Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

"I don't want you to be destroyed by any poison," 
                  " Is this about God too?" 
 " Yes, He's bigger then our problems."
 Conversation between Whitt and Stacy, Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

Hey Readers,
So have you ever played the game of Clue ? You know how it is, you hold your cards in your hand, excited because you have almost solved the mystery. You have looked at all the clues and you wrote all of them down, Finally when you are sure you know who did it you guess and find out... that.. you .. are... wrong.  That is how I felt when I read my latest " Must Read"
It is filled with twists and turns and just when I think I know what happened, the story changes!
This book is one that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills is the story of  Veterinarian and Airport Ranger Volunteer Stacy Broussard. While Stacy was out on her patrol one morning she came across a man who was shot an next to him was a motorcycle, a military grade drone and a injured dog. She immediately contacts 911 who contacted the FBI since the drone was military issue and this could potentially be a act of terrorism. Special Agent Alex LeBlanc enters the scene. He is sure that what he sees is a clear case of terrorism though he cannot figure out if the person who was shot was the victim or the perpetrator. Because of events and people in his past he is suspicious of everyone including Stacy even though she is the one who reported the crime. When strange events seem to happen and they all seem to surround or involved Stacy, Alex begins to wonder if somehow Stacy was being targeted. First Stacy gets a letter from the health department saying that there is something in the water in her neighborhood that is giving people flu-like symptoms, then several of her neighbors are hospitalized. Stacy cannot figure out if it is a hoax or if it is real, and if it is real why won't anyone help her neighborhood? If it is not real, then why are her neighbors getting so sick? Throughout the story you see that Stacy is trying to adopt or become a foster parent to Whitt McMann a young boy with an amazing IQ. But the circumstances that keep involving her are not helping her chances at proving that she can be the mother that he needs Suddenly Stacy develops the flu like symptoms and is hospitalized, the doctors discover what the symptoms are and make a unfortunate diagnosis... Stacy and all of the other people that were infected have a very rare disease that is only found in dogs but this is a strain that has been genetically altered. Why would someone go to such great lengths, knowingly infecting several people with a deadly disease?  What are they after and why did they target Stacy?
Why is every lead that Alex finds a dead end?
You will have to read the book to find out because I refuse to give spoilers!

What did I think of the book?
I love the twists and turns that kept me guessing but I also like the fact that there are some moments that are part of real life like when she patches her relationship with her parents or when Alex asks Stacy on a date. The author also includes the characters journey in their faith. Each one is in a different part in their walk with the Lord. Alex has not felt he needed God but is slowly seeing that he needs Him more then he thought ,Stacy is getting back to a relationship with God after such a long time apart from him and Whitt cannot think of God being a loving Father because he only knows how his earthly father was.  I suggest this book to someone who is looking for a novel with the perfect blend of romance and suspense. Overall I rate this book 5 out of 5 Stars *****

Here is the first chapter of the book!

 Deadly Encounter – Chapter 1

I Loved this book and am definitely checking out some of her other books, If you want to 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. 

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

" The important thing for you to remember, Patience, is to put God first and then follow where He leads your heart, in faith , knowing that He holds your hand."   - Joshua, To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Hey Readers, Why is there so much to read but there is so little time!

Here is my next "Must Read" if you like to read historical romance books.

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino is the continuing story of the the families of Southold, Long Island. The year is 1664 and Patience Terry has been in love with Captain Jeremy Horton since she met him but he has another love... Jeremy loves the ocean. Patience has pleaded with him to stay with her but he still goes out on the ocean on his beloved ship. One day Patience receives word that Jeremy's ship had been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados and there have been no survivors found. Patience refuses to believe that he is dead because she knows that she would have felt it in her heart if he died. While everyone is mourning Jeremy at his funeral, Jeremy shows up right in the middle of the service! Patience is ecstatic! Finally her beloved Jeremy has returned to her and they can finally start their lives together. But Jeremy has agreed to lead the militia with orders to attack New Amsterdam. Patience agrees to wait for him while he away and after the attack goes better then planned  Jeremy returns home to Southold, Patience knows that Jeremy will finally marry her and they will get to live happily ever after... right?
Well, not exactly because Jeremy decides that he needs to do a few things first like get a job, help Harry build a ship etc... Patience is getting tired of waiting for Jeremy, How many times must she endure him leaving her? When a tragedy strikes his estate in England Jeremy must decide, Does he go help the servants at his childhood home or does he stay with his sweet Patience? And if Jeremy decides to leave, Will Patience agree to wait for him again or will she give up on love?
You will have to read the book to find out!

