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Deadly Echoes – Book Review

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Nancy Mehl has done it again! I’ve had the privilege of reading and reviewing her last four books, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to read her latest book, Deadly Echoes.

This is the second book in the Finding Sanctuary series. The reader will recognize the quaint town and several characters, but it certainly could stand on its own.

The main character, Sarah, who is the town school teacher is shocked to discover that her sister, Hannah, was murdered. As Sarah learns more about the attack, she begins to see similarities between it and her parents’ murder. She wants to keep her niece safe, but also desires to see that another family isn’t shattered by this killer. Therefore, with the help of her friend and local deputy, Paul, Sarah embarks on her own investigation. Will it lead to answers or danger?

Deadly Echoes brought out the sleuth in me. Nancy did such an exceptional job crafting the story that it had me guessing who could actually be trusted until the end. The twists and turns kept the pages turning. I would highly recommend this book, as well as, her previous suspense novels.

Always on my Mind – Book Review

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After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.

Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

 

Always on my Mind is the fourth book in the Christiansen Family novels. Susan May Warren shows exceptional skills as a writer as she weaves the reader into the lives of this family. She creates such a welcome environment that you can jump into the series at any point, although you will quickly want to start from square one and not miss a minute of this endearing family.

I also love how Susan incorporates faith throughout the story without forcing it off on the reader. I would highly recommend Always on my Mind, as well as, the rest of the Christiansen Family novels. Invite this family into your library and they will quickly find a place in your heart.

Colliding With Destiny – Book Review and Giveaway

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For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, Colliding With Destiny, by Sarah Jakes. Not being familiar with Sarah Jakes’ writing I really didn’t know what to expect. However, I was drawn to this selection because it looks at the story of Ruth. She is a biblical character that I receive such hope from. Ruth faced many trials and tough situations, but God used them to transform her. She didn’t allow her past to define her, a lesson many of us need to be reminded of.

Sarah does an incredible job in this book of breaking down the story of Ruth and showing how it applies to our lives today. She ends each chapter with a journal section, which allows the reader to start implementing what she has learned, and a prayer. I believe in the power of prayer and loved that Sarah included this in the chapters. My favorite quote in the book would have to be, “Still, God saw my heart and blessed me in spite of my mistakes and losses. The culmination of the pain and the beauty in my life made me who I am. For so long I thought my scars made me damaged; I never realized they were the perfect canvas for grace” (page 201). There is such hope and comfort within these words for each one of us.

I recommend that you step into the story of Ruth through the pages of Colliding With Destiny. You will find hope and restoration.


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Today, I am giving away a copy of The Voice Bible. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.

The River – Book Review and Giveaway

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For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, The River by Beverly Lewis. It is no wonder she is a New York Times bestselling author. She can weave a story that draws the reader into the lives of the characters in Lancaster County.

The River focuses on two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, who left their Amish roots a few years ago. One phone call from their brother, Melvin, puts their lives into a tailspin. Their dad has a heart condition and is not doing well. Melvin urges them to return for their parents’ anniversary celebration, fearing it will be their last. Tilly digs in her heels at first, but eventually softens and decides to return with Ruth.

Upon returning, they are both forced to face issues from their past that have tucked away. Tilly and Ruth also need to mend relationships with their family since they left the community. Will they be able to get past this barrier and find acceptance and restoration?

I would definitely recommend this book. It is a relaxing read for those gloomy fall days.


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To kick-off this new segment on my blog, I am giving away a copy of Between Us Girls by Sally John. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Child of Mine – Book Review

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With summer in full swing, I am delighted to share another great book with you. Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis centers around little 8-year-old Natalie (Nattie). Both of her adoptive parents were killed in an accident a few years ago. Since then her flight instructor uncle, Jack, has been her guardian. He couldn’t have done it without the help of the Amish nanny, Laura, that has been with Nattie since she was a baby.

