Monday, January 16, 2017

If I'm Found Book #Review




Synopsis:
It started with the USA TODAY bestseller If I Run. Now Casey's journey continues in If I'm Found.

Casey doesn't know why Dylan let her escape just as the police were closing in, but she knows she's got to hide again. New name, new look, new city, new job.

But hiding isn't enough. Somehow, she's got to bring Brent's killer to justice. Can she gather enough evidence without getting caught? And even though she wants to trust Dylan, can she really?

When they go after her sister, Casey knows her time is running short. Turning herself in presents its own set of problems but if it will help protect Hannah, she’ll gladly do it—but will it?


My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

If I'm Found is the riveting sequel to If I Run. As you know, in book one Casey Cox was accused of murdering her best friend. She's uncovering something bigger, and even saves a kidnapped teenager along the way, why would a killer do that?

I thought book two was even more exciting. You can easily see that Casey has inherited her father's keen detective skills. Thankfully the private investigator hired by the Pace family to locate Casey believes in her innocence and will stop at nothing to keep her safe from the crooked cops.

This book has heart pounding, nonstop action. The kind of book that keeps you up at night unable to stop reading until the very end. Which by the way, leaves us eagerly anticipating the next installment.

About the Author:
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots while challenging her readers. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Dog Who Was There Book #Review

Synopsis:
No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah. He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley’s eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we’ve never experienced before.

Barley’s story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver’s home and through the dangerous roads of Roman occupied Judea.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.


My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The dog who is there is a touching story of a young puppy and his trials on his journey to find Christ. This book infers that Christ touched everyone's heart including the young dog who didn't know who he was.

I was completely moved by the story, the trials and hard times this poor dog went through brought me to tears several times . Although the story broke my heart, I was overwhelmed with joy to see that Barley finally found the happiness he rightly deserved. This young dog had a heart of gold and all of his masters knew this and he saw the kindness in Jesus eyes and knew Jesus was love too. I loved that he finally ended up having a happily ever after. This was quite the tear jerker but a worthy read if you love dogs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Wolf Road #Review

Synopsis:
A debut literary thriller from an incredible new voice. What do you do when the man who gave you everything turns out to be a killer? 

Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.

But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.

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My Review:
This book took me completely by surprise. I felt for Elka as. she learned about the man that had raised her for ten years. I found myself yelling at her every time she got herself in trouble, and cheering her on as she escapes danger. I was also moved to tears as Elka's memories resurface and she realizes her part in the murders. This was a fantastic thriller with lots of of twists and turns. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blood Lust Book #Review

Blood Lust (The Blood Sisters Book 1)Blood Lust by Jill Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Blood Lust is book one of The Blood Sisters series. Amanda has a very pure heart; completely untainted by the world around her. She has a special gift of healing and feels she needs to heal every lost soul she encounters. Her sister Jessica is her protector. She is in constant battle to keep Amanda safe from the demons that want to corrupt her. Will she be able to save her this time? Where's Aunt Gwen?

This was an awesome page turner. I love a good story of Good vs Evil, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. I think Jessica lives with a lot of guilt and I really hope that some of that is addressed in the rest of the series. I also enjoy the hint of a reignited romance between Jessica and Duncan. All in all, this was a great book with heart pounding excitement! I can't wait to continue this series!
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Guide Me Home #Review

Guide Me HomeGuide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Guide Me Home is a sweet Christian Historical Fiction about the power of prayer. Rebecca wants so desperately to help her family and ease the ache in her mother's heart from losing her only son. While working at Mammoth Cave, she meets the handsome Devlin Bale. Will they be able to overcome their differences? Will Cissy find the love that she desire? Will Devlin find out what is missing in his life?

I absolutely loved this book! Cissy was surprisingly self-centered. She thought that everything was about her. I enjoyed learning about Mammoth Cave and the beauty of God's creation. My favorite character is most definitely Tolly, his faith was so strong. All in all this was a fantastic novel. If you like historical fiction or even a clean romance, this is the book for you!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Crimson Tree Book #Review

Synopsis: 
Disembodied voices.

Apparitions.

Waking nightmares.

Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity.

Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn. 
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My Review: 
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Crimson Tree is a fantastic paranormal mystery to kick off the Halloween season.  Carly's life was going great, she was extremely happy and about to marry the man of her dreams.  That is until that fateful day under the crimson tree.  Will anyone believe the things she claims to see? Will she ever have a peaceful life again?


This was a great story!  I loved how Carly's best friend believed her right from the start.  This was a fast paced novel that had me on the edge of my seat.  The ending threw me for a loop and had me wanting more.  I am definitely a new fan of this amazing author and I'm sure you will be too!

About the Author:

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Land of Silence Book #Review

Land of SilenceLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:
Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?


