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Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity #2)

 

Title:  Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity #2)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  320

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Dani Harding and her 11-year-old son are the victims of abuse from Dani’s husband, Kurt.  He is an FBI agent on the track to success, but Dani knows different.  She has tried to leave him before with disastrous consequences.  Now, she is gathering her courage to make a run one more time.  She cleans out the home safe, then receives a phone call that will change her life.  She thinks her life has taken a turn for the better until she discovers terrible people think she has something her husband stole.  However, Dani has no idea what it is or where to find it.  She needs help keeping herself and her son alive but can’t trust the FBI as she knows firsthand that some of them are just as dishonest as Kurt.  She sees an email offering protection, so she hires Operation Refuge.

Adam Buchanan has left the U.S. Marshals and now works for Operation Refuge.  He immediately feels protective of Dani and her deaf son, Simon.  He begins to learn sign language and serves as a male role model for Simon.  Simon wants his mom to be safe and smile again.  Dani wants to believe Adam and his company can keep them safe, but time after time the bad guys find them.  They must run for their lives again and again.  When will it end?  Adam develops feelings for Dani and sees her as a strong woman who survived an intolerable life.  Dani feels safe with Adam and begins to see what it is like to be treated as a respected woman.  She also likes how Adam interacts with Simon.  Both will have their mettle tested as they try to find what Kurt stole and stay alive.

This is another suspense filled story that readers will devour.  I appreciate how the author weaves in the faith of one or both main characters in the story into their everyday lives.  They don’t act like Christians just on Sunday.  The live their faith, especially in the difficult times.  I have already started the final story in this trilogy, No Place to Hide, and like the two predecessors it starts off with a tense situation that will pull readers into the story right away.

 

No One to Trust (Hidden Identity #1)

 

 

Title:  No One to Trust (Hidden Identity #1)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  332

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

David Hackett stumbles upon his business partner holding a gun over a dead body.  David keeps quiet about the murder, but knows it is time to gather the evidence of his partner’s criminal activities and disappear.  His partner was also his best friend.  David gets the evidence, turns it over to authorities and then enters a witness protection program.  He is in line at the bank when he meets Summer.  He is drawn to her instantly and a relationship begins.

Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find strange men in her home, demanding the location of her husband.  She doesn’t know where he is, but the assailants decide she can help them get what they are after.  They give her 12 hours to find a computer and hard drive or they will return to kill her.  Summer has no idea what they are talking about but wants to stay alive, so she agrees to give them to these men.  She ransacks the house but can’t find a computer or hard drive.  She does stumble on to some other hidden information about her husband and begins to wonder who she married.  As she continues to search, but time is running out.  She eventually is reunited with her husband and is furious when she finds out that he has lied to her, which is the one thing she has told him she can never forgive.  She has been betrayed yet again.  She also learns she is involved in something sinister and deadly.  Can she learn to trust again?

This story was a thriller right from the get-go!  I couldn’t put this book down.  Lynette Eason is a writer of suspense, who always delivers.  Her stories draw readers in and the characters and action keep them glued to the pages.  I also like how she interjects elements of faith into the stories without appearing to preachy.  Summer has trust issues and learns she can always trust God and lean on Him.  He is true to His promise and never breaks His word.  This isn’t a recent book, but it is sure one worth reading.  There is plenty of tension, suspense and action to keep the reader’s attention.  Book two in the series, Nowhere to Turn, is next on my list to review so stayed tuned for more on this thrilling series!

The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)

Title:  The Patriot Bride (The Daughters of the Mayflower #4)

Author:  Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The Daughters of the Mayflower series starts with The Mayflower Bride, The Pirate Bride and The Captured Bride before the story continues with this book.  While each book could be read as a stand- alone, reading the series makes it more enjoyable to see the various family members adventures in different eras.

Here the Revolutionary War hasn’t started, but the rumors of war are definitely in the wind and people know it!  Kimberley Woodhouse did a wonderful job putting together a very believable and lifelike tale!  When readers start the book, the author has a letter for readers and in Note From the Author, we get to learn about her research.

