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

Pelican Point (A Hope Harbor Novel)

 

Title:  Pelican Point (A Hope Harbor Novel)

Author:  Irene Hannon

Pages:  358

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

The other titles in series are Hope Harbor: A Novel, followed by Sea Rose Lane, and Sandpiper Cove.  The moment I started reading Hope Harbor, my heart was immediately engaged with the unique characters.  Each one brings with them a well-crafted background and a heart that longs for love, freedom and faith.

The players we meet at the beginning of the series continue throughout the story.  Pelican Point isn’t the last of the Hope Harbor novels for which I am so glad!  Irene Hannon has crafted plots that have a touch of mystery, suspense, romance, legacy, and so much more.  In the Pelican Point book, we meet Ben Garrison who is the grandson of one of the Hope Harbor residents.  He had visited his grandfather many times and even went out fishing with him, listening to the tales his grandfather wove while they were out on the water. 

Now Ben returns in what he plans as only a short stay, but with the returning comes a flood of memories Ben doesn’t count on.  Plus, he meets the editor of the town paper named Marci and she is a spitfire of a gal!  As the two interact in various scenes, one gets the feeling these two characters won’t get along ever!  Is that really the case?

The series isn’t sappy or simply romance; there is a tale in each book and characters with which any reader will be able to identify.  Plus, these are stories that are fun to read, encouraging and instilling hope into the hearts of readers.  So, please read them before the next one is published.  You will be so glad you did!

The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)

 

Title:  The Innkeeper’s Daughter (a novel)

Author:  Michelle Griep

Pages:  320

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.

What a spectacular story is bound within the covers!  Michelle Griep takes readers back in time to 1808 in London to a place called the Blue Hedge Inn where a mother, daughter and young son keep boarders, serve ale and food.  They work hard in a building that is run down and about to collapse, trying hard to pay off the mortgage before they get sent to the workhouse to pay off their debt.  Johanna does most of the work of the inn, and her Mam works in the kitchen.  The boy name Thomas is quite the character!

Besides some boarders taking off without paying, the banker is an uncaring fellow, which I easily disliked.  Perhaps that was the author’s intent…maybe.  Then add to the mix, Alexander Moore, who is undercover to locate those bent on sedition or other ill gains.  Alexander is not a man of means, but to do his job he must put forth the appearance and behavior of a wealthy man.  While doing his job, Alexander stays at Johanna’s inn and that’s where the story really gets interesting!

The author wrote a novel that entails many mysteries that kept me reading for hours.  When I thought the ending was near and the true culprits would be revealed, it turns out there were more twists and turns to the plot!  The more pages I read, the faster my heart beat in anticipation of how the book was going to end.  Would those who should be brought to justice be revealed?  How was Alexander going to marry one woman while he was in love with another?

Above all, I was wondering if Johanna was going to keep her inn or end up in the workhouse to pay her debts.  Johanna is a brave woman who worked her heart out and underwent some very hard times that impacted her heart, body, emotions and soul.  Alexander was an interesting man who tried to do the right thing, but was it to please God or man?  This is one of the best of Michelle’s stories that just got richer the more I read.  I sincerely hope many read and enjoy the tale as I did, including the ending that is a surprise!

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 Amendment Killer

 

 

Title:  The Amendment Killer

Author:  Ronald S. Barak

Pages:  570

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Gander Hope House

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

When I took time to look around for a legal thriller to read, after I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked.  There are many pluses to the way this author writes.  For example, he keeps the focus on the courtroom theatrics as well as the interpersonal relationships, both inside the court and in the various characters’ homes.  The thought that Supreme Court Justices can be blackmailed to vote a certain way for the betterment of one messed up individual was very unique.

The way the justices walked a fine line to save the diabetic daughter of a justice was very engaging.  There are family dynamics that bring tension to the story as well as some lawyers’ spouses’ employment might factor into the kidnapping and hopefully locating the young girl.  Another interesting feature to the novel was the reading of the internal struggles the protagonists had throughout the book.  Then, when you add a political thread in the plot, that really heightened the interest of this reader.

