Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

His Guilt - The Amish of Hart County 2 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:

A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

My review:

I enjoyed this story of second chances and suspense!  It was interesting to see how someone would come back from being thought guilty of a horrific crime to trying to fit in with a community again and show they were innocent.  Gossip is a terrible thing and has a life of its own and that was really shown here as Mark's constantly accused of things and looked at with suspicion because of his past. I found it surprising and frustrating how some people could be so judgmental and sure that he was guilty of everything when they had no proof and even knew he had been cleared of the past crime.  Neeta ended up losing friendships over this attitude because she stood up for him and they didn't want to hear it.  I also found it interesting to see how Mark reacted to the situation and to different relationships in his life because of his childhood and the unpredictability and neglect he suffered.  He had a hard time opening up to people and sometimes reacted in negative ways.  I was somewhat surprised by some advice his preacher gave him.  Most was good, but there was something he said that seemed out of character for a Christian.  I liked the different conversations about forgiving, not judging, second chances and looking beneath the surface.  I was really surprised that Neeta's parents, Mark and her boss weren't more worried about her biking to and from work by herself after 2 attacks and when she herself had been threatened, though I don't think she ever told her parents about that.  I also thought she was very naive about an incident that happened. I was also a little surprised at Mark for something he does at the end of the story.  Other than those instances, I really liked both her and Mark. There's talk of prayer, forgiveness and knowing God was with her.  There's a little bit of romance and some suspense.  I thought it worked well as a stand-alone, though it's book two.  I would recommend this story if you like Amish books or suspense.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.



About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Lesson in Love & Murder - Herringford & Watts Mysteries 2 - by Rachel McMillan

A Lesson in Love and Murder

About the book:

From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive…
The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem’s flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm’s way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they’ve tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it’s too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.

My review:

This was an interesting story with a fast pace.  From trolley bombings to a new love interest for Merinda, from tracking a dangerous man to saving a future president, there wasn't a dull moment!  I really liked Benny; it was interesting getting his perspective of the girls and seeing how his background as a Mountie influenced his choices.  I liked that this story traveled around more and I always loved the witty banter.  I was frustrated a bit with Ray and his sister for some choices they made and things they said.  Reality also intruded on Ray and Jem's marriage as he had to deal with worry over her investigating crimes, their busy schedules making them ships in the night and money being tighter than usual.  There's a little bit of romance and a lot of action.  There's not much spiritual content but there was an interesting conversation between Jem and Merinda.  It was also interesting to learn more about Roosevelt and to discover Goldman.  I love history!  This story works best as a continuation of book one instead of being read as a stand-alone.  I would recommend it if you like mysteries that are unique!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.

Meet the author:

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Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Naomi's Hope - Journey to Pleasant Prairie 3 - Jan Drexler

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About the book:

When the future is threatened by the past, can she trust herself to make the right choice?
Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future--as well as their own.

My review:

I really enjoyed this well-written story!  I liked Naomi and felt for her lack of self-confidence due to a physical issue.  It was nice to see a character who wasn't portrayed as perfect.  I also felt that she was very relatable in that she had a hard time forgiving.  I think that's a hard issue for a lot of people to overcome.  Cap was such a great guy.  He really looked at Naomi's heart and took Davey under his wing and yet he wasn't afraid to say the hard things to Naomi when she needed to hear some truth or to be strict with Davey.  It was wonderful to see both Cap and Naomi's transformations from someone who doesn't think God cares to someone who knows He does, from thinking He wants rule followers to knowing He wants your heart.  I especially liked the part where Cap compared Naomi being a mother to God being a father and that He cares about what we're doing, if we're safe or happy, even what we had for breakfast!  I liked that the gospel was spelled out simply and clearly.  There were some good discussions about suffering and God's goodness.  I was a little surprised that Cap first was going to obey God in something, then changed his mind.  I was very frustrated with a character who showed up to cause some issues in the community and especially for Cap.  It's hard to fathom someone who's deliberately evil like that, especially when he's supposed to be a man of God.  He's also part of the reason it was hard to stop reading, though, because I wanted to find out what he would do next.  I'm always amazed when I read Amish books to see their commitment to non-resistance.  It really takes a lot of determination and trust in God to not fight back and I admire that, even if I don't always agree.  There was a bit of romance.  This worked well as a stand-alone, though it's book three, and it was nice to see characters from the first two books.  I'd definitely recommend this book if you like Amish stories as it's one of the better ones I've read.

