Tuesday, December 31, 2013

First Book of the Year 2014 Read a long


Sheila at Book Journey is hosting this reading challenge. The goal is to list what book you are going to be reading on January 1, 2014. If you would like to participate go here to sign up: http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/first-book-of-the-year-2014/


Edit: I will be reading The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Unforseeable by Nancy Mehl (Review)




  • Series: Road to Kingdom (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209291



  • Callie Hoffman has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with Lizzie Housler, her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, at the town cafe.

    When a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be the victim of a serial killer, the new county sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents. Unsettled at the prospect of a killer in Kingdom, Callie is desperate to find answers for herself, especially when her own fiance seems to know more about the murder than he's telling.

    My Review:

    This was a great conclusion to the Road to Kingdom trilogy. The plot and characters are well written and interesting. It is a wild ride from beginning to end. I did not guess the real killer until the end. There were several twists and turns. The conclusion for the mystery part blew my mind. The romance between Callie and Levi was kind of in the background but still good. This was a good Amish romance suspense mystery book. Highly Recommend the whole series. :)






    Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirteen books and is currently at work on a new romantic suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

    All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." She and her husband attend Believer's Tabernacle in Wichita.

    You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com or her blog at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl (Review)




  • Series: Road to Kingdom (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209284



  • Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

    Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiance, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.

    When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.


    My Review:

    I thought this was a good second book to the Road to Kingdom series. The characters and plot are well written and engaging. I enjoyed reading Hope's story. I could feel her turmoil over the whole situation. She has to pick between two godly men, Jonathon and Ebbie. I was very happy with her choice at the end. The biggest theme in the book is whether to use violence to fight violence. The town of Kingdom is Mennonite and its against their doctrine. Hope was attacked twice among other incidents in the town. I felt like I could feel the emotions of the characters. The author does not tell you what to think. The characters represent all point of views. Turning the other cheek is never easy especially when someone you love is in danger. The conclusion is satisfying. I love this type of book which is romantic suspense and the Mennonite aspect makes it unique. Recommended.






    Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirteen books and is currently at work on a new romantic suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

    All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." She and her husband attend Believer's Tabernacle in Wichita.

    You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com or her blog at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com. You can also find her on FaceBook


    Review copy provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn (Review)



  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 5, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211386


  • The threat of an Iranian blockade of the narrow Strait of Hormuz is escalating global tensions. Sanctions against Tehran have begun to bite, and it seeks to retaliate by cutting off vital shipping routes for crude oil. The specter of a preemptive Israeli strike has US officials on edge as they struggle to keep the world from plunging into the abyss.

    Stymied in its efforts to uncover the sources of funding that bolster the Iranian nuclear program, the State Department calls on Marc Royce to investigate. With little to go on, he'll have to rely on an old ally. Kitra Korban has ties to people with the means to get things done, so long as no questions are asked.


    But Iran is on the brink of nuclear capability, and time is running out.


    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this latest fast paced Marc Royce thriller. This is the third suspense book featuring Marc Royce, an ex USA agent. This book had suspense, romance, and mystery. I was hooked from page one. Kitra is his ex girlfriend who is backed by Israeli intelligence, Mossad. Marc is semi backed by the State Department. Together they have to figure out what's going on and fix it before the world starts fighting. The plot and characters were well developed and interesting. The conclusion was satisfying. Recommended.




    Davis Bunn is the author of over nineteen national bestsellers, and his books have sold over six million copies in sixteen languages. The recipient of three Christy Awards, Bunn currently serves as writer-in-residence at Oxford University.

    Review copy provided by Bethany Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Amish Prayers by Beverly Lewis (Review)







  • Hardcover: 139 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 5, 2011)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1611295535




  • The Amish as well as other Anabaptist groups have used the same book of prayers for centuries. Now for the first time a selection of these prayers is readily available in English. This exclusive authentic translation from the original German--with an introduction by Beverly Lewis--will give readers insights into the spiritual foundations of the Plain people. Each prayer is paired with a Scripture passage to draw readers closer to God. This hardcover illustrated gift book is perfect for old and new fans of Amish fiction alike.

