June 14, 2016

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"Silence In The Dark"
Patricia Bradley

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.

Patricia Bradley's "Silence In The Dark" is her best book yet!  A non-stop, action packed, suspense-filled, roller coaster ride of a book.  It was so hard to put down.  The characters were very well developed and each had a bit of a mystery to them, which made me keep guessing who was the guilty one.  Just when I thought I had it figured out, I changed my mind. 

"Silence In The Dark" has just the right amount of suspense and romance and they blended so well together in this book.  This one is for sure my favorite of Patricia Bradley's work. 

The characters and the story still plays vividly in my mind, even though I finished it a while ago.  I feel as if I've lost some dear friends now that I'm done reading the book.  They were so vivid!

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June 7, 2016

A Daughter’s Dream 
"A Daughter's Dream
Shelly Shepard Gray
Rebecca Kinsinger had always dreamed of being a teaching instead of working at the family lumber company.  But when given the opportunity to be in charge of a classroom, she discovers that teaching is hard work and the children don't like her.

She meets Lilly Yoder - a thirteen year old who just lost her parents.  She is being raised by her uncle Jacob.  Rebecca and Jacob develops a friendship.  Will this friendship grow into love?
An easy, enjoyable read when you want something with which to help you relax.

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Anchor in the Storm 
"Anchor In The Storm"
Sarah Sundin

America has just entered WWII and Lillian's brother, Jim is in the Navy.  Lillian Avery has just finished Pharmacy School and is on her way to Boston for her first job as a full fledged pharmacist.  But her new boss is quick to tell her that she was hired only because all the men are at war.  He is not happy to learn of her handicap either.  

Because of her handicap, and something that happened with an old boy friend, she doesn't trust men.  Her brother Jim's best friend, Archer, sets out to change her mind.  

Meanwhile Lillian begins to notice a lot of prescription for barbiturates being filled, but is told that the doctor knows what he is doing.  However, Lillian's conscience won't let her do this.  She decides to try to solve the problem herself and ends up in danger.  

Will she survive?  Can Arch ever earn Lillian's love and trust?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I do all of Sarah Sundin's books.  I loved the fact that she has a theme to the book - Jesus is our Anchor in a time of storm and how her dad gave her an anchor necklace to remind her that Jesus is our Anchor, our Hope in any storm, our Refuge.  This spoke to me so much that I bought an anchor necklace for myself.  

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The Beautiful Pretender 
"The Beautiful Pretender"
Melanie Dickerson

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because medieval times aren't don't usually interest me.  But I was proven wrong.  This book intrigued me.  Especially Avelina's role as an under cover "Lady".  

The Margrave didn't really impress me though.  He was kind of a grouch. Similar to Beauty and the Beast.  

This is an exciting and charming book.  A true fairy tale romance!  I'm glad that I was able to review this book.  

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June 1, 2016

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"Sins Of The Past"
Dee Henderson
Dani Pettrey
Lynette Eason

“Sins of the Past” is a three story romantic suspense novella collection.
In the first story, “Missing” written by Dee Henderson, Wyoming sheriff, John Graham, is called to Chicago when his mother mysteriously vanishes from her retirement home. Upon arriving in Chicago, John meets Lieutenant Sharon Noble who has been trying to find his mother since she disappeared. While the two try to locate John’s mother, they realize that something sinister may be at play. John learns that maybe his mother had been keeping secrets from him, which may have led to her disappearance. Will John ever be able to find his mother or will it be too late?
The second story is “Shadowed” by Dani Pettrey. Libby Jennings is in Alaska to compete in the swimming competition. When she has a day off from practicing and competing, she decides to take in a whale tour. Ben McKenna loves Alaska and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for his hometown with others. While taking Libby for a tour on his boat, they enjoy watching the whales. But when the whales bring something up to the surface with them, Ben and Libby are surprised to discover that the whales have brought a body to the surface. After Ben rescues the body from the whales and brings the body on to his boat, Libby is shocked to discover that the body they found is actually one of her fellow competitors. Libby is determined to find out what happened to her former friend, but will she end up just like or friend or will she be able to escape?
The final installment in the collection is “Blackout” by Lynette Eason. Macey Adams once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. She has tried for years to forget what happened to her when she was a teenager, but somebody is determined to make her relive her past. Chad Latham, Macey’s neighbor, wants to help Macey in any way that he can, but she will not let him get near her. Every time somebody tries to help Macey or get close to her they end up dead or seriously injured. Macey does not want to be responsible for anybody else get hurt, so she keeps people out of her life. When circumstances throw them together, Macey may have no choice but to accept Chad’s help. Will Macey be able to let go of the ghosts from her past or will they catch up with her and destroy her and those she loves in the process?

I was so excited to read this novella collection has I love a good mystery and some of my favorite authors were involved in the collection. I did enjoy reading this book, and while there is not a definitive connection between the three books, they are connected by the title. In each book something from the past comes back to haunt female leads in the stories. As I was reading this book I was reminded of the Bible verse “…be sure your sin will find you out” in Numbers 32:23. No matter how hard we try to forget and hide our sins, they always have a way of coming back to haunt us. God will forgive us of our sins and He will help us overcome our past if we ask Him to and allow Him to help us.


May 31, 2016

Her One and Only 
"Her One and Only"
Becky Wade

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.

This is the second book I've read by Becky Wade and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I liked this story more than the last one in this series (the only two I've been able to read).  It captured my attention from page one and didn't let go!  

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the characters or not (Dru and Gray), but they grew on me.  Dru was easier to like than Gray was.  He was a bit full of himself, which was expected.  While reading there story, I found myself wondering what was going on with Meg and her twins and anxiously awaiting any news.  The two stories intertwined wonderfully. 

However, there was some language that I didn't appreciate.  I still don't understand why Christian authors insist on adding unnecessary "colorful" words to Christian books.  

"Her One and Only" is a romantic/suspense-filled Christian fiction that any romance reader and suspense lover will enjoy!

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