Faith is the main female character throughout the book and she is full of fight and fire!  Faith suffers through some hard times, but that is what shapes this woman’s heart and patriotism.  There are no lengths Faith won’t go to aid others, and I loved how the women got together to read and memorize the Scriptures prior to war breaking out.

There are real historical characters in the book with a little change here or there in reference to the time, if I remember right.  Reading about our forefathers and how they might have lived or spoke makes them so real to me.  One scene made me giggle, and I can’t wait for you to enjoy picturing it in your head!  It’s great!

The tale is also a sobering reminder of the cost many paid in many ways so that their descendants would have a much better and free life in a new country.  Here is an example of historical fiction at its best, so read one or read them all.  There are two more coming out soon!  Perhaps this would make a great gift for a reader you know be they family, friend or acquaintance!

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 Hope Jar

 

Title:  The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

Author:  Wanda Brunstetter

Pages:  320

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

Sometimes when a new series by any author starts, it takes me awhile to get into the book and understand where the plot is heading.  When I started reading this book, I caught on pretty fast to the story line, but I didn’t see where the journey would take me.  The story really is touching as readers see how children could be affected by parents not telling them family history or how scarring abusive homes can be to small ones.

Here is a tale that weaves both the Amish world and English world at points in the story that surprised me at times.  Michelle is one of the main female characters and I think her background really tugged at my heart, especially as I saw how she made some good and bad choices based on the broken places of her heart.  Sara is the other main female character.  It was somewhat heartbreaking to read how devastated she was losing her mom, and then discovering her mother’s family history without the chance to ask her questions.

I wonder if Sara’s mother, though fictional, chose not to reveal her family history because of the shame she carried in her life.  I wonder too how the author is going to grow these two very different women as they proceed in life choices or if they are even going to become friends further in the upcoming books.  While there are some heart-tugging places in the book, there are some Scriptures shared, and hope is a thread that shows up brighter the further I read.

I hope you read the book and then wait with me until the next book comes out to see just where this wonderful author will have her characters journey!  Till then enjoy Wanda’s novel so you’re ready for book two!

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 House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel #2)

Title:  The House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel #2)

Author:  Colleen Coble

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Whether you are familiar with Colleen Coble’s work or not, here is tale that you sure don’t wish to pass up.  Of course, the characters continue from the first book in the series, The View from Rainbow Bay.  Here in the sequel is a mesmerizing tale of Ellie Blackmore who loves to work with her hands and therefore has her own home remodeling business.  Ellie goes into a home, gets a feel for how the home will or could look, and if it has some hidden quality or characteristic, she brings it out.

Ellie’s sister Mackenzie who goes by the nickname “Mac” helps her when she isn’t teaching at a college. Now Mac has gone missing and is presumed dead due to the amount of blood that was found at the scene.  What the sheriff and other investigators are saying is that Mac was involved in something that Ellie cannot accept and, in fact, will not.  She is determined to find her sister and find out the real truth, but will she?

Grayson works for the Coast Guard as an intelligence officer, though he has been on leave to recuperate from an injury sustained in a prior case.  Grayson is now at Lavender Bay and what he has been told about his true family history sets him on a quest where he meets Ellie.  The chemistry between these two characters is tantalizing from the first moment their eyes meet, but can they really have a future together when there seems to be danger at every turn.  In fact, bullets are flying though not at Grayson, but at Ellie and unless he Grayson can find the culprits Ellie may be hurt.

The best thing about Colleen’s stories is that they leave me wanting more.  The hard part is that I have to wait between each book.  The third installment for the series is due out in January 2019 and I cannot wait to read it.  Whether it’s the last book of the series or not, all the stories the author has written thus far are gems!  Grab a copy of the first two books in the Lavender Tide series and savor 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

 

Rebecca's Song (Daughters of Riverton #3)

 

Title:  Rebecca’s Song (The Daughters of Riverton #3)

Author:  Dawn Kinzer

Pages:  432

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Morningview Publishing

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The characters we read about in the novel were introduced to in Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design, which are the first two books in the series, respectively.  For me, reading the books in order helped really make the third book very impactful to the heart of this reviewer.  The main character, Rebecca, is a changed woman nearing thirty and the town of Riverton’s school teacher.  Rebecca’s past, which audiences learned about in the other novels, comes back to haunt her in the life she is trying to live in Riverton.

