Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

 "Sometimes life isn't as cut-and-dried as we'd like it to be. We just have to know that, regardless of what happens, God can work all things together for good." - Moses, in Jolina Petersheim's  The Alliance.

What would happen if one event turned your world upside down?  If all that you had been taught suddenly you are unsure of. Would your faith be shaken?  Would you give up on God now that your  future is uncertain...

In The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim, A young Mennonite girl named Leora Ebersole has had several events shake her faith, Her Father left, her mother died and overnight she has become the caretaker of her brother Seth, Sister Anna and her Grandmother.  As her life starts to become normal again, a plane crashes into her backyard.  The pilot, Moses Hughes is rescued from the wreckage but the townspeople notice something strange.  At the same time his plane crashed, all the cars stopped working, the saw at the mill stopped running and all of the electricity was shut off. Even the Englischer’s Cell phones would not turn on. Moses thinks that an EMP, (an Electro-Magnetic Pulse) was  detonated somewhere in the area but he is not sure how widespread the outages may be. He tells them that if it was an EMP bomb, then the electronics will never work again. Leora and Moses work with the community on how to get through this situation. Because they are a Mennonite community, they do not rely on electronics to survive so they are not as affected as those in the nearby city of Liberty.  Their biggest threat is running out of food because they want to be able to help anyone who comes by the Community.  Moses is also worried about people from the surrounding cities attacking the small community for their food. The Elders say to trust God but Moses does not believe that anymore, especially after some of the events in his past. So the Community and the Englischer’s decide to put away their differences ( most of them anyway) and form an alliance with the following rules,  No Violence is to be used  unless they are fired upon first and everyone must obey the laws of the Community while they are living within its walls.  Then something happens to Leora’s family that makes her question her faith and beliefs even more, because now she wants revenge. Moses knows the guilt and frustration that can lead to revenge but he also knows the way revenge can eat your life away. He realizes that his pacifist friend Leora is not thinking clearly.  But will he be able to help her before she does something that she will regret for the rest of her life?   As the danger gets closer, Will the small community trust that God will protect and provide for them or will they succumb to fear and give up their Pacifist belief and fight? 
You will have to read it to find out!

 So what did I think about the book?
 I think that the book was well written and it makes you think, "What if something like this would happen?"  It is written in a different style then most books with the characters Leora and Moses alternating in telling the story from their point of view.  Though there was that small bit of hope that you hold on to until the end of the book, it was a little bit dark for me. The Characters were suffering this catastrophe so of course, everything is not peachy, but I like a book with some humor and this book did not have any.  I may read the second book in the series because I like the characters and I would like to see what happens.  But Overall I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend this book to someone who likes dystopian fiction or an end of the world storyline.

Don't forget to check out her other 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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sins of the Past, A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection

“No more letting the past rule the future, right?”

                                         “ No, The sins of the past are just that.  In the past. As far as the east is from the west, Gone                        - Blackout by Lynette Eason

Have you ever done something wrong and you thought you got away with it because no one saw you? It is written in the Bible in Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. That means that no matter what you do, whether it is good or bad , whether is is done in public or in secret, You can be sure that your sins will find you out.

That is exactly what the three stories in the collection have in common. 

 I just had the opportunity to read Sins of the Past a Romantic Suspense Novella Collection and it was AWESOME!!!

The first novella in the book is...
Missing by Dee Henderson. It is the story of John Graham, The Chief of Police in Cheyenne, Wyoming who received a call that his Mom had been missing for about 24 hours.  As soon as John gets to Chicago where his mom lives, John gets paired up with Lieutenant Sharon Noble who is in charge of the missing persons unit.  They search her retirement home, question the neighbors and look at security cameras but nothing seems out of the ordinary. Everything seems to suggest that she just stepped out for a moment, her purse was still in her apartment, her needlework was next to the couch and her car was parked in the same spot that it always is. The only things that were missing were her keys and her coat.  The case seems to get colder after 48 hours and there are still no solid leads until John notices one thing that is out of place, If his mom was last seen buying groceries at the grocery store, Where are the groceries that she bought?     

The Second is...

