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

Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)

 

Title:  Fatal Mistake (White Knights #1)

Author:  Susan Sleeman

Pages:  400

Year:  2017

Publisher:  FaithWords

My rating:  5 out of 5

I found a brand-new author who writes such tension filled suspense along with faith filled themes her books are easy to get lost in!  In Fatal Mistake, Tara had once worked a government job and had a relatively quiet life visiting her Aunt June’s farm where she grew up.  One afternoon Tara enters one of the buildings on the farm and what she finds changes her life forever!

After recovering from being shot and talking with Special Agent Cal Riggins, Tara has much to process about what she has been told about a friend she grew up alongside.  However, after what she found in the building, seeing his face filled with hated and his shooting her, she decides taking off without anyone knowing is her best option for staying alive.

Cal has found her, and she must return with him so his team can protect her until they find the man who is responsible for so much death and destruction.  As I turned pages, the plot grew along with the suspense, and the curiosity kept me reading for hours!  Susan Sleeman writes very well and knows how to deliver a story that is believable, full of twists and turns, making a reader’s heart beat faster with each page that is turned!

I found that the author writes many different series of novels.  I cannot wait to read them and let you all know how about them.  There is a second White Knights book called, Kill Shot that I plan to read soon.  In the meantime, look up the author’s website and pick one of her books to read.  I think you will be very glad you too found an author who can tell a riveting story you will want to share with your friends and family.

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

 

Title:  Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

Author:  Sarah M. Eden

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Linus Lancaster has retired from his naval service at the ripe old age of 24 years of age.  Now that he is back on land, he is bored and at loose ends as to how to fill his time.  So, when an invitation to a two-week long house party in the country is received, he quickly accepts.  He knows his duty will be to keep his brother-in-law, Adam, apart from the dandified Philip.  Once he arrives, his sisters who are also in attendance, begin scheming to find Linus a wife.  Linus is not interested in the women they thrust under his nose, but he does meet someone who quickly becomes very important to him.  The host of the house party is an older woman in the aristocracy who has employed a companion, Arabella Hampton.

Arabella Hampton is overjoyed with the opportunity to return to the estate of her favorite earl.  He has since passed away, but she remembers all the times he acted kind to her and treated her like a daughter.  She has been orphaned since the age of six and has been living with an aunt and uncle who made no qualms about making it obvious to her that she wasn’t wanted by them.  Now, Arabella has the chance to escape their harsh treatment of her and be near the Jonquil family whose children she grew up with, living close by.  Arabella longs to be loved and included in a family as she has always felt invisible.  The instant Linus and Arabella meet there is a spark of attraction, but she is barely above the social status of a servant and Linus is much higher up the scale.  He won’t even consider her as a romantic interest, will he?

First, the negatives of the story in my opinion were few, but the story dragged somewhat and there wasn’t enough interaction of the two main characters.  They took forever to finally declared their love for one another.  The ending of the story was just okay as there was no real tension or big build up.  Now, the positives were the hilarious interactions between Adam and Philip, two characters from prior books.  There were definitely some laugh out loud moments.  The snappy dialogue and witty comments were excellent.  The time period is also one of my favorites as well as the English countryside descriptions.  I also liked the interaction between family members and the interesting dynamics thereof.  These books are not labeled as a series, so I didn’t realize there were other prior books.  I plan to return to those to get caught up on the background/stories of the other Lancaster and Jonquil family members.

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.”

Fatal Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)

 

Title:  Fatal Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  224

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The author is well equipped to write a tale that is engaging with tension filled pages.  Thrill seekers should enjoy her books.  I know I do!  Her novels include:  Shattered Haven, Hidden Identity, Mistletoe Justice, Buried Memories, Reunited by Danger and now Fatal Recall.  For me, this is the best of the best as a character named Tanner moves to a new home, in a new area and has a new job as a police officer.  While kayaking rapids, Tanner hears a scream.  When he leaves the water to investigate, his life is about to take a major detour from his original plans!

