Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Land Beneath Us Review

In 1943, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers' betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for--fulfilling the recurring dream of his death.

Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she uses her spare time to search for her real family--the baby sisters she was separated from so long ago.

After Clay saves Leah's life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-day, their letters bind them together over the distance. But can a love strong enough to overcome death grow between them before Clay's recurring dream comes true?

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin is a brilliant WWII novel with a message of grace and forgiveness beautifully weaved throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed watching both the characters of Leah and Clay grow as the story progressed. They both presented interesting points of view to the plot and the history of the war. As with her other books Sarah Sundin does a great job with her historical research and with how she includes it into her stories. I learned a lot about Rangers as well as WWII. 

5 out of 5.
I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Roll of the Drums Review

Ruby Weaver's curly red hair isn't the only thing that sets her apart from her Amish community in 1863. Twenty-eight and single, Ruby doesn't believe a woman needs to be married in order to be happy. Her ailing friend Lovinia Fischer, however, has other ideas and wants Ruby to promise to marry her husband after she dies. Never imagining she'd have to fulfill that vow, Ruby agrees. And she's not the only one. Lovinia has extracted a similar promise from her husband, Gideon.

With both Ruby and Gideon reluctant to keep their promises, a compromise must be reached. Ruby will spend her days with Gideon's family--helping to raise the children and keep the house--but her nights will be spent at her sister's neighboring house. But this arrangement raises eyebrows in their conservative Amish community, and it soon becomes clear that Ruby must make a decision--marry Gideon or turn her back on her friend, the children she's grown to love . . . and their father.

The Roll of the Drums by Jan Drexler is such a sweet story. This Amish romance is set in the civil war and finds these two characters struggling with not only feelings and faith, but fear of a not so distant war. You could tell a lot of research and knowledge went into the creation of The Roll of the Drums and the twists and turns in this story take you on a journey. If you are a fan of Amish or historical fiction be sure to pick up this book as well as the first in this series. 

5 out of 5. 
I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Always Look Twice Review

At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear--and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff's department can't find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed--or how deeply they will fall for each other.

Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard is the second book in the Uncommon Justice series. if your looking for a thrilling mystery to escape into for awhile this is the book for you. Harper and Health are both interesting characters and the adventure they have in this story is full of twists and turns even the most avid mystery reader wont see coming. While this book is the second in its series it can be read on its own. I missed the first one, but now I cant wait to go read it! 

 5 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Dark Ambitions Review

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently--leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn't convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn't want them to succeed--and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon is the third book in her Code of Honor series and a thrilling suspense read. Old and new characters combine to create a compelling mystery, that has to have become one of my favorites by Hannon. Full of shocking twists and turns Dark Ambitions will keep you on the balls of your feet from beginning to end. If you are a fan of Irene Hannon or just a suspense novel lover in general you will be sure to enjoy this book. 

5 out of 5.
I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

A Distance Too Grand Review

Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession--starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn't realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott is a fantastic historical romance. It was very easy to fall in love with these two main characters, Meg and Ben, as well as the other secondary characters. Their story is one that will have you turning the pages quickly. A Distance Too Grand, the first book in the American Wonders Collection is a wonderful story of adventure, faith, and love.

5 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Christmas in Winter Hill Review

Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages.

As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn't always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, "Where's the snow?" Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista's Christmas spirit before the big day?

Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson is the perfect way to start of your holiday season. Krista and Emily's story is a short and sweet one that brings to mind nights curled on the couch with a warm cup of cocoa watching hallmark Christmas movies. This novella is just what you need to jump start your need to binge everything Christmas. Christmas in Winter Hill is a great addition to Carlson's collection of Christmas novellas. 

5 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.

Monday, October 7, 2019

One More River to Cross Review

In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey--until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult decisions. The first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery, the widow Ellen Murphy, and her pregnant sister-in-law Maolisa.

When the party separates in three directions, each risks losing those they loved and faces the prospect of learning that adversity can destroy or redefine. Two women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe, three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons--and the rest of the party, including eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue . . . or their deaths.

One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick was a wonderfully written historical fiction. Kirkpatrick always fills her story full of breathtaking imagery that seems to take you back in time. This particular story is one of courage but also one of immense struggles. So getting ready to be a bit chilly as you take this incredible journey with them. One More River to Cross is a great book for lovers of Jane Kirkpatrick as well as fictional retellings of american history. 

4 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review.