of Madison's husband five years ago that covers all three books in the series.

 I thoroughly enjoyed this book and saved it for an evening I could read without having to put it down. It had a great conclusion to the book, yet left me wanting more and eager to see the five year old murder case solved. I also enjoyed seeing more character development of the two main characters that you don't normally see in a series that has different main characters in each book. I cannot wait for the last book in the series coming April 2022, The Catch.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Lisa Harris is a USA Today bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than forty books, including The Escape, The Chase, The Traitor's Pawn, Vanishing Point, A Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, as well as The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent over 17 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. She is currently stateside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

 The Chase is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

The books should definitely be read in order.


                                                                 Book #1 The Escape


                                                   Book #3 The Catch, coming April 2022



Friday, June 25, 2021

Before, Jared's Story, Forlorn Series Prequel by Gina Detwiler

Book description:


 Before Jared met Grace, he had lived several lifetimes of heartbreak, struggle, loneliness, and sometimes joy. His father tried to kill him, and his family shunned him for an original sin he didn’t truly understand until he came face to face with true evil and discovered the demon within himself.

Born in the mid-nineteenth century to a family of itinerant circus performers, Jared didn’t understand why his body grew so slowly or why his parents were ashamed of him and tried to hide him from the world. Through the years he discovered more disturbing things about himself—his unusual strength, the way his body healed with remarkable speed, and the “shadow people” who whispered dark and terrible things in his ear. Only music seemed to subdue their wicked urgings, and the prayers of his mother, the one person in his life who had loved him.

He soon came to realize that he was a danger to the world, and it would be better if he left it alone. But the more he tried, the more he was drawn into a whirlwind of darkness and evil from which he couldn’t escape.

My review:
  I have read and reviewed all three books in the Forlorn Series...and enjoyed them, even though they are written for teens. :)

  This is a prequel to the series, and gives the back story on Jared and where he came from before his explosive entrance in the first book in the series.

 Jared is an extremely likable character in the series, and though the series is fictional, it was still cool to have the author come up with a history for him. It makes the other books even more interesting after reading it.

 It was a great and enjoyable read, though shorter than the others, written in the great style that Detwiler used in her other books. As I said before, these books are a great alterative to the vampire and other weird books on the market for teens.

  If one has not read this series yet, I would recommend reading the prequel first. Even though it is a great addition to the series after reading it, it would definitely be a plus to read it first.


About the author:


Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she wouldn't have to get up so early in the morning. She is the co-author with bestselling author and speaker Priscilla Shirer of The Prince Warrior series for middle grade readers. She has also written the novels Hammer of God and Avalon under the name Gina Miani.

 Check out her website: Ginadetwiler.com

Come Back to Me, Waters of Time #1 by Jody Hedlund

Book description:
 

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight, comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.

My review:
 
  Before requesting this book to review, I had never read anything by this author. After requesting it, I started looking at her books, and ordered several.....6 of which I have read before reading this one, and I have enjoyed every one of them.

 Come Back to Me is different from her other books. #1 They are all historical, and this one starts in the present and goes back and forth between the present and future. #2. This is a time travel book, a first for Hedlund.

  In my opinion, the book felt like it had a slow start, but it picked up after not too many pages, and turned into one of those page turners I didn't want to put down. Hedlund did an excellent job of describing scientific and physical jargon in regards to diseases and cures, and I also thought she is an outstanding job on the historical aspects of the book. I felt myself pulled into the drama of 1382 along with William, Marian, and others.....and loved the view of that time through a modern day woman suddenly thrust into that time.

 And yes, time travel is not possible....but Hedlund brought out some really cool aspects of it, along with possible fallouts and what could happen lingering between two times.

 I loved the characters. Marian wasn't overly likable at first, but that changed. William was a totally awesome character all around, and the developing romance between two vastly different individuals from time periods 800 years a part was beyond interesting.