What was fascinating to me was how the antagonist used one cuss word to express his various feelings of anger and frustration and watching him change in the use of his verbiage by the end of the book.  No, this is not a Christian or a clean book; however, it is a well-crafted story.  I have written the author on his website to suggest changing the language in his upcoming books and I hope he will.  I am very thankful that he was able to share his craft without the use of a sexual material at all in the novel.  I believe this author can tell a riveting tale without the use of bad language.

In the spring of this year, another novel of his will be released titled, The Puppet Master.  I may read it, but it depends what is in my TBR pile and life.  Other authors who write legal novels that are clean can be found like Cara Putman and Rachel Dylan, both of whom are excellent story tellers.  For a non-Christian author and publisher, this wasn’t a book to ignore.  I just wanted to see what the new author offered and how he offered his tale for audiences.  I am an eclectic reader and did enjoy this novel plus being able to encourage the author to change just a minute detail to make it even more appealing to people for all walks of life.

 

Out of the Ashes

 

Title:  Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska #2)

Author:  Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The authors continue to tell us a story set in Alaska in a hotel that existed long ago, named the Curry.  At the end of the novel, there are websites listed for interested readers to visit if they so choose to see unique photos.  This second book is a sequel following book one titled, In the Shadow of Denali, which many of us have known as Mount McKinley in Alaska.

We continue to follow the adventures of characters we met in the first book and see how new characters come to the hotel with interesting backgrounds.  One of the visitors is a young man and his younger sister from France.  Jean-Michel was wounded not just in body but in soul.  How can he follow through with his father’s last wishes to turn to God when he doesn’t know how or take of a younger sister he loves yet hardly knows because of the 10-year difference in age?

Katherine is broken from an abusive marriage.  Her aging grandmother believes the best thing for her is going on an adventure to Alaska.  What Katherine doesn’t know is that her grandmother has secretly set up something in the hope of her granddaughter finding healing, joy and the Lord.  Collette is Jean-Michel’s younger sister and is maturing from teen to woman and is lost, having neither parent to guide her into adulthood.

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse share about their own personal experiences while co-writing this book of times when they themselves have had God bring beauty from ashes.  I was touched by their transparency with readers as well as what happens in the work of fiction they share with us.  Read and enjoy the first two books before the third book in the series titled, Under the Midnight Sun, is released!

Try Fear

 

 

Title:  Try Fear

Author:  James Scott Bell

Pages:  292

Year:  2009

Publisher:  Center Street

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Ty Buchanan makes his return appearance in this third and final book of the series.  He takes the case representing a man charged with DUI.  The case looks unwinnable, but from out of nowhere Ty wins the case and gets his client freed.  Then, his client is found dead and the brother is arrested for the murder.  There is no way Ty can let this go.  He is going to find the killer no matter what or who he has to chase down.  He is also sticking his toe in the pond of faith…maybe.  His relationship with Sister Mary is going in a more than friendly direction on his part, but what about her?

During the course of his legwork, he encounters interesting and dangerous characters such as a street preacher, dirty politicians and the people who are out at night in Hollywood.  Ty still has his run-ins with Sister Hildegarde, who would rather see Ty live somewhere besides their quiet community.  Sister Mary begins receiving threatening emails and Ty is not going to allow her to be hurt.  He vows to discover who her cyber stalker is and bring him down.  Can Ty stop this stalker before Sister Mary gets hurt?  She has been helping him with his investigations.  Could she have developed her enemy this way?

