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June 19, 2017

Peace in the Valley {Ruth Logan Herne}

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In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher Sam Stafford--the uncle who rescued him after his parents' death. Trey had left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he's the best match for a procedure that could save Sam's life. Although Trey's found country music fame and success, he's also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can't explain. 

Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges, but mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey's help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family. 

As the two grow closer, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he's held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he's sought for so long?

My Thoughts:
My love for the Stafford family runs deep and I have been looking forward to finding out if Trey would ever find his way back home. In the first two books in this series, we watched Nick and Colt find their peace in life and with their family, and find the woman to make their lives complete, but I wondered if Trey would ever really give that kind of life a chance.

It is his father's failing health that finally brings Trey home as he commits to a life-threatening surgery that will give Sam a better quality of life. Once home Trey quickly runs into Lucy, the neighbor with the failing ranch, and he makes up his mind to help her get her life back in order.

It was beautiful to see both Trey and Lucy work through the darkness from their past and trust God to bring them through to a place they could really find peace. Seeing that transformation is an example of how big God's love and kindness really is.

This book can be read as a stand-alone, but it is so much greater to meet the family in earlier books in this series and get to follow them through the years this series covers.



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June 15, 2017

A Matter of Trust {Susan May Warren}

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Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing--or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him. 

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track. 

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain. 

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder--and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other--even when disaster happens again?


Thoughts:
The stories of the members of the PEAK Rescue team seem to better and better. I have loved this team from the beginning and look forward to each new book released.

We finally get to hang out with Gage in this one. Gage has been living in despair after his days of fame and it has seemed nothing would pull him out of the funk that has permanently taken over his life. He has been quite in past books and I was excited to get a glimpse into the man he really is.

We quickly learn he has a thing for Ella but refuses to be in love with her because of the way their relationship ended those years ago. When Ella comes back into his life, we know it is going to make for an interesting scenario.

These two find themselves stuck on a snow-covered mountain and forced to face the relationship they once had. As they spend their days searching for Ella's brother, they also dig into the details of everything that happened in the past and how they feel about the lives they have made for themselves since.

I can't tell you how this one ends, but I will tell you I didn't exactly expect the ending we got. This rescue went wrong on so many levels, but the drama unfolding back at headquarters went wrong pretty quickly as well. Not everyone got their happy ending we are all used to, and the door is wide open for the next installment in this series.

I can't wait!



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June 12, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls {Colleen Coble}

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Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff's dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.

Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams "He's going to kill me too" before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it's too late. Allyson's death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn't believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?

Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson's cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana's ex-fiance locates her, she's caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another.

My Thoughts:
Colleen Coble is back with all our friends from Rock Harbor, plus their beloved pets!

This is one of those amazing books that holds you to the edge of your seat and has you second guessing every move each character makes. I fell in love with Dana immediately and felt so sorry for the situation she was in with Garrett. I thought running to Rock Harbor was the best decision for her, but the events that followed turned her life even more upside down.

I was suspicious of Boone when he and Dana first met, but I quickly realized I had misjudged him and liked him so much. I was excited about his and Dana's relationship that seemed to be forming very quickly.

The outcome of this book shocked me. I honestly never saw it coming. That is all I am really going to say about that because anything else would be a spoiler :)

If you love Colleen Coble, Rock Harbor, or any suspense book then this is the book you need to put next on your reading list.



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June 5, 2017

Love Story {Karen Kingsbury}

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From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

My Thoughts:
Oh, I love the Baxters. I've read the first two series in the Baxter family books, but you do not have to be familiar with this family to love LOVE STORY.

In this book, we get to go back in time to when John and Elizabeth met and married. We know John and Elizabeth as the parents of the Baxter clan, and the loss of Elizabeth in the first series ripped my heart into pieces. I think missing her so much (can you miss a fictional character that much?!) made this story so much sweeter because it brought her back into our lives.

It was also so much fun to catch up with Ashley and Landon, and oh how big Cole has gotten! We also got back into Bailey's life. So great to see where all our favorite people have ended up.

I am truly so happy Karen Kingsbury has brought the Baxters back into our lives and I cannot wait to see what will continue to come from this family. In the meantime, I'm headed to the library to get Baxter books from the past. I just can't get enough of this family!