    My Review:

    I thought this was a touching collection of prayers. The book is divided into sections like prayers for a new day, guidance, and purity of heart. They are short, simple, and easy to understand. I love the English bible verse underneath each prayer. I read the entire book in one sitting but it can easily be used for daily devotions. Like a lot of people I am at times fascinated by the Amish way of living which can seem simpler. Recommended.


    About the author:

    I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

    When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

    Review copy provided by Bethany publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry (Review)



  • Paperback: 400 pages

  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (August 16, 2013)

  • ISBN-10: 1414348630



  • “Our stories intertwine in ways we can’t know when we first hear them. And maybe the point of all this is that we’d do well to listen.”

    Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens. But Miriam Howard, director of the assisted-living facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.

    When a documentary team stumbles onto Treha’s story, her gift is discovered and the search for answers about her past begins. As the truth slowly unravels, Treha and those around her must each tackle a difficult question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough?

    With authentic characterizations and riveting prose, bestselling author Chris Fabry delivers an uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift.

    My Review:

    I thought this was an okay Contemporary Christian fiction book. The characters and the plot were interesting. It was a little confusing at times. The chapters switch back and forth from the documentary and present action. The story was also told from several point of views. Treha was a little hard to connect too. I instantly liked Miriam and how she cared for the facility. The main plot focus was on Treha. Who was she really? How did she come by her gift? What happened to her family? The conclusion was satisfying.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra Bricker (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Merry Humbug Christmas
    B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
    by
    Sandra D. Bricker


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

    The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."

    Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.


    "Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

    And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

    In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

    In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

    My Review:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of these Christmas novellas. They were both sweet and funny. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. Highly Recommended.

    A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman (Review)









  • Paperback: 304 pages

  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (November 5, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1426733871



  • Charlotte Rose Hill has been serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky but beloved customers for more than 10 years. But for her, marriage seems like an elusive butterfly, always out of reach. At 18, Charlotte fell in love with a young man, Sam Wilder, but his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. She did, and then became engaged to another man, who later died before they were married. Now, more than a decade later, Charlotte finds that she still has feelings for her first love. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he’s brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?


    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this cute Christian romance book. I liked the tea aspect since I am a hot tea drinker and lover of baked goods. I had a tea party for my 15th birthday. Charlotte and Sam were high school sweethearts. When Sam proposed Charlotte turns him down. He leaves town and she stays and creates a life for herself. Many years later he comes back with his fiancee. And the sparks fly again. This is a Christian fiction book and everything is clean and sweet. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Recommended.






    Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-five books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen. To contact Anita or enter her monthly contest for a free signed book please visit her website at www.anitahigman.com

    Review copy provided by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish (Review)






  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 5, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689018



  • A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

    Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

    But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits Liesl’s recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour—a single father with strange culinary habits—seems determined to win Liesl’s affection.

    When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.

    Filled with both spiritual and literal nourishment, Stones for Bread provides a feast for the senses from award-winning author Christa Parrish.


    My Review:

    I thought this was an interesting book. The characters and plot were well written and unique. My attention was held from the beginning. The writing style takes a little getting used to. It may seem choppy at first. This is a Christian contemporary fiction book. The writing has a lyric literary feel to it. I loved the characters. Liesl McNamara runs the bakery Wild Rise. She learned from her mother and grandmother. There were several detailed bread recipes in the book for the readers. The book alternates between her childhood and present day. There were other great characters too. A single father with a cute little girl starts getting closer to Liesl and others at the bakery. The end was satisfying. Highly Recommended.







    Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year Watch Over Me. When she's not writing, she's a homeschool mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church's youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Aloha Rose
    Abingdon Press (November 19, 2013)
    by
    Lisa Carter


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    A word from the author:

    I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

    I am a teacher. With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.

    I am a writer. Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.

    I am on a journey of faith. My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Aloha Rose, go HERE.

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson (Review)



  • Hardcover: 176 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (September 15, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719654


  • Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

    Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.


    My Review:

    I thought this was a sweet Christmas novella. I enjoyed reading it. Little Holly was so cute. The characters and plot were well developed. I loved Aunt Rachel too. She is great with Holly and loves her. The Amish part is well done. The conclusion is satisfying. Great Holiday book. Recommended. :)


    Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

    Review copy provided by Revell/Baker in exchange for an honest review.