The lead female character, Tatem, is found unconscious by Tanner, and she has no memory when she awakens in the forest only fear.  Tanner won’t leave her side and then travels a unique road while attempting to help this woman regain her memories as well as protect her from constant attempts on her life.

I will definitely continue reading Carol J. Post’s Love Inspired Suspense as they are just gems of tales in a sea of books!

Room on the Porch Swing (An Amish Homestead Novel)

 

Title:  Room on the Porch Swing (An Amish Homestead Novel)

Author:  Amy Clipston

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The first book in the series is titled, A Place at Our Table, and now the author has shared a good tale in the sequel, Room on the Porch Swing.  Readers return to Lancaster and the Riehl’s home when two tragedies strike and change the relationships in the community.  Even though these happen, the intriguing part is how hope springs forth after a time of grieving.  Plus, Laura and Allen have questions about what they feel, and the plans being considered for future.

While parts of the story were sad, I am glad the author didn’t shy away from what is part of real life.  The fact that real people experience such deep grief helps the audience know that they can also experience the hope that renews both the heart and spirit.  The themes brought forth are impacting such as family, faith, prayer, God and living out the reality of these in life situations.

It does help to read A Place at Our Table before beginning the latest novel as the story continues right where the first book ends.  I enjoyed how the book shows that while life continues for those left behind after a loss it also highlights that love can be experienced again as well with another person.  Some may find that the book lacks high tense scenes, dramatic flair or is even predictable and while it doesn’t have suspense, tension or such, I can say it was good to sit and read a story that had hope.

I hope you will give Amy Clipston’ s novels a chance and read her other books as well.  She is one of my favorite authors.  Amy’s Amish books are the only ones I read with any consistency for the depth of characters, plot and the wonderful themes of faith throughout her books.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

 

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The Solace of Water

 

Title:  The Solace of Water

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Pages:  368

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

If you are unfamiliar with this author, it has been awhile since she has shared her imaginative and heart-gripping stories with audiences.  My introduction to her tales began with her books titled, A Promise to Cherish, Promise to Return, and Promise to Keep.  Now, after a hiatus, the author brings a new tale that will keep audiences turning pages for hours. 

The Solace of Water is a deep, riveting tale that encompasses friendships that are unique and during a very trying time of life for three women with diverse lives.  Like so much of reality in the world we live in today, the story reflects one of tragedy and yet the beauty that can be born out of the ashes left behind.    

What occurs in the book shows us what might happen when life can blindside people and the unlikely rebuilding of lives in such touching ways.  The tale takes place in the 1950s in the Deep South with all the nuances of the time and place.  The life journeys of Delilah, Sparrow, and Emma bring about the unlikelihood of their lives intersecting which then produces some expected reactions and prejudices and some surprises as well.

The beauty of the story is found in the truth that against the darkest of night, hope and faith shines the brightest.  When forgiveness is extended and received, it touches the heart and soul of the characters, which in turn can touch the heart of the audience that journeys through the story until the very end.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

 

The Heart of Thornewell

 

Title:  The Heart of Thornewell

Author:  Anita Stansfield

Pages:  264

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Enid Hawthorne is in shock from her grief.  She and her husband have traveled from England to Africa to fulfill her husband’s dream of being a missionary.  Now, he has died from a very short illness, leaving Enid alone in a foreign country, friendless and pregnant.  Enid does the only thing she can and that is to gather her belongings and leave on foot for the next village and slowly begins her journey back to England.  Upon arrival, she has no family or friends to take her in, so she arrives on the doorstep of her husband’s brother, the Earl of Thornewell, hoping he will take her in.  Upon arrival, she learns that her good friend, Marie, the earl’s wife, has died a week after giving birth and the newborn child has also died.  The earl, Sebastian, is in mourning and seclusion and wants nothing to do with Enid.  He blames her for taking his brother away and thus causing his death.  Enid is mortified, but the earl gives her no chance to explain.  However, he allows her to stay as long as they don’t see each other.

