Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

Leora wrestles with the decision between having faith and taking action, Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?

Hey Readers,
I have a new book to add to your "Must Read List".
It is an interesting, thought provoking new book called The Divide by Jolina Petersheim.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like Post Apocalyptic stories  
  • Wanted to read a book with suspense, romance and faith.
  • Read the first book,  The Alliance
  • Want to read a Mennonite story that is unlike ANY Amish/Mennonite story you have ever read.

So let me tell you a bit about the story.
The Divide by Jolina Petersheim  is the gripping conclusion of the Alliance. It is the story of  Leora Ebersole  a young Mennonite girl  who is living in a very difficult time.  There was an EMP attack that destroyed anything that ran on electricity and has left the world in chaos. The Mennonites were not as affected by the attack because they lived off the land and there lives did not revolve around electronics ( such as cars, cell phones, refrigerators, stoves, grocery stores, etc..) But when the people on the outside ( Englischers) discovered that they had food, they raided and attacked the Mennonite community, The Mennonites were given a choice, fight or run. Because the Mennonites are against any violence, they decided to leave their homes and find a new place to live.
 *WARNING*  Possible Spoiler alert if you have not read the first book, because this book begins where the last book left off.
It has been 6 months since they left their homes and already they are facing extreme hardships. Winter is upon them and they do not have enough food.  They are finding it harder to keep their faith but they know that God will take care of them and sustain them. Then tragedy strikes the community.  Several members have gotten sick and died. Leora is really having a hard time accepting that this is what God wants for her and her family and many times she second guesses their decision to run.  But everyday she gets up and helps were she can and then goes to the front gate  to see if her Englischer friend Moses Hughes has returned but she fears that he is dead.  When her Grandmother dies, she is devastated and decides to go with her brother and venture outside the community to see what's left of their home.  When they arrive , They are heartbroken when they see what is left, The Englischers had burned their home down and trashed their fields. The only good thing that came out of her trip was that she discovered that Moses had been severely injured, But was alive and was a part of a militia camp several miles away.  Leora is torn between searching for Moses ( whom she fell in love with) or returning to the community. After a couple of minutes, they decide to go back to the community but before they can get home, they are met with opposition when a solider with the ARC (The Agricultural Resurgence Commission) tries to take them to a work camp. Forced to make a horrible decision, Leora decides to use violence to guarantee hers and her brothers freedom. When she gets back to the Community, she tries to pretend that nothing happened but her actions weigh heavy on her heart.  As the days continue and several more of the members die due to the sickness,  Leora is having a even harder time holding onto her faith and the things she was taught since she was born. Surely, God does not want them living like this, But what should she do?
Should she go and find Moses? Should she stay and marry her friend Jabil, who has asked for her hand and has patiently waited for her?
But then they discover an even greater threat, The ARC are convinced that the Mennonites are the key to learning to live off the land and want to capture them and make them work at a work camp. Can Leora, Moses and the Community protect its members without violence or will they perish by the hand of the enemy?

You will have to read the book to find out! ( I can't give away everything that happens in the story)

So what did I think? 
First this is a continuation of the story started in The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim and I would not recommend reading this book as a stand alone because you should know what happened before so that you will be able to understand the events that occur during this book, I still like the characters, how they have to stick together in order to survive and how even though at times, both Leora and Moses question and wrestle with their faith, they did not give into the lie that God did not care about them.
 I also liked way the Author describes the scenery and landscapes in the book.  But what I did not like was all the violence and bloodshed in the book. No it was not graphic but it was more then I wanted to read about. I do understand that we cannot be naive and if an event like this happened, that there would be violence but still, I did not enjoy reading those parts. Overall, It was a great conclusion to an interesting story.  I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. ****

If you would like more info on this book or the first book in the series, Here is the link:

Happy Reading :)

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

 "God appreciates justice even more then we do, so it makes sense that He'd be interested in helping us find it." - David Marshal, Threads of Suspicion

 Hey Readers,
I have a new book for you to check out called Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson. It is a interesting book showing the difficulties and trials that go into solving a crime, Especially one that has gone cold.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like any other books by Dee Henderson
  • Like to watch Police TV shows such as CSI or Conviction
  • Like to play the game of clue or solve mysteries with lots of twists and turns
  • want to read a new book =)

So Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson is the story of Lieutenant Evie Blackwell who has just joined the newly formed Missing Persons Task Force. Their job was to investigate cold cases where a missing person was never found and hopefully find the person or bring closure to their families. Because this Task Force was set up by the Governor, The political stakes are high so this team will have to quickly show results.  Evie is given the case of Jenna Greenhill, a college student who disappeared after attending a concert about ten years ago. Evie begins her investigation by looking into events before and after Jenna’s disappearance but nothing stands out. It appears that Jenna went to a Triple M concert with some friends of hers and then went home and was reported missing by her best friend three days after. As she looks at the reports, everything shows that Jenna was a sweet college girl who was liked by everyone but as Evie looks deeper than the reports, she finds people in Jenna’s circle that disliked her, who said that she was a two-faced cheater who liked to get what she could not have.  So which was it? She could not be both, Could she?   
Evie decides to look at it from a different angle; Maybe Jenna was taken by someone who has done this before. The crime seemed to be flawless, no clues anywhere, so it was definitely pre-meditated. Since it occurred after a concert, could it be someone who liked music? Could it have been someone jealous of Jenna’s musical talents?  As Evie digs deeper into her theory that Jenna's disappearance was connected to the concert, she discovers that there were a couple of other disappearances in the surrounding states that all occurred after a Triple M concert.    Could they be looking at a serial killer? If so why has he or she not struck in years?
As Evie pulls the threads of the case hoping to unravel the mystery behind Jenna’s disappearance, will she be able to find out who did it and protect the next girl?                            

What did I think? 
First this is book 2 in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case Series but I read it as a stand alone. The cover is kind of creepy and you find out what exactly is pictured but the story itself is not creepy at all.  The overall plot is good and it is very interesting how they go about solving a case that seems to have gone cold with no leads. The middle of the book seemed to lag a bit in the middle but being realistic, When solving a crime or a puzzle there are times when it seems like nothing is happening, so I guess it just made it more realistic. There is nothing graphic about the crimes except they do find a body. I liked Evie's partner David and his Girlfriend/fiancé Maggie but I was disappointed at the outcome of Evie and Rob's relationship. Overall it was a good book, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.***

If you want to find more info on this book or any of her other books, Just click on the link below.

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

For Widow Grace Bidwell it appears that her dreams of having a family will never come true...

Hey Readers,

I have a wonderful new "Must Read" called Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan for you. It is a story of trust, hope and love set in the beautiful Montana mountains. I would recommend this book if:
  • You like a heart warming love story, 
  • You like to watch Hallmark movies. ( because this story is one that I could see being a Hallmark Movie)
  • You like a story that has a sweet ending that will leave you smiling. 
  • You have read books 1 and/or 2 of the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series
  • You just want to read a new book :)  

So Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan is the story of Grace Bidwell, A widow who is struggling to manage her late husband's farm and care for her sick father. As the time approaches for her to have her crops  planted, She decides that she needs to hire help or she may lose the crop this year. Like an answer to prayer, God sends Robert Frasier to her town and he is desperate for a job. Virginia Harrison (Grace's best friend)  points him to Grace's potato farm and he is immediately hired.
Robert is very weary of any female because his late wife had kept a huge secret from him until the day she died, So though he is extremely grateful to Grace for giving him the job, He is staying far away from her. He just needs to earn enough money to buy a place for him and his children so that they do not have to continue living inside their wagon. When Grace discovers that Robert has children and that they were camped on her property, She is ecstatic!  She has always prayed for children and it appeared that God had sent three of them for her to take care of. Robert is pleased to see Grace interact with the children since they have all harbored bitter and angry feelings toward him and the world since their mother died.  But now Robert is extremely frustrated,  He promised himself that he would never trust another woman again but it appears that Grace is slowly finding a place in his heart. As the harvest approaches, Will Robert stay now that most of the work around the farm is done? Will he be able to overcome the feelings of mistrust and pride and find love again?