I am sorry to see this series end.  Ty Buchanan is a well-liked character in my book.  He has a great sense of humor, is well-read and able to give one-line zingers with ease.  All three books were well-written and exciting.  The short chapters set a quick pace for readers and the snappy dialogue will keep them turning pages quickly to get the next dose of humor or suspense.  I read one right after another in the span of four days!  Ty’s sense of justice and being willing to defend those who had no one to defend them made him such a likable character to me.  These are the first books of this author that I have read, but they won’t be the last!  He writes with ease and his knowledge and experience as a lawyer shine through.  I plan on reading more of this author’s work in the future.  As for this series, it is going on my “keeper” shelf.

Try Darkness (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #2)

 

Title:  Try Darkness

Author:  James Scott Bell

Pages:  292

Year:  2008

Publisher:  Center Street

My rating is 5 stars out of 5.

Ty Buchanan is back in another legal thriller.  This time he represents a poor, single, woman with a young daughter who is facing eviction from a hotel that rents rooms weekly.  She has the money, but the hotel won’t take it because if she lives at the hotel for more than 30 days, it changes the legal status of the hotel.  So, the hotel only accepts money for three weeks, then evicts tenants, putting them out on the street usually.  Ty’s client refuses to be cowed and wants to fight against the hotel in court.  Ty quickly discovers that the firm representing the hotel is one he is very familiar with, his former employer.  The lead attorney for the firm is his former best friend.  Ty wastes no time in playing hardball against the big firm, telling them his client wants to remain in the hotel and if they don’t accept her money, they will be taken to court.  Ty is warned to let the matter drop, but his client remains firm in her stance.  That is until she is found dead.

Ty is still living at the St. Benedictine Monastery with Father Bob and Sister Mary Veritas.  They help him in his quest to find his client’s killer as well as take care of her young daughter.  Father Bob also likes to discuss theological matters with Ty, trying to get Ty to open his mind to God.  Kylie, his client’s daughter, develops an attachment to Ty and Sister Mary as she tries to remember some things about her mother that might help Ty’s investigation.  Ty isn’t afraid of the big-time law firm or their wealthy and powerful client.  He loves to poke the bear.  He seeks justice for his client as well as her daughter.

Again, Ty’s wit and sense of humor are quickly evident, which I found refreshing.  His developing relationship with Sister Mary and Father Bob was also interesting.  His basketball skills are sure put to the test by Sister Mary as she schools him in the art of b-ball.  I also loved his interactions with Sister Hildegarde.  Boy, did he love to push her buttons!  He is a protector of those who can’t protect themselves.  When the pressure is on, he acts with courage and grit and stubborn refusal to give in or give up.  For those who like suspenseful legal thrillers, this book is sure to please!

Try Dying (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #1)

 

 

Title:  Try Dying

Author:  James Scott Bell

Pages:  280

Year:  2007

Publisher:  Center Street

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Ty Buchanan is a young lawyer at a well-known, prestigious law firm.  He is the golden boy and has reached his peak performance years, seeking to eventually be a partner in the firm.  One of the partners has taken him under his wing, and it appears Ty can do no wrong.  He is the lead on a high-profile case, which he is confident he can win and that will garner him more prestige.  He is engaged to the love of his life and has bought a house for them to live in after the wedding.  Ty is riding the high wave, but with one phone call he is drowning.

At first his fiancée’s death is ruled an accident, but someone approaches Ty at her funeral and tells him it was no accident.  This person tells Ty that he saw a man kill her.  Ty begins asking questions, but the police don’t take him seriously as there is no proof of murder.  Ty won’t give up and keeps digging.  He is set up to take the fall for a murder, is arrest and put in jail.  He makes bail and goes right back to prodding and digging and making a nuisance of himself, but what he uncovers will cause him to risk everything to bring down a criminal.  He also meets a priest and a nun, who offer him aid and friendship when he desperately needs both.

