Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson

 "I want to make my fortune, to prove I am not just a poor orphan foreigner"...
Hey Readers,
Happy first day of Summer!
So I wanted to take a second to show you my latest "Must Read" for this month, The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson! The really cool thing about this series of books by Mrs. Dickerson is that she takes fairy tales such as Aladdin, Snow White or Rapunzel and intertwines bits of those stories into her books without the magic or sorcery that is typically in fairy tales. :)

I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like to read any books by Melanie Dickerson,
  • Like to watch TV shows like Once Upon a Time,
  • would like to read a romance novel full of courage, loyalty and friendship,
  • Just want to check out a new book!

So here is the story

Ala ad'din was orphaned when he was about 5 years old.  A "Street Rat" as he was called by some - and he would still be on the streets if it weren't for the grace he was shown by Priest when he was spared the punishment for stealing. Priest took Aladdin (because Priest could not say his name correctly, it was changed from Ala ad'din to Aladdin) from his home in the Holy Land to live in the town of Hagenheim. Shortly after he arrived in Hagenheim, Aladdin had the opportunity to meet the Duke's daughter, Lady Kirstyn who was a couple of years younger than he was and he was positive that she was an angel!  The two of them became best of friends and were inseparable while they were kids, especially after Aladdin saved Lady Kirstyn’s life. Now that they are older, Aladdin wants to leave Hagenheim so that he can make his fortune and hopefully become worthy enough to marry Lady Kirstyn.
Lady Kirstyn's heart felt like it was ripped out of her chest the day that Aladdin decided to leave. She begged him to stay but understood that he felt like he had to leave so he could find his way in the world and then he would no longer be seen as a "Street Rat".  However several days after Aladdin left, Lady Kirstyn was betrayed by someone close to her and kidnapped while attending a festival with her family.  Will she be able to escape? Will her family or Aladdin find her before it is too late?
Meanwhile Aladdin feels blessed on his journey, because shortly after he left Hagenheim, he met with and saved a merchant from Luneburg who was being robbed. Herr Kaufman was so thankful for Aladdin and Sir Sigmund that he invited Aladdin to live with him and become his steward. Seeing this as an amazing opportunity and a way to earn his fortune, Aladdin goes to live with Herr Kaufman and after a short time became an amazing steward. But all that changed when he hears that Lady Kirstyn was kidnapped months prior and no one has seen her since. He takes leave from his job and searches high and low for her for months until the trail is too cold and it appears that Lady Kirstyn was killed. Aladdin feels like his heart has been torn in too because he never once told Lady Kirstyn that he loved her… Was it too late to save her?  Wouldn’t he know in his heart if she really was dead?

So, what did I think?

So ask I mentioned before, this is Mrs. Dickerson's version of the story of Aladdin and though the book is part of her Medieval Fairy Tale series - it's written to be read as a stand-alone. So I know that typically you should not judge a book by its cover, but I love the cover of this book! The colors, the script for the title and the overall Arabic design - give the book an adventurous feel and it absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately although the book was good and the plot was very well written - it's not one of my favorite books that Mrs. Dickerson has written.  I feel like there were too many flashbacks from when Aladdin and Lady Kirstyn were younger and it caused the story to lag a bit in the middle, However it did pick up towards the end of the book and I loved it when I could I see a piece of the fairy tale intertwined into the story.
Overall, the characters were great and the plot engaging, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars ****

If you would like to check out this book or any of Mrs Dickerson's other books, Here is the link!

Happy Reading! :)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

"You'll be fine," He said slowly, "Just keep your head down."

Happy Memorial Day Readers! Just want take a moment to thank all our Veterans and those who are currently serving in the military. I know that freedom is not free, so I want to thank you for all that you have given and are giving to this great country.
So I wanted to introduce to you the next book on my May 2018 "Must Read" list - Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl. Blind Betrayal is a Romantic Suspense novel full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the very last page.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Have read any of Nancy Mehl's other books. 
  • Like to read books by similar authors Sandra Orchard, Lynette Eason and/or DiAnn Mills.
  • Like to watch TV shows such as Blue Bloods and NCIS. 
  • Like to read Romantic Suspense novels
  • Just want to check out an amazing new book!
Here is the story, 