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June 1, 2017

With You Always {Jody Hedlund}

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When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. 

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

My Thoughts:
When Jody Hedlund writes a book you know two things: it is going to have a beautiful cover, and the story inside is going to match that beauty. It is a constant with her, and this book is certainly no exception.

I had never heard of the Orphan Trains before this book, but the thought of our country tearing apart families and putting children on trains to unknown breaks my heart. When we meet Elise and her sisters it is clear this is their destiny unless some type of miracle occurs first. Unfortunately, that miracle does not come before Elise finds herself on a train, alone and headed to an unknown city and an unknown job.

Elise meets Thornton on that train, and we already know his is wealthy and looking to best his brother in a competition for the family business. I was skeptical of Thornton at first but quickly realized he was one of the good guys and deserved all the happiness he could find in life.

As Thornton struggles to build his town, and Elise worries about her family she left behind, we see them build an amazing relationship based on friendship and mutual admiration. But Thornton has a competition to win and Elise is not included in his plans.

We see God show up and work to find a way to happiness for both Elise and Thornton. God works that miracle only he can do and the ending is simply perfect. 

This is a great start to a new series based on the orphan trains and I know you will want to add it to your reading list.



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May 29, 2017

The Separtists {Lis Wiehl}

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When America is threatened from within on a scale not seen since the Civil War, Erica Sparks is on the front lines reporting. But what can she do to stop it?

Star newsmaker Erica Sparks is in Bismark, North Dakota, covering the first recall of a governor in that state since 1921. Mary Bellamy, who is trying to unseat the current governor, keeps talking about going through the political process to gain more freedom for the state. She seems peaceful and level-headed . . . but with other secessionist groups making noise around the country, Erica can't help but wonder what Mary's goal really is.

Then Erica receives a desperate call from a woman downstairs in the lobby of her hotel. Erica goes down to meet her and discovers the woman in the ladies room with her throat slit. There's obviously more going on here--and someone doesn't want Erica looking below the surface.

Meanwhile, Erica's marriage to Greg Underwood seems headed for disaster . . . and her relationship with her teenage daughter Jenny may not be far behind.

Erica feels a civil war looming in her own home, and all the signs indicate that military action will be required in North Dakota. And then she discovers that the threat to all Americans is even greater than anyone imagined. Can she find the answers to save her family and her country in time?

My Thoughts:
The thing about this series - the stories seem so far fetched from reality, yet they could easily become reality with not a lot of imagination. Because of that, these books entertain me and scare me all at the same time!

I love Erica Sparks and the life she has created for herself. She is a star who seems to be larger than life with each book in this series. It seems trouble continuously finds her in her reporting and her desire to go after the truth always lands the ones she loves right in the line of fire.

Erica struggles between loving the life of fame and being the wife and mother she knows she needs to be. She loves her life and she is not afraid to admit it. I have mixed feelings about that part of her, but I still love her and would totally watch her if she was a real news personality.

This book deals with the whole concept that one of the states in our country has decided to become their own nation. As power goes to those creating the new country, we see their lives become a complicated web of lies, deceit, and death. Erica is right there in the midst of it all trying to make sense of who is responsible for what.

I won't tell you how this one ends, but it is intense and had me on the edge of my seat. Although this one can be read as a stand-alone, you will enjoy it much more if you check out the first two books to get the full background of many of these characters.


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May 22, 2017

What Hope Remembers {Johnnie Alexander}

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When Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she's crossing bridges she'd burned years before. With all the mistakes she's made and the uncaring things she's done--even to her own family--she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare. 

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy's hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead. 

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

My Thoughts:
This book has potential to be a great read, but I fear I should have read the first two books in the series first. I was unsure of the background for each character and it made it very hard for me to get interested in the story. There seemed to be a lot of insider information some of the characters withheld, and again, I probably would have understood better had I read the first of the series.

I don't want to give this book a bad review because everyone seems to be in love with this series. I just found it hard to understand and was unable to form an interest in the characters or the story that was happening in this book. If you have enjoyed this series, I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.

May 20, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: May 20

I've been writing this book blog for three years now, and have searched all three of those years for a good Book Blog Hop. I think I finally found one!! I'm going to link up for a few weeks and see how it goes. I hope you will click through and find other book bloggers to love as well.

Topic:
What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit?

