Lost in Pages

I enjoy reading and sharing my review of the various material I read. There is also the fun of communicating with authors and publishers

Convenient Lies

 

Title:  Convenient Lies

Author:  Robin Patchen

Pages:  394

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Create Space

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

There are authors who can tell a good story and there are those who tell a story in such a way it leaves readers wanting more.  Readers can tell too if a book isn’t worth reading.  Robin Patchen is more than a story teller!  In Convenient Lies, she drew me into a world where secrets were kept for a variety of reasons, and lies were told as easy as turning on a light switch.  When the main female character, Reagan McAdams, searches out and finds the truth, her world begins spinning out of control.  On top of that her newborn son is the one thing that will make her “husband” continue chasing her around the globe until he retrieves his only heir.

So, Reagan goes to the one person she believes will help her take care of a baby while being on the run.  What Reagan doesn’t expect is her past catching up to her at the same time.  Who can she trust?  I found myself constantly reading and turning pages as the suspense never seemed to wane.  The intrigue and danger with nefarious characters made the tension of the story very palpable for me.  The budding romance and dealing with past issues while trying to stay a step ahead of danger was another thread that kept pulling me deeper into the book.

Readers of suspense, international intrigue, tension, romance, mystery and the fight for justice will have hours of pure enjoyment reading Robin’s novels.  I found too that what one character as she grew older thought she wanted ended up bringing her great heartache and danger.  I loved too how the thrill of reading the story never let up.  In fact, as soon as I was done reading this book I wanted to read her next novel in the series.

The characters continue from one book to the next, the sequel, which is available now and titled, Twisted Lies!  I sure hope the author has another novel planned as I want more stories with these characters that are filled with hours of engaging entertainment!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Forensic Faith (A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith)

 

Title:  Forensic Faith (A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith)

Author:  J Warner Wallace

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  David C Cook

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Forensic Faith is the third book of a trilogy with the other two being God’s Crime Scene and Cold   Case-Christianity.  The author’s heart is to equip Christians with the ability to know and defend their faith with the multitude of evidence available to all.  The author was an atheist most of his life and a cold-case homicide detective who has taken the tools of his trade and applied them to Christianity.

The book is meant to help people become informed Christians able to stand firm in the faith even under the most intensive questioning by others.  In the book, we are told how the younger generation is leaving churches by large numbers, yet also states how some whose faith has grown as they have learned about their faith and how to defend it.

The way J Warner Wallace writes makes the book very engaging and interesting to sit, read, think and even apply what is gleaned.  The fact is it is more than just defending one’s faith, but also being able to take those objections and use them to persuade the person one might be in a conversation with.  We can love people and share our faith with conviction and confidence while laying out the facts for others to view and let God work on their heart.

I haven’t read the other two books so I am not familiar with their content.  However, I do wish the author didn’t just focus on the New Testament to make a case, but the whole Bible as it is rich and replete with evidence that really does demand of others a decision to believe in Jesus or not.  The author shares his website and other helpful material.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

                                                                                                                                              

Title: The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Series: Long Line of Godly Men Profile
Author: Steven J. Lawson
Pages: 188
Year: 2016
Publisher: Ligonier Ministries
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Anyone who has read Hebrews 11 knows about the many who lived by faith in ancient times and in many various ways. Then, Hebrews 12 tells us of being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses previously described in chapter 11. I began thinking about the men and women who have lived before me and how they were witnesses. Hence, I began with Martyn Lloyd-Jones as I was familiar with some of his previous writings and feasted on the depth of insight into the richness of the Bible and the God of the Bible.
I learned a lot about this man’s personal life and how he influenced many in England and the United States of America. He lived, preached, traveled and wrote prior to WWII until his passing in 1981. This man was a trained physician who then became a great expositor and orator of Biblical truth. I am amazed at his devotion to the Word for his own life and the influence he had over many people who heard him preach. Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ writings are still available for our generation to read and glean truth from the Scripture as well as be challenged by the witness of the life he lived.
This small book will encourage, challenge and cause many to think of how we live now and can be used by God to make an impact upon others today. We can follow this man’s example of placing our hearts and lives under the authority of the Scripture as well as learn to study it carefully so we may correctly handle the truths of The Word of God.

