May 16, 2016

Sister Dear 
"Sister Dear"
Laura McNeill

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

As much as I want to post some good words about this book, I just can't.  There is absolutely nothing Christian about this book.  There were sexual innuendos and sometimes she didn't even bother to just imply, she just explained things disgustingly in detail, which I immediately stopped reading.  No thank you.  

Emma's dark side penetrated with evil that I could feel it coming from the pages.  It was quite disturbing.  

Along with the sexual innuendos, there was a lot of smoking, drinking and immorality.  

This book did not encourage me at all.  Quite the opposite.  I was highly disappointed and it just made me cringe all over.  I did not even finish the book.  Actually, I didn't finish reading half of it it was so appalling.  I will not be recommending this book to anyone, nor this author.

Read more about the book here.


"Code 13"
Don Brown

Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance. The contractor wants a legal opinion clearing the contract for congressional approval. But the mob wants the proposal dead-on-arrival.
When P.J. is gunned down in cold blood and a second JAG officer is killed, one thing becomes clear: whoever is ordered to write the legal opinion on the drones becomes a target. Which is exactly why Caroline goes to her commanding officer and volunteers to write the legal opinion herself. She is determined to avenge P.J.’s death and trap the killer, even if that means making herself a target.
It is a deadly game of Russian roulette for the sake of justice, but Caroline is determined to see it through, even if it costs her life.

Code 13 was an excellent the beginning. The plot is excellent and very suspenseful at points. As you read through the book different characters and their actions are introduced; however, the actions of the characters is what made me have to stop reading the book without completing it. In this "Christian" book drinking and smoking are mentioned often; then infidelity of some characters is mentioned and even at one point homosexuality. I was reading along not expecting any of it but especially the mention of homosexuality. As soon as I read it I put down the book and haven't read anymore of it. Just because things like this is happening in real life does not mean that it must be mentioned at all to sell the book. The plot was enough to sell the book without the frequent indiscretions. Also, for it being a Christian book God and the Bible were not mentioned anymore than five times in the first 250 pages I read. This only added to the disappointment. I rate the book a two but only because of the interesting plot.


May 9, 2016

Song of Silence 
"Song Of Silence"
Cynthia Ruchti

Lucy Tuttle is a dedicated music teacher, that is until she is force to retire early because her music program is being eliminated due to funding.  She is finding it very difficult to handle this unexpected turn of events in her life.  Her family doesn't seem to understand how difficult this is for her.  

Her husband, Charlie who retired early, looks at it as a time for him and her to start a new adventure together, of all things he wants to raise earthworms.  

Her life sums to only become more chaotic when her son marries a deaf girl with an autistic 4 year old son.  On top of that they move in with Lucy and Charlie. 

Their daughter, Olivia, is going back to school and has already moved back home.

Can things become more hectic?  Yes.  When he a misstep lands Lucy in the hospital and can take her song away from her.

Read this story and realize how God works everything out for our own good and be blessed.

I enjoyed this story very much.  It showed how we should let God control our lives and to never give up hope.  This was very well written and very true to life.

The emotions that Lucy had to work through were similar to how I felt when I had to give up teaching because we relocated.  It was a grieving process that was hard for some to understand.  Lucy's solution was an encouragement to me.  

Read more about this book here.


May 5, 2016

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"The Atonement"
Beverly Lewis

Wrapped up in her mistakes of the past and unable to forgive herself and others, Lucy Flaud throws herself into doing volunteer work.  The more she can do, the more she is able to forget what happened during her running around time.  That is until something makes her remember.

Her father begins going to an Englisch grief counseling group at a nearby church.  He becomes friends with an Englisch young man who is curious about the Amish way of life.  Mr. Flaud invites Dale to visit their farm where he meets Lucy.  It looks as if history is going to repeat itself when Dale and Lucy start spending a lot of time together, seemingly to help a homeless young woman and her little boy.  

What about Tobe Glick?  He has loved Lucy forever but she feels she cannot date him because of her past.  Tobe is moving with his family to Colorado.  Will Lucy ever see her friend again?  

Will lucy ever accept God's forgiveness and can she forgive herself?  Read Beverly Lewis' novel and discover what happens when you accept God at His Word.

I enjoyed this book very much.  I will have to admit that it takes many chapters before you find out what has happened to Lucy and her father.  At times, this was a little frustrating.  I appreciate Mrs.  Lewi's emphasizing the King James Bible in her novel.  This was a great story on God's forgiveness.  I would give this book 5 stars. 


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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

April 28, 2016

Pocket Prayers 
Pocket Prayers 
Max Lucado

Bestselling author Max Lucado has teamed up with six authors to write the Pocket Prayers series for those in need of peace, renewal, rest, faith, hope, joy, direction, serenity, and courage.
Short, simple prayers are very effective, which is why each book in the series contains forty guided prayers and complementary scriptures for any situation, including for:
—Moms (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
—Grads (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
—Dads (written with Mark Mynheir)
—Military Life (written with Mark Mynheir)
—Teachers (written with blogger Jennifer Hale)
—Friends (written with Betsy St. Amant)

Filled with encouragement and food for thought.  These are great to read at home, on the road, at work or anywhere!  

Each little book focuses on a different roles a person has, as each person is different and each role that God gives us is different.  The words that Max Lucado and his co-writers share are simple yet inspiring.  

These books would make perfect little gifts.  However, I wish that he would have used just the King James Bible.  

Reviewing these books were a delight and joy! I plan on sharing them with my family, as Mother's Day and Father's day is coming up.  My brother is graduation from college.  My older sister is a teacher and my younger sister will get the friend one!

Read more about the books here.


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