What did I think about the book?
So this is book 3 of The Southold Chronicles and it is also the final book in the series. I read book 2, To Capture her Heart ( Book Review link) but this book could also be read as a stand alone. I love the historical details that the author used in every chapter of the book, like the detail of the ships or the little recipes that she included... They all fit together to tell the love story of Patience and Jeremy. I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first two books because the author concludes the series well and I also recommed this book to anyone who likes a historical romance novel with lots of ups and downs. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 Stars ****

If you want to check out the first two books in the series or any of her others books, here's 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, August 28, 2016

The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller

 " You think that you're gonna be able to deal with them?  I mean no offense, Around these parts, You seldom see a woman in charge of a business, That's all I'm saying."
 - Quote from The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller

Hey Readers!
With Summer officially over it seems that all of a sudden I am extremely busy and having a hard time finding time to read... However I have just finished reading a fantastic new book by Judith Miller called The Artisan's Wife which is my latest "Must Read,"

The Artisan's Wife is the story of Ainslee McKay, An Irish girl who has been put in a difficult situation because of her twin sister's reckless actions. Ainslee's sister, Adaira had a dream to open a tile company so that she could put her artistic abilities to work, So Ainslee and her brother Ewan went to work and found a company for sale and purchased it . The only problem now is that Adaira has eloped and left Ainslee with all of the responsibilities of running the company which requires her to move to another city, far away from the rest of her family and to run a business during a time when women were not typically in charge. Oh, and she has no artistic ability at all.
So Ainslee moves to the town of Weston, West Virginia with the promise that her brother would sell the company as soon as they were able to locate a buyer.
Levi Judson has just moved to Weston to be near his brother who lives there. He is hoping to get a job at the tile works because he has experience working at a tile factory. He is shocked to see that a woman is in charge but quickly learns that there is more to Miss McKay then meets the eye. She is smart, caring and kind... Oh,Why can't he seem to get her off his mind! He avoids her questions regarding his family because he fears if she knew about his brother's condition she would no longer want him around.  Ainslee is impressed by Levi's attitude and his actions and finds that she is attracted to this talented artist. When Ainslee was involved in a accident at work, Since Ainslee was injured, Levi immediately steps in to help with whatever she needed help with which required that they spend a lot of time working together. and the more the two of them worked together, The more the attraction between them grew but can a relationship blossom between the two of them when they are both harboring secrets from the other?

What did I think of the book? 
So this is book 3 of the Refined by Love Series but I read it as a standalone. I loved the way the author wrote the book from both Ainslee's and Levi's perspective. My favorite character has to be Ainslee. She is put into a tough situation and she is relying on God for help to get through it. The relationship between her and Levi is sweet. Their first interaction is one of my favorite parts of the whole book!  I have to say I was pleasantly suprised by this book because I was worried that it would be just another romance novel but this book had a interesting plot that kept me reading until the last page. I will definitely be checking out her other books! Overall, I rate the book 4 out of 5 Stars ****

Don't forget to check out the other books written by this author by clicking 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.

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

"God, I need you here... with your hands on mine, guiding me to do the right thing, make the right choices. Please help me."
- Katie Singleton,  Without Warning by Lynette Eason 

Hey Readers, I just read an awesome, action packed book that I have to tell you about. My latest "must read" is a amazing new book by one of my favorite authors, Lynette Eason!
 So on to the story...

Without Warning by Lynette Eason is the story of Bodyguard Katie Singleton. As she was driving home one night, She stumbles upon Daniel Matthews, a retired Marine and Restaurant owner who discovered a body in his restaurant's basement. Daniel is related to one of the students that Katie teaches in her self defense class so she decides to help out. As they are looking into the homicide that occurred in the basement, Detective Quinn ( who was the lead on the case) gets a call that Daniel's second restaurant was currently burning to the ground. As they arrive at the scene of the fire, they discover that his restaurant was completely destroyed.  Daniel is not sure why he is being targeted because to his knowledge he has not angered anyone. That night, Riley discovers someone watching them from their neighbors car and Daniel feels like someone is watching him every where he goes. As the person who is targeting Daniel gets bolder, Daniel and his niece Riley hire the Elite Guardians to protect them. While Daniel and Katie are at his restaurant, they both get shot at but no one gets hurt. It seems that the more they look into the situation, the closer the danger gets. When Detective Quinn, Katie and Daniel are sitting in a unmarked police car going over some security footage, the culprit decides to try and run over them with a construction vehicle severely injuring one of them. Katie swears to do everything in her ability to keep Daniel safe but the danger keeps sneaking in. One night when Daniel was about to leave after a visit to Katie's house, they discover a bomb under his car that was set to explode once the drivers side door was open. They were able to defuse the bomb and get rid of it before it blew up but it was a close call. 
As more details come to light and the Culprit steps from the shadows, Riley's life and the life of her friend is put in danger, Will Katie and her friends be able to keep Daniel and Riley safe? Or will the person who is attacking Daniel be able to silence them all?
Guess you will have to read it to find out!