To the Farthest Shores

 

Title: To the Farthest Shores
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Pages: 330
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1898 in San Francisco. Ryan Gallagher has just received a secret assignment overseas that should last just a few months. He has fallen in love with Jenny Bennett a nurse at Presidio Army Base. He asks her to wait for his return and then they will marry and start their lives together. She agrees and then receives one terse letter from him approximately a year later telling her their arrangement is no longer in force and to go on with her life. Jenny is devastated and terribly hurt.
Six years later she runs into Ryan at Presidio. She is still a nurse there, but is stunned to see Ryan after such a long time and then he pretends not to know her! She is incensed and soon confronts him. He does acknowledge her then, but evades her questions. She knows he is hiding something, but her heart still surges at the sight of him. How can someone who said he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her treat her so callously? Why did things change? What secrets is Ryan hiding? Jenny soon has some of her answers when Ryan is forced to seek her help with a man he is training. Ryan needs Jenny’s nursing skills to bring this man back to good health. Jenny and Ryan then are in close proximity for several weeks and Jenny’s trust issues from the past continue to haunt her. She sees Ryan at his home, trying to cultivate a pearl farm, which has been a fascination for he and her father for years. Is this the real Ryan or is he the secretive man who tells half-truths?
I always look forward to reading Elizabeth Camden’s novels as they engage me right away with something historically interesting. This novel is no exception. I learned about the pearl industry in the late 1890s and early 1900s, which is a topic I knew nothing about. Elizabeth does such a great job of research and includes many interesting facts, so I know I’m going to learn a lot as well as enjoy a great story! In addition to romance, this story showed great depths of compassion and forgiveness by more than one character. I’m already looking forward to Elizabeth’s next book as I can’t wait to see what new subject I get to learn about and what romance I can enjoy!

The 13: Fall (Book One)

 

Title:  The 13:  Fall (Book One)

Author:  Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed with Shawn Allen

Pages:  313

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

An unlikely trio of a former military chaplain, an FBI agent and computer whiz along with a former Black Ops now CIA member are forced to work together to track down a threat to the President of the United States.  The Prophet, as he calls himself, has contacted the President and warned him that our nation has turned from God and needs to repent and return to God or things will get dramatically worse.  At first, the President ignores the threats.  However, soon the Prophet’s predictions become a reality when the economy tanks and the U.S. is unexpectedly attacked on its own soil.  The President calls in this team to track down the Prophet to stop the descent into chaos before it is too late.

The CIA agent, Jon Keene, lets everyone know he has the most experience and will take the lead on the manhunt.  FBI agent Megan Taylor is Christian and a computer whiz, but doesn’t have much field experience.  Boz Hamilton is the older veteran who has lots of military experience, but has learned to follow God’s lead.  Jon is angry at God for allowing his young wife to be killed a few years ago and has made it his personal vow to bring every criminal he can to justice.  Jon will do whatever is necessary to get his man, but Boz begins talking to Jon about Jesus.  At first, Jon dismisses Boz’s comments, but in his solitary moments Jon wonders if Boz might have said some things worthwhile.  As they begin to work together as a team to track down this very clever man, they begin to appreciate each other’s strengths but also wonder if what the Prophet is telling them might be the truth.

This is a great story that is full of action, adventure, mystery and suspense.  The pages will turn quickly as the chapters are short so the pace is fast.  The premise for this story is intriguing to me.  What would our nation do if it was told to repent and seek God?  We, as a nation, have traveled far from the morals and tenets this country was founded upon and this story really brought that home to me.  Readers will see each member of the team bring their strengths into play in order to track down the Prophet.  However, when adversity is met we also see how each reacts.  Who do you turn to when adversity strikes? 

The 13th Tribe

 

Title:  The 13th Tribe

Author:  Robert Liparulo

Pages:  403

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 4 stars out of 5.

Jagger Baird and his family are in the Middle East at an old monastery that is still active, but Jagger has come to work as security for a nearby archeological dig.  His wife Beth and son Tyler have come along so the whole family can get a fresh start after a horrific traffic accident that killed their best friends and cost Jagger his left arm.  Jagger especially felt survivor’s guilt, anger at God and frustration.  He has kept God at a distance now, but Beth has remained steadfast in her faith.