Now, she is the main caretaker of three orphans who recently lost their parents.  Rebecca always wanted marriage to a man who loved her even knowing she was unable to have children.  Now it seems she has a family to love, but no husband to love her and help carry the burden.  Jesse is the guardian of the three children, but wants to live in Chicago and remain a detective.

The tale is one that carries themes of faith, trust, hope, love and redemption.  I thought the author did a terrific job with this woman’s character.  Rebecca faces many challenges and Jesse does too.  He doesn’t face them believing God cares about him.  Jesse has a history of brokenness.  Readers will enjoy seeing his heart and how God touches him through various trials.

I would gather all three books then plan to spend time in Riverton, reading the various players stories of life, faith and a small town perhaps coming together.  I highly recommend these to other readers and perhaps consider lending them to family and friends who enjoy getting lost in the pages of a great tale!

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

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Hope's Design (Daughter's of Riverton #2)

 

Title: Hope’s Design (The Daughters of Riverton #2)
Author: Dawn Kinzer
Pages: 378
Year: 2016
Publisher: Morningview Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
In the first novel in the series titled Sarah’s Smile, we meet an interesting cast of characters who live in the small town of Riverton, Wisconsin in the early 1900s. We meet the antagonist, Rebecca, whose heart being filled with broken dreams spews ugly words toward Sarah because of Sarah’s heart-breaking past. Now Rebecca is a totally different woman and Sarah is married with a child on the way when Hope comes to the town to put space between her and her former fiancée.
Hope is an only child and when her parents travel to a distant land. For her safety, they encourage her to leave New York with very few people knowing her destination. However, after some time has passed, her ex-fiancée shows up at her job to continue the harassment he began in New York. Hope’s dream is to become a designer and see women glow when they feel beautiful wearing her dresses. She desires that women see that they have inward beauty too and carry themselves with more confidence.
Ben has a secret and only his family knows what it is and why he won’t let anyone see what he creates. Ben and Hope meet on the train as they are both heading to Riverton and their first encounter isn’t exactly one of laughter or friendship. As I read the book, I really began to imagine the scenes playing out in my mind. The author does such a fantastic job of showing how God, faith and friendship can make a world of difference in a person’s life.
Reading how Hope overcomes her fears, past, and begins to understand how God knows best how to fill her life with joy, love and faith, she is then able to rest in His plans. Hope wants the best for all the people whom she encounters and who have embraced her since she moved to Riverton. Here is another example of a story at its best for when a reader is done, he/she is left wanting another tale from the writer perhaps focusing on another character from the town of Riverton. Read and enjoy both Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design as they are very enjoyable works of fiction!
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.”

Sarah’s Smile (The Daughters of Riverton #1)

 

Title: Sarah’s Smile (The Daughters of Riverton #1)
Author: Dawn Kinzer
Pages: 394
Year: 2016
Publisher: Morningview Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dawn Kinzer writes a story that moves the heart of readers, and folks she is a brand new writer! In her debut novel, we read about a friendship between Sarah McCall and Peter Caswell. Sarah is a lone child who is raised by her maternal grandparents after her parents apparently abandoned her after dropping her off at their home. Now she is an adult and has had her heart broken by many people and her hopes are dangling by mere threads.
Peter returns to his hometown as a widower with a young 4-year-old daughter in tow. Peter, who always wanted to become a pastor, returns to take over leadership of his home church. Peter’s life has been anything but easy as readers will discover; there is more to this character than meets the eye. Peter’s lifelong friendship with Sarah turns into a rollercoaster ride when he returns home and begins talking with her. Readers will ride the coaster as there seems hope that romance may be blooming with Sarah as well as ride a quick, downward, heart-dropping disappointment as obstacles come in their path.
Many characters in the novel are easy to identify with. I loved how the small town atmosphere comes through poignantly in the book. Wait till you reach the end and see where the author got her idea for the story; it’s pretty amazing! I plan on reading book two of this series titled, Hope’s Dreams, which has also been published and I am expecting another wonderful tale. As soon as I finish, I will share a little bit about the book with you. Until then, really enjoy Sarah’s Smile as it is outstanding!
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 House at Saltwater Point