    Available November 2013 wherever Baker/Revell books are sold.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Review)






  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 5, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689681



  • Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.
    Growing up orphaned and alone, Sam found her best friends in the works of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. The problem is that she now relates to others more comfortably as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre than as herself.

    Sometimes we lose ourselves in the things we care about most.

    But life for this twenty-three-year-old is about to get stranger than fiction, when an anonymous benefactor (calling himself “Mr. Knightley”) offers to put Sam through the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

    As Sam’s program and peers force her to confront her past, she finds safety in her increasingly personal letters to Mr. Knightley. And when Sam meets eligible, best-selling novelist Alex Powell, those letters unfold a story of love and literature that feels as if it’s pulled from her favorite books.

    But when secrets come to light, Sam is – once again – made painfully aware of how easily trust can be broken.

    Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.



    My Review:

    I loved this book. It is a fantastic debut for Katherine Reay. The characters and plot are well developed and interesting. I was captivated from the beginning and could not read fast enough. I had to know what happened next. I am a fan of the classics also which is not a requirement to read this book but helps. Sam is a loner  girl in the foster system and ended up at Grace House. She has trouble relating to others and lives in her books. She gets a special scholarship to college that requires her to write letters to a secret donor she calls Mr. Knightley. The author does a good job telling most of the story through letters. There are good supporting characters also like Kyle a fellow foster child. Also there is a little love interest that develops between her and an author she meets named Alex Powell. There are a few twists and turns. This book is on my keeper shelf and I can't wait to read her next book. Highly Recommended. :)





    Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in Focus on the Family and the Upper Room. Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. Dear Mr. Knightley is her first novel.

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    Critical Reaction by Todd Johnson

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Critical Reaction
    Bethany House Publishers (November 19, 2013)
    by
    Todd M. Johnson


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

    A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

    The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012. Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

    Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

    Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened--and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Critical Reaction, go HERE.

    Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma (Review)



  • Paperback: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 6, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689100
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    A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

    The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

    When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their  lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.

    As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

    She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.


    My Review:

    I thought this was an okay Christian historical fiction book. I liked Gerrit and Cornelia together. I did not like her brother Johan at all. He was reckless and careless especially with his own life. I had a hard time reading this book. It did not hold my attention for the most part. While the plot was somewhat interesting some of the characters needed more development. Overall an okay debut. Fans of WWII Christian fiction might still like it.


    Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. She'd love to have you visit her at www.liztolsma.com or at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com.

    Purchase a copy here.

    Learn more at Liz’s website

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Dear Mr. Knightley Contest

    Debut author Katherine Reay is celebrating the release of her delightful novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway, a fun Favorite Austen Moments Pinterest contest, and an Austen-themed Facebook Party.
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      One winner will receive:
    • A Kindle Fire HDX
    • Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
    • Handmade Austen-themed items (scarf, mug, bracelet, and necklace) 
    Two ways to win! Enter today by clicking one of the icons below or participating in the Pinterest contest (see banner below)—or BOTH! 

    But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 3rd. Winner will be announced at the "Dear Mr. Knightley" Austen-themed Facebook Author Chat Party on the 3rd. Join Katherine (and Austen fans) for an evening of book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Katherine's next book.

    So grab your copy of  Dear Mr. Knightley and join Katherine on the evening of December 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST. Hope to see you on the 3rd!


    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Derailed by Dave and Neta Jackson (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Derailed
    Worthy Publishing (October 8, 2013)
    by
    Dave and Neta Jackson


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

    As a husband/wife writing team, we are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. (You can see our Publication Record by clicking HERE.) In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

    But over the years the we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.

    Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.

    We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son’s involvement in a major drug cartel. The second in the Windy City Neighbors series, Derailed is a contemporary, and often humorous, tale in an urban setting, featuring ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. Intersecting with Grounded (book one), the Jacksons employ their innovative storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Derailed transports you to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood . . . until hope moves in.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Derailed, go HERE.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the Bentleys. This is the second book in the Windy City Neighbors series. It is written in an interesting style called "parallel novels." The first book was called Grounded and I liked it also. I recommend reading them in order to get the full effect of the writing style. The characters and plot are well developed and interesting. I can't wait to read the third book. Highly Recommended.