 Shadowed by Dani Pettrey. It is the story of Open water swimmer Libby Jennings and Alaskan Fisherman Ben McKenna. When Libby shows up for a whale watching tour in the rain, Ben decides to go ahead with the tour even though she is the only one who showed up. While they are on the tour they see an Orca pod and they notice that one of the whales pushing something to the surface. Ben is able retrieve the object. But unfortunately it turns out to be the body of a one of Libby’s competitors, Kat Stanic. Libby and Ben with the help of Sheriff Jim start poking around trying to piece together what happened after it is confirmed that Kat did not accidentally drown... She was murdered.  Libby starts to feel like someone is watching her, then her hotel room gets ransacked!  After several close calls, Libby decides to still compete in the upcoming competition. Ben thinks it is a bad idea but cannot convince Libby otherwise. With the threat still out there, Will Libby and Ben discover who killed Kat or will they both be silenced for good?                               

The Third and final novella is...

Blackout by Lynette Eason. It is the story of Macy Adams who is afraid of a past she cannot remember.  One night Macy went to get her phone that she left on the window ledge and was shocked to see that her phone was gone and the window was open. As she cautiously looks around her house, feeling like someone is there, she glances toward the kitchen door and she sees the face that she sees in her nightmares...

Chad Latham, A Homicide detective and Macy's neighbor hears her scream and runs over to see if he can help. After calling the Police about the break in they find her phone with a note around it.  Macy, freaked out by the note and the break in decides to tell Chad what little she remembers about a robbery she witnessed years ago, but is interrupted when a homemade bomb is thrown at them.  It now appears that someone is trying to keep Macy from remembering what happened that fateful night or to silence her so she cannot tell anyone.  When someone connected to the robbery shows up and demands that Macy tell him where the loot is, She discovers that she may have been more involved in the event then she thought. As her memories slowly come back, Will she be able to remember enough to free herself from her past or will her past haunt her forever? 

 So what did I think about the book?
 I loved this book! It is a book containing three amazing stories by three fantastic Authors.  
Missing- Dee Henderson  was a good novella, it was better then the last book (Taken) that I read of Mrs. Henderson's. The ending was different, I kind of knew who did it but I was not expecting the why. 
Shadowed- Dani Pettrey  This is the first book that I have read of hers and I LOVED it! It had just the right amount of suspense, a pinch of romance and a little bit of mystery, but it had nothing graphic. The characters were believable and the plot was very engaging. I truly did not want to put it down.  My favorite thing in the book was how strong Kat and Ben’s faith were and how no matter what happened they still knew that He was in control. I especially like the name of Ben’s boat “I>WAVES” but you will have to read it to find out the meaning behind the name. 
And finally Blackout- Lynette Eason  is another amazing story. I have read a few of her books and have loved all of them. This story is exciting with lots of action. From the first page, you are caught up in the story. It is the perfect ending to the Romantic Suspense collection. 
Overall, I give it 5 out of 5 stars ***** and recommend it to anyone wanting to read a exciting, "edge of your seat" suspense novella. Also novellas are good if you do not have much time to read because they are smaller then a normal book.      

Happy Reading :) 

If you want to check out the other works by these Authors, Check out the links below. 

 Also there is a mystery going on... Someone kidnapped one of the Characters!!! 
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Join the fun before it ends on June 2nd 2016.
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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Greatest Book Ever Written!

Attention all Teens and Pre-Teens!

So when I had the opportunity to review this book, I was not sure if I would because this blog is typically Christian Fiction (Suspense, Mystery, Romance, Amish, Young Adult, Etc...)  with the exception of a couple of non-fiction books. But then it hit me, The name of this blog is NOT  “The List of Must Read Christian Fiction”  BUT “List of Must Read Books” and this is the most important “Must Read” of all time.  The Author of this book has created a masterpiece that has Romance, Action, Suspense and Truths to help us live by, The best part and the part most people forget? IT IS ABSOLUTELY, 100%, 
                                        WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT , TRUE!
Can you guess which book I am reviewing?    Yes, It is The Bible.
I received the Girls Slimline Bible in the New Living Translation today and was very surprised at how different it was from any other Bible that I own. To start, It has a beautiful fuzzy royal blue cover with hot pink letters outlined in neon green that spell LOVE on the front but the O in LOVE is not a O but a heart which adds a cute girly touch, The Entire Bible is outlined with a silver glittery trim that really accents the fuzzy cover and bright colors. The back cover is still the fuzzy royal blue but instead of saying LOVE, it has in smaller letters BOLD FAITH. It also has above the words  a small Cross that is hot pink outlined with neon Green. Looking at the side of the Bible you will notice that the pages are all outlined in neon purple. Finally going to the inside of the Bible. When you open the Bible the first page is colored a beautiful Neon “Highlighter” Pink with outlined hearts on the front page and written in bold letters are the words BECAUSE OF CHRIST AND OUR FAITH IN HIM, WE CAN NOW COME BOLDLY AND CONFIDENTLY INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. Ephesians 3:12.  Going deeper into the pages of the Bible, This Bible is made to look cool and is designed for Tweens and Teens. It does have a Neon Bookmark for easy “Page saving”, the words of Jesus are written in red  so you can identify them easier, there is a Dictionary/Concordance and a set of Bible time maps on the back.  While New Living Translation is Ok, it is not my choice translation ( I prefer NIV, New International Version, but everyone is different)  It is a more literal translation meaning that it easier to understand  which is why it is a nice choice for younger girls.  The only thing that I am missing is little notes or bits of information written within the pages of the Bible, With “Things to think about”, or “Did You Know” sections . Overall I like the Bible and would recommend it for girls, Pre-teens and Teens