Title:  The House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel #2)

Author:  Colleen Coble

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Whether you are familiar with Colleen Coble’s work or not, here is tale that you sure don’t wish to pass up.  Of course, the characters continue from the first book in the series, The View from Rainbow Bay.  Here in the sequel is a mesmerizing tale of Ellie Blackmore who loves to work with her hands and therefore has her own home remodeling business.  Ellie goes into a home, gets a feel for how the home will or could look, and if it has some hidden quality or characteristic, she brings it out.

Ellie’s sister Mackenzie who goes by the nickname “Mac” helps her when she isn’t teaching at a college. Now Mac has gone missing and is presumed dead due to the amount of blood that was found at the scene.  What the sheriff and other investigators are saying is that Mac was involved in something that Ellie cannot accept and, in fact, will not.  She is determined to find her sister and find out the real truth, but will she?

Grayson works for the Coast Guard as an intelligence officer, though he has been on leave to recuperate from an injury sustained in a prior case.  Grayson is now at Lavender Bay and what he has been told about his true family history sets him on a quest where he meets Ellie.  The chemistry between these two characters is tantalizing from the first moment their eyes meet, but can they really have a future together when there seems to be danger at every turn.  In fact, bullets are flying though not at Grayson, but at Ellie and unless he Grayson can find the culprits Ellie may be hurt.

The best thing about Colleen’s stories is that they leave me wanting more.  The hard part is that I have to wait between each book.  The third installment for the series is due out in January 2019 and I cannot wait to read it.  Whether it’s the last book of the series or not, all the stories the author has written thus far are gems!  Grab a copy of the first two books in the Lavender Tide series and savor 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

 

Amish Country Amnesia Author: Meghan Carver

 

 

Title:  Amish Country Amnesia

Author:  Meghan Carver

Pages:  224

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

I began this story one night and kept turning pages until I turned the very last one.  I got hooked the moment the scene opened with a chase on snowmobiles and guns blazing.  What kept me turning pages happened when one of the riders lost control, landed and then kept himself hidden from the pursuers. 

Then, introduce a young widow woman and her 6-year-old daughter.  She is the one who finds the injured man and asks her mother to come and tend him.  Little did the woman or her daughter know just what this would lead to. 

Normally, I would not necessarily pick and read Amish tales as some seem unreal, but Meghan Carver writes with realism, knowledge of the Amish, suspense and romance.  I enjoy the Love Inspired books so much as they are easy to read, set aside and pick up right where I left off if I need to.  I love the thrills and spills of the books and plan to keep reading them.  How about you?

Here is a good story and I hope you make time to enjoy it soon as it will be published this September.  Why not place it on your to be read list or ask for it as a birthday gift?  Share with family and friends making it fun to pass around the books and see how others enjoy them!

 

Burden of Proof Author: DiAnn Mills

 

Title:  Burden of Proof

Author:  DiAnn Mills

Pages:  416

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Here is another out of the park homerun story by author DiAnn Mills.  If you have never read any of her books, this one will get you hooked.  In the story, FBI Special Agent April Ramos experiences a tough night as a negotiator trying to talk a man off a high ledge.  Now, just getting coffee is about to change her life in ways she cannot imagine!

While in line with a crying baby behind her, she turns to comfort who she assumes is the mother, only to have the baby thrust into her arms.  Then, she is forced at gunpoint to bring the baby and do what her captor says.  What Agent Ramos is about to go through is an adventure she never anticipated nor a future she thought would ever occur.

