Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble A REVIEW

 In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.

The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.

After Sarah receives word that her fiancĂ©, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.

But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancĂ©, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?

Series: A Journey of the Heart (Book 1)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0529103419
ISBN-13: 978-0529103413
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 ounces



About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks


MY REVIEW
A Heart’s Disguise is book one in the Journey of the Heart series. This is the first of six novellas in the series, being released each month for the next six months. Very short books that can be read in one sitting easily.
  I really enjoyed it, but it just seemed to get started and the book was over. Colleen Coble is an excellent author, I love her writing style. I think it would be better if you got the whole set at once and read them right together.
The story line and characters are well-developed. The action is truly captivating.
My favorite character so far is Sara. She seems so lost and alone in this first book and I know she thinks she made the right decision, but I think she should have thought through everything more.
I will recommend this book, but if you can order the whole set as it will give you a lot more enjoyment.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson A REVIEW

ABOUT TAKEN
Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

When Shannon contacts private investigator and former cop Matthew Dane to help her navigate her reentry into society, she quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. For one thing, her brother is the leading candidate in the race for Illinois governor, and news of her escape will create a media frenzy. For another, the ransom her family reportedly paid years earlier appears to have been a scam; no one knows what happened to the money. And then there's the fact that Shannon's escape involved faking her own death. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets.

Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 28, 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00QMSCN0Y
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including Unspoken, Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O’Malley series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion.
Visit her at DeeHenderson.com.

MY REVIEW
  I love, love, love books by Dee Henderson and this one Taken is just fabulous. The book Taken isn’t out until April 28th, but it is well worth waiting for. I was grabbed from the first page of this book and know you will be also.
  It tells the story of Shannon Bliss who was kidnapped when she was 16 and had to live with the kidnappers until she escaped many, many years later. Shannon reads about a retired police officer that had his daughter kidnapped, but made it home so she went to him for help. Matthew helps her do the things she needs while providing her with safety and security.
  Shannon knows a lot about the kidnappers and where they meet and where they hid the treasures that they steal. She will help the police, but only at her time and the place she desires. Shannon has her head on and makes a lot of lists. She has a long journey to get back to normal life. Many tears are shed and heartaches shared.
  Shannon made a list of the 5 things she wants most out of life. Get her GED, have a career that will support her, get married, have children, but the last one we only know the first half of. So I’m looking forward to book two to find out the last part of her last wish on the list.
This book Taken by Dee Henderson, book one in the Men of Valor series is superb and very, very suspenseful, but full of love, tenderness and compassion. Highly recommended.



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Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon BOOK REVIEW

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.



Series: Men of Valor (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Revell (April 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800721268
ISBN-13: 978-0800721268
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces


Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

MY REVIEW
  Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon is one fantastic suspenseful book. It is full of twists, turns and surprises that will keep you reading way into the night.
  I like how one small bit of evidence in a murder case can turn everything around. Even when criminals try to remove all traces of them being there usually it is impossible.
   Lisa and Mac meet when they both are assigned to a skeleton that was dug up from over 20 years ago. What can they learn from something that old?
  Lisa and Mac both move to a smaller area to get out of the way of big city crime, but it seems to follow them. They also are looking for a chance to settle down to marry someone and start a family. Can they find that with each other?
  You also learn about Mac’s two brothers who are in high profile/dangerous jobs. I have a feeling the next books in the series will be about them.
   Buried Secrets is full of suspense, action, family and love. You will love this wonderful first book in the series Men of Valor. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Grace of God A Story of Easter Traditions DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

ABOUT GRACE OF GOD

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church's collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly's views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.



Starring: John Ratzenberg, Erin Bethea, Lorenzo Lamas
Studio Name: Phase 4 Films
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Run Time (in minutes): 99 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: Digital Sound
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.15

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MY REVIEW
  Grace of God A Story of Easter Traditions isn’t the greatest movie. Some Christians films are fantastic, but this one the actors are horrible, the plot is thin and I don’t see much in it about Easter or the ten commandments.
  The so called main character John Ratzenberger only has a couple of lines at the beginning and end of the movie.
  The other actors are novices and don’t add anything to the movie. I thought the person that took the money had a dumb reason for taking it and the person didn’t think through their situation enough.
  This DVD though is wholesome and they try to put across grace and forgiveness, but I just don’t think it works.
You might get a different opinion from this DVD and love it. The other reviewers gave it all 5-stars. It is full of Bible passages and love. I will let you make your own conclusions. There is a giveaway with this review and you could win and find out what you think.


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A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling A REVIEW

ABOUT A HARVEST OF HOPE
Miriam Hastings has her future plans in place...
But Trygve Knutson is intent on changing them.


Just a few short weeks into her year-long training at the Blessing Hospital, Miriam Hastings is called home to Chicago, where her mother is gravely ill. With siblings to care for, Miriam pleads to be allowed to finish her training in Chicago. Her nursing supervisor grants her a brief reprieve but extracts a promise that Miriam will return to Blessing and fulfill her one-year commitment.