So What did I think? 
So this is book 3 of the Virtues and Vices of the Old West Series and though it is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a standalone.  I read the second book in the series, A Sweet Misfortune last year and this one was just as good! I love the relationship that Grace has with her father because you don't see good loving relationships between the children/child and their parents often, whether it's in books or on TV. The story started great on page 1 and though it was sort of predictable, it stayed interesting with some twists along the way until the very last page.  I love the look of the cover ( I would love to have her dress) and the title is very clever. Overall I think that it is a sweet story of learning to trust again and letting go of the past. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! *****

If you wanted to check out this book or the series, Here is the link :)

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
 Philippians 4:6 NIV

 Hello Readers,
I have a special treat for you.
Do you remember when I wrote about the coloring book Gratitude, A Prayer and Praise Coloring book?
Well here is the second book in the series!
 This is another "Must have" coloring book if :
  • You like pictures with a lot of "in depth" details. 
  • You want a journal that gives you a thought and space for you to write your  thoughts.
  • You like to color anything. 

So here is a preview of the book,  Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

First thing I wanted you see was the beautiful hard cover that is not only gorgeous but also practical!  Because it is a hard cover, you do not need a table to color on! You can color in bed, on the couch, on the floor, etc...

So on this next picture, you can see a journal page encouraging you to write a list of people and blessings and then on the right side of the book, they have a partially colored ( it comes that way, I have not colored this page... yet ) page with gifts that compliment the journal page.

The picture shown below is one of my FAVORITE pages, it is not a coloring page, but it is a stunning beach scene journal page.
On the left side of the page is a prayer to the Lord that is based on 1 Samuel 3:10 .

This next page was colored by my Mom, ( Didn't she do a great job :) The clocks are very detailed and I LOVE that they are all different. This page is a great reminder that Life is Short, We have to make the most of what God has given us. Oh, and looking at the different clocks remind me that God has made us all unique.

 What Did I Think ?
So, I like this coloring book, Though the pictures are bit more modern then what I normally would color,  (which would be landscapes or just basic coloring pages) but it is not extreme. I thoroughly enjoyed the journal pages especially the one with the beach scene. I asked several of my friends to give me their opinion on the book  and this is what they said..
  • My Mom she said "it was a bit modern, but was nice to color".  
  • My friend in her twenties said " It's a beautiful coloring book, I LOVE the pictures! I am going to have to buy me one.
  • My Best Friend who is almost twenty said " I love how some of the pages are half colored because it helps you decide which colors to use to finish the rest of the page! " ( She is an artist and is VERY picky with her colors) 
  • My Best Buddy who is 11 just shrugged her shoulders and said " It's OK, I like a few of the pictures.

I would recommend this book to anyone ( probably not a child  unless they like this kind of book)  who likes to color or write because it has areas for both. It also would make a great gift  
Overall I give this Coloring book 4 out of 5 Stars****

If you liked the pictures you saw and would like to check out the book, Here is the link for more information:

Happy Coloring :)  

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

" One of the most important rules was that wallflowers did not converse with each other...ever"

Hey Readers,

So, no I am not a Star Wars fan but I think that the saying is funny :) 

So I just finished reading an AMAZING book by one of my favorite authors Jen Turano and I cannot wait to tell you about it. It is definitely on my "Must Read" list.

 I would recommend Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano if:

Here is the story... 
Behind the Scenes is the story of Wallflower Miss Permilia Griswold who is also a undercover, anonymous reporter for The New York Sun. Under the pseudonym "Miss Quill" Permilia is able to give people outside of society a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of her world and since she is a wallflower no one pays any attention to her. That is until Mr Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most popular department stores in New York saved Permilia from "a most gruesome death" when a pillar almost crushed Permilia.  Asher has always been somewhat of an enigma to Permilia because she has a horrible habit of not being able to talk to men but has always been able to talk freely to Asher.  So after the disaster with the pillar, she finds herself promising to save him two dances but only if he will pretend to like her so that her stepmother will stop nagging her about not socializing.  After she has uniquely finished her first dance she excuses herself and finds that Mrs. Davenport is missing. As she searches the mansion to find her, She overhears a plot to get rid of  Asher because  "he is in the way".  She barely is able to escape after Mrs Davenport sneezed and alerted the would-be assassins that they both overheard them. When she finally made it back to the dining room, She immediately went and found  Asher to alert him of the plot against him and he laughed at her making her beyond furious! All she wanted to do was to inform him of the threat and he thought she was making it up! Being that she is not one to just sit behind the scenes, she decides that her and her best friend Miss Gertrude Cadwalader were going to be Asher's bodyguards. So they put on disguises and followed him around the city for two days , Then someone attempted to kill him while he was in the park, but they were able to save both Asher and his friend Mr Sinclair from a dastardly demise. Asher is annoyed that Permilia would put herself in danger for his sake because he was raised better then to let a woman protect him. He was also, oddly attracted to this annoying woman who has such a caring heart and a progressive attitude.  When Permilia gets a note threatening to expose her as Miss Quill if she continues interfering with their plans, She does not back down. The note just made her more determined to find out who wants Asher dead and why.  Asher is worried that Permilia is going to get hurt and is determined to protect her, But she will not stop trying to protect him.
When they both are at the wrong place, at the wrong time, Will they be able to get out alive? 
Will Permilia do the impossible, defy the odds of a "wallflower" and find the man God chose for her? 

