Monday, December 31, 2012

Jessie's Joy by Zenobia L. Silas-Carson*A Review


In the second book of the "Jessie" series, we find that Greater Faith church is growing by leaps and bounds. Ministries are getting stronger and there is an air of excitement that has captivated the

entire congregation. Jessie Mae Hardaway, an author and widow, is considering what it will be like to be a "first lady" if Pastor Julian, whose wife has also passed away, should ask her hand in marriage.

Meanwhile, a stranger—who, as it turns out, is not such a stranger—returns to the city of Brooklyn Center Minnesota, and his arrival could eventually change the lives of many. As if that was not enough, a newcomer to Greater Faith has ulterior motives that may cause certain members of the congregation to fear for their very lives.

Jessie's Joy is intriguing and exciting book that will keep you at the edge of your seat while intertwining the importance of unfailing faith and "letting go" while God works it all out.


Affectionately called "Zee", Zenobia was born and raised in the fast paced city of Chicago, Illinois. A precocious and
curious child, she began writing short stories and poems at the tender age of nine. She also attended Chicago Art Institute at a young age, and won prizes for her collages and cartooning. She has worked extensively with children most of her adult life in the areas of special needs and pre-kindergarten programs. Returning to her writing in 1990, she began working on her first published work, Jessie's House, and often put it aside to finish raising her family. During that time, Zee wrote theatrical plays and appeared in local theater production in her adopted state of Minnesota.

Writing for The Loft, a wonderful place for writers to unite, Zenobia was gifted with two mentorship awards and met with Nikki Giovanni and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who encouraged her to keep writing. In 2008, she revisited Jessie's House and in 2009 the work was completed.



Zenobia is the mother of six children, grandmother of 13, and still resides in Minnesota, where she is writing a non-fiction sequel to the Jessie's series entitled, "Minnie's Gift", in tribute to her mother. God is an ever present force in Zee's life, and she depends on Him faithfully, for her every need.

MY REVIEW
  Jessie’s Joy is a sweet read. I really like how these books are about older couples and how they make it through every day life and all of the pitfalls and problems that come about. This book also is a very sweet mystery.
 I like the Jessie character as she isn’t perfect, but is a growing example of us all. She makes mistakes, but keeps trusting God and lets Him lead her.
 In this book Jessie is being romanced by the pastor of their church and she likes the attention, but is she ready for another relationship?
Also Jessie’s granddaughter is in love and the very worse thing happens as Jessie learns how to trust others.
  A new character comes into the story and she is very sinister, but acts very sweet and loving and helpful. How will she interact with Jessie, the pastor and many in the church.
 I enjoyed Jessie’s Joy as a nice book with a superb ending. Worth reading.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs*A Review


ABOUT A WREATH OF SNOW
Wrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a stop, the screech of metal against metal filling the frosty air. Snow blew across the railway platform and around Meg’s calfskin walking boots. The weather definitely was not improving.

She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and sweet mincemeat tarts displayed beneath a bell jar.
Later, perhaps, when her appetite returned. At the moment her stomach was twisted into a knot.

“Anything else for you?” the cashier asked as she handed over the tea, steaming and fragrant.

Meg was surprised to find her fingers trembling when she lifted the cup. “All I want is a safe journey home.”

“On a day like this?” the round-faced woman exclaimed. “None but the Almighty can promise you that, lass.”


“A Wreath of Snow glows with warmth, charm, and grace. A wonderful read.”
—BJ HOFF, author of The Riverhaven Years series

Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400072174
ISBN-13: 978-1400072170
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of thirty books, with more than three million copies in print. Her six Scottish historical novels have won the hearts of readers and reviewers around the globe. Whence Came a Prince received a Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and Mine Is the Night, was a New York Times bestseller.

Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. When she’s not traveling to Scotland for research, Liz can be found curled up with a good book in their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse near Louisville, Kentucky.

MY REVIEW
  This is the first book I’ve read written by Liz Curtis Higgs and it is just a marvelous story. A Wreath of Snow is a Christmas story with such love, compassion and forgiveness all wrapped together. Also put in some romance and this book is a winner.
  Besides the beautiful story, the cover and title are fantastic. The title A Wreath of Snow has two meanings, of course we know a wreath is a Christmas decoration, but also it is a word of the Scots meaning a bank or drift of snow. So that gives you a little idea what the title means and what might happen in the story.
Meg and Gordon are such fantastic characters that I soon grew to love. They both are running away from the same small town they grew up in. Gordon doesn’t want Meg to find out who he is or what he did, but wants his secret to be over and to be forgiven. A Wreath of Snow is a very powerful story that will touch your heart and make you realize that we must always forgive others no matter what they do on accident or purpose.
  I highly recommend A Wreath of Snow. It will become one of your Christmas favorites. A great read in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Five plus star book.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton* A Review