One afternoon while on patrol, Jagger spots a teenager observing them from a nearby mountain.  Shortly thereafter, he spots the monks welcoming in a strange man via a door that Jagger was told had been sealed for centuries.  Jagger asks the monks what is going on, but is told nothing.  He takes off to investigate the teenager.  That night an explosion rocks the monastery and an enemy enters, leaving death and destruction in their wake.  Jagger now is in the fight until the end and with the help of his new friend Owen takes off after the bad guys to bring them to justice.

The idea for this story I thought was very original and unique.  There was lots of action and tension that built to a suspenseful climax.  There definitely is left open the possibility of a sequel, but with so much time passing without another book released I would guess one isn’t planned.  The good guys are likeable.  Some of the bad guys not so much, but some of the bad guys are likeable too.  I liked the strong bond of love between Jagger and his wife Beth.  I especially like Beth’s strong faith in the midst of overwhelming odds for a good outcome.  Our society needs good role models of faith to observe from every avenue in the media.

Too Deep for Words

 

Title:  Too Deep For Words (Shenandoah Valley Saga #2)

Author:  Andrea Boeshaar

Pages:  299

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Kregel Publications

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This second book of the Shenandoah Valley Saga begins right where book one, A Thousand Shall Fall, leaves off.  It is the fall of 1864 and the Civil War is entering its waning months.  Carrie Ann Collier has been married all of 19 days when her husband, Peyton, is called to calm what he thinks is just a minor skirmish a short distance away.  What the Union Army doesn’t know is that this will become more than a minor skirmish and Peyton doesn’t return home in time for breakfast as he promised Carrie.  In fact, he doesn’t return at all.  General Sheridan personally arrives to bring the news to Carrie that Peyton is missing and presumed dead.  Carrie refuses to believe he is dead, but all those around her except her sister Margaret assure her there is no way he could have survived the bomb blast.

For a few months Carrie searches every hospital she can or asking other wounded soldiers for information on where wounded soldiers from Peyton’s particular battle might have been taken for care.  She learns that he might have been taken prisoner and therefore might be in a Confederate hospital.  She and her sister travel to Richmond, Virginia, which is still a part of the Confederacy even though they are both considered members of the Union.  During this dangerous time in the South where they could be imprisoned or even executed as spies, they run into Confederate Colonel Elijah Kent, Peyton’s best friend and the person Peyton put in charge of his estate should Peyton fall in battle.  Elijah has promised Peyton he will look after Carrie and her household, but he has been in love with Carrie from the moment he saw her.  Now that she is for all intent and purpose a widow, can he pursue a romantic relationship with her?

Andrea Boeshaar has the talent to get me involved in her stories from page one in this series.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for her next book!  The emotions of the characters just leapt off the pages, and I could easily relate to what they were feeling.  This is one of my favorite time periods to read about and found the details of the time interesting.  The story moved at a good pace with no slow spots for me.  There are some tense moments in the story too, which added to the depth of the story.  This is one you don’t want to miss!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

 

Title:  Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  316

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Due Justice introduces to audiences the main character of Judge Wilhelmina (Willa) Carson as a federal judge in the Tampa Bay area.  We get bits and pieces of Willa’s past throughout the novel.  She is married to a man named George who owns and runs a very famous restaurant on the first floor of the building where they live.  On the second floor, the judge and her husband reside with two dogs who are supposed to be guard dogs, but are more like fun-loving puppies to all who come in the door. 

Willa, at least to me, is a unique character with strong convictions and a Mighty Mouse complex.  Her husband attached that Mighty Mouse name to her because she always wants to rush in where fools shouldn’t because she wants to fix a problem.  However, in this story, Willa is beginning to see that she cannot save all even though she tries very hard.  I like her ability to read most of the other characters’ actions, words and body language whether they are in her court or elsewhere.

Willa especially tries to save her sister Carly from her own self-destruction and the multiple situations she seems to create in her life.  Carly is the youngest and her insecurities and strong-willed nature tend to put her in tough spots.  She also has a problem of not telling the truth even to Willa.  Willa begins to try and figure out what Carly shared with her, including knowing the identity of a recent murder victim before the police!  With Willa’s job and oath to office, she comes very close to being impeached as a federal judge.

