The Assault by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky
If you like stories that involve green slime, hollow eyes, mysterious creatures, disappearing people, creepy fog, etc. then this is a collection of novellas for you. The concept of four different authors writing each their own continuation of each other's story is a great idea. The details, depth of plot, and underlying theme is remarkable- it is what kept me reading through the weirdness. Each story has an unexpected twist which also keeps your eyes glued to the pages.
If you're into strange and alien-type behavior of characters then this is the book for you. I'm going back to reading inspirational romance dramas.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
For The Record by Regina Jennings
A truly wonderful old fashioned story set in 1885 in the mountains of Missouri. Deputy Puckett arrives on scene with a mysterious past and an attitude that draws the attention of a young lady, Miss Betsy Huckabee. The rebel law enforcers known as The Bald Knobbers keep you guessing throughout the story along with the new deputy and the curious young writer Miss Huckabee. There's murder, arson, hooded horsemen, and a romantic cowboy with enough intrigue to make this book a page turner. Betsy will keep you laughing while Deputy Puckett keeps you smiling. In the end you will be glad you read this wholesome book.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. For more information about the author and her books visit her website: Regina Jennings
Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
One of the reasons I love reading Dee Henderson's books is because they NEVER let me down. This one is top notch when it comes to having a thick enough plot that I could not figure out the mysteries in any of the cold cases. There are enough nuances in the characters that makes them interesting and even their relationships are unpredictable. This is what I call exceptional writing. I love it! Another great part of Dee's books are that when they end you want to read the next one! If you love a good murder mystery, a clean honorable story line with a bit of faith mixed into some of the characters this is the book for you. I highly recommend reading this book.
For more information about the author visit her website : Dee Henderson
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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Taken by Dee Henderson
Finally, a book I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Never was there a moment I wanted to skip ahead or a moment of boredom, frustration or disappointment. Dee Henderson found a way to tell a familiar story in an unexpected way and told it in such a way that exercised my emotions, piqued my curiosity, and melted my heart. I have always loved the integrity within the pages of her stories and the way she leaves you wanting more. I already want to read the next book.
One of my favorite aspects of reading Christian Fiction is seeing faith included in character dialog, whether with other characters or directly to God through prayers. Once again, though not heavy on the prayers or faith in this particular story, there was enough for me to know without a doubt where each stood in their relationship with God.
Imagine a book where there is no cursing, no sex and no abuse specifically described yet a story so rich that leaves you turning the pages one after the other. This book is exactly that. I am immensely blessed after reading ‘Taken’ as my thoughts are now on all things pure and lovely and honorable, much like the scriptures instruct in Philippians 4:8.
If you would like a little escape from the ugliness of this world, read this book. It is a perfect vacation for your mind and a quenching for your heart.
Thank You Dee Henderson for writing this wonderful story.
I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
For more about Dee Henderson visit her website. Dee Henderson
by Dani Pettrey
This is one mystery you will not figure out before the end. Centered around the Alaskan Iditarod where people go missing, lives are endangered, and love emerges, this book is filled with everything you need to feel satisfied, including the heartfelt prayers of Reef McKenna. Kirra Jacobs has her own issues with God and seeing her faith develop is something many readers can relate to even if we don't struggle exactly as she has.
It helps to get familiar with the McKenna family by reading the first four in the Alaskan Courage Series before reading this one, however it is not necessary.
Buying the entire set: Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced and Sabotaged, would make an excellent gift for readers of all ages. Good clean reading full of integrity.
For more information about the author visit her website Dani Pettrey
I was given a free copy of Sabotaged by Bethany House in exchange for my review.
Raised By Strangers
by Brooke Lynn
From the moment I opened the book the words were speaking to me personally. The idea that this book was going to reveal what was locked away behind doors in someone's mind intrigued me. I wondered if such stories should even be told since they've been hidden for a reason, why dig up the past? Yet, with each sentence I was drawn into the darkness and believe me, these stories are very dark. The beauty is in the way it is written, each situation is quick and to the point and then over. The author also shines the light of Christ intermittently throughout the story giving the reader a sense of relief, a moment to breathe and offers a way to get help should you suffer as she has. This is not easy reading nor is it for modest eyes as the images created in your mind while reading are quite graphic. I continued asking myself Why is she telling all of this? as I read chapter after disturbing chapter. I realized that as Brooke learned to heal from her traumatic life she also deepened her relationship with God. He never left her. He was always communicating with her she just needed to learn to really listen. Her story needs to be told because she is not alone. I now know that I am not alone. There are many out there who suffer likewise. Brooke's story gives HOPE that God is indeed able to heal our brokenness, forgive our sins, and love us unconditionally. I am inspired and encouraged after reading this book. May God continue to bless you Brooke Lynn.