As a bonus I asked two people younger than I am what they thought about it and they said...

Kristina, About 10 years old says “The Bible is great! I LOVE the bright colors and that the cover is so fuzzy, it also has SPARKLES! The orange bookmark is so cool!  The bright pink color on the inside is fantastic; it is an awesome Bible... Can I have it?"

I also wanted the perspective of a girl a little bit older, She is graduating high school  ( Congrats!!!)

Stephanie,  18 years old says “ I like how fuzzy the cover is, It makes it very comfortable on your hands. It is extremely lightweight.  It really does not look like a Bible, more like a journal or maybe a sketchbook, So it could be a great witnessing tool. "


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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 5, 2016

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley

"Where are you God?"
                  " Never will I leave you..."

So I just finished reading Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley, It is the story of Bailey Adams, a Missionary and School teacher in Mexico, who has attracted the unwanted attention of the local drug cartel, The Calatrava. While Bailey was eating breakfast with one of her young students named Maria and Maria’s Uncle Joel, she runs into her ex-fiancĂ© Danny Maxwell (which was AWKWARD). Right after Breakfast there is an attack on the restaurant, Bailey and Maria manage to hide in an underground cellar but Joel is kidnapped by the Cartel.  Danny, with the help of a mysterious stranger named Angel, is able to locate Bailey and Maria and narrowly escape an attack while boarding his plane.  They all rush to the states praying that the trouble will not follow them, but they know in their heart that if the Cartel wants them, they will stop at nothing to silence them.  While waiting for the Cartel to make a move they stay at her parent’s Bed and Breakfast, Bailey and Danny both do some “soul searching” as Bailey discovers one of the reasons that she left for Mexico was to escape the memory that has haunted her since childhood ( I can’t tell you what that was, it would be a Spoiler!  ) and to avoid Danny after she broke off the engagement.  Danny has mentioned to her that he never stopped loving her and asks if she loves him too, but Bailey is too conflicted inside with the events off the past and with the Cartel after them that she does not give him an answer.   Joel finally manages to contact Bailey and she is both amazed and suspicious that he escaped the kidnappers.  He demands that she give him Maria so he can take her back to Mexico, but something does not feel right about it so she does not allow him to take Maria but invites him to stay with them at the Bed and Breakfast. As the Cartel starts closing in you find that people are not who they seem to be, Friends turn out to be enemies... No one knows who they can trust. Then one of the characters are given a choice, give Bailey and Maria to the Cartel or they will be killed.  Will they give Bailey and Maria up to save their own life? Will Bailey be able to give  Danny an answer to his question or will the Cartel silence her forever...  
Guess you will have to read it to find out!   

 So what did I think about the book?
I thought that the book was well written, with a good plot and interesting characters.                                 When I read the book I was not aware that it was book 4 in the Logan Point series, so needless to say I read it as a standalone. I would recommend reading the others so that you can have more insight on some of the characters, but the book was also good by itself. The book started out strong but lagged a bit in the middle but definitely came through at the end.  There are so many characters in this book that it can be confusing BUT it added to the mystery of who is a friend and who is a foe...
My favorite part of the book was when Bailey realized that she never was, nor will ever be in complete control of her life, That God is always in control and that He will NEVER leave her no matter where she goes.
Overall I liked the book and will have to check out the 3 previous books. I recommend the book for someone wanting a suspense novel that has several twists and turns, and of course a little bit of romance.
I give it Overall  4 Stars ****

Hey, Don’t forget to check out the previous books written by Patricia Bradley 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.