As her pregnancy progresses, Enid makes Thornewell her home.  She spends time with her two young nephews and quickly sees their grief and need for their father.  She is angry that the earl is allowing his sons and his household to be severely neglected.  She can hold her tongue no longer and sets about telling the earl just what she thinks of him and his treatment of this own children and staff of loyal employees.  Her words hit home and the earl emerges from his room and begins to live again.  While initially they don’t spend time together, that soon changes and romance is in the air.  However, Enid is keeping a secret that she fears will cause Sebastian to end their romance.  They both are still angry and hurt over the subject of Sebastian’s brother, but they don’t talk about it.  If they are to have a future together, then they must base their relationship on total truth.  Will Enid trust Sebastian enough to share her secret?

The author does a nice job conveying the anger, hurt, grief and angst of the two main characters.  The struggles each main character has with grief was realistic.  Through these difficult times, Enid shows her reliance upon God and leans on him to walk beside her.  She remembers His blessings on her and that is something that really hit home with me.  I have been blessed so much be God.  Thanks to Anita for that timely reminder!

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.”

Where Shadows Meet (Previously Pub. as Anathema)

 

Title:  Where Shadows Meet (Previously Pub. as Anathema)

Author:  Collen Coble

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Personally, I like the new title compared with the older one; yet, both have a central place in the book!  I love reading Colleen’s books because of the tension, climax, suspense and entertainment she threads in her tales.  In this tale, we read about a meeting of two worlds, the Amish and English in the heart of one young woman named Hannah who views freedom to be in the English world after she tragically loses both parents.  Hannah makes a rash decision that sets her life on a course that brings pain, heartache, and questions to her heart for years.

When she fled her husband’s abuse and started a new life with a new name, she hoped to be free from him.  Yet, in her heart of hearts, she knew he would always be looking for her and one day somehow, he would locate her and force her to return to him.  When Hannah’s Aunt Nora sends a picture to her with a letter from her husband Reese, who she is separated from, its contents cause her heart to go in her throat and life once again is about to go into a whirlwind.

I was very engrossed in this book for hours and highly recommend this to those who love to read a good story with such suspense they cannot put the book down!  Coming later this year, Colleen Coble is releasing a book titled, Freedom’s Light, and I can’t wait to read it.  But until I am able, I will read other books I have yet to read by this author and others who know how to keep a reader turning pages long into the late-night hours!

Will you join me?

The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts #1)

 

Title:  The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts #1)

Author:  Mary Connealy

Pages:  304

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany House

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

This author has a knack for writing that draws readers into her stories from the first page through the last.  This book is no exception.  It is set near Lake Tahoe in the year 1867.  Deb Harkness and her younger sister, Gwen, have joined a wagon train headed to California.  They have agreed to look after two young children of a couple traveling on the wagon train in exchange for their passage.  While out with the children early one morning, disaster strikes and they are left alone in the wilderness.

Trace Riley is on his way home from his first cattle drive as an owner.  He has sent his men on ahead as he travels when he comes upon a devastating scene.  He also seems to have gained two women and two young children to protect.  He must get them to his ranch before winter sets in or none of them will survive.  They make it to his ranch, and he gets them settled in while planning on hunting the men responsible for such evil.  He has seen their evil deeds up close and personal as his Pa met the same fate as those of this recent strike.  Trace is filled with the need for revenge and justice for the innocent.  He and Deb tell each other of their pasts.  Trace recounts how he has spent several winters snowed in with a Bible and a few other books as his companions.  He has read the Bible many times and phrase keeps coming to mind in his current situation…a voice crying in the wilderness.  He hasn’t been around many other people for a long time, especially women and children.  How is he going to handle being snowbound with two women and two young children?  His thoughts continue to stray to Deb and he wonders if she could feel the same about him.  However, he wants to continue to hunt these criminals who are responsible for so much grief.  Another wagon train is rumored to be headed his way, but can Trace catch the criminals before they strike again?

I am already looking forward to the second book in the series!  I was fully engaged in this story from the get-go and didn’t put it down until I was done.  The prose is easy to read, and the characters likeable.  Being alone in the wilderness helped God shape Trace into a God-fearing man, one who knows his Scripture.  Deb is a courageous young woman, who is thrust into a nightmare on the trail.  She adjusts to her situation admirably without complaint and truly appreciates the blessings God gives her.