U.S Marshall Casey Sloane and her partner Doug have been assigned to escort Valerie Bennett to Washington D.C because she needs to testify before the Grand Jury. Because of the sensitive nature of their case and the importance of Valerie's testimony - Casey and Doug are joined by EJ Queen, a Marshall from Washington D.C and Casey's old partner. As they wait in a hotel in St. Louis for their flight, they hear an explosion and discover that their headquarters were bombed in an attempt to silence their witness. They hear from their Chief, but the connection is bad and he was injured in the blast - all they know is that there is a change of plans and they are to get Valerie to a safe house so that the FBI can retrieve her and take her the rest of the way to Washington D.C.
Casey is having a hard time being around EJ because of all the mixed emotions that keep threatening to come to the surface. She wanted to forget her time in Washington and it seems that EJ keeps trying to bring it up.  She is determined to work with him to keep their witness safe because that is their job but that does not mean that she has to make small talk in the process.
EJ asked for this assignment because he wanted to work with Casey again, so he is surprised by Casey's reaction to his presence on her team. It should be him who is annoyed and angry with her because she walked out on their team and his best friend. So even though she seems to be avoiding him, EJ is determined to break through this wall that Casey seems to have set up. As they arrive at the safe house they find out that it may not as safe as their Chief thought it was because it appears as if the witness has been sending text updates to the people she is testifying against. As danger closes in, will EJ, Casey and Doug be able to survive this assignment or will their witnesses betrayal prove fatal for them all?

So what did I think?
OK, so Blind Betrayal is the third book in the Defenders of Justice series and it was AMAZING! Even though this book is part of a series, it could definitely be read as a standalone. I love that she mentions previous characters such as Mercy and her husband Mark from the first book in the series (Fatal Frost, another fantastic book). So a word of warning, the plot has a lot of unexpected twists that really make the book hard to put down so it could lead to some loss of sleep☺. Overall, I love the characters and the action and I am really hoping for another book in the series! I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the Emoji scale ☺

So if you want to check out this book or any of the other amazing books in the series, here is the link!

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 16, 2018

Storm Front by Susan May Warren

"We're not going to panic. We're not going to assume the worst. We're going to hang on to what we know - that God is good."

Hey Readers!
Happy (belated) Mothers Day to any moms out there and a special shout-out to my mom who (in my opinion) is the best mom ever!!! 
I cannot believe it's been a month since I have added a book to our "Must Read" list! I forgot how busy I get in the summer (and summer has not even started yet!) But now that school is about finished, we can look forward to enjoying the lazy days of summer... sitting on a lounge chair with a cup of ice cold lemonade, an exciting book and a bottle of sunscreen :) Unfortunately not all of us can enjoy doing nothing this summer, but if you have some free time and are looking for a new book to read during those (hopefully) quiet summer afternoons, check out the first book on my May 2018 "Must Read" list Storm Front by Susan May Warren.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • have read the previous books in the Montana Rescue Series or any other books by Susan May Warren.
  • like to read books by similar authors, Irene Hannon and DiAnn Mills.
  • want to read a story full of drama, suspense, faith and a bit of romance. 
  • want to check out a new author.
  • just want to read a amazing new book!

First, I want to say that this is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series, so there are events referenced in this book that occurred in previous book, but I cannot say which ones... don't want to give any spoilers 😉

So here is the story,
Brette Arnold is excited to be the photographer/blogger for the Vortex Storm Chasers. The more that she hears from the leader of their group, Jonas - the more she finds herself eagerly looking forward to the next storm. She discovered that the adrenaline of trying to capture the perfect picture of the storm kept her mind of her ever increasing health issues. But even though her new job is exciting, Brette did not expect the storms they were chasing to become so deadly. When the group finds out that an F-4 tornado was sighted and touched down in Duck Lake MN, they immediately head over there since that is where Jonas's family lives and his younger brother is among the missing. Brette is determined to do anything to help Jonas find his brother... But she did not realize that by offering her help, she was volunteering to work with Ty Remington, the guy that she ran away from about a year before...

Ty Remington, a member of the PEAK rescue team - has been in love with Brette Arnold from the moment he first laid eyes on her and it broke his heart that she left him without saying goodbye. Now that he found her again, he is shocked at how different Brette is from the way she was a year ago. He knew that she had some major health issues, but he was not prepared for her super-short hair or how thin she looked. He tries to show her that it does not matter what the sickness has done or taken away from her, that she is still priceless to him and to God. However no matter what he does, she seems determined to push him out of her life and face her battles alone. Anyway, right now his focus has to be on finding and rescuing the tornado survivors. As a member of the PEAK rescue team, he is tasked with going out to search not only for the missing teenagers but also their Team Leader Chet King. Tyler feels now more then ever, that he has to prove himself not only to Brette, but also to his team because of an incident that happened in the past. Will Tyler's lead be enough to locate the remaining survivors or will it be too late?

