Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Begotten - The Gifted 1 - by Lisa T. Bergren


About the book:

At the height of the Inquisition, a secret half a millennium old is about to be exposed-a lost letter said to have been written by Paul and part of what was to become the foundation of the Christian canon. It speaks of men and women-the Gifted-with mysterious spiritual gifts that struck fear in the heart of the Church. Now the letter has surfaced. The Gifted ones are coming together. Their prophecy is coming true.

My review:

This was an interesting story, suspenseful with both physical action and spiritual warfare.  Those parts I really liked, along with the hint of romance.  I also liked learning about the time period and some of the customs but I don't really like church politics and there was some of that in the story.  I was frustrated about some of the customs of the church, such as only reading the Bible in church and only in Latin, which most people couldn't even understand.  I also got frustrated with Daria as she kept going her own way and making bad decisions, even after just agreeing that she had just done that!  Sometimes she seemed incredibly naive, even knowing that she was in danger.  I liked Gianni a lot, as he was a knight and sworn to protect her so was brave but also a man of great faith and Father Piero was also incredibly wise so a good leader.  There was a lot of talk of faith as the group tried to understand Christ better and gain strength from him and trust him more so they would be prepared for the battle ahead.  They read Scripture and prayed.  This story was rewritten and republished and there are two more books so their story continues.  Overall this felt a little slow to me but if you like books about spiritual warfare and historical fiction, you might want to check it out.

I received a kindle copy of this book free from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Enjoyable Suspense! 'Present Danger' - Rocky Mountain Courage - by Elizabeth Goddard


About the book:

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:

This was an exciting suspenseful story that was unique for the more rural setting and featuring a US Forest Service Special Agent.  I also found it interesting to learn about the trafficking of archaeological artifacts and whether that had anything to do with their murder case.  They were both Christians but still struggled with either trying to live up to their heroic parent or overcome a disappointing legacy.  They both struggled to trust and not feel like they were letting people down.  I liked the twists at the end as we discovered who was behind everything.  There was some romance and it will be interesting to see where the next story goes with Terra's friend as we got to meet her in this book.  I recommend this story if you like suspense!

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

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    Elizabeth Goddard

    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...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

When Valleys Bloom Again - by Pat Jeanne Davis


About the book:

As war approaches in 1939, Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the US Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

My review:

This was an interesting story set during a dangerous and uncertain time.  I liked learning more about what both the soldiers and their family back home went through at different times in the war.  Abby grew in wisdom and confidence as the war went on, though sometimes she still seemed immature and naive.  She also grew in her faith as she had to rely on God more when Jim went off to war.  There was some romance and some suspense.  The narrator was okay but I did have to listen at 2.25 speed as the normal speed felt too slow.  You might enjoy this if you like historical fiction.

I received a free Audible copy of this audiobook from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Enjoyable! 'Bookshop By The Sea' - by Denise Hunter


About the book:

When her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie became a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through college, putting aside her own dream--opening a book shop in Hideaway Cove, a North Carolina beach town they frequented as children. Now it’s finally time for Sophie to bring her dream to fruition. Seth has graduated from NCU, the family house is sold, and Jenna is set to marry her college sweetheart in Hideaway Cove. But the destination wedding will also reunite Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance to run an extreme sporting business in Florida.

Much to Sophie’s chagrin, seeing Aiden again resurrects all those old feelings. But she’s not about to give him the time of day. The wedding goes smoothly, if one can dismiss the low-key tension between Sophie and Aiden, and Sophie can turn her focus to establishing the bookshop of her dreams.

But then the advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Hideaway Cove, and with the hotels booked to capacity he begs Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, past hurts are put to rest and old feelings rise to the surface. But can Sophie trust Aiden to stick around? And does daredevil Aiden have the courage to risk his heart?

My review:

This was a sweet second chance love story!  I loved the setting of the beach and the bookstore, two of my favorite things together!  The community of people she met were amazing and really rallied around her in her time of need.  I hope we get stories about some of them in the future!  Sophie and Aiden reconnected and realized their feelings never disappeared but they might just have some of the same issues as before.  I actually was pretty frustrated with Sophie as she kept doing favors for her siblings and even her dad when she was incredibly busy and even to the detriment of her health and safety and they didn't seem to care.  She definitely had some problems with boundaries.  They both were dealing with some abandonment issues because of a parent but in different ways.  They also both were people of faith but not perfect as God was still working on them.  It was fun to see a couple of old friends from Denise Hunter's previous series.  I would recommend this book if you enjoy love stories.

I received a kindle copy of this book free from NetGalley.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021

Amazing! 'No Unturned Stone' - The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone 2 - by David James Warren


About the book:

But he did, and now ex-detective Rembrandt Stone is reaping the devastation of ignoring those words when he traveled back in time to solve the one case that had haunted his dreams.

Yes, he solved the crime. Yes, he saved lives. But Rembrandt returns to find the unthinkable has happened and his life has shattered.

There’s only one answer: break the rule again. Go back in time once more, fix what went wrong, save what went right, and yeah, in his spare time solve another brutal crime.

But it’s not so easy to change time, especially when time turns you into a target. And of course there’s the strong possibility if he goes again, he’ll never get back.

Get ready for your mind to be blown in Book 2 of the time-travel suspense series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.

My review:

This was another wonderful book in the series with time travel, romance, action and the unexpected!  After experiencing the bomb drop at the end of the first book, he's still reeling at what's changed and trying to navigate his new world while determined to go back in time and fix it.  There was another fascinating cold case to solve while trying to understand what he did before that changed his future and how he can change it back.  I loved the time travel discussion, the wonderful romance and the investigation.  There's some good action, twists and turns and a big twist at the end that he's of course going to want to fix.  I loved all of the class rock references and found myself listening to them, discovering some for the first time.  This would be considered a clean read, not Christian fiction.  I had a hard time putting it down and can't wait for the next one!

I received a kindle copy free from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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About the authors:

Writing collectively as David James Warren, USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren, award-winning author James L. Rubart, and new voice, David C. Warren, are the creators of THE TRUE LIES OF REMBRANDT STONE.

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves travelling and telling stories about life, adventure and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.