Justice Betrayed (A Memphis Cold Case Novel)

 

Title:  Justice Betrayed (A Memphis Cold Case Novel)

Author:  Patricia Bradley

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

This is the author’s third novel in the series and it was outstanding!  The first two books are titled:  Justice Delayed and Justice Buried.  In the story, we read about Elvis tribute artists who meet for a competition that offers big prize money.  What happens is that one of the contestants becomes gravely ill and the assailant looks to be getting away with the crime.  Yet, readers will be taken back to the beginning of the story that starts in the past of a woman named Shirley.

Expertly written prose that kept me engaged trying to figure out who was the antagonist and how all the clues spread throughout the story fit together.  At first, the fact that two murders happening 17 years apart drew little attention until more clues revealed a bigger picture and the culprits were behind many negative and deadly actions.

A police detective, Rachel Sloane, has worked her way up to the homicide department even though her father wants her to return to practicing law.  When the judge speaks, people are supposed to jump and do his bidding, but Rachel has a reason to be in this department.  Every time she enters her office and meets with her lieutenant she is reminded of a past relationship they once had.

Now, detective Sloane’s life and the life of Gina are literally on the line.  When you read this thrilling book, be prepared to enjoy, be surprised and see if you can figure out who the person is behind the years of evil acts.  Then, maybe you too will enjoy Patricia Bradley’s stories so much you will read her first two novels in the series and tell others about them!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

How to be a Perfect Christian

 

 

Title:  How to be a Perfect Christian

Author:  Adam Ford and Kyle Mann (The Babylon Bee)                       

Pages:  200   Format:  book

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Multnomah

My rating is 5.

Guest review by Cleve Johnson

If you enjoy satire and clean humor, then How to be a Perfect Christian is the book for you. I have seen the humorous articles posted by the Babylon Bee on Facebook, and when I found out that the same brand of satirical writing was available in a book, I had to read it. I loved the wit displayed throughout each chapter as each one focused on different aspects of achieving Christian perfection. Of course, there is a point behind each point covered as the writers poke fun at some of the traditions and activities that Christians participate in as well as how many of us appear to those within and outside the Church. As I read, my mind rushed to memories of my earlier days trying to please God through talking the talk and walking the walk before I discovered the difference between religion and biblical Christianity.

Topics covered in How to be a Perfect Christian include joining the “right” church, worshipping like a pro, serving without lifting a finger, conforming to mainstream beliefs, looking spiritual through online media, and several other “essential” methods of attaining Christian perfection. Also, each chapter starts out with a quote (probably more of a loose—very loose—paraphrase) by famous people such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaefer, even the Apostle Paul among others. Just remember that this book is written in jest. It should not be considered a manual for true spiritual living just as Orwell’s 1984 was not meant to be a manual for the government’s policies, but Capitol Hill must not have received the memo.

I highly recommend this book as it made me laugh like I have not laughed in a long time. If you need to find something to take your mind off all the heartache and nastiness that permeates the news and want to take a look at the lighter side of Christianity, this book is for you. If you take life (and yourself) too seriously, you might not enjoy it, but give it a chance. You might just find out that people of faith can have a sense of humor without God striking them down.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

The Tempted Soul

 

Title:  The Tempted Soul (Amish Quilt Book #3)

Author: Adina Senft

Pages: 320

Year: 2013

Publisher: FaithWords

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What an exciting conclusion to the tale covering three friends lives Emma, Amelia and Carrie.  Each woman has had her challenges in life and trying to believe God will bring to them the desires of their hearts.  In the final installment we learn how Carrie who has been unable to have a family with her husband may have to learn how to live without having children while watching the dreams of others come true.

Melvin is an unusual husband in that he is tender, loving and affectionate with his wife, but he doesn’t understand the emptiness and pain bareness brings.  Carrie loves Melvin and leaves her desires time and again with God even when she occasionally tries to find ways to bring about her desire for a baby.  Carrie lays her heart at the feet of God and continues to live within the bounds of the community.