With razor sharp wit, funny comebacks and some truly hilarious scenes (I’m thinking of the dancing on the tabletop), I fell in love with the character of Ty Buchanan!  Not a romantic love, of course, but a want to meet this guy and talk to him.  Ty’s reactions to some situation are off-the-cuff while others are well-planned.  He has anger and rage over the senseless death of his fiancée.  He seeks justice for her and will stop at nothing in his search for resolution.  His emotions are raw and real, which made him so much more interesting and easy to care about.  I can’t wait to read the second book titled, Try Darkness.  I am looking forward to Ty’s evolution from a corporate, grooming for partnership lawyer to a solo attorney who defends those with very little, if any, hope.

Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)

 

Title:  Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)

Author:  Susan May Warren

Pages:  352

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Readers will enjoy meeting several characters in the series and following many threads of the stories in each of the books.  We begin the series with Montana Rescue followed by Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust.  Coming in May of 2018 is the fifth and perhaps final book, Coming Storm.  Each of the novels concentrates on a couple of the characters we’ve been following.  I never get tired of reading Susan’s books because they are exceptional adventure and faith-filled tales.

In Troubled Waters, the focus is on a couple of the main characters, Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose while occasionally sharing about Jess and Pete’s relationship, if they even have one.  There is danger on the high seas when Ian takes his yacht out with some friends and runs into dangerous waters.  What happens afterwards is adventure and suspense that keeps you turning pages and at times be on the edge of your seat!  What Susan May Warren readers like me never know for sure is where she will take the action or climax in the book next and that is fun!

These unique stories are filled with descriptions of beautiful scenery and some dangerous moments for the rescue team known as PEAK.  I enjoy the steady pace of the plot and the heightened moments of danger where the team is either rescuing others or trying to extract themselves from places where death could be moments away!

I hope you will all get caught up in the series before the fifth novel is released.  These are books you will want to read again and again or share with other members of your family.  Don’t be surprised if your friends want to read them as well!

Sudden Recall

 

Title:  Sudden Recall

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  284 (large print edition)

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Sienna Cartwright is a CIA agent who has taken something that doesn’t belong to her and some very powerful and dangerous people want it back.  The only problem is, Sienna doesn’t know what they want any more as she is suffering from amnesia.  She woke up in a hospital a year ago and since then has been recuperating and trying to regain her memory in a small town in Oregon.  She is living with her aunt and taking care of animals.  She is beyond frustrated that she can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital.  She doesn’t know who to trust.  All she does know is that she has a strong faith in God.  Then, she has a flat tire on her way home and a handsome man stops to help her.  During their introductions, some men in a strange car pull up and try to kidnap her.  The action takes off from their and is nonstop with car chases, gun fights and more.

Jackson Parker is a former SEAL, now a U.S. Federal Marshall operating in Oregon.  He has run into Sienna a couple of times over the past year, but she acted like she didn’t know him.  She seemed almost afraid of him, as if they hadn’t spent hours planning and carrying out a mission while he was still a SEAL just a little over a year ago.  Apparently, the budding romance he thought was happening really wasn’t and she had chosen her work over him.  Pretending to not have any idea of who he was hurt, but he still wants to help her.  When he sees her by the side of the road, he decides to pull over and help her fix her flat tire.

This is another good story from the Love Inspired Suspense line of books.  These books are great for short trips, beach outings or rainy afternoons.  They can be read in a short amount of time and provide suspense, romance and faith in each story.  I like how the author had Sienna’s faith part of her life, but she wasn’t preachy about it.  She lived her faith, but didn’t live to draw attention to it.  The way she prayed, giving control to God and then receiving peace afterward was a great example to see.  If you have a couple of free hours, this is a great way to spend your time!

The 13: Stand

 

Title:  The 13:  Stand

Author:  Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed with Shawn Allen

Pages:  319

Year:  2013

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

With this second book, the first one being The 13:  Fall, the action picks up where book one left off.  At the end of book one, Agent Jon Keene has been captured by the Chinese, the Chinese have taken over the western half of the United States, the President of the United States has been shot and is in a coma, and the Prophet is proclaiming God’s judgment on the USA.  What more could go wrong?  Well…you’ll just have to pick up this second book to tune it to the action that follows all the prior happenings I mentioned above in the first book with even more occurring now.