I received this book from Revell free to review.

 Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years. She is the author of The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children (winner of the 2013 TARA award), and A Home for His Family (finalist for the 2016 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award), as well as Hannah's Choice and Mattie's Pledge.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Captain's Daughter - London Beginnings 1 - by Jennifer Delamere


About the book:
Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he's glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can't wait to leave behind.
My review:
I really enjoyed this book about the theater world in 1880's London, a subject I wasn't very familiar with.  Acting then was considered a somewhat scandalous profession and it was interesting to see how people reacted to actors and what being backstage was really like.  It was fun to have Gilbert and Sullivan, the duo who brought us "the Pirates of Penzance," in the story and to see them introducing this operetta.  I also liked that there was so much music in the book; it just made for more of a light and joyful ambiance to the story.  I liked Rosalyn but felt a little frustrated at first with the situation she finds herself in and felt she could have done something to prevent or fix it.  She's also more of a naive girl so I felt apprehensive for her in different situations.  There's some romance with a bit of a love triangle.  It was interesting learning more about George Muller's orphanage and what it would have been like to grow up there.  Nate was an honorable, caring man who tried to watch out for Rosalyn, even when she was a stranger.  He felt a deep responsibility for his family and the men he served with, which was why he felt so guilty for a past mistake.  He struggled between doing what he felt was his duty and being drawn to Rosalyn as he felt he couldn't have both.  There's a little talk of faith as most of the main characters are Christians and live out their faith.  I would definitely recommend this well-written story!
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity free to review.

About the author:

Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, "An Heiress at Heart," was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, "A Lady Most Lovely," received a starred review from "Publishers Weekly" and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Find out more about Jennifer at jenniferdelamere.com.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Enjoyable Romance! "Back in the Saddle - Double S Ranch 1 - by Ruth Logan Herne

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About the book:

Colt Stafford has been trying to prove himself on Wall Street for years, but when his investments go south, he comes home with his tail between his legs.  His father and brother run the successful Double S ranch, but his father has developed some serious health problems and can't help with the busy calving season.  Colt comes home to help and regroup.  Ever since Colt's mother died when he was young, his father hasn't gotten along with anyone, including his two sons and a third boy he took in.  He's thrown himself into the ranch and making money.  His relationship with Colt, especially, is on rocky ground, but he's come back to his faith with his health scare and wants to make up for lost time.  Colt meets the house manager, Angelina, when she points a gun at him and can't help feeling drawn to her tough yet caring ways.  He also suspects she's hiding a secret.  His brother is busy with two little girls acting up after his wife walked out on them and helping to run the ranch.  A town tragedy forces the Stafford men to decide what's important in life and in their community.  Will Colt find his place on the ranch or does he belong back on Wall Street?  What is Angelina's secret and how will that impact her decisions about her future?

I enjoyed this cute romance about coming home and life on a ranch.  I liked seeing Colt evolve from a self-centered guy who only cared about money to starting to care about his family and community. It was interesting to see how Colt became so perceptive of other's feelings.  That was a unique touch I don't see often.  We see Colt's thought process as he starts to embrace the faith he lost, but he never really discussed it with Angelina and that's something I thought she should have clarified.  It was sweet to see the couple fall in love and try to figure out if they could overcome their obstacles.  There were also some really cute moments with the children in the story.  I recommend this book if you like sweet romances!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gorgeous! Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel - by Ron Gafni & Kathleen Barrett



Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel 


(Skypics Israel, November 2016)
Soar across the skies of beautiful Israel and visit contemporary and historic sites beckoning visitors to stay and explore.

The beauty of Israel from above is captured by top aerial photographer Ron Gafni.  As you sweep over ancient ruins, fly high in hot air balloons, and view vignette's of Israel's modern lifestyles, Holy scripture will also come alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers reflective narrative with scripture pointing to God's redemption plan for the world.