Now Willa is not a saint; she is a cigar-toting woman in her private home and sometimes her actions put her in danger.  In the novel, there are a couple uses of foul language, but overall the author does an excellent job of keeping readers engrossed in the mystery while at the same time building suspense.  There were a couple of times I found myself laughing just imaging a scene in the book or reading Willa’s thoughts about some people in the higher echelons of society.  I plan on reading the next novel in the series soon titled, Twisted Justice.  Watch for a review coming soon!

Dangerous Testimony (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)

 

Title:  Dangerous Testimony (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)

Author:  Dana Mentink

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

For readers who like to know if there are other books in this series here are the titles:  Dangerous Tidings, Seaside Secrets and Abducted.  Each novel focuses on one of the four Gallagher sisters who started their own private eye agency.  Dangerous Testimony focuses on the fourth sister, Candace Gallagher Andrews.  Candace is a strong woman who is raising her daughter after her husband died while in the service in Afghanistan.

Now her life and that of her daughter are in mortal danger and Candace isn’t making it easy for her friends or sisters to protect her from the continuous threats she is receiving.  No matter where Candace goes it seems that somehow the gang after her, known as The Pack, find her and attempt to kill or abduct her no matter who else is around.  Candace is beginning to care for a man deeply, but isn’t allowing her heart to open up to the possibility of love, the reason of which is just one issue audiences will enjoy discovering!

The novel had constant action, danger, adventure and I easily got lost in the tale.  I loved the closeness of the Gallagher family and how each daughter was slowly allowing themselves to be loved and care for by a special guy.  I hope you get to read all four novels in this action-packed series because it is rich entertainment in a small package that can easily be carried and put down when life calls!  Bon appétit!

 

 

False Security (Wilderness, Inc. #3)

 

Title:  False Security (Wilderness, Inc. #3)

Author:  Elizabeth Goddard

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The series is written by the same author, which makes locating the books easier.  The titles are Targeted for Murder, Undercover Protector ending with False Security.  I read this book and the first one with much relish because the story takes place in the wilderness of Oregon.  The author writes a heart-grabbing tale of suspense as a sister who hasn’t seen her brother in years is now running for her life because of him.  The problem is she has no idea what her brother is in to and why others think she might know something or might have in her possession the USB drive they are after.

I am sure readers expect romance to be part of the plot and it is, so is faith, family and more.  On top of that, the author writes so well the tension in the story keeps building so much that it is hard to put the book down when life calls!  However, her novels are not to be missed as they are well worth the time to read and then share with others who enjoy a solidly built captivating story.  So, if you can, read all three books in the series and then share them with other readers you know!

On a side note, I extend my personal sympathy to the author who lost her mother while writing the story.  I thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your heart, life and story with us readers to enjoy which we do so very much.

The Lost Order

 

Title:  The Lost Order (Cotton Malone #12)

Author:  Steve Berry

Pages:  512

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Minotaur Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Steve Berry is a new author to me whom I learned about through a friend who has enjoyed his other novels in the Cotton Malone series.  Now, I am hooked!  This author’s writings are well-researched and he keeps the reader’s attention with the history period setting of the story.  I loved the novel too as there was no sexual stuff in the book and the pace of the tale was gripping, making it hard to put down but easy to pick the story right back up when I wanted to read.

At the end of the book, the author explains which parts of his fictional work are factual and which parts are made up from his imagination.  The man who is known as Cotton comes from a line of men who have served the country and Cotton works for the Justice Department occasionally now after retirement.  No matter who is involved, Cotton goes after the truth and his best weapon is his very sharp intellect.

Cotton also has a girlfriend who has worked many cases with him whose name is Cassiopeia and together they are a formidable duo.  They know each other well and they are getting to a place where it might be time to consider a slower pace as their romance is blooming.  The story takes place at times in the Smithsonian Institute with a treasure missing since the Civil War and other artifacts.  There is danger, murder, intrigue, romance, history, politics, and more.

