Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard



Crime Does 
Not Take a Vacation...







Hey Readers,
I bring you another book that was recently added to my "Must Read " list, Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard. It is the exciting conclusion of the Serena Jones Mystery series and this one is set in the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Want to read a intriguing mystery with a hint of romance and a touch of humor.
  • like to read books by Lisa Harris and/or Nancy Mehl (This book has a bit more humor then books by Lisa H. or Nancy M. but still the story lines are similar )
  • Have read the first two books in the series, A Fool and his Monet and Another Day, Another Dali
  • Just want to read a good story. 


So first I know the title is weird but the story is not,  I have seen this type of "play on words" with all of the books in this series (  and I think it is very clever )

 Anyway here is the story...
FBI Special Agent Serena Jones and her family decide to spend their annual summer vacation with a family friend at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. But when they arrive they discover that their friend had been in an accident and was killed. The police believe it was a hiking accident, but Serena believes it may have involved foul play.  But as Serena starts to look into the “accident” it quickly becomes evident that someone does not want her investigating. Within hours of her investigation someone tries to run her and her father over. Serena quickly gets the message... Her friends death was an accident and she was to keep her nosy self out of it, but there are too many things that just don’t add up, Where was her cousin Ben? Why did he lie about not being in town  when he returned before the accident ? Is he in trouble or is he the trouble?

As Serena attempts to find answers, She has another problem thrown on her plate. Her friend Nate and her partner Tanner have both come to her rescue, The issue is she did not need saving, Especially from these two who are fighting for her attention.  Now not only is she missing her vacation to ensure justice for her friend but she has to keep her two best friends from attacking each other!
All of the leads they have found, seems to say that this was part of an Antiquities smuggling ring, but was their friend trying to stop it or was he part of it?

It appears that the trouble they stumbled in, may be a lot bigger then they thought, Will they be able to stay the course and solve the case before anyone else gets hurt?


What Did I think? 
So as I mentioned before, this is book 3 in the Serena Jones Mystery series and I LOVED it. Even though it is part of a series, It also could be read as a standalone but it is even better if you have read the first two books. It is written in the first person and it is so well written that it is like Serena is telling the story to you.  I love the fun, kind-of clueless romance that Serena finds herself thrown in and then ( finally) She has to chose between her two best friends. There was very mild violence ( very, very little) and nothing graphic.  The plot started at the first page  and with several twists and turns, did not stop until the very last page. Overall  I loved the book and was sad to discover that this is the final book in the series. But I am hopeful of starting another amazing new series by this author. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars *****


If you want to check out this book or any of Sandra Orchards other fantastic books, here is the link:
http://sandraorchard.com/my-books/



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.






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer


When Danger Arrives, Its More Than Just Her Heart On The Line...









Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer!  Her latest book, Heart on the Line is a Historical Romance novel set in the fictional western town of Harper's Station TX.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Would like to read a heartfelt romance story with just the right touch of humor.
  • Like to read books by Mary Connealy and Regina Jennings.
  • Have read any of the previous books in the Ladies of Harper's Station series.
  • Want to read a great book that captures your attention with the prologue and does not let go until the very last page. 

So here is the story, 
Grace Mallory is hiding in plain sight. She came to Harper's Station to hide from the man who killed her father because he knows that she was given the evidence of his crime. She has finally settled in this small town but is worried that she will bring danger to her friends.  She finds a bit of comfort in doing her job as a telegraph operator because it has been her passion for years. She enjoys talking with people clear across the country but she really looks forward to her conversations with her friend Mr. A.  She does not know anything about him except that he is from Denison TX, has a sister and a young nephew and he is not married.  It may sound strange but she has become very good friends with her anonymous friend.

Amos Bledsoe was not the husband every girl was looking for, Well at least in his city. He is a skinny telegraph operator who prefers to riding a bicycle instead of riding a horse and likes to dress in a suit instead of jeans and boots. He has tried to talk to several young ladies but they all have snubbed him or made fun of his habits. The only girl he enjoys conversing with is his mysterious friend on the telegraph line, Miss G. (Grace) from Harper's Station. The only problem is that he does not know anything about her. He does not know if she is married, widowed, single, ugly, pretty, young or old. During one of their conversations,  Miss G. receives an urgent message that seems to suggest that she is in danger.  He offers to help but she does not respond. After much prayer, he immediately travels to Harper's Station to rescue this damsel in distress and is shocked when he finally meets her and she is so much more then he expected. 

Grace is amazed that her friend Mr. A.  ( now he will be known as Amos) came all the way from Denison to protect her.  She is touched by how much he cares about her when he has never actually met her and is now worried about the danger he put himself in.  She enlists his help going over the evidence to see if he can discover what her father had found. While they are investigating, a Pinkerton Agent comes to town stating that he is the agent who was meeting her father on the day he died. Both Grace and Amos are suspicious of this newcomer because his stories are not lining up. Is he really who he says he is? 

As the residents of Harper's Station pull together to protect Grace, will they be able fight this evil that has been haunting their friend and killed her father?
Now that Amos knows the extent of the danger Grace is in, will he choose to go back home or fight to save her? 

What did I think? 
So this is book two of the Ladies of Harper's Station series but it could also be read as a stand alone. I LOVED everything about this book; The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love the Morse code detail around the title. The characters are fantastic, especially Grace, Amos and Helen . The plot has a touch of suspense and the perfect amount of humor and romance. I loved that when Grace confronts the villain she uses scripture, not only to remind herself of God's promises but to remind the villain who was ultimately in control.  Overall I think this might be the best book Karen Witemeyer has written so far and I would give it more then this but it is the most I can give. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars*****


If you would like to check out this book or any of her amazing books- Here is the link;
http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/books.html






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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson

When an incredible secret comes to light, Both Catherine and Tom will face a choice: Grip their dreams tighter or step forward in faith...






Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out.  Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson is a Historical Romance story set in Key West and in New Orleans in the 1800's. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like Historical Mystery with a dash of romance. 
  • Like to read books by Jamie Carie and Kathleen Y'Barbo.
  • Have read the first 2 books in the  Keys of Promise series. 
  • Want to read a great book,

So here is the story. 
Freedom's Price is the story of Catherine Hayes, a young Englishwoman who has lost her parents and now has lost her home. Realizing that there is nothing left for her in England; she decides to cross the ocean in search for her mother's relatives in America. ( Her mother was from Louisiana ) She is able to secure passage on the Justinian with her friend (and captain's wife ) Mrs. Durning to Jamaica, but before they are able to arrive in Jamaica, the ship is caught in a horrible storm. The wind and waves blew hard against the ship but they were able to withstand the severity of the storm with only damage to the mainmast. The issue was that because they were demasted, they were going to have to accept the offer of Wrecker and pilot Tom Worthington to pilot the ship across the reef and into the harbor at Key west safely. Catherine is immediately intrigued by Tom - with his pirate-like ways and his impish grin, but she does not have time to get to know him because she has to find her family...

Tom's gaze found Catherine's as soon as he boarded the Justinian. He is immediately impressed by her wit and courage but is troubled when he finds out that she means to go to New Orleans unaccompanied. When he discovers that she is looking for a person from her past by the name of  "DeMornay"  who has a large scar on one side of his face, He is shocked! Tom is also looking for someone from his past who may have played a part in his father's death. The man was known as "Mornez" and he also was said to have a large scar on one side of his face.  It cannot be coincidence that the names are so similar and that both people have the same scar on his face so Tom comes up with a plan to escort her, but it may cost him his job.. After much debate, Catherine allows Tom to escort her and when they arrive in New Orleans Catherine is glad she did not go on the trip alone. When  they arrived at her family plantation Chêne Noir  they are shocked by the condition of the place. With rumors surrounding the plantation and the dark activities that happen there, Will they encounter more than they bargained for?   Will Tom let go of his need for revenge to save the girl he has fallen in love with?
It appears that darkness and evil surround the plantation and it's activities, But the real danger started when they were allowed inside...
       
So what did I think?
First this is book 3 in the Keys of Promise series but I read it as a stand alone and enjoyed it immensely. The book was intriguing from the beginning and just kept going until the very last page. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of them, ( starting with the first 2 books in the series) There is a bit of suspense at the end but no graphic violence. I enjoyed the witty conversations between Tom and Catherine, and the mystery regarding the plantation. During the middle of the book, you can almost sense the danger that Catherine is in but it is not until the very end that you see the full extent of it. Overall, I loved the book and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars *****

Hey Readers, If you want to check this book or the beginning of the series, here is the link: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/keys-of-promise-.html



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, June 28, 2017

Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler


When the future is threatened by the past, can Naomi trust herself to make the right choice?






Hey Readers, I have another amazing book I just finished that I need to tell you about.
My newest "Must Read" is Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler and it was a heartfelt story that you must read if:

  • You have read any books by Suzanne Woods Fisher or Jan Drexler  :)
  • You like Amish Fiction
  • You want to read a heartfelt story of love, loss and faith
  • You are just looking for a great story.

So here is the story, 
Naomi’s hope is the story of Cap Stoltzfus who had just arrived to the Indiana Amish community.  He is a bit intrigued about his new neighbors Naomi Schrock and her son Davey. Cap having lost his wife and son several years ago, immediately takes a liking to Davey because his son would have been about his age. When he discovers that Davey’s mom Naomi is single, it just gives him another reason to hang out with his new neighbors.

Naomi tried not to think about Cap, with his golden brown eyes. Not that it really matters though, She knows that she is not pretty and that no one would ever want her especially since she is slightly cross-eyed.  But she has come to the realization that she was meant to be single... At least she has Davey. When a new Preacher arrives and becomes part of their community, She immediately dislikes him but she is not sure why.  She knows that Cap does not trust him because they grew up together and he was a bully when he was younger, but maybe there is more to it. The more Naomi and Cap watch the new Preacher, the more worried they are because it appears that he has a hidden agenda.
Cap is excited that Naomi seems to be warming up to him. It hurts him to see how guarded and over-protective she is with Davey. She finally opens up to him and tells him how she adopted Davey when she found him after the rest of his family were killed in a horrible tragedy.  Everything appears to be going well within the community and between Naomi and Cap when suddenly, The Church is divided. It appears that the people from one side of the county were convinced that they should not have to travel to go to church, when Naomi’s side just had a few miles to walk to get there.
 Then a family comes claiming they are Davey’s living relatives on his mother’s side and that they have been looking everywhere for him.  Naomi is torn between letting her son go with this family that claims to be his relatives or forcing him to stay with her. She does not want to be selfish and has left the choice up to him, but will Davey go with this family? Will Cap be able to comfort Naomi either way?

When everything around them is going wrong, will they be able to hold on their faith, knowing God is always watching out for them?


What did I think?
So this is book 3 of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series but it definitely could be read as a stand-alone. This book is the classic case of Do not judge a book by its cover, the cover does not look very exciting but even though the plot is simple it is intriguing as well and made the book hard to put down. The author does a great job writing the story from both Cap and Naomi’s point of view. The book is filled with everything; romance, faith, love and a tiny bit of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and overall would rate the book, 5 out of 5 stars*****




If you would like to check out the first two books in the series or other books by this author , Here is the link:   http://www.jandrexler.com/books.html


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, 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:
http://www.jolinapetersheim.com/books/







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. http://www.deehenderson.com/






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 :)
http://www.maggiebrendan.com/


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.