ABOUT HEALING LOVE
Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Among her biggest concerns is the well–being of her dog, Chinook, as she is no longer able to keep up with the high–energy Siberian husky. Adding insult to injury, she fears she’ll never marry for love, for what man would willingly wed a woman who needs help with even the most basic of household tasks?
Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his young wife, who died in childbirth—an aneurysm, the autopsy determined, but he still blames the midwife and the herbal remedies she administered. He meets his next–door neighbor, Kristi, when he discovers her wrecked buggy and takes her to the hospital. Eager to deepen the friendship that forms between them, he offers to take care of exercising her dog. But the harsh words of Kristi’s father discourage him from pursuing a relationship further—for the time being. Shane isn’t Amish, although his grandparents were, and Ira Lapp would rather his daughter marry an aging Amish widower than a young Englischer.
Despite all the forces that would keep them apart, Kristi and Shane can’t deny the strong attraction between them. So, their on–again, off–again relationship persists, as Kristi submits to physical therapy for her leg and Shane reevaluates his reasons for being Englisch. But will they find a way to stay together? Or are their differences too divisive to resolve?

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603745068
ISBN-13: 978-1603745062
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
     Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, author and book lover. Although for her formal education she studied marketplace issues -- she holds a degree in business -- reading is Laura’s lifelong passion, and writing a gift she’s developed to the delight of her growing fan base and to the glory of God. Prior to The Amish of Seymour Series for Whitaker House, Laura published two novels for Treble Heart Books: Shadows of the Past and Hot Chocolate. She’s also a contributor to the Zondervan’s It’s The Year Life Verse Devotional.

     While she did not grow up in an Amish community, Laura has become an expert in Amish customs and traditions, learning from her Pennsylvania Amish grandparents. She’s a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for whom she reviews primarily Amish fiction for the ezine, Afictionado, Laura is also on staff at the Christian Suspense Zone and a professional reviewer for the Christian book market. She’s written for a wide variety of Internet sites including Dancing Word, Faith Webbin, A Romance Review, and Christian Review of Books. At last count she’d published over 1,000 reviews.

     A stay-at-home mom who home schools her children, Laura, her husband Steve, and their children live in Arkansas.  To read her daily book reviews go to: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com. For other Laura V. Hilton news: http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com.


MY REVIEW
  Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton is a very sweet, enjoyable book. It started out slow, but soon was well worth reading.
  I enjoyed how Kristi and Shane got to know each other. They lived next door to each other, but never really met.
Kristi has a buggy accident and Shane is the one who finds her and gets her help. Then he finds out she won’t be able to walk or run her dog, so being the good neighbor he helps.
  Shane and Kristi find out that they share more than their love of animals and find out they are kindred spirits.
  Shane is a vet, but is missing love in his life. His wife died after only being married a few years.
  Kristi is a midwife and finds herself alone in life.
If they fall in love one of them has to leave their way of life to join the other. Will Shane forget his modern conviences of being a vet to live with the Amish? Will Kristi leave the Amish and be shunned to be with Shane? Her family has already lost her older brother to the world. Will she put her family through more heartache and pain?
  There just doesn’t seem to be a way this couple can find true happiness. Will there love for each other heal their hearts or will it be just to much for them to go through?
Very good book. I recommend it for your Amish reading pleasure.

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Deadly Image by Tamelia Tumlin*A Review


ABOUT DEADLY IMAGE
Gone without a trace ...

Lexi Yates knows she hasn’t harmed her three-year old daughter, yet the Louisiana town of Gator Bayou seems to think she’s guilty. With her daughter missing, the evidence stacking up against her and her faith in God tested to the limit, Lexi must find a way to convince FBI agent Ace Valdez she’s innocent before she becomes the next target.

Ace Valdez doesn’t trust easily, and he certainly knows better than to fall for a case, yet there’s something about the widowed mother that makes him want to believe she’s innocent, but evidence doesn’t lie. Or does it?

Long Novella - about 36,000 words

File Size: 282 KB
Print Length: 113 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (July 6, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B008IJ5FPA

ABOUT Tamelia Tumlin
Juggling motherhood, teaching and writing as a single mom is a challenge to say the least., but I still find time to squeeze in a bit of "me" time  which includes traveling.
However, writing is my passion.
When I get ready to start a novel the possibilities are endless and the excitement insurmountable.

http://www.tameliatumlin.com/

MY REVIEW
 Just wanted to say this first, I love Tamelia’s faith-based books, but don’t care for the others.
Saying that I want to say her faith-based books are the best.
  From the very first line to the ending line of Deadly Image I was very spell bound and intrigued. This is just a super, fantastic book. I could have read it in one day, but started late so had to put it down to sleep, but couldn’t wait to finish it.
  Deadly Image is a kindle book, but I got it on Adobe Digital Edition on my computer. I ONLY complaint I have with this book is the print on my computer was smaller than I like, but I’m sure the Kindle version would be much better.
  I like how Lexi and Ace get along. At first it was blaming each other for the loss of Lexi’s little girl. Lexi was blamed for kidnapping her own daughter and Lexi blamed Ace the FBI investigator for not doing more to help find her.
  I was quite captivated and intrigued with each turn of events and couldn’t believe how it all came to an end. I really, really love Deadly Image for the fast-paced, suspense and romantic story plot. A book that gets a five-star and wishing I could give it more. Tamelia Tumlin is a first time author for me and will enjoy reading more of her inspirational intrigue books. Highly recommend!!!!