Will Brette ever let Tyler past her emotional defenses?
Will her fears keep her from having a relationship with the one person she wanted one from the most?

So what did I think? 
As I mentioned before - Storm Front is the 5th book in the Montana Rescue series. I read the book as a standalone but I know that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books(they all connect)  The story line is good and the plot grabs you from the beginning of the book. It was awesome how the author wrote about each character in a way that you can see not only their good attributes but also their weaknesses - which is not something you find in a lot of books. My favorite characters were Brette and Tyler. I really enjoyed reading about their struggles and accomplishments, especially how they held on tight to their faith, even when the world was crumbling down around them.  Overall I would rate this book at a 4 out of 5 Stars **** and on the emoji scale 😊

If you want to check out this series or any of Susan May Warren's other books: 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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

 There is no such thing as an impossible dream...

Hi Readers!
I just wanted to take a quick second to show you my first April 2018  "Must Read".. A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot! This Historical Romance novel takes place in a small town in Texas called Cimarron Creek in the year 1881. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like books written by Amanda Cabot
  • Like to read books by authors such as Mary Connealy
  • Like to watch Hallmark movies ( because the plot within this book would be an awesome Hallmark Movie) 
  • Just want to check out a new book! 

So here is the story, 
Catherine Whitfield is unsure if she will ever trust anyone in the medical field after what happened to her mom. Because of her moms recent death, Catherine finds her self heart broken and lonely. She is trying not be bitter but has decided that dreams rarely ever come true. She figures that the only way she will see Paris is in the dream that she has had multiple times. Despite her circumstances, Catherine is determined to do well as the town's only school teacher and that is why she is a bit annoyed when Austin Goddard, a newcomer to Cimarron Creek lectures her about the medical care he believes one of her students should be receiving.  As if she would ever allow that horrible doctor near any of her students.  However Austin's daughter - Hannah has her a bit worried. Hannah is a young girl who does not act her age. When all her classmates are playing outside, she just sits in the classroom by herself .  Catherine is determined to help Hannah break out of this melancholy attitude, even if it means working with her very handsome but recently widowed daddy.

Plastic Surgeon Austin Goddard knows that his daughter's school teacher - Miss Whitfield  is wrong about not sending a doctor to check on her injured student, But he is unsure how to help.  He has never seen such anger directed at those in the medical profession before.  But who was he to judge her? Especially when Austin and his daughter are hiding from a criminal who wanted him to alter the appearance of his very noteworthy  face so that the police would not be able to recognize him . Austin knows he did the right thing by refusing to assist the criminal but he still worries that someone will be able to find him and his daughter.  Because of his secret though, he has to keep his distance from Miss Whitfield - especially since he is falling in love with her. But is there anyway he can change her mind about doctors or when she finds out who he really is - will it be too late?

What did I think?
So this is book two in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy but it could definitely be read as a stand-alone . The  plot was engaging and the characters were great. I especially loved Catherine, Her faith and kindness even though she was going through some hard times was amazing. The only weird thing to me was the dream that Catherine had that Grace also had about the woman in Paris. But even with the dream , I still rate the book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the emoji scale ☺

Hey, If you want to check this book or any of her other books, 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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

She thought that she would be safe when she moved back home... But she was dead wrong.