My Response:
Most of my books I donate to our local library. While our library has a selection of Christian fiction, it is not huge. I figure the easiest way to share these amazing books with others is to have them available in the library.

However, there are some books that I just know one of my friends or family will love. Those books I pass along to them. Occasionally I will give a book away on my blog, but not often.


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May 15, 2017

Sweetbriar Cottage {Denise Hunter}

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When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

My Thoughts:
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite must-read authors, and this book is just another reason why. Josephine and Noah find themselves caught somewhere between marriage and divorce, and we know from the beginning things are only going to get worse before they get better.

As soon as we meet Noah, I find myself being judgemental of him. He doesn't seem to take the time to get the other side of the story before he makes decisions, and he doesn't listen to reason when people are giving him advice. Once he makes up his mind, there is no changing it, and it is this trait that contributes to his character most of this book. I wanted to get in his face and give him a piece of my mind throughout most of this book and was more than happy when he finally redeemed himself.

Josephine broke my heart. She comes with a past not suited for young readers. Her mistakes seem to overtake her life and form her into the adult she becomes. Although she loves Noah with all her heart, she lets the darkness from her past prevent her from attempting to make amends. She believes she is worthless and is willing to live a life as such for the rest of her life.

I don't think it is any surprise how this story ends up, but the path these characters have to take to get to those final moments will stop your heart in its tracks and have your racing through the pages to see if it really is going to end the way you think. God shows up in a BIG way with these characters and brings them a miracle only he can perform in the situation they find themselves in.

I really liked this book and recommend a place for it on your reading list.



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May 13, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: May 13

I've been writing this book blog for three years now, and have searched all three of those years for a good Book Blog Hop. I think I finally found one!! I'm going to link up for a few weeks and see how it goes. I hope you will click through and find other book bloggers to love as well.

Topic:
If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?

My Response:
That's a loaded question for me. There are many authors I would read no matter what. If they put out a book I did not enjoy I would consider it a fluke and eagerly look forward to their next book. That is a long list, but if you have followed this book for any amount of time, you probably know the authors I tend to gravitate to.

If it is a new author, I am kind of wishy-washy. Some new authors I will give a second chance. Especially if they are backed by a publisher I know consistently puts out great content. If they are an independent/self-published author and I do not enjoy that first book, chances are I will not read them again.


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May 10, 2017

Wee Read Wednesday: My Bible Adventures Through God's Word

Wee Read Wednesday: My Bible Adventures Through God's Word
Travel through God’s Word all year long! The greatest stories in the Bible come alive for kids in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. Watch your children develop a relationship with God while reading amazing stories of faith.

Written by pastors, children’s ministers and leaders who have a heart for helping children become lifelong believers, My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word is a perfect tool for introducing your children to weekly devotions. Cute art and simple storytelling naturally lend themselves to early readers who are starting to read on their own. With tangible takeaways and prayers at the end of every Bible adventure, your children or grandchildren will grow in their faith as they read My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word.

Help your child engage his or her faith in new, meaningful ways through the wisdom and insight in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. By starting the habit of studying the Bible at a young age, your young believer is signing up for the adventure of a lifetime!

Our Thoughts:
What a great book for little ones! My son has just turned five and really become interested in Bible stories. There are so many resources out there, but very few that can hold the attention of a five-year-old boy. This one has hit that mark.

Each story breaks the Bible passage into easy to understand wording. Then a brief explanation of that passage is included to help the child better understand what was just read. Finally, a prayer for the day loops back around to the lesson for the day.

The illustrations in this book are fun for kids of all ages (and parents alike) and really help bring each story to life for the child. My son has loved this one so far and I see us using it as a bedtime resource for several years.

May 8, 2017

Dark Deception {Nancy Mehl}

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Kate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect. 

She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis. 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Thoughts:
This book takes place in a fictional town two hours from where I live. What's not to love?!

Seriously, though. This was one of those books that once you pick it up, there is no putting it down. Kate has been living her life in the witness protection program, seemingly unknown and protected from those who want her dead. She has made a new life for herself, and things seem to be going well. Until it isn't.

Tony arrives in town to collect Kate and bring her back to St. Louis. But things are never as easy as they are supposed to be, right? As soon as he gets to town things get suspicious and the story really begins to take shape.