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The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine * A Review

ABOUT THE BOOK
Once again, the Widows of Butternut Creek are determined to find a bride for Pastor Adam. This time, their candidate is as gun shy as the pastor!

A traumatic experience as a college freshman has left Gussie Milton 'once bitten, twice shy.' Although she'd like a relationship, she's frightened, so she's thrown herself into caring for her aging parents, her photography business, and her church. In the eyes of Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, aka 'the Widows,' Gussie would make their young pastor the perfect wife. And though the attraction proves mutual, first Gussie's past and then the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever?

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (November 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892968958
ISBN-13: 978-0892968954
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Myers Perrine started writing while in grade school. Although her spelling was terrible--she blames that on dyslexia--her third-grade teacher predicted she'd be an author. Jane attended Kansas State University. Majoring in both English and Spanish, she read the best literature in both languages. After years as a Spanish teacher and minister, she began writing. Her novels include Regency settings and Western historicals as well as stories which take place in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas where she now resides. An award-winning author, she presently writes about a young minister, Adam Jordan, and his life in Butternut Creek, TX.


MY REVIEW
  I didn’t get to read the first book in the series, but I really loved book 2 and it’s a great stand alone book also.
  The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek is a charming, old fashioned type of book with all of the modern day problems and the faith to see the people through.
  Pastor Adam is such a kind, helpful person and he doesn’t take offence at the Widows trying to find him a wife and how they try to have him do everything they way. He shows them love and compassion, but does things the right way for everyone involved.
  Gussie is afraid of relationships and stays home to take care of her parents, even though they don’t need taken care of.
  When I first heard of the Butternut Creek series it made me think of Jan Karon’s Mitford series, but they aren’t anything the same except for the same kind of small knit town and how the people care for each other.
  The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek is a book well worth reading. It is full of fun, romance, comedy, grace and forgiveness. I would highly recommend this fantastic book.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson*A Review


ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS PONY 
It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy's world changes forever.

From the Inside Flap
Lucy was about halfway to town when she heard a car coming down the road behind her. It was making a lot of noise, and when she looked, smoke was billowing all around it. She stepped to the side of the road as the pale yellow car slowly sputtered and clunked past her. It looked like a pretty car. Too bad it didn't work right.
When Lucy got to town, she noticed the pale yellow car parked in front of Hempley's Garage, and a man in a brown suit was talking to Mr. Hempley. But it was the lady getting out of the car who really captured Lucy's attention. Wrapped in a royal blue coat with a big silver fur collar, she had shining hair almost the same color as the pale yellow car and cut short with bangs that curled like a fringe around her pretty face.
As Lucy got closer, she could see the lady's rosy cheeks and lips of scarlet red. She looked just like a real movie star!
"Hello, doll." The lady smiled down at Lucy.
"Hello," Lucy managed to say back to her.
"Is there a place I can buy a soda around here?" Her voice sounded as sweet as sugar and honey.

Hardcover: 169 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800719271
ISBN-13: 978-0800719272
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.


MY REVIEW
  This is my first Christmas book of the season and I knew anything Melody Carlson writes would be fantastic and I was right.  The Christmas Pony is a very sweet, touching, romantic story.
  Lucy was eight years old, but had many thoughts and wishes. Would they all come true and if not which ones. She wished and prayed for a pony, more boarders to help them make it through the winter and to see Mama smile again.
  Ponies cost so much to buy, feed and take care of. Boarders didn’t come much in the winter or around Christmas since they stayed close to home. Also Mama didn’t smile anymore before Lucy’s Dad died three years ago.
  The characters are very realistic and they feel like family. Lucy, her Mom and Grandma are very poor, but a loving family whom tried very hard to keep the farm going.
  The newcomers whose car broke down while Lucy was in town are very out of the ordinary and different. They are George and Veronica. When they come to stay as boarders until the car can be fixed many things happen and things become interesting.
 This story is told by Lucy and it would many very fascinating reading for all, but I believe younger girls would really love it.
 I highly recommend The Christmas Pony for everyone. Very sweet, appealing book.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

WINNER of Time and Again by Deborah Heal

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson A Review


ABOUT FULL DISCLOSURE
Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.

Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...

Paperback: 473 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764210890
ISBN-13: 978-0764210891
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 17 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O’MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois.