I was engaged from the moment I opened the book until I had to put it aside to take care of real life.  Yet, I couldn’t wait until the quiet of the late evening to again get lost in the many interactions between formidable characters and the search for gold that includes a key, maps, and avoiding those intent on getting to the gold first at all costs!

So, if you’re like me, and this would be your first novel by the author, I really think you will enjoy the book!  I plan on reading the other 11 novels in this series each with its own unique setting and historical facts with fiction that together make for a wonderful story!  Trust me, this novel will leave you wanting more from Steve Berry!

The Tenth Plague

 

Title:  The Tenth Plague

Author:  Adam Blumer

Pages:  438

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Kirkdale Press

My rating is 4 stars.

Marc and Gillian Thayer make a reappearance in this second book by Adam Blumer.  The first book is titled, Fatal Illusions, and features a magician murderer.  Marc and Gillian along with baby Chase have been invited by an old college friend of Marc’s for an all-expense paid weekend at an expensive resort.  Marc is excited to reconnect with his old friend, who helped reinforce Marc’s newfound faith at a time when Marc desperately needed it.  They arrive at the resort to find a murder has taken place with frogs all over the murder site.  Previously, a flood of blood had contaminated the water system.  On the wall where the murder victim was found was a scripture reference to the book of Revelation.  Marc knows he is out of his depth in trying to solve this mystery so he calls his old friend Chuck Riley, who also was in book one, to come and help solve the case.  Soon another murder takes place amongst gnats and mosquitos.  The ten plagues of Egypt are being re-enacted by a psychopath.

Meanwhile, Gillian has bumped into an old boyfriend who devastated her in the past.  He left her pregnant and alone to face cruel gossip and the eventual miscarriage of their child.  She hasn’t been able to forgive him in her heart and is still bitter and angry.  She has told Marc about this guy previously and when she sees him again she turns to Marc for advice.  He gives her sound biblical counsel, but oh how hard it is to follow!  Gillian also tries to help Marc solve the crimes.  She also has met a young woman with an autistic son.  They develop a friendship, but soon they are in the sites of a killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

This story will keep readers entertained as there are many things going on between the different branches of the story.  One thing I like is in the midst of trouble, while still experiencing very natural human reactions, God is still the focus.  Marc, Gillian, Emily and Chuck show their faith with actions as well as words.  Forgiveness is a key element in healing for more than one person in the story.  I look forward to more books of suspense from this author.

 

Snow Country (A Copper Island Novel #1)

 

Title:  Snow Country (A Copper Island Novel #1)

Author:  Kristen Neva

Pages:  286

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Christmas Tree House

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The story in Snow Country was a very touching and engaging one.  In fact, I could not book the book down until I had read the whole thing!  There were many reasons why I kept reading.  For instance, one reason was the love of a granddaughter for her mother and the area she lived in, which was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Another was the tension between a couple of different family members, especially when it came to the grandmother’s health.  Then, there was the possible on again off again romance between Beth and a state trooper named Danny.  Plus, the way the author painted pictures of the area, scenes and customs of the small town in which her story took place.  There were a few times I found myself laughing at various descriptions regarding an outside sauna that will crack you up!  There are different cultures and languages in the area and the author was kind enough to give a short glossary at the beginning of the book.

The small-town feel comes through the book very well.  It makes me want to go and smell the fresh air and enjoy the closeness of small town living.  The hardest part was when grandma was diagnosed with an illness, but even then, there is a feeling of hope and dependency that God will use it to being glory to Himself.  The characters are learning about themselves and how they can live in close unity as well as for some have healthy marriages during really rough seasons.

The author has another book in the series coming out June of 2017, so please get this read before it comes out.  Your heart will be touched, your faith renewed and a longing to share this book with others will have taken root!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Local Poet

 

Title:  Local Poet

Author:  Paul Trembling

Pages:  176

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Lion Fiction

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Before I share about this book, know that the next book in the series comes out October 2017 titled Local Artist.  Ever hear “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Well, don’t let the shortness of the story make you think it isn’t worth reading because this is one awesome story!  It is part mystery along with danger, adventure and maybe a budding romance.  The main character is Rob Seaton who is just doing his job one day, delivering his packages when a young woman steps out right in front of his van.  Rob is put on a path where public outcry is huge even though this incident is ruled an accident.  Rob’s feet are now on a path he never imagined and plunged into a world he knows little to nothing of.

