Monday, August 24, 2015

The Road Home (The Letter Series #2) Book Review

Synopsis:
Find your way home... 

1891—Living separately for three years, fourteen-year-old twins, Katherine and Tommy Arthur, have done their best to make each boarding house feel like home. But unrest grows as they are driven to questionable actions just to survive. Meanwhile their desperate mother is confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. Then a emiracle descends. Hope rises on a cold, rainy night and changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she knows she can set their lives right again. Agitators, angels, and dangerous “saviors” illuminate the Arthurs’ unmatched determination and smarts. 

1905—Though she tries to forget the awful years that hurt so much, the memories still haunt Katherine. Now, tearful mourners at her mother’s funeral force her to revisit a time in her life that both harmed and saved her in the most unexpected ways. Tommy grieves his mother’s passing as well. He too is thrust backward, compelled to rediscover the events in his life that shaped the man he has become. Will he commit to reconstructing his broken life? The Arthurs come to understand that forgiveness is the only way back to hope, the only way to find all that was good in the misfortune that transformed their lives forever.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Road Home is book two of The Letter series.  In this portion, Jeanie Arthur has passed away.  During the funeral, Katherine and Tommy learn that during their separation from their mother, she had touched and influenced many lives.  They quickly realize that they didn't really know the woman that they called mother.  Secrets are revealed that opens their eyes and gives them a glimpse into the years they were apart.

This was a heart rending story of love and hope.  I loved the way they all turned to God during their most difficult times.  Katherine's strength and determination is see inspiring, when she finally realizes her amazing gift, she embraces it wholeheartedly.  Tommy's love for his family and drive to succeed is wonderful.  I thought this novel was absolutely awesome, the characters were courageous, and the story came back full circle.  I can't wait for book three to answer a few questions that are still lingering.

About the Author:
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Courage Resurrected Book Review

Ray Courage’s wife Pam died thirteen years before in a car accident. Or did she? Ray’s world is turned upside down when he receives a series of e-mails from someone claiming to be his dead wife, accusing him of attempting to kill her and vowing revenge. Ray sets out to find the identity of the e-mailer only to discover the circumstances of his wife’s apparent death appear to be all but accidental. Soon Police Detective Carla Thurber comes to suspect Ray of killing his wife, and of a subsequent murder of Pam’s confidant. Meanwhile, a murderous predator who does not want the facts of Pam’s death to surface aims to stop Ray. In the greatest challenge of his life, Ray must outrun the police and elude those who are out to kill him as he seeks the truth about his wife’s death. 
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My Review:

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

Courage Resurrected is book three in the Ray Courage Mystery series.  The story begins thirteen years earlier with Ray's wife visibly upset and driving around to avoid going home.  She suddenly senses she's being followed.  The scene switches to present day, on the thirteenth anniversary of Pam Courage's death.  Ray receives a cryptic email message from someone claiming to be Pam and accusing him of trying to kill her.  What he began to think was a prank causes him to investigate her accident on his own.  Was it really an accident or did someone murder her?  If so, why?  The reemergence of someone claiming to be his wife has not opened old wounds but a trail of death along the way.

This was a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.  There were so many plausible reasons for her death, but the truth will definitely surprise you.  The reason is even more shocking.  All in all, Courage Resurrected is a fast paced action packed mystery everyone will love!

About the Author:
Scott Mackey lives in Northern California, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Ray Courage Mystery Series: Courage Matters, Courage Resurrected, Courage Begins, and Courage Lies Beneath (scheduled for fall 2015 release).
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