MY REVIEW
  I love anything and everything from Dee Henderson. This book Full Disclosure is very good, but not Dee’s best work.
  I love how Paul really wants to get married and knows it right away. Ann really holds back from relationships except for friendship. She really doesn’t like to fail in anything so she would rather not try in marriage.
  One thing I didn’t care for in this book was how Dee has Ann to be the writer of the O’Malley series. I don’t think it fits in with the story very well.
Also Ann seems to be able to do everything and know everyone, but doesn’t want to trust herself in a serious relationship.
  I love all of the police work and crime scenes that Ann and Paul work on. Dee writes really great crime/mystery stories.
  I feel the romance doesn’t work well in this story, because it doesn’t seem to be much of it in the book. Also Ann is to perfect, but very flawed. She believes in the Lord, but rarely does she trust Him to help her with a serious relationship.
  Paul is just a wonderful character and gives in to Ann’s every whim and I don’t believe that’s possible in a real relationship. Both sides need to give or it doesn’t work.
  Even though I’m not thrilled about every part of the story I still really recommend it. The lady killer part is very interesting.

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY Father of Lights DVD


About Father of Lights
FATHER OF LIGHTS chronicles the journey of filmmaker Darren Wilson and his team as they fearlessly travel the globe, far from the daily existence of the typical evangelical believer in the West. By thoughtfully documenting the stories of extraordinary believers and candidly filming miracles, visions and other supernatural occurrences, Wilson engages viewers in modern day examples of the true nature and character of God.

Wilson gives honest access to his own spiritual questions as he tackles the religious misconceptions he has struggled with throughout his life.  “I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is. To answer this question, we had to peel back the many layers of religious garbage that has been passed onto him through generations. That He is angry. Vengeful. Wrathful. And in general, that He doesn’t like you very much. The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine.”

DARREN WILSON

About Wanderlust Productions
Wanderlust Productions is a video production company focusing on creating content for various media that highlights, informs, and is designed to spiritually stretch our audience.  Created by Darren Wilson, Professor at Judson University, Wanderlust’s focus is on telling stories that inspire and agitate, that are unwavering in their honesty yet are emotionally compelling.  While our content will always be Christian in nature, we are not afraid to explore themes, concepts, or areas that may be considered “risky” by the Christian establishment.  Wanderlust prides itself on its willingness to put the story above the message.  That being said, the message will never waver.

Website: http://fatheroflights.wpfilm.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fatheroflights

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wanderdarren/

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/wanderlustproduction


MY REVIEW
  Father of Lights is quite a nice DVD. It tells of how different believers listen to God’s voice and how they tell others of the Lord.
I was quite taken with the first man they showed on the DVD who became a Christian and says he hears God’s voice every morning telling him where to go and what to do. This man talks to witch doctors, hindu holy men, gang members etc.. I really believe he has the spirit of the Lord.
  Also we meet another man who loves the Lord and heals people with laying his hands on people and praying. This part of the movie for me wasn’t all that believable, because you never see how bad the person was before he was healed. You just see the person walking and talking after healing. I guess I like to see the person before and after.
  This group of believers want you to only love others and show them love, not tell them about their sin. I know we do need to show love more and be more compassionate, but we also need to warn them of their sin and help them see themselves.
  I recommend watching this DVD, but watch with a discerning spirit.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker*A Review


ABOUT THE SANCTUARY
THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.

THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Center Street (October 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599953358
ISBN-13: 978-1599953359
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

ABOUT TED DEKKER
Ted Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Ted  Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.
In the early nineties, Ted decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Ted proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.
He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.


MY REVIEW
  I enjoyed the first book I read of Danny the priest and this one was just as good. I didn’t see any way it could end well, but it did.
  The love Danny and Renee have for each other is amazing. Even when they are separated for years when he is in prison, they still have such a strong love that nothing or no one can change.
  Danny has taken a code of not being violent and has kept to it for years, but he get transferred to a new prison where the warden is determined to make Danny pay for his sins and tries to get Danny to be violent. What does it take to make Danny violent or will he become violent?
  Renee tries to help Danny because she has been told that he will die if she doesn’t do the crazy, insane requests of someone who is tormenting her. She gets help from a former cop/lawyer. Is he a help or hindrance to Renee?
  I enjoyed this book, because it is full of thrilling scenes and won’t let you put it down until you reach the last page. I LOVED the ending. If you are a thriller fan or fan of Ted Dekker you really will want to read this book.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

High Desert Haven by Lynnette Bonner* A Review


ABOUT HIGH DESERT HAVEN
Is Jason Jordan really who he says he is?
Everything in Nicki’s life depends on the answer.

Oregon Territory, 1887

When her husband dies in a mysterious riding accident, Nicki Trent is left with a toddler and a rundown ranch. Determined to bring her ranch back from the brink of death, Nicki hires handsome Jason Jordan to help. But when William, her neighbor, starts pressing for her hand in marriage, the bank calls in a loan she didn’t even know about, bullets start flying, and a burlap dummy with a knife in its chest shows up on her doorstep, Nicki wonders if this ranch is worth all the trouble.

To make matters worse, terrible things keep happening to her neighbors. When her friend’s homestead is burned to the ground and William lays the blame at Jason’s feet, Nicki wonders how well she knows her new hand…and her own heart.

A desperate need. Malicious adversaries. Enticing love.
Step into a day when outlaws ran free, the land was wild, and guns blazed at the drop of a hat.