DiAnn Mills is a master at writing stories that are at times intense and other times it seems like little may be occurring, but don’t be fooled.  She brings zing to the plot when one isn’t expecting it.  The author is one of my favorites for her realistic characters, intense suspense and stories filled with adventures.  If you haven’t read her books, don’t put it off any longer.  You’re missing the best of the best in thrills!

Preorder the book and while you’re waiting on your order, enjoy her other stories that are some of my favorites in my personal library!

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

Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)

 

Title:  Death of a Jester (A Branigan Powers Mystery #3)

Author:  Deb Richardson-Moore

Pages:  286

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Lion Fiction

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

First off, I want to make clear that I don’t consider a 3-star review as a negative review as some sites categorize.  I consider it to be an average rating.  I would rate this a 3.5-star rating, but most sites don’t allow for half-star ratings.

Branigan Powers has received her assignment to cover a clown sighting, with the clown trying to lure young children into the woods with candy.  The clown has made more than one appearance, but so far has been unsuccessful in his attempts to take a child.  Some think the clowns are a hoax or the people reporting them are making up the story.  Soon, a child does fall prey to a clown and is kidnapped.  He is taken from a homeless family, so what is the clown’s purpose in taking him?  There will be no payment of ransom as the family has no money.  Branigan is on the case and has the help of Malachi, a homeless veteran, to help her.  Malachi lives in the same area as the family who lost the child.  He overhears a conversation that gets him thinking.  He does some investigating on his own, but can he find the culprit?

Meanwhile, Branigan is having to deal with her two cousins returning to town.  They bring baggage in the form of a stalker for one cousin and Branigan’s first serious boyfriend, who ended up marrying her cousin while Branigan was away at college.  Branigan has been gun shy of relationships since and having to see this man again is something she wants to avoid at all cost.  Then, a clown is found murdered, but no sign of the little boy.  Where can he be?  Why was the clown killed?  Who killed him?

I really enjoyed the second book in this series, so I was excited when book three was released.  However, this plot just didn’t work for me.  I didn’t think the theater connection to the homeless crowd and clown sightings worked.  I also didn’t like that Branigan and Chester’s relationship included sleeping together without being married.  There was also a lot of social drinking in this story.  No one was getting drunk, but it stood out to me in this story especially with Malachi’s trouble with alcohol.  I did like delving deeper into Malachi’s history and getting to know him better.  I do applaud the author’s spotlight on the plight of the homeless and giving the myriad of reasons why someone becomes homeless.  I definitely learned some things about people in that situation that I didn’t know before and for that I am grateful to the author.  This book is certainly worth reading, but for me it wasn’t her best.  I will continue to read this series if more books are in the works.

When Through Deep Waters

 

Title:  When Through Deep Waters

Author:  Rachelle Dekker

Pages:  400

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Rachelle Dekker is the daughter of author Ted Dekker.  Both write novels that aren’t the norm and usually the reader doesn’t know until later in the book that it is packed with deep spiritual truths.  I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the book, but during my travel in the tale the truth punched my right in heart.  So as not to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or the story or where God may speak to you, I won’t elaborate further what or where in the book my heart was impacted.

However, in true Dekker fashion, the story drew me in from the start.  I could tell it would have the aspect of spiritual warfare in it, but there was more to come.  The characters and their battles I would have to say are unusual but no less realistic.  I am not sure that everyone can read this book.  If they are dealing with any psychological or emotional battles, they will have to decide that for themselves.

I will say that though it is an unusual story, setting, and the characters seem real or at least their private battles do as well as their interactions with others, I wouldn’t have missed reading the tale for anything.  Why?  For me, when God speaks, that makes it even more special to me.  I will never look at or understand the same way again the Word of God as it is used in the book.  It means something deeper and the hope that grew from that is exponentially out of the ballpark!

The book reminded me of Ted Dekker’s Circle series, and I plan on rereading them as well.  Be assured that this reviewer doesn’t elevate fiction above the Word of God.  I just treasure the truths their fictional works reveal.  I hope you read Rachelle’s latest book, and perhaps then venture into other works by both Rachelle and her father Ted!

