Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spring Thaw by Tammy Fish A Review

ABOUT SPRING THAW

When an unforeseen accident tramples her dreams, Selena trudges through a desert of loneliness caring for an invalid husband. Finding herself a widow at twenty-eight, she grasps at the chance to experience a new life. Answering an advertisement for a marriage of convenience, she agrees to the platonic arrangement in order to care for the man’s young son. Leaving her home in Illinois, she travels by train to Oregon to discover a very different world from the one she left behind. Mesmerized by the beauty of this new land, she finds faith and fulfillment, but she never expects to find love.


Dirk lost his wife long before his son’s birth. Bitterness and pain solidified his emotions like the snowpack on Mt. Hood. He needs a mother for his son, but nothing more, so he places his request: No pictures necessary, references only. Selena agrees to the arrangement, but her heart interferes. Will Selena’s patient endurance be enough to melt her husband’s frozen heart?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Website: https://www.facebook.com/springthawnovel/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Twitter: Tspringthaw
Facebook: Facebook profile
Blog: http://springthawnovel.com


Christian, wife, mother, grandmother. Born in Rhode Island, I've had the privilege of living on both beautiful coasts. Dramatically different each location resonates  the beauty of the Creator.  Like my excursion moving across the nation, life itself is a journey. One that twists and turns along the way with mountains of triumph and valleys of despair, but throughout  the process I find the Lord ever present, going before me and lighting my way. Praise be to Him.

  MY REVIEW
    Spring Thaw by Tammy Fish is just a wonderful, exciting story. It’s not the same old stories you read about mail order brides. It is an uniquely different kind of story.
  This is the first book I’ve read of Tammy Fish and I must say it is fantastic. I would love to see this book become a series.
  Dirk’s first wife left him and their son. Selena’s husband was in a horrible accident and never was himself again. After both of their mates died Dirk wants a mother for his young son, but not a real marriage.
   Dirk and Selena both want a marriage so they can raise his son, but nothing more. They have both been hurt and just don’t know if they can ever trust another person again.
     Follow these two as they go through many trials and seasons. Will they find out about trust and love that only comes from God and will they find the love for each other that they really  need?
   I truly did enjoy this book. So glad I read it. I highly recommend this book Spring Thaw. Excellent!

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Caged No More DVD Review


ABOUT CAGED NO MORE

Aggie, A 67 year-old Black Cajun, has just stepped into her worst nightmare. Her two granddaughters have disappeared, and the only clue she possesses is a forgotten laptop. Aware she only has a short window of time, she feels helpless to save them as her money and influence are scarce. Desperate to get her girls back, Aggie risks everything to cross paths with Richard and Lottie DuMonde, two of the wealthiest and most connected people in New Orleans. Certainly, once they hear her story, they will help. But what Aggie doesn't foresee is the dark world she's about to step into, or the dangers accompanying the rescue needed to bring her girls home.

Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
 PG-13
 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Word Films P&D
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2016
Run Time: 90 minutes







MY REVIEW
  Caged No More is inspired by real events. This DVD is well put together. It shows how somWord e parents when they don’t have any other way out of their money troubles will go as far as selling their children.
  The actors and actresses are Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, Alan Powell and Cassidy Gifford.
  It’s really sad to see that these poor sweet girls get locked in a room and live a life of pure terror day after day. There isn’t any escaping unless they die.
  In Caged No More the story is about two sisters. One who already was sold and one that is close to being sold into the sex trade.
    The DVD shows how people fight for these girls to get them out, but also how some never make it out. A grandmother, the girls Uncle and his son are some that fight this fight. They have to go through a lot and see a lot.
   The movie Caged No More ends good, but it is still sad because you know that this will continue to go on for many others.
  This is an excellent movie, but it isn’t for younger children. Some scenes will be upsetting, but things like this have to be brought to our attention.
Highly recommend.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Unlimited by Davis Bunn A Review

 Unlimited
A Novel

by Davis Bunn
Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy, and he needs Simon's help.

But once he crosses the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.

Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to serve a higher cause.

With Harold's help, Simon sets out on a quest to uncover who killed the professor and why. In due time, he will discover secrets to both the worldchanging device and his own unlimited potential.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: B&H Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 143367940X
ISBN-13: 978-1433679407
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces



Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author who serves as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

MY REVIEW
  Unlimited is a truly interesting novel. I’ve read many of Davis Bunn’s books and find them all very well written. Unlimited is even more so.
  From the first page to the last you will be on a rollercoaster of adventure, danger and intrigue. I found this book truly fascinating.
As soon as Simon crosses the border his life takes a very bad turn. One bad thing after another keeps happening to him. He escapes death many, many times.
  God brings Simon to a worker from an orphanage and they help him and they know about the professor who Simon worked with.
   You will discover in this book that not everyone who seems bad is bad and not everyone who seems good is good. You have to watch out for the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Also the drug cartel will go to any lengths to get what they want. They only care about money and their drugs.
  Simon has made many mistakes in his life and wants to make up for them and start over. Find out if he gets a chance to do something for someone that doesn’t help himself and will he be drawn to the Lord by the people at the orphanage.
  Very, very good novel. Truly enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended.

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Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf A Review

 Hope Heals
A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love

by Katherine Wolf, Jay Wolf

When all seems lost, where can hope be found?

Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.

On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.

Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chance by embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls.

An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.

