Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Storm Review

Now That Glade, Selah's Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her
Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing--along with the list of those out for her blood. 

Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story?

Storm by Bonnie Calhoun is a good conclusion to the Stone Braide Chronicles. These book are so stocked full of details and intricate story lines that some times I struggled to keep up with what was going on. (Partly my fault, it's been awhile since I read the first two books.) Other than that I really enjoyed this conclusion to Selah's story and would recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a good science fiction/fantasy read.

5 out of 5.

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Newton and Polly Review

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound 
that saved a wretch like me. 
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund is a wonderfully written fictionalization of the life and romance of the author of one of the most famous hymns in history. Jody Hedlund has out done herself with this book, it has to be one of my favorites from her. Everything from the historical details that are perfectly weaved into the story to the characters that pull you in with their heart-rending journeys make this a must read book. This is a story full of adventure, faith, romance, and God's truly amazing grace.

5 out of 5.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet Review

In her kitchen at Rose's Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets. 

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson is a fantastic read! I loved Caden's character, I saw so much of myself in her and I couldn't help but feel for Adam and his past. These two characters along with the other secondary characters will quickly worm their way into your heart with their storied pasts and present troubles. This book is full of everything your sure to love, romance, faith, and delicious sweets. I strongly suggest you read Where Two Hearts Meet, you will in no way be disappointed.

5 out of 5.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wild Montana Skies Review

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Wild Montana Skies is the first book in Susan May Warrens newest series and does not disappoint! I loved diving into Kacey and Ben's story and seeing the growth in these two people with broken hearts and past wounds. Wild Montana Skies is filled with Susan's signature story telling flare and amazing characters. This is a story that will latch on to your heart and not let it go until long after you've set it down. Please do yourself a favor and add it to your to-read pile!

5 out of 5.

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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Another Day Another Dali Review

The world of art theft can be a deadly game--one that Serena Jones understands all too well.

When FBI Special Agent Serena Jones takes on the case of a forged Dali painting as a favor to her grandmother, she assumes it will be a typical investigation. Hopefully collaring the thief will also mean finally measuring up in her grandmother's eyes. But the deeper she delves into the forgery and the suspects surrounding it, the less typical it becomes.

The Dali isn't the only painting that's fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the possibility of a sophisticated theft ring--one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena's grandfather. To make matters worse, someone connected to the forgeries seems to be determined to stop Serena's investigation--no matter the cost.

Another Day Another Dali is the second book in Sandra Orchard's newest series. I loved being able to dive into Serena's story once again, revisiting old characters and meeting new ones. Sandra crafts a wonderfully fun whodunit that will keep you turning page after page until you reach the end. I love Serena and everything about her, from her entertaining family to her two equally compelling love interests (though my favorite is Tanner, sorry Nate). I can't wait till the next book!

5 out of 5. 

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

Tangled Webs Review

Finn has packed away his combat instincts--but he may need them again when danger begins to stalk his quiet hideaway . . . 

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.

Tangled Webs is an action packed conclusion to the Men of Valor series by Irene Hannon. Finn is the center of this story and I love getting to delve deeper into his character as well as getting to know his love interest, Dana.  Ever since my first Irene Hannon book I have been hooked! The story she weaves every time is full compelling characters and twists and turns to keep you on your toes.Do yourself a huge favor and pick up this series, you won't regret it.

5 out of 5.

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

To Have and to Hold Review

Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story by Betsy St. Amant
Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.
The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story by Katie Ganshert
Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Her love life has always been a bit lackluster—until she ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome Nate Gallagher. Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancĂ©e is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to too. As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?
Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade
When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over. Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she longs to be with Josh but doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her smalltown world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?

All in all To Have and to Hold is a delightful trilogy of love stories that are sure to make you sigh. It's the perfect book to pick up if your looking for a quick lighthearted romance. Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St.Amant is such a sweet treat with characters well fleshed out for a novella. The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Gansher is a story that starts off with an adorable meet-cute. Love in the Details by Becky Wade is about second chances at love and had my favorite ending. To Have and to Hold makes for the perfect fall read.
5 out of 5. 
I received a copy of this book from BookLook for a honest review.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Lady Unrivaled Review

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White was a great ending to the Ladies of the Manor series. I loved being able to read Ella's story and I fell in love with Cayton as he changed and grew. Ella is the type of character you have no problem with as a leading lady, she is fun,cheerful, and intelligent. Cayton is a character with a lovely redemption story and together him and Ella make quite the pair.  Roseanna White's style of story telling is wonderful and with every book of hers I read my expectations are passed. 