File Size: 1013 KB
Print Length: 334 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B008C2MS6C

ABOUT LYNNETTE BONNER
Born and raised in Malawi, Africa. Lynnette Bonner spent the first years of her life reveling in warm equatorial sunshine and the late evening duets of cicadas and hyenas. The year she turned eight she was off to Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya where she spent many joy-filled years, and graduated in 1990.

That fall, she traded to a new duet--one of traffic and rain--when she moved to Kirkland, Washington to attend Northwest University. It was there that she met her husband and a few years later they moved to the small town of Pierce, Idaho.

During the time they lived in Idaho, while studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin the Shepherd's Heart Series with Rocky Mountain Oasis.

Marty and Lynnette have four children, and currently live in Washington where Marty pastors a church.

MY REVIEW
  This is the second book in The Shepherd’s Heart series and after reading it I want to read the first book and any that come after it. High Desert Haven is an excellent book full of love, mystery, intrigue, death and happiness. I will be adding High Desert Haven to my favorite books for 2012 and giving it a 5-star rating.
  To me Nicki was a very unselfish, precious follower of Jesus in this fantastic book. In every page from the first to the last Nicki puts her family, her husband, son and friends ahead of herself. After her husband dies even though she only married him to help her family and didn’t really love him she cared deeply for him and wanted to keep his ranch going for their son.
  When the larger ranches tried pushing her off her ranch and the other smaller ranches she didn’t give in. Nicki ran an ad for a ranch foreman because she didn’t know anything about ranches. Then Jason, a new Christian, comes and things start happening not all for the good, but he doesn’t want Nicki to give up without a fight even when the bank calls in her loan. How will she make it? Will she find how God wants her to survive? Will Nicki give in  to pressures to sell and marry the next door rancher or will her heart and head win out and do the right thing?
  I really love this book and so glad I read it. Lynnette is such a brilliant author, I’m glad I found her writing because she is one of my new favorites. So I HIGHLY recommend this book High Desert Haven.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal


ABOUT UNCLAIMED LEGACY
"I call it time-surfing," Abby said. "It's like being there,
 except no one can see or hear us."

"Whatever you call it," John said, "that was crazy--what we just did.
 Beyond realistic. I mean, I was in that guy's head
and knew everything he was thinking."


Abby's weird computer program is working again. And it comes in handy when they agree to help the Old Dears next door with their family tree. Except Abby and John learn more about one of the ladies' ancestors than they ever wanted to know. Convicted in 1871 of murder and arson, Reuben Buchanan is a blight on the family's reputation. But was he really guilty? Abby and John get inside the mind of a murderer to find out.

But while they're rummaging around in the Old Dears' family history, they discover the truth of God's promise to bless a thousand generations... and a legacy waiting to be reclaimed.

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478311495
ISBN-13: 978-1478311492
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces

ABOUT DEBORAH HEAL
Deborah Heal is a former high school English teacher who loves reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies named Digger and Scout. Today she lives in the St. Louis Metro East area, but for many years she lived not far from the setting of her first novel, Time and Again. In Unclaimed Legacy, the second in the trilogy, Abby, John, and Merrideth must clear the name of a man wrongly accused of murder--in a 150-year-old case! The author is currently working on book three.

MY REVIEW
  Unclaimed Legacy is book 2 in Time and Again series and it’s very enjoyable to read. The characters are all the same with a couple of new ones and the setting is mostly the same, but in a new small town.
  Abby is still working on her summer project of helping tutor a young girl whom is doing well even though she is going through a lot of family problems.
  Even though I said this is a nice book to me it’s to much the same. I know the story is about different people, but the time surfing on the computer from different houses seems all the same to me. This book is just continuing from book one almost like one continuing book. I grew tired of the same story line even though it was different. Hard to explain unless you have read the book.
  I also found Abby’s “boyfriend” tiring with his quick escapes from any kind of emotions. Like holding hands, showing affection, quick kiss etc. You can control yourself without completely staying away from someone.
  This book is sweet for younger girls and Abby would be a good role model for them. If you like this kind of book it is a quick, easy read.

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Book Giveaway and Review of Time and Again by Deborah Heal


ABOUT TIME AND AGAIN
Charlotte of Miles Station
When Abby chose tutoring an "economically disadvantaged adolescent" as her college service project, she didn't realize how difficult her summer would be. Merrideth, her 11-year-old student, has been sullen and depressed ever since her parents' divorce, especially since she was forced to move to the dilapidated old house her mother inherited. When Merrideth's dad sends her a top-of-the-line computer to make up for his absence in her life, she and Abby discover a weird program on it that invites them to "Take a Virtual Tour" of various houses around the world, including, amazingly, Merrideth's own house.
And then they discover the program is more than a simple visual experience. Much more. Abby and Merrideth find they can "time-surf" to any date, including 1858 when the house was new and young Charlotte Miles lived there. By locking onto Charlotte, they can get into her head--know her thoughts and feelings--and experience her world, even when she gets on the train to attend the Lincoln/Douglas Debate.
Watching from a distance as Charlotte faces the challenges in her life, including the hardships of the Civil War, gives Abby and Merrideth new perspective on their own problems. Time and Again is a story told in the past and in the present. A story of self-discovery and faith.