 I wasn't sure how the book was going to end, but it has an amazing end that left me satisfied and happy I read the book. It is the first in a series, so I am eager to see what the author has in mind for other time travel books in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Jody Hedlund (www.jodyhedlund.com) is the bestselling author of more than thirty historical novels for both adults and teens, including Come Back to Me, and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Awards. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. She loves to imagine that she really can visit the past, although she's yet to accomplish the feat, except via the many books she reads.

Come Back to Me is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Power Play, Capital Intrigue #3 by Rachel Dylan

 

Book description:


Trapped in a dangerous game, can she counter the enemy's deadly power play?

When Vivian Steele, an attorney at the State Department, witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event's security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, unhampered by rules and regulations.

As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, she turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob's reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?


My review:

  This is the second series of books I have read by this author, and I have enjoyed every book in both series. 

  I like books where there is a task force comprised of people from multiple law enforcement and government agencies, and Power Play had that. Though the main characters were Jacob and Vivian, the book also focused on the investigations of some of the others also.

 I enjoyed this book as much as the others. There was a lot of suspense as they investigated a murder, and a possible second one. There was a lot going on in the book, and CIA secrets played a big part in the story. I started reading the book, and did end up reading it in one sitting. It had a terrific plot, characters, and suspense. There were things I saw coming, and also some surprises. Both main characters were likable, but Jacob especially was, and more so after his back story was given. The interplay between the two was very entertaining, especially at the beginning of the book when they didn't really like each other and were put together to work.

 The book had a very satisfactory conclusion, and wrapped up a couple of crimes being solved. As always, the guy got the girl, and even that was an enjoyable part of the story. This book was a great conclusion to a great series. 

 I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author: 


Rachel Dylan (www.racheldylan.com) is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade, including being a litigator at one of the nation's top law firms. Her Atlanta Justice series has won the Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and the FHL Reader's Choice Award. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats.


Power Play is available from Bethany House Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group. 


                                                                             Book #1




                                                                            Book #2



Friday, May 28, 2021

Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

Book description:
 

Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle possesses a special set of skills and a rare pedigree. She comes from a family of assassins, and by saving Lyndon Vaile's life she risks being found by them. Despite the danger, Kadance feels compelled to help Lyndon discover who is after him--and his research that seems to prove that the Ebola virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized.

With shadowy figures pursuing them and a Mastermind watching their every move, Kadance and Lyndon must scramble to stop an impending bioattack at the State of the Union address. But their warnings fall on deaf ears, and it becomes increasingly clear that there's no one they can trust--except perhaps each other.

Strap in for a breakneck story that will have you up all night, hurtling toward the last page as the clock ticks and time runs out.


My review:

 Never Miss is this author's first solo effort in Christian fiction. She previously co-authored a book in the Coffey and Hill Series with Mike Nappa. The book description intrigued me, so I requested it to review and was not disappointed. It was a fast-paced suspenseful read. With all the controversy and theories about Covid, it made this book all the more interesting with the theory of the Ebola virus being man-made. 

  Lyndon and Kandance were great characters, and not only totally different from each other, they were also different from the typical characters in this type of book. She a former sniper for the CIA coming from a family of assassins, and he a quiet guy with three doctorates, yet not the typical geek that the casual observer would assume him to be, nor arrogant or a braggart about his degrees and accomplishments.  And Mac the Maine Coon cat made an interesting addition to the cast of characters.

  Never Miss is a page turner and very difficult to put down. There is a lot happening in it, and you never know what is coming next. The plot of the book - that the Ebola virus may be man-made and is about to be weaponized - was an excellent plot that is not that far-fetched in these times.

 The romance element was well done, and interesting to watch develop between two so totally different people, as was the faith angle. Kandance was shocked and found it hard to believe a guy like Lyndon believed in God and had a relationship with him, and in the end the book showed that even an assassin is not beyond redemption. 

 This was an excellent read, and I am looking forward to more from this author.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. She and Corey, her husband of twenty years, live in Jacksonville, Florida, where they do their best not to melt in the sun. Find more information on her books at MelissaKoslin.com.