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American Anthem: What happens when Somebody unexpected takes an interest in the Presidential Election
By Jim Kape
I appreciate the vulnerability Jim Kape gives his characters in this revealing story illustrating how faith in God works in politics. Creatively gleaning truths from both American history and Biblical history, he crafts a scenario so close to our current reality that we can actually see how the hand of God would work if we called upon Him. To some it may seem far fetched and ridiculous but to those who believe and trust in a living God, a God who actively hears and answers prayers, this story gives hope to the believer. A Presidential candidtate who upholds his faith while running for office and lives by example of what it means to love others as God loves us is truly a remarkable concept in politics. This candidate showed Christlike character and was unafraid to extend love to a person typically shunned by Christians. It would do our country good if people would take the time to read this book. As one who believes in this God, the Lord Jesus Christ, I am more motivated to pray for those in the political office and for the people of our nation to grab hold of faith. With less than 200 pages it is well worth your time to READ IT. See if God will give you something new to think about.
One Perfect Spring is a pleasant book to read. Irene Hannon's ability to create characters of integrity and faith along with their unexpected behavior made this book a page turner. It wasn't a mystery to be solved that had me wondering what was going to happen next but how each character was going to deal with new situations that arose. Just when I thought I figured out how things were going to work out, surprisingly they went a different way.
The best part of this book for me was the internal struggles the main characters dealt with. So richly written, I felt like they were part of my family and I had known them all my life.
For more details about the story or the author visit her website: Irene Hannon
No One To Trust is the first book in the Hidden Identity series by Lynette Eason. This book is a good read with characters of faith and enough suspense to keep me turning pages. It left me a little disappointed when I was finished because I tried to reflect on a favorite part and couldn't think of one. I tried to recall how I felt reading it and once again couldn't recall. So, either I have lost my mind or this book did not leave an impression with me, unlike the reaction I had when I read When A Secret Kills, another book by Lynette Eason (review below). I will continue to read her books because she is forever etched in my mind as one of my favorite authors.
For more visit her website: Lynette Eason
The author and the book received a mention in my blog A Look Inside My World where I talk about living my faith everyday.
The Breath of Dawn reminded me of Loves Comes Softly with a modern edge. A widowed dad of a newborn child and a girl hiding from her past collide in an amusing and touching way. Because it seems unlikely that this would happen in real life and because the depth of the character's integrity is unusual, it made the book intriguing and entertaining. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
For more visit her website: Kristen Heitzmann
When A Secret Kills is a MUST READ book that I absolutely couldn't put down. It kept me reading until 2am and then up again at 6am to finish. It was richly satisfying from start to finish with a mystery I could not figure out and a rekindled love connection I adored. Like a constant intravenous drip supplying much needed fluids, this story kept giving me a constant amount of excitement and romance. Upon closing the book I declared "Perfectly done." Colton and Jillian continuously prayed to God for His protection and help and prayed for their friends and family as needed. A book written with action, romance, and faith are my favorite and this book tops the chart for me.
For more info visit her website: Lynette Eason
Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert is a story about dealing with death and loss. It was a little slow and lacked the adventure I love but the characters where interesting enough to keep my attention. Just when I thought I knew where this story was heading, it took a much appreciated turn and continued with more twists than I could predict. The ending of the story grabbed my heart and squeezed so tight, I lost my breath getting through it. Then it was over. For that reason, and for the moment of deep biblical truth of Grace, I would recommend this book.
For more about this book visit her website: Katie Ganshert
Against All Odds is a fast paced, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner that captures your heart. As FBI Hostage Rescue Team agents serve protection duty to a diplomat's daughter, agent Coop is taken with Monica's unshakable faith and trust in God. The team fails to keep her safe and Monica meets evil face to face. As the action heats up so does the need for Coop to rely on God for Monica's protection. Will evil prevail or will Monica's God keep true to what she believes?
This book will make you thirst for more in the Heroes of Quantico series.
Find more titles at her website: Irene Hannon
Submerged is the first of her Alaskan Courage Series and it will leave you in love with not only the characters, especailly Cole McKenna, but also with the idea of scuba diving in Alaska. Dani Pettrey has mastered the craft of writing suspense and romance with Christian characters that fills my need to please God with the books I read. This book is packed with great adventure mixed with chemistry between Cole and Bailey that kept my heart pumping. This is a wonderful story.
For more about thsi book and the author visit her website: Dani Pettrey
Wildflowers from Winter is not just a book I read but one I experienced. Bethany returns to her hometown where hard times and bad memories once pushed her away to build a new life for herself. Upon returning to visit her sick grandfather she learns of her old best-friend's recent heartache which forces Bethany to deal with old memories now mixing with her new realities including Evan, the farmhand living at her grandfather's house. This is a powerful story of friendship and redemption and love that reaches deep into the heart of brokenness, bringing healing.
For more about Wildflowers from Winter visit the author's website : Katie Ganshert
The Prayer Box is so powerful and wonderfully written I read it in one sitting- for seven hours. I could not put it down. I was so eager to read the prayers for they told a touching story. The warm and friendly people of Sandy's Seashell Shop not only help Tandee feel welcomed but they make the reader want to visit or maybe even move there! The characters are so believable and wholesome when I read this book I was taken to a delightful place away from my own reality.
For more info about this book the author visit her website: Lisa Wingate
My Soul to Keep