Amelia, Emma and Carrie have been friends since school and each week they gather to quilt and talk. I love how they develop true friendship by speaking words of correction when needed, give each other prayer support and love each other through thick and thin.  I appreciate the fact too that the author doesn’t try to lift the Amish up as perfect or without fault, there are real people.

While the stories are fictional it is easy tog et lost in the pages and have one’s heart captivated by the women in the books.  Each have blessings and trials to face while going through different seasons of life.  I think many would enjoy sitting down and reading without having to filter out anything disliked, as these are clean fictional reads written for a wide audience.

Please enjoy the Quilt Series books A wounded Heart, The Hidden Life and The Tempted Soul, I did and can’t wait to see what will flow from the pen of the author sson!

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 Hidden Life (Amish Quilt Book #2)

 

Title:  The Hidden Life (Amish Quilt Book #2)

Author:  Adina Senft

Pages:  336

Year:  2012

Publisher:  FaithWords

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

In this sequel to The Wounded Soul, the author focuses on the character named Emma Stolzfus.  Emma is a single woman who has dedicated her life to caring for her parents in their later years.  After the passing of her father, Emma focuses on her mother.  What Emma is surprised by is the shared views, stance and closeness she develops with her mother.

While Emma would love nothing more than to get married and have her own family, seeing it become a reality in her life is another matter.  Since Emma was a young woman, her heart has yearned for one man named Grant.  Grant is unavailable now and readers will enjoy reading his journey as well as the captivating ending to Emma’s tale.

I highly recommend Adina Senft’s books as they include patterns for quilt lovers, great stories to capture the hearts of the audience and a book easily enjoyed in a couple of hours.  While the author herself has never been Amish, her knowledge of the communities spills out in her stories and brings a reality to the plot, theme and players in her books.

Read The Wounded Soul and then The Hidden Life as that will aid in understanding the background and prior happenings in the lives of the three women that are written about in the series.  The final book in the series is The Tempted Soul and that will also be reviewed and shared with readers.

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 Marshal’s Runaway Witness

 

Title:  The Marshal’s Runaway Witness

Author:  Diane Burke

Pages:  219

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

US Marshal Dylan McKnight takes his job seriously.  He will do whatever necessary to make sure his witness testifies in a court case involving the head of the state’s mafia crime family.  His witness is the accused’s daughter.  She was slated to testify against him three years ago, but she tricked him and escaped.  That put a serious dent in the court case as well as Dylan’s career.  He thought they had been on the verge of a forever kind of relationship, but now he is determined not to make the same mistake again.  He will keep a professional distance and keep his witness alive no matter what happens.

Angelina Baroni has been in hiding for three years.  She witnessed her father kill someone and wanted to testify at his trial, but saw something in the courthouse that frightened her.  She didn’t know whom to trust, except herself.  Now, the trial, after various setbacks, is ready to begin.  An attempt has been made on her life, and she is back in protective custody.  She begins to understand that Dylan is on the up-and-up and that she made a mistake about him three years ago.  However, she still isn’t sure whether he and his fellow agents can keep her safe until the trial.  More danger awaits them as they try to hide out until the trial, but the men sent by her father always seem to find them.  Has her father really put out a hit on his own daughter?

Looking for something to read at the beach or on the plane?  This will fill the bill.  The writing is easy to read, the chapters fly by and the action is constant.  There is deceit, romance, friendship, fear, anger and many more emotions in the story.  Faith plays an important part in both lives of the main characters, but Angelina’s has faltered over the last three years.  She learns Who she can always trust and how He has never left her alone.  God is on her side and she now has His peace back in her life.  Dylan has remained strong in his faith, even after Angelina left him and his career took a serious hit.  His dependence on God is what gets him through every day. 