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

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A Contradiction to His Pride

 

Title:  A Contradiction to His Pride

Author:  Leanne W. Smith

Pages:  422

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Self-published

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

This novel is a sequel to Leaving Independence written by the same author.  Reading these novels set on the Oregon Trail in the late 1800s was pure joy and excitement.  I was amazed as well as mesmerized by the action, danger and how quickly life could be lost as depicted in the stories.  Here, the settlers from the wagon train we met in the first book are now trying to establish their town and lives when a bank robbery turns the characters’ lives in a tither.

During the grieving Corrine experiences after losing a dear friend, she is also wrestling with being a grown up and handling a less than the picture-perfect life she once held dear.  A couple of the characters from the town are hunting bank robbers as well as going after James and his group to let them know danger is on their heels.  Life is very precarious in these days and the author does an excellent job of showing readers that as well as how a community can come together to rejoice in good times.

I think these novels will be enjoyed by those who love history, westerns, well-crafted, lifelike characters and a riveting plot!  The climax scene was just pulling me further into the book and the ending, I believe, leaves room for a sequel with these characters later in life and time.  I can’t say enough about the enjoyment I had reading the books and hope others will soon grab copies, lose themselves in the tales then share them with other readers, family or friends.

Don’t wait to get your books as these are too good to wait!

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

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Compromised Identity

 

Title:  Compromised Identity

Author:  Jodie Bailey

Pages:  220

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan is a trained Army Medic.  She has not had enough time between missions overseas, so her battalion ships out without her.  She is left behind to act as a liaison between service men and women and their families, helping with insurance matters, housing, medical care, etc.  Her laptop was stolen two weeks ago and when she enters her office her she discovers someone trying to steal her new laptop!  She gives chase, but comes up against greater odds of 2:1.  She is facing a life-threatening situation when out of the blue someone barrels into one of the criminals and chases them away.  Enter Staff sergeant Sean Turner.  His mission is to protect Jessica and ferret out the reason why her laptop, as well as those in other battalions, have been stolen.

Jessica refuses to allow Sean to sideline her and wants to be an active part of the investigation.  She won’t stand by somewhere safe while he chases criminals.  She wants to make her military father proud of her.  Sean is battling nightmares and terrible memories of his last mission that went wrong, with him being captured and tortured.  He was rescued, but almost cost his best friend her life.  He is carrying around that guilt and is determined to prove to his superiors that he is battle ready for another mission.  However, Jessica makes him feel safe and comfortable.  He wants something more with her, but he isn’t a safe choice for her so he will keep his distance.  While protecting her, he discovers a much more complex plot than simply stealing computers.  The danger to Jessica is dire and Sean will do anything necessary to protect her, but when she goes missing all bets are off.

Positives:  Seeing portion of the life of a woman in the military, strong reliance on God, timely issue of cyberterrorism, interesting plot with the method used to infiltrate the military.

Negatives:  Rushed romance, not believable change in father-daughter relationship at the end of the book.

My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)

 

Title:  My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas (Madeline’s Search)

Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Each novel that is added to the “My Heart Belongs” series seems to be a gem, but this one truly takes the cake!  The novel is fiction, then add a mystery in the mix, a possible romance that was off then well maybe on again, and history and you have the makings of a winner!  The author took great pains to research the history of the place, persons and time period.  We, the readers, get to learn what she learned while preparing for the book at the end of the story though I am sure they aren’t all her notes!

Madeline is part of a family that holds on to the secrets entrusted to them by others, and a certain business is known only by word of mouth.  Madeline loves being a reporter, chasing down stories or answers to any questions that stir her interest.  Now she is teamed up with someone from her past by an older woman who had hired Madeline for a different job.  To understand all of this, you will just have to read the book!

The history is rich and once I started reading there was no putting it down until the very end.  I then read the author’s notes.  I am amazed at how rich in history our nation is and how authors really seek the facts and then weave them into a riveting tale that is outstanding!  Another plus for these books is that they aren’t very lengthy for people with much on their plate.

Grab a copy and then get lost in the mystery and history of Galveston, Texas!

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

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