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    Paige Rewritten by Erynn Mangum (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Paige Rewritten
    NavPress (October 8, 2013)
    by
    Erynn Mangum


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



    A few things about her:

    So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Paige Alder is in a really good place. She’s dating nice guy Tyler. Her boss has offered her a raise. Her walk with God is strong. Life is great—and that’s when things start to change.

    First, the youth pastor at church keeps asking Paige to work with him full-time. Then her sister shows up newly engaged and wanting to reconnect, even though they haven’t spoken in years. And now former boyfriend Luke has come back into her life. How is Paige supposed to know what the right decisions are?

    This warm and humorous second book in the Paige Alder series will help young girls work through important issues, such as forgiving others and obeying God.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Paige Rewritten, go HERE

    My Review:

    I loved this book. This is book two in the series and are best read in order. Paige is a lovable real character. She struggles with the same things all twenty something females do on a daily basis including work, relationships, faith, etc. The plot and characters are interesting and held my attention from the beginning. The ending made me a little mad though. I felt like there needed to be more closure instead of chopping it off. I can't wait for book three to come out. I am dying to know more about Paige and her two men. :) Highly Recommended.

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Traces of Mercy
    David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
    by
    Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
    ****
    Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

    At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

    Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

    If you'd like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go HERE.

    Saturday, November 2, 2013

    The Cat in the Window Edited by Callie Smith Grant (Review)





  • Paperback: 192 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721800


  • A playful bat of a string. A bored yawn. A tender purr at the touch of your hand.
    Cats are one of God's most enigmatic creatures. They're as crafty as they are cuddly, as rambunctious as they are reserved. We never quite know just what our cats are thinking--but it's perfectly obvious that they always are.

    The Cat in the Window is a delightful collection of true stories that celebrate the cats in our lives. Inside you'll meet an orange tiger-striped cat who softened the hard edges of life for a young family, a skinny black-and-white stray who braved a blizzard to find a home, a fat cat who saved his owner's life one night, cats who offered comfort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and many more. These warm stories will touch your heart and renew your spirit.

    So curl up on the couch with the special cat in your life . . . and enjoy!



    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this collection of non fiction short stories featuring humans and their cats. We have two cats at my house named Little Baby and Biscuit who are spoiled rotten! These were heart warming stories that made me happy we have cats. You might not appreciate them as much if you do not have a lot of experience with cats. It left me wanting to read more. Highly Recommended. :)








    Callie Smith Grant is the editor of A Dickens of a Cat, A Prince among Dogs, and The Dog Next Door. She is also the author of several nonfiction books for young readers and adults, as well as many animal-themed stories and poems that can be seen in Guideposts anthologies and in magazines such as Small Farmer's Journal.

    *Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*

    Thank you Lanette at Revell for my review copy.

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    The Christmas Quilt
    Abingdon Press (October 15, 2013)
    by
    Vannetta Chapman


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    A Word From The Author:

    I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

    I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

    I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

    My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of The Christmas Quilt, go HERE.

    My Review:

    This was a sweet Amish book set during the Christmas season. Annie and Leah are sisters in law and pregnant at the same time. Leah is having twins and is due first. Annie starts a quilt for Leah and wants to finish it before the babies are born. Life has a way of interrupting though. Annie is busy helping her husband Samuel. Leah ends up having to go in the hospital. Annie and Leah end up making the quilt together. Along the way the author explores the relationships between the family members. The conclusion was satisfying. Recommended. :)

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Greetings from the Flipside by Rene Gutteride and Cheryl McKay (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Greetings from the Flipside
    B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
    by
    Rene Gutteridge


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Rene is the author of seventeen novels. She also has extensive experience writing comedy sketches, and worked for five years as the director of drama for a church. She has a degree specializing in Screenwriting, for which she earned the Excellence in Mass Communication Award, and graduated magna cum laude.

    She is married to Sean, a musician and worship leader, and has two children. They reside in Oklahoma, where Rene writes full time and enjoys instructing in college classrooms and writers conferences.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

    Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's month long honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral -- everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it's not that easy to rent a place when you've been declared dead.

    Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization's humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.

    Is there anything in the cards for these two? Find out in the truly original Greetings from the Flipside by authors Rene Gutteridge (Boo) and Cheryl McKay (screenplay for The Ultimate Gift).