My Review:
I recieved a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Land of Silence is a beautiful story of one young woman's strength and courage during difficult circumstances. Elianna suffered so much guilt and shame over the death of her little brother. It's bad enough that she blamed herself for his death, but her father not only blamed her but could not find it in his heart to forgive her. She couldn't forgive herself and did everything in her power to end the betrothal to the only young man she has ever loved. She begins delving into the scriptures shortly after her father dies and they are forced to sell the family business.

She finds a loving Heavenly Father but can He find it in his heart to forgive her? Can she ever forgive herself? This is a brilliant story about "the woman with the issue of blood." Her faith was immense! This is a novel that truly strengthen's your faith no matter what you happen to be facing.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Unchained Melody Book Blast and #Giveaway

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years. Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after she always dreamed of.

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About the Cynthia Roberts - My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don't fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub­genre it will fit under. I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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Lily Grimes had it all. She was head cheerleader, the girlfriend of the All-American High School Quarterback, had been accepted to a prestige college near her hometown and the best family and friends a young woman could ask for. Just before Christmas 2004, Dr. Jethro “Jet” Manning, the doctor-in-training for the quaint little town, nearly runs over Lily, who is found unresponsive and icy cold in the middle of a backroad.

Fast forward to 2015 - Lily Grimes finally wakes up and has to face the reality of being in a coma for the past 11 years. Her life has changed but just as she feels like she is getting into the groove of things, Lily discovers secrets have been kept, lies have been told and everyone whom she considered a ‘friend’, may not be out for her best interest. Lily feels like something is missing - a piece of herself. Is it simply because she was in a coma for so long or is there literally a piece missing?

As she sets out on a mission to find the answer, Lily discovers that she’s being stalked and someone is trying to kill her. Who can she trust and will she ever find the secret to those eleven missing years?

Content Warning - Due to mature language and content, this book is recommended for ages 18+.



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“I don’t need protecting. I need the truth!” exclaimed Lily. “Yes, I understand. That’s what we are doing right now, Lily. We are discussing the truth.” Dr. Marsden walked over to the window, adjusted the blinds and returned to Lily’s bedside with her arms crossed. “Lily, you suffered a tremendous loss, I understand that, but you also need to know that someone tried to kill you several times over the eleven years. Everything your parents and Dr. Manning have done is to protect you. They love you and right now, that is all you need,” Dr. Marsden said with a softness that Lily had never heard from the rigid, cold woman before. “What do you mean that someone tried to kill me?” asked Lily. “We found numerous drugs in your system at different times, caught a man trying to smother you and your parents received several death threat letters at their home,” said Dr. Marsden. The woman seemed to age about 10 years but a softness came over here that made the woman seem less intimidating to Lily.

About the Author


July 15, 1984. Shelly Oakley (now Maynard) was born and lived in tiny Ashmore, Illinois until 1998 when her parents relocated to Manchester, Tennessee. Starting a new high school and making new friends was hard enough but it was that point in her life where it came time to make life-changing decisions in regards to college, careers, etc. Shelly had spent so much time following in others’ footsteps that she never had a plan for her career. The only dream she’d ever had was to become an author but that was laughed off by family and friends. By 2002, Shelly was in college and switched her major from nursing to teaching and finally business. One year in and she discovered that she was pregnant with her first son. He joined the world in 2004 and was followed by a brother in 2006. During the second pregnancy, Shelly fought demons of a bad marriage and started trying to rebuild her life. She met her (now) husband in the Fall of 2006 and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Her three guys are her entire heart, soul, mind and spirit! After searching for several years, Shelly decided that it was time to find a place to settle in her career. She started working for a local, family-owned steel fabrication company in 2014 and was surprised when she found more than a job – she gained an extended family and friends who provided a tremendous amount of support. Between the support of her husband, children, family and friends, Shelly started writing again. Past demons haunted her but she wanted to set an example for her children and follow her dream through to the end to prove that hard work, persistence and dedication pays off! Living in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Shelly Maynard is your typical mom –she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and for nine of the twelve months per year, you’ll find her at a ball field watching her children. She enjoys front-porch-sittin’ with a glass of sweet tea and the occasional margarita. She loves her morning coffee, a good book and writing for her blog. It’s the simple, “little” things in life that make life grand! She also blogs at www.lynchburgtnmama.com

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Chasing Freedom Book #Review

Chasing FreedomChasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Synopsis:
In 2040s America, civility is prized above truth, conformity above free expression, and “green” living above basic human needs. Most have given up, too busy trying to survive in a country where life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.

Julie is a girl who has everything, including a plan to ignite the spark of resistance. Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life. Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy. Daniel is a young artist, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister. Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?

Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.
 


My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Chasing Freedom is an intriguing dystopian novel. Randy and Julie are the leaders of the Rebels as they fight against the government. The government has taken away all freedoms, everyone lives in poverty, food is rationed, and free thinking is forbidden.

This dystopian was as intriguing as it was disturbing. It's extremely plausible, and the continual struggle for a happy life felt real. This novel has lots of action and although there is torture, it isn't graphic descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think anyone that enjoyed The Hunger Games will enjoy reading this.

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