Never Miss is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Love Found in Cranberry Cove, Cranberry Cove #2 by June Foster

Book description:


 Gracie Mayberry wants to study marine science at the community college in a neighboring coastal town. But a degree takes money, and she must remain in Cranberry Cove to help her mother support her disabled father who lost both legs while serving his country and now suffers from PTSD. She leaves her job at Starbucks to work at The Inn at Cranberry Cove while the owner is on maternity leave. When the sophisticated, good looking Blake Sloan arrives at the inn, she's attracted to the guy with eyes the color of rich honey.

Seattle resident Blake Sloan takes time off from his job in his father's thriving fishing vessel company. He admits he's followed his father's dream instead of his heart's desire—to run his own business and start a non-profit to benefit wounded vets. When he meets Gracie's father, he's sure God has placed the longing within him.

But when a stalker makes terrifying midnight visits to the humble Mayberry home and threatens their lives, Blake discovers he's also a target of extortion.

Can Blake and Gracie learn who's behind the danger that threatens them? Will a small-town girl and big-city boy find a life together?


My review:

    I enjoyed the first book in this series, and loved the setting of both the town and Inn. I was happy to find out there was a sequel coming, and it is now out.

  Again the setting is mostly around the inn, though this book has two different main characters. This book has a bit more suspense than the first, which is my favorite genre'.

 Blake and Gracie were very likable characters, and since this is a romantic suspense novel, there is a romance brewing between them fairly early on in the book amidst the suspense element of the book. I had my suspicions about the identity of the bad guy, and was happy to find out I was right. Though it is also cool when I can't figure that out in a book.

 The book was an enjoyable read, and I am hoping there is more to come in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

About the author:

An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and  MA in


Counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provided a rich source of information for her novels. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find the path to live godly lives.


Check out her website at JuneFoster.com

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Paris Betrayal by James R Hannibal

 

Book description:


After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors.

Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body.

Award-winning author James R. Hannibal ratchets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.

My review:

   My only complaint about this author is that he hasn't written a lot of books yet. I have enjoyed everything he has written, including his three secular novels. I was excited to see he had a new book coming out, and was admittedly a little disappointed that it did not go with the two previous books he wrote for Revell. 

  After reading The Paris Betrayal, that disappointment has gone away. This book was more than a great read, it was a great ride. And the book is more than a great suspense novel. It is a spy novel....and I loved it. This may be Hannibal's best novel so far.

 Ben, the main character, has a lot go wrong for him in this book. Sickness, betrayal, no one believing him, kicked out of the CIA, and seemingly him against the world as he tries to do the right thing in the face of total opposition. By the way, this story is based on the story of Job from the Bible.

  The book has non-stop action and suspense, and has some twists and turns that I never saw coming, especially the one at the climax of the story. There were things going on that Ben did not know about, and the author also kept the reader in the dark about. The story has its share of people who you don't know are good, or bad guys pretending to be good, and my suspicions on one character did turn out right, while I was totally surprised by another. Hannibal did a masterful job of writing an awesome spy/suspense novel that pulls you in, keeps you entertained, and also keeps you guessing. And it has what any novel of this kind should have: a likable hero who triumphs in the end. That really isn't a spoiler, because isn't that what always happens? And after all that happened to poor Ben, he did deserve to come out on top. :)

  I definitely recommend this book, and if ever there was a Christian fiction novel that men would enjoy, this is it......though there really is not any overtly Christian content in it, just a Christian worldview. It does appear to be a stand alone novel, though I wouldn't mind a sequel.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. This former stealth pilot from Houston,

Texas, has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his children's mysteries, a former Thriller Award nominee, and a 2020 Selah and Carol Award finalist for The Gryphon Heist--the opener for the CIA series that now includes Chasing the White Lion. James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

The Paris Betrayal is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Check out his two previous novels from Revell:





Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Present Danger, Rocky Mountain Courage #1

Book description:
 

Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.

They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before.

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

My review:

   I was excited that this author had a new book coming out, and devoured it as soon as it came in the mail. Her first series with Revell Publishing was just plain awesome, and if this first book is a good sign that this series will be also.

