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Book Review: Silence in the Dark

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Author: Patricia Bradley

Hardback: 362 Pages

Publisher: Revell (April 19, 2016)

Series: Logan Point (Book 4)

Blurb:

Bailey Adams is running for her life . . . again.

When Bailey Adams left Logan Point two years ago she thought she was getting away from her problems. Running into her ex-fiancé Danny Maxwell was not part of the plan–neither was being chased through the city by the local drug cartel, the Calatrava. Now despite her best efforts, Danny is her only chance of escaping the people chasing her and getting back to Logan Point safely. Can Bailey find the strength to face what’s coming? And in the midst of the chaos, can she keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? With lean, fast-paced prose that will keep you turning the pages, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances.

Meet the Author:

Patricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone without a Trace. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is a published short story writer and cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and makes her home in Mississippi.

My Review:

For those of you that love a mysterious thriller, this book is definitely for you! Having read the other books in this series I knew that I was not going to be disappointed with this book. The characters in this book are strong and complex in the way that they are described. They all have their issues to overcome. They are very much able to pull at your heartstrings. The theme of overcoming the present situation is the power of accepting that God has a plan for each and every one of us, yes, even those who are new in their walk in faith. This is something that we all have to do at one point or another in our walk with God. The plot moved steadily with shocking, unexpected twists and turns around every corner. This book is going to keep you on the edge of your seat and up late just so you can finish this book!

Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Playing the Part

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Author: Jen Turano

Hardback: 352 Pages

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2016)

Blurb:

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson’s estate. At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means–albeit an eccentric one–but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows. While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, she can’t ignore the strange things going on in Bram’s house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Meet the Author:

5765468Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying life as an empty-nester because her son recently abandoned her for the college life.

Visit her Website here!

My Review:

This is the first book that I’ve gotten to read by Jen Turano and I cannot say that she disappointed in in the slightest. I very much enjoyed this book! The characters were so well developed that I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them. Nothing like fantastic characters to make up one fantastic book. I found that this book had a great mix of humor and mystery to keep me interested until the very end. This is a fun book and is fast paced so before you know it you’ll be at the last page wishing for more. I look forward to reading more books by Jen Turano but, until then I highly recommend this novel to y’all.

Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Anchor in the Storm

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Author: Sarah Sundin

Paperback: 400 Pages

Series: Waves of Freedom (Book 2)

Publisher: Revell (May 3, 2016)

Blurb:

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down–not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy–even if he is her brother’s best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves–and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

Meet the Author:

61Dm0I55KIL__UX250_Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force. Sarah lives in California.

Visit her website here!

My Review:

I get all sort of happy whenever I get a chance to read one of Sarah Sundin’s awesome books. I feel like a child shouting “gimmie gimmie” when I see her books. I’m never disappointed and I certainly wasn’t this time. Sarah Sundin does such a great job of researching and it shows in her books. I felt as if I was in Boston as I read this, and her knowledge regarding World War II is awesome and enlightening at the same time. This novel revolved around Lillian Avery, a female pharmacist who is starting her first job. And Ensign Archer Vandenberg, a brave Navy seaman who is looking for someone to love him, not his family’s money. We’ve met both of these characters in Sundin’s first book (You should go read that one too). I loved getting to read about these two characters. This book also had a mystery throughout the entire novel that kept me glued to my reading spot. I recommend that you go get a copy of this book because you’ll enjoy the read, the history, the romance and the lessons.

Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Reluctant Duchess

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Author: Roseanna M. White

Paperback: 400 Pages

Series: Ladies of the Manor (Book 2)

Publisher: (April 5, 2016)

Blurb:

Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger? Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life. Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl. Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

Meet the Author:

untitledRoseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia.

Visit her site here!

My Review:

This is the first novel by Roseanna M. White that I have read but let me tell you I was not disappointed. I had a hard time trying to put this novel down after I finished the first chapter. Although, this is the second book in this series I never felt as if I was missing anything. In fact this novel made me want to go back and read the first book. This novel is the perfect blend of truth, romance, mystery and suspense. The truth theme in this book reminds us that God is sovereign and God is good; that He is with us even in the times that seem dark, and He is working things together for our good. The characters were all fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I whole heartedly recommend this book to all my fellow book lovers out there.

Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Raising the Perfectly Imperfectly Child

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Author: Boris Vujicic

Hardback: 224 Pages

Publisher: WaterBrook (April 19, 2016)

Blurb:

“You may lack limbs, but don’t let that define what you can or can’t do.”   That’s the life-changing advice Boris Vujicic spoke to his son, Nick, who was born without arms or legs. With the help of his parents, Nick has become an internationally-known inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, the founder of the non-profit organization Life Without Limbs and, most importantly, a loving and responsible husband and father himself.   But Nick’s journey didn’t start there. Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child is the inspiring, powerfully transparent story of how two unprepared and overwhelmed parents–Boris and Dushka Vujicic–overcame their grief, fears, and badly shaken faith to raise such an accomplished, faith-filled, and perfectly imperfect son.   Through their stories, Boris offers practical advice and encouragement for all parents facing a “new normal” when raising a special needs or unique child. With transparency and tenderness, he addresses the spiritual, emotional, and financial challenges, as well as offering insight on how to equip a child for happiness and success in life.

Meet the Author:

BC_BorisVujicic_bioBoris Vujicic is Chief Systems and Financial Officer for Attitide Is Altitude, Inc., the organization established by his son, best-selling author Nick Vujicic. Born in Yugoslavia, Boris immigrated with his family to Australia. He and his wife, Dushka, have started two churches and helped in the missions and ministry of several more churches in other countries. Boris and his family reside in Los Angeles.

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My Review:

Boris Vujicic in his book tells some of the same stories that Nick tells in his books. Except this time we are getting a father’s point of view. Parents of children with disabilities will especially benefit from this book but, it’s great for any parent. This book has great parenting advice for any parent. Upon discovering that their son didn’t have arms or legs they were devastated. They had doubts about whether they could care for a child with a disability. Nick is now a much sought-after speaker, traveling the world, inspiring people to live a great life. A major factor shaping him into the inspiring leader that he is, is the no-nonsense way in which he was raised. This is a fabulous book but, it is serious and full of truths that we should all hear. My favorite was, “Our experiences in raising Nick taught us that if you put your trust in God’s way, He will provide you with all the strength you need.” We need to trust God no matter what. He’s got us in the palm of his hand. So go and read this book. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the blogging for books bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Book Review: The Magnoila Duchess

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Author: Beth White

Hardback: 352 Pages

Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles (Book 3)

Publisher: Revell (April 19, 2016)

Blurb:

As the War of 1812 rages across the newly formed United States, another war rages in Fiona Lanier’s heart–one that threatens to tear her family apart.

Fiona can scarcely take in the news of her brother’s capture and imprisonment by the British Navy. It is almost as unbelievable as the half-drowned British sailor who is washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove. Charlie Kincaid claims to have no memory of his life before being discovered by Fiona, but in a world that seems saturated with treachery, she cannot be sure he is telling the truth. As Charlie’s memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political allegiances collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true loyalty lies.

Meet the Author:

Beth White‘s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

My Review:

After reading The Creole Princess I was looking forward to reading The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White. As usual when I dive between the pages of a book, It didn’t take me long to find myself lost in the world of the Lanier family once again. I really enjoyed the historical aspects woven throughout the plot of the story. I also loved reconnecting with characters that came back from the previous books. I loved seeing how their lives were playing out since we had last met. This book I found was a quick read and I found that I now understand American history in regards to the end of the War of 1812 in the Gulf Coast region a lot better. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy of each of the books in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series.
Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!

Best Read Of the Month…

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For the month of March I read and reviewed seven  books:

The Perfect Arrangement

Reframe

If I Run

Miriam

Red Door Inn

Lay it Down

Annabel Lee

Drum Roll Please!!

The Best Read of the Month goes to…

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Author: Terri Blackstock

Paperback: 319 Pages

Series: If I Run (Book 1)

Publisher: Zondervan (February 16, 2016)

Blurb:

CASEY KNOWS THE TRUTH. BUT IT WON’T SET HER FREE.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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