Perfect Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613466692
ISBN-13: 978-1613466698
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

ABOUT DEBORAH HEAL
Deborah Heal is a former high school English teacher who loves reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies named Digger and Scout. Today she lives in the St. Louis Metro East area, but for many years she lived not far from the setting of her first novel, Time and Again. In Unclaimed Legacy, the second in the trilogy, Abby, John, and Merrideth must clear the name of a man wrongly accused of murder--in a 150-year-old case! The author is currently working on book three.

MY REVIEW
  Time and Again Charlotte of Miles Station by Deborah Heal is a fantastic read. It is a great story to read for any age group, but I think young ladies would really enjoy it . It is quite a nice clean story without violence.
  This story has many themes to it. Divorce, neglected children, history, present day, love, family.
  Abby is a young lady who wants to tutor a young girl for a college project she at first wonders if she is cut out to help a girl who has so many problems and attitudes. Merrideth feels lonely since her mother divorced her dad and she doesn’t know why and they also moved very far away to a very small town. So Merrideth quits caring and just eats and watches T.V.
  Abby tries to bring her out of herself and they get into a computer program that carries them back over 100  years to the people who use to live in the house that they live in now. It is really a super fun read that will give everyone the desire to be better and keep looking up. I highly recommend this book.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason*A Review

ABOUT WHEN A HEART STOPS
A killer's deadly game needs new players . . . but someone's about to change the rules

As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn't make it any easier when she's called to the eerie scene of a murder--especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush.

As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again. And when Serena's own life seems at stake, she must decide if the secret she has been keeping has put her next on the killer's hit list. Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late?
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Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2008-7
ISBN-10: 0-8007-2008-3
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 336
Carton Quantity: 48
Publication Date: Oct. 2012
Formats: Paperback

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynette Eason is the author of Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, and thirteen other romantic suspense novels. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina




MY REVIEW
  The second book in the Deadly Reunions series is fantastic. When a Heart Stops is a suspenseful book full of surprises and mystery.
  The only thing is it was hard to follow along if you didn’t read the first book in the series. So it wouldn’t be a good stand alone book to read. I think it needed much more back story from the first book, but still find When a Heart Stops to be a splendid read.
  Serena is really a fantastic person, whom loves family, friends and those less fortunate than herself. She isn’t a person who puts herself first before others. I like the way she has always cared for Dominic since they went to school together, but he always thought she was just a young kid. Now he sees her differently.
  Dominic was wild in school, but with the help of an older mentor and friend he was showed the right path to take in life and turned himself around and now follows the Lord.
  I was surprised at whom the serial killer was and quite intrigued by the whole story and it kept me glued to my seat to find the ending.
 I would recommend this book to all of you suspense, mystery lovers.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Love at the Speed of Email by Lisa McKay*A Review


ABOUT LOVE AT THE SPEED OF EMAIL
 Lisa looks as if she has it made. She has turned her nomadic childhood and forensic psychology training into a successful career as a stress management trainer for humanitarian aid workers. She lives in Los Angeles, travels the world, and her first novel has just been published to some acclaim. But as she turns 31, Lisa realizes that she is still single, constantly on airplanes, and increasingly wondering where home is and what it really means to commit to a person, place, or career. When an intriguing stranger living on the other side of the world emails her out of the blue, she must decide whether she will risk trying to answer those questions. Her decision will change her life.

File Size: 371 KB
Print Length: 278 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985480904
Publisher: Karinya Publishing (May 15, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0083WGTRU


ABOUT LISA MCKAY
Lisa still stumbles when people ask her about home. Raised in Australia, Bangladesh, the States, and Zimbabwe, she has also lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Croatia. She is currently living in Laos.

(How she got to Laos is a long story that began with writing letters to someone in Papua New Guinea named Mike and ended in marriage about a year later.)

In Australia, Lisa worked as a forensic psychologist with the police, in a maximum security men's prison, and on a child death review team. In Croatia, Lisa worked with a development organization as a stress management trainer. In Indiana, Lisa earned a masters degree in International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. In Los Angeles, Lisa directed the Headington Institute's training and education programs, providing psychological and spiritual support services to humanitarian workers around the world. In Laos, while Mike is hard at work for a humanitarian organization, Lisa lies in a hammock by the Mekong River and drinks mango smoothies.