CIA Agent Megan Taylor has realized her growing feelings for Jon, but she has no idea if he is even alive.  She prays for him every day while she continues to try to find out his fate.  Boz Hamilton receives a call from the Prophet regarding Jon and the head of the CIA sends Boz to investigate.  The Prophet also tells the director of the CIA that he has more to worry about than the Chinese and what they are going to do.  Something even closer to home is brewing that will spell disaster for what remains of the USA if it isn’t stopped.  With the help of an operative from Great Britain, Megan leaves for North Carolina where a faint rumor has popped up about a plot against the current government.  Oh, and did I mention there is the best assassin in the world has been spotted?  Can the USA ever recover from the fall it has taken?

With action, suspense, tension and grit, this story kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  I was turning the pages so quickly, I lost count of the time and everything else!  I just had to see how this story ended.  The characters were likable and believable.  I got involved in the story and the events that happened.  There is even a romance in the story!  Readers should read book one first and get set for both books to give hours of enjoyment.

 

The Lost Castle

 

Title:  The Lost Castle

Author:  Kristy Cambron

Pages:  371

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 5 out of 5.

Ellie Carver is running out of time.  Her grandmother has dementia and her health is declining quickly.  She seems to be waiting for something though.  Ellie finds an old photograph from WWII tucked in a favorite book of her grandmother’s.  The photo leads Ellie to take a trip to France to research the photo to find out her grandmother’s history and bring closure to her.  Once in France, Ellie discovers an entirely different way of life.  There are ruins of a castle near to the manor house where Ellie is staying that seem to draw her.  Quinn, the grandson of the house’s owner, is her tour guide, but refuses to take her to the castle ruins.  Why?

Lady Vi is fluent in several languages and she joins a British underground spy organization during WWII.  She is sent undercover to Germany to work as a secretary, translating documents.  She is entrusted by a fellow agent with critical information that needs to be gotten to Great Britain that might turn the tide of the war.  On her journey, she encounters members of the French Resistance who reside near a castle.

Readers also will discover the history of the castle during the French Revolution, which presents another story of a woman searching for her place in life.  Aveline is the 19-year-old daughter of a French Baron, who has an arranged marriage to the oldest son of a duke.  Tragedy strikes in the form of a peasant mob uprising on the evening of her engagement ball with devastating results.  Aveline now wonders what her life will be like, but is also determined to survive and thrive.

Kristy Cambron deftly uses the technique of flashback to tell a poignant, romantic tale that spans times from the French Revolution, WWII to the present day.  With vivid descriptions, I felt I was right in the midst of WWII fighting with the French Resistance.  Each of the three plots are woven together seamlessly to form a complete tale that will enrapture readers.  I read the book in a day as I was so in tune with the story that all else fell to the wayside.  I also liked Kristy sharing her inspiration for the story and how she came to write it.  I eagerly look forward to her next book.  I urge readers to get a copy of the novel for themselves and get lost in a tale of romance with a touch of mystery.

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.”

Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)

 

Title:  Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)

Author:  Colleen Coble

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow!  From the very start of the book, this story stole my breath and at times sped up the beating of my heart.  The ending was so climatic I couldn’t read it fast enough!  The setting is the UP of Michigan.  There is a woman who cannot remember who she is, the name of the child in her arms, or that she has been badly hurt!  At first, she moves almost on auto pilot, but she cannot tell why or how she knows what she must do to keep “him” from finding her again.  After some more time, she remembers her name, and with more time her past. 

Her husband, Nick, is a captain for the Michigan State Police, and he and his wife are in the middle of a divorce.  When he goes to pick up his little girl, the scene he encounters scares him.  He cannot locate either his wife or 2-year-old daughter.  After a while, he begins to be taunted by a person who has had something to do with his wife and child’s disappearance or death.