The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel #2)

 

 

Title:  The Road to Magnolia Glen (A Natchez Trace Novel #2)

Author:  Pam Hillman

Pages:  448

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This second book in the Natchez Trace series is set in 1792 when Mississippi was still a territory under Spanish control.  Quinn O’Shea and two of his brothers are bound for Breeze Hill Plantation, the home of his brother Connor.  Quinn plans to get his two younger brothers settled in their new home and under Connor’s watch and then take off to see the world.  He figures he has looked after the boys for the last nine years and now it is Connor’s turn.  What Quinn didn’t plan on was running into Keira Young and her two younger sisters.  Keira is on her way to Natchez as well to marry a local businessman.  Her brother-in-law has set up the arrangement.  Keira has never met her intended, but hopes for a better life for herself and her sisters.

Upon arrival in Natchez, Keira finds that her brother-in-law has not been honest as to the true nature of the agreement between him and the man she thought she was to marry.  Quinn and two other gentlemen come to the rescue of the Young sisters and take them to Breeze Hill.  When Connor learns of their plight, he agrees to let them stay temporarily.  Keira quickly proves her willingness to work and help out around the recovering plantation.  There is plenty of work, but her younger sister Amelia spends most of her time with a young man who has been taken in to recover from a gunshot wound.  Keira and Quinn are attracted to one another, but both know Quinn is leaving soon so there will be no future together for them.  Plus, Keira still must watch out for her alleged intended’s retaliation for her leaving him.  Quinn is determined to leave after he helps Keira settle her troubles, but can he really leave the woman who has come to mean so much to him?

I love the setting and time period of this story.  I am fascinated to learn about the way people lived then and how they coped with adversity.  Keira relied on God and prayed Scripture to help achieve God’s peace.  The descriptions of the scenery and plantation life made me feel as if I could see the places and people right before me.  I am looking forward to the next novel published by this author, and she is on my watch list as an author to keep an eye out for any new publications from her pen.

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.”

A Chance at Forever

 

Title:  A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)

Author:  Melissa Jagears

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany House

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

George Firebrook has returned to Teaville after leaving about six years ago.  He has returned to make amends for his past behavior to many of the children he bullied as a child himself.  He has a list of those he bullied and has written to some, asking for forgiveness and what he might do as reparation.  He hasn’t gotten very many answers.  Since he plans to stay in Teaville, he needs a job.  He is a math teacher and there is an opening at the local school for such.  He applies for the job and must be interviewed by the school board.  He enters the room only to find himself facing one of the children he taunted most, Mercy McClain.  He knows his chances of getting the job are now over, but he apologizes to Mercy anyway.  He is a changed man and has given his life to the Lord.  Mercy glares at him, promising him he will not get the job.  He knows he deserves her anger, but he longs to make things right.  Since he thinks he won’t be getting the teaching job, he finds a job as a tutor and gardener at the local orphanage only to discover this is also where Mercy works and lives.  He is also tasked with handling a 13-year-old orphan who is as rebellious as they come.  In addition, he plans to adopt one of the younger orphans.  His life is active, but he longs for Mercy’s forgiveness and love.

Mercy McClain can’t believe George Firebrook, who now goes by Aaron Firebrook, has the nerve to return to Teaville.  He apologizes to her for his past behavior several times.  She is concerned about his interaction with the orphan children.  She doesn’t want his bullying ways to rub off on any of the children.  She watches him like a hawk, hoping to catch him up to his old bullying ways.  She is disappointed in that endeavor as Aaron works hard and has a good influence on the children.  Mercy is trying to forgive him, but it is hard to overcome the hurts of the past.  She finds Aaron attractive, but doesn’t want to.  How can she have feelings for someone who treated her so cruelly?  What is wrong with her?  She knows God has a plan for her, but does it include Aaron?

This was a great story of forgiveness, learning you can’t earn forgiveness and love, as well as God’s provision when things look bleak.  The two main characters were written as to be easily identified with by readers, whether the bully or the one being bullied, and the emotions engendered by such experiences.  Most of us have either experienced that or known about it happening.  The completely astounding change in Aaron could only be brought about by God, and it was so neat to read of Aaron’s sincerity and concern for other now.  This is one not to miss!  I thought this was the best book of the series and hope to read more of this author’s works in the future.