Hmm, What do you think?

What did I think? 
So this book is the first book in the Apart from the Crowd series and I am so excited that she is starting a new series! The story has a little bit of everything, comedy, romance, mystery and even a bit of suspense! I loved the very unique names that Mrs. Turano gave her characters, Names like Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff or Mr Wayne Flowerdew. The witty banter between the characters, especially Mr Asher and Miss Permilia was hilarious and always put a smile on my face when I was reading it . I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story and did not want to put it down until the very last page (of the epilogue, which was one of my favorite parts) Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****

I highly recommend this book or any other book by Mrs. Turano. I have read all of them and have not found a single one that I did not like. If you want to check them out, Here is the link.

You can get the prequel to the Apart from the Crowd series, At Your Request FREE!
Here is the link to Mrs. Turano's website where she has links to get the book on a Nook, Kindle or Christian Book Distrubutors.

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pursued by Lisa Harris

Nikki Boyd's Flight Into Nashville Tennessee Was Routine, Until The Crash Landing At The Airport...

Hey Readers,
I have another fantastic book for you to check out,

My latest "Must Read" is the third book in The Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris.
I recommend reading Pursued by Lisa Harris if :

  • You have read the previous two books and would like to see if Nikki ever finds her sister's abductor.
  • You like Criminal/FBI Suspense Fiction. 
  • You like watching Police/Cop shows on TV.
  • You want a great book with LOTS of twists and turns.
So here is the synopsis of the story: 
Pursued by Lisa Harris is the continuing story of Special Agent Nikki Boyd whose sister was abducted about 10 years before. The book starts as Nikki is on a flight home excited to see her best friend ( and almost boyfriend) Tyler who has been away for months.  She imagines how amazing the reunion is going to be and can barely sit still. The lady in the seat beside Nikki saw the picture of Tyler that she was holding and asks about it. Nikki thought that the lady seemed a bit anxious and could tell that she did not like to fly, So Nikki decided to have a small conversation with her to try and distract her from the flight but as they are talking they hear a huge explosion and Nikki discovers the plane is free-falling to the ground. She hears the Pilot say that they will have to make an emergency landing at the airport and as Nikki looks out the window, she notices that the ground is getting closer at an alarming rate. Within seconds the plane crashes and thankfully not many people are fatally hurt. Nikki finds out that the lady's name is Erika and Erika was freaking out because the man next to her died. Erika panics and rushes off the plane and Nikki notices that Erika forgot her watch (which was a family heirloom) so she tries to find Erika among the passengers from the plane but cannot find her anywhere. Nikki asks one of the Airline employees if Erika was reported as seriously hurt and was informed that there was no one on board the plane named Erika and that the seat next to Nikki was empty.  Nikki is sure that Erika was real but everyone she asks seems to think Nikki has a concussion and imagined Erika. As Nikki is continuing to search for Erika she finds Tyler waiting for her. As Tyler and Nikki are leaving, Nikki is approached by two FBI agents who inform her that Erika Hamilton was the key witness in an upcoming trial and she was being protected by a US Marshall on the plane. Nikki tells them that the US Marshall is dead and that Erika is missing, so they assign Nikki and her team the task of finding Erika before her ex-boyfriend does because if he found out that she was testifying against him, he would have her killed. The team is racing against the clock because they only have 48 hours to find her. As they follow her trail they discover that anyone she runs into is killed, Is Erika still alive? Then they discover a huge twist that the FBI conveniently forgot to mention... Erika has a daughter and her Ex-boyfriend wants the little girl and is not afraid to kill anyone to get her. 
Will the team be able to find Erika and her daughter in time?
After all, The first 48 hours are the most critical...