I loved the suspense of this book. I would think I had it all figured out, and then something would happen, and I would realize I was completely wrong. Even when I was sure of how it would end, it turns out I had no idea. I thought the ending was so creative and such a shock to me.

This book is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I think it is worthy of a place on your reading list - especially if you love suspense.


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May 4, 2017

Haven of Swans {Colleen Coble}

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A beautiful woman stands by the side of the road, barefoot and bleeding, a child in her arms. Someone just tried to kill her, but she wouldn't recognize him if she saw his face. She doesn't even remember her own name.

A suburban cop surveys a kitchen in disarray—a woman and child missing, a chilling note. This crime scene is unlike any he has ever seen.

The man who calls himself Gideon waits and plans. He sees himself as a destroyer of evil, one who rids the world of abominations. He has already killed five. He will kill again.

And somewhere in the wilderness, in a secret geocache near where the wild swans gather, lies the unspeakable clue that links them all together.

My Thoughts:
Since my disappointment in my last Colleen Coble read, I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to get my hands on the next book. Coble is back to her usual writing with this one and had redeemed herself in my opinion.

This story pulls you in and makes you feel as if you are there with the characters. The characters become your instant friends and I felt as if I knew them in real life. I hurt for them through all their trials and truly wanted the best for them. I wanted them to all be safe and desperately wanted a happy ending for each one. I felt myself fearful for what was going to happen to them. I honestly felt a part of their story.

This is one of those stories with crime and suspense to keep you guessing. I never saw it coming who this perpetrator was and found myself very surprised. Colleen Coble does an amazing job with this story. Put it on your reading list.


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May 1, 2017

True to You {Becky Wade}

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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

My Thoughts:
This book was not what I was expecting, but I think I loved it even more because of it. The storyline will draw you in, and the writing is absolutely amazing.

We briefly met the Bradford family in the prequel to this series, and I knew going into this book that my heart leaned toward Nora. She is perhaps the Bradford sister with the most heartache from her childhood, and I was thrilled to learn the full series kicks off with her story.

Nora is what I would call an introverted extrovert. She owns and runs an entire historic village, yet she is happy keeping to herself and not calling attention to any of her features. Outside of her two sisters, her closest friend seems to be a fictional character from her favorite TV show. Until Nora meets John.

Nora and John meet by accident, and she is immediately captivated by him and his background. John seems like an honorable guy but has a complicated past and secrets he is keeping to himself. Yet he enlists Nora to help him find his birth mother. As the two of them work together to uncover the identity of John's birth mother, we get to see them form a relationship that seems like perfection.

When John and Nora finally meet his birth mother face to face, this book takes a turn I never saw coming. The story turned dark and raw. This part of it, I really enjoyed. So many times I read a book and when the characters face adversity, they simply turn to God and everything is cheery again. Sometimes, even when we turn to God, our lives do not immediately become perfect. I loved that we saw the very real struggles John and Nora went through as they worked through the information they learned.

I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend this series. Although unnecessary, I also recommend the prequel to this series, Then Came You. In this novella, we get to meet the Bradford Sisters' parents and enjoy the story of how they met.



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April 27, 2017

Threads of Suspicion {Dee Henderson}

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Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly. 

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client. 

With a deep conviction that -justice for all- truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

My Thoughts:
When Dee Henderson writes a book, you know it is going to be good, and you know it is going to keep you on your toes.

Evie and the cold case team are given their first official assignments, and Evie picks a tough one. When the case details were first laid out, I felt there was no way it could be solved. But this team does not give up, and Evie is good at what she does.

This case takes so many twists and turns you cannot help but stay up all night to see how it is going to end up. As soon as I would think they found the break in the case, something would take them in an opposite direction, and they had to start all over.

Intertwined with this exciting cold case, we get to see Evie struggle with her relationship with Rob. Will they or will they not get married? It is one of those relationships I think we are going to be invested in as this series continues and I truly hope God does something amazing in their relationship.

I am also excited about getting to know more of the cold case team members and the places this series will take us. I just know it is going to be exciting and worth a spot on everyone's reading list.


