Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wonderful! 'The Land Beneath Us' - Sunrise at Normandy 3 - by Sarah Sundin

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About the book:

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers' betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for--fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family--the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah's life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay's recurring dream comes true?

My review:

This was another wonderful story by Sarah Sundin!  I can't say how much I loved Clay and Leah!  Clay was such an honorable man, so caring and generous.  Yet he wasn't perfect as he struggled to forgive his brothers for betraying him and changing the course of his life.  Leah really reminded me of Pollyanna but even more so, always looking for the good in everything, even though she suffered so much tragedy throughout her life.  She, too, had her struggles, though, as she felt like she didn't belong and wasn't worthy because of the comments she'd heard all of her life about orphans.  It's despicable to learn how most people used to view orphans, like something must be wrong with them or like all of their parents were immoral, though they didn't have any idea of the circumstances of their birth, and that they must all be thieves, etc.  The story also dealt with people's prejudice over Clay's skin color, as he was part Mexican and darker skinned.  The book was wonderfully written and I especially enjoyed the letters Clay and Leah wrote to each other.  There were a couple romantic moments and some action, including training and combat.  There was also the question of if they were going to catch Leah's attacker.  Leah had such a strong faith and really depended on God to get her through the hard times.  She knew He was all she needed and that's such a good reminder.  Clay, too, was a strong Christian but had to deal with his unforgiveness.  I loved learning more about Normandy, especially since I was just there in August.  It was amazing to picture the scene having seen the real thing.  Even though this was book three, it worked well as a stand-alone.  I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Sarah Sundin
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    Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin is the author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us, as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and...
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Monday, February 24, 2020

Fascinating! 'Collision of Lies' - by Tom Threadgill

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About the book:

The case was tragic. But it was an accident. Right?
Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy is alive. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home.

A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.

My review:

This was a wonderful story full of humor, suspense and a fascinating investigation into a closed case.  I loved Amara!  She was witty; there was such fun banter with her co-workers. She had a pet iguana; how cool is that!  She was incredibly smart as time and time again she thought of an idea or discovered a clue that helped move their case along and she was incredibly brave.  We get hints here and there into her private life as we discover she's divorced from a man who cheated on her and that she's close to her family.  She's also incredibly health-conscious.  Her co-workers are both a hoot and the medical examiner is quite the character.  One of her co-workers is interested in a guy and she starts to wonder if she could be, too, but there's not really any romance to the story.  The investigation was the focus with some action thrown in.  I didn't notice a spiritual aspect, which was the only disappointing part of the story for me.  I'm looking forward to reading the next one and seeing where Amara's story takes us.  Overall, I would highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Tom Threadgill
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    Tom Threadgill

    Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). He is currently on the suspense/thriller publishing board for LPC Books, a division of Iron Stream Media. He lives with his wife in rural Tennessee.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Two Steps Forward - The Deacon's Family 3 - by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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About the book:

Sylvie needs a man of substance to help her run her business.

What she gets is Jimmy Fisher.

Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted through life as long as he could on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him--until they didn't. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N' Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She's offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith's son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith's rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else.

While Jimmy's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie's heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake?

My review:

This was an amusing story as we see Jimmy finally start to grow up.  I was somewhat familiar with Jimmy as I've read a few other books he was in but I hadn't read all of them.  I loved Sylvie as she cared so much for her son and wanted to make a good life for him, even at the expense of her own happiness.  She also had a funny way of thinking she was quoting the Bible but usually wasn't and had some winking happening from stress that caused some misunderstandings.  I also liked the other story line about her cousin, Luke, and his wife, Izzy.  She was struggling with growing up in foster care and still not having a father in her life.  She also felt God was calling their Amish community to step up and help pregnant women so it was interesting to see where that led.  Edith, Jimmy's mother, was annoying and her husband, Hank, was both amusing and annoying.  David, the bishop, was wise and had good advice for so many.  I like how their faith seems so much more alive than in a lot of other Amish books I've read.  There was a medical situation where we learned about "golden blood," which was fascinating and not something I had heard about before.  There were some cute romantic moments.  I would recommend this story if you like Amish stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, The Deacon's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among...

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Enjoyable and Unique Romance! 'More Than Enough' - by Lorna Seilstad

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About the book:

Quirky Fiona McGrath loves her job as a Child Life Specialist at a Dunedin, Florida hospital. As a former foster child, she understands trauma and wants to ensure no child ever faces the same kind of fears she once did. But are fears truly in the past?
Gabe Cavenaugh’s life is right on schedule. As the youngest assistant Chief Financial Officer in the hospital’s history, he has much to prove, but he’s confident he can do anything he’s asked. After all, he’s secure in his faith and has the constant support of his family.
When Gabe is directed to make cuts in order to balance the hospital’s budget, his search leads him to the Child Life Program and to Fiona. How can this crazy, hat-wearing woman, who rides around on a sparkly scooter possibly be a vital member of the medical team?
As Fiona works to persuade Gabe about her job’s necessity, he begins to see there’s more to her and her work with young patients than wacky clothes.
But will she be enough to save her program? And could she possibly be enough for a man like Gabe?