While in Chicago, Miriam has tried to get Trygve Knutson and Blessing out of her mind, but his letters make that impossible. Trygve is busy building a house, hoping he can convince Miriam to return to North Dakota and marry him. Torn between Trygve's love and her family's needs, she doesn't know what to do.

When Miriam finally returns to Blessing, she buries herself in her work. But no matter how hard she tries to put it off, she has some life-changing decisions to make about her future, her family... and the man who is never far from her thoughts.

What will it take to convince her to stay?

Series: Song of Blessing
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764211056
ISBN-13: 978-0764211058
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.






MY REVIEW
  I have always loved books by Lauraine Snelling and A Harvest of Hope is another fantastic read. I must warn you if you haven’t read any of Lauraine’s books in the town of Blessing, North Dakota you may get lost with all of the people and things they are talking about. Even though this book is the 2nd book in the Song of Blessing series it takes a lot from other books that Lauraine wrote years ago.
Here are all of the books that happen in Blessing:
Bjorklund Family Novels & Series
An Untamed Heart (prequel to the Red River of the North series. October 2013)

Red River of the North series (First Bjorklund family series)
An Untamed Land
A New Day Rising
A Land To Call Home
The Reaper’s Song
Tender Mercies
Blessing In Disguise

Return To Red River series (Second Bjorklund family series)
A Dream To Follow
Believing The Dream
More Than A Dream

Daughters of Blessing series (Third Bjorklund family series)
(This series has limited print availability but is available in e-book format)
A Promise for Ellie
Sophie’s Dilemma
A Touch of Grace
Rebecca’s Reward

Home to Blessing series (Fourth Bjorklund family series)
A Measure of Mercy
No Distance Too Far
A Heart for Home

Song of Blessing series (Fifth Bjorklund family series)
To Everything A Season
A Harvest of Hope (Spring, 2015)

I have always loved the town of Blessing and all of the wonderful characters who are so loving and kind. How they help each other in pain, heartache and just share their joys. I think you will really love it, but I recommend that you read the books in the series first. Very good stories.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

By Your Side by Candace Calvert A REVIEW

By Your Side
Candace Calvert
ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

Series: Crisis Team
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414390327
ISBN-13: 978-1414390321
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces


Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all.

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to seven, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at: www.candacecalvert.com.

MY REVIEW
  By Your Side by Candace Calvert is such an excellent book. I truly enjoyed it. I love books about doctors and the medical field and Candace does a superb job. Since she was part of the medical field she knows what she is talking about.
  In By Your Side Macy and Fletcher have a chance meeting on the freeway during an accident that turns into a sniper incident. Macy trusts no one, but herself and Fletcher thinks he can handle all situations himself. They both have to learn who really can be trusted and who is the one to handle what happens to us.
   I really love the characters and how they seem so real and how they come to figure out life, love and family. Macy is such an excellent nurse and Fletcher knows how to put other people before him in the field of law. Since Macy is a nurse and Fletcher is a deputy they come in contact many times.
  You will love this book full of the medical and law fields, also with a little romance. My three favorite kinds of stories all wrapped in one. Highly recommended.

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The Wonder of His Name 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus by Nancy Leigh DeMoss A REVIEW

The Wonder of His Name
32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Fall in love with Jesus all over again as you get to know Him through thirty-two of His life-changing names. These meditations by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, illuminated by the artwork of Timothy Botts and accompanied by quotes from classic authors, hymn writers, and preachers, will help you recapture the wonder of His name.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1257-7
Published: October, 2014
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 96
Weight: 1.30 lbs
Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75

NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Lies Women Believe and Choosing Forgiveness. She is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally-syndicated programs heard each weekday on over 1,000 radio stations. Through her teaching ministry and books (which have sold more than two million copies), God is using her as a mentor and spiritual mother to thousands of women, and as a leader of the True Woman Movement. Nancy's burden is to call women to freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ and to see God ignite true revival in the hearts of His people. For more information on her radio programs, conference ministry, and books, visit www.ReviveOurHearts.com.

MY REVIEW
  The Wonder of His Name is just a wonderful book. Only 96 pages, but all full of praise and worship of the precious names of Jesus.
  Some of the different names are Resurrection and the Life, I Am, Bread of Life, Messiah, Wonderful Counselor and Lamb of God  just to name a few.    
For each name it tells where it is in the Bible and  also explains and talks about each name. Then there are quotes from famous Biblical figures like C.H. Spurgeon, Warren W. Wiersbe, Charles Wesley, etc.. They have different verses of songs also with the many names.
  Then another amazing part of this book is the artwork by Timothy Botts. The colors and style are defiantly glorious.
  Highly recommend this precious, beautiful book full of love and praise for out Lord.

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