Like most little girls, Nattie longs to have a mother. She draws pictures of her family – Jack, as the dad; Laura, as the mom; and herself. Her aunt and teacher are concerned that she is growing too attached to Laura. Jack decides to start dating. There are many bumps along the road and he determines it is not worth the trouble.

Just as the saying goes, when you stop looking for something is when you find it, Kelly walks into Jack and Nattie’s lives. However, she brings along secrets and baggage of her own. Her own daughter was taken eight years ago. Will Kelly be what Jack and Nattie have both been looking for or will it all come crashing down when secrets are revealed?

Child of Mine is an incredible book with many twists and turns that keep the reader turning pages. I highly recommend you add it to your summer reading list.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful – Book Review

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Having read Katie Ganshert’s earlier books, I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review her latest book, A Broken Kind of Beautiful.

The main character, Ivy Clark had the life many only dream about, she was an international fashion model. What more could one ask for? There was a hollowness in her life that she couldn’t seem to fill. Unexpectantly, she is plucked from the limelight of New York to return to Greenbrier, South Carolina. Ivy’s step-mom, Marilyn, requests her as the model for her line of wedding dresses. Ivy knows at her age, 24 – ancient for a fashion model, she has to take this job. Ivy hopes it will open doors for her.

Many events transpire during Ivy’s time in South Carolina and doors are opening as others begin to close. Ivy must determine not only her path, but also how to deal with the growing void in her life.

Katie Ganshert did an excellent job with this book. Not only did the characters come alive, but it spoke truth into my own life. I would definitely suggest picking up A Broken Kind of Beautiful. To give you a taste for the book, here is chapter one.

Gathering Shadows – Book Review

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With the recent shake-up at the television station, KDSM, Wynter Evans is trying her best to find a story that will not only secure her job, but also land her in the coveted anchor position. However, in going through possible story leads she sees a picture that could change her life. Looking past the black felt Mennonite hat the boy in one of the pictures looks exactly like her brother Ryan who disappeared nine years ago.

After convincing her boss, Ed, that she should do a piece on small unknown towns in Missouri Wynter heads to Sanctuary with her photographer, Zac. Will searching into this town looking for her lost brother bring closure or more questions! Is it best to leave the past alone? By continuing to investigate is Wynter putting her own life in jeopardy?

Wow, Nancy Mehl has produced yet another winning combination of twists and turns in her latest novel, Gathering Shadows. It is the first book in her Finding Sanctuary series. I would highly recommend this book. I will warn you that once you start reading Gathering Shadows it will be difficult to set down.

Seasons of Tomorrow – Book Review

cover seasons I am sharing another wonderful book with you today. I seem to be drawn to Amish fiction lately. Although they have a common thread each is vastly different. Cindy Woodsmall’s series, “Amish Vines and Orchards” centers around the Kings’ Orchard and Rhoda’s canning, both of which interest me. Therefore, I was anxious to read the latest book in the series, Seasons of Tomorrow. This book returns the reader to Orchard Bend, Maine and the delightful characters in the new Amish settlement. However, all is not smooth sailing as Jacob must learn to deal with Samuel and Rhoda’s relationship and Leah’s involvement with Englischer Landon causes problems for the settlement. It could lead to disciplinary actions or even breaking up the core group. As they are all working through this situation, tragedy strikes. Will this shatter what they have all worked so hard to establish? Will all of these trials make them stronger or draw them together or scatter them to the wind? Seasons of Tomorrow is a book I would recommend. The characters are so real and engaging. The reader is drawn into their community and is anxious to see how everything will turn out.

The Last Bride – Book Review & Giveaway

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Having read the previous books in the Hickory Hollow Series by Beverly Lewis, I was anxious to return to this quaint community in her latest release, The Last Bride.

Like the women in Hickory Hollow, Tessie Miller was anxious to be married and start a family. Her four sisters had already walked down the isle. Tessie had her heart set on the love of her life, Marcus King, but her father makes it clear that they are not to be together. Continue reading