Through a wonderfully written tale, readers become enraptured with the characters like Bree and Naomi along with their search and rescue dogs or the sister of Eve, who has amnesia, and the family she can’t remember even though she must be ready to go to court to fight for her daughter to remain with her.  There is so much going on in the book though it isn’t hard to follow at all; it is just the opposite.  It really drew me in and wouldn’t let me go!  I was up till 2:30 a.m. reading the book.  The ending so caught me by surprise I wondered why I didn’t see it coming!

Colleen’s books are wonderfully written. They include faith, romance, danger, mystery, adventure, and more!  I have yet to be bored by one of her books.  I look forward to when her next book is published and will grab it at the first opportunity to read and then share it with a friend.  Books allow us to enjoy a fictional place for a while as well as learn from the characters how faith can be tested and put into action.

So, pick up a copy and read till the very last page that will fill you with joy and hope!

Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)

 

Title:  Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)

Author:  Susan Furlong

Pages:  288

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Kensington

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

There are times when I am on social media and I see a book in an ad or some people are posting about it because it is a new author.  When I saw this book cover, it intrigued me and the little synopsis I read online drew me to read the story.  One of the aspects of the book that is exceptional is the author’s ability to write a very engaging mystery with a surprise ending.

The second reason I liked the book was because it talked about a little-known group of people called Irish travelers.  Doing a google search will show you more information about these unique people who live in America.  Being of Irish descent myself, this was another thread that brought my interest in the story up another notch.  How the author depicts these fascinating people is done very well, showing the tension between the “clan” and those known outside their clan and referred to as “settlers”.

One of the main female characters is written with a hidden background and her service time in the Marines, various battles since returning to the U.S. and her 3-legged service dog.  My hat is off to those who serve, and though this is a fictional character, I believe the battles she faces reflect what our vets face in various degrees.

There is minimal use of foul language, but there is a part that kept me from giving this book a 5-star review.  It is the short scene on pages 179-184.  While it eventually reveals something horrible that happened in the character’s life, I believe the author could have highlighted the event without the sex scene.  While the author doesn’t describe in detail what is occurring, it ruined the book for me.  I had to put it down for a couple of days until I could finish the mystery without that scene being in the forefront of my mind.

My hope is this richly talented author will forego anything even remotely like this in her next book.  It’s a good mystery, rich in history, and very well written to reflect the reality of the society and broken world we live in.  Authors can write good, engaging and moving tales without the use of sex and I encourage this author to do just that in her next novel.

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)

 

Title:  The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)

Author:  Sarah Sundin

Pages:  384

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Revell

My rating 5 out of 5 stars!

The new series by Sarah Sundin is a heart-touching tale of events leading up to D-Day through fictional characters.  There are three brothers from Texas who are torn apart by a disaster and choices made by the oldest son Wyatt and the other sons.  I began reading the book with such hunger, knowing the tale told is but a shadow of the reality that many endured both in America and England.

The story encapsulates the hard times of war, the love stories, battles and yes even death as those were parts of the reality young men dealt with who were barely out of their teens.  Wyatt is a Navy Lt. Commander in the U. S. Navy who, though trained as an accountant and was to pick up the leadership of his father’s business, is now planning methodically with others the Navy’s plans for D-Day.

Wyatt begins to develop feelings for a WREN Officer named Dorothy who has suffered so much personal loss in her family.  What Sarah Sundin wove into the book was interesting as it included a mystery aspect of Dorothy’s father’s business losing money.  Plus, Dorothy is flailing in her walk with the Lord until Wyatt challenges her to return to church as she has challenged him to contact his family after three years of silence.

Having read the other wartime stories Sarah has offered, this new series outshines other novels set in the WWII era.  I found it easy to become enraptured with the characters and the many subplots.  Wait till you see the twist in the main plot line in the book!  I don’t know when the next book is due out, but I sure cannot wait.  The series is once again a reminder of a brave generation who endured more than we can really grasp.  I thank all vets who serve today.