Hey Readers!
I am so excited to show you guys my second March 2018 "Must Read" - Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn.  Beneath the Surface is a Romantic Suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and I can guarantee you that it will be very hard to put down.
 I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to read books by Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey. 
  • Like to read suspense novels
  • Like a good mystery 
  • Like to watch TV shows like CSI,
  • Just want to read a great new book!
So here is the story, 
Beneath the Surface is the story of Leigh Weston, a oncology nurse practitioner who just moved into her childhood home in Carrington , North Carolina. She moved back home because she needed a change of scenery after a narrow escape from an obsessed patient. She thought she left all her troubles behind but it appears that she has landed in trouble again.  Less then a year after she moved back home, She receives a visit from homicide investigator Ryan Parker - who informs her that a body was discovered in the lake behind her house, near her dock.  As awful as that was , Leigh did not think much of it besides how tragic and horrible it was ... Until it appears that she may be next.  One morning, shortly after the body was discovered, She was halfway home from work when her brakes gave out. She tried everything to stop the car, but not even the emergency brake would work. She finally made the decision to go into a ditch - however, she did not realize just how deep the ditch was...
Ryan Parker has known Leigh since they were young. ( He was best friends with her brother) He promised her brother that he would watch out for her while he was out of the Country.  So when his dive team discovered a body in the lake behind her house, He really did not want involve her. But they needed her permission to use her dock and to see her security cameras. When he hears that she was in a car accident, His heart literally felt like it was ripped out of his chest. Thankfully, she was not injured too bad, but the news just keeps getting worse for her. When they investigated her accident ,they discovered that it was no accident that her brakes went out. It appears as if someone cut her brakes while she was at work.  The police think that Leigh's accident and the body found in the lake are two different crimes, But Ryan believes that they might be connected.  The only problem with his theory is that he can't seem to find anyone who would want to hurt Leigh - nor can he find any enemies. But when there is another attempt on Leigh's life, Ryan knows he has to hurry to find the killer because they are getting bolder and time appears to be running out for Leigh.   Will Ryan's team be able to protect Leigh and find the killer or will the killer be able to silence Leigh forever???

What did I think? 
So this is Lynn H. Blackburn's first full size novel and book one of the Dive Team Investigations series and it was awesome!  The characters each have so much personality and I loved reading about the relationship between Leigh and Ryan.  The plot was so engaging that it started on page 1 and did not stop until the very last word on page 337. It also had so many twists and turns and dead ends that it keeps you guessing until the nail biting conclusion. The book has the perfect blend of romance and suspense. I will say that although reading about the body found in the lake was gross and the condition that it was in was atrocious - There was nothing violent, descriptive or morbid ( no blood and guts) in the book. Overall I thought the book was great and am looking forward to reading book 2 which comes out this November!!! 
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and the Emoji rating is 😎 

So Readers, if you want to check out this book or the two books that she wrote for the Love Inspired Suspense collection, 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.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

" Not today, I will not worry about anything on this special day..." Phoebe Starbuck , Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Hey Readers!
I am so excited to tell you about my first March 2018 "Must Read" Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  So this is a Historical Romance novel set in the year 1767 on the beautiful Nantucket Island and unlike the books that she has previously written, This book is about Quakers instead of the Amish that she typically writes about. I would recommend this book if you :
  • Have read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, 
  • Like to read books by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis  ( Mrs. Woods Fisher's books are similar to these two amazing authors, but the writing style is different. Personally I prefer the way Mrs. Woods Fisher writes) 
  • Want to check out a book that shows the "sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life",
  • Want to read an amazing new book, 
  • Want to check out a author whose books you have not read yet. 

So here is the story, 
Phoebe's Light is the story of Phoebe Starbuck who has been taking care of her father since the day her mother died from illness. She has always worried about whether they would have enough money to pay for food or worrying about her father's latest business venture ( He had tried several things before, but had not found anything that worked... yet)  But on the day she turned eighteen, she was determined that she would not worry about anything. Her father surprised her by giving her her Great-Grandmother Mary's journal. Her Great Grandmother was a member of one of the founding families on Nantucket Island so Phoebe was both excited and humbled by such an amazing gift. Shortly after this, she runs into Captain Phineas Foulger, the man that she has been in love with for years.  She is thrilled when he proposes and they are married soon after. Phoebe convinces the captain to take her along on his next voyage and they soon set sail. Phoebe is so excited about this adventure that she is about to go on that nothing could dim her excitement... except when she finds out that her father sent Matthew Mitchell to be her "Minder". Phoebe's father was worried that the Captain would hurt Phoebe so he sent Matthew to make sure that she stayed safe. She decides that she will just ignore him  and they soon set sail, Phoebe gets seasick immediately and cannot seem to keep food down. The very sight of food makes her sick.  So as a distraction, she starts reading her Great Grandmother Mary's journal. She learns of the heartaches and fear that her Great Grandmother had growing up and the wisdom that she had during her teenage and early adult years. Unfortunately as the voyage progresses Phoebe's health gets worse and she discovers that the man she married was not who she thought he was.  
Matthew Mitchell agreed to be part of Captain Foulger's crew as a favor for Phoebe Starbuck's father. He knew that her father saved his father when they were younger so he agrees to watch out for Phoebe. He had always been in love with her and was heartbroken when he heard the news of her marriage to the captain. Regardless of his feelings though , He would watch out for her safety.  He is worried when he sees how seasick she has become and is furious when it appears that her husband does not care how she is doing.  He has to be cautious though around the crew when referring to Phoebe because the crew believed it was bad luck to bring a women on the voyage and were blaming her for everything that went wrong. If Matthew still prayed, He would pray that God would comfort Phoebe and restore her health but he is sure that God does not listen to him anymore. Then Phoebe becomes deathly ill, Will Matthew reach out in faith to God to healing?
Is there anything that Matthew can do to save Phoebe or will this adventure that she wanted so badly to go on be her last one?