It is cool when an author brings characters from other books and series into another, and one of the main characters in this book was a minor character in the last book in the Uncommon Justice series....and a very likable character.

 There is non stop suspense in this book, and it was hard to put it down. I like it when I can figure out the who and sometimes the why, but Goddard kept the reader guessing on this one....and I like it when there are surprises too.....and there were a couple of surprises at the end of this book.

 The two main characters were very likable, and the romance angle was more realistic than most books in that they had had a dating relationship prior to this book.

 As is the case with her other books, this one left me wanting more, and I am already wanting to read book #2, which is due out in November of this year. 

  I highly recommend this book that is full of suspense, drama, and romance. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Present Danger and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over one million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at www.ElizabethGoddard.com.


  Present Danger is available from Revell Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.


Coming November 2021, Book #2 in the Rocky Mountain Courage Series



  

   

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Indebted Earl, Serendipity and Secrets #3 by Erica Vetsch, with a giveaway

Book description:

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

My review:
   My favorite genre' is Christian suspense, and I never thought I'd enjoy a Regency trilogy as much as I enjoyed these three books.....and I am a guy, so Regency Romances aren't exactly a guy's go-to for reading......but the first book sounded so good, I requested it to review and was hooked.

 This last book in the series, The Indebted Earl, is possibly the best of the three in my opinion. As I was reading it, I had to feel a bit sorry for Charles, the hero of the story. I try to avoid spoilers, so I won't list all that befalls him, but it is a lot,. and it makes for a very interesting and entertaining read.

 And lo and behold - there is some suspense! Slight spoiler: there is smuggling in the story, and it does not leave the hero and heroine unscathed. And there is a trio of young girls who definitely make the book more entertaining.

  I truly did enjoy this book. As with the other books, the author created some great and likable characters, along with a perfect setting and plot. I am not a huge fan of books set in historical times, but she did a tremendous job of describing locations, people, traditions, the proper ways people had to do things, etc. I even learned a few new (to me) words. Google on your phone can be a handy tool when running across old unfamiliar words.

  It was cool to see the change in the hero of the story: not just in what kind of man he was, but also how his priorities and what he wanted to do in life change. This IS a romance, so that played a lot into the story, and came to a cool conclusion....but the book was so much more than a romance, and was a very enjoyable read. I hope to read more of this author's books, and she ranks up there with my favorite Christian suspense authors. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.





About the author:


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).



Giveway:




Thursday, February 25, 2021

Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill


Book description:

 She's following her instincts. They're following her every move.

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.

My review:

  Network of deceit is only the second book I have read by this author, and I am really liking his books and style. Though this book and the one it follows does not have a series name, it is a series and this book continues after the first one.

  As with the first book, the main character is a female who is now a homicide detective. (Side note...the Christian fiction market is geared too much towards women, so I wish this male author would have had his series about a male instead of a female).

 The plot for this series is a very complicated and well thought out plot. It starts with what appears to be a simple death of a seventeen-year old boy, but goes far beyond that by the time the game is over. Role playing games, ransom-ware, and a lot of other things factor in. The author did a great job of describing a lot of technological stuff in a way that was interesting and didn't make my eyes glaze over.

 There is a lot of suspense and mystery in this book, and the author does keep the reader guessing as to what is really going on, and who the guilty party......or parties are. He also did what I felt was a great job of portraying what a detective new to homicide might do and act as they are in a different kind of job than they are used to with the procedures and all that they have to learn.

 This book had what the first did not: a romantic interest with a fellow detective, Starsky. The female heroine is a likable character, and so is he. Slight spoiler: the book seems to indicate that this romance may continue and develop further. I love humor, and I found myself laughing over some of the back and forth between these two.

  The complicated plot did come to a satisfying end, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to that point in the book. I loved the story, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This is truly quality Christian fiction, and the author has me hooked as a reader. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.tomthreadgill.com.


  Network of Deceit is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.