5 out of 5. Wonderfully written! 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Raven Review

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

The Raven by Mike Nappa is definitely not for the faint of heart! This book is a suspense thriller that is stocked full of surprises that keep you turning page after page late into the night. Of course you get a continuation of both Coffey and Hill's stories and their undeniable chemistry, but you also get to meet some new characters that you can't help loving. That being said I loved The Raven's character and what he brought to the story and I hope that in the next book we get to see some more of him. You also get to meet an interesting character in Mama Bliss. I fell in love with everything about this story and its characters and I can't wait to read the next book! 

5 out of 5. Thrilling!

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

When Love Arrives Review

Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him? 

Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander is a perfect book to read while curling up on the coming fall days. Its a sweet story about learning to grow and change into the person God wants you to be.  When Love Arrives brings to life great characters both dealing with their pasts and secrets. I loved getting to know these characters and their story and can't wait for the next book in the series. If you need a satisfying love story i suggest you pick up When Love Arrives.

5 out of 5. A sweet read.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Guide Me Home Review

Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow 
Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will the cave claim more than it gives? 
After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.  
Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise. 

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?    

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an amazing story written in the point of view of many characters. I hate to sound like a broken record but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kim Vogel Sawyers style of writing. Everything from the historical details, to the rich characters and their stories. I can't seem to help but fall in love over and over again with her writing. Reb was such a great character to lead you into the story of the Hardin family and as each character got to take a turn telling the story I grew more and more engrossed in the book. 

5 out of 5. Amazing!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Heart Most Certain Review

While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears is so so so good! I loved the growth both characters showed throughout the story. It was so realistic in its pacing and that made it so much more meaningful. There was no single moment where either character realized a flaw and instantly changed, it was a gradual growth and not easy. I feel like I grew with the characters on some level because I know I have held both Nicholas's view as well as Lydia's on certain matters. A Heart Most Certain is so much more than a well written historical romance, it make you reflect on your own actions towards others. If you have time for only one book the rest of the year choose this one, you will not be disappointed. 

5 out of 5. 

“If we claim to want them to know the love of Christ but don't give it, how will they believe?” 
― Melissa JagearsA Heart Most Certain

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Without Warning Review

Taut Writing and Breakneck Pacing That Will Keep Readers Up All Night
Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

Without Warning by Lynette Eason is the second book in the Elite Guardians series and boy is it a good one. The twist and turns throughout the story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Katie was someone we got to meet in the first book and in Without Warning we get to read her and Daniel's story. Both of them are such great characters, Katie is amazing, strong and passionate, and Daniel is the perfect hero to her heroine. If you have ever read a Lynette Eason book you will not be disappointed with her latest series. 

5 out of 5. 

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

To Follow Her Heart Review

Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.

It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold--and to an overjoyed Patience--it's not the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for. 

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino was a stunning conclusion to The Southold Chronicles. The  characters are true to the historical setting and they easily capture your heart. Rebecca DeMarino is a master at inserting history into the story in a way that seems natural, unlike some books I have read where it seem more like a textbook. To Follow Her Heart was the perfect book to end the series on, giving the readers time with old characters as well as the main ones in this story. I can't wait to read whatever Rebecca DeMarino come up with next!

5 out of 5. An excellent read.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To Love A Stranger Review

Traveling to a rugged country to meet her new husband for the first time, Bessie wonders, Can love truly conquer fear?
Bessie Randall is shocked to discover that, thanks to her sister’s meddling, she is married by proxy to Jasper Mendenhall, a man she’s never met. Believing she has no choice but to honor the marriage, Bessie travels from Boston to Jasper’s military quarters in Fort Bridger, Utah Territory.
Jasper Mendenhall is equally shocked when he meets his wife at the stagecoach and realizes she is not the beauty from the picture he holds. But Jasper has orders to move to Arizona Territory, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him.
Bessie and Jasper’s mutual distrust is hard enough, but snakebites, Apache raids, and food shortages present even more challenges as they head to the Southwest. A story of quiet commitment despite the odds, To Love a Stranger explores how love can grow in the most difficult land.

To Love A Stranger by Colleen Coble was a short sweet story. While the characters were not my favorite and the story could have been fleshed out more I still enjoyed the read. I understand that this is a reprint of Colleen Cobles so it makes since that while the writing style is still amazing the story was not quite up to the caliber that I had become accustom to in her other works. Other than wanting more added to the story I found To Love A Stranger enjoyable and would certainly recommend it to fans of Colleen Cobles.