What did I think?
So I have had the pleasure of reading the first two books of the Nikki Boyd files and this book did not disappoint me at all. The story picked up right where the second book left off and the plot is so good that you do not want to put the book down until the very last page.  Though this book is part of a series, It could also be read as a standalone. I loved that even though Sarah's ( Nikki's sister) abduction is always on her mind, it was not the most prominent part of the story. Oh, do not get me wrong, I want to find out what happened to Sarah but with Erika's plight it would have been hard to follow both story lines. I thought that it was interesting that Nikki also has to deal with something in her personal life while on this case, showing us readers that even though someone is in Law Enforcement and they are working to protect us, their lives still go on. They do not get to "pause" it so that they can help us. 
The one thing that I did not like was that the body count seemed a bit high but I guess that is something that is a part of any "Criminal/FBI Fiction" plot ( it is technically called Suspense). Though there was a lot of action in the story, it was not gruesome or overly descriptive. Overall, I loved the book and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars! *****

One cool tidbit that you may not have known is that the author of this book is a missionary in Africa! You can check out her story and her amazing books by clicking on the link below! 

Happy Reading :) 

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

What happens when every lead seems to be a dead end, every possibility is explored but not plausible. Will they be able to find the evidence to clear their friend?

Hey Readers,
I just finished another "Must read" that you have to check out.
It's the newest book by DiAnn Mills called Deep Extraction.

I recommend this book if: 

  • You like FBI, Law Enforcement or what I call "criminal fiction". 
  • If you like Law Enforcement TV shows like Blue Bloods or CSI.
  • If you have read any of DiAnn Mills books ( because this one is just as good) 
  • Like a good suspense novel with LOTS of twists and turns. 
  • A suspense novel with a slight bit of romance.
Anyway, here is my review :) 

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills is the story of Special Agent Tori Templeton who has been given what seems like an impossible task. Her best friend Sally Moore's husband has been murdered and Sally is the FBI's number one suspect. Tori is tasked with uncovering the truth no matter what her personal feelings are or the consequences it could have on her friendship. In hopes of solving the case, she is paired with her partner Max and Deputy US Marshall Cole Jeffers who is also a friend of the Moore family.  The three of them must investigate if the previous bombing of one of Nathan Moore"s ( Sally's husband) oil rigs were connected to his murder and who murdered him. The only problem is that the more they dig into Nathan's past, the more secrets they uncover.  Personal secrets that could prove that Sally had motive to kill her husband or to have him killed. Tori believes that her Best Friend is innocent but the deeper she gets into Nathans personal life, The more strain it puts on her friendship. Is Sally really innocent or is Tori's judgement being colored by her friendship. As more secrets comes to light, It appears that no one really knew the real Nathan Moore, Was he a loving and devoted husband, Hard working but compassionate boss, man with a secret life or all three?
Then as Tori and Cole were conducting part of the investigation, They are attacked by a gang. Tori is hurt but not as bad as Cole whose injuries are potentially fatal. As the world seems to spin out of control and this case seems hopeless,  Will Tori be able find peace in the God that her brother knew and loved so much?  
As the clues become fewer and the leads nowhere to be found, Will they allow the case to become cold, or will they be able to discover the truth about what happened to their friend ?

What did I think?
So Deep Extraction is the second book in the FBI Task Force Series but they are all (so far) stand alone books.  The plot was so full of twists and turns that every time you thought that you figured out who murdered Mr. Moore, you find out that you were wrong. The plot grabs you from page one and does not let go until the very last page, ( and I mean the very LAST page. I thought that the case was solved, the book was over but then there was ANOTHER twist) I liked that the Author included Tori's struggle with her relationship with God. It demonstrated how even in the midst of complete chaos, God is still able to reach his children and remind them of how much he loves them. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would give it 5 out of 5 stars *****

So don't forget to check out her other books, or the first book in the FBI Task Force Series, Deadly Encounter by clicking on the link below:

Happy Reading :)

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one. 


Also, Don't forget to check out the book trailer...