My review:

This was an enjoyable story about a fun lady with a job you don't usually hear about.  I really enjoyed learning about this unique job and what a difference they make in the lives of children.  I also liked that issues were portrayed, such as panic attacks, and coping strategies were shown for that along with therapy sessions Fiona has because of the trauma she had gone through growing up.  It was nice to see someone who wasn't perfect and didn't have it all together.  I loved Fiona immediately; she was funny and caring and put the kids first, even if she looked silly doing it.  I hard a harder time with Gabe.  I liked that he wanted to find out what a child life specialist does before cutting the job but he seemed so stubborn about what he believed about the job.  He also was quick to jump to conclusions about Fiona's intentions and would accuse her of things.  He also seemed indecisive about his feelings for Fiona.  I finally warmed up to him as he warmed up to her.  They both had a strong faith though Fiona had a harder time accepting that she was enough, that God's promises were for her and that circumstances weren't her fault.  There were a few good conversations about that.  There was some suspense and some sweet romance.  I would recommend this book if you like fun contemporary romance with a hint of serious issues thrown in.

I received this complimentary ebook from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fascinating! 'An Uncommon Woman' - by Laura Frantz

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About the book:

Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical eighteenth-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical eighteenth-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the Seven Years' War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, who disappeared from the settlement years earlier.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when circumstances force Clay's hand--and heart--the stage is set for one very private and one very public reckoning.

My review:

This was such a fascinating time period to learn about and I enjoyed the love story between Tessa and Clay.  I can't imagine the stress and fear of living in 1770's West Virginia where you're caught in the middle of settlers and Indians fighting over land, among other things.  Settlers were either being killed and scalped or taken captive left and right, it seemed.  It was fascinating seeing what it would have been like to be returned after years of captivity, when you probably don't even remember your family and are so used to Indian ways, and for the people who aren't sure what to make of you.  This story really portrayed the emotion and showed what the day-to-day life would have been like for a woman.  Tessa was truly a woman to be reckoned with, capable of anything and incredibly tough.  She also had a strong faith and often prayed while going about her chores.  I also admired how she found the good or the beautiful in her circumstances, even while going through some pretty hard things.  I enjoyed her banter with Clay.  There were also some sweet romantic moments.  Clay struggled a bit more with faith as he felt stuck between two worlds, the Lenape Indians who raised him and the Quaker relatives he's returned to years later.  He also feared falling in love as the people he loved were taken from him.  There was suspense and action as attacks kept happening far and near.  I would highly recommend this story if you like historical fiction.

I received this book free from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. Learn more at...
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Amazing! 'The Way of the Brave' - Global Search and Rescue 1 - by Susan May Warren

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About the book:

Haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong, former pararescue jumper Orion Starr has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team. But he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali in Alaska.

Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from her guilt. The former CIA profiler and psychiatrist green-lighted an operation against the Taliban that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.

Orion and Jenny will have to put their wounds behind them to save their friends . . . and their hearts.

My review:

I don't know how Susan May Warren does it!  This was another amazing book!  Orion was another wonderful hero that Susan writes so well.  He can't help rescuing people, from a robbery on a train to confronting the mountain he hates to rescue the woman he loves, even after he thought she didn't care about him.  He'd lost so many people in his life and struggled to believe that God could be trusted.  Jenny also struggled, believing she didn't deserve forgiveness for the huge mistake she'd made.  Jenny was pretty amazing, too, from CIA profiler to mountain climber, though I was a little frustrated that she waited so long to tell Orion the truth.  For being a psychiatrist, she really lived in denial about things.  I also loved that we get the start of another love story, this one between Aria and Jake.  Except Aria is the good Christian girl who always does the right thing and Jake is pretty much a bad boy who doesn't know why his interest in Aria feels different than the other girls he's known.  There were some great romantic moments for both couples and it will be interesting to see what happens next for Jake and Aria after the way it ended in this book.  I loved Ham and the Biblical wisdom he imparted to Orion.  He'd been through a lot himself but still had such faith in God.  I'm excited to read his story next!  I had to read under a blanket as the descriptions of icy Denali were making me cold, it felt that real.  It was fascinating learning more about mountain climbing in extreme conditions and the amazing shape you need to be in and the expertise you need just to survive!  Even then, things can go wrong and there were so many suspenseful moments!  I loved that characters from her other series' show up.  Susan's one of my favorite authors and this is another reason why.  I highly recommend this book!

I received this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over 65 novels with more than 1 million books sold, including the Montana Rescue series. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous...
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Very Enjoyable! 'Above the Fold' - by Rachel Scott McDaniel

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About the book:

After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.

Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.

The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.

My review:

I really enjoyed this historical mystery set in the 1920s!  I loved the time period and learning more about the suffragette movement and Prohibition.   Elissa was a wonderful character, tough to try to make it in a man's world of journalism and fighting for equality for women, yet trying so hard to be perfect because of past bullying she'd dealt with and because of Cole's rejection that she'd almost made herself into a different person.  She kept feeling like she wasn't enough, which is something I think so many women struggle with, myself included.  I liked seeing her come to terms with that and find her true worth in God.  She was rejected by Cole before and didn't want to put herself in that position again, which was very understandable.  She really struggled with that throughout the book.  She cared a lot about people and getting to the truth.  I loved that she loved books, especially Jane Austen!  I liked learning about Cole's redemption as he had made it big in New York but then crashed and burned.  He had then turned to God and was depending on Him and His grace to make it through his struggles.  The mystery was interesting and there were some exciting action scenes!  I liked the hints of humor and there were some great romantic moments.  I highly recommend this intriguing story!

I received an ebook from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.