4 out 5.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

No Way Up Review

New Western Romance Series from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately. 

Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike. 

Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

No Way Up is the first book in Mary Connealy's newest series Cimarron Legacy. It was so nice to be able to catch up with the Kincaid family by way of Heath, the youngest brother. Heath and Sadie join together for a nail biting adventure that will you turning pages until the very end. No Way Up belongs on the top of your to-read pile, whether you've read Mary's other book or not (and if not then her other books should be on your to-read pile as well!). I can't wait for the rest of the books in the Cimarron Series to come out!

5 out of 5. An wonderful Afternoon Snack.

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One Paris Summer Review

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank is a good clean teen summer read. I'm kinda on the fence right now about how I feel about this book. I didn't love it but I certainly didn't hate it. Its kind of your typical  teen read but with more angst than I wanted and a evil step-sister who was too cliche for me. Overall there was nothing wrong with how One Paris Summer was written, the descriptions were great and there were some cute scenes, but I never connected with Sophie. And when the whole book is in her point of view that's kind of an important thing to do. 

 4 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

From This Moment Review

Award-Winning Historical Romance from a Noteworthy Talent

Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.

But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.

Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they've worked for at risk?

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is a wonderfully crafted historical novel. It's a delightful blend of mystery and romance, full of colorful characters and a strong message. Both Stella and Romulus ( such a cool name, right?) are great characters. It was great to be able to see growth in both of them throughout the book but have it end in a way that showed they both still have some growing to do. Often books leave you with an ending that is wrapped all up in a pretty bow, the characters have learned whatever lesson they needed to and now they can live happily ever after. I loved that the end of From This Moment showed that while Stella and Romulus had grown and learned throughout the story they still had more growing to do.

5 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Traces of Guilt Review

A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from Dee Henderson
Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson is the first in what I hope is a long series of Evie Blackwell Cold Cases. I thoroughly enjoyed the new cast of characters Dee brought to life in her newest series and I can't wait to continue getting to know them in future books. Traces of Guilt is not your standard romantic suspense, despite what the description on the back cover would have you believe. The romance is very light, and the cold cases take center stage in this book, but they deserve it. Like always Dee constructs a page turning drama that has you engaged from the first page.

5 out of 5. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Every Bride Has Her Day Review

Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can't wait to start planning their life together. She's confident she'll make it down the aisle this time--but it still may be easier said than done. A high-society Houston bride has Katie and the Cosmopolitan Bridal team scrambling to get the perfect dress done in time for her spectacular wedding. Meanwhile, Katie finds herself bombarded with everyone's competing visions regarding her own special day--and she's beginning to worry that her own ideas will get lost in the crossfire. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her perfect day? Or will bridal shop chaos and overzealous friends and family make a mess of everything?

Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson is a great conclusion to the fabulous Brides with Style series! Katie finally has a reason to wear the wedding dress that started it all and I couldn't be happier with her choice in groom. Every Bride Has Her Day if a fun-filled read that will have you laughing and crying with the characters as you watch their story wrap up. With her signature blend of humor, faith, and romance, Janice delivers yet another book to add to your favorites shelf, right next to all of her others!

5 out of 5. A wonderfully fun romantic Afternoon Snack. 

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Faith Review

The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell thought she’d find herself. But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition―and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend who was kidnapped and sold south by unscrupulous slave catchers.

Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.

Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, Dev and Faith fight their personal battles―and a growing attraction to each other. When beliefs clash and passions flare, they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.

Faith by Lyn Cote was a great addition to the Quaker Brides series. Faith is a strong woman of great, well, faith  and the journey she takes for her friend shows that. I loved all the historical details that was put into this story and realistic struggles that the characters each have. The friendship and romance between characters is well written and the growth seen in them is definitely worth the read. If you're a fan of civil war era reads then Faith (as well as the first two books in this series) is a great way to kick off your summer reading plans!

5 out of 5. 

 I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Room for Hope Review

In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?
Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.
When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.”
Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?

Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful story of hope, just as the title suggests, and forgiveness. I loved the style in which Room for Hope is written, reading from the point of view of several characters made the story resonate even more for me. You got to see how Neva dealt with her husbands betrayal as well as how the children dealt with it. Arthur and Jesse provide a wonderful outside view of the situation as well. I would have to argue that Room for Hope is one of  Kim Vogel Sawyer's best novels yet. Treat yourself to this book, you won't regret it!

5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that is simply the best!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.