Category: Book Reviews

Oct 02
Revell Blog Tour Review: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Revell Blog Tour Review: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Title: The Christmas Blessing Author: Melody Carolson Publisher: Revell Publish Date: September 5,2017 ISBN: 978-0800722708 Pages: 176 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy. About The Author Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award… Read more »

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Sep 29
Kregel Blog Tours Review: Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles

Kregel Blog Tours Review: Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles

Title: Liar’s Winter Author: Cindy Sproles Publisher: Kregel Publications Publish Date: August 29,2017 ISBN:978-0825444531 Pages: 248 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book The choices you make determine who you are. No no mark.” Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark–and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it “the mark of the devil,” and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise. Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there’s anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which… Read more »

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Sep 23
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rule Of Law by Randy Singer

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rule Of Law by Randy Singer

Title: Rule Of Law Author: Randy Singer Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Publish Date: September 5,2017 ISBN: 978-1496418166 Pages: 480 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book What did the president know? And when did she know it? For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out. But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top. Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members? Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true. Equal justice under law. It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful… Read more »

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Sep 19
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley

Title: Mercy Triumphs Publisher: New Hope Publishers Publish Date: September 4, 2017 ISBN: 978-1625915283 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 296 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God. Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it. Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors. My Thoughts I am new to Jana Kelley’s work, but I can say that… Read more »

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Sep 17
Review: The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Review: The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Title: The Proving Publisher: Bethany House Publish Date: September 5, 2017 ISBN: 978-0764219665 Source: Bethany House Bloggers Pages: 352 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Amish Fiction’s #1 Author Presents a Touching Story of Perseverance and Second Chances Amanda Dienner hasn’t seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What’s more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months. Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she’s determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess! The inn isn’t Mandy’s sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn’t ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters. Can Mandy fulfill the terms of… Read more »

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Sep 09
Blogging For Books Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Blogging For Books Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

My Thoughts So, I will confess: it’s been awhile since I read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book. Like eons ago. But,when I saw this book available and read the blurb, I knew it was one I could not pass up! I definitely made the right choice for sure, as it was like coming home from a long stay in a foreign country. Her writing style was breathtakingly stunning in this emotionally moving, sometimes suspenseful book. I loved the women in this book. They each stole a piece of my heart and became like family to me. I loved that feeling. I loved the way Ms. Sawyer created this story with 3 generations of stong willed, stubborn women. The mystery she added to the mix and the cold case of Maggie’s story was incredibly done. It was the perfect blend of emotions for me! If you are looking for a fast-paced, laugh out loud novel, don’t pick up this book. If you want a book that will grip your soul, twist it, taking it on the most incredible roller coaster ride (the only way I will ever get on a roller coaster!), then this book, filled with messages of longing, hope,… Read more »

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Aug 27
Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

My Thoughts When I look for a Bible, I look for one that is not only easy to read, but one that is eye catching and pretty. The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible is all that an more! I loved this book. When I opened it, the first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful clothlike feel to the cover. Very appealing, in my opinion. The next thing I liked about this Bible is that on the inside you find lots of places to color, doodle or write down your thoughts on the verses you’re learning. Extremely nice aspect. As a person who loves to do some adult coloring books in her spare time, this makes reading the Bible a whole new experience, for sure. The final thing I loved about this Bible, is that it is in the easy to read NIV version,but with large print words. A bonus for this reader, who’s eyes aren’t what they used to be! I definitely recommend this Bible, with all it’s easy readability, it’s fun pages and it’s beautiful cover, to all those who love a fancy new Bible. Highly flying 5 stars, no question!

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Aug 27
Book Review: Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman (Re-Read)

Book Review: Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman (Re-Read)

My Thoughts *Note: This review is from my original posting in March of 2014, which can be found here. My thoughts are still the same, my emotions are still the same as the first time I read it!* Sweet Saints above, Ms. Lessman has done it again!!! Next to Karen Kingsbury, she is absolutely positively my absolute favorite Christian Fiction author. I love her work! Her characters (my favorite is Katie from A Hope Undaunted!) steal you away to their time and place and sweep you into their mix for a time. I laugh, I cry, I smile through all her books and her characters……well, they are chiseled absolutely perfectly for their stories! Oh my! Cassidy was absolute a breath of fresh air! I loved the phrases she used through out the story. Ms. Lessman used phrases my granddaddy used to use before he passed away years ago, it brought back so many memories for me! And her heart, bless her, she just wanted to let go of her broken engagement from a gold digger and move on with becoming a teacher in a new place. I laughed at her and wanted to wrap her up and squeeze her tight!… Read more »

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Aug 21
Revell Reads Review: Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

Revell Reads Review: Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

My Thoughts This is my first Thomas Locke book. I was very intrigued by the back of the book synopsis so I jumped on it. However, sitting down to read it, I realized it’s not the first book in a series and I need to go back and catch up on the rest. That said, this book is definitely an interesting read. Charlie and the other characters within the pages really gripped me and were chiseled well for the plot line. I enjoyed following them on this intense ride of twists and turns. I felt like I was a on a roller coaster, whirlwind ride. Definitely made for late night reading! This is phsychological thriller novels at it’s finest. If you like stories that are gripping, moving and keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is defiintely a book you won’t want to miss. Mr. Locke is talented and throws the reader a 4 star bone with this book! I am looking forward to going back and reading the other books, as well as any future books in this series. Well done, Mr. Locke!

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Aug 21
Book Review: The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller

Book Review: The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller

My Thoughts After reading Written In Love, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2. I finally did and let me tell you what. I absolutely adored it! Book 2 is wonderfully written and instantly captivating, just like book 1. Ms. Fuller once again takes us to Birch Creek where her readers get to fall in love all over again with past, and new characters.  Roman and Leanna’s characters really gripped me! I loved them both for different reasons. Roman’s character really pulled at my heart, perhaps because I always felt like I couldn’t please anyone know matter what I did. Watching him and seeing how he reacts to the letter from his grandmother, really tugged at my soul. I loved him! And sweet Leanna. Bless her. She’s so different from your typical Amish women and I loved that about her! Ms. Fuller truly did a good thing with her character. Seeing Roman and Leanna together, following them through this story, was a wonderful time.  This book is so full of messages of God’s understanding and forgiving grace. I loved that. I felt His presence while taking this journey with Leanna and Roman and I couldn’t wait to… Read more »

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