Well, sometimes, anyway. The rest of the time she is writing or working as a consultant. Lisa's first book, my hands came away red, was nominated for a Christy Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of different magazines.
www.lisamckaywriting.com


MY REVIEW
  This is Lisa McKay’s second book and I really enjoyed it. Her first book My Hands Came Away Red, was fantastic.
  In Love at the Speed of Email is a memoir that reads like fiction. You will get caught up in the amazing, fascinating life that Lisa leads and how she came to know her husband and their usual courtship and marriage. I believe marriage through email works because before email I met and married my husband of 30 years though letters. It works and is a great way to find out about your future mate. Like Lisa and Mike we also had a short courtship and God has blessed us.
  I find it amazing how some people can travel and live in a different place every few years or so and seem to enjoy it, but that’s not for me. You will read many strange and exciting things that have happened to Lisa and how she got though them and moved on with her life.
God has blessed this couple and I know you would love to read their love story.
 Lisa is a very witty person and will have you laughing at the strangest things. I’m sure she is a wonderful speaker and has her audience laughing and feeling comforted many times.
  A book to read and one you will get simple enjoyment out of. I recommend this book.

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Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury*A Review


ABOUT COMING HOME
 Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word. In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxters draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (June 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310266246
ISBN-13: 978-0310266242
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

ABOUT KAREN KINGSBURY
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups. She lives in Washington with her husband, Don, their daughter and five sons.


MY REVIEW
  Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury was a very emotional book.  It was full of great joy, sadness and peace with much tragedy.
  Coming Home is the final book in the Baxter series. Which involved about 18 or so books. I was hoping for a very sweet, happy ending, but it wasn’t meant to be. I do think this ending was much better, full of heartache, pray and longing. I knew from reading about Coming Home that some kind of tragedy, but expected one much different.
  The only part I didn’t care for in this book was the retelling of all of the sibling’s lives at their worse places in life and how they pulled through with God and their families. I know Karen probably did that to give those readers who didn’t read the original Baxter books back story, but it was like reading those books again. It wasn’t anything new. So I would have changed that part.
  The title has so many meanings in this story and find each one so wonderful. You can go home in a number of ways.
  A lot of readers don’t like the Baxter’s because they seem so perfect and close to God, but I like that and believe that there are people who are like that in real life. When I read a book I want to read about someone who is uplifting not someone who is always going through bad times and depend on themselves and not God.
So I recommend Coming Home to everyone. A great book to read if you’re a new Karen Kingsbury fan or been one for years.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review-A Wandering Heart by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer



ABOUT A WANDERING HEART
All the stars come out in Cape Light...

New York Times bestselling authors Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer continue their Angel Island series with a sparkling new tale set in Cape Light. Celebrity has landed on Angel Island, but it's new love that steals the show.

Welcome to Angel Island. . . .Its captivating spirit can be felt from the shores of its windswept beaches to the heights of its spectacular Angel Wings Cliffs. The island is said to harbor angels who help guide the lost, delivering them from despair and darkness into the golden light of love and faith.

A movie crew arrives to shoot a film in Cape Light and Angel Island provides a perfect backdrop. Offering good food and a place to rest, Liza's Inn welcomes the cast and crew, including the famous actress Charlotte Miller. Charlotte is surprisingly down to earth and is totally charmed by the island, especially the Inn, where she chooses to stay instead of more lavish accommodations. But one day, along the water's edge, Charlotte is swept into the sea, only to have her life saved by local fisherman, Colin Doyle. Their attraction is instant and undeniable-even though they come from completely different worlds.

As Charlotte spends more time on the island, the relationship seems meant to be. They keep meeting up, by accident at first, then on purpose. But Colin believes he has little to offer this celebrated beauty. He doesn't realize that Charlotte would give up her glamorous life, for him and Angel Island, if only she knew his true feelings. For he alone knows her secret and accepts her completely. It seems only a miracle could bring them together. Then again, with faith and love on their side, Angel Island is just the sort of place where miracles can happen...

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425245845
ISBN-13: 978-0425245842
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds



ABOUT THOMAS KINKADE
Thomas Kinkade is America’s most collected living artist, a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light infused paintings bring hope and joy to millions each year. Each painting Thomas Kinkade creates is a quiet messenger in the home, affirming the basic values of family and home, faith in God, and the luminous beauty of nature.
Kinkade is a devout Christian and credits the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist is to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he creates. The letters he receives every day testify to the fact that he is achieving this goal. Thomas Kinkade passed away recently and  I'm very saddened by this


ABOUT ANNE CANADEO AKA KATHERINE SPENCER
Anne Canadeo lives and knits in Northport, New York. She is the author of the Black Sheep knitting mystery series, and she has also authored the popular Thomas Kinkade series writing as Katherine Spencer.
Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of over twenty books for both children and adults, she lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound, very much like Cape Light


MY REVIEW
  A Wandering Heart is such a tender, compassionate story. Full  of love, romance, heart ache and hope that it is one of my favorite books. Writing this review is sweet and hard for me at the same time. I just love this style of writing, but am saddened that Thomas Kinkade won’t be writing anymore since he is now gone from us, but I’m hoping Katherine Spencer will continue to write more in this series, because I’ve come to love the characters and places so much.
When I read a book and wish I could live in that place it is hard when the book ends.
  Charlotte is a famous movie star and her and her cast come to Angel Island to film some of her newest movie. She falls into the sea and fisherman Colin rescues her. Their love story is so tender, but will it last, because their lives are so different. Will love reign in the end or is this just a summer romance?
 We hear about the wonderful Inn on Angel Island with Liza, Claire and Daniel and the neighbors that run the goat farm. How the neighbors - Audrey and Rob want to start a family so badly, but are having all kinds of trouble.
  This book A Wandering Heart turned out great and I will be satisfied if Katherine Spencer doesn’t write anymore to the series, but would love if she did.
 A Wandering Heart is such a fantastic book and one I highly recommend. You will love it as I did.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn * A Review