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April 23, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Memory of You & If I'm Found

I'm giving away TWO books this week! Both are books I recently reviewed and absolutely love them. I happened to get my hands on a paperback copy of each, so I'm passing on the love :)

    

I'm giving away one paperback copy of MEMORY OF YOU and one of IF I'M FOUND. All you have to do is leave me a comment and let me know which one you want. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you.

I'll close comments at noon CST on Friday, April 28th and contact the winners.

Good luck!

April 20, 2017

Life After {Katie Ganshert}

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On the day of a late spring storm, in Chicago, Autumn Manning boarded an “L” train. A bomb explodes, killing everyone in the train car except for Autumn—the sole survivor. A year has passed and Autumn suffocates under a blanket of what ifs and the pressing desire to bring the victims back to life, every day, if only for her. She doesn’t want their stories to be forgotten. She wants to undo what cannot be undone. An unexpected ally joins her efforts, also seeking answers and trying to find a way to stumble ahead. 

But one victim’s husband, Paul Elliott, prays to let the dead—and their secrets—rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to hurt his loved ones. 

Caught between loss and hope, these restless souls must release the past to embrace a sovereign God. 

My Thoughts:
I first "discovered" Kate Ganshert when I read her GIFTING SERIES (written under K.H. Ganshert) and immediately became a fan. This is my first contemporary novel from her but her writing style still sucks me in and keeps me captive.

This book is one of those you have to think about a bit after you finish. Amber's character is so complex and has so much depth, you really must process her story after reading it. I felt so sorry for Amber and wanted to just wrap my arms around her and tell her everything will end up okay.

I appreciated the supporting characters in this book and felt their stories were vital in making Amber the person she is. I found myself drawn into their family drama, becoming involved as if I were one of them.

I also appreciate the personal details Ganshert inserts into this story. I follow her on social media and was able to laugh at some of her real-life she included in some scenes. I truly enjoyed this book.

This is a book that can tug at your heart and cause you heartache and happiness. It is worth the read, and the processing that takes place afterward. Put it on your reading list.



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April 17, 2017

Beyond Justice {Cara Putman}

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Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she's fired by a partner with a vendetta.

Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate's cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case—or her—die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?

My Thoughts:
Just wow!

The characters in this book are simply amazing. Hayden, Andrew, and all their friends and acquaintances have such a story and a background that seems to fit so naturally as you read this book. I felt a connection to each one of them as they interacted throughout the events in this story. There were 'good guys' and 'bad guys' but I seemed to like them all for various reasons. I thought the character development was spot on.

The plot in this book is very complex and draws you in completely. With each turn of events, I found myself amazed at the direction the story was taking. I could not want to see what happened, all the while covering my eyes at the dangers that seemed to be lurking for each of the characters.

This book had an ending I was not expecting at all. It was exciting, heart-racing action that made a perfect ending for all involved. I thought it was a great way to wrap up the case Hayden was working on.

If you enjoy fast-paced suspense with legal drama thrown in, this is the book for you!


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April 10, 2017

You'll Think of Me {Robin Lee Hatcher}

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In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future … together?

Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Myers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it's an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can't pass up, for Alycia's sake if not her own.

Derek Johnson, Chad's best friend since boyhood, isn't keen on the return of Brooklyn Myers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres which would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad's dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.

My Thoughts:
What a read! This book brings together a community of characters so easy to know and fall in love with. I felt every person could find someone in this book they could relate to, making this a book so many can enjoy.

Brooklyn is someone I began to admire as this story progressed. She was left with detrimental circumstances as a teen, but she rose above and made a life for herself and her daughter. She is a hard worker and wants nothing more than happiness for her daughter. When she learns her husband has made arrangements for her daughter to have a home in Thunder Creek, she bravely packs up their life and hits the road. The obstacles she faces, and the former life she must face, makes her someone every mom can pull inspiration from.

The people of Thunder Creek welcome Brooklyn with open arms and I found myself wishing I could visit this sweet little town. Each person brings a different personality to the story, and each person has a unique way of showing God's unending love. I loved how the town rallied around the relationship growing between Brooklyn and Chad. Their attraction grew in such a natural way, and I looked forward to seeing where it would go.

When tragedy strikes twice in one day, we see the town come together to care for both Brooklyn and Chad, and we see them grow closer than ever. I thought this was a perfect way to finally bring these two where they were always meant to be.

This is a great read and a book that needs to be on your reading list. 


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April 8, 2017

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