File Size: 3690 KB
Print Length: 242 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
Publisher: Zondervan (April 26, 2016)
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Language: English
ASIN: B010RB5YX4

Katherine & Jay Wolf are parents, artists, communicators, and survivors. After meeting in college, they got married and moved to Los Angeles to pursue law school for Jay and the entertainment industry for Katherine. Their son James was born in 2007 and six months later, Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of whole-hearted living and hope in Christ in many forums since 2008. Katherine, Jay, and their family currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. www.hopeheals.com



MY REVIEW
  This is a amazing true story of a woman’s fight and struggle after suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. It is also the story of her husband how he stayed with her and never left her side.
   Katherine and Jay were very young and in love. They just had their first child. He was only 6 months old when the stroke hit Katherine. She was on life support in ICU for 40 days and 2 years in full-time brain rehab. Eight years later they wrote this book and have a ministry called Hope Heals.
  If you love stories that show courage  and hope again all kinds of odds you will love this book. So many things Katherine has to endure and overcome. Also Jay is an remarkable husband. So many husbands/wives leave their spouses when a major illness/disease comes to them. He really stuck with her.
  The ending is just miraculous. I highly recommend this true story. Very uplifting and positive.


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When Calls the Heart-Heart of a Hero A Review

New arrivals bring excitement, love and danger to Hope Valley. Pastor Frank has been reinstated following the revelation of his criminal past, but the arrival of his old cohorts, the Garrison Gang, are making life (and his relationship with Abigail) very tense. Bill Avery has his own debt to settle with Jake Garrison, and Jack intends to stay Bill’s hand from killing the man. Meanwhile, Lee’s foot injury brings a pretty nurse, Faith Carter from Hamilton… and soon after, her possessive fiance. And Jack rises to the defense of new settlers on Gowen’s land when Gowen abruptly raises their rent.

Actors: Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow
Directors: Neill Fearnley
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
 NR
 Not Rated
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2016
Run Time: 89 minutes

MY REVIEW
  Another riveting adventure with Jack, Elizabeth and all of their friends. You will even meet some new characters, or characters you have briefly met in past episodes.
  Love abounds, but so does action, adventure, hope and terror. It doesn’t matter what kind of show you like Heart of a Hero has it all.
  My favorite part of this episode is when the little boy Abigail is taking care of wants to be loved and how he goes about it. It is a very touching scene.
  Abigail and Frank have a long way to go in their relationship, but they don’t give up.
   Jack and Elizabeth are always sweet together and seem to be getting along very well.
  If you have never seen the series When Calls the Heart {Can’t believe there is anyone who hasn’t} you will just love it. So much adventure and tenderness. Highly recommended.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman A Review

ABOUT DEEP SHADOWS
(The Remnant Book 1)


All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.


In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.


File Size: 1885 KB
Print Length: 370 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 28, 2016)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01EBNW67G

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer. www.VannettaChapman.com





MY REVIEW
  I really loved this book. It is an intriguing novel. I love the idea of a story showing how the world be in trouble if all modern technology was wiped out.
  Just imagine your newer cars wouldn’t start, no  trucks would be coming in to restock the shelves in the stores. The gas pumps wouldn’t work because the electricity pushed the gas up to the pumps. The same with the water system.
  What if this happened and you or your family had a medical problem. You wouldn’t be able to get your medicines, or the care you need.
  Those are just some of the problems in this novel. So Shelby, her son, Which has a medical problem and there friend Max, plus other numerous friends find ways to get around all of these problems. Some of the people will work together, but there are a few who don’t care how they get the things they need, by stealing or murdering. Anything goes.
  This is a marvelous novel and I love it. Can’t wait until book 2 is out. So many things need answers in this story. Really loved it and will highly recommend it. A book you need to read in 2016!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ashes of Eden A Review

ABOUT ASHES OF EDEN
 Choose this day whom you will serve.....
18-year old Red made some bad choices. He's done his time, but he's still paying the consequences. He's finding that having a bad reputation and being in the wrong place at the wrong time are an unfortunate combination - even when you're trying to do the right thing. Secretly selling stolen drugs in order to help his police office mother pay the mortgage starts a bloodbath between rival dealers. Lives are lost, relationships destroyed, faith is questioned. And, Red is in the center of the spotlight. Can this gritty cautionary tale end with redemption? Perhaps. But, it comes with a price.



Format: NTSC
Language: English
Studio: Lightworx Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2015
ASIN: B00WJXX2K6



MY REVIEW
  Ashes of Eden is a good movie that can teach us lots of things.
  I must admit that the beginning was very slow. I know you have to get all of the back story, but it could have moved along quicker.
  A police officer is trying to raise her two sons alone, but is having lots of financial  troubles. Her older son, Red gets in with the wrong crowd, but wants to help his mother. So he steals drugs to sell. So his troubles get worse and worse.
  His mother tries to keep him out of trouble with the law, which is her first mistake. Then Red gets kicked out of school and lands up in trouble again. So his mother kicks him out of the house.
  He gets into trouble deeper and deeper. People are being killed and he is on the run.
  The conclusion of Ashes of Eden is really thrilling. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat. I like the ending of the movie and will recommend it for all. It saddens me to see people get involved in the drug trade or crime. Sometimes it seems there’s no way out.  I like the theme No man can serve two masters. Really good.
  One thing I didn't care for was the use of the language. I don't believe movies need swearing. This movie blocked out the swear words. I don't think that is any better than swearing. Just my opinion.


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