When you are done reading the book, please consider reading Sarah Sundin’s other wonderful novels that are bold and invigorating!

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.”

Until We Find Home

 

Title:  Until We Find Home

Author:  Cathy Gohlke

Pages:  432

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

One of the reasons I so enjoy Cathy Gohlke’s novels is due to the time she takes in researching and crafting a riveting tale based on historical fact.  Even more so is her note to readers at the end of the story where she shares with such transparency what God has been teaching her through her writing of the book.  It should remind us that authors are people too who want to grow in their walk with the Lord and share Him with many via the medium of stories, which is so like Jesus!

Cathy pens a very heart-stirring story that depicts different characters from other nations, backgrounds, and experiences during WWII.  Claire is an American living in Paris and is helping to get as many Jewish children out of the city before Hitler’s army comes with their death warrants and hate filled regime.  Claire’s character has no idea how to care for the small group of children of various ages and beliefs.  She has but one hope, that an aunt will take the children in and care for them. 

Through experiences, choices, other players actions and choices, and a whole host of such heart-gripping moments, a reader will be reading and cheering this ragtag team on!  Will these strangers thrown together due to the war become friends let alone a type of family?  Will Claire hear God speaking to her and let God in to heal her broken heart?

There isn’t enough space to really tell all the wonderful parts of the novel, but I can tell you that it is so very much worth reading!  I loved how C. S. Lewis and other authors who lived at that time are part of this book as well as what they wrote for children of all ages to enjoy and let their imagination soar!

If Cathy Gohlke is a new author to you, then you are in for a treat!  I hope afterwards you will appreciate all that is packed into this tale and leaves you wanting to read her other books too!  Take time to sit and enjoy a tale worth sharing with family and friends when you have finally turned the last page.

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 Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)

 

Title:  The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)

Author:  Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

When I start a story, it sometimes takes me a minute or two to find myself engaged in the book.  It doesn’t matter what type of book I am reading.  After I finished this book, I took time to contemplate and consider my review before I began writing.  Kimberley Woodhouse is a favorite author of mine.  I have read most of her stories, including those with Traci Peterson.  One of the strongest points of Kim as an author is her attention to research and detail, which then carries over into her books.

I understand by reading other reviews that some didn’t care for the book or thought the hype of the book didn’t live up to the reality.  Each person has an opinion, but what I don’t get is how or why reviews are downgraded simply because of marketing techniques used or it didn’t live up to a person’s expectations.  Well, even if to you think the book was not worth a 5-star rating, it most certainly wasn’t worth a 3-star one.  Appreciate the hard work authors do in telling a story the next time you write a review.  They know not every book will be a blockbuster, but understand the work they do is time consuming and they give it their best.

For me, this book was a stark reminder of the price people paid for crossing an ocean to start a colony to worship freely.  The lack of medical knowledge at that time or even privacy for months on a ship was really a humbling picture to me.  I felt the heart of the main character, Mary Elizabeth, break every time she lost a loved one.  In a time when there were so many uncertainties and daily life was dangerous, it was simply inspiring as the characters faced their trials.  I loved seeing the holding onto God, prayer, and trusting in Him was a moment by moment choice at times.

This book and those that follow in the series will be well worth reading just to be reminded of the price people paid for religious freedom.  The history, fighting the elements, and clinging to their faith was so captivating to my heart!  Each day people faced was fraught with danger.  They never knew if they would see their dreams or hopes become a reality and that should cause us all to thank God that He brought them safely across the ocean.  Their faith, fighting to live, desire to bring glory to God in everything, gathering together to worship and pray are truths I won’t forget anytime soon!

So, thank you Kim for all your hard work in reminding the audience of the past so that we can be thankful for life today, and be actively living our faith for God’s glory!

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.”