Book #1



Obsession, Nanchez Trace Park Rangers #2 by Patricia Bradley

 

Book description:


This one's personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.


My review:

   This is Patricia Bradley's third trade paperback series with Revell, and each one seems to be even better than the others. 

   Obsession is the second book in the Nanchez Trace Park series, and brings new characters and a new mystery with it. In addition to the stalker and the mystery of who is shooting and digging at the site when no one is there, there is also the mystery of Emma's brother missing for 10 years, suspected of murdering a girl before his disappearance.

 The book was a great read. The plot was very well done and thought out, the characters were quite likable, and the suspense was non-stop....with some romance tossed in with a couple broken up for 10 years.

 I thought the stalker part was very well described and executed. I eventually caught onto who the most likely culprit was, but for most of the book the author had me guessing.

 And I did read the book in one setting. I have a hard time putting down a great suspense novel like this one, and I had time......so I read it all to the great ending, which seemed to come all too fast.

 There was one sad part to the story, but I won't give away any spoilers. I loved the story, and am looking forward to more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff and Obsession, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.


  Obsession is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

 Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

             

                                               Book 1 of The Nanchez Trace Park Rangers Series



Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Inn At Cranberry Cove

   

Book description:


I have read a handful of June Foster's books, and enjoyed each one. This is her second foray into Christian suspense, and it was a great foray.

    The Inn At Cranberry Cove isn't a fast paced nail biting suspense novel with bad guys chasing the hero and heroine, but that doesn't mean it is boring or not suspenseful. There is a mystery, rumors of a hidden treasure, and bad guys. It just leans more toward what is called a cozy mystery...which are awesome also.

  I enjoyed the story, and read it in one sitting. The hero and heroine of the story were very likable characters, with James' recent personal tragedy making him all the more endearing to readers. There were also a couple of characters who weren't likable, but then they were the bad guys of the story.

  The plot was a great one, and the setting of an old inn made for a terrific setting for the story. The inn and town descriptions made me want to visit what I assume is a fictional town. 

  I appreciate authors who don't shy away from Christian content, and Foster never does. Both Ashton and James had stopped going to church for their own reasons, and they slowly worked their way through that issue. James had guilt from his actions of 2 months ago, and had to realize that God forgave him and he needed to forgive himself.

  This was a romantic suspense novel, so of course there was a romantic angle, and yes, I even enjoyed that.

  The Inn At Cranberry Cove was a great read, and is number 1 in a series, and it left me looking forward to reading more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:

An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and  MA in


Counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provided a rich source of information for her novels. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find the path to live godly lives.


Check out her website at JuneFoster.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Unknown Threat, Defend and Protect by Lynn Blackburn

Book description:

 US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He and his team are experts at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she's assigned. She's been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke's life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it's hard to know how to fight back when you don't know who the enemy is.

Luke has teamed up with Faith before, but he's not convinced she's up for the job and she's not convinced he's telling her everything he knows. As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to learn to trust each other and work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

My review:

   Lynn Blackburn's first series, Dive Team Investigations, is one of the best suspense series I have ever read. I was sad to see it end, and couldn't wait for her new series to start. Book one is finally here...well it will be March 2.

  One thing I like in books is character development and interactions between characters that go beyond one book. Blackburn's previous series had those in spades, and Unknown Threat promises that this series will also.

 I loved these characters: Faith, the FBI agent tasked with who is killing Secret Service agents, and Luke who has already lost close friends and is in danger himself...he was especially a great character. There is also a great cast of characters who will have their stories played out in the upcoming books in the series.

 The suspense.......wow. The book was very unpredictable. You didn't know what was going to happen next, and who would be involved. I didn't want to put the book down, so I just kept reading to the great ending. The plot was one where the reader has no clue who the bad guy is, or why he is killing the Secret Service agents.

 I totally loved this book, and can't wait for the next one. Blackburn is getting better with each book she writes.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too DeepOne Final Breath, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She's passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

  
   Unknown Threat will be available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group, on March 2, 2021.