I couldn’t put the book down.  The story kept drawing me further and further into the pages.  Readers get to follow Rob around as he deals with his feelings about the accident and learn about Laney, the local poet so many loved and followed.  What is revealed is interesting and makes you want to keep going to see just where the plot will take you, but don’t assume you know!  The author does a great job of twists, turns and suspense with the ending being heart-stopping!

Personally, I cannot wait to read his next book coming out later this year!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)

 

Title:  Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  316

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 stars.

Oh my, has Lisa Harris written a great suspense-filled, tension-inducing thriller with this second book in the Nikki Boyd series!  This book centers around a woman, Lucy, who goes missing amidst the death of her husband and several other people.  Lucy’s husband worked for a pharmaceutical company, but had hired a private detective to get information proving the company is producing counterfeit drugs and putting them on the market to sell to people as if they were the genuine drug.  Who is after Lucy and why are they willing to kill to find her?  Nikki and her partner Jack are tasked with finding the woman while the local officials handle the murders.  However, one lead after another seems to result in death and Nikki is no closer to finding Lucy.

During her investigation, Nikki struggles to keep her true feelings from Tyler, best friend’s husband.  Her best friend, Katie, was killed in a boating accident 13 months previously and Nikki has done what she can to help Tyler through his grief by being a good friend.  Tyler is struggling to move forward in his life, but is unhappy with his current career choice.  He misses the challenge and adrenaline rush of being a soldier.  He has an opportunity for a security job overseas.  Nikki fears he will come back changed if he goes, but she encourages him to do what he must to be happy.  She tries her best to stay focused on the case, which becomes essential as Tyler becomes a target of the criminals who are searching for Lucy.

I really like how the relationship between Nikki and Tyler is progressing.  Nikki is very aware of Tyler’s grief and puts his needs before her own at great personal sacrifice.  This shows how much she loves him.  I also like how Nikki prays in the midst of her troubles and God answers.  I hope there will be resolution for Nikki and her family regarding the disappearance of her sister, Sarah, ten years ago.  That is a mystery I want solved!  I am so pumped for book three in the series which is to be released in the spring of this year!  This is one series not to miss if you are an action-loving, suspense-seeking reader.  Get a copy of book one, Vendetta, as well as this second book and prepare to be entertained.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Chapel Car Bride

 

Title:  The Chapel Car Bride

Author:  Judith Miller

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Judith Miller weaves a very engaging tale of a traveling preacher and his daughter who go by train to small towns to share the gospel.  Not only do they share the gospel, but Hope teaches the young children Bible stories and helps the women and children in small towns.  Hope’s father is also a skilled carpenter and helps build or restore homes or churches in the areas they visit.  If there is too small a congregation, they hold services in their chapel that is part of the railroad car they live and travel in.

Luke is a God-fearing young man who senses God’s call to become a preacher in the mining town where he lives.  When he first lays eyes on Hope, he is drawn to her but knowns they come from two totally different lifestyles.  Then there is a young man named Kirby whose father owns the mine.  Kirby is not responsible and always in trouble so his father figures time working in a mine might cause his son to grow up.

What I enjoyed reading so much about the story was when Hope, Luke and Kirby without all the other people and see how tension is immediately evident between Luke and Kirby.  Then when I add in what some miners do to help feed their families when their hours are cut or they are injured and cannot work for a while, I could feel the suspense building!  Those who were doing something illegal were always looking out for revenuers or local sheriffs.  So, throughout the story there is constant playing of hide and seek as well as Kirby’s desire to continue his illegal lifestyle without his father catching on.  Hope begins to see what is going on in the mining town woods and not going to the homes or woods alone.

I enjoyed following the story to see where each character was going, drawing near to the Lord or trying to take care of themselves without help.  I wanted the miners to have their hope restored by being paid wages that were fair for their dangerous jobs and see the women and children cared for in what seemed hopeless circumstances.  There is suspense and danger at times as well as a budding romance, but above all I came away with enjoying a novel where sharing the gospel and following the leading of the Lord was paramount!  Great work by Judith, and I hope more like this are coming soon!

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