Category: Book Reviews

Feb 24
Hachette Book Group Blog Tour Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

Hachette Book Group Blog Tour Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

About the Book:FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he’s picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted. It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body. In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most ‘sane people’ sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls…or inside. As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist,… Read more »

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Feb 23
Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: The Golden Cross by Angela Ewell Hunt

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: The Golden Cross by Angela Ewell Hunt

About the Book:“It is said that as Cahira, daughter of the great Irish king Rory O’Connor, lay dying of a wound from a Norman blade, she lifted her hand toward heaven and beseeched God that others would follow after her, bright stars who would break forth from the courses to which they are bound and restore right in this murderous world…” To Kathleen O’Connor, Cahira’s story is nothing more than a charming legend—until her research divulges that several of Cahira’s heirs did, indeed, leave the traditional roles of womanhood to fight for right. Stunned, Kathleen realizes she herself bears Cahira’s mark. Is Kathleen destined to continue the legacy in the twenty-first century? To discover how the histories of these women relate to her own future, Kathleen must delve deep into the past to learn the truth about The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor… Aidan O’Connor Aidan O’Connor was raised among pickpockets and prostitutes in a Dutch colony on Java, Indonesia. But when a world-famous cartographer discovers her natural artistic talent, she is given a chance to leave her troubled life behind. Disguised as a boy, Aidan joins her benefactor at sea and begins the work of drawing the flora and fauna… Read more »

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Feb 23
I have a LFYI Hershey, PA Winner!!!

I have a LFYI Hershey, PA Winner!!!

After adding the 17 interview entrants with the 5 bonus entrants I had a grand total of 25 contest entrants. And out of those 25 entrants Random.org drew my winner for Cerella D. Sechrist’s Love Finds You in Hershey, Pa and that lucky person is……. Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 12        Rebecca!!! Congrats!! The winner has been notified and will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner! Thank you to all who entered and be on the look out for some upcoming giveaways for some books that you won’t want to miss!!!

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Feb 23
Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

About the Book:Jessica ran from her past…but can she hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her. Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all? This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth. About the Author:Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved award-winning author of the Glenbrooke, Sisterchicks(R), Christy Miller, and Sierra Jensen series, with more than three million books sold worldwide. Robin lives with her family near Portland, Oregon. My Review:I’m amazed. I have found another great author to add to my fast growing list of favorite authors. Robin Jones Gunn’s Secrets is book 1 in her Glennbrooke series, which I am… Read more »

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Feb 22
And the WAYBACK winner is……..

And the WAYBACK winner is……..

Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 3                       Nora!!! Congratulations to the winner! The winner has been notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or I shall draw a new winner! Thank you to all who entered and good luck in my future drawings.

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Feb 22
FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

*See the bottom of this posting for details on The Humdinger-of-a-Contest!*It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Susan May Warren and the book: Double Trouble Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 11, 2010) ***Special thanks to Stephanie Garvey of Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a review copy. Also three cheers for Mavis Sanders of Tyndale House Publishers for getting the FIRST group the chapter needed for the tour!*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also… Read more »

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Feb 22
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Nothing but Trouble:PJ Sugar #1 by Susan May Warren

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Nothing but Trouble:PJ Sugar #1 by Susan May Warren

About the Book:It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ’s former flame—is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right About the Author:Susan May Warren served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. Susan and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota and is a the author of… Read more »

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Feb 21
Revell Blog Tour Review:Abigail,Wives of King David, book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith

Revell Blog Tour Review:Abigail,Wives of King David, book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith

About the Book:What price must she pay for true love? Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying? Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith’s rich story of David’s wives. About the Author:Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan. My Review:After being included in being able to review this book for a blog tour, I knew I had to go and get my copy of Michal, book 1, in The Wives of King David series. I loved Michal so much… Read more »

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Feb 21
Revell Blog Tour Review: Out with the In Crowd, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, book 2 by Stephanie Morrill

Revell Blog Tour Review: Out with the In Crowd, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, book 2 by Stephanie Morrill

About the Book:She knew changing her life wouldn’t be easy–but she never expected it to be this hard. Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it’s not so easy to change her friends. Even though the old Skylar is gone, she’s still not sure who this new Skylar really is. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can’t win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most? About the Author: Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers’ group. Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.   My Review:Out with the In Crowd is book 2 in Morrill’s The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, and I, unfortunately, did not get to read book 1, Me Just Different(but I will be making it a book that I will be reading very soon!). In Out with the… Read more »

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Feb 20
Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

About the Book:A bright new voice shares a tender love story set in the rolling green fields of Ohio Amish country. After the death of her husband, Hannah Brown is determined to make a new life with her sister’s family. But when she sells her farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moves with her sheep to Ohio, the wool unexpectedly starts to fly. Her deacon brother–in–law finds just about everything about Hannah vexing. When his widower brother shows interest in the young and beautiful widow, the deacon turns to prayer for guidance. Hannah thought she could never love again, until she meets the strong, gentle farmer. Unfortunately, Seth Miller’s only interest is in Hannah’s sheep. He is content in his bachelor state and slow to recognize his daughter’s need for a new mother. Yet God offers Seth the perfect solution to their problems if he could only open his heart again…and love. About the Author: Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They… Read more »

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