ABOUT SUMMER STORMS
Book One of the Seasons of Faith Series Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne ravage Orlando in the summer of 2004. Elizabeth Reynolds, a hotel concierge in downtown Orlando, is experiencing her own personal summer storms After months of dreaming and searching for a home to restore, Lizzie finds the perfect opportunity only to face possible destruction from Hurricane Charley. She is counting on her contractor Jeffrey for help, but he is distracted and grieving the loss of his fiancé Camylle. Just when her home is repaired, a new storm wreaks havoc at work as Hurricane Frances bears down and the Hotel Lago staff have to host a wedding with international guests. Lizzie learns that sometimes the most destructive storms are those of the heart.

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475137389
ISBN-13: 978-1475137385
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

ABOUT REBEKAH LYN
Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing. She enjoys travel and has traveled extensively across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Her reading taste run from the classics to light fiction. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking,baking and sharing recipes on her blog, http://rebekahlynskitchen.wordpress.com

Her current works include, Summer Storms the first book in The Seasons of Faith series and Julianne the first book in The Coastal Chronicle series. She is currently working on Winter's End, the much awaited sequel to Summer Storms.

Rebekah currently resides in Florida along with her "attack" cat, Mia. They would enjoy meeting with you on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/authorRebekahLyn

MY REVIEW
  This book Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn is quite an excellent read.  This is one of her first books and I think it is very good.
I always love books that have storms or tragedy in them and having two hurricanes in this one makes it fantastic.
  I really came to love the characters and where they live and work. The description of the surrounding area is incredible.
I like how our own struggles and hardships can help out someone else who is going through similar circumstances. We never know what in our lives will help others.
  Lizzie is a great help to Jeffery and Ian is there to help them both.  Some of the scenes in the book are quite suspenseful and full of  fast-action. You won’t find a boring part in Summer Storms and I was captured right from the start. An excellent read. Buy this book and help a new author and you will really be glad and enjoy this book. I recommend Summer Storms.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Reunion by Dan Walsh* review and giveaway


THE GIVEAWAY IS FROM DAN'S SITE, SO YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LINK TO WIN. 

ABOUT THE REUNION
There are people in this world we pass right by without giving a second thought. They are almost invisible. Yet some of them have amazing stories to tell, if we'd only take the time to listen . . .

Aaron Miller was an old, worn-out Vietnam vet, a handyman in a trailer park. Forty years prior, he saved the lives of three young men in the field only to come home from the war and lose everything. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Aaron is about to be found. And the one who finds him just might find the love of his life as well.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800721217
ISBN-13: 978-0800721213
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

ABOUT DAN WALSH
I was born in Philadelphia in 1957 (guys don't care if you know) to a mostly
blue-collar, hard-working Irish family. My Dad was the first person on either side of the family to earn a college degree. It took him nine years, working during the day, going to college at night, using the GI Bill from his war days in Korea. In the mid-sixties, General Electric hired him as an engineer for the Apollo space program. We packed up and moved to Florida, which is really where I grew up.
I spent my childhood years playing basketball and surfing. In the spring of my senior year in high school I met the woman who would become my wife, Cindi. We dated for a brief period. I asked her to marry me and, to my great surprise, she said yes. We were married near the end of 1976. We have two children, now grown.
The desire to write novels first began in high school. But I didn't have the time to pursue this passion until 2007. To find out more, visit my website at www.danwalshbooks.com
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For the for the next week, starting today and running till next Monday, September 17th, Dan Walsh is celebrating the release of his new novel, The Reunion, with a 10-book giveaway contest! Five winners will each receive a signed copy of The Reunion, as well as his third novel, The Deepest Waters. (He’s  including this book because it was named a finalist for an ACFW Carol Award for book-of-the-year). Click on the link below to see how easily you can enter the contest!

http://danwalshbooks.com/the-reunion-book-giveaway-contest/

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MY REVIEW
 Dan Walsh’s books get better and better, and The Reunion is just a magnificent story. The characters are so well defined and the scenery is so real it is almost as if you are there, but the best part of this book is the story. Dan is such an excellent story teller that you will simply read this book all the way through without stopping.
  Aaron is so caring and loveable, but he doesn’t see himself that way. So many things happened in his past and he would love for things to be different.
  The title of this book is so fantastic and describes the book completely, and I love the cover. The Reunion is such a touching, tender story that tells about how even when we are doing things right we really can struggle with how things are in our lives, but it also gives us hope.
  The Reunion is a book that I will put on my favorite books of 2012 and I know you will love it also. I highly recommend The Reunion as a keeper and a book you will love to reread again and again.


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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255