What did I think about the book? 
I thought that the book was AWESOME!!! This book is the 2nd book in the Elite Guardians series and though I loved the first book (Always Watching Book Review) the second book (this one) was better.  This book could be read as a stand alone book because there is nothing except the characters and some brief mentions of some events that occurred that ties this book to the first book. The relationship between Katie and Daniel is a perfect addition to the plot. The book has a wonderful blend of suspense, action and romance. Note, there are some crimes that occur during the book but there is nothing described in graphic detail. The plot starts on the first page and does not end until the last page which makes it hard to put the book down. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a book with a lot of twists and turns. I cannot wait until book 3 comes out in 2017!
 Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars *****


I LOVE Lynette Eason's books, I recommend checking out what other books she has written. Just click on the link below for more details.

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, August 14, 2016

To Capture Her Heart By Rebecca DeMarino

In a uncertain time, Heather Flower must make a hard choice, Should she stay true to her life long friend, or should she follow her heart?

Hey Readers!  I cannot believe that Summer is over and school is starting soon. I feel like I have done absolutely nothing this summer besides work (and read of course) So here is one of my newest books to check out, especially if you want a good Christian Historical Romance novel.

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca Demarino is a fictional story set in 1653. The Princess Heather Flower of the Montaukett Tribe was kidnapped while she was celebrating her wedding. A rival tribe had kidnapped her and killed her husband right in front of her!  Then after the ransom was paid they left her to die, bound in the middle of the forest. She is rescued by Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren who was ordered to search for her and to bring her back to her family. As Dirk  rescues the Princess, he finds himself falling in love with her, but she is still hurting from the loss of her husband Keme, so he knows that he must keep his relationship with her as "just friends".  Englishman Benjamin Horton immediately goes out to search for Heather Flower when he hears that a Dutch Lieutenant was sent to rescue her . During this time period, The Dutch and the English did not get along so Benjamin was mad that a Dutch solider was sent to get Heather Flower.  When Benjamin finds Dirk and Heather Flower, He tells them that he was sent to take her home and dismisses Dirk. Heather Flower pleads with him not take her home but to take her to her Aunt Winnie's house.  Benjamin and Dirk agree to honor her wish. As Benjamin and Heather Flower head to her Aunts house, Dirk is sent back to his base.  When Heather Flower arrives at her Aunt Winnie's home she discovers that her Uncle's health was deteriorating. Within days her Uncle had died. As Heather Flowers family came to attend the funeral, they expressed how much they missed her and wanted her home with them but they respected her decision to stay and comfort her Aunt. Time passes and we get a glimpse into how the Indian and English people live, Heather Flower's friend Mary has a baby, Her brother gets lost at sea and is feared dead and lots of other small events occur during the middle of the book. As you get deeper into the story you discover that not only is Dirk in love with Heather Flower but Benjamin has been in love with her ever since they were children. Heather Flower is still hurting and cannot think about another person taking her deceased husband's place.  Will Dirk and Benjamin respect her decision? And if she decides to love again, Who will she decide to marry, The handsome and brave Lieutenant or her sweet, life long best friend ?
Guess you will have to read it to find out!

What did I think of the book?
So this is book 2 of The Southold Chronicles and it continues the story of the early settlers there and the challenges they faced. Though this book is part of a series, I read it as a stand alone and understood the story line perfectly. I love the historical facts and details that the author includes throughout the story. The emotion that she weaves into the story, so that you almost can feel the heartache as Heather Flower morns the loss of her husband, The determination of Dirk and Benjamin as they both wrestle for Heather Flowers attention or the shock at what happens at the end of the book!  Overall I liked the book even though it is not something I normally would read and would definitely check out the authors other books. I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars ****

Hey, Don't forget to check out this book and others that she has wrote by click on the link!

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.