My review:
This is an absolutely gorgeous book!  The pictures are breathtaking and it's amazing to see these historical sites from a bird's-eye-view.  I was actually able to visit Israel a couple of years ago and it was very cool to see some of these sites again, but from a different viewpoint.  There was also a lot of beautiful scenery and some photos of modern life.  I would love to be able to have some of these pictures blown up on my wall.  The devotional thoughts tied in to some of the pictures and were short and to the point.  The thoughts that stood out to me were on leaving a legacy and freedom in Christ.  They made a nice addition, but the photography was really the main focus.  I would highly recommend this book if you like photography.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
About the authors:

Ron Gafni works as a professional aerial photographer after spending more than a decade in Israel's High-Tech Industry. He brings his vast experience and personal perspective through the lens of a proud Israeli citizen. His work has been featured in "National Geographic," and his company, Skypics.co.il, provides books from its "Israel From Above" collection to the Israeli government, Army and Air force, as well as to large corporations in Israel. 


Kathleen Barrett, a south Florida resident and former teacher is a student of the Word. She shares her thoughtful point of view in "Israel-God's Heart" from a personal, 40 year walk of Christian faith and study. In 2002, she authored a children's devotional. Before that and since then, she has published numerous articles from mission's outreach to local political events. Her more personal and reflective work has been featured in a number of collections.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Martin Luther In His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation - by Jack D. Kilcrease & Erwin W. Lutzer, Editors

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About the book:

"Didn't he write the Ninety-Five Theses?"
Though most Protestants--approximately 900 million believers worldwide--trace their spiritual roots back to the Reformation, many people today have only a vague knowledge of Martin Luther's extensive writings. Jack Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer step into this vacuum with Martin Luther in His Own Words, a carefully selected collection of Luther's works.

Organized around the five solas of the Reformation (sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo gloria), the selections offer readers an accessible primer on works that are foundational to the theology of Protestantism in all its forms. An introduction to each writing includes an explanation of its historical context and theological significance.

Students of the Bible, pastors, teachers, and seminary students will find this collection an enlightening introduction to Luther in his own words and a useful addition to their libraries.

My review:

This was an interesting and informative book featuring some of the key ideas Martin Luther wrote about.   I really appreciated the introduction to each chapter that gave some of the background and circumstances surrounding the writing along with a short summary.  A lot of the things he said were pretty amazing considering the time in which he wrote them.  He didn't mince words calling out the pope. priests, etc., for the way they were leading people astray, especially for saying we depend on works to get to Heaven, instead of on God's grace.  I knew his life was in danger, but hadn't realized how confrontational he was.  I also never knew that he wrote so much or that he translated the Bible into German, the language of the people.  I also found it interesting to learn about some of the practices the Catholic Church was enforcing, such as not being able to eat certain foods at certain times of the year and actually calling it a sin if you did so.  I learned a lot about some of the theological views present then and now; this book really made me think more deeply about my faith.  My favorite chapters were about freedom, the views of Christ's suffering and how Christ took our sin.  I would recommend this book if you're interested in Martin Luther, the Reformation or theology!

I received this book free from Baker Books.

The Authors

  1. Jack D. Kilcrease

    Jack D. Kilcrease

    Jack D. Kilcrease (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of historical and systematic theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology. He is a church elder at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He is the author of The Self-Donation of God: A...
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  2. Erwin W. Lutzer

    Erwin W. Lutzer

    Erwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe, including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is the ECPA Gold...
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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Love So True - Teaville Moral Society 2 - by Melissa Jagears

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About the book:

Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.

While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all?

My review:

This was a wonderful story with an intriguing plot and characters I loved.  Evelyn was a selfless, caring woman with a painful secret that caused her to push men away.  David is drawn to Evelyn despite her distant demeanor and wanted to help her with the women and children of the Red Light District.  I loved how he jumped in even though he was new to town and new to this kind of ministry. He really seemed to care about both their physical and spiritual needs.  He wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.  I also loved that he liked and knew how to cook!  He did struggle to stand up to his father, however, who he worked for.  I really admired Evelyn's selflessness and her belief in a good God, no matter what she was going through.  She really had faith and believed that if God said no, it was because He had something better planned.  I got a little frustrated with her for listening to someone who did not have her best interests in mind, but it all worked out for the best.  I liked the theme of waiting on God's perfect timing.  It was nice to see characters from the previous book, which I also loved, but this worked nicely as a stand-alone.  There's some romance.  I highly recommend this well-written historical novel!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.

 The Author

  1. Melissa Jagears

    Melissa Jagears

    Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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