    If you would like to read the first chapter of >Greetings from the Flipside, go HERE.

    My Review:

    I loved this book. It's different which is refreshing. The characters and plot are interesting and well written. Hope Landon is the main character and she is jilted at the alter in the beginning of the book. She is hit over the head with something by a girl on the street which leaves her in a coma. The book alternates between her life while she is in the coma at the hospital and her alternate life she's living in her dream. In her dream she goes on the honeymoon by herself comes back her Mom had her declared dead so she moves to New York. She gets a job at the greeting card company and meets some more interesting characters. Jake seems like such a sweet cute guy in both worlds.There is a lot of humor among the more serious moments. I love the ending. This is a great contemporary Christian book. I read it in one day. Highly Recommended. :)

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes (Review)





  • Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 368 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734688




  • Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence--if she can do so and stay alive.

    From the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, comes the exciting conclusion to the lush Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts her readers into high drama from the very first sentence and keeps them on their toes until the final page.

    My Review:

    I loved this book. It is the third in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series and can stand alone. Honore's character and reputation might not make as much sense without the background found in the first two though. The first two books were good and had each of her sisters as the main character. In this book Honore is at the family estate with her hired companion, a distant relation of one of her brother in laws. They get along fine but Honore still feels the snubs of her peers. Lord Ashmoor comes along and they are attracted to each other but both have reservations. His are stronger though. His father left England with scandal and it has not been solved so he is trying to salvage the family reputation. He needs a wife that is high class and above reproach. They band together to solve the mystery of the missing prisoners and his father's crime. The plot and characters were interesting and unique. The regency time period in England is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended. :)







    Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, Choices of the Heart, A Necessary Deception, and A Flight of Fancy, which won the October 2012 Clash of the Titles Award, voted on by readers. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com

    Review copy provided by Revell/Baker in exchange for an honest review.

    Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Blog This by Cami Checketts Spotlight







    Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?
    Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.
    Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won't hide any longer.
    In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
     
     
     
    From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you.
    Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences

    Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Have read all of Cami's books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you're led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end.
    Elsa Akinason
     

     

    Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She’s never been happier. Please refer to her website – http://www.camichecketts.com for more information about her books.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    A Bride for Keeps
    Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
    by
    Melissa Jagears


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    A Word From The Author:

    I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary and writing novels.

    My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a daughter and two little boys. My husband shares my fascination with traditional living except for being more hands on. He loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research! And of course, the rest of the family gets involved. I have my own blackpowder rifle, named Calvin, that my husband made for me. And I’m pretty sure my daughter is probably one of very few her age who can instruct adults how to shoot a longbow properly. The boy digs random holes in my yard to make “cement” with dirt and water making our yard a tripping hazard. The baby does what babies do.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie Perfect for CBA Readers!

    Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

    Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.

    Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride for Keeps, go HERE.

    A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    A Plain Disappearance
    B&H Books (September 1, 2013)
    by
    Amanda Flower


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


    Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.



    ABOUT THE BOOK

    USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it “the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!” As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she’s back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.

    It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

    Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of >A Plain Disappearance, go HERE.

    My Review:

    This was a great Amish mystery book. I have read the whole series and recommend reading them in order since the characters stay the same. I enjoyed seeing Chloe and Timothy's relationship develop more. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. It is an Amish romance mystery book but with humor in it too. It is not super dark or serious but still a good mystery. I loved the whole series and recommend them. :)

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Unspoken by Dee Henderson (Review)






  • Paperback: 448 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211713


  • Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

    The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

    She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years.

    A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

    Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.

    Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter...

    My Review:

    Overall I liked the book. The plot moves slower than what I am used to for this genre. There is not a lot of suspense and the story lagged in spots. The first hundred pages or so deals with Bryce Bishop and Charlotte exchanging coins. The author does a good job with coin descriptions. I wish the romance was more developed between them though. The characters were interesting but could have used a little more developing. I still liked the story. This is one of my all time favorite authors. I have read all of her books. Recommended. :)





    Dee Henderson is the author of eighteen novels, including Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story, New York Times bestseller Full Disclosure, the acclaimed O'Malley series, and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.

    Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

    Review copy provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.