Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Still LIfe by Dani Pettrey (Book 2: Chesapeake Valor series)

Dani Pettrey's newest book, Still Life is out! This is the second book in her Chesapeake Valor series. Take some time to read below why you should pick up this next thrilling book.

From the Back Cover:
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
As Avery, Parker and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Thoughts:
It's another murder mystery to solve with twists and turns that will have you wondering if they will in fact solve this case.  In this second book, Dani tells the story of Avery Tate and Parker Mitchell. Of course, all of the other great characters from her first book are included too. I love that she continues the other characters' stories from the first book. It brings that feeling of home to the book because you're already familiar with the characters. This book was a little darker than others that Dani has written, but that darkness was contrasted greatly by the characters that were filled with the light of Christ. Those characters shined brightly just as Christians should in this dark world. Her story line was interesting, and it was hard to put the book down!  I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy reading murder mysteries.

If you haven't read her first book in this series, Cold Shot, you can find out more about that book by clicking here.

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren (Book 2 in the Montana Rescue series)

If you enjoyed the first book, Wild Montana Skies, as much as I did, then I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on the next book in this series! Susan May Warren does a great job telling the story of Deputy Sam Brooks in this newest book, Rescue Me

 Deputy Sam Brooks is a practical kind of guy.  He's predictable, dependable and organized. You can always count on him to do the right thing, but as far as living a little, well... he can't let himself go that far. 
Willow has had a rough life, but has found a calling with leading the teens at her church. This voluntary job is so fulfilling and she hoping to make it a permanent paid job and fulfill her dreams. Although, Willow doesn't have that great of a track record with being stable.  She wears her heart on her sleeve, has worked multiple odd jobs and has a crazy past with her hippie mom that involves living in a commune. And to top it off, she is crazy in-love-with Sam, her sister's boyfriend.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book and read it pretty quickly.  Once I started the book, it was hard to put down. The story was a could continuation of the PEAK Rescue team's story.  Sam is so sure that Sierra is the perfect fit for him. She is everything he ever wanted in a girl.  But something is just off, and he wants so desperately to win her heart.  I love how Susan May Warren puts Sam into some unpredictable situations to get him out of his comfort zone and to reevaluate the path he has been on. It gets him to take a step back from his life and see things that he has overlooked concerning some people in his life.
Willow's story is fun to see evolve. She has had such a different upbringing, but is every bit as useful to God as others who have had a great education and family life. Just because her life circumstances weren't great doesn't mean that she doesn't have great potential. I like how Rescue Me leaves you wondering whose story the next book will contain and how relationships will change among the PEAK rescue team.  I would definitely recommend this book.

***I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada's newest devotional book, A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every Day, released Oct. 2016.  This small devotional has a page for each day of the year that includes a Scripture passage to read followed by some thoughts from Joni and then a prayer for the day.  The thoughts are well-put together and will give you something to think on throughout your day.  Joni shows us that no matter what we go through in life, we can all bring glory to God.

I like that anyone can pick up this book and read for a few minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.  It would be great for mom's who are struggling to find time for Bible study, or even to get yourself into a regular habit of reading the Bible every day. This little book would also make a great gift for anyone.

So if you're looking for a good little devotional to help jump start your day by getting your focus on the Lord, pick up this little book for you or a friend.

***I received this complimentary book from Handlebar.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mark of the King By Jocelyn Green + a Giveaway!

Jocelyn's newest book, Mark of the King is out! Jocelyn explores another story out of the deep south that has some French ties.  This book explores some of the history of our country that you might not be familiar with. So, read below not only to find out my thoughts about this novel, but also to enter for you to win this novel for yourself!

About the book:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj

My Review:
This book was definitely interesting.  There were all kinds of historical facts that I had no idea about concerning how Louisiana was settled. I liked that there was a sense of mystery surrounding Julianne's brother and his whereabouts. It kept the story moving along.  Several of the characters were presented in such a way that you knew there must be more to the story than was being said.  Stories with intrigue are always a winner for keeping me interested. While all these aspects of the novel were done well, I really did not like the story.  I thought it was too depressing and sad for me.  I typically don't read sad books.  It was like the main character could never catch a break. Typically, I have loved Jocelyn Green's books in the past.  I absolutely loved her Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series.  So, if you don't mind reading sad books, and love history, this could be the book for you. You can read more thoughts about this book by clicking here and visiting the blog tour currently going on at Litfuse Publicity. 

***I received this complimentary book from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

About the author:

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Attributes of God vol. 2: Deeper Into the Father's Heart by A.W. Tozer

For many, A. W. Tozer is a well-known name among Christian circles. He has a great many books written about God that invite people to join him on this journey to know God better.
In this book, Tozer covers the following attributes of God:
God's Self-Existence, God's Transcendence, God's Eternalness, God's Omnipotence, God's Immutability, God's Omniscience, God's Wisdom, God's Sovereignty, God's Faithfulness and God's Love. This book also comes with a study guide in the back to further help your study.

I enjoyed reading through this book.  Tozer's thoughts were compelling; although, sometimes I felt as though they were repetitious.  I was disappointed with the study guide in that it basically rehashed what Tozer had already said.  I felt that it could of been more of a help to the reader if it would of dove deeper into the study of the attribute being discussed. Maybe even additional Scripture for the reader to study or questions to apply what had been learned about the attribute of God.  Overall, the book is a great starting point for study of the attributes, but I felt like it just touched the surface, and wasn't that deep.

***I received this free book from Moody Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker and Activity Book

Zonderkidz has a fun sticker and activity book out just in time for the upcoming Valentine's holiday.  The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker and Activity Book has all kinds of fun matching, mazes, coloring, codes, dot to dot, word searches and more.  The book also includes over 50 reusable stickers, and is for kids ages 4-8 years old.
The book is filled with all the fun familiar characters of the Berenstain book series.  It looks like a fun book that would keep kids busy for quite awhile.  So, make sure to check out this new fun sticker and activity book.  It would make such a fun Valentine's Day gift for any child.

***I received this complimentary book free from BookLook Bloggers.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Cottage by Michael Phillips (Secrets of the Shetlands bk. 2)

The second book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series by Michael Phillips released Oct. 4, 2016!  I was so excited to read this book as the first one was so great.  I was not disappointed.  Find out why I thought this book was a great read!

From the Back Cover:
Is the future of Whales Reef in the hands of an outsider?
When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.
The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman--and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place--and the character of its most prominent citizen--that soon gets under her skin.
Beneath the peaceful surface, however, change is threatening the island of Whales Reef. David's cousin Hardy Tulloch, whose claim to the inheritance now in Loni's hands was backed by oil investors, has not been deterred in his aim to control the island. But his co-conspirators have plans of their own, plans that put Loni's very life in danger...

My Review:
Phillips continues to weave together a beautiful story with mysterious connections that must be unearthed through discovery of the past. Loni has a lot to learn about her heritage, and it was fun to see her character change throughout the book as she faced a past she knew nothing about.  There is quite a bit of Quaker theology in this book. It was interesting to read about the Quakers and find out more about them and their beliefs. "The Light within" comes up in conversation with the characters many times, and they seem to look within themselves for the answers they seek in life. Of course, we know that Scripture is the only truth we have, and that the Spirit helps us to discern the Truth of God's Word, not us.  So be aware of this teaching throughout the book especially if you have young teens reading this novel. Other than that,  I absolutely enjoyed reading through this book, and  I'm looking forward to reading the third and final book, The Legacy, when it releases.

***I received this complimentary book for free from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All opinions are my own.
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