So what did I think? 
Wow. That is the first thing that comes to my mind. I have always loved Mrs Suzanne's books but this one is AMAZING!  This is the first book in the Nantucket Legacy Series and I cannot wait for the next book Minding the Light.  This is the first book that she has done that is about a Quaker girl instead of a Amish one and I really enjoyed the different perspective. The characters do say thee and nay instead of you or no ( there are a few more words, but these are the most prominent)  but I thought that it really added character to the story. Some parts of the story are told by Phoebe and some parts are told by Mary as though we were really reading her journal pages that were torn out and put in between the chapters. Overall the story has everything in it,  romance, heartache, danger , betrayal and faith. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars ***** and on the Emoji rating 😍

Readers, if you want to check out any of Mrs. Suzanne's books, 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.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

High Treason by DiAnn Mills

" Am I talking to a God-fearing Texas gal?"
" Is this a stumbling block for you?"
" Only if this God thing gets in the way of your job performance."
" Faith just might be in your best interest considering what's happened in the last 24 hours."   -Monica Alden and Kord Davidson, High Treason by DiAnn Mills

Hey Readers,
I cannot believe that it is already March!!!
*sigh*  So even though it's March , I have the last book on my February "Must Reads" list for you to check out. High Treason by DiAnn Mills is a fast paced romantic suspense novel that will leave you guessing until the very last chapter. I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to read any books by DiAnn Mills,
  • Like to read books by Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey or Dee Henderson, 
  • Like to watch TV shows about Law Enforcement agencies ( like CSI Miami, Blue Bloods and NYPD Blue ) 
  • Just want to read an amazing book.

So on to the story, 
FBI Agent Kord Davidson is assigned to Saudi Prince Omar Bin Talal's security detail once he arrives in the United States. The Prince had decided to make the trip to Houston Texas with his Mother and two sisters in hopes of finding a cancer treatment for his dying mother. However within hours of entering the U.S. there is an assassination attempt on the Prince's life that fatally wounds a member of his security detail.  This attack prompts the FBI to team up with the CIA and they assign CIA Operative Monica Alden as Kord's "Assistant".  Kord immediately disagrees with this because he does not need any help guarding the Prince and he especially does not need help from a female CIA operative.  But he is given a choice, He ether works with Monica or they will reassign him.  

Monica Alden is used to being treated differently because she is a female operative. But she was assigned to this security detail because of her unique skills ( such as lip reading) and her experiences in the Middle East and she will not allow Kord or Prince Omar to keep her from doing her job. When she discovers that Kord is very good friends with Prince Omar, She is worried that he will not be able to objectively look for the threat against the royal family. Forced to put their feelings aside, Monica and Kord work together utilizing each other's skills  to search for clues and protect the royal family.  The assassin however has proved him/her self to be incredibly skilled and has left behind no clues as to his/her identity But when there is another assassination attempt, It confirms Monica's suspicions... The traitor has to be someone in the Prince's inner circle, Someone that they trust,

Will Kord and Monica be able to discover who the traitor is in time?

What did I think? 
So this is book three in the FBI Task Force series but it is not connected to the previous novels, so it can be read as a stand alone. I loved the heroine of the story Monica, because of her strong belief in Jesus and her boldness that she would be willing to witness to a Muslim Prince. (the prince asked her about it because he had overheard a conversation) . The story lagged a bit in the middle but the plot kept you engaged until the very last page. Though there were  two people fatally wounded, The descriptions were not graphic. Overall I thought the book was Fantastic and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars ***** and the emoji rating is 😃

Don't forget to check